PS 217 BOGO Scholastic Book Fair          05/20 – 05/24

Another exciting and budget friendly book shopping experience is coming back to PS 217. The Buy One Get One Free Scholastic Book Fair is at its second edition. Buy one, get one … who doesn’t like that? Buy one (book), you get one free (same or less value)! Excellent value for your dollars, this fair is designed to get books in the hands of our children for the long summer break! It is also a reminder that they should never stop reading during summer, as much as they will love to be enjoying the playgrounds, the pools, the beaches, the camps or the various trips. Each class will be scheduled to come to the Book Fair with their teacher. Please be aware that a Sales Tax Rate of 8.875% will be applied on ALL purchases.

There will be no online shopping opportunity this time, but you can check the interactive book flyer on our homepage: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=ps217coldavidmarcusschool

The E-Wallet payment is already available for your convenience. If you fear that your child might lose the cash you hand them on the day of their classroom visit to the fair, you can set up an account and have funds immediately available for your child to shop the Book Fair. Safe and secure. To get started, visit our online PS 217 Scholastic Book Fair homepage.

Families will also have opportunities to visit us at the fair. The open time for families will be soon announced. Questions about the Book Fair? Contact Mara Dubovici (LDubovici@schools.nyc.gov / 718.434.6960 x1)

Community Garden at East 8th St & Newkirk Ave

A block away from PS 217, on East 8th and Newkirk Ave (former site of Compost for Brooklyn) there is a green oasis overseen and maintained by various neighborhood volunteers. While the organizational operator is PAYS (Pakistani American Youth Society) at 1001 Newkirk Ave, a group of neighbors have been cleaning it up and opened it this spring. They have reached out to us and are inviting all the PS 217 families to join their efforts and play an active role in developing this green area for the community. The garden will be open on the following days:

Saturday, May 11, 10am to 2pm – Open Hours – two raised beds will need to be filled with soil and then some seedlings will have to be planted in.

Sunday, May 19 , 12pm to 2pm – Open Hours – details TBD

For those who would like to access the garden more regularly and host garden hours themselves there will be a training at the end of the month, on Monday, May 27, 12pm to 3pm. Additional training sessions can be arranged for those unable to attend the May 27th one.

For any questions or to RSVP for any of these events, please contact Marion at newkirkcommunitygarden@gmail.com

Family Movie Night in the Park – Saturday, May 11, 2019 @ 8:00 PM

Council Member Mathieu Eugene in collaboration with NYCParks presents Family Movie Night on Saturday, May 11th, 2019, 8pm – 11pm at Parkside Playground (use entrance btw. Rogers and Bedford Ave). The featured film will be Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse. Showtime is 8pm. Admission is Free. Bring your own blanket and/or chair. For more information, please contact the Office of Council member Mathieu Eugene  at 718.287.8762 or e-mail cmeugeneevents@gmail.com. In case of inclement weather call or text 646.831.1285 for event status.

Brooklyn Answer Fair! 

Assembly member Carroll will host his Brooklyn Answer Fair! on Sunday, May 19th from 11:00am to 2:00pm at PS 130, 713 Caton Avenue (btw East 7th and East 8th Streets). The event is open to all community members.

The Brooklyn Answer Fair! is a real-time, in-person opportunity to ask your questions and get answers and information from dozens of local, city, and state agencies, organizations, and service providers. The event will include a shred-a-thon hosted by AARP and free rain barrels distributed by the Department of Environmental Protection. To reserve a rain barrel and for more information please email CarrollR@nyassembly.gov or call 718-788-7221.

Free Helmet Giveaway and Kids Bike Swap – Wednesday, 5/15

The weather is getting warmer and this is the time that New Yorkers are riding bicycles as a mode of transportation. NYC Department of Transportation has begun their FREE Bike Helmet Fitting and Distribution Events. DOT will provide free Vision Zero bike helmets, fittings and distribution while supplies last. Helmets are available for all ages. You must be present to get a helmet and you must learn how to properly fit and wear it before you receive it. Adults over 18 receiving a helmet must sign a waiver, and a parent or legal guardian must be present to sign a waiver for children under age 18.

This year, the event is adding a free kids bike swap: bring your old bike and upgrade to the next kids size. Kids must be accompanied by a parent / legal guardian and fit on a 24” wheel bike or smaller.

When: Wednesday, May 15th  3:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Where: Carmine Carro Community Center

3000 Fillmore Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11229

WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL 2018

Celebrate Science with the Entire Family!

New York is ready for another dive into the mind blowing world of science! The 11th edition of World Science Festival is ready for kick off on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. Scheduled to take place all over the city until Sunday, June 3, 2018, the festival has a very complex line up of events, guests, exhibits, hands on activities and so much more. While some events and activities have a price attached to them and might require prior reservation, many are free and welcome walk-ins. To spark your interest, here are only a few of the exciting opportunities for the whole family to enjoy this annual event.

THE GREAT FISH COUNT (FREE): top marine biologists and scientists will work with adults and children to discover the many species of fish and marine creatures right here in our own waterways.

Saturday, June 2, 9:00AM – 6:39PM, NY and NJ locations

COOL JOBS (Discount Available*): meet a forensic scientist, a venomous-snake-loving herpetologist, a NASA engineer who lands spacecrafts on Mars and inventors who are changing the future of sports!

