Welcome back PS/IS 217 Families, and a special welcome to families new to our school! We are excited to have you joining us for the start of the school year!
Please read the following information carefully - it is long, but important!
Your child’s class assignment were posted by mail last week and should be arriving soon!
School Opening Times (including the first day)
All dismissal information MUST be listed on emergency contact Blue Cards. This includes after-school care (Beacon, Island Kids, Youth Center), school bus, or siblings (4th grade or older).
All Classes are dismissed at 2:45pm
PreK: Your Class Assignment letter from school included details regarding dismissal times during the first two days of school. Beginning Friday the 7th, parents must use the school yard gate to pick up their child from classrooms at 2:45pm.
Kindergarten-Grade 3: Classes will be dismissed from the enclosed school yard. (Kindergarten classes will be dismissed from their classroom at 11:29am on the first day of school).
Grades 4-8: Students will be dismissed from the side door (closer to Gristedes).
Students taking a school bus will be met inside by bus drivers and accompanied to their bus.
The First Day of School: September 5
After dropping your child off, parents are welcome to join us at 9am in the Cafeteria for the PTA Welcome-to-School Breakfast with coffee and refreshments.
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 classrooms at 11:29am. The first full day for Pre-K students is Friday, September 7th. Parents may escort children to their classroom each morning.
Kindergarten: You can escort your children to their classrooms on the first few days of school. Beginning Wednesday September 12th, you must say goodbye to your children before they enter the school building. We want to teach our students independence and maintain a safe environment. A prolonged goodbye makes the separation and transition to the school day more difficult. Many staff members are stationed around the building to ensure students get to classrooms, and they will assist as needed.
The first day of Kindergarten is a half day. You may walk your children to their classrooms and then join the PTA in the Cafeteria for Welcome to School refreshments. On the first day, kindergarteners will be dismissed from their classrooms at 11:29am. The first full day of school for Kindergarten is Thursday, September 6th.
Grades 1-3: You can escort your children to their classrooms on the first two days of school. Beginning Friday, September 7th, you must say goodbye to your children before they enter the school building. We want to teach our students independence and maintain a safe environment. A prolonged goodbye makes the separation and transition to the school day more difficult. Many staff members are stationed around the building to ensure students get to classrooms, and they will assist as needed.
* 401 reports to Room 418
* 402 reports to Room 414
* 404 reports to Room 408
* 501 reports to Room 419
* 502 reports to Room 314
* 504 reports to Room 413
* 505 reports to Room 321
* 601 reports to Room 308
* 701 reports to Room 422
* 801 reports to Room 405
Curriculum Night: September 20th
Curriculum Night will be held on Thursday the 20th - save the date!
Visit your child’s classroom and teacher and learn about the curriculum, homework, and your child’s daily routines. Curriculum Night is a great opportunity to ask your teacher any questions you have.
*Please note the date change from September 13th to September 20th. PS/IS 217 will be a voting site for the statewide primary elections on the 13th.
Mandatory School Lunch Applications
Every student must complete a School Lunch application, even if they do not eat school lunch or qualify.
Vistit: www.myschoolapps.com, click the link and select 02M217 -- PS/IS 217 Roosevelt Island on the application -- and complete yours today!
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 2018-19 mailing list, we ask that ALL families, old and new, fill out the online PTA Info Form (one per family):
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, supplies, furniture, and equipment to classrooms and school facilities 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 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 consider making your annual contribution today either via the 217 PTA website or by sending in a envelope labeled General Fund with cash or a check, in your child’s backpack.
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Whenever you purchase goods or services by clicking through our Amazon link, you can earn between 3-7% commission for our school - you don't need to do anything except use the link on the PTA homepage - so easy!
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PS/IS 217 Spirit Wear
Visit the 217 Spirit Store to order your PS/IS 217 school shirts.
Long and Short Sleeve shirts are available in youth XS, S, M, L and XL. A limited number of adult sizes may be available. Any questions can be emailed to email@example.com.
Have a Great School Year!