Achieve NYC: A Complete Guide to New York City Public Schools

The 2018-2019 Achieve NYC: A Complete Guide to New York City Public Schools provides families with useful, easy-to-read information on academic expectations, school and district-level supports, and tips for encouraging their children academically and emotionally. The guide is available and translated into the NYCDOE’s nine covered languages and can be as well accessed on the Back to School Basics webpage: Check out Back to School Basics, for a quick one-stop shop full of resources. Printed and translated Achieve NYC Guides are also available in Room 109.

REMINDER! It’s Box Tops Season!

Clipping Box Tops is a simple way to help our Parents’ Association raise money for the school! Last school year, the money we earned was used to support PA projects like afterschool programming and arts during the school day.

Each Box Top is worth 10 cents. Start collecting them now and tell your friends and family to clip too! Soon we’ll be sending home instructions for the first collection of the year which ends on October 18. No contribution is too small and the class that collects the most Box Tops will win an awesome build-your-own ice cream sundae party!

Box Tops can be found on products from General Mills Cereals, Kleenex, Cascadian Farms, Hefty, Ziploc, Hanes, Yoplait, Land O’ Lakes, Betty Crocker, Old El Paso, Mott’s, PillsburyAnnie’s and more. There’s also a new app, making it easy to earn extra Box Tops. Check out the Box Tops for Education site at

Thank you for your help!

Achara Kelley

Box Tops Coordinator

The PS 217  School Library

Beginning in May of last year, we started a parent-led volunteer effort that provided an opportunity for teachers to bring their classes back into the library during the school day. We read books aloud with the classes, worked on small projects, and helped them check out books. We will be continuing this effort during the 2018-19 school year. If you are interested in volunteering to help with our library or would like to know more about what we are doing, please email either Michele Besson ( or Kayne Wilk (

Attention all 5th grade parents (and anyone else interested!), district middle school fairs are coming up!

District 20 Middle School Fair

When:  Thursday, October 4, 2018            6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Where: New Utrecht High School (1601 80th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11214)

Mini District 22 Middle School Fair @ PS 217

When:  Friday, October 12, 2018               9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Where: PS 217 Gym

District 22 Middle School Fair

When:  Wednesday, October 17, 2018    5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Where: Shell Bank Junior High School (2424 Batchelder St, Brooklyn, NY 11235)

To find out about the Middle School Fairs in other school districts, please check the DOE website at


Intro to Middle School Application Workshop – 10/9/2018 @ 8:15PM and 6:00 PM

Tuesday, October 9 @ 8:15 AM and again at 6:00 PM we will host a workshop for those interested in getting help through the middle school application process. Please feel free to bring your middle school directory with you.

Pre-K and Kindergarten Corner

Intro to Cool Culture Workshop – Parent Workshop

RESCHEDULED for Tuesday, October 2ndat 2:30 PM in the PS 217 Library

For more information please contact Mara Dubovici, Cultural Liaison (Room 109 / / 718.434.6960 ext. 1).

Almost 90 museums, zoos and other entertainment and cultural institutions will be available for FREE for your family when you use your Cool Culture card.

  • Families who returned the form by September 18 will receive their Cool Culture Passes in early November.
  • Families who will return the forms by October 22 will receive the passes at the end of November.

SAVE THE DATE: District 22 Cyberbullying and Conflict vs. Bullying Workshop

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 9 AM – 10:30 AM 

PS 222   / 3301 Quentin Road, 11234

From the agenda: cyberbullying, understand the difference between peer conflict and bullying, social media apps every parent should know, NYC Department of Education anti-bullying initiatives & reporting and

The workshop is facilitated by the NYC DOE Office of Safety Youth and Development.

