District News

Saturday, December 16, 10 am – 1 pm Free Event at MS 890, The Healing Through Art Project. On Saturday, December 16th  M.S. 890 opened its doors and invites Ditmas I.S. 62, P.S. 217, P.S. 139, and P.S. 119 formed an art collaborative called “The Healing Through Art Project.” This touchstone event produces a dynamic opportunity for students to create art projects that foster and represent diversity & inclusion, and encourage the spirit of equity and benevolence.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 Time: 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM Please join us for the Kindergarten Open House for 2018
incoming students. Meet our Kindergarten teachers, our
administration, tour our classrooms, and discuss firsthand what it’s like to be a part of our community.
Refreshments will be served.
Address: 2515 Avenue L
Brooklyn, NY 11210
For more information or to RSVP, please reach out to our Parent Coordinator, Lori Ramos-Johnson at lramosjohnson@schools.nyc.gov or
by phone at (718) 338-9011

For more kindergarten open houses visit https://sites.google.com/site/district22brooklyn/kindergarten-admissions-and-open-houses

December 22, 2017 Deadline to complete The Biennial Review Survey: The Biennial Review Survey (translated in all nine DOE covered languages) was emailed to all the members of  School Leadership Teams (SLT) on Monday November 27, 2017 and should be completed by Friday December 22, 2017. We encourage all members to complete the online survey and submit their responses. Access at home is challenging, so it is permissible for SLT members to use a school computer. Survey participants should evaluate their experience on the SLT across six required components pursuant to Commissioner’s Regulation 100.11.



December 25, 2017 –  January 1, 2018   Winter Recess (Schools Closed)

Families can visit Art and Cultural Institutions https://sites.google.com/site/district22brooklyn/art-and-cultural-institutions-nyc
Thursday, January 4, 2018  7:00pm – 8:00pm CDEC 22 Meeting –  P.S. 312, 7103 Avenue T, Brooklyn, NY 11234,




Save the Date! January 11, 2018 will be “College Awareness Day” Show your college pride by wearing your alma mater’s t-shirt! #CollegeAccessforAll



Deadline to Apply for Kindergarten is January 12, 2018.

All New York City residents with children born in 2013 can apply to kindergarten until January 12, 2018 one of three ways: Online via our application site , By phone at 718-935-2009 , In person at a Family Welcome Center.



Deadline January 19, 2018 The Summer Arts Institute is a tuition-free, intensive arts program for New York City public school students entering grades 8-12, held at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens.  http://schools.nyc.gov/offices/teachlearn/arts/initiatives/sai.html



The pre-K application for the 2018-19 school year will open on February 5, 2018.



Middle and high school students can apply now for NYS Summer School for the Arts  http://www.oce.nysed.gov/nysssa

Holiday Shopping That Can Give Back To Our School!

Did you know that any Amazon purchase made through Amazon Smile can directly benefit PS 217l? By logging onto Amazon via smile.amazon.com and choosing “Friends of 217” as your charity of choice, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases directly to Friends of 217. There are no added costs, no changes to Prime or shipping, just the wonderful added benefit for the school.

Amazon Smile doesn’t end at the holidays -so bookmark smile.amazon.com as your starting point whenever you go to Amazon!


No School Thursday & Friday

Warm wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving!



Please volunteer with us!

We need parents to help volunteer at our upcoming book fair. Visit the link below for easy sign up. Thank you in advance!

PS 217 Scholastic Book Fair

Support our school by shopping online!

Our Scholastic Book Fair is now OPEN until December 8. Check: PS 217 Scholastic Book Fair

  • Order books for all ages and grades
  • Enjoy a larger, expanded selection
  • Share your wish list with family and friends
  • Access all hours from your home or device

To shop in the school, our fair will be open between November 27 – December 1 in the PS 217 Library. All classes will be able to visit it during school hours.

