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


Attendance Celebration for September and October 

Congrats to all our students with 100% attendance for the 

first two months of school!  

     Congratulations to Ms. Bass and Mr. Vignola and Class 1-201, and Mrs. Murphy and Class 4-409 who will enjoy an ice cream party for having the most students with 100% attendance on their grade levels for September and October!  

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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.  It is important for your child to be here and on time.

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. 


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 appreciate your support in helping to make this event a 

success.  Prizes will be distributed once the financial report is   

completed, shared, and recorded. Our top sellers are:  

Top Money Seller earns a $25 Toys R Us Gift Card 

Class 1-201, Madison Fierro, $497.00 

2nd Top Money Seller earns a $10 Toys R Us Gift Card 

Class 1-205, Andrew DaSilva Marques, $468.00 

3rd Top Money Seller earns a $10 Toys R Us Gift Card 

Class 1-201, Anthony Stanker, $339.00

4th Top Money Seller earns a $10 Toys R Us Gift Card 

Class 3-305, Marquez Lawrence, $287.00

Top Selling Classes earned an Ice Cream Party 

1-201 with $836.00 in sales

1-205 with 664.50 in sales

4-409 with 388.50 in sales

Class 1-201 was our top selling class!  

Ms. Bass and Mr. Vignola will earn a $25 Staples Gift Card!  

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all 

who supported this great event.  


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


This week at 97!  

Monday, November 20

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Thank you to all who have made a donation to support this great event.  We look forward to an exciting day for all.  

Tuesday, November 21

Art for All with Ms. Buynak at 2:30 p.m. in room 410

Wednesday, November 22

PTA Meeting at 8:30 a.m. 

ZUMBA at 9:00 a.m. 

SLT at 2:30 p.m.

Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24

School Closed for Thanksgiving Recess 


Dates and activities to plan for:

November 9
Trap That Turkey - Rescheduled - new date to be announced
November 20
Turkey Trot 


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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Each year the NYC DOE recognizes 10 teachers for outstanding work with the Big Apple Award.  We know our staff is wonderful and in the past years, many have been nominated for this award.  Some of our staff have gone on to the next levels enjoying time with city officials, including the Mayor and the Chancellor.
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This year, as in the past, you have the opportunity to nominate a favorite teacher to be considered for this most prestigious award.
There is no better way to thank a teacher for their dedication to teaching.  Put a smile on their faces and 
let our teachers know if you nominate them!  
Visit the link below for all the details.


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. 

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 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.  


The school calendar is out for 2017-2018!  Visit the below link to view it!  

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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Your voice is important to us.  Thank you to all who completed their parent survey.  Our parents had a 59% response rate! 

We hope your child(ren) enjoyed the book they received!

We also thank our staff for completing their survey!

They are at an 90% response rate!  

Great job by all!  

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!  

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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