Regular Dismissal on Thursday

Parents, please be aware that Thursday is a regular dismissal time for students. We hope you will join us between 4:30-7:30pm for the parent/teacher conferences as well (reminder, these are not one-on-one conferences, but rather group style).

District 22 Weekly Email Blast 1/12/18

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Monday, January 15: Schools are closed in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.



Tuesday, January 16: Parent to Parent NYS and the New York City Department of Education are hosting an information session on the ASD Nest and ASD Horizon programs (specialized programs for students on the autism spectrum) on Tuesday, January 16, on Staten Island. The event will discuss program features, the application process, and admissions criteria. Contact (718) 494-4872 or to RSVP or get more information.



Friday, January 19 There’s still time to submit your Kindergarten Application: The deadline has been extended.  All children born in 2013 who live in NYC can apply to kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year. You don’t need any paperwork or documentation to apply—all you need is:

Your child’s name, date of birth, and current pre-K (if applicable)
Your contact information and information on any siblings who will be in grades K-5 next year (if applicable)
The programs you are applying to, ranked in your preference order —use the Kindergarten Directory to choose up to 12 programs
Apply online, by phone at 718-935-2009, or in person at a Family Welcome Center by January 19. Already submitted your application? Forward this message to friends or family who still need to apply.

Visit Kindergarten Admissions,  call 718-935-2009, or email us at if you have any questions. Questions? You can visit Kindergarten Admissions, email us at, or call 718-935-2009.



Saturday, January 27 The annual INCLUDEnyc Fair (formerly Summer Fun & More): will be held Saturday, January 27, from 11am-3pm at Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan. Families can meet face-to-face with representatives from nearly 100 different summer camps, after-school programs, recreational programs, and more. Interpretation will be available in Spanish, Chinese, and ASL. For more information, visit their website



Pre-Kindergarten Admissions Information and Open Houses:



Chancellor Fariña Announces Annual Arts in School Report: Celebrating Record-High Number of Certified Arts Teachers Citywide



The UFT’s Dial-A-Teacher program was founded in 1980 to offer homework help to students. Today, qualified teachers at Dial-A-Teacher field more than 60,000 calls a year in 10 languages! Learn more:



Keeping Kids Healthy No more sick days! Check out expert advice to keep your child healthy year-round:



Middle school is often a time of social and emotional turmoil. While you can’t stop it from happening, you can help your kids learn to control it. Here’s advice on how:



Guide to Healthy Eating and Active Living in NYC
The symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning are often described as “flu-like”–headache, weakness, nausea, etc. Install CO alarms in your home to detect this odorless, colorless gas.



Is your child interested in learning more about a marine-related career? Students 13-years-old and above can apply for various scholarships through Beneath the Sea! For inquires, please email



CEC 22 has a vacancy open to any parent with a child in pre-k through eighth grade in a District 22 school.

If you are interested in serving on the Council, please consider applying to fill this seat. To obtain an application, email or visit Please be sure to submit your completed application no later than January 19, 2018.

CECs work directly with the superintendent; provide input to the Chancellor and to the Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) on district concerns; approve zoning lines; hold public hearings on capital needs; and so much more!


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Parent Teacher Conference (PTC) – Evening Conference

Thursday,  01/18/2018   4:30 to 7:30PM

On Thursday, January 18, between 4:30 – 7:30 PM our school will open its doors for all parents and guardians.

This is not the usual individual Parent-Teacher Conference type meeting. The classroom and cluster teachers will meet with parents as a group, will talk about the curriculum and will. Don’t miss this chance to touch base with your children’s teachers, staff members and visit the school at your own pace. Please be aware that report cards will NOT be distributed during this event. Whether you have one child or more children in P.S. 217, the multiple sessions will allow you to tour the school and visit as many teachers as possible. Translators will be available in the main office.

SAVE THE DATE for the individual Parent Teacher Conferences: Thursday, March 15, 2018!

Picture Day Retake is Friday, January 19, 2017

If your child did not have his picture taken on Picture Day, don’t worry, we’ll have a make-up day on January 19. Keep it in mind and be ready for that day!

Penny Drive Fundraiser – Thank You!

The Parents Association of PS 217 would like to thank to ALL of our classes participating in our Penny Drive! With all 48 classes participating, we raised over $4,000. That’s an average of over $80 per class! The top three classes were 2-413, 4-514 and 4-518. These classes will be receiving pizza parties. And to show our appreciation to everyone who participated, we are distributing homework passes for ALL students.

Friends of PS 217 Partners with Amazon to Support Students

Did you know that any Amazon purchase made through Amazon Smile can directly benefit PS 217? By logging onto Amazon via 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.

Friends of PS 217 is a nonprofit organization that works closely with the school and the Parents Association to raise money to support enrichment and after school activities for our kids.

Pre-K and Kindergarten Corner:  Cool Culture is here!


Don’t let the cold weather interfere with your plans for fun quality family time outside your home! Through its museums and various cultural institutions, our vibrant city offers numerous opportunities for families to engage in activities that contribute to young children’s cognitive and language development while cultivating new audiences for the arts. Cool Culture can help your family create invaluable experiences not only for your little ones but for the entire family as well.

SAVE THE DATE:               Beat the Cool (Weather) with COOL Culture – Parent Workshop

Wednesday, January 17th @ 8:15 AM – PS 217 Library

Wednesday, January 17th @ 2:30 PM – PS 217 Library

Both workshops will cover the same topics. Refreshments will be available.

  • If you applied before October 20, your Cool Culture Family Pass is ready to be picked up from Room 109. ID is required in order to pick it up. Come pick up your family Pass during one of our workshops scheduled for Wednesday, January 17.
  • If you are already have a Family Pass, please come and share your experiences with other parents while learning more tips and tricks to make the museum trips memorable for everyone.
  • Is your Family Pass not printed yet? Did you forget to apply? It is not too late yet! Last day to submit an application for a Cool Culture Family Pass is Tuesday, January 23rd. Applications are available in Room 109. Come ask as well about the Loaner Passes and how can your family benefit from it.


As you are using your card, send us your Cool pictures from the places you visit with your family using this pass! Pictures can be sent to Keep track of your visits with pictures, drawings, tickets and feel free to share them with us. We would love to hear about your Cool Culture experience.

Questions? Contact Mara by e-mail: or by phone: 718.434.6960 x 1.

Kindergarten Application

All current Pre-K students (born in 2013) need to apply to Kindergarten to secure a seat for the 2018-2019 school year. You can apply to Kindergarten until January 12, 2018 in one of the three ways:

  • Online at  in ten languages
  • Over the phone by calling 718-935-2009, Mo-Fri 8am – 6pm
  • In person at a Family Welcome Center. District 22 Family Welcome Center is located at 1780 Ocean Avenue, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn 11230

Interpretation services are available in over 200 languages for the over-the-phone and in-person options.

Pre-K Application

If your child was born in 2014, their journey through New York City public schools begins this year. Start exploring your options now, so that you’re ready to apply to Pre-K when the application opens on February 5, 2018.

  • Read the Pre-K Directory to learn about the admissions process and explore the schools in your community.
  • Attend an Admissions Event in February to find out how to apply for pre-K and get help with your application. Brooklyn’s Admission Event is scheduled to take place on Monday, February 5, 2018 at 6pm & 7pm at PS 133 William A. Butler (610 Baltic Street, Brooklyn NY 11217)
  • Visit pre-K programs to meet staff, see if a program is a good fit for your child, and test out the commute to and from your home.

The deadline to apply to Pre-K is March 30, 2018. The application is not first-come first-served. If you have any questions, visit Pre-K Admissions or call 718-935-2009.