Below please find the letter that was sent home this week to all students, informing families of the results of the NYC DOE’s review of the water at 217. For more information please visit http://schools.nyc.gov/AboutUs/schools/watersafety.htm
Continuing our educational residencies series from last week, we are excited to announce that a brand new residency is starting at 217 for our Second Graders!
Starting on Friday, 217 is starting a new hip-hop dance residency for Second Grade students with Dancewave! LaToya Brooks is Dancewave's teaching artist for this residency. In addition to being one of the captains for the Knicks City Dancers, she also coaches the Knicks City Kids dancers. She is a fun and experienced teacher and she looks forward to working with our students!
The dates will be Fridays: Jan 27; Feb 3, 10, 17; March 3, 10, 17, 24
Please have your student wear comfortable clothes and sneakers on Fridays so they are ready to fully participate in this fun addition to our rich curriculum.
As you may know, all of these enrichments are fully funded by the PTA, so thank you for your generosity.
For more information about some of 217’s residencies,
please visit the PTA’s web site - http://www.217pta.com/enrichments.html.
Thank you to the 25 parents and family members who participated in the Learning Leader Training last week week! We were very excited to have so many people interested and willing to volunteer within our school. Once accreditation is finalized, these volunteers will provide much-needed assistance in the art room and library, as well as supporting and facilitating other school activities throughout the year. If parents missed the training on our campus but are interested in becoming a Learning Leader by attending a training at the Learning Leaders office please contact Josie, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
Yoga and Movement has started for our youngest students with Ms. Debra. This residency is a great way for our K and 1st grade students to learn body control while also getting more physical activity in the colder months. The are learning new stretches and yoga poses, including learning how to make their bodies into the letters of the alphabet - ask your K & 1 students about it!
Be sure to get your tickets before the price goes up at the door! Purchase tickets ONLINE or download the tear off to return to school.
Our 5th grade students performed their original musical theater productions this week.
It was a wonderful chance for our talented students to showcase their varied talents outside the traditional classroom environment - consistent with 217's mission to educate the whole child.
To create the shows, the 5th graders engaged in the creative process of writing a script, song lyrics, composing music, and staging their own original musical as part of a musical theater residency, funded by the PTA in partnership with Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance.
Thank you to our 5th grade classroom teachers, Ms. Ho and Ms. Pavone, for incorporating this wonderful enrichment into the 5th graders' schedule and for supporting the students throughout the process. And thank you to the 217 Administration for incorporating and supporting this and our other enrichment programs.
And last, but certainly not least, a HUGE congratulations to all of our performers on a job well done!I
Lost something lately?! It’s the time of year when children repeatedly put on and take off their outer layers and we've noticed a huge number of hats, scarves, sweaters and gloves, along with the usual assortment of drink bottles and lunchboxes, piling up in the Lost & Found box.
To help reunite students with their lost items, we are partnering with Stuck On You to help you label all your students belongings!
Stuck On You have a wide variety of customizable labels including, iron-on/stick-on clothing labels, dishwasher safe labels, shoe labels, allergy alert labels, write-your-own labels, and a number of other personalized products available ranging from backpacks and lunchboxes, to stationery and gifts.
To order, visit OUR LINK HERE. We will receive a 20% commission on every order, so your orders will also help the PTA to fund valuable educational programs in our school!
Please see the flyer below for more info.
Statement by Mandana Beckman, Principal of 217:
Recently, during one of the school holidays in October our custodial staff discovered that one of the trees on the school property had fallen and was leaning on the building. We were fortunate that this tree did not cause any damage to the building. At this time we were able to evaluate the conditions of the remaining trees on the property. One of the trees in the school yard had died, and for the safety of the students, needed to be promptly removed. The remaining 5 trees that border our property on the north side have long been an issue for the building. There are 2 means of emergency egress from the cafeteria to the area in which these trees stood. This area used to be a patio outside the cafeteria. Because of the tree roots, the patio area is no longer.
For many years, the building has been issued violations both by the FDNY and the DOB regarding this area. The roots of these trees have created a trip hazard, deeming the space unsafe for use by the emergency exits. In the event of an emergency in the building, students occupying this area would be forced to walk through the entire length of the building in order to be safely evacuated.
There has also been a large rodent problem in this area, which is also affecting a nursery school program in the neighboring building. And has resulting in several 311 complaints. There are several rat burrows within the roots of the trees. DSF’s exterminating contractor treats this area regularly but the issue has not abated.
It should be noted that the work order for the trees has been in the system for several months. It took some time to coordinate a schedule with the Contractor and this date has been set for a few weeks.
Please understand that there was no malicious intent regarding the removal of these trees and that all decisions are made with the safety and health of our students and staff in mind. The 217 PTA is exploring ways to replace the trees with a species that is safe and will not cause damage to the property.