Saturday, June 2, 3:00–4:00 PM, NYU Skirball Center for The Performing Arts

STARGAZING IN BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK (FREE): grab your picnic blanket and rush to Brooklyn Bridge Park to contemplate your singular, magical, miniscule spot in the universe.

Saturday, June 2, 7:00 –11:00 PM, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1

CITY OF SCIENCE (FREE): join the fun for this larger than life, touring event where the wondrous properties of science, technology, engineering, and math collide.

Sunday, June 3, 10:00AM – 5:00PM, Washington Square Park |

SCIENCE AND STORYTIME (FREE): children’s book authors will read from and sign their books while also helping you build your own beehives, rockets, and super-fast paper airplanes

Sunday, June 3, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, NYU Kimmel Center

FLAME CHALLENGE (DISCOUNT AVAILABLE*): meet the winners of the challenge, hear their simple yet brilliantly clear explanations of climate, and even see a man-made floor-to-ceiling tornado

Sunday, June 3, 1:30–2:30 PM, NYU Skirball Center for The Performing Arts

*Save 15% on Flame Challenge & Cool Jobs with Discount Code WSFSTDNT18 (valid for both Adult and Children’s tickets). For a complete list of events or more information about the festival, please visit: https://www.worldsciencefestival.com/

May Calendar

MAY

1-2          MATH State Test – Grades 3-4-5

3              First Friday – Grades K, 1 and 2

7/14/21/28        Conversation Circle @ 8:15AM

10          Second Friday – Grades 3, 4 and 5 @ 8:15 AM

14          Student of the Month Pre-K-K-1@ 9:00 AM

15          Student of the Month Gr. 2-3@ 9:00 AM

16          Student of the Month Gr. 4-5@ 9:00 AM

Why Should I Read to MY Child (III) – Parent Workshop @ 8:15 AM

17          PA Executive Board Meeting @ 8:15 AM

20-24    Scholastic Book Fair (BOGO)

20          General PA Meeting (Elections) @ 8:15 AM

SLT Meeting @ 4:00PM

21          Kindergarten International Festival

21-22    District 22 Art Exhibit @ 3-5 PM

23          PS 217 Spring Concert @ 6:00 PM

24          Senior (5th Grade) Trip

27          Memorial Day. No School

28          Bring Your Child to the Museum – Parent Workshop @ 2:30 PM

30          Avoid Homework Hassle – Parent Workshop @ 8:15 AM

General Parents Association Meeting    Monday, 05/20/2019 @ 8:15 AM

Join us on Monday, May 20th at 8:15 AM in the PS 217 Cafeteria for a VERY IMPORTANT Parent Association meeting! It is PA ELECTION time and we hope that you will join us! Several positions within the PA will be vacant for the 2019-2020 school year and we are excited and hopeful that new volunteers will decide to join our Executive Board! Time commitment varies, so please don’t opt out if you are interested but worried about the time commitment – there are positions both big and small! Come hear about:

  • how to get involved in next year’s Executive Board
  • events, activities and fundraisers of great interest for all

Even if you could not make it to the previous PA meetings, this one is the one you do not want to miss. Join us and VOTE for yourself or for a friend willing to help our school by joining the Executive Board. Keep an eye for announcements regarding the Nomination Forms. Your involvement is important and all our children will benefit from it.

The Book Fair Is Coming!

PS 217 BOGO Scholastic Book Fair          05/20 – 05/24

Another exciting and budget friendly book shopping experience is coming back to PS 217. The Buy One Get One Free Scholastic Book Fair is at its second edition. Buy one, get one … who doesn’t like that? Buy one (book), you get one free (same or less value)! Excellent value for your dollars, this fair is designed to get books in the hands of our children for the long summer break! It is also a reminder that they should never stop reading during summer, as much as they will love to be enjoying the playgrounds, the pools, the beaches, the camps or the various trips.

Each class will be scheduled to come to the Book Fair with their teacher, so please keep an eye on any announcement going home regarding the exact day and time.

While there will be no online shopping opportunity this time, you can still count on the relatively NEW and convenient payment feature called E-Wallet. If you fear that your child might lose the cash you hand them on the day of their classroom visit to the fair, you can set up an account and have funds immediately available for your child to shop the Book Fair. Safe and secure. To get started, visit our online PS 217 Scholastic Book Fair homepage. The E-wallet will be available between 5/6 – 5/24.

Families will also have opportunities to visit us at the fair. The open time for families will be soon announced. Questions about the Book Fair? Contact Mara Dubovici (LDubovici@schools.nyc.gov / 718.434.6960 x1)

Free Helmet Giveaway and Kids Bike Swap – Wednesday, 5/15

The weather is getting warmer and this is the time that New Yorkers are riding bicycles as a mode of transportation. NYC Department of Transportation has begun their FREE Bike Helmet Fitting and Distribution Events. DOT will provide free Vision Zero bike helmets, fittings and distribution while supplies last. Helmets are available for all ages. You must be present to get a helmet and you must learn how to properly fit and wear it before you receive it. Adults over 18 receiving a helmet must sign a waiver, and a parent or legal guardian must be present to sign a waiver for children under age 18.

This year, the event is adding a free kids bike swap: bring your old bike and upgrade to the next kids size. Kids must be accompanied by a parent / legal guardian and fit on a 24” wheel bike or smaller.

When: Wednesday, May 15th  3:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Where: Carmine Carro Community Center

3000 Fillmore Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11229