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The Guidance Department invites you to attend the ANNUAL…


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2016 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM

In the auditorium

Learn About…

How to read the H.S. Directory
Dates for Open Houses and Borough Fairs
Requirements for Specialized High Schools
How to choose the right school for you!

*8 grade students and parents are recommended to attend

Facilitated by Guidance Counselor, Ms. Ulloa


Parent Learning Walk: October 19th

Parent Learning Walk


Wednesday, October 19th

8:30 – 10:30 AM

Observe how your child learns and interacts in class & join the conversation about classroom culture and curriculum implementation

This month our Parent Learning Walk will focus on:

Component 2A: Creating an Environment of Respect and Rapport

 Component 2d: Managing Student Behavior

To RSVP email:

OPEN HOUSE: November 10th & 18th

MS 217 Fundraiser Sale 2016

It’s that time of year again folks… IT’S FUNDRAISER TIME!


Therefore, it is IMPERATIVE that parents contribute to the motivation of our students to SELL SELL SELL !!!!

This year, the proceeds from our candy sale will help pay for class trips, school concerts, special events for students, and a POSSIBLE BROADWAY STUDENT PRODUCTION.

To make the ever-important job of motivating students just a little easier, we are offering the following “PRIZES” to our top selling homerooms:

The homeroom with the largest amount raised will receive 2 “NO UNIFORM” day passes and a pizza party
This homeroom will be excused from wearing their uniform for 2 days (dates to TBD) as well as a pizza party (date also TBD)

The 2 homeroom with the largest amount raised will receive 1 “NO UNIFORM” day pass

The 3 homeroom with the largest amount raised will receive a pizza party




Happy Selling!

Are You Registered to Vote? If not, register TODAY!



In order to be eligible to vote you must:

Be a US citizen

Be at least 18 years old on Election Day, Nov 8

Live at a New York address by Oct 9

Not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction

Not currently be declared mentally incompetent by a court

Not claim the right to vote in another state


You must be registered to vote by October 14 in order to participate in the election process.


Register to vote HERE.

Preferred Language Parent Survey - English

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Preferred Language Parent Survey - Spanish

Preferred Language Survey - Spanish

Preferred Language Parent Survey - Bengali

Preferred Language Parent Survey - Bengali

Preferred Language Parent Survey - Urdu

Preferred Language Parent Survey - Urdu

School Closed: October 12th in Observance of Yom Kippur


School Closed: October 10th in Observance of Columbus Day

School Closed: October 3rd & 4th in Observance of Rosh Hashanah


THANK YOU to everyone who participated in Daddy and Donuts Day!


SLT Meeting: September 22nd @ 8:00 AM


We will hold our first SLT (School Leadership Team) Meeting of the 2016 - 2017 school year on Thursday, September 22nd @ 8:00 AM in our school library, room 212.

To learn more about the SLT and its role at our school please CLICK HERE.

PTA Meeting: September 22nd @ 6:30 PM


Hello Parents! We will hold our first PTA Meeting of the school year on Thursday, September 22nd 6:30 PM in the library, room 212.  

That evening the Executive Board will hold elections for the remaining open positions in our SLT (School Leadership Team) and PTA boards.

*Refreshments will be served

"Daddy and Donuts" Take Your Child to School Kick off Event: September 22nd @ 7:30 AM

Attention All Dads: You are invited to participate in our kick off "Daddy and Donuts" event on Thursday, September 22nd @ 7:30 AM.  Fathers are encouraged to take their child to school that day and enjoy a breakfast in their honor and learn about different volunteers opportunities available to parents in our school.

If you are interested in attending please RSVP by providing the following information to 

  • Parent Name
  • Student Name
  • Phone number

Back to School Night - September 15th @ 5:00 PM

Hello Parents and Students!  We will celebrate Back to School Night on Thursday, September 15th @ 5:00 PM.

We encourage all parents to attend for the opportunity to visit your child's classrooms and meet their teachers, learn curriculum and school expectations, sign-up to work with our PTA, SLT and Title I boards and register for Pupilpath!

For more information regarding Back to School Night please feel free to contact the Parent Coordinator, Ms. Vazquez @ (718)657-1120 or  

School Closed: September 12th in Observance of Eid al-Adha


First Day of School Student Arrivals and Dismissals

Hello Grade 6 Parents   

Please be advised that morning arrivals will occur in our school yard on September 8, 2016 @ 8:00 AM.  We will use the lineup system according to student homerooms.  Please be advised all students will be dismissed from the same location they arrived in the morning.

Attention All Grade 6 PARENTS: We highly encourage that if you are picking up your child at dismissal to please create a family plan on where and what time you will meet.  Please remind your child of the plan and inform them to not go home alone.  

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the first day of school please feel free to contact the school at (718)657-1120. 

2016 - 2017 Principal's Welcome Letter

 Dear Parents,


Thank you for selecting M.S. 217Q as your Middle School choice.  The first day of school is September 8, 2016 All students must be in school by 8:10 AM in proper uniform. Please read below for uniform details.

We have started the process of planning for next year and part of that planning entails making sure all of our students are prepared for success.  As your child enters Middle School we ask that they come prepared with the school supplies listed below.  Please keep in mind that this is a basic list and some teachers may request other supplies as the school year rolls out.

  •  Protractor
  •  Highlighter
  •  Double strapped over the shoulder Book-bag
  • 6 Folders
  • 5 Subject binder
  • 2 Composition Notebooks
  • Black and Blue ballpoint pens
  • 2 Pencils

Here at Middle School 217Q we have a student dress code policy intended to promote a more effective learning environment, foster school unity and pride, improve student performance, foster self-esteem, eliminate label competition, simplify dressing and minimize costs to parents.  In addition the student dress code will teach children appropriate dress and decorum in their “work” place, and help to improve student conduct and discipline. The dress code consists of a collared polo shirt (navy blue or grey) with our school logo, and either navy blue or khaki pants.  Girls may choose to wear a navy blue or khaki skirt/skort.


Parents and students purchase the polo shirt from Needleheads located at: 8801 Myrtle Ave, Glendale, NY 11385, phone number (718) 850 - 4252.  Parents may also purchase the polo shirt from any available manufacturer; however, the school logo must be displayed.   No designer emblems are permitted on the polo shirt. Needleheads is the only store in our community that will embroider the polo shirt with the school logo. For navy blue or khaki pants/skirt/skort parents may shop at any school uniform store. Cookies provide a 10% discount for M.S. 217Q students. Cookies is located at: 166-21 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica NY 11432.


If you are unable to afford the uniform or would like to opt out, an appointment must be made with the Principal prior to September 8, 2016.  Please call 718-657-1120 to make an appointment.


Orders may NOT be placed at our school, we apologize but we do not have the personnel to handle the order process.


Thank You

Patrick Burns