Celebrating Over 100 Years of Educating Children
 1916 - 2016 


Vision Statement 

P.S. 97, The Forest Park School community, develops students talents, celebrates their accomplishments and provides them with every opportunity to strive to exceed the standards through high quality instruction embedded in technology which is collaboratively planned and facilitated in a Professional Learning Community. We prepare our students to compete and succeed in our globally connected society.

Visión escolar

La comunidad de P.S. 97, The Forest Park School, desarrolla estudiantes talentosos, celebra sus logros y les brinda todas las oportunidades de esforzarse para superar los estándares, mediante la instrucción de alta calidad integrada en la tecnología, la que a su vez es planeada e impartida de modo colaborativo en una comunidad educativa profesional. Preparamos a nuestros estudiantes para competir y triunfar en nuestra sociedad globalmente conectada.

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Mission Statement 

At P.S. 97, The Forest Park School community we prepare our students for college and career by embracing their strengths and  providing them with a quality education in which they are challenged to reach their maximum potential both academically and personally through instruction that is differentiated for all learners.

Misión escolar

En P.S. 97, The Forest Park School, preparamos a nuestros estudiantes para la universidad y vida profesional, al tiempo que abrazamos sus puntos fuertes y les proveemos una educación de calidad que los reta a alcanzar su máximo potencial, tanto académico y personal, a través de la educación diferenciada para todos los educandos.

The Forest Park School Pledge

 I pledge allegiance to our school and those in P.S. 97.

 I promise to follow all rules, to do my work,

and respect others in our community.

Accepted by student enrollment on June 2, 2006


We want all our students to maintain their reading levels over the summer.  Visit the links below to connect so you can read each day! 

Thank you Chancellor Carranza!








Mrs. Mary Scafidi, our Pupil Accounting Secretary, will be hosting two registration sessions upon our return to school.  All those interested in registering their children for the 2018-2019 school year can do so on Wednesday, August 29 and Thursday, August 30 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  We look forward to seeing you! 


How did we do with translation and interpretation this year? 

Let us know by completing the below surveys 

and returning them to us.  We look forward to hearing from you. 

Language Survey, English 

Language Survey, Arabic

Language Survey, Bengali

Language Survey, Chinese

Language Survey, Spanish


Thank you for completing your survey!  We wills hare the results once they are shared.  

 Last year our parents had a 59% response rate and this year, we have a 54% response rate.  Last year our teachers response rate was 90% and this year they have a response rate of 77%.  Congratulations to Mrs. Mullins and Class 4-407 for being the class with the highest parent response rate!  They will enjoy an ice cream party!  

Thank you to all who responded.   


College Awareness Day!  Please visit the below link for an amazing video sharing the many highlights of the day!  Also, please visit the our photo gallery for more on our great event.  



Citizenship Classes 

Thank you to the New York Historical Society for allowing our families the opportunity to attend these classes and prepare for the test.  

We look forward to hosting these classes once again in the fall of 2018.  


                Congratulations to Mrs. Paskoff and Class 1-202,                       Mrs. Cunningham and Class 2-310 who will enjoy ices for having the most students in attendance for May and June. 

Congratulations to Mrs. Picone and Class 4-408 who will enjoy an ices and a pizza party for having the most students with 100% attendance for the entire school year, and the most students with 100% on time for the entire school year.    

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School Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. Kindergarten dismisses just prior to 2:20 p.m. Follow the message shared by your teacher. 

Our school day starts at 8:00 a.m. with learning beginning 
immediately.  8:01 a.m. is late.  It is important for your child to be 
here and on time to make the most of their day!  

Please be reminded that attendance records are LEGAL DOCUMENTS.  Attendance and being on time is a criteria which is reviewed when your child applies for a specialty middle school. We encourage all our students to be present and on time!  A student's attendance records are legal documents and cannot be changed.   
Please make attendance and being on time a priority. 

Thank you for your support. 



Celebrating Senator Addabbo's Earth Day Poster Contest Participants 
 Additional photos can be found in our Photo Gallery.  



Together we remain strong. 
The below poster is displayed in all classrooms and explains all 

drills and the necessary steps taken in case of an emergency.

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 The school calendar for 2018-2019 is now available!  

Visit the below link to view the school calendar!  

School Calendar 2018-2019 English

School Calendar 2018-2019 Spanish 

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Our VIP Dance was a success thanks to all for their support.   

We look forward to doing it again next year!  
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Pennies for Patients – January 2018  Total collected is $1,511.00

Thank you to all who supported this great event.  

Lymphoma Leukemia has touched a part of 

our school community and your support is greatly appreciated.

 A special thanks to Ms. Kizzie Palacios for chairing this drive.  

Your efforts are greatly appreciated. 

       On behalf of our school community, we will be sending a donation of $177.00 to Heavenly Hats!  

