Calendar

MAY

22/29     Conversation Circle @ 8:15AM

21           SLT Meeting @ 4:00PM

Family Night. No Homework

22           Kindergarten International Festival @ 9:00 AM

21-25    Scholastic Book Fair (BOGO)

23           Cooking With WITS – Parent Workshop @ 8:15 AM

General PA Meeting @ 8:15 AM

28           Memorial Day. No School

29           Garden Concert

 

JUNE

2              The Lion King – School Play @ 4:00 PM

4              4th Grade NYS Science Test – Written

5/12       Conversation Circle @ 8:15AM

6              Cooking With WITS @ 8:15 AM

Fifth Grade Senior Trip

Fourth Grade Field Day

7              Anniversary Day. NO SCHOOL for Students

8              District 22 Family Fun Night 5-7:30 PM

11           June Clerical Day. NO SCHOOL for Students

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

Incoming Kindergarten Orientation @ 2:30 PM

13           Student of the Month Gr. 2-3@ 8:15 AM

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

14           5th Grade Awards Assembly @ 9:00 AM

15           Eid al-Fitr. NO SCHOOL

18           Kindergarten Stepping Up @ 8:30 AM & 9:30 AM

SLT Meeting @ 4:00 PM

20           Pre-K Stepping Up Ceremony @ 9:00 AM

21           5th Grade Graduation Ceremony @ 9:00 AM

22           5th Grade Senior Dance @ 5:00 PM

26           Last day of school. Students dismissed at 11:20AM

PS 217 BOGO Scholastic Book Fair           05/21 – 02/25

Buy One Get One Free Scholastic Book Fair is here! Leave the Book Fair with twice as many books! Best 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 enjoy the playgrounds, the pools, the beaches, the camps, the family trips and so much more.

All students will visit the Book Fair with their teacher, during their regular school time. If you fear that your child might lose the cash you hand them on the day of their classroom visit, check the digital payment option, E-Wallet. To set up an E-Wallet account, visit our online PS 217 Scholastic Book Fair homepage available until Friday, 5/25. Funds will immediately be available for your child to shop at the Book Fair. No online shopping is available at this time.

PS 217’s BOGO Scholastic Book Fair will also be open for families as follows:

                         Monday, 05/21/2018                    8:15 – 9:00 AM

                         Tuesday, 05/21/2018                    2:30 – 3:30 PM

                         Wednesday, 05/23/2018             2:30 – 3:30 PM

                         Friday, 05/25/2018                        8:15 – 9:30 AM

Please remember that FREE items must be equal or lesser value than the ones you buy and that all items are subject to sales tax.

Questions? Contact Mara Dubovici (LDubovici@schools.nyc.gov / 718.434.6960 x1)

Playground Updates

There are no closings of the playground scheduled at this time.

Pennies for Patients & Stuck for A Buck – Results!

  The last coin has been counted, all your donations have been acknowledged and the results are in! We are very excited and proud to announce that PS 217, in its first year of joining this noble fundraiser has been able to raise $4,701.75 toward helping the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society meet its goal of eliminating blood cancers forever.

All classes that collected over $100, $200, and $300 in donations will receive either bronze, silver or gold pennants respectively to display in their rooms. Altogether, about 20 classes will be the happy recipients of the pennants! The top 3 fundraising classes will receive a pizza party each. Here are the lucky winners:

1st place: class 2-401 (Ms. Myrovych & Mr. Sroczynsky)

2nd place: class 2-410 (Mr. Roldan)

3rd place: class 2-412 (Ms. Petrosino)

A few more classes (raising above $150 each) will be rewarded with a treat party as well. In the descending order of their donations, they are:  4-507, K-308, 2-413, 4-516, 3-414, 3-402, K-312!

Congratulations all for the efforts to support blood cancer research and patients going through treatment and thank you again for helping to make a difference for this very worthy cause!

FUN FACTS

Beside the paper currency and the online donations, PS 217 collected during this campaign:

  • 456,712 pennies
  • 4,859 nickels
  • 5,823 dimes
  • 2,920 quarters
  • 24 dollar coins

… all these adding up to 371.33 lbs (168.43 kg). Quite a heavy load!

