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





Visit the above link to learn of the importance of completing your survey.  



It is time to registration for Pre-K.  Please be sure to visit the below links for all the information you will need. 

Pre-K Registration 2019 English

Pre-K Registration 2019, Spanish 


As promised, our first ever Stop N Swap!  Visit the below link for all the details.  You can also find this information under Events on the left side of the screen.

Stop N Swap 2019

For the first time ever, we are working with GROW NYC in support of Zero Waste Program with the NYC Sanitation Department and we are hosting a Stop 'N' Swap on Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 12:00 noon - 3:00 p.m.  This is open to everyone.  

All are invited to bring clean portable items you no longer want and then look around to see if you might need something that was donated by another family.  You know the saying, one man's trash is another man's treasure.  You do not have to donate something to take something.  The premise is to keep the garbage out of the land fills and recycle and reuse.  We want to pack the house so share with all. 
Hispanic Federation Celebrates Literacy and you are invited.  
We are proud to host the Hispanic Federation once again as they offer our families an amazing morning celebrating  literacy supporting our Pre-K, Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 2 families with activities to enhance and encourage literacy.  Our event is being held Monday, April 1, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. - Noon.  All who attend are expected to stay for the full session but it will definitely be worth your while.  Refreshments, free books and all the materials needed for the arts and craft session of the presentation are being offered to help support literacy with your children.  As I stated, this is targeted for the lower grade families, but all are invited to attend.  Registration is required so the Hispanic Federation can plan accordingly.  Visit the below link for all the details.  You can also find them under April Workshops on the left side of this screen.  

Visit their web site to learn all about this amazing organization.   www.hispanicfederation.org

Celebrate Literacy, English and Spanish 
Join our Grade 5 staff as they host a Build a Teddy Event for all students who register.  Adults must accompany all participating students.  We look forward to seeing you there.   Visit the below links for all details.  

Build a Teddy 2019 English 

2nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Contest

Sponsored by Assemblyman Mike