Tuesday, October 24 at 6:00 pm
PS/IS 217, 645 Main Street
Meeting will include a panel discussion of Cornell Tech’s Teacher in Residence Program and computer science education at PS/IS 217.
Fifth Grade Parents are invited to a workshop on Tuesday 10/17, 7:45-8:20am in Room 419. Teachers will discuss Close Reading & Narrative Writing. Students are welcome to join.
Picture Day is coming up - on Friday, October 27! To complete your order, please return the flyer and order form that was sent home with your child. Be sure to enclose your payment or online payment code.
PLEASE do not leave payments in the main office - elementary school students should give their payment directly to their classroom teacher. This is to ensure the classroom teacher knows which students are to be photographed!
Order online: https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/#/
Picture Day ID: OV387079Q0
Seniors: All 8th graders will be photographed in cap and gown for the yearbook. Parents will receive a proof and may purchase senior photographs online.
If you wish to help with picture day, please contact Ms. Seliger in the Main Office. Parents are needed to help students with lineup, cap & gown, photo prep, etc.
National Bullying Prevention Month is a nationwide campaign founded in 2006 by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center.
The campaign, held during the month of October, unites communities around the world to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention.
A signature event during the month is Unity Day - on October 25 - when everyone is encouraged to wear and share the color ORANGE.
Unity Day is a time for everyone to come together – in schools, in communities, and online – and send one large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity to show that we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.
In November, parents and guardians of our students are invited to classrooms to see student learning in action! Parents and guardians of Grades K, 1 & 2 are also invited to an Open Music Class in the auditorium prior to visiting classrooms! Please see the schedule below.
As we anticipate big crowds, and want to accommodate all attendees, we request that only parents/guardians attend.
NOTE: to ensure the safety and security of all students, video or photography is not permitted in the classroom.
Open School Days Schedule: November 14 -17, 2017
Grade K: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
8:35 Grade K Open Music Class - Auditorium
9:15 Set Up Feast
10:00-10:45 Grade K Thanksgiving Feast Cafeteria
Grade 1: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
8:35 Grade 1 Open Music Class - Auditorium
9:15 - 10:00 Visit Classrooms
101: Homeroom Rm 221
102: Homeroom Rm 209
104: Art Rm 170
Grade 2: Thursday, November 16, 2017
8:35 Grade 2 Open Music Class - Auditorium
9:15 - 10:00 Visit Classrooms
201: Homeroom Rm 205
202: Homeroom Rm 208
204: Homeroom Rm 305
123: Homeroom Rm 222
Grade 3: Friday, November 17, 2017
8:35 Grade 3 Open Music Class - Auditorium
9:15 -10:00 Visit Classrooms
301: Homeroom Rm 304
302: Homeroom Rm 321
304: Homeroom Rm 314
Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 8:35 - 9:15 Open Classes
401 Math: Cantor Rm 421
402 Science: Murphy Rm 313
404 Math: O’Connor Rm 414
405 ELA: Rubenstein Rm 413
Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 8:35-9:15 Open Classes
401 ELA: Sanchez Rm 418
402 Lib: O’Hagan Rm 260
404 Art: Follansbee Rm 170
405 Tech: Collazo Rm 404
Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 8:35 - 9:15 Open Classes
501 ELA: Chun Rm 419; 504 Math: Ditaranto Rm 314
Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 8:35-9:15 Open Classes
501 Math: Ditaranto Rm 314; 504 ELA: Chun Rm 419
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 8:35 - 9:15 Open Classes
601 SS: Buttermilch Rm 408
701 Math: Sorokurs Rm 409
801 ELA : Andrade Rm 405
Friday, November 17, 2017, 8:35 - 9:15 Open Classes
601 Math: Sorokurs Rm 409
701 Science: Wong Rm 308
801 SS: Buttermilch Rm 408
We look forward to seeing you at Open School Days!
Over 500 members of our school community came to enjoy themselves at the Monster Bash and we raised over $6500 for our school!
Thank you to our wonderful crew of parents, teachers and school staff who volunteered their time to make this event happen!!
Special thanks to Theresa Canning-Zast for making our event look fabulous, Irena Durkovic and Susy del Campo Perea for securing us delicious food donations, and Andrea Siegel, Aphrothiti Hanrahan, Rachel Dowling and Niti Parikh for their help with games and decorations, Nathalie Chetrit for creating our flyers, and our PTA Executive Board. And special thanks to our event chair, Tracey DeBenedictis, who went above and beyond to make the event a success!
We are grateful to all of the local businesses who donated to our event-please stop by, thank them and show them your support!
Roosevelt Island Firefighters
Riverwalk Bar and Grill
Dawn Jones Entertainment
Bread & Butter Market
Roosevelt Island Starbucks's
The Pillai Family
217 Bake sale team
217 Pop Stars
Team 217 Event volunteers
As always, please let Christina or Nohar know if there are any questions or concerns.
