The PS/IS 217 PTA's first community event of the year!
WHEN: 04 OCTOBER 2019 3:00 PM
WHERE: PS/IS 217 Schoolyard
645 Main Street, New York New York 10044
Support our school with an afternoon of Monster games, inflatables, popcorn, baked goods, cotton candy and FUN!
Special Online Pricing available only until October 2nd!
Children ages 4 and up $10 (includes 5 food/activity tickets)
Additional Food/Activity Tickets $10 (12 tickets for $10)
Please consider purchasing an Angel Ticket for a student in need
**Adults and children 3 & under enter for free**
Purchase your tickets HERE!
Curriculum Night will be held on Thursday September 12th - save the date!
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 staff introductions
(in the auditorium)
* 6:00-7:15pm - Teacher presentations
The PTA will provide a limited Babysitting service for parents attending Curriculum Night. The cost is $10 per child and is limited to school-aged children (pre-K and up).
ALL FAMILIES must complete the Blue emergency cards and family information forms FOR EACH CHILD and return them to your Teacher
It is critically important for the school to have this information. Please return them ASAP to your child's teacher. (Deadline Fri, Sept 13th.)
ALL FAMILIES must also complete the mandatory online school lunch form.
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:
There have been a few changes to the FIRST DAY arrival directions. Please note that grades 4-8 should proceed directly to their first period class (see below for room numbers), not to the auditorium as class assignment letters indicated.
Pre-K 12 - Ms Consiglio - Room 114
Pre-K 13 - Ms Kaplan - Room 118
K001 - Ms Siegel - Room 119
K002 - Ms Lipkowitz - Room 218
K003 - Ms Zuckerman - Room 219
K004 - Ms Lee - Room 121
101 - Ms Swersky - Room 221
102 - Ms Stein - Room 222
104 - Ms Beberman - Room 214
201 - Ms Friedman - Room 205
202 - Ms Warren - Room 209
204 - Ms Shuster - Room 208
301 - Ms Santelices - Room 305
302 - Ms Ciana - Room 318
304 - Ms Donelan - Room 304
401 - Room 414 - MATH
402 - Room 421 - MATH
404 - Room 408 - ELA
501 - Room 419 - ELA
502 - Room 413 - ELA
504 - Room 314 - MATH
601 - Room 308 - SCIENCE
701 - Room 418 - SOCIAL STUDIES
801 - Room 405 - ELA
Support PS/IS 217 - Shop with Amazon Smile!
Note: The Amazon phone app is NOT connected to Amazon Smile.
To create an Amazon Smile icon on your phones home screen:
3. Tap the ‘Add to Home Screen’ icon. You may need to swipe to the left to see this. (See pic below).
4. You will now have an Amazon Smile icon on your home screen which you can use in exactly the same way you used the Amazon App!
The DOE asks every family to complete a School Lunch application, even if they do not eat school lunches.
It's nearly time to wrap up your summer vacation and get ready for school!
During the last week of August, families will be mailed (by post) letters with first day information along with your child’s class and teacher information.
These will be mailed in batches - so don't worry if your friend receives theirs before yours! Please ensure Ms Lauraine has your current postal address to reduce delays (firstname.lastname@example.org).
NY State Test Results for ELA, Math, and grades 4 & 8 Science have been released!
To view your child's results online visit www.mystudent.nyc/
If you do not yet have an account at mystudent.nyc please email Ms.Lauraine: email@example.com your child's name and OSIS number and the email address you would like to use to set up your account. She will generate an account creation letter for you once the school office opens on September 26th.
Wednesday, June 26th is the LAST DAY OF SCHOOL and is a HALF DAY! Students will be dismissed at 11:29 AM from their usual dismissal areas.
We hope you all have an amazing summer full of fun, friendships, and family! See you back at school on September 5th!
NEW and RETURNING FAMILIES: don't forget to fill out the 2019-20 Family Information Form so that you can be informed of news, events, emergency closures, updates and important information!
ALL children aged 18 and under are welcome to eat breakfast and lunch for free at PS/IS 217 over the summer break (June 27-August 30).
Registration for Beacon After-School 2019-2020 will begin on Monday, June 24, 2019 starting at 5:00pm
Registration will take place ONLINE on EventBrite - the links for each grade are listed below. You will have to register to get a ticket. Slots are limited per grade. Please be sure to click on the link for your child's grade for the upcoming school year when registering. The registration link will only allow you to register for one child at a time.
Once you receive a ticket, you will then have until August 16, 2019 to bring in the After School Questionnaire, application for your child with a VALID medical form (Medical form cannot be expired before August 16, 2019). Preference will be given to participants that will attend more days out of the week. If you received a ticket, and do NOT bring in the necessary documents by August 16, 2019 ,you will be placed on the wait-list.
