Welcome back PS/IS 217 Families, and a special welcome to families new to our school! We are excited to have you join us for another school year!
There is a lot to take in - Please carefully read the information below to ensure a smooth start to the year!
Class Assignments: Your child’s class assignment was posted by mail last week and should be arriving soon!
School Opening Times:
School Dismissal :
Blue Emergency Cards will be sent home on the first day of school. All dismissal information MUST be listed. * This includes after-school care (Beacon, Island Kids, Youth Center), school bus, or siblings (4th grade or older). If you allow your child to self-dismiss and walk home unaccompanied (grades 3-8 only), your teacher AND the Main Office must be informed in writing.
All Classes are dismissed at 2.45pm
The First Day of School: September 5th
Staff strive to give our students the opportunity to practice independence and maintain a safe
environment. A prolonged goodbye can make the separation and transition to the school day more difficult. Rest assured that many staff members are stationed around the building to ensure that students get to classrooms and to assist as needed.
Pre-Kindergarten: The first day of Pre-K is split into two sessions. Your Class Assignment letter mailed by post last week will provide more information specific to your child. The second day is a half day with dismissal from the classrooms at 11:29am. The first full day for Pre-K students is Monday, September 9th. Parents may escort children to their classroom each morning.
Kindergarten: You will be permitted to escort your child to his/her classroom on the first few days of school. Beginning Tuesday September 10th, you must say goodbye to your child prior to them entering the school building.
Grades 1-3: You will be permitted to escort your child to his/her classroom on the first two days of school. Beginning Monday September 9th, you must say goodbye to your child prior to them entering the school building.
Grades 4-8: Students should report directly to their first period classrooms - NOT the auditorium as reported in letters sent home. Parents may accompany their child to their classroom, but will not be permitted to stay.
402 - Room 421 - MATH
404 - Room 408 - ELA
502 - Room 413 - ELA
504 - Room 314 - MATH
701 - Room 418 - SOCIAL STUDIES
801 - Room 405 - ELA
After dropping your child off, parents are welcome to join us at 8:40am in the cafeteria for the PTA Welcome-to-School Breakfast with coffee and refreshments.
Curriculum Night will be held on Thursday, September 12th - save the date!
Meet our school staff, the PTA and learn about activities at school - and visit your child’s classroom and teacher and learn about the curriculum, homework, and your child’s daily routines. This is a great opportunity to ask your teacher any questions you may have.
* 4:30-5:15pm meet the specials teachers (in the cafeteria)
* 5:30-5:55pm welcome from Ms.Beckman and meet the staff (in the auditorium)
* 6:00-7:15pm classroom presentations with Teachers
THE PTA WILL PROVIDE A LIMITED BABYSITTING SERVICE for school-aged children (4+) from 4:30-7pm on Curriculum Night.
Mandatory School Lunch Applications - EVERY FAMILY MUST COMPLETE
The DOE requires every family to complete a School Lunch application, even if they do not eat school lunch.
PTA and School Communications:
The PTA serves as an important source of information and reminders about events, news, last-minute announcements, and programs.
So that we can create an accurate 2019-2020 mailing list, we ask that ALL families, old and new, fill out the Online Family Info Form (one per family).
School Supplies: School Supply Lists can be found HERE.
PTA General Fund Drive:
As a PS/IS 217 parent, you are automatically part of the PTA. There are no fees and no special membership forms to complete… and ALL members have a voice and voting rights.
The PTA helps provide resources and funding that support teacher professional development, classroom/school supplies, furniture, and equipment whenever we can. Additionally, the PTA funds all the in-class enrichment programs offered at PS/IS 217, including art programs, a variety of dance & music classes, and cultural learning and appreciation activities.
Our suggested donation is $600 per child, but our ultimate goal is 100% participation, with every family donating what they are able. We respect that every family’s circumstances are different. Together we can ensure another year of support and funding for our school.
Please make your annual contribution today either via the 217 PTA website or by sending in an envelope labeled General Fund with cash or a check, in your child’s backpack.
PS/IS 217 Spirit Wear
Visit the Spirit Store to order your PS/IS 217 school shirts. Long and Short Sleeve shirts are available in youth sizes: XS, S, M, L and XL. A limited number of adult sizes may be available. Any questions can be emailed to: