Managing the State Tests Stress – Thursday, March 22 @ 8:15 AM

Parent Workshop

Don’t Stress About the Test!

The State Tests are right around the corner and we know that almost everyone gets a bit nervous and tense around this time. For some children these tests could be terrifying for others they are a breeze. Stress, in various forms, has become increasingly common amongst young children. Children have less experience in dealing with stressful situations and may not be familiar with how to manage or express their burden adequately. Therefore it becomes as a parent’s job to be able to tell if their child is under too much pressure and even further, to alleviate this pressure.

Parents of children in Grades 3-5, you are invited to join us on Thursday, March 22nd at 8:15 AM in the PS 217 Library to discuss the many ways you can recognize and manage the angst and the pressure of test taking. Learn how to help yourself and your child to deal with the many aspects of test anxiety. The workshop’s agenda will also cover the changes in the ELA State Test format.

ELA State Test:                  April 11-12

Math State Test:               May 1-2

Science (Written):            June 4 (Grade 4 only)

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

Apply Now for Exciting Science and STEM programs for Summer!

STEM Summer in the City 2018

Current 2nd through 10th grade students can now apply to attend an exciting FREE summer program designed around STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The program, offered by the NYC Department of Education, will run between July 5 – August 9, 2018. This is a 5-week program and for elementary school students, it will take place at the following locations:

Bronx:  Fairmont Neighborhood School
Brooklyn: P.S. 006 Norma Adams Clemons Academy
Manhattan: P.S. 036,  Margaret Douglas 
Queens: P.S. 182 Samantha Smith
Queens/Far Rockaway: P.S. 183 Dr. Richard R Green (2-5)
Staten Island: P.S. 069 Daniel D. Tompkins

In addition to weekly STEM challenges, involving coding & game design, developing engineering solutions and inventing with robotics, the program also includes enrichment opportunities in the Arts, Physical Education and includes trips to NYC cultural institutions.

For details and to apply, please check the Department of Education website at: http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/STEM/NYCSummerSTEM.htm

All questions about this program should be directed to SummerSTEM@schools.nyc.gov.

Application deadline is Friday, April 27, 2018. Selection will be done via a lottery. Besides being in the specific grades for this program, students should have at least 90% attendance during the school year and not be required to attend summer school.

STEM Matters NYC 2018

Students entering Kindergarten through Grade 12 can now apply to science and STEM enrichment programs being offered this summer at the NYC Department of Education’s Genovesi Environmental Study Center and NYC Center for Aerospace and Applied Mathematics, the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Museum of the City of New York, New York Aquarium, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Botanical Garden, Queens County Farm Museum, Queens Zoo, Staten Island Museum, Staten Island Zoo, and SUNY Old Westbury. At elementary school level the programs feature multiple 1-week camps.

Application deadline is Friday, April 6, 2018. Preference is given to students who attend Title I schools. For more information, and to access the application please check: http://schools.nyc.gov/Students/default.htm

All questions regarding STEM Matters should be addressed to: Camps@schools.nyc.gov

Don’t miss out, apply now!

PS 217 READ-A-THON                    03/03/17 – 03/30/17

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“You can find magic wherever you look.  Sit back and relax, all you need is a book!” – Dr. Seuss

Are your children reading at home? We hope they do and we hope you encourage them to do so!

Remember to support your child to find adult sponsors to pledge 1-10 cents (or more) for each minute read and logged during the Read-a-thon time frame. Sponsor names and pledge amounts should be written on a Read-a-thon pledge form. Instruct your child to also log down all the minutes they spend reading outside the classroom on the Read-a-thon log. In the end we’ll have certificates of accomplishment for all who participate, special prizes for top readers and pizza parties for top reading classes.

Happy Reading!

Science Night is Wednesday, March 28 @ 6pm

Please remember to save the date and join us for P.S. 217’s annual  Science Night, which will be held on Wednesday, March 28 from 6 PM – 7:30 PM in our Cafeteria. This free event is all about hands on science – experiments, food science with Chef Annie and time with our school animals. Pizza will be available for free for everyone, so don’t worry about dinner beforehand.

We need volunteers! This event takes many volunteers to pull off, as everything is very “hands on.” No experience necessary, we can give you very detailed instructions as to how to run one of our pre-planned activities, or, you can suggest an activity and run it.

If you have any questions about this event or if you can volunteer in any way, please contact Sherry Goldberg at sherrymgoldberg@gmail.com or 917-923-4010.

