Promoting the 2015 Participatory Budget ballot projects, City Council Member Ben Kallos [pictured above] holds three expos for his District 5 constituents. Girl Scout Emily Eleusizov talks with Kallos about the benefits of # 5 on the ballot, the Green Roof for PS IS 217 project at the Roosevelt Island expo held on March 22nd. Anyone 16 years or older residing in District 5 (Roosevelt Island, Upper East Side, Midtown East) can vote immediately after Spring Break the week of April 11th including Monday, April 13th at PS IS 217 from 7:30AM to 10:30AM.
You can watch a video with Girl Scouts Emily and Lily describing the proposal:
Thank you iDig2Learn Program for bringing us this this terrific news and support which helps stretch parent contributions further. Hundreds of 217 students benefit from educational science gardens, learning both about living systems and the origin of healthy food.
Thank you to all who donated, volunteered, sponsored, attended, purchased and participated in any way in this year’s 217 Spring Fling & Silent Auction!
Thanks to your support and generosity, we exceeded our fundraising goal of $15,000 for this event and we can’t thank you enough!
We hope to see you all at our fun family event TOMORROW! 2-5pm in the school cafeteria. There will be a puppet show, a magician, crafts, games and great shopping. Admission $5 per person or $20 per family.
Check out our online catalog HERE. There will be TWO raffles - a 50/50 Cash Prize Raffle and a raffle for teacher outings. Check out the teacher outings by clicking HERE.
We look forward to seeing you at the auction tomorrow!
COME SUPPORT OUR SCHOOL!
FOR MORE INFO: http://www.217pta.com/spring-silent-auction.html
The Spring Fling & Silent Auction is TOMORROW !!!!
SATURDAY, March 21, from 2-5 pm!
Don't miss this fun family event!
This is shaping up to be a great afternoon - featuring entertainment for the kids and a chance for 217 families to get together. There will be a puppet show, a magician, crafts, games and great shopping.
Please check out the ONLINE CATALOG - it is now featuring Class Baskets and Projects! These unique creations are only available at the auction - come bid on your favorite.
This year's auction will feature over 150 exciting items thanks to the generosity of many businesses, parents, and our teachers and administration, and the creativity of our students!
To see it all in person- BUY TICKETS NOW!
Advance tickets for the auction will be on sale online until midnight on Friday, March 19. Tickets are $20 per family or $5 per individual. You can buy your tickets by clicking HERE.
Please also buy raffle tickets - volunteers will be outside the school tomorrow at drop-off and pick-up for ticket sales, or you can bring your completed tickets to the auction. There will be TWO raffles - a 50/50 Cash Prize Raffle and a raffle for teacher outings. Check out the teacher outings by clicking HERE.
PLEASE VOLUNTEER AND PROVIDE SNACKS/BAKED GOODS
We still need volunteers! Even one or two hours of your time makes a huge difference. We also need people to bring food and baked goods for our sale. CLICK HERE to Volunteer Now!
We look forward to seeing you at the auction tomorrow!
Click here to apply or for more information:
K002 Thumbs Up for "PBIS"! Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) is 217's Discipline Philosophy
Kindergarten Section 002 Thumbs up for PBIS!
217’s Discipline Philosophy is PBIS. Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) is a process for creating school environment that is more predictable and effective for achieving academic and social goals.
How does PBIS work? A key strategy of the PBIS process is prevention. Research shows that the majority of discipline problems arise when most students follow the school’s expectations, but are never acknowledged for their positive behavior. Through instruction, comprehension and regular practice, all stakeholders use a consistent set of behavior expectations and rules. When some students do not respond to teaching of the behavioral rules, 217 views it as an opportunity for re-teaching, not just punishment.
How about students that are disruptive? 217’s PBIS school team, headed by our Dean Ms.Sanchez, develops a documented discipline system. When problem behavior occurs, students are provided with a full continuum of supports to address the behavior. If students do not respond, the intensity of the support increases. Most problem student behaviors either have an academic or social base. Properly addressing the root causes of behavior helps our students modify it.
What about parents? Parents are an important part of PBIS implementation. 217 encourages parents to use the same expectations and rules that the school teaches. This common language creates consistency and a unified support for expected student behavior. Parents are asked to discuss the common rules and expectations and post them at home for easy reference. Children thrive when they have consistent, predictable expectations and consequences!
Join us for our next PTA general meetings on Wednesday, March 18 at 8:35am, immediately following Executive Board meeting at 8am.
Tuesday, March 17 is a half day. Students will be dismissed at 11:36am. Grade 1-2 students attending "Bricks 4 Kidz" after-school program will have a class 11:36am-1:30pm.
A HUGE THANK YOU to all the parents who filled out Learning Environment surveys during Parent Teacher conferences this past Thursday! 155 families returned completed surveys that night and received raffle tickets that give their children chance to win outing with the teacher! Click [HERE] to see the latest list of the outings.
If you return filled out survey (bright green envelope) to Ms. Lauraine or bring a print out a confirmation message that shows you have submitted the survey online, you can still get this raffle ticket! Please complete this survey by April 2nd - it provides important information for 217 leadership.
Teacher Playdate Raffle, the 50/50 CASH raffle (win up to $1,000!),
a WonderSparks Puppet Show at 4 p.m., entertainment
for the kids, crafts, and fabulous shopping.
(The puppet show, entertainment and crafts are included in the ticket price!)
Click Here To Get Your Tickets Now!
