To commemorate 100 years since women first gained the right to vote in New York, The Main Street WIRE sponsored an essay contest for Island children, asking them to write about a woman, from the past or present, who inspires them.
Our congratulations go to PS/IS 217 students, Mariam Khelashvili and Saki Imamura, who submitted the winning entries for the K-3rd grade and 4th-8th grade divisions respectively! Well Done!
To read their award-winning essay's visit:
As many of you know, the NYC DOE announced Free Lunch For All at the start of the school year. This initiative provides free lunch to all NYC students, regardless of where they live or where they attend school. As a result, the NYC DOE no longer requires families to maintain a MySchoolBucks account, and will be refunding balances to those who have a remaining balance in their account.
CHECK YOUR CHILD'S BACKPACK AND HOMEWORK FOLDERS!
Letters are being sent home via backpacks - but if you have not updated any change of address with the school please do so immediately to ensure your address is correct for any refund.
The DOE is planning to mail checks to all students who have a remaining balance to their home address - the address on file for the student. Please contact the school AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if your address has changed since the last time you provided the school with your home address.
If you have any questions, please direct them to
As part of 217’s Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) program, 217 is excited to announce November's PBIS award recipients! The PBIS awards for November go to elementary students in each class who exemplified FORGIVENESS.
Each month, as the PBIS curriculum highlights different core values - and awards will be presented to students who best embody and exemplify these traits. Themes will include respect, cooperation, forgiveness, compassion, tolerance, empathy, problem solving, self control, and confidence.
K001: Saki Hasegawa and Madison Rodney
K002: Joshua Raab, Edward Zhang
K003: Gabriela Werneck, McLien Paul
K004: Frank Donovan, E-Tian Bouchot
K123: Jacob Sabin
101: Joshua Atuana and Alice Schwartz
102: Micah Silverman, Sofia Jancovic
104: Beatrice Burrows, Guy Shamay
201: Andrea Tevi, Carmelo Valentino
202: Shimpei Ogawa, Charlotte Roble
204: Jomi Legarda, George Thompson
301: Damien Thomas, Adiya Akhmedina
302: Amelia Ward, Churan Wu
304: Gulshan Aachol, Tim Seliger
401: Angel Adoba, Simeon Kajzer
402: Anton Zalipa, Rose Burrows
404: Kira Donovan, Omar Bouaroudj
405: Kyler Ricano and Aliza Wagreich
501: Aleylah Dickens & Isaiah Sadlier
504: Frida Swanson & Emma Zralka
Parents are invited to accompany their children and learn more about what our students are doing in Technology classes!
Tuesday 19th: 7:45am in Room 404.
Book of the Month continues at 217 with Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts. Tied to this month’s PBIS theme of Compassion, Those Shoes tells the story of a child (Jeremy) who is being teased at school because his family cannot afford to buy the popular shoes other students are wearing. Jeremy later bought a pair of the shoes at a thrift shop, but they were too small so Jeremy gave them to another child anonymously, and they later became friends.
Please continue the conversation about Compassion at home!
Visit the Beacon Program update page for important updates regarding the Beacon Basketball League.
Warm up with some books over the winter break!
Look out for more details and tracking sheets to be coming home in student backpacks this week!
Congratulations to our Hawks Wrestling Team for a very successful end to their season!
Lan won first place for Novice division, Abdelbast won 3rd place in Juniors division, and Laila and Persya both came 4th in their very first tournament, winning Wrestlers Mark awards. Well done Hawks, and thank you to Coach Xavier and Coach Luce for all your support!
First Grade parents are invited to attend a workshop led by the 1st grade teachers about helping your child read and understand informational texts.
Children are welcome to enjoy breakfast in the Cafeteria with Ms. Val and Ms. Lauraine at Breakfast Club!
For this year's Hour of Code, 3rd and 4th graders took on the challenge of assisting kindergarten classes work through several coding puzzles or building makey-makey kits. We love seeing our students not only learning more about the basics of computer science and coding, but also having the chance to practise emerging leadership skills!
Enjoy some photos of our classes taking part in their Hour of Code!
The following students have made the trimester 1 Honor Rolll by achieving an overall average of 90 or above!
Crystal Ureña Burgos
Congratulations to all these students - keep up the great work!
A lot of fun was had by all at the Family Makers Night. A huge number of automatons were made, along with a dazzling array of creative craft projects and light-up decorations.
Thank you to the many 217 teachers who stayed after a long day, to Cornell Tech's Niti Parikh, Dianne Levitt, Meg Ray, and the numerous Cornell Tech students who helped make dozens of projects come alive. Thanks also to Council Member Ben Kallos for stopping by to join the making!
Cornell Tech will get us making tonight!
Join us before Maker Night at 5.30 for an internet safety presentation by Diane Levitt and a PTA meeting.
See you there!
Our November Food Drive to help the Hour Children organization in Queens came to a close this week. Thank you to our school community for coming together toin the spirit of supporting and helping others. Understanding, sharing, and giving are all important qualities that we want our students to learn - thank you for having conversations with your children at home about why they were bringing cans and dry goods to school!
Thank you to the Middle School students for sorting and tallying up all the donations ready to be delivered to Hour Children.