The PTA's 2018 Spring Fling & Silent Auction is coming up on Saturday March 24, from 4-7 p.m.
This will be a fun family event, with a dance, food & great shopping - we already have JetBlue ticket vouchers, Carnegie Hall tickets, and many other items secured!! Last year the PTA raised approximately $19,000 at the auction, which helps enable the PTA pay for our school's enrichment programs, as well as supporting the science program, school library, and many other programs!
But we need your help! Here are ways to get involved:
CLASS BASKETS & PROJECTS
We are asking all parents to contribute to create class baskets, which will be sold at the silent auction. Your class parent will be in touch with you shortly with more information.
DONATIONS FOR THE AUCTION
Donations for the auction can be anything - services, tickets, jewelry, designer handbags, a week or weekend in a vacation home, a gift certificate, etc.
We need volunteers to help plan the dance, solicit items, and to help run this fun event. To get involved, please contact
Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you at the auction!!
Book of the Month continues at 217 with My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook.
While reading this book students thought about self control. Have you ever had a feeling that you may erupt? Or the feeling of a rumble, grumble in your tummy or a jiggle or wiggle coming out of your body? If so, then you can relate to the main character Louis who struggles with self control. Told from Louis’ perspective this story provided a wonderful opportunity to teach the value of respecting others by listening and waiting for their turn to speak.
Please continue the conversation about Self-Control at home!
College Awareness Day aims to help students and families understand that their dream of college is attainable. Over the day teachers engaged in conversations and activities with students with the aim of inspiring their college aspirations!
Here are some photos of students throughout the day:
Recently, classes 401, 402, 405 and 501 participated in a workshop presented by the New York City Children's Theater called "Fair and Square".
Fair and Square is all about conflict among 5th grade friends and the appropriate ways to handle these types of conflicts. After losing the school spelling bee to Roberta another student, McKayla. accuses her of cheating. When Roberta learns that she might lose her coveted award she takes matters into her own hands, placing the two of them in serious trouble.
Throughout the interactive drama and workshop, students explored themes of conflict management, actions, and consequences as well as peer pressure. The students were highly involved and added wonderful insight and their own resolutions for the actors.
If your child would like to participate in the Talent show they can sign-up now! Space is limited and only complete applications will be considered.
We also need parents who can who can help us ensure that this event runs smoothly and the kids have fun! Please contact us if you can help!
Hair Fairies conducted a school-wide lice check today, following their lice education presentation at this morning’s PTA meeting.
All students and teachers were checked.
Hair Fairies detected at least one child with nits from lice in 18 out of 25 classes checked.
Although this is hard news to hear, knowledge is power. As a community, we all need to work together to detect and eradicate lice at 217.
The DOE provides information about lice, and how to treat and prevent lice here http://schools.nyc.gov/offices/health/pediculosis/default.htm
What can I do if my child has lice or nits?
There are many services that will help you get rid of lice, or you can treat lice at home. Click here to view guidance from the NYC DOE or
Hair Fairies also has education materials on their website, including videos on how to detect and treat lice, available at:
What can I do to check my child and/or prevent lice if someone in my child’s class has lice?
Even if your child was not found to have lice or nits during today’s screening, if your child is in a class where lice was detected, a preventative wet comb-out is helpful! Please see the guidance from the NYC DOE . There are also many online resources that can help you become more educated about lice and how to detect it, treat it, and take steps to prevent it.
The winter wrestling season begins this week with the first practice on Wednesday, January 10th.
Practices will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:45-4pm.
Students from grades3-8 are welcome to participate if you are interested, please see Coach Luce for a permission slip. (If you wrestled in the Fall Season then you are ready to go!)
Coach Xavier is looking forward to seeing everyone on the mats tomorrow!
Download the update:
It's the last day for students to log reading minutes for the Read-A-Thon - we hope all our students have had a good time reading and remembered to write down their minutes!
Please send in your forms along with money pledged by Tuesday, January 9th!
Lost your forms? No problem - printable versions are here (you must return both forms!)
New York City district schools will be OPEN tomorrow, Friday, January 5, 2018. All field trips requiring yellow school buses will be cancelled. All other programs and activities will be held as scheduled.
Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) Customer Service Agents are available at (718) 392-8855 and via e-mail to answer questions and provide information for parents and schools: optnyc.org.
We urge New Yorkers to exercise caution when going outside. Stay up to date on conditions throughout the storm. Sign up for direct alerts at nyc.gov/notifynyc and follow Notify NYC. Please contact NYC 311 if you have any questions.
New York City Department of Education:
⚠️ WEATHER ADVISORY: Due to expected severe weather conditions, all New York City public schools will be closed Thursday, January 4, 2018. After-school programs, adult education, YABC programs, and PSAL activities are also cancelled.
New York City district schools will be open, Friday, January 5, 2018. All programs and activities will be held as scheduled.
Thank you to all custodial engineers and custodial staff who have been out in full force to shovel snow, clear sidewalks, and ensure our buildings are ready for staff and students to safely return.
Grades 3-8 has started Circuit Training this week! Students will participate in circuit training for the next 6 weeks.
Kindergarten - Grade 2 have begun working with parachutes. This is a 6 week physical education unit.
As part of 217’s Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) program, 217 is excited to announce December's PBIS award recipients! The PBIS awards for December go to elementary students in each class who exemplified COMPASSION.
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: Blake Figuero and Alex Ma
K002: Aylah Ferran and Lael Daunivalu
K003: Lina Beving and Madiyar Serikov
K004: Lillian Wallace and Ansel Weingarten
K123: Zackery Ferguson
101: Diego Mactavish Sanchez and Yui Nozaki
102: Matias Zambrano and Cecilia Barros
104: Riya Kalita Mukul and Sven Cornelissen
201: Nyssa Daunivalu and Zainab Younis
202: Ryoya Ebata and Chihiro Matsumura
204: Jane Breisky and Lukas Christ
301: Michaela Matkovic, Islam Hamasi, and Roman Chard
302: Mohamed Elakrmi and Emilia Garcia De La Concha
304: Dairinn Burrows and Freddie Streich
401: Tara Samuels and Gemma Bongiorni
402: Ayaru Temenova and Gael Curutchet
404: Sonia Kranich and Gus Hurwitz
405: Thea Spoorenberg and Malcolm Sweeney
501: Lily Kalb and Selena Ramirez
504: Juliet Arau and Mariam Toumi
601: Fernanda De Silva and Jenni Ngo
701: Tahrim Ahmed and Ananya Singhal
801: Reet Narang and Quinn Sielaff
In New York City, all children are eligible to attend PreK in the calendar year they turn 4 - if your child is turning 4 in 2018, take a PreK tour at PS/IS 217!
Tours for prospective PreK parents will be held on:
Click here to sign up for a tour!