 

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JOIN US FOR SCIENCE NIGHT – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 6pm

We are looking forward to seeing you for P.S. 217’s annual free Science Night, which will be held on Wednesday, March 28 from 6 PM – 7:30 PM in our Cafeteria. This event provides us with a wonderful opportunity to engage children of all ages in experiments, games and contests that help make their lessons leap off the page. 

 

We need volunteers! This event takes many volunteers to pull off, as everything is very “hands on.” No experience necessary, we can give you very detailed instructions as to how to run one of our pre-planned activities, or, you can suggest an activity and run it.

 

Pizza will be available for everyone, so don’t worry about dinner beforehand.

If you have any questions about this event or if you can volunteer in any way, please contact Sherry Goldberg at sherrymgoldberg@gmail.com or 917-923-4010.

Family Math Night

SAVE THE DATE!

Tuesday, March 20, 5:30 – 7:00 PM

Family Math Night

Join us for an evening of Math fun with grade appropriate games and challenges, prizes and much more.

 

 

PS 217 READ-A-THON                    03/03/17 – 03/30/17

“You can find magic wherever you look.  Sit back and relax, all you need is a book!” – Dr. Seuss

Did you know that March is National Reading Month? And even more, each year at the beginning of March, school children kick off National Reading Month by celebrating the birthday of the beloved Dr. Seuss. Joining the millions of readers across the country, the PA of PS217 is happy to announce the Second Edition of the PS 217 Read-a-thon, a fun and engaging fundraiser event that will excite children and parents alike and will help support our school. Keep an eye on your child’s folder for the Read-a-thon logs and encourage your children to keep on reading!

PS 217 Scholastic Book Fair         03/09 – 03/16

“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” –Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

The Book Fair is coming! Get ready for an exciting book shopping experience right in our own PS 217 Library. As per our long time tradition, during the Parent Teacher Conferences week we are offering you and your children the opportunity to shop for new books that your children want to read. Not only that you build your home library this way, but you also support our school.

Each class will be scheduled to come to the Book Fair with their teacher, so please keep an eye on any announcement going home regarding the exact day and time. A NEW payment feature is offered for the first time for your convenience. Our book fair has a new digital payment option, called E-Wallet. If you fear that your child might lose the cash you hand them on the day of their classroom visit to the fair, you can set up an account and have funds immediately available for your child to shop the Book Fair. Safe and secure. Top get started, visit our online PS 217 Scholastic Book Fair homepage. Questions about e-Wallet? Contact Mara Dubovici (LDubovici@schools.nyc.gov / 718.434.6960 x1)

Families are invited to visit our book fair as follows:

Friday, 03/09/18                   2:30 – 3:30 PM

Tuesday, 03/13/18              8:00 – 9:00 AM

Thursday, 03/15/18              8:00 – 9:00 AM    12:30 – 3:00 PM and 4:30 – 7:30 PM

Additionally, if you are a parent of a Pre-K child, you are welcome to join your child’s class on Friday, 03/09/18 between 8:00 – 9:00 AM for an exclusive Pre-K at the Fair Family Event.

You cannot make it to the fair? Do you want extended time to shop? Check our ONLINE PS217 Scholastic Book Fair open 24 hours a day between Sunday, March 4 and Saturday, March 24.

Are you more of an App user? We have it covered as well. Scholastic’s NEW Book Fairs App enhances your book fair options. Free to download on any device, the Scholastic Book Fairs App enables you to scan a book or barcode to find age, grade or reading level for a book, to browse through various titles available for a certain age group, to read short descriptions of various books of interest, and last but not least, the to shop for books! Just make sure you select PS 217 at your checkout. All with a simple touch of your screen!

All orders will ship direct to school for FREE when the Online Fair has ended.

Would you like to volunteer at the Fair? We need you! Please contact Mara Dubovici (LDubovici@schools.nyc.gov / 718.434.69690×1) or visit our PS 217 Scholastic Book Fair homepage to sign up for an available time slot.

Happy shopping and happy reading!

 Cooking with WITS –Parent Workshop Wednesday 3/7/2018

 

Join Chef Annie from Wellness in the Schools on Wednesday, March 7 at 8:15 AM in the Cafeteria for a second Cooking with WITS workshop. While this week’s topic is Healthy Breakfast, keep in mind that a fun and math infused cooking workshop will next Wednesday, March 14 when Chef Annie is ready to challenge your math and cooking skills and discuss with your PI Day and PIE baking.

Want to find out more about Wellness in the Schools and their involvement in our school? Come this Wednesday in the Cafeteria and you will find out!