How to Register:
1. Fill out questionnaire and hand it to the Beacon office or email it to Beacon217@childcenterny.org
2. Register on Eventbrite using the link on Monday, June 24, 2019 starting 5:00 pm.
3. Turn in your paper survey, application and completed medical form to the Beacon office beginning July 2, 2019 anytime between 9:00 am - 5:00 pm by August 16, 2019
4. Confirmation emails will be sent out during the week of August 19, 2019-August 23, 2019.
5. Once your spot is confirmed (Beacon admin will confirm spot for after-school when the application is brought to the Beacon office) attend the mandatory Parent Orientation on September 5th and September 6th.
*****IF YOU HANDED IN AN APPLICATION AND A VALID MEDICAL FORM FOR SUMMER CAMP 2019 AND HAVE A CONFIRMED SPOT YOU WILL NOT NEED TO COMPLETE ANOTHER APPLICATION FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2019-2020. You MUST still complete the survey and register on eventbrite and bring in the ticket as proof and be sure that your child's medical form is current.
If you have questions please email: Beacon217@childcenterny.org or call 718-577-5751.
Beacon Director, The Child Center of NY
Roosevelt Island P.S./I.S 217
645 Main Street
New York, New York 10044
For families who weren't able to attend this weeks Kindergarten Parent Information Session this week, you can read through a summary here:
We look forward to seeing you all in September!
Grades 2 & 3 Field Day and morning classroom activities will be postponed (yes...again!) until Tuesday, JUNE 25th.
Due to the weather this week the field is extremely muddy. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to see you all there!
SLT Elections will be held June 19th at 8:35am during the PTA General Membership Meeting in the Cafeteria. Voting will be conducted by ballot and is in person only.
The following candidates, listed alphabetically by surname, are running for 3 open positions:
Pichchenda Bao: Pichchenda Bao is parent to first-grader, Louis P, and his little brother, Darren. She has served on the PTA board this past school year as VP of Membership, and has greatly enjoyed welcoming and building community with all of our families. She assembles the Hawks’ Happenings newsletter and generally volunteers with Darren in tow.
Felix Cardinal: I would be honored to serve the school as part of its School Leadership Team. I very much believe in the idea of parents playing an integral role in what a school can be for its students, and I look forward to working alongside faculty, administration, and members of the PTA as part of the multi-disciplinary SLT.
My connection with PS/IS 217 goes back almost as far as the origin of the school itself. Both my wife and I attended the school from kindergarten through eighth grade. My mother was a PTA President in the early years of the school. Currently, our son is in first grade and our daughter will attend when she is old enough.
Prior to becoming a full-time stay-at-home parent, I was an art handler at a New York City auction house. As a stay-at-home parent, I have become familiar with the learning curve that parenting presents. I believe that my experience gives me a good sense of what does and doesn’t work for young children.
I would also bring my decades long Roosevelt Island experience to the SLT. As you are aware, Roosevelt Island is a unique place with its own culture. My hope is that I can contribute in a fashion that helps facilitate a special and meaningful learning experience at the school.
Lily Saint: I am an educator with a daughter in 2nd grade. I'm excited to work with teachers, parents and principals to help implement and support 217's current and future goals.
Amarendra Vajihala: A strong believer of life long learning and the importance of good education, I would like to work with Ms. Beckman, teachers, staff, PTA, and SLT members of PS 217 and contribute effectively towards school-wide educational programs.
What is the SLT?
School Leadership Teams (SLTs) are vehicles for developing school-based educational policies, and ensuring that resources are aligned to implement those policies.
SLTs assist in the evaluation and assessment of a school’s educational programs and their effects on student achievement. SLTs play a significant role in creating a structure for school-based decision making, and shaping the path to a collaborative school culture.
Any parent can run for an SLT position as long as they are not an employees of the school.
New York State Education Law Section 2590-h requires every New York City Public School to have a School Leadership Team. In addition, Chancellor’s Regulation A-655 (CR A-655) establishes guidelines to ensure the formation of effective SLTs in every New York City public school.
Save time and escape school supply shopping - supply kits will be delivered directly to your classroom teacher before school starts!
Paper AND online school supply orders will be accepted until the end of Tuesday, June 18.
Purchasing Your Own Supplies?
Supply lists can be found HERE. Your supplies should be handed in to your classroom teacher during the first week of school.
Incoming Pre-K and Kindergarten families are invited to orientation next week:
- Pre-K: Monday, June 17th, 9-9:30 am
- Kindergarten: Tuesday, June 18th, 9-9:30 am
Come meet our staff, get information about the first day of school and learn about PTA and how to get involved.
To RSVP click here!
Due to forecasted rain, Thursday's Field Day for grades 2 & 3, along with the morning classroom activities with parents, has been rescheduled to Thursday, June 20.
Due to forecasted rain, Monday's Field Day for grades 4 & 5, along with the morning classroom activities with parents, has been rescheduled to Friday, June 14.
PS/IS 217 Calendar