District 22 Weekly Email Blast

Monday, June 12th Clerical Day: No students in Attendance.




June 19-23: Regents Week




Monday, June 26th Eid-al-Fitr :Schools are Closed




Thursday, June 28th: Early Dismissal- Last Day of School



Sunday July 9th 2017 NYC Disability Pride Parade, Join families, students, teachers, and NYC DOE staff to promote the inclusion, awareness, and visibility of people with disabilities! Together, let us increase the awareness of disability history, the disability rights movement, and celebrate diversity. Encourage your colleagues, students, and their families to participate in the 3rd annual Disability Pride Parade on July 9th. The event will include food, music, and remarks from NYC officials.

To register, visit www.tinyurl.com/parade2017.



July 5th – August 10th: Summer School


Free Summer Meals: Starting June 29th at participating schools, pools parks and libraries. Families can download the free SchoolFood mobile app (for both Apple and Android) and find Summer Meals locations by visiting schoolfoodnyc.org, or texting “NYCMEALS” to 877-877, or dialing 311. visit http://www.schoolfoodnyc.org/sch_search/summermeals.aspx



Chancellor Fariña Releases Equity and Excellence for All:

Diversity in New York City Public Schools which will include a new online system that will be in place in fall 2018, for the admissions process for students
entering middle and high school in fall 2019. http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/D0799D8E-D4CD-45EF-A0D5-8F1DB246C2BA/0/diversity_final.pdf



Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Mark-Viverito, Chancellor Fariña Announce Universal Physical Education Initiative http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/390-17/mayor-de-blasio-speaker-mark-viverito-chancellor-fari-a-universal-physical-education#/0



Nominations for the Daily News Hometown Heroes deadline 7/28/17:  http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/daily-news-hometown-heroes-education-awards-official-rules-article-1.3198412


Families should register for a NYC Schools Account: Families are encouraged to register now for their NYC Schools Account (if they have not already done so) to access their child’s scores and other information, including the release of results for the 2017 Common Core exams in ELA and math for students in grades 3–8 this summer. For more information visit  http://schools.nyc.gov/RulesPolicies/StudentRecords/NYCSchools and contact your school’s parent coordinator.




CUNY Citizenship Now!: provides free, high quality, and confidential immigration law services to help individuals and families on their path to U.S. citizenship. http://www1.cuny.edu/sites/citizenship-now/



7th Grade Relationship Skills: Tips How to continue to nurture social skills and relationship-building abilities with your child in 7th grade.




Subway Library: a new initiative between The New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Library, the MTA, and Transit Wireless that provides subway riders in New York City with free access to hundreds of e-books, excerpts, and short stories—all ready to read on the train. https://www.nypl.org/blog/2017/06/08/subwaylibrary



Teacher’s Choice gets big boost in city budget: http://www.uft.org/news/teacher-s-choice-gets-big-boost-city-budget



NYS Education Department Commissioner Elia’s latest parent newsletter:  http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Update-from-Commissioner-Elia–75–of-2017-ELA—Math-Questions-Released.html?soid=1110847617454&aid=uczP87Bz-sw


How can I make sure my kid isn’t sharing too much on Facebook or Instagram?:https://www.commonsensemedia.org/privacy-and-internet-safety/how-can-i-make-sure-my-kid-isnt-sharing-too-much-on-facebook-or?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

Download Fun (and Educational) Summer Vacation Activities:  https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/learning-at-home/encouraging-reading-writing/download-fun-and-educational-summer-vacation-activities?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=understoodorg


Friday, June 9


District 22 Family Fun Night

Saturday, June 10


Students with Disabilities Spring Family Conference

Monday, June 12

Clerical Day Students Do Not Attend School


PS 152 SLT Meeting


Community Board 14 Meeting @ Murrow HS

Tuesday, June 13

NYS Regents


IS 78 SLT Meeting


IS 14 SLT Meeting (Time TBD)


IS 234 SLT Meeting


PS 315 SLT Meeting

Wednesday, June 14

NYS Regents


PS 326 SLT Meeting

Thursday, June 15

NYS Regents


PS 251 SLT Meeting


PS 361 SLT Meeting


IS 278 SLT Meeting

Friday, June 16

NYS Regents


PS 222 SLT Meeting


PS 139 SLT Meeting (if needed)

Saturday, June 17

NYS Regents

Sunday, June 18

NYS Regents

Monday, June 19

NYS Regents


NYC Second Language Proficiency Grade 8


PS 217 SLT Meeting


PS/IS 207 SLT Meeting


PS 139 SLT Meeting


PS 193 SLT Meeting

Tuesday, June 20

NYS Regents


PS 277 SLT Meeting


PS 198 SLT Meeting


PS 203 SLT Meeting

Wednesday, June 21

NYS Regents


PS 195 SLT Meeting


Community Board 18 @1097 Bergen Avenue

Thursday, June 22

NYS Regents


IS 381 SLT Meeting

Monday, June 26

Eid-al-Fitr (Schools Closed)

Wednesday, June 28

Last Day of School Early Dismissal


PS 254 SLT Meeting (subject to change)

Friday, June 30

2016-2017 PA/PTA Officers Term Ends

Deadline to Submit PA/PTA Annual Financial Report to Principal and To Hold June Transfer of Records with Principal, Incoming and Outgoing Officers

Saturday, July 1

2017-2018 PA/PTA Officers Term Begins

Wednesday, July 5

Summer School Begins M-Th Until August 10

Thursday, July 6


CDEC 22 Meeting @ TBA

Thursday, August 3


CDEC 22 Meeting @ TBA

Movie TODAY– Beauty and the Beast @ 3:00PM

Be our guest, be our guest, be our guest …

… for the last Movie Matinee of this school year. This Friday (TODAY!), June 9 @ 3PM we will bring you the brand new release of Beauty and the Beast!

