Lost and Found – Cafeteria

If your child already came home without their jacket, lunchbox, glasses or any other items, please write a note to the teacher and have the child check the Cafeteria hooks where we put many of the found items. Glasses and other valuable items will be kept in the main office.

Wellness Committee Meeting on Friday

The Wellness Committee is having its first meeting of the year on October 6 at 8:15 in Room 107.
Wellness is dedicated to promoting physical activity and healthy eating at our school. One of our main focus areas this year will be recess time and ensuring that PS 217 children particularly those in the younger grades, get enough time outside, and will be discussing the School Construction Authority’s recently revealed plan to take away 75% of our outdoor play space for the next two years.
We will also be introducing Chef Annie, our new chef from the Wellness in the Schools program, who will be working with our kitchen staff and planning activities with students and parents throughout the year. For more information, contact Sarah Kunstler (sarah.kunstler@gmail.com) or Shannon Beatty (aliasgraceful@gmail.com) committee co-chairs.

PS 217 Colonel David Marcus School APP

To keep up with the PS 217 news and events is only one APP away!

In its second year, the PS 217 Colonel David Marcus School APP by SchoolAppExpress is available in over 30 languages on all mobile devices!

Search for PS 217- Colonel David Marcus within your phone’s app store, install it and here you are! Weekly and daily reminders will keep you informed about the many events taking place at our school.

School Safety

The priority of our safety agents, Agent Marin and Agent Webb is to maintain a safe environment for our students, parents, staff and visitors. In order to do so, we all need to cooperate and follow the safety rules. We ask you to please always bring your ID and wait to be signed in with the Safety Agents at the front desk. You can enter and leave the school ONLY through the main entrance, unless you are picking up your Kindergarten child. All exits have working alarms that will start going off once there is an unauthorized use of that exit.

We have a very large school and by all of us working together, we can enjoy a safe and happy place for everyone.

Discovery Zone Clubs and After School – Opportunities for Talented Parents

It has been a tradition of our school to offer two highly valued programs: Magnet Masters Clubs for 4th and 5th graders and Magnet After School Programs for all grades. This year we are re-branding these programs and we are happy to announce that PS217 will offer:

  • Discovery Zone Clubs, for 4th and 5th grade, on Friday afternoons during the school day, 1:25 – 2:20 PM. Starts: Friday, October 13, 2017.
  • Discovery Zone After School Program, for all grades: on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 2:30 – 4:00 PM, starting late October (date TBD) & on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 2:30 – 4:00 PM, starting in January (date TBD)

Do you have a skill, an interest or a talent that you would like to share with children at PS217? Would you be willing to teach a class, either for Discovery Zone Clubs or for the Discovery Zone After School Program? Or maybe for both? If you have an interest, a hobby or a talent – e.g. art, music, dance, acting, sewing, knitting, movies, scrap booking, sports, games, etc. – we can help you design a class that kids will learn from and enjoy. You can even pair up with a friend and lead a class together. We will offer the support of a teacher working along with you. If you have an idea (and remember, you can be as creative as you wish!) or you want further information, please contact a.s.a.p. (Room 109 / LDubovici@schools.nyc.gov / 718.434.6960×1).

Middle School Corner

Request for Testing (RFT) forms are now available. If your child wishes to apply to I.S. 239 Mark Twain (open to all NYC residents), they must fill out the RFT form and return the completed form to your child’s teacher by October 20th.

District 22 Mini Middle School Fair at PS 217 – 10/6/2017 @ 8:30 – 9:30 AM

Thursday, October 6 @ 8:30AM we will host a District 22 Mini Middle School Fair right here at PS 217! It is a great opportunity for every 5th grade family to become familiar with the middle schools in our district and to establish contact with the respective schools’ principals and/or assistant principals, parent coordinators and/or guidance counselors. We are welcoming all our interested parents and guardians in the PS 217 Gym starting 8:30 AM. Question on Middle School Application process? Contact Mara Dubovici (Room 109 / LDubovici@schools.nyc.gov / 718.434.6960×1).

Save the Dates:  

District 22 Middle School Fair

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Shell Bank Junior High School

2424 Batchelder St, Brooklyn, NY 11235


District 20 Middle School Fair

Tuesday, October 10, 2017          

5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Franklyn D. Roosevelt High School

5800 20 Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11204


To find out about the Middle School Fairs in other school districts, please check the DOE website at http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/Middle/events/default.htm.

Pre-K and Kindergarten Corner


Don’t forget to fill out your 2017 – 2018 Cool Culture Application Forms and return them by October 10! FREE museums and cultural institutions will welcome you as soon as you will be able to pick up your card in late November or early December.

For more information or to pick an application form please contact Mara Dubovici (Room 109 / LDubovici@schools.nyc.gov / 718.434.6960×1).

Join Us in Conversation Circle    October 03, 2017 – December 19, 2017

Our last years’ Conversations Partners in now coming back as Conversation Circle!

Thanks to Sofia Sequenzia, the diligent volunteer and friend of our school who has been running this program for the past three years, we are now happy to bring you P.S. 217 Conversation Circles. Conversation Circles are a great way to practice English with native speakers.  They are fun, informal and FREE.

If you would like to practice your English, join P.S. 217 Conversation Circles for group conversation on Tuesdays from 8:15 to 9:15 am. Meet other parents and neighbors and improve your speaking skills. Registration for non-English speakers will take place Tuesday, October 3 in Room 109, 8:15 am.

If you want to become more involved in the community and are interested in helping neighbors practice their English with one hour a week commitment, feel free to come for an Orientation for English speakers on Tuesday, October 3 in the PS 217 Cafeteria at 8:15 am.

Our first 10 week session is scheduled for: October 3 – December 19, 2017.

For more information, contact Mara Dubovici, Parent Coordinator, in Room 109 or at 718-434-6960, ext.1 / LDubovici@schools.nyc.gov.

It’s Box Tops season!



Clipping Box Tops is a simple way to help our Parents’ Association raise money for the school! Last school year, the money we earned was used to support PA projects like afterschool programming and arts during the school day.

Each Box Top is worth 10 cents. Start collecting them now (and tell your friends and family to clip too!), and soon we’ll be sending home instructions for the first collection of the year (Oct. 20). No contribution is too small. And the class that collections the most Box Tops will win a special class treat!

Box Tops can be found on products from General Mills Cereals, Kleenex, Cascadian Farms, Hefty, Ziploc, Hanes, Yoplait, Land O’ Lakes, Betty Crocker, Old El Paso, Mott’s, PillsburyAnnie’s, and more. There’s also a new app, making it easy to earn extra Box Tops. Check out the Box Tops for Education site at www.btfe.com.

Thank you for your help!

Sally Yoo

Box Tops Coordinator