AN AMAZING COLLECTION OF ITEMS AND SERVICES
This year's auction will feature JetBlue ticket vouchers, Disney Parkhopper passes, show tickets, tickets to sporting events, games, puzzles, beautiful handbags, museum memberships and passes galore, gift certificates & your students' class baskets and projects! Or bid on lessons, ballet slippers, or an architectural consultation!
Click Here to Check Out the Online Auction Catalog.
Please note that these are just SOME of the items that will be featured at the Auction. More items are being added every day. So please come back often!
SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER!
Volunteer for 1-2 hours, or bring an item for our food sale!
Even an hour of volunteering is a big help!
Click Here to Sign Up to Volunteer or Bake.
DO YOU STILL HAVE ITEMS TO DONATE?
Please contact us as soon as possible if you still have items to donate, at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions, please contact: email@example.com
We look forward to seeing you at the auction!
If your child was born in 2011 and you live in New York City, you can apply to district schools or NYC Early Education Centers for the 2015-16 school year. The Pre-K admission process is as follows:
- March 16 - Application period begin
- April 24 - Application deadline
- Early June - Placement offers distributed
- June - Pre-registration
You can pick up Pre-K Directory from our parent information desk in the main lobby. Additional information: www.nyc.gov/prek
Thursday, March 12 is a half day at 217.
Children will be dismissed at 11:36am.
Teachers will hold Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences afterward.
Join us on Monday, March 9 for another round of Family Workshops. All 217 families are invited. Come, even if you do not have a child in a recommended audience grade.
* Preparing for the State Math Test
with Ms. Pavone and Ms. Disla - Grades 4&5
* Achieving Mathematical Fluency in Middle School
with Ms. Sorokus - Grades 6-8
*Language Strategies for the Home
with Ms. Block - Grades K-2
217 staff spends a great deal of time preparing for these workshops. They look forward to partnering with you during our Parent Engagement Mondays!
All Monday morning workshops are held from 7:50 – 8:20am. Students may be sent to the cafeteria for breakfast.
PS/IS 217 Green Roof project is officially on the 2015 Participatory Budget ballot! There will be heavy competition from Upper East Side with other projects so YOUR VOTE IS VERY IMPORTANT! No need to be registered voter or U.S. citizen - anyone 16 years or older living in District 5 (Upper East Side / Midtown East / Roosevelt Island) can vote for their favorite community projects. Spread the word and help us get more votes!
Please stop by the school before you go to work on MONDAY, APRIL 13, 7:30-10:30am to cast your vote!
Imagine 6,750 square feet of under utilized riverfront roof that can be transformed into a Green STEM learning hub with views of Manhattan. 217 Administration and PTA have been working on bringing this vision to 217 for years. In 2013 Principal Beckman applied to the Borough President for a PS/IS 217 green roof School Construction Authority (SCA) feasibility study which reported the roof was feasible. Because school green roofs are large scale, multi-year, high cost legacy projects, the SCA allows for them to be funded over a span of two budget years, and often the Borough President and City Council work together to cover costs. SCA says school green roofs average 1.2M to 1.5M. Last month Principal Mandana Beckman requested 1.5M to fund this project from the Borough President's capital.
Another important source of funding is the Participatory Budget process run through the office of City Council member Ben Kallos where communities can vote on projects important to them. It takes months of work to determine if a project is eligible to be on the ballot. 217 Green Roof project is now officially on 2015 Participatory Budget ballot, spread the word and help us get enough votes so we can secure these funds from City Council!
VOTE: PS/IS 217 - Monday 4/13 - 7:30-10:30am
Just a friendly reminder: picture day is tomorrow, Friday, March 6.
Individual portraits only, no class pictures. If you want your child photographed, select a background and return form that was sent home to teacher.
If you would like to opt out, sign form and return it to teacher. No money will be collected now.
Don't forget - New York International Children's Film Festival is opening today. You still have a chance to buy tickets and see a diverse mix of the best new films from around the world!!
If you are purchasing tickets to New York International Children's Film Festival, please remember to select "PS/IS 217 Roosevelt Island School" in the drop down menu BEFORE you add movie tickets to your shopping basket. 217 gets $3 off each ticket you buy!
Click HERE to buy your tickets!
Thursday, March 12 - parent/teacher conferences. Student dismissal at 11:36am. Teachers will be scheduling conferences from 1-3pm and 5:30-8pm.
If you have any questions or concerns, do not wait until parent-teacher conferences; parents are welcome to set an appointment with teachers on Mondays from 7:45-8:15am to talk about any concerns you may have about your child.
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture and needed for 217 students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success. In the month of February as part of "Respect for All" month our Dean Ms.Sanchez visited K-5 classrooms teaching students what trust means at 217. Teachers have been instructing students about ways to show respect in school, to others and themselves.
Students created a Respect For All tree in the school cafeteria that will grow with the ways the members in our community show respect.
Saturday, March 21
from 2-5 p.m. (Bidding ends at 4.p.m.)
Admission $5 per individual/$20 per family
includes the puppet show and craft!
Featuring: Teacher Playdate Raffle,
the 50/50 CASH raffle (win up to $1,000!),
WonderSparks Puppet Show at 4 p.m., crafts, & fabulous shopping.
THERE'S STILL TIME TO DONATE ITEMS!
We've extended the donation deadline!
Please have all of your donations to the school by FRIDAY, March 6 so that they can get into the catalog. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER!
Even an hour is a big help. More details to follow.