At Cornell Tech, our students are on winter break for a few more days. During the down time, we've been exploring tech around the city. There are some really interesting family friendly STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) exhibits at NYC museums right now.
American Museum of Natural History: Titanosaur! The world's largest dinosaur, discovered on a farm in Patagonia, is now on display at the Museum. At 122-foot, is just a bit too long for its new home. Instead, its neck and head extend out towards the elevator banks, welcoming visitors to the “dinosaur” floor.
Museum of the Moving Image: How Cats Took Over the Internet tells the history of cats online, examining phenomena like Caturday, lolcats, cat videos, celebrity cats, and more to unearth why images and videos of the feline kind have transfixed a generation of web users.
The Museum offers a free drop-in studio sessions for visitors of all ages every Saturday. Working with Museum educators, visitors will make their own media projects inspired by the exhibition How Cats Took Over the Internet. Activities include making a cat in space animation, designing your own cat celebrity, and more.
New York Historical Society: Two great exhibits! Silicon City traces the history of technology in NYC. Using images, artifacts, interactives, and oral histories, the exhibition explores local innovations that were key to computer development, from vacuum tubes and punched cards to transistors. Every Friday evening in January and February, from 6-8 pm, parents and children learn how to code in interactive workshops during Pay-as-you-Wish Friday eveningsanimating a simple cartoon using the block coding program Scratch.
Superheroes in Gotham uses comic book art and memorabilia to tell the story of the birth of comic book superheroes in NYC; the leap of comic book superheroes from the page into radio, television, and film; and the ways comic book superheroes have inspired and influenced the work of contemporary comic book artists, cartoonists, and painters.
New York Hall of Science: In the Little Makers Studio, students and parents create projects like Little Lego Heads, built from wood, Butter Up, making and tasting delicious homemade butter flavors, and Lunar New Year Lanters, using tissue paper and LEDs to create a lantern that celebrates the Year of the Monkey. Check the calendar at http://nysci.org/events/2016-02/ to see what's going on in the Little Makers Studio!
Brooklyn Botanical Garden:First Sundays at BBG offer programs for young naturalists and their parents to explore the Garden. On Sunday, February 7 from 10-12, students make Valentine's hearts with the paper folding pros, and use Lego blocks to create a miniature Japanese garden. While you're there, check out the Discovery Garden for Kids, too!
Great to see so many proud 217 Hawks in purple and gold for our Spirit Day this past Friday! Classes 501, K004 and 101 had 100% of their students wearing school colors and received vouchers for free popcorn, congratulations!
Order your Valentine Grams now for delivery between February 9-12. Advance orders can be placed in an envelope with payment for the PTA. Look for PTA volunteers selling Valentine Grams in the mornings before school the week of February 9th.
Download a page of Valentine Grams and fill them out today! Order one, a few, or enough for your whole class.
Our Saturday Family Dance is postponed in light of the Blizzard Watch issued by the US Weather Service. We are particularly concerned with the combination of wind and snow and the ability of school employees and vendors for the dance to safely get in and out of the city.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused, and will keep you updated on the revised date of the event. The tentative date for the Dance is February 27th.
Thank you for your support and understanding. Stay warm and safe!
The PTA's Spring Fling & Silent Auction is coming up on
Saturday March 19, 2016 from 2-5 p.m.
This will be a fun family event, with entertainment
for the whole family and great food.
Please save the date!
Last year the PTA raised approximately $16,000 at the auction, which helped the PTA pay for our school's enrichment programs such as Studio in a School, ballroom dancing, the Gold Opera, gardening and African dance,
as well as supporting the science program, library and many other programs!
This year, our goal is to raise even more. And we need your help.
Please come to our auction planning kick-off meeting on
Wednesday, January 20 after drop-off - in the PTA room.
Here are other ways to get involved:
CLASS BASKETS & PROJECTS
We are asking all parents to contribute items to class baskets, which will be sold at the silent auction. Your class parent will be in touch with you shortly with more information.
DONATIONS FOR THE AUCTION
* Donations for the auction can be anything - services, tickets, jewelry, designer handbags, a week or weekend in a vacation home, a gift certificate, etc. Please see the attached documents, which include some suggestions.
* Please consider what your family or employer could donate -- do you work for a designer, at a photography studio, or in the entertainment industry? Could you donate your time or your company's goods/services? Do you work with any food or beverage distributors, or restaurants -- could they provide the food/drink for the auction? Do you have any new items or gifts that you don't think you'll use?
* Please consider what donations can be solicited from our community. For example, do you go to a particular bakery or restaurant constantly? See if they will donate a gift certificate! Does your child take dance or gymnastics? See if the facility will donate a package of classes. Do you go to a particular wine store or yoga studio? Ask for a gift certificate!
* Please use THE FORMS BELOW when you ask for donations. Asking for donations with these forms is easy and quick - and the worst thing that will happen is that they say no.
* All donations are 100% tax-deductible, and donors will be recognized in our auction catalog, which will be viewed by hundreds of members of the PS/IS 217 school community.
* We need volunteers to help plan and to manage the auction itself. Please let us know how you can help!
To get involved, please contact email@example.com.
Thank you for your support!
We look forward to seeing you at the auction!!
Click HERE to buy tickets online.
City Council Member Ben Kallos honored PS IS 217 and Roosevelt Islanders at his State of the District event on January 10, 2016 for winning the 2015 Participatory Budget Vote and garnering half a million dollars toward the STEM Green Roof Project.