It was fantastic to see the excitement and enthusiasm of so many young readers this week at the book fair! Thank you to parents for accompanying your children or sending in money for shopping, helping teachers fill their classroom wish lists, and buying many, many books - it was a great success!
If you couldn’t make it to school for the book fair, or missed out on a particular book, it is not too late! The Book Fair is open for shopping online through October 14th: http://onlinebookfairs.scholastic.com/default.aspx?f=3767368
We’d like to give a HUGE thank you to the Book Fair Team made up of over 20 parents - all of whom came in throughout the week to run the book fair, and help so many young shoppers! The book fair couldn’t have happened without you!
Josie, Jenny & Olga
Book Fair Chairs
As part of 217’s Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) program, 217 is excited to announce September's PBIS award recipients! The PBIS awards for September go to elementary students in each class who exemplified RESPECT.
Each month, as the PBIS curriculum highlights different core values - and awards will be presented to students who best embody and exemplify these traits. Future themes will include cooperation, forgiveness, compassion, tolerance, empathy, problem solving, self control, and confidence.
K001: Luke Snuderl and Leire del Campo
K002: Penelope Bailey and Soham Chakraborty
K003: Leilani Reyes and Alexander Lyaschenko
K004: Enrique Soto and Sierra Reitz
K123: Jahmier Tarpley
101: Alex Mialkovskyi and Natalia Bueno
102: Veronica Florsheim and Aayan Ahmad
104: Dani Cohen and Liam Hanrahan
201: Ann Thai and Heam Grad
202: Ruby Sielaff and Michael Kim
204: Lorenzo Aranda and Eloisa Soto
301: Tadija Maslo and Evelyn Kim
302: Airi Ozaki and James Bailey
304: Elijah Sadlier and Shawn Ahmed
401: Kaden Colon and Abhishree Rana
402: Yogita Kumari and Arya Rana
404: Charlotte Burrows and Max Monessan
405: Salma Duarte and Christian Tomxzyk
501: Ashley Salto and Vansh Singhal
504: Saki Imamura and Victor Kamrowski
Book of the Month has returned to 217 for the 2017-18 school year! Book of the Month is a yearlong project that aims to build community and positive school culture. Each classroom will receive a gift of a new book every month for their library as a beginning to discussions and exercises in supporting positive behavior. Classes will have have guest readers including middle school students and Principal Beckman.
This month's book is Two by Kathryn Otoshi. Otoshi’s story discusses a struggle between two best friends, and suggests that heroic action isn’t always something that can be seen - it’s something that happens inside. The teachers and students used this book as a starting point to discuss respect and friendship. Please continue the conversation at home!
Chances are that you and many of your friends, family and neighbors use Amazon to shop online. The process is simple and quick, but there are certain things you need to remember, so our school will be able to earn from 4% to 8% from your purchase.
Just click on the unique link BEFORE you add items to your Amazon shopping cart. Send this link to friends and family! Bookmark it! You still use your own login and personal account to shop. The only difference is that 217 school code is embedded in the link. This school code lets Amazon know that these customers are being referred by our school site and 217 gets a % of your purchase! The link is also available on the homepage of our website 217pta.com
• Order matters: You need to:
- click on the link (HERE),
- and check out, in that order!
If you don’t click on our link first, go to Amazon in your usual way, put things in your cart, and then remember to click on the link and check out – your sale will not earn us funds. You have to click our link before you put anything in your cart.
• The clock matters: You have 24 hours from when you link to put an item in your cart; after that you will need to link again. If you link, put something in your cart within 24 hours, but don’t want to buy it right away, that is fine – the purchase will still earn us funds if you finalize it within 90 days: just remember to link before you checkout.
• One purchase session per link session: Arriving at Amazon through our link is good for 24 hours or until you actually place your order – after that, you need to link again. So if you link, complete a purchase, and then need to make another purchase – you have to link again in order for the purchase to earn us funds.
• You won’t see anything that identifies you as an 217 shopper. Don’t worry - as long as you used the 217 link and follow the order and clock guidelines, your purchase will count.
• The amount our school can earn ranges from 4% to 8%, depending on what you purchase and our total shipped items for the calendar month. The more we shop using our link, the more we will earn!
Friday, October 13th 3pm to 5pm
PS/IS 217 School Yard
(RAIN DATE: October 20, 2017, 3-5 p.m.)
Special ONLINE ONLY price: $10 per child until Wednesday October 11th
$15 per child at the door
Admission includes 5 tickets for food or activities
And you may purchase MORE FOOD & ACTIVITY TICKETS online in advance - $5 for 5 tickets!
Accompanying adults & kids under 3 enter FREE!