From the classrooms …

While parents are invited on Monday mornings to learn more about healthy eating, cooking and nutrition with Mim Marwan from Cornell University – Cooperative Extension New York City, children are hands on cooking this week … in the Library. Do not panic, everything is under control! Laurel Gilkerson, our new PS 217 Wellness in the Schools Chef is jumping right into cooking during the first WITS cooking Lab of this school year! The lucky grades are Kindergarten, First and Second Grades and they will be making yummy Apple Cheddar Melts. It’s the apple season and what better way to add extra fiber and vitamin C to our/their diet than incorporating apples in a sweet and savory melt in your mouth snack!

For those who are not familiar with it, Wellness in the Schools (WITS) is a national nonprofit that teaches kids healthy habits and how to learn and live better. Thanks to the efforts of the Parents Association of PS 217, our school is now in its second year of partnership with WITS. A great component of this partnership are the 4 yearly labs, where students from Kindergarten to 5th grade learn actual hands on cooking skills, from chopping and dicing to cooking from scratch and incorporating healthy foods into their diets. Each lab has a learning component as well, explaining children the nutritional value and the importance of the food they prepare. They prep, they, cook, they taste!

Keep an eye for the recipe and encourage them to share with you what they have learned! Cooking together with children not only instills healthy eating habits, but also has numerous learning benefits, from laying the foundation of basic math concepts through measuring, counting and adding, to improving literacy and comprehension skills through vocabulary expansion and the concept of sequencing in the cooking process.

District News

Please visit our School Events and Good News Blog to see all the wonderful happenings in our schools

including our District 22 Events.



Community Events



Are you a NYC public schools parent or caregiver who identifies as LGBTQ or do you know of an LGBTQ parent with children who are currently attending NYC public schools? The DOE’s Office of Counseling Support Programs is looking for participants for a focus group that will help the DOE understand how to best support LGBTQ parents/caregivers and their families. Participants in the focus group will get the opportunity to discuss their personal experiences as parents of City public school students. Meetings will be held in the evening at Tweed Courthouse in downtown Manhattan on a monthly basis and dates and times will be announced in late fall 2018.


If you or someone you know is interested in participating in this focus group, please email Shoshana Lief at


2017-2018 Gr. 3-8 Math & ELA Scores are now available to view . If you need assistance with your NYC Account, please speak with your school’s parent coordinator.



Saturday, October 13 & Sunday, October 14 High School Fair from 10 AM to 3 PM at

Brooklyn Technical High School, 29 Fort Greene Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217


Tuesday, October 16, 2018  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM , District 22 Cyberbullying & Conflict vs. Bullying Workshop,
P.S. 222, 3301 Quentin Road, Brooklyn, NY 11234, Auditorium. Cyberbullying, understand the difference between peer conflict and bullying,  social media apps every parent should know, NYC Department of Education anti-bullying Initiatives, & reporting,  For more information contact Linda Dalton, or Heather Fiorica, Please Register 



Wednesday, October 17 Middle School Fair 5:30 – 7:30 PM at IS 14 Shellbank, 2424 Batchelder St: Visit our webpage for information on the middle school fair,  admissions and open houses.



Tuesday, October 23 9 AM- 11 AM, TItle 1 Workshop at IS 278. Learn: *What is Title 1? * Parent and Family Engagement Under ESSA

* Comprehensive Education Plan (CEP): Parent and Family Engagement Policy & School-Parent Compact * Parent Subcommittee or PAC
* Examples of Allowable/ Non-Allowable Uses of the 1% Set-Aside Fund    Please register



Parents, get resources to help your child attend school every day. Every school day counts!


2017-2018 ELA and Math State Test Scores Now Available

To all parents and guardians of students in grades 4 and 5: the 2017-2018 ELA and math state test scores are now available on your NYC Schools Account. If you need help creating a NYC Schools Account, please contact Mara Dubovici (room 109/

District 22 Cyberbullying & Conflict vs. Bullying Workshop

Event Date and Time: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Event Address: P.S. 222, 3301 Quentin Road, Brooklyn, NY 11234, Auditorium

Cyberbullying, understand the difference between peer conflict and bullying, social media apps every parent should know, NYC Department of Education anti-bullying Initiatives, & reporting,

For more information contact Linda Dalton, or Heather Fiorica,