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Exciting news- the Google Translate tool is now accessible on all mobile versions of our eChalk website!  Any family needing translation can now access the Google Translate tool from their smartphone or tablet.  Just tap on MENU, scroll down, and Google Translate is at the bottom.



Remote Learning Devices

In order to help students stay connected during this remote learning period,  the DOE is lending internet-enabled iPads to support remote learning for students. If you would like to request a device  please fill out the attached request form.  Please note student ID is required to complete this form and can be found on the student report card.  The DOE will use the contact information you provide to get in touch with you to discuss when and where you can pick up a device.  If you have any questions, please contact our Parent Coordinator.   


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PARENTS:  We are all trying to cope with the realities and many challenges presented by the COVID-19, starting with a new way of making meaningful instruction available to your children through remote learning.  This will involve your using this website to access your child's class link.  By doing this you will find information from the classroom teacher(s) regarding assignments that need to be completed in literacy and math.  In addition, there will be other links for you to access that will provide additional resources in a wide range of content areas to keep your child interested.  There will be explanations in the classroom links on how to get to the various apps that are visible, including user names and password information.  You and your child will be able to send questions and/or concerns directly to the teacher(s) by sending them to the teacher's DOE email address.  The teachers have been very busy reaching out to contact you and preparing their classroom links for the best delivery of instruction possible during this medical emergency.  I ask that you keep your child focused on completing the work assigned so that upon his/her return, there is as minimal a loss of instructional continuity as possible.  We are all going to need to work more closely together than ever so as to ensure that a high-quality learning environment in the home is being maintained.  Please check the DOE website for updates from the Chancellor regarding COVID-19 directives and the latest news regarding timelines for returning to our school.  I will keep you posted on this website about events taking place that will impact each of you.  In the meantime, stay safe and be well!!!  Dr. Marchi


PARENTS  This video will answer questions about how to set up a Parents account on Edmodo.  If you have any questions, please contact your child's techer.


Here are some great databases and websites for our families to explore, learn and enjoy!

Websites with login:

Name Website Username Password
Bookflix Learning20 Clfford

woodworth school

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WorldBook Encyclopedia ps17k ps17k

PLEASE USE Brooklyn Reads Elementary as School Name

brooklyn read
Capstone Interactive

continue reading


Additional sites:

Scholastic Learn at Home:             

Bound to Stay Bound Books:       





Student Council Assembly




Tai Chi at 17

Principal's Corner



 Some important items for this month:

  • We have a number of very exciting events taking place during the month of March.  I am asking for your help in making sure that your child is completing his/her homework each day and that you are checking it BEFORE signing the homework planner.  It is extremely important that in addition to completing all homework assignments in their best work, that you make sure that your child is reading every evening!   Reading and writing are basic and essential skills.  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!

  • The March calendar went home on February 27th.  Please review it for key events and activities planned for the month;

  • We are celebrating Women's History Month throughout March.  On Monday, March 2nd, Grade 3, 4, and 5 classes are attending the play "Harriet Tubman The Road To Freedom" at the Langston Hughes Theater in Queens.  This serves as a nice transition from Black History Month as the students learn about the heroic efforts of an African-American woman's activities to abolish slavery through her "Underground Railroad;"

  • "Parent-Teacher Conference Day is Thursday, March 5th.  Dismissal is at 11:45 am.  Report cards and conferences are conducted from 1:00-3:00 pm and 4:00-7:00 pm.  These are student-led conferences for Grades 1-5 and the child is expected  join the parents and attend the meeting with the teacher.  Your child should present you with an invitation for this activity;

  • PARENT SURVEYS will be distributed at the PT conferences and we hope that parents will complete the survey while here.  The PTA and parent coordinator will be available to assist anyone seeking help.  Prizes will be awarded to students and classes with the highest rate of completion on March 5th!!!

  • An Awards Assembly will be conducted on Friday, March 5th, at 1:30 pm in the auditorium.  Honor roll students will be recognized and parents are welcome to attend;

  • A "Family Fun Night" is planned for Friday, March 13th, from 5:00-7:00 pm - more information to follow;

  • There are NO Pre-K classes on Wednesday, March 18th, due to professional development for staff that day;

  • New York State ELA assessments will be taken by our Grade 3-5 students on Wednesday, March 25th and Thursday, March 26th;

  • The Building Safety Team meets at 2:45 pm on March 31st and is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and the School Leadership Team meets on Thursday, March 26th, at 7:30 am in the library.

  • Please remember that the NEW FULL school uniform is expected to be worn by ALL students every day!  Only the PS 17 sweatshirt/sweater is permitted.  All students are expected to be in school ON TIME (8:00 am)every day.   Chronic violators may have trip and other privileges denied.  Please address any questions/concerns to our Parent Coordinator, Nancy Fortunato, at 646-793-0242 (text messages preferred).  Again, please be sure to sign your child's homework planner every evening after checking that ALL of the homework has, in fact, been completed.Please know that 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 2019-2020.  We welcome your presence and assistance in working together with our PTA!                                                                                  


                                                                              A HAPPY  ST.  PATRICK'S DAY TO ONE AND ALL!!!!!                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                             Dr. Robert A. Marchi - Principal



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.


Storm Team 4

We are very excited to announce the NBC Channel 4 STORMTEAM 4 visited our school on Friday, November 30!  This is part of  Weather Kids, a Storm Team 4 presentation for elementary school students throughout the tri-state area. Our Fourth grade students were thrilled to join in this important community initiative.  The visit included personalized weather instruction courtesy of meteorologist Chris Cimino.  The students even got to visit the StormTracker 4 van!

This was a great day for our students.  Please check out the video from Channel 4 Weather Team!











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!