We want to thank all the parents that came out these past 2 weeks for the parent meetings. We appreciate all the feedback we received and look forward to continue building and cultivating a program that is beneficial to all students of the Beacon program.
Some of the main points that were addressed are as follows:
As of this week we are in classrooms. During our classroom time participants are able to work on homework during the first period (45 mins). For younger students this time will also include a variety of other activities since homework time is shortened for them. The recreation/arts/physical activity that follows depends on the schedule for that day.
Each week we have 2 lessons for Project Based Learning (PBL), which is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working to investigate and respond to an engaging intricate activity. These 2 lesson are centered around the theme of this school year which is World Olympics, offering lessons about multiculturalism that prepare children to thrive in today’s diverse society and to practice respect towards people of all different backgrounds, while strengthening academic skills.
Weeknights and Weekends:
We continue to open from 6:30-7:30pm for tutoring each day, as well as offering open gym hours for teens from 6:30-7:30pm, and Adults from 7:30-9:30pm. Our Saturday program is up and running alsofrom 9am-4pm for grades K-8 and open gym for teens from 4-5pm.
During the parent meetings it was brought to our attention that there has been misinformation and unofficial communications being shared. We’d like to remind Beacon families that all official announcements regarding programing, dismissal times, half days, events, etc. will be coming directly from Beacon and will also be shared on the PTA website on our behalf. If there are any questions, comments or concerns, please reach out to one of the following contact emails or phone numbers:
General questions please email:
Student Concerns please email:
917.599.2826- Work Cell
718.577.5751- Office Number
In order to finalize our schedule we would like your help! Please take a moment to fill out the attached survey with your child(ren).
Paper copies of the survey will also be available next week during beacon-parent conferences.
Please complete the survey by 11/17/17.
To accommodate working parents, Beacon-Parent conferences will be held this week immediately following dismissal. Parents will meet with the Director, Assistant Director, and some of the counselors that work directly with the students and be able to ask questions and/or give feedback about the program. The schedule is below:
(Please note, if you are not able to attend during the specific day/times below, please email Beacon217@childcenterny.org or Christinamangra@childcenterny.org to set up a meeting with Christina Mangra on a different date.
Conferences will be held immediately following the 5:30 dismissal time.
Kindergarten: Monday 11/13/17 from 5:30pm-6:30pm
1st Grade: Monday 11/13/17 from 5:30pm-6:30pm
2nd Grade: Tuesday 11/14/17 from 5:30pm-6:30pm
3rd Grade: Wednesday 11/15/17 from 5:30pm-6:30pm
4th Grade: Thursday 11/16/17 from 5:30pm-6:30pm
5th Grade, 6th grade, 7th grade, 8th grade: Friday 11/17/17: 5:30pm-6:30pm.
Beacon Advisory Board:
We are looking to build an Advisory Board team that includes a few parent representatives. If you are interested in being a part of the Advisory Board team, please email Beacon217@childcenterny.org with your full name, email address and telephone number.
Tutoring: We offer tutoring for ALL GRADES from 6:30-7:30 (Open to all registered Beacon participants.)
Adult Open Gym: Ages18+, 7:30PM-9:30PM
Adult Soccer: We are pleased to announce that we are starting Soccer on Tuesday, November 14. Soccer will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30-9:30. (Ages 18+)
Adult Basketball: Basketball will now be offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:30PM-9:30PM. (Ages 18+)
Teen Open Gym: Ages 13-17 - 6:30PM-7:30PM
Teen Basketball: Basketball will now be offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:30PM-7:30PM. (Ages 13-17)
Teen Soccer: Beginning Tuesday, November 14th soccer will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-7:30. (Ages 13-17)
Parents and students are invited to join the 4th Grade Math Team for a Math Workshop on Division Strategies at 7.45am!
We are happy to announce we have received our School Aged Child Care license. We will be running as a multi-purpose program starting Monday 11/6/17. Students will be doing homework in classrooms from 3:15pm-4:00pm.
In order to finalize our schedule we would like the input of the parents and students.
Beacon-Parent conferences will be held over the next two weeks. Parents can meet with the Director, Assistant Director and some of the counselors that work directly with the students and be able to ask questions and/or give feedback about the program. The schedule is below:
(please note, if you are not able to attend during the specific day/times below, please email Beacon217@childcenterny.org or Christinamangra@childcenterny.org to set up a meeting with Christina Mangra on a different date.
Beacon Advisory Board:
We are looking to build an Advisory Board team that includes a few parent representatives. If you are interested in being apart of the Advisory Board team, please email Beacon217@childcenterny.org with your full name, email address and telephone number.
Don't forget, Saturday programming has started!
Saturday Programming: K-8th Grade 9am-4pm, High School 4-5pm
Spirit Week has drawn to a close, but what a wonderful week it was!
All week our school was filled with smiles, laughter, and camaraderie as everyone from students to teachers and staff joined in to proudly show their School Spirit!
Congratulations to the PS/IS 217 Wrestling team for taking second place at their recent competition! In addition to this fantastic result, Abdel and Lan both managed to take home individual championships after winning their matches 3-0! Awesome job to our mighty Hawks Wrestling Team!!