Snacks and refreshments will be available for sale. All children must be accompanied by an adult!

Suggested donation: $3
Doors open at 2:45 PMBeauty Beast Poster

We Want to Hear From You!

Have ideas about what you want to see at P.S. 217 next year?  Come and talk with us, or another member of the Parents Association, or email julialuciadavis@gmail.com.

Introduction to the new Parents Association Co-Presidents

Nowshin Ali and Julia Davis will serve as Co-Presidents of the Parents Association during the 2017-2018 school year!  Nowshin is the mother of second grader Ishaan Bhattacharya. She is the administrative head of Peace Children Academy for girls and also has a homework help center.  Julia is the mom of Alma Loeb in third grade and a civil rights lawyer.  They want to thank out-going Co-Presidents Sophia McGee and Audrey Walen for their leadership, and encourage you to make time in your busy schedules to join the Parents Association.


Congratulations Mr. Bonilla!

After serving as our Interim Acting principal this year, Mr. Bonilla is officially our new permanent principal at P.S. 217.  Our District 22 Superintendent Julia Bove stopped by the school on Monday, June 5 to let us know the good news.  Please let other parents know and congratulate Mr. Bonilla the next time you see him at school!




Don’t make plans for tonight! Join us in the P.S. 217 garden for music and refreshments!

Our fifth week of garden concerts brings you no other than Too KOOL for SKOOL, PS 217’s own beloved school band. Made up of current and present teachers and parents, the band will entertain you with old and new rock and pop favorites. And for the first time in our garden, you will have a chance to enjoy the PS 217’s student rock band, #Totes Jelly!!!


Other Upcoming Events

FREE Book Distribution – Saturday, June 3 – POSTPONED Until FALL

Springtime by the Boardwalk – Spring Conference for Families of Students with Disabilities

Saturday June 10th  9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

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 9:00 AM – 1:00 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 special appearance of King Henry of the Brooklyn Cyclones. To register for this FREE event please visit: https://tinyurl.com/brooklynsouthspringconf2017

Upcoming District 22 Events

Friday, June 9th, 2017  5:00 – 7:00PM

District 22 Family Fun Night

John Malone Community Center

2335 Bergen Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

A FREE event for the whole family. Games, snacks, music and fun for everyone. All Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Town Hall Event with Chancellor Carmen Fariña

P.S. 109

1001 East 45 Street, Brooklyn NY 11203

Don’t miss this excellent opportunity. Issues and concerns for District 22 will be addressed. All District 22 parents are urged to attend.

On site interpretation services will be available.

Summer Reading!

Summer Reading Kick-Off at all Brooklyn Public Library Branches

Thursday, June 8, 2017
Calling All Brooklyn Summer Readers!

Summer is a great time to read what you like, to learn new things, and have fun with friends – and it is a critical skill that we must encourage our children to keep up all summer long. Find free programs and events for all ages throughout the summer on at the various branches of the Brooklyn Public Libraries. Here are some ways to keep your kids engaged in reading this summer:

  • Declare your children Summer Readers at the local library and online atsummerreading.org.
  • Join the party on June 8! Brooklyn’s Summer Reading Kickoff is Thursday, June 8th (a day the children are off school any way!) at Central Library Plaza from 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM. Sign up the whole family for Summer Reading, and join a free family celebration with live music and superhero challenges. This year, the Plaza will be transformed into a maker space with projects for all ages! (In case of rain or extreme weather conditions, this event will be held indoors in the Youth Wing, Dweck Center and Lobby.)

If you can’t make it to the Central Library, all local branches will host Summer Reading events Thursday, June 8.

Cortelyou Branch Library will be hosting free, fun activities and entertainment, snacks and gifts both outside and inside on Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 2:00-4:00 pm.

  • There will be a special sing-along with Hopalong Andrew at 2 pm! He adapts classic cowboy songs to reflect city life for urban cow folks!
  • Explore a guided building activity and learn about Summer Library Lab series that explores STEM activities through hands-on activities for children ages 6-10.
  • Join and sign up for Summer Reading and learn about how you can all Build a Better World this summer!

Free popcorn will also be available!

Last Parents Association Meeting for 2016-2017 School Year

Don’t miss our LAST Parents Association meeting of this school year! It will be held one morning, during the week of June 19th at 8:15 AM in the Cafeteria! Date TBD.

Wonderful things have happened since our last meeting and we are looking forward into an eventful end of the year. Come find out all about it! We are also looking forward to introduce you to the new Executive Board that will take the PA leadership during the 2017-2018 school year. Come join us and feel free to share ideas of how to build our Parents Association bigger and stronger than ever!