During the Colombian Ensemble with Turtle Bay Music School, students in grades 3rd through 8th will have the unique opportunity to learn from internationally acclaimed musicians known for their influence in the Colombian music world. Students will learn all aspects of Colombian music, including (but not limited to) dancing, singing, percussion, and performing in a Colombian Ensemble! Through actively experiencing Colombian music and dance, students are exposed to the rich cultural and historical roots of Colombian and other Latin American cultures.
During this one of a kind program, students will have the opportunity to learn complex and exciting Colombian rhythms, including cumbia and vallenato. In their weekly sessions students will build ensemble performance skills and increase their confidence in their musical abilities as they explore unique avenues of creativity. Students who are currently members of the school band may have the opportunity to take their instrumental experience to the next level through participating as a member of the Colombian Ensemble on their current band instrument! Students will also explore the Spanish language through traditional songs, and traditional dance steps will provide the students with an exciting and satisfying challenge to express Colombian rhythms through movement, all while having fun! To maintain the authenticity of Colombian musical culture, Turtle Bay Music School has commissioned artisans in Colombia to craft genuine instruments for your young musicians to use during class time and in performance.
The skills developed during this program are not limited to music and dancing! Students will be given an insider’s look at specific cultural attributes of Colombia, and they will gain a wealth of knowledge about the country and the people who have shaped this beautiful and vibrant culture. This program is a great opportunity for both students who are new to the Colombian music and cultural experience, as well as for those who have previously enjoyed their participation in the Colombian Residencies at PS/IS 217. Students who are currently in PS/IS 217 band classes are encouraged to participate, as they will gain unique instrumental experience as a member of the Colombian Ensemble.
This program will culminate in an incredibly unique performance where students will showcase their new musical knowledge performing alongside NYC’s premier Colombian band, Folklore Urbano!
Sign up here: http://www.tbms.org/colombianensemble/
Please remember that the deadline to submit a kindergarten application is Friday, February 13, 2015. If you live in New York City and your child was born in 2010, your child is eligible to attend kindergarten in the fall, so apply now!
You can submit an application online, over the phone by calling 718-935-2400, or in person at a Family Welcome Center. All applications submitted by the February 13 deadline will be treated equally, according to schools' admissions priorities.
To learn more about the schools in your community, see the 2015-2016 Kindergarten Directories on the Elementary School Publications website. You can search for your zoned school here.
For additional information, visit the Kindergarten Admissions website. If you have any questions or concerns as you complete your application, please call718-935-2009 or contact ES_Enrollment@schools.nyc.gov.
Save the date - Friday, February 13th at 5:00 pm for our Valentine's Day Party & Movie Night! We’ll have crafts, games, food, music and a favorite classic: "The Princess Bride"! A classic fairy tale, with swordplay, pirates, giants, an evil prince, and a beautiful princess.
Admission - $5 per person at the door (includes 1 water bottle). $1 tickets for food, games and crafts will be available for purchase.
217 students studied the New York watershed. The program was founded by a grant from City Councilman Ben Kallos. Check out some of their 3D models of the incredible NYC incredible watershed in the Auditorium.
The PTA and administration, under the direction of Ms. Ursula, have set a goal of having our library fully functioning for the start of 2015/2016 school year! A great deal needs to happen if we are to achieve this goal.
Reopening our library for our teachers and kids to enjoy is a huge undertaking. The PTA Executive Board can not do this alone. We need your help to make it happen.
Sign up below. We look forward to seeing you. Thank you!
A Historical Perspective
If the snowstorm delivers up to 36 inches that is forecast, it would be one of the largest snowfalls in NYC since we began keeping track of them in 1869.
Notably, half of New York City's top ten snowfall records have occurred in the last twelve years:
Schools are offering more and more healthy foods for lunch. And schools that participate in the National School Lunch program require students to choose a fruit and a vegetable side. Yet plate waste is a big problem in schools; as The Salt hasreported, kids throw away anywhere from 24 to 35 percent of what's on their trays.