As part of 217’s Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) program, 217 is excited to announce October's PBIS award recipients! The PBIS awards for October go to elementary students in each class who exemplified COOPERATION.
Each month, as the PBIS curriculum highlights different core values - and awards will be presented to students who best embody and exemplify these traits. Themes will include respect, cooperation, forgiveness, compassion, tolerance, empathy, problem solving, self control, and confidence.
K001: Jade Young & Aiden Matias
K002: Michael Coleman & Aleena Haque
K003: Scotlyn Griffin & Anton Cardinal
K004: Elina Smith & Sakina Salehmohamed
K123: Jaylen Reyes
101: Langston Forbes & Anasha Afsana
102: Annabelle Ward & Amelah Dzuherovic
104: Aila Schrider & Nico Stegner
201: Andrea Tevi & Mackenzie Chestnut
202: Julie De Koop & Sonni Warsing
204: Nina Durkovic & Walker Hurwitz
301: Pedro Sales, Luca Starace
302: Emilia Garcia & Mohamed Elakrmi
304: Idan Nutkevitz & Gulshan Aachol
401: Wd Hamasi & Shawn Sire
402: Mao Ogawa & Mario Zambrano
404: Sola Nakaguchi & Ella Argaluza
405: Emilie DeKoop & Sebastian Fridman
501: Lola De Luka & Jaime Diaz
504: Sadie Siragusa & Alexi Stegner
Hello, Beacon Families/Roosevelt Island Families,
We would first like to thank you those of you that attended our Lights On event this past week. As some of you all may know, Lights On After School is the only nationwide event celebrating after school programs and their role in keeping kids safe, inspiring them to learn and helping working families. The effort has become a hallmark of the after school movement and annually sees more than 1 million Americans celebrate at more than 8,000 events nationwide. We look forward to making our Lights On event much bigger next year!
We will be opening on evenings starting Wednesday, November 1, 2017.
Homework Help: Monday-Friday 6:00PM-7:30PM. Open to the community.
Adult (18+) Open Gym: Monday-Friday 7:30-9:30PM. Open to the Community.
Adult Yoga & Zumba: Coming Soon. Open to the Community.
Our first official Saturday will kick off on November 4, 2017.
Saturday Programming: K-8th Grade 9am-4pm, High School 4-5pm
If there are any other suggestions for programs you’d be interested in having offered, please email Beacon217@childcenterny.org with your suggestions.
As always, if there are any questions or concerns please email, call or set up an appointment to meet with myself or the Assistant Director, Nohar Ramlall.
Christina Mangra & Nohar Ramlall
Beacon After School Schedule as of October 30th
Please note: The Beacon at 217 program schedule will expand on a weekly basis as we hire new staff. Once we have our full School Aged Child Care license and complete staff roster we will be able to operate as a multi-purpose program and will be permitted to offer further enrichment activities for all participants.
Decked in orange, 217 students, faculty, and staff create a peace sign to celebrate Unity Day on October 25th. Our Hawks are united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. We choose kindness.
Our young Hawks are looking to break records during the next 3-4 weeks of our Fitnessgram Testing. The NYC Fitnessgram is an annual fitness assessment aimed at helping students develop goals for lifelong fitness and good health. The test consists of a pacer run, push-ups, sit-ups and flexibility in the lower back. Our 4th grade students were all smiles during their 1st year completing the Fitnessgram Assessment, while 3rd graders get a taste of the Fitnessgram Assessment in preparation for their 4th grade test next year.
The MakerSpace is back up and running on the 217 playground! Every second week, 217 students enjoy the opportunity to get creative and explore making with different materials and techniques.
With the help of Cornell Tech’s Niti Parikh, our MakerSpace Coordinator, along with Cornell Tech students and members of the Teacher Support Team, students are encouraged to design and experiment as they engage in building, inventing, and learning basic engineering concepts.
PS/IS 217 has joined the A+ School Rewards fundraising program. Earn points for 217 by shopping at Peapod (online) and Stop & Shop (in store). Each purchase earns points that are converted to cash for our school!
Register for a Stop & Shop account.
Register for and link your Peapod account:
Once you have joined, you can help our school earn points by:
At the end of the program, PS/IS 217 receives a cash reward check that will be used towards the needs of classrooms in our school - please support us and JOIN!
For assistance or questions please contact Susy: email@example.com
The Book of the Month tradition continues at 217! Coinciding with Unity Day, and supporting our PBIS character trait of the month - Cooperation - this month's book, Enemy Pie focuses on how perceiving people based on a single impression can often be misleading.
In the book, the main character claims that Jeremy Ross is his enemy and doesn’t invite him to his birthday party, because Jeremy had laughed at him when he struck him out in a baseball game. The main character’s dad convinces him that, in order to get rid of his enemy he just needs to make an enemy pie and share it with Jeremy. While hanging out and sharing the ‘enemy pie’ (which is really a delicious pie), they bond and become friends. After reading Enemy Pie, classes discuss the moral of the story - how first impressions aren’t always correct and not to judge someone based on first appearances.