Be an angel this Halloween: Purchase an “Angel Ticket” for a child who needs one
Bounce House, Games, Crafts & Prizes,Pumpkin Patch, Music
Delicious food donated by the Firefighters from ROOSEVELT ISLAND FIRE DEPT. and other local businesses! Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Bake Sale
To volunteer for this event, please email Team217info@gmail.com.
Questions, suggestions, comments, please contact:
Fall Festival committee chair Tracey DeBenedictis at Team217info@gmail.com
All proceeds from this event go to the P.S./I.S. 217 PTA Invest in Your Child's Success Fundraising Drive
Welcome to the new members of the 217 community, and welcome back to the old timers!
We once again invite you to clip and send in your Box Tops for Education. We collected $547.20 for the school last year, so 10 cents per clipping really does add up! And it is a fun way for your child to help with school fundraising - have a boxtop hunt in your kitchen!
Please drop off Box Tops in the collection box inside the front entrance across from security. Put them in an envelope or baggie labeled with your child's name and class number. Please do not attach them to sheets.
Each child who submits 100 or more Box Tops this school year will receive a certificate for a scoop of ice cream from Piccolo Trattoria (Nonno's)!
Certificates will be delivered to the classroom teachers throughout the year as your child reaches the 100 Box Tops mark. Happy clipping!
Sign Up for MyLibraryNYC at Curriculum Night - September 13, 5:00-5:30 pm217’s librarian, Ms. O’Hagan, will be setting up a table for MyLibraryNYC library card sign-up in the cafeteria from 5-5:30 pm on Curriculum Night, September 13.
This is a great opportunity to sign up for MyLibraryNYC, and to learn more about the program. MyLibraryNYC cards are available to 217 students for the New York Public Library and Queens Publicy Library systems and offer enhanced privileges. Sign up on Curriculum Night!
Looking for a way to support your child and help foster independence? Use Ms. Allen's checklist templates to help create morning and evening routines.
Curriculum Night will be held on Wednesday, September 13th - save the date! Learn more about enrichment activities at the school, as well as visit your child’s classroom and teacher and learn about the curriculum, homework, and your child’s daily routines – a great opportunity to ask your teacher any questions you have!
Curriculum night also features the first PTA Meeting of the year and a mandatory orientation for Beacon families. The schedule will be as follows:
5:00 pm - Meet the Specials Teachers
5:30 pm - Classroom Presentations (in your child’s classroom(s))
6:45 pm - PTA Meeting (auditorium)
7:15 pm - Orientation for Beacon families (auditorium)
Please stay up to date with all of 217's events here.
After dropping your child off, parents are welcome to join us after drop-off in the cafeteria for a free PTA Welcome-to-School Breakfast with coffee and light refreshments.
Pre-Kindergarten: The first day of Pre-K is split into two sessions. Your Class Assignment letter included more information specific to your child. The second day is a half day with dismissal from the classrooms at 11:36am. The first full day for Pre-K students is Monday, September 11th.
Kindergarten-3rd Grades: Parents of K-3 students are permitted to take their child to his/her classroom on the first few days of school. Beginning Tuesday September 12th, you must say goodbye to your child prior to them entering school. 217 wants to teach students independence and maintain a safe environment. A prolonged goodbye makes the separation and transition to the school day more difficult. Many staff members are stationed around the building to ensure students get to classrooms and assist as needed.
Kindergarten: The first day of Kindergarten is a half day. You may walk your child to their class and then join the PTA in the Cafeteria for Welcome to School refreshments. On the first day, Kindergarten will be dismissed from their classroom at 11:36am. The first full day of school for Kindergarten is Friday, September 8th.
Grade 4: Parents of 4th grade students are permitted to take their child to the Auditorium on the first day of school, where students will be met by their teachers and escorted to their classrooms. After the first day, students are expected to independently enter the school and make their way to their classroom.
Grades 5: Parents of 5th grade students are permitted to take their child to the classroom on the first day of school. After the first day, students are expected to independently enter the school and make their way to their classroom. Class 501 reports to room 314 for Math and 504 reports to room 419 for ELA.
Grades 6-8: 601 reports to Room 308 for Science with Ms. Wong
701 reports to Room 409 for Math with Ms. Sorokurs
801 reports to Room 405 for ELA with Ms. Andrade
Every registered student must have a lunch form on file, whether they eat school lunch or not. A lunch form is a federal document and all schools are required to have these forms completed.
Lunch forms are filled out online at www.myschoolapps.com. You can apply from any computer, tablet, or smart phone with an internet connection. You will need your child's student ID number to correctly identify your child with our school. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need your child's ID number.
Once the application is completed online, please submit your confirmation page to your child's teacher or submit it to Ms. Crystal in the school office. It takes 48 hours for the application to process.
If you do not have access to a computer, Ms. Crystal is happy to assist with the application process. A workshop is also being set up for parents to come to the school to file the application.
If you have any questions please visit Ms. Crystal in the school office. She can also be reached at 212.980.0294 EXT. 1011.
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