In many schools, kids tend to eat the entrée, like pizza, first, and leave the fruits and vegetables for last. If they aren't hungry after the entrée, they won't eat the healthy foods. But "they definitely don't leave the dessert on the tray," says Joe Price, a professor of economics at Brigham Young University.
Price, along with David Just, a researcher at the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs, wanted to see if perhaps stoking kids hunger by letting them go to recess before lunch might change the equation.
A study they've just published in Preventative Medicine suggests it does. They found that students who have recess before lunch tend to eat more servings of fruits and vegetables than kids who eat lunch first.
The researchers sent assistants to seven elementary schools in Utah, to stand by the trashcans at lunchtime and tally what students ate and what they threw away. The assistants then tallied the contents of more than 22,000 lunch trays for about four days at each school in the spring of 2011 and for about nine days at the same schools in the fall (after three of the schools had changed their schedule to have recess before lunch).
They found students who ate lunch after recess consumed 54 percent more fruits and vegetables than those who ate lunch before recess. In addition, the number of students who ate at least one serving of fruits or vegetables jumped 10 percent when they ate after running around outside.
The researchers also noticed that the students who had recess first didn't seem to feel the same hurry to eat as those who had recess after lunch. "Now that you have a little more time," says Just, "you eat the entrée and think 'OK, I'm still hungry maybe I'll try this broccoli.' "
Yet both researchers acknowledge that there's a big challenge here: Not every school can send kids to recess before lunch. "Scheduling is really difficult at schools," says Just, "particularly if they're overcrowded."
Mary Shaw, spokeswoman for Fairfax County Public Schools, agrees that timing lunch before recess can be difficult. "Often one or two grade levels may have recess together before lunch and one or two may have recess together after lunch," Shaw wrote, "depending on the capacity of the playground, which varies from school to school."
If lunchtime is non-negotiable, Just also maintains a list of suggestions to encourage kids to eat healthier, including lunchroom makeover tactics.
But he also recommends that schools get creative to sell the healthy options, like one school near Cornell that was struggling to sell a bean burrito. "They started advertising it as the big bad bean burrito," he said, "and then they started having to make extra trays."
Starting next week, 5th graders will begin to prepare for Meet #2 of WordMasters Challenge. This meet will be more difficult in a way because it covers more words (25 new words + 25 words from Meet #1).
We are proud to announce that out of only 18 students who scored a 20/20 nation-wide in the 5th Grade Gold Division December Meet, one of them was 217 student from class 503!
You are invited to learn more about the 2015 Education Council Elections on January 26th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This interactive session will be held at Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers Street, Manhattan 10007 and will include a Q&A session with current and former council members.
Education Councils offer parents an opportunity for District and Citywide Leadership with a strong voice in education policy. Attendees will learn about education councils and how to get involved in the elections.
“Raise your hand and be the change you want to see in NYC schools!”
Join us for our next PTA meeting on Wednesday, January 21, 6pm. When schools and families work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school and like school more.
Joining the PTA is a great way to be an active part of your child's school and participate in your child's success.
We always welcome newcomers!
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217 invites families to a school tour for Kindergarten
Tuesday, January 27 at 8:40am.
Have friends or neighbors with pre-schoolers considering 217?
Invite them to the tour!
RSVP to Lauraine Rademaker, Parent Coordinator
We look forward to meeting you!
Learn more: http://www.217pta.com/school-tours.html
As part of the 5th Grade English Language Arts curriculum, students working on the biographies study unit had to pick a famous person, research him/her, "publish" a paper, and make a sculpture. These sculptures are the "Biography Bottles".
Great teachers change lives. Help us recognize the most outstanding educators in New York City through the third annual Big Apple Awards!
The Big Apple Awards celebrate public school teachers across the City who inspire students, model great instruction, and enrich their school communities. They are role models, leaders, and the best examples of the profession.
