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.

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


InMotion 2019-2020 Afterschool Program

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. 


Attendance and being on time are important!  

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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!  

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.  There will be no exceptions.  Please make attendance and being on time a priority. 

Thank you for your support. 


 The school calendar for 2019-2020 is now available!                       Visit the below links to view the school calendar!  

2019-2020 School Calendar


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

completed them online over the summer or to those who are required to complete one.  

 We ask for your cooperation and support in completing them and returning them.  

Copy and paste 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


FREE ZUMBA CLASSES will continue this year with Mrs. Spar on Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. 

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The Boy Scout Afterschool Program.

We will once again host the Boy Scouts of America Afterschool program.  Both boys and girls are welcome to participate.  Dates of registration will soon follow. 

The program will run on Monday from 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. with a prompt pick-up. 

Please contact Melvin Antigua at 212 - 651 - 2872 or Juan Hernandez at 212 - 651 - 2844 with any questions. 


Let's Stay Connected 

Are you receiving up - to - the - minute information from us?

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! 


Measles and Immunization - Important information 

Please click on each link below to learn about measles and immunization. 

Measles Letter English 2019

Measles Letter Arabic 

Measles Letter Bengali

Measles Letter Chinese

Measles Letter Spanish 


We shout out a big thank you to IDNYC and Congresswoman Velsquez' office for an amazing day!   We are thrilled to have been able to offer such a great opportunity to our community!  


Thank you to all who completed their survey.  

Final response rates for the 2019 NYC School Survey:

89% teacher response rate (47 teacher surveys received)   //  64% parent/guardian response rate (364 parent/guardian surveys received)

We will share the results of the survey once we receive them. 


Happy Summer!   See you in September!  


Events and Activities of School Year 2018-2019 

Our Scholastic Fall Book Fair has come to an end.  Thank you for your support.  Our Financial Report has been filed and we are happy to share that we have a profit of $1,216.17 thanks to your support.  

Our Meadow Farms Fall Sale Our Financial Report has been filed.  We say thank you to all who supported us in raising a total of $696.65.

Breast Cancer Awareness Thank you for wearing pink!  We are making a donation of $173 to Making Strides in memory of our dear friend and colleague Bonnie Bua. 

Holiday Stuff a Shoe Box!  
Our generationOn Kids Care Club, with the support of Mrs. Kurtz, Ms.Stuart, and Ms. Vasiu, have together, with the donations from you, have stuffed and delivered 55 shoe boxes!  Because of your donations, children will be smiling this year.  
Many thanks!  

GI GO Fund for our Veterans!  Thank you to all who donated!  A check in the amount of $137.00 is being mailed on behalf of our school community!  

Movie Night was a Smash Hit! Thanks to our great Kindergarten Staff and our families for their support.   

Annual Fall Carnival - Our Carnival was a huge success thanks to our staff and you!   A financial report has been filed.  We say thank you to all who supported us in raising a total of $690.70.

St. Jude Children's Hospital Research Walk - A - Thon Wednesday, October 31 - 
Thank you to all for your support.  The financial report is being filed and will be shared once completed.   

Pajama Drive - Success!  30 pair of pajamas were picked up by Riverfund and will be shared with those in need.  Your love and generosity is being shared with many!  Thank you!  

Our Toothbrush Drive was a success!  We have collected over 150 toothbrushes which will be on their way to Haiti!  Thank you for your kindness.  

Leukemia and Lymphoma Pennies for Patients Drive has come to a close.  The pennies and donations have been counted and we are thrilled to share that we have surpassed our goal of $2,000.  We have collected and donated $2,445.26.  Top classes will soon be announced.  A financial report will be filed according to requirements.  THANK YOU!  

The donations have been collected and we shout out a big thank you to all who made donations.  

We collected in support of the American Heart Association's Go Red program and are happy to share that on behalf of our school community we made a donation of $120.  Thank you for all your support. 

We wore blue for Juvenile Diabetes and collected $64 in support of this great charity.  A financial report is being filed accordingly to requirements.  Thank you for all your support.    

We just collected dollars for our GI GO Fund for our Veterans and we say thank you.  A donation in the amount of $127 is being made on our behalf!  

Our Scholastic Dino-Mite BOGO Book Fair was a huge success with a total sale of $4,588.50!  Since this was a BOGO, we did not make a profit.  We did earn Scholastic Dollars through various incentives from Scholastic which will be used to support future school activities.  We are thrilled to know that our students will have reading material over the summer which will help them to stop the summer slide.  The required financial report has been filed accordingly. 

We are proud to share we made a donation in the amount of $56 to Epilepsy on behalf of  Blaize in Class 4-409 and Isiah in Class K/1-320 and we say thank you for your support!  


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


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 2018 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. 

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


The Family Welcome Center for District 27 is located at 90-27 Sutphin Boulevard, 1st Floor, Jamaica, NY 11435, 718-557-2786  

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