PS/IS 217 Hawks represented our school at the NYCDOE Public School Art Show, sponsored by Council Member Ben Kallos, February 23-24 at Sotheby's.
Buy popcorn at the pick up time and support your school - $1 popcorn and drinks.
Classes with most students wearing school t-shirts or school colors (gold & purple) will get FREE popcorn vouchers! While we are working on setting up online Spirit Store, please email Erin at email@example.com if you'd like to purchase $15 school t-shirts (limited number of adult sized t-shirts is now also available for sale!)
Our Tea Collection partner fundraiser begins February 22nd and runs through February 29th. This is a great way to support PS/IS 217 while stocking up on well-made and beautifully-designed gear for babies and kids. The more you shop, the more we raise!
Follow these steps and your purchase will benefit all the great programs funded by the PS/IS 217 PTA:
The Social Cultural and Education Committee of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association is teaming up with PS/IS 217 to promote good citizenship. RIRA is counting on our students to share their ideas on what good citizenship looks like in our community. Student work will be printed in a larger format for placement on the kiosks and the red bus. Some will be scanned and displayed on the monitors in the tram cabin.
We're asking students to complete the statement "On Roosevelt Island We..." and then provide an illustration.
If your child would like to participate:
Please join us before school on Tuesday, February 23 for the following workshops:
- Grade 3 - Test Preparation for ELA and Math
- ELA Middle School - Engrade Pro
All K-8 students can be dropped off in the cafeteria to enjoy a fee breakfast while you attend.
Thank you in advance for partnering with us! We hope to see you there!
Several 217 4th and 5th graders as well as our school alumni performed at Yale Club with the Turtle Bay Music School teaching artists. The feedback we've received about the event confirms that 217's young performers were the absolute highlight of the night.
217 has been partnering with the Turtle Bay Music school for many years for Colombian Dancing residency. You can find more photos at the Turtle Bay Music school website HERE.
Twenty-five PS/IS 217 Hawks will represent our school at the NYCDOE Public School Art Show, sponsored by Council Member Ben Kallos, at Sotheby's. Student art will be on display February 23rd and 24th from 10am to 5pm at Sotheby's, 1334 York Ave.
Students participating in the show will attend a reception on February 23rd.
Thank you to all 217 families who purchased and sent Valentine grams! Together we raised almost $1,000 for our school!
With over 1,500 grams sent out, our dedicated teachers did their best to distribute the Grams each day, but class work comes first. We hope all grams will reach their recipients once we return from the break. Thank you for your patience!
Good news, the DOE has awarded our school a $5,000 Arts Parent Engagement Grant. The grant is designed for families to see and make art with our longtime art partner, Studio in the School!
Two Studio Resident Artists will lead a series of five family art making Saturdays. To inspire and deepen out understanding of art making we will be visiting some of our local arts organizations including the Roosevelt Island Visual Arts Alliance (RIVAA Gallery), Four Freedoms Park, The Roosevelt Island Community Garden and then returning to school for art making. The final session will be a guided tour of Studio's Annual Student Exhibition featuring the work of our students.
Our first art making day is scheduled for Saturday, February 27th, from 10.00 am -12.00 pm. We will meet at the RIVAA Gallery at 527 Main Street at 10.00am, view the annual Black History Month Exhibition and walk back to school for art making until noon in the school cafeteria.
Please see the tentative calendar below for the balance of the program. Space is limited and requires preregistration. The registration form for the first two sessions has gone home in the backpack and is available below. Please complete and return to your classroom teacher. Your registration will be confirmed by email. It is our goal to give every family an opportunity to participate.
You are cordially invited to attend 217 PTA's
1st Annual Winter Wonderland Family Dance!
Saturday, February 27th, 6-8pm
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, 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!
MyLibraryNYC is a partnership between the NYC DOE and NYC's public library systems. The program provides participating schools with enhanced library privileges including fine-free student and educator library cards!
All 217 educators and students are eligible! Simply stop by your local library and ask the librarian to upgrade your existing library card. As 217 student, your existing fines will be waved, and till the end of this school year you will get no overdue charges on books! (standard overdue charges apply on all other materials e.g. DVDs, CDs, magazines).
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!