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


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.  



Congratulations to Georgios Saltas who represented P.S. 97, Queens in the Districtwide Spelling Bee and now moves on to the Citywide Level Spelling Bee!  We wish him the best of luck!   In the left photo he is pictured with his proud mom along with Queens South Coordinator William Cooper and in the right he is pictured with Mrs. Custodio who is so very proud of him.  


Congratulations to our Student Council!  Our students learned the election process and our winners are as follows: 

President -- Kayla Sanchez

Vice President -- William Sanchez

Treasurer -- Kelvis Reyes

Secretary -- Jacob Chavez 

We look forward to the great work these students will do!  

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Our Student Council wants to say thank you to all for their support!  They raised $500 at their bake sale and have ordered the bracelets to spread their message                 of BE SMART - CHOOSE KIND.  They will distribute them during our                 Respect For All Week.    


We are proud to announce the winners of the Assemblyman Mike Miller's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. contest!   All students have been recognized and prizes have been awarded.  We say thank you to Assemblyman Mike Miller and his staff for this great opportunity.    

Mrs. Cunningham and Class 2-310 has won the poetry contest for Grade 2. 

Blaize Arroyo, Class 3-308 wrote the Grade 3 winning essay.

Peter Inga, Class 4-307 wrote the Grade 4 winning essay. 

Jaylene Peralta, Class 5-404 and Ethan Peralta, Class 5-406 wrote the Grade 5 winning essays!  

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all who participated.  


Grade 5 Parents T-shirts Available for Sale


Visit the above link for details on Parent Grade 5 T-shirts available for sale!   English and Espanol.  


Citizenship Classes 

We are pleased to share that we will be working with The New York Historical Society to provide our families and friends citizenship classes.  Please see the below links for the necessary registration forms.  
Assessment Calendar 2017-2018 

(You can also find the calendar under helpful links on the left.)

Visit the above link to learn of the testing dates for this school year. 

The Online Kindergarten Application Process begins November 28, 2017.

Kindergarten Application Period closes Friday, January 12, 2018. 



Visit the below links for information in your home language.  

Kindergarten Application, English

Kindergarten Application, Arabic 

Kindergarten Application, Bengali 

Kindergarten Application, Chinese

Kindergarten Application, Spanish

We look forward to you and your family joining our family. 


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Pre-Kindergarten Application opens Monday, February 5, 2018.

Visit the link below for all information and details.  


Who can apply to pre-K?

  • Families with children born in 2014
  • New York City residents
  • Students who move to NYC during the admissions process Get More Information >
  • Students with disabilities Get More Information >
  • Students whose home language is a language other than English. No program may deny admission, registration, or enrollment to a student based on the student’s fluency or perceived fluency in English.
  • Students in Temporary Housing can apply to pre-K even if their housing situation is uncertain. They do not need paperwork to apply to schools, accept an offer, or enroll in a school. 
We'll see you in September!  


     Congratulations to Ms. Bass and Mr. Vignola and Class 1-201, and Ms. Weisse and Class 5-402 who will enjoy an ice cream party for having the most students with 100% attendance on their grade levels for January through February!  

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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. 


This Week at 97

Class Visits, 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. 

Monday, March 12 -  Pre-K, K, and Grade 1

Tuesday, March 13, Grade 4 & 5 

5-404 visits room 401

5-401 visits room 404

5-406 visits room 406

5-402 visits room 402

Wednesday, March 14, Grades 2 & 3

Students visit our STEM Fair 

Thursday, March 15, Dismissal at 11:20 a.m. 

Parent Teacher Conference, 

 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  - PTA Bake Sale 

STEM Fair 

Friday, March 16

PTA Spring Pictures 


Next week at 97!

Monday, March 19

CEC Meeting at District Office, 7:30 p.m. 

Crazy Hat Day 

Tuesday, March 20

At the Waterworks, Read Aloud with 

Ms. Stuart and Grade 2, 8:15 a.m.

Art for All with Ms. Buynak, 2:30 p.m. 

Citizenship Class, 8:15 a.m. 

Twinsies Tuesday 

Wednesday, March 21

PTA Meeting, 8:30 a.m. 

ZUMBA, 9:00 a.m. 

Nutrition Committee Meeting, 1:30 p.m. 

School Leadership Meeting, 2:30 p.m. 

Award Celebration, 5:30 p.m. 

Wild West Wednesday 

Thursday, March 22

Citizenship Class, 8:15 a.m. 

Super Hero Day 

Friday, March 23

Survey Deadline 

All American Day, Red, White, and Blue

Get ready for our March Madness Week !  Be sure to visit the link below so you can prepare to celebrate with us!  English and Spanish Translations!  

March Madness 2018


Senator Addabbo hosts his Annual Earth Day Poster Contest 
We are thrilled to share that Senator Addabbo will be hosting his annual 
Earth Day Contest once again this year and Ms. Stuart is inviting all students to participate. 

Ms. Stuart must receive all entries by Thursday, March 29 and there will
 be NO EXCEPTIONS made to accept late entries.  Once received, hard
 copy entries will be electronically submitted by Ms. Stuart.  Students 
must be certain to have their name and class ON THE BACK OF THEIR
 ENTRY.   There will be three winners on each grade with winners being announced at an assembly.  Date to be determined.  All students who participate will be invited to celebrate in June
 with a yummy ice and sweet treat party! 

Please follow the guidelines on the below links and we wish your children the best!   


Save the Date!    TOWN HALL MEETING!  

