Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Weekly Update from the P.S./I.S. 217 (Roosevelt Island School) PTA



This is the first e-mail that we sent to you via new e-mail system. We decided to use it so we can keep you updated on all the great things that are happening at the PS/IS 217. You will be able to get the information on the upcoming exciting school events and updates on current programs, PTA monthly newsletter, etc. We start with Hawks Happenings for the week of March 21-25.
If you have any questions or suggestions about this new system, please e-mail pta217@gmail.com; or if you don't want to get the school information, you can unsubscribe by clicking the "unsubscribe" link at the bottom of the page (but we really hope you won't do this!).
Best regards,
Natalia Starkova, PS/IS 217 PTA Website Administrator

Hawks Happenings March 21st - 25th

Thank you for your support during Parent/Teacher Conferences and the Middle School Bake Sale & the NYC/Dept. of Education Learning Environment Survey that many of you filled out and turned in that day! If you have not filled out your survey, please do so this week and turn in to the office, or fill out online (click HERE)


$5 Donation for Kindergarten - 5th Grade/Art Baskets!
Please send in a $5 Donation for each child in K - 5th grade! The money will be used to purchase supplies to fill 2 Art Baskets for K-2nd grades, and 3rd-5th grades.
*Please give a sealed envelope to your child's teacher or the office, labeled 'PTA Art Basket Donation' by this Wednesday, March 23rd. THANK YOU!
Donate to the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Fund
Mr. Hirsch is working with the Japanese families of PS/IS 217 to raise money for Japan, after the devastation of the Earthquakes and Tsunami. 100% of funds raised are donated to Mayor Bloomberg's Fund to Advance New York City/Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Fund. You may give money to Mr. Hirsch or donate online by clicking HERE .
Fill out the Learning Survey
The information in the surveys distributed to every school in NYC is vital to making our schools - and particularly PS/IS 217 - the best place possible for our children to learn, grow and succeed! Survey questions assess the school community's opinions on academic expectations, communication, engagement, and safety and respect. School leaders can use the survey to better understand their own school's strengths and target areas for improvement.
If you have not received your survey:
  • stop by the office and pick up your survey
  • click HERE to fill out the survey online
Be sure Saturday, April 2nd has a big, red circle around the date! The Art Show & Silent Auction is from 11:30am - 2pm, auctions will open immediately and close at 1pm.
There are many parts that make this event possible and a huge success - two main parts are throughDONATIONS and PARENT VOLUNTEERS! Please read through for updates, and how we need your help!
$5 Donations for Art Baskets
Kindergarten - 5th graders are asked to bring in $5 that will be put towards purchasing amazing Art Baskets that you will be able to bid on at the Silent Auction!
Middle School - Baking Baskets
6th - 8th grade students are asked to bring in items or $5 to put towards a Baking Basket that will be up for bidding at the Silent Auction! Example of items - cookie sheet, muffin tins, baking mixes, measuring cups/spoons, cupcake liners, special seasonings, etc.
Contact Kristi Towey at kristi.pta217@gmail.com if you have any questions regarding the donations for either Art or Baking Baskets. Also, please contact Kristi if you are still in the process of getting a donation of a goods/service or through a business. Deadline for donations to the baskets and donations for the auction are Wednesday, March 23rd!
VOLUNTEER Opportunities and needs: Class Art Projects, Hanging Art for the Show & Art Show/Silent Auction
Please contact Summer Lord at summerday.lord@gmail.com if you can volunteer for any of the following:
  • Class Projects - Kindergarten - 5th grade classes are working on an Art Project that will be put up for auction during the Silent Auction. Volunteers are needed with your child's class on the day they will be working on their project, total time will be about 1-3 hours.
  • Hanging Art for the Show - Studio in the School is looking for Parent Volunteers to help hang the art from all the classes for the Art Show! The days for volunteers will be Wednesday (3/30) - Friday (4/1). Time to be determined - please contact Summer for more info.
  • Set-up & working the Art Show/Auction & clean-up
*any amount of time you can help, from 1 hour to a few hours is appreciated!*
Set-Up / Friday (April 1st): 5 - 9pm AND Saturday (April 2nd): 9am - 11am
Event / Saturday (April 2nd): (half-hour beforehand) 11am - 2pm
Clean-Up (April 2nd): 2 - 4pm


March, 28th (Mon) Student of the Month Assemblies & BOX TOPS for March due!
April, 2nd (Sat) Student Art Show & Spring Silent Auction FundraiserApril, 8th (Fri) Pre-K Applications are due April, 18th (Mon) - 26th(Tues) Spring Break!


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