Monday, November 16, 2015

Help Out Roosevelt Island's PS/IS 217 PTA And Students With Your Holiday Online Amazon Purchases, Only Takes A Click Of A Button - And Learn More About Our Local School

Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 PTA

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representative Erin Olavesen asks you to consider helping students at PS/IS 217 when you are shopping online. According to Ms. Olavesen:
In case you're starting your holiday shopping, I wanted to remind everyone to try to use the PS/IS 217 Amazon link when shopping. The number of Amazon packages I see the UPS man unloading on Main Street is huge, and if a small percentage of all of those Amazon sales went to 217, imagine what we could do for our neighborhood school!

Whenever you shop at the online retailer Amazon (for books,clothes, instant video purchases, anything!), go to their website by using the school's link HERE - click on our link BEFORE you add items to you cart! It's hard to tell if you're in the right spot because Amazon does not give any signs that you've used the affiliate link, but if you enter Amazon through the link before adding items to your cart and check out within 24 hours, the PTA will receive a percentage of your total purchase. Bookmark it! Share the link with friends and family! Spread the word and share the link with your neighbors by emailing it to your building list serve! Help 217 earn more money to support enrichments and support teachers!

Thank you to everyone for your continued interest in 217 and your efforts to make our school even better for our kids.
Check out this week's programs and services at Roosevelt Island's PS/IS 217.
Half Day - 11:38am Dismissal for Parent Teacher Conferences - Tuesday, November 17

Parent teacher conferences - Tuesday, November 17, 1-3pm and 4:30-7:30pm.

Pre-K - sign up sheet is located in front of the classroom door
Grades K-3 - online sign up
Grades 4-8 - online sign up.

Cluster Teachers and Related Service providers will be present and you can visit their rooms directly.

PTA Meeting - Wednesday, November 18 - 8:35am

PTA General Meeting - November 18th at 8:35am in the PTA room, following Executive Board meeting at 8am.

If you have a child at 217, you ARE the PTA! Please join us and be informed about all the amazing things going on at our school. Hear from Principal Beckman, learn about our upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and more.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Open School Week Monday-Friday, November 16-20

Open School Week provides you with the opportunity to observe your child’s learning experience in action. It also allows us to reinforce our family-school partnership and commitment to each child’s success. 217 invites you to visit our classrooms on these dates:

Grades 4&5 - Monday, 11/16, 8:40-9:15am
Grades K-3 - Thursday, 11/19, 8:40-9:15am
Grades 6-8 - Friday, 11/20 8:35-9:30am

During Open School Week we ask you to please:
  • Observe Your Child /Children Only.
  • Stay for the Entire Instructional Period.
  • Do not use cell phones or other electronic devices including cameras.
  • Do not bring food or drinks into the classroom.
  • Enter the classroom as if it’s a fishbowl, a space for you to see and enjoy but that you are outside of. This will enable classroom instruction and learning to proceed as usual.
Thank you in advance for honoring our request that you refrain from engaging in conversation with your child, other students or your child’s teacher. A simple wave or smile will allow your child to know that you are present. Smiles are always welcomed!

An Update on 217 Safety

School Safety Officers are expected to sign-in visitors, provide visitors with a sticker and call the office/location that a visitor is headed to so that we may ensure that a 217 staff member is present to receive each visitor.

Parents/Families: Please be sure to bring ID with you and present yourself to the School Safety Officers' Desk.

Join Ms. Valerie's Breakfast Club - Daily 7:40-8:25am

The School Breakfast Program offers kids a nutritious breakfast at school so they can start their day off right.

Ms. Valerie invites all 217 students to come to school cafeteria for FREE breakfast daily 7:40-8:25am and partake in fun games and activities, including raffles

TWO DAYS left in the Fall Direct Appeal! - DONATE by 11/15

Don't miss your chance to help your child's class win a class prize! Please donate to the PTA's Fall Direct Appeal by November 15, 2015. The PTA's general fund helps every student.

With three days left in our fall direct appeal drive, we have raised over $48,000 since the start of school, and we also have an additional $7,700 pledged thanks to our recurring contributors!

BUT we still have a ways to go. Please JOIN IN to help us reach our fundraising goal of $150,000 for 2015-2016!

For the 2015-2016 school year, the PTA is currently projected to spend at least $105,900 on supplies and enrichment programs, such as art, architecture, dance, yoga & movement, and gardening, as well as professional development for our teachers, support for the music program, science classes and the library. For more information about what the PTA funds, CLICK HERE.

Please do your part to keep these wonderful programs at our school by donating today.

The suggested family donation is $600, but please give whatever amount is right for your family. Or sign up for an automatic monthly contribution - $50 per month is $600, or sign up for a monthly donation that is right for your budget (for example, $42.50/month = $500/year and $25/month = $300/year; $10/month = $120).

To donate online now, CLICK HERE. You can also place your cash donation or a check payable to "P.S./I.S. 217" in a marked envelope and deposit it into the PTA mailbox, on the first floor of the school.
Representatives of PS/IS 217 described some of their programs during this October 13 presentation to the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Pubic Purpose Funds (PPF) Committee seeking funds for a math and science program.

The RIRA PPF Committee recommended a grant of $17 thousand to the PS/IS 217 PTA.

More information on the PS/IS 217 PTA available at their website, Facebook and Twitter Pages.