Our Building Response Team (BRT) will be hosting their 

Annual Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 beginning at

 9:00 a.m.   Members of our community are invited to join us to

learn of the steps we take to maintain a safe environment for the

 members of our school community.  

Below is a chart of the drills that we host to prepare the members

 of our team for an emergency.  

This is displayed in all classrooms.  We look forward to seeing

 many parents as well as community members at this most

 important meeting.  Together we remain strong.  

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Your voice is important to us.  Thank you to all who completed 

their parent survey last year.  We have reviewed the results and 

have taken action.  Our parents had a 59% response rate last year 

and we are looking to increase that to at least 75% this year! 

Don't forget, with a completed survey, your child (ren) will receive 

FREE age appropriate book. 

Complete Your Survey With Us, English

Complete Your Survey With Us, Arabic

Complete Your Survey with Us, Bengali

Complete Your Survey With Us, Chinese

Complete Your Survey with Us, Spanish

Family Letter English 

Family Letter Arabic

Family Letter Bengali

Family Letter Chinese

Family Letter Spanish

School Survey Facts English

School Survey Facts Arabic

School Survey Bengali

School Survey Facts Chinese

School Survey Facts Spanish

We also thank our staff for completing their survey last year and look forward to an increase in their response rate too!  That will be difficult, as they had a 90% response rate!  

We look forward to hearing from you. 


Visit the above link to learn of the dates and times for our Spring 

Parent Teacher Conference and Open School Week.  

Visit the below address to learn how to better 

prepare for your conference.   


Our 2nd Annual VIP Dance hosted by our Grade 2 staff is being 

held on Wednesday, May 16, 2018!

Please visit the links below for more information.  We are looking 

forward to a great time!  

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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.


Below are our top classes!  All classes collecting over $100 will 

be receiving a BRONZE Pennant to display in their rooms!  Great job all!


K-319                               $178.41

1-202                                  155.96

K-315                                 152.11

4-407                                  148.61

4-408                                    45.94

1-201                                    86.82

2-306                                   81.81

Pre K-216                            81.07

4-409                                    74.94

 3-308                                    74.02

 Pre K-215                             57.76

 K-219                                    48.23

 4-307                                     42.72

 5-402                                     22.31

 All other classes                   260.29


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

Your efforts are greatly appreciated. 


Thank you to all who supported our book fair. Our profit is $388.91 for this Fall Sale.

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

Thank you for your support!  

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        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.  

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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! 

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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. 

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!
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Important Meeting Dates for You to Know

                PTA                                PAC                      SLT  

        8:30 a.m./6:00 p.m.            8:15 a.m.              2:30 p.m.    

           9/20, 8:30 a.m.                   10/5                        9/20                     

           10/18, 6:00 p.m.                 11/2                        10/18

           11/22,8:30 a.m.                  12/7                        11/22

           12/20, 6:00 p.m.                1/4                           12/20

           1/17, 8:30 a.m.                   2/1                          1/17             

           2/28, 6:00 p.m.                   3/8* 9:00 a.m.        2/28

           3/21, 8:30 a.m.                   4/10                         3/21

           4/18, 6:00 p.m.                   5/11                         4/18     

           5/16, 8:30 a.m.                   6/14                         5/16

           6/20, 6:00 p.m.                                                   6/20


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Our 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 be held on Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.

They will begin on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.  We invite all to join us and bring a friend!  ZUMBA is a great way to add physical activity to your day and keep healthy!  Mrs. Spar makes it fun!  

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Thank you for all your nominations.  We will continue to share information on this recognition as we receive it!  
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As a result of the October Parent Advisory Council Meeting, Ms. Buynak will be hosting an  Art  For All Program for our families.  (minutes of meeting forthcoming)

Join us on Tuesday during Parent Engagement Time, 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m., as follows:

October 17
November 21
December 19
January 16
February 13
March 20
April 17
May 15
June 19

Ms. Buynak does amazing things and she is excited to share her talents with our families.  We look forward to seeing many of you expressing yourselves creatively. 

Chancellor Farina announces that beginning on the first day of school, lunch is free to all students in all of our schools, regardless of 

income eligibility.  This means that all meals – both breakfast and lunch – served by the Department of Education’s 

SchoolFood program will be free.  We appreciate all the support we received to this program over the 

years and we say thank you to our many families!  

As always, School Meal Lunch Applications will be going home to all and we cannot stress the importance of you completing them and 

returning them as soon as possible.  You can also complete your School meal Lunch Application online.  

Visit the below link to apply online!  

Our Title I Funding is based on the return of our lunch applications.  Mrs. Custodio hosted her Annual Title I

 Meeting on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 8:15 a.m. with 23 parents in attendance.  She shared information on our Title I 

Funding.  Please visit the links on the left to find the minutes from this meeting.  Thank you for your support. 

  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.  


 Visit the below link to view the school calendar!  

2017-2018 School Calendar

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Bedtime Math is back again this year!  It is a FREE APP for all students.  It is designed to help students learn to love math.  Once you download the app, let us know how you and your children like it!   Please follow the directions below to download the APP.  Thanks!  

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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 int he email and in the subject line include PLEASE ADD ME TO YOUR EMAIL LIST!  We look forward to sharing our good news! 

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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 with funding!  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!  Be a clipper!    

Thank you to Mrs. Ramnath for her support!  

Congrats to Mrs. Salem and Class 4/5-405 for 

collecting the most in September!  

Congrats to Mrs. Murphy and Class 4-409 for 

collecting the most in October!  

Congrats to Mrs. Greene and Class K/1-320 for 

collecting the most in November! 

They will enjoy an ice cream party!  

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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