Shopping time for families:   Tuesday, 11/28  between 2:30 – 4:00PM

Thursday, 11/30  between 2:30 – 4:00PM and 5:00 – 7:00PM




Family Literacy Night


Thursday, 11/30/2017

I Read, You Read, We ALL Read

Family Literacy Night

PS 217 Gym    6:00 – 7:30 PM

BOOK SWAP – Give a book, Take a book

Check your house for books that you don’t read anymore. Ask your brothers, sisters, cousins, neighbors for the books they don’t read anymore…and bring them into school from 11/20/17 – 11/27/17.

It is that easy – just donate and drop off gently used children books at the following locations:

  • Pre-K, K and 1st Grade parents: in Room 109, every day 8:15 – 9:00 AM and 1:00 – 2:00 PM
  • Grades 2 – 5 students: in your classroom

Receive an Exchange Ticket that tells you how many “new” books you can choose later (limit 7 books for the trade).

Then visit the BOOK SWAP on November 30th, 5-7 PM in the PS 217 Cafeteria and exchange your tickets for “new” books. You must show an exchange ticket in order to get a book.

Questions: Contact Parent Coordinator Mara Dubovici Room 109 / 718.434.6960 x 1 / LDubovici@schools.nyc.gov

Parent Teacher Conferences – Thursday, November 16, 2017

This Thursday, November 16 we are hosting our Fall Parent Teacher Conferences! Remember that all students will be dismissed at 11:20 AM so please make sure you arrange for early pick up on that day. The Parent Teacher Conferences will be taking place in two sessions:

  • the afternoon session, from 12:20 PM – 2:20 PM and
  • the evening session, from 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM

You should have received by now your scheduled time to meet with your child’s classroom teacher, but keep in mind that during these sessions you can stop by and visit the other teachers that are interacting with your child this year. Our Art, Music, Theater, Phys Ed, STEAM and Science teachers are very happy to meet and discuss with you.

To make the most out of this month’s conferences, please take a few moments to review and consider the following tips before meeting with teachers:

  • Consider bringing your child with youto join the conversation;
  • Identify what you see as your child’s strengths and areas for growth;
  • Determine the best way for teachers or other school personnel to communicate with you. Phone? Email? Notes in backpacks? Let us know what works for you;
  • Be ready to provide important informationthat might help your child’s teachers better understand your child’s strengths, challenges, interests and approaches to learning.

Also, keep in mind that this should not be the only time you can talk with your child’s teacher; while during the Parent Teacher Sessions you will only have maximum 10 minutes to conference with a teacher, remember that every Tuesday, 2:20 – 3:00 PM teachers are having Family Engagement Time. May this month’s conferences be the first of a series of conversations that you will be having with your child’s teachers this year!

NOTE: Tuesday, November 14 there will be NO Family Engagement Time between 2:20 – 3:00 PM. Family Engagement Time is rescheduled for Thursday, November 16, 2:20 – 3:00 PM.

Happy conferencing!

NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Break

Please be aware that there will be no school on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24. Happy Thanksgiving!happy-thanksgiving-clip-art

Wild West Book Fair: Saddle Up and Read 11/27 – 12/1

The Scholastic Book Fair is back at PS 217! Get your boots and gallop to the PS 217 Library where adventure will await you in the many books from Scholastic and other popular publishers.

Between Monday, November 27 and Friday, December 1, our library (room 307) will host another much beloved Scholastic Book Fair. While students will have the opportunity to shop for new books with their class during the school hours, parents and families are welcome to visit the fair and shop on:

  • Tuesday, 11/28/17 between 2:30 – 3:30 PM (the library will be open for the fair but not for the usual family reading program!)
  • Thursday, 11/30/17 between 2:30 – 4:00 PM and 5:00 – 7:00 PM

We will be accepting cash, checks (made out to “P.S. 217”) and credit cards. All children must be accompanied by an adult!

For your convenience, online purchasing will be available

Building a home library helps build good readers, so please come join us at this popular event!