Camp out this summer with a good book!
Visit our Book Fair June 5th-7th and June 9thand stock up for all your summer reading needs - everyone needs s’more books!
Book fair hours will be:
Mon-Weds: 8:45 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday 8:45 a.m.-6 p.m.
(Please note the school is closed Thursday June 8).
Join your child during their class visit and help them select books - check the schedule to find out when you child’s class will be attending and come directly to the Library on the 2nd floor.
Teachers will have class ‘wish-list’ boxes, please consider buying a book or two from your teacher's Wish List box! If you can’t attend, but would like to contribute to send extra money with your child in a Ziploc bag marked “Class Wish List.”
If you can would like to help staff the Book Fair and assist children selecting books throughout the week, please email Josie: email@example.com with the times/dates you are available - we’d love to see you there!
Thank you, parents and students, for continuing to clip and send in your Box Tops for Education. We have collected $383 for the school so far this year!
Please drop off Box Tops in the collection box inside the front entrance across from security. Put them in an envelope or baggie labeled with your child's name and class number. Please do not attach them to sheets.
Each child who submits 100 or more Box Tops this school year will receive a certificate for a scoop of ice cream from Piccolo Trattoria (Nonno's)!
Certificates will be delivered to the classroom teachers for:
Maxwell Devine - class K004
Diego Mactaui - class K002
Ethan Lenzi - class K004
Daniel Salah - class 204
If you delivered Box Tops to your classroom teacher instead of dropping them in the collection box, and they haven't made it to our Box Tops coordinator, please check in with the teacher. The Box Tops have expiration dates.
The PTA is excited to announce the order of a HUGE number of books - over 2,000 books worth close to $15,000!
This very large shipment includes fiction and non-fiction guided reading collections for ALL our elementary school students, and hundreds of new books for our Middle Schoolers, including a guided reading collection for 6th grade and over 140 additional fiction and non-fiction titles.
This book order was made possible thanks to a legislative grant that the PTA applied for in the amount of $11,500, in addition to YOUR contributions to the PTA.
Special thanks to NYS Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, the 217 Administration, former PTA President Dawn Price, who initiated this grant, and our current PTA Executive Board members, who have been working hard to get the grant money delivered from the New York State legislature!
For the second year in a row, over 300 guests at 217’s International Dinner enjoyed an amazing feast from around the world!
Thank you to all of the amazing cooks who shared their culinary mastery & decorations, our entertainers, and Adam Burrows & Desiree Charles from Oxygen Eventworks for providing the stage and sound.
Thank you also to the many volunteers who staffed the event, provided henna tattoos (fun!), tended bar, and worked hard at event set-up and clean-up.
Special thanks also to the PTA’s International Dinner chair, Dawn Falcone, who truly made this event possible; and to Kim Brown, our MC for the evening - who organized the entertainment provided by our 217 students and families.
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Book of the Month Club continues at 217, with this month’s PBIS theme of Integrity.
This month’s book is entitled Edwurd Fubwupper Fibbed Big, by Berkley Breathed. The book is about a boy named Edwurd who often lies and he lies BIG! The story is told by his sister Frannie. She explains how Edwurd's lies can get out of hand and often lead to big, big messes later on!
To discuss what integrity is, this book helps kids understand trust and honesty - important elements of the more complex concept of integrity. Please continue the conversation at home - and discuss honesty, trust and integrity with your children!
Thank you to so many members of the 217 community who came out to cheer for the Mets at our first PS/IS 217 Day Citi Field! We had nearly three hundred 217 Hawks in attendance.
And a HUGE thank you to Ms. Warren, who headed up this event!
We had a terrific turnout, even though it was a cold day (and a disastrous game for the Mets) - it was great to see so many of you at the game!
Ms. Murphy welcomes all K & 1 parents to a workshop on May 9 at 7:45 a.m.
The theme will be “Thinking Like A Scientist” - Ms. Murphy will be going over expectations she has for our youngest students in science class as they continue their growth in science.
Parents will also have an opportunity to see science through the eyes of their children by doing some mock investigations/observations modeled after what might be covered in class.
Ms. Murphy is also looking forward to meeting any parents that she has not met yet and will answer any questions that you have.
Please join her on May 9, K-1 parents!
Second Grade gets into the garden with iDig2Learn. The residency reinforces in school science & math by allowing 2nd graders to experience nature outdoors, learn the origin of food and understand how plants aid our daily lives.
217 continues Book of the Month Club with "Can I Play Too?" by Mo Willems. In this book, a snake wants to play catch, but can't because it has no arms. To include the snake, the characters engage in creative problem-solving. Students expanded on their discussion about perseverance, and also addressed the concepts of inclusion and kindness. Middle school students and Ms. Murphy read to grades K-2.
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Island Kids is currently enrolling Prek and Kindergarten for the 2017-18 school year. Spots in PreK and Kindergarten are limited and filling fast!
Find more information HERE.
Registration for grades 1 and up will open in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more details.
We're excited to welcome our newest Hawks, the 2017-18 prekindergarten class!
If your child has received placement at 217 for prek, please stop by the office beginning Tuesday, April 25th to pick up a registration packet and make an appointment to complete registration with our parent coordinator, Ms. Lauraine.
And save the date for prekindergarten orientation!
From Cornell Tech K-12 Education Director Diane Levitt:
On Monday, 4th graders took the subway to Cornell Tech's campus inside the Google building. After an introduction to the concept of a 10X Moonshot Sprint from Katy Kasmai (Sr. Engineering Project Manager at Google) and a short lesson on climate change, students got to work brainstorming solutions. First, they worked alone, writing ideas and, using a strategy Katy taught them, applying the phrase “Yes, and!” to extend their ideas (“People should ride bicycles. Yes, and we should create more bike paths. Yes, and bicycles should create energy to power phones and laptops while you ride. Yes, and bicycles should be able to make short flights, like drones, using wind power.”)
Students then graphed their ideas on the 10X moonshot sprint continuum, which measures increasing value and increasing complexity. The ideas that fall in the upper right hand quadrant—highly complex and of high value—are the 10X moonshot ideas. Once the students charted their ideas, each group chose an idea to develop further. They did research on climate change using NY Public Library online resources. Then, they sketched their solutions. Finally, they used Scratch to code their presentations. Every group shared their ideas at the end of the day.
All students also took a quick tour of Google during their day on the campus. Kids were highly engaged, active, curious, and super creative. I heard one student tell another, “This is the best workshop ever!” Of course they loved the visit to Google. We had 6 grad students working as mentors, along with Meg and myself. I was amazed by what capable coders the students are. We were super proud of the great work the students did.
The PTA is excited to announce 217’s first ever “Once Upon A Time Read-a-thon” - to reinforce good reading habits! Our goal is to make our students stronger, more enthusiastic readers! So we encourage students to get pledges from family, relatives, and neighbors to sponsor their reading over the Read-a-thon period.
There will be a detailed flyer coming home tomorrow, including a reading log for students - so keep an eye out! Read-a-thon participants will be asked to:
Log reading minutes into their calendar (for a number of days)
Collect pledges from sponsors & return their pledge forms and any earnings
ALL participants will win a Certificate of Completion and chances to win other great prizes!
Please note that participation is optional. But even if you plan to opt out of fundraising, we encourage your child to participate by reading daily!!
If you have any questions or comments, please contact our
Read-a-thon coordinator, Serife Gokdemir at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LET’S HAVE FUN AND READ!