Principal's Corner





This month we hope to finally experience traditional springtime weather!  Some highlights for the next few weeks:

  • We will be hosting an Open House for prospective Pre-K, Kindergarten, and other grade parents who have applied for PS 17 for September.  The Open House will take place on Tuesday, May 22, during the morning hours with a school/classroom tour beginning at 9:00 am followed by a student performance and refreshments.  We are looking to have a very strong turnout for this event as we hope to have our best registration ever for the 2018-2019 school year.  Spread the word to parents who may be interested in sending their child to PS 17 for next year;

  • Our Grade 3-5 students are taking the New York State Math tests May 1 and 2.  This year testing has been reduced from 3 to 2 days;

  • We continue to have our  wonderful library afterschool program serving approximately 30 students on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:45-4:30 pm;

  • Our CASA City Council grant for the arts, courtesy of Councilmember Antonio Reynoso, is currently serving 40 Grade 1-5 students each week with a new menu of classes that started two weeks ago.  Grades 1 & 2  students are participating in "Dance on Broadway" sessions that are meeting on Wednesdays from 2:45-4:15 pm.  Grades 3-5 students are participating  "Science Through Sculpture and Painting" sessions being held on Thursdays from 2:45-4:15 pm.  Both of these programs will run for 10 weeks and end in June;

  • The very successful High School Heroes initiative took place on April 26th and provided an opportunity for our PreK-Grade2 students to have lessons presented by students from Williamsburg Prep High School;

  • The students in all grades will be experiencing 3 sessions of dance the next several weeks as we welcome back the Williamsburg Movement and Arts Center to PS 17.  They will provide creative movement and dance as they have for the past 3 years - it is a terrific program;

  • Our third and final Lincoln Center concert, "Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement," will take place on Friday, May 18, at 9:00 am in the auditorium.  All classes are invited to attend as well as any interested parents;

  • There will be a PTA meeting on Wednesday, May 23, at 4:15 pm;

  • Grade 5 students will be heading to Philadelphia on May 31.  More details will be sent home to these parents the week of May 7th;

  • 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