Principal's Corner





MARCH MADNESS!  This month we transition from winter to spring and will be adjusting our clocks to daylight savings time on March 11th!  Some highlights for the next few weeks:

  • We continue to have our ENL and library afterschool programs serving approximately 80 students on Wednesdays and Thursdays;

  • Our ELA/Math afterschool programs are serving 70 students, also on Wednesdays and Thursdays;

  • Our CASA City Council grant for the arts is currently serving 40 Grade 1-5 students each week with a new menu of classes to start after spring recess.  More information will soon follow;

  • The 2nd marking period ends on March 2.  Report cards will be distributed at the Parent-Teacher Conference Day/Evening session to be held on Thursday, March 15th.  You must come to the school to obtain your child's report card.  Dismissal is at 11:45 am and parent/student sessions are from 1:00-3:00 pm and 4:30-7:30 pm;

  • There is a PTA meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 21, at 8:30 am.  Safety concerns will be a major topic on the agenda;

  • Spring recess begins on Friday, March 30th and the children return to school on Monday, April 9th;

  • The NYS ELA tests for Grades 3-5 will take place on April 11th and 12th.  This means it is especially important for parents to monitor student reading and the completion of any homework packet assignments given for the spring recess;

  • The monthly PS 17/MS 577 Building Safety Team Meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 27th, at 2:30 pm and is open to the public.  We will be discussing issues and concerns relating to student safety at this meeting.

  • Please check your child's class link for exciting news about curriculum and class trip information.  I  remind you to make every effort to please make sure that your child arrives ON TIME for 8:00 am each morning.  It is so important that the children are here and go to their classroom together with their teacher and classmates.   Also, I ask that you please make sure and check your child's homework for completeness each night before signing the homework planner.  This is important in monitoring your child's progress during the year.  I look forward to your ongoing support and participation in the life of our school.  Thank you for all that you do and for your attention in these matters.   If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact myself or the parent coordinator, Nancy DeName.   

  • Dr. Robert A. Marchi - Principal

Family Coordinator


International Night, Friday November 17,  5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Families, please  join us for an evening of mouth-watering fun!  Everyone is asked to bring a family-favorite dish, to share your culture with families.










Family Coordinator

Ms. Nancy DeName

Cell Phone:  646-793-0242













Family Fun