There were loud cheers when Principal Beckman and PTA president Olga Shchuchinov were mentioned along with 217 students and Girl Scouts from troops 3001, 3244 and 3245 for their winning efforts.
The hour long event was attended by the Manhattan Borough President Brewer, Assembly Member Seawright, Senator Krueger, and Comptroller Scott Stringer who enjoyed several photos of 217 on the big screen.
What a great way to start 2016!
HOLIDAY FUN WITH COMPUTATIONAL THINKING!
Happy Holidays to all from Cornell Tech.
Here are some fun things to do over the break.
NY Hall of Science: Remake the Holidays 2015 http://nysci.org/event/remake-the-holidays-2015/
Daily creative science activities for families to bend, twist, light, sculpt and animate a new version of the holiday season! Some require reservations and a fee, so call ahead.
American Museum of Natural History: Open every day from 10:00- 5:45 http://www.amnh.org/
Children’s Museum of the Arts: Winter Art Colony Day Camp daily from 10-4 for ages 6-15
New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show http://www.nybg.org/hts15/
Scratch (scratch.mit.edu) or Scratch Jr (iPad only, from the Apple Store) Creative block coding platform
Hour of Code (hourofcode.com) – One-hour tutorials for kids (and adults) of all ages
LEGO Math! (at home!) http://bit.ly/1QUy9vV
You are cordially invited to attend 217 PTA's
1st Annual Winter Wonderland Family Dance!
Saturday, January 23rd 6-8pm
This January, grab your favorite prince or princess and come warm up your toes on the dance floor. Get ready to enjoy face painting, a photo booth, yummy treats, hot cocoa, and of course great music!
$10 per couple, $5 per additional family member
Party attire suggested
Get your tickets HERE.
Are you able to volunteer or donate sweets for the bake sale?
Please contact Erin: firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!
Last Day of School - Wednesday, December 23
NYC public schools will be closed for Winter Break - Thursday-Sunday, December 24-January 3. School resumes on Monday, January 4.
Winter Recess Reading Suggestions
With Winter Recess around the corner, please see the NYC Reads website for grade-specific recommended reading lists that will allow everyone in our school community (students, teachers, staff, family members) to make every day a day of reading: click HERE
School Resumes on Monday, January 4
Scratch (Scratch.mit.edu) is a computing tool that helps students think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. As a drag and drop “block” coding language, Scratch is easy to learn for people of all ages. Scratch Jr., for younger students, is available for iPads.
Code.org/Hour of Code (code.org/learn) offers many one-hour tutorials that teach elements of coding to all ages. They also offer online, self-guided “courses” for students from beginning readers to more advanced, at studio.code.org.
codeSpark (codespark.org) created The Foos (thefoos.com), a word-free computer science learning game for kids as young as 5. The free app is available for ios, android and kindle, and there’s a desktop version as well.
Tynker (tynker.com) has guided, self-paced courses that let kids earn badges as they master different programming skills. Tynker courses are for mostly for sale, but there are a few free classes, too.
All 28 teachers at P.S./I.S. 217 on Roosevelt Island huddled over computers in a training session on a recent afternoon, trying to make a ball on their screens bounce against a paddle.
One pair chuckled as they figured out how to turn the ball into a fortune cookie. But another pair couldn’t get the ball to go anywhere. “We’re stuck,” said one teacher with a sigh.
It was almost the end of their six classes in Computer Science 101 this fall, and several said it would take a lot more practice and guidance for them to bring elements of this unfamiliar world to their students.
“It will take time,” said principal Mandana Beckman. “It’s not a one-shot deal.”
Their experience reflects some of the ambitions and challenges ahead for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 10-year plan called “Computer Science for All.” His vision eventually would give all city children at least one unit of computer science in elementary, middle and high school, in hopes of equipping them for the modern job market and creating a pipeline of tech talent.
Read more here http://www.wsj.com/articles/training-teachers-to-raise-tech-bar-1449706789
Please join us on Tuesday, Dec 8th for one of three parent workshops:
"Science Connections: Connecting Parents to Fun Science Resources"
"Models in Science"
All workshops will be held from 7:50–8:25am.
Students may be sent to breakfast while you attend.
Flyers have been sent home with more information prior to each workshop. Workshops are open to all 217 families.
We look forward to parenting with you during this Parent Engagement Activity!
Thanks to your contributions to the PTA General Fund, PS/IS 217 3rd Graders were able to spend 10 weeks with Main Street Theatre and Dance Alliance learning West African Dance. The culmination of those weeks was a performance in our auditorium for students and families.
School tour at 6:00 pm and program at 6:30 pm.
Learn about the G&T test, the G&T curriculum, school choice and options for students. Bring your questions about the G&T test and how the curriculum differs from the regular curriculum of PS 217, and other topics.
Daniel Hildreth, Enrollment Director, Department of Education
Mandana Beckman, Principal, PS/IS 217
G&T curriculum educators at PS/IS 217
Parents of students enrolled in the G&T program
Program sponsored by
Roosevelt Island Residents Association,
Roosevelt Island Committee and Youth and Education Committee of Manhattan Community Board 8,
and the PTA of PS/IS 217.
For more information, please contact:
Jeffrey R. Escobar,
Chair, Roosevelt Island Committee Community Board 8 &
President of RIRA
Fitness Gram testing has concluded and grades 3-8 are now starting Hockey. K-2 is starting Sockey.
Sportsmanship and cardio endurance are the two components emphasized during the unit.