        On behalf of our school community, we made a donation of $172 to Making Strides in memory of our dear friend and 

colleague, Bonnie Bua.  Thank you Mrs. Scholl for always remembering.  Thank you for your support.  

Thank you to all who wore Jeans and donated $1 for the GI Go Fund!   We are proudly sending a check in the 

amount of $206 on behalf of our school community to support our Veterans! 

American Heart Association Go Red Program!   Thank you to all who wore red and donated $1 to support this great

 event which was celebrated on February 14.  On behalf of our staff  and students, we are proudly making a donation of $110!

Our wear blue for Juvenile Diabetes was quite a success with a donation of $88 being sent on behalf of our school community.  

We are proud to share that we have sent a donation in the amount of $85 on behalf of 
our school community to the GI GO Fund for our Veterans.  

We wore purple for Epilepsy in support of our very own Blaize Arroyo and on behalf of all the members of our school community we are making a donation in the amount of $160 to this great cause!  Many thanks for your generosity and support!  

Thank you for your support. 

We say thank you to all who supported the Principal's Fall Candy Sale.  

  We are proud to share that it was a huge success and we thank all who supported us with either a 1 item purchase or 

several purchases from family and friends.  All prize incentives have been shared and our financial report has been filed 

accordingly.  We are so excited to share that our profit from this sale was $2,078.37 which will be used on 

student recognition and activities. 


Important Meeting Dates for You to Know

                       PTA                        PAC                      SLT  

       Dates for next year will soon follow!  


Image result for turkey trotOur first Annual Turkey Trot was quite a success.  Students, staff, parents, and members of our community came together to celebrate the great efforts of all!  We shout out a big thank you to Ms. Stuart and her great team for raising $12,998.20 for technology and gym equipment.  We look forward to many more events such as this.  Visit our photo gallery to see the excitement! 


FREE ZUMBA CLASSES will continue next year with Mrs. Spar on Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m.  Be on the look out for information on our weight loss classes!  We are keeping us all healthy!  

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Breakfast and lunch remain free for all students.  We urge you to complete your lunch 

application which can be done online beginning July 1, 2018.  

We do appreciate your support.  As you know, we are a Title I school and our Title I 

funding that we receive from the government is based on our lunch applications.   We are 

mandated to collect 100% lunch applications.  As an added incentive, all classes with 

100% returned lunch applications by October 31, 2018 will receive an ice cream party!  

Please do not wait and do it NOW!  

As always, School Meal Lunch Applications will be going home to all who have not 

completed them online over the summer.  We ask for your cooperation and support in 

completing them and returning them.  

Visit the below link to apply online!  

Our Title I Funding is based on the return of our lunch applications.  Mrs. Custodio will be 

hosting her Annual Title I Meeting in September and we look forward to seeing many of 

you there.  This will also be welcome back meeting with you having the chance to meet 

many of our staff members.   

  Visit the below link for monthly Breakfast and Lunch Menus!  

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

We are proud to share that we will continue to host InMotion for our Afterschool Program this school year.  Please visit the above link for all information needed to register.  Please direct all questions to InMotion. 


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                        Visit our Useful Links to the left under Important Information for the direct links.  


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If you are not, please email us at ajoseph42@schools.nyc.gov and we will be sure to add you to our email distribution list!  Include your name, your child's name and class, and your phone number in the email and in the subject line include PLEASE ADD ME TO YOUR EMAIL LIST!  We look forward to sharing our good news! 


NYC School Account

  We encourage all our families to create an NYC Schools Account to view your child’s attendance, report card grades, NYC FITNESSGRAM results, and assessment scores.  We encourage you to register to access your child’s scores and other information, including the release of results for the 2017 Common Core exams in ELA and Math this summer.  Letters have been sent home to those families who have yet to create an account.  Please follow the step by step directions.  If you should have any questions, please feel free to email Mrs. Joseph,  Parent Coordinator. 


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Remember Homework help is just a call away! 

We suggest you take advantage of this great service 

 provided by the UFT and Dial - A - Teacher!  Visit the link 

below for all details.  Help comes in many languages!  


General Mills Box Tops

We continue to collect box tops to help our school earn money!  Ask your family and friends to help you and your class earn an ice cream party!  Box tops will be collected on or about the first of every month.  The class who collects the most box tops for the month will enjoy ice cream!  We encourage you to help your child's class earn money for their school!  Continue to clip over the summer!    

Thank you to Mrs. Ramnath for her support!  

Click on the link below to access a collection sheet to help 

make collecting more fun!   Box Tops Collection Sheet


 A special thank you to The Rev. Dr. Norman Whitmire, Jr., Rector, and the members of the All Saints Episcopal Church in Woodhaven.  We have received a donation of 3 full boxes of school supplies for our students!  Our teachers have been invited to help themselves to items for their students.

We say thank you!  


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