Anyone can submit a Big Apple Awards nomination—parents, students, teachers, staff, and community members. Nominations for the 2015 awards are being accepted through Monday, January 19, 2015, and can be submitted by visiting the Big Apple Awards website. Submitting a nomination takes only a few minutes.
We need you help us bring a wonderful after-school program "Bricks 4 Kidz" for 217 Kindergarten and Grades 1-2 students.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help us set up this program.
Community Service at 217 is a chance for our Middle School students to give back to the teachers and community that nurtured them into the upstanding young men and women they are now.
They work alongside lower school students as mentors, role models and learning buddies.
The goal is to teach our young people to be responsible, independent, reliable, and hard workers. Community Service helps 217 Middle Schoolers become more empathetic, self reliant, persistent, engaged, organized, and collaborative. These qualities prepare 217 students to be career and college ready during and after their time at school.
Studio in a School - a nonprofit organization that works to develop creative and intellectual capacity in students through visual arts - is working with 217 students in grades 3-5 again. Studio artists specialize in painting, drawing, sculpting, photography, and printmaking. All residents are professionals who work in partnership with classroom teachers to combine arts and academics. This year students will have an opportunity to work in a variety of mediums including pencil, pastels, ink and paint.
Both these Grades 3-5 residencies, as well as K-2 Studio residencies last Fall are funded by the PTA. Thank you for contributing to our General Fund!
217 invites families to a school tour for Kindergarten.
Friday, January 16 8:40am
Tuesday, January 27 at 8:40am.
RSVP to Lauraine Rademaker, Parent Coordinator at
(212) 980-0295 ext. 1010.
We look forward to meeting you!
Inspired by the film’s message of resilience and hope and its historical significance, 27 African-American leaders in the New York business community have come together to create a fund that will allow 27,000 7th, 8th and 9th grade students to see “SELMA” for free at participating theaters in New York City.
Students provide a student ID or report card at any of the participating New York City locations for free admittance starting 7:00 p.m. on January 8th through January 19th (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) or while tickets last.
For more information: http://www.haymakerco.com/selmanyc/
PS/IS 217 Principal Beckman and NYC Dept of Education Office of Enrollment Daniel Hildreth will do a presentation on 217's Gifted and Talented Program at Manhattan Community Board 8.
* How the program works
* What are standards for admission
* Testing and timing of applications
Gifted and Talented Program
Monday, January 12th 7pm
Manhattan Community Board 8
Meeting @ PS/IS 271
645 Main Street
Roosevelt Island, Auditorium
Question and Answer Session to follow.
For more information: http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/20A2E9FB-82A4-4310-949E-F9C3D8783D24/0/2010GTHB4890DDOE.pdf
217's 6th Annual Silent Auction & Spring Fling is coming up in less than three months, save the date for this fun-filled occasion for the entire 217 community!
While much has been done in preparation for our major fundraising event of the year, there is still a lot of work to be done by March 21. The success of the Spring Fling requires a community effort by all the members of 217 community: families, children, extended families, teachers, administration, and everyone who generously makes donations and in turn others who purchase the items at the Silent Auction.
For those of your who are unfamiliar with the concept of a silent auction, it works like this... businesses or individuals donate items to the school such as restaurant gift certificates, tickets to a ball game or museum memberships. At the silent auction event those items are displayed with an accompanying bid sheet and "auctioned" off. At the end of the event the person with the highest bid on a sheet is the "winner" of that item and the money that the person promises to pay for the item goes to 217. One way you can help to financially support this event is to "play the game", i.e. bid on one or as many items as you like, as many times as you like. Bid competitively for the item you want the most. It's a win-win situation... for you and our school!
In addition to raising funds that are important to supporting 217, we strive to createa day of fun, meeting old and making new friends, dancing, playing, and generally celebrating our wonderful 217 community!
In the coming days you will receive important information about soliciting donations and volunteering for the 2015 Silent Auction. Thank you ahead of time for participating in this year's Spring Fling.