LION KING School Play

Saturday, June 2, 2018 @ 4:00 PM

 

A lively stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning 1994 Disney film, The Lion King is the story of a young lion prince living in the flourishing African Pride Lands. Born into the royal family, precocious cub Simba spends his days exploring the sprawling savanna grasslands and idolizing his kingly father, Mufasa.

Come join us on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 at 4:00 PM in the PS 217 Auditorium for the PS 217 version of this Disney favorite!

Involving hours and hours of work and rehearsals during Discovery Zone Clubs and Discovery Zone After School Program, the play is the product of the combined efforts of over 150 brilliant students – lead actors, dancers, singers, tech crew and scenery artists, guided by a team of over 15 talented teachers.

Parents Association Highlights 2017-2018

Dear PS 217 Parents,

Thank you for an amazing year!  Together with you, the Parents Association did some amazing things for our children and families.  This includes working together on:

  • Creating a new Mission and Vision for the Parents Association, that includes being Welcoming, Representative, pursuing Collection Action, encouraging Culturally Relevant education, serving as a Bridge between parents and the school, being Communicative, and adopting Fair Fundraising practices
  • Hosting Wellness In The Schools / Chef Annie’s year-long cooking classes with our kids, recipes and parent demonstrations
  • Supporting a New Curriculum and Activities around Social and Emotional Wellbeing for our kids
  • Hosting Science Night for over 200 kids and parents
  • Providing Financial Support for Fall and Spring Discovery Zone Afterschool (including studio art, ukulele, recorders, violin, trumpets, guitar, rock band, chorus and The Lion King!)
  • Hosting the Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead fall festival
  • Composting, growing and harvesting in our Garden
  • Raising money to support activities at the school through our classroom Penny Drive
  • Hosting Movie Nights
  • Planning fun graduation events for our fifth grade class
  • Supporting our kids reading for thousands of minutes for the PS 217 Read-a-Thon
  • Hosting breakfasts in Urdu, Bengali, Arabic, Nepali and Spanish about the new curriculum
  • Pursuing Successful Advocacy with School Construction Authority to preserve access to the playground
  • Organizing Fun Sales for our kids at Halloween, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day and making sure all kids could participate
  • Hosting the First PS 217 Summer Activity / Summer Camp Fair
  • Hosting our Cinco de Mayo spring festival with Ballet Folklorico
  • Supporting the City-Wide Campaign for Safer Streets
  • Planning our First Eid Celebration
  • Promoting Parent Engagement with our Parent Interpreters, whose work has been replicated in two other schools in District 22 and recognized by the DOE Chancellor!

Before the school year ends, we hope to see you at The Lion King, our Eid Celebration evening, the Spring Carnival and our Parents Association Elections in June!

Nowshin and Julia

PS 217 Parents Association Co-Presidents

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/

Empowering Families and Schools:  Building parent Advocacy, Building our Future

Monday May 21, 2018 @ 9:30AM

209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn NY, 11201

The seminar is focused on helping parents develop strategies to support their children at home and in school. The seminar consists of panel discussions with a variety of the Department of Education’s Policy makers and education experts. The Academic Support Panel will provide families questions and strategies that help families partner with teacher, administrators and other schools based professionals. The Social-Emotional Support Panel will discuss explicit strategies which school based professionals and families can use to build strong and responsible decision making individuals. Panelists will make many DOE policy and procedures transparent.

Families can register at: https://brooklynsouthparentsmatter.eventbrite.com

Borough-Wide Safety Meeting : Safety Awareness Forum for Parents & Community

Thursday, May 31, 2018 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Clara Barton High School

901 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225

This is an excellent opportunity for parents and guardians to hear from the agencies responsible for ensuring the safety of the children in our schools. In the current climate of crisis in schools, it is important for parents to understand the safety protocols that must be adhered to when a safety concern or situation occurs.

Spring Conference for Families of Students with Disabilities

Saturday June 2nd, 2018  10:00AM – 2:00PM

PS 90 Edna Cohen School

2840 West 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224

Do you have a child with an IEP or with any Special Education need? Don’t forget to register for the Conference, which will take place from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at, P.S. 90 Edna Cohen School

(2840 West 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224). It promises to be a great celebration where families learn about special education, connect with other families and experts and enjoy food, music, dance and raffles! There will also be a magician and a special appearance from fire fighters/Fire Truck.