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




Incredibly, we are in May, 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 MATH assessments on May 1 & 2;

  • On Thursday, May 9th, our St. Nick's Afterschool Program will hold a special presentation of their spring musical "James and the Giant Peach" for the students of PS 17 at 9:30 am in our auditorium.   The children of PS 17 and MS 577 have been preparing for this event for several months and we look forward to viewing our talented student performers and hope you will support the evening performance scheduled for Friday, May 10th;

  • We will be celebrating Staff Appreciation Day on Friday, May 10th, with a breakfast hosted by our very 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 rewarded these classes with a trip to "16 Handles" in April - thank you PTA;

  • Mother's Day is celebrated on Sunday, May 12th.  A "Happy Mother's Day" to all our moms;

  • There will be a parent workshop on May 15th at 4:00 pm followed by the May PTA meeting;

  • The May Parent-Teacher Conference Day is also May 15th from 4:30-7:00 pm.  There will be a meeting of Grade 5 parents at 5:00 pm to discuss the trip to Philadelphia on May 31st as well as other graduation-related topics;

  • Parent surveys:  Our thanks to all parents who completed and submitted your survey before the deadline on April 11th.  This information is crucial in helping to project priority areas for the 2019-2020 school year;

  • Our Williamsburg Movement and Arts Dance Program continues and will extend May.  This is for all students K-5 and given once each week minus the testing week of April 29th ;

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

  • Memorial Day is commemorated on Monday, May 27th.  Let us never forget the sacrifices made by so many men and women in the service of our country;

  • 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 are receiving the best possible educational experience for 2018-2019.  We welcome your presence and 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!