PS 17 Times

Please be sure to look at our latest edition of PS 17 Times.  This month our  Fifth Grade reporters have turned into photojournalists.  They've visited classrooms and the cafeteria with their iPads, and talked to classroom teachers about the class adventures.  They enjoyed their work, and we hope you'll find out some new things about our school.  Enjoy!                    



Sanford Harmony Parents Workshop

Sanford Harmony Parent Workshop

Sanford Harmony

Dear Parents,

Please follow the link above to find our more about our exciting Sandford Harmony program, helping our students solve problems and build healthy relationships.


PS 17 Open House

Principal's Corner




Amazingly, we are in April, 2019, and here are some important items for this month:


  • We are living in an age where electronic devices are dominating our everyday lives.  Abbreviated text messages are hurting our young people's ability to write clear and complete thoughts.  Writing without  grammar or spelling mistakes is something every child should aspire towards.  Please make every effort to limit your child's use of electronic devices dominated by games and/or phone messaging and increase their time spent reading and writing EVERY DAY!  This is a very important way of helping your child's teacher(s) make consistent progress in these crucial skill areas;

  • Students in Grades 3-5 will be taking the New York State ELA assessments on April 2 & 3;

  • We held our Awards Assembly for the second trimester and recognized the academic excellence of the 37 students who made our Honor Roll.  Special recognition went to the four students who made First Honors with a 4 in every component on the report card:  Kimberly Ling, Miranda Pan, Natalie Velez, and James Wong.  Each of these students received a $50.00 Barnes & Noble Gift Card for their achievement from our generous PTA;

  • The  top attendance classes for the year thus far are 5-312 (Ms. Brandel - in first place) and 4-410 (Ms. Thiele - in second place).  The PTA will be rewarding these classes with either a pizza party or a trip to "16 Handles" based on the voting in each class;

  • There are no Pre-K classes on April 10th as it is a professional development day for the teachers;

  • There will be a parent workshop on April 10th at 8:30 am followed by the April PTA meeting;

  • Parent surveys:  If you have not yet done so, please complete your survey before the deadline on April 11th.  You may either complete the paper survey distributed at school and return it to the school for mailing or you can complete the survey on-line.  Either way, PLEASE COMPLETE THE SURVEY;

  • Our Williamsburg Movement and Arts Dance Program has begun and will extend through April and May.  This is for all students PreK-5 given once each week minus the testing weeks of April 1st and 29th and ;

  • There will also be art classes once each week presented by Marquis Studios for students in Grades K-5 during April & May beginning the week of April 8.  These classes are designed to work in coordination with our Sanford Harmony social/emotional learning initiative;

  • Spring break starts April 19th and school will resume on Monday, April 29th;

  • Please remember that the FULL school uniform is expected to be worn by ALL students every day!  All students are expected to be in school ON TIME every day.  Detentions will be given to violators and trip privileges may be denied.  Please address any questions/concerns to our Parent Coordinator, Nancy DeName, at 646-793-0242 (text messages preferred).

    • Please be sure to sign your child's homework planner every evening after checking that all of the homework has, in fact, been completed;

    • Your active participation in the life of our school is essential to making certain that our children receive the best possible educational experience for 2018-2019.  Please sign up for various committees and welcome your assistance in working together with our PTA! 


      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













Dad Bring Your Child to School



On Tuesday, September 25 many of our families joined together for the annual Dad Bring Your Child to School Day.  Everyone was happy to see families arrive despite the stormy weather, and fill the cafeteria for this great event.  Bagels and juice were served with smiles, and good laughs were shared between guests and  our hard-working PTA members.  It was a wonderful opportunity for families to make new friends.  We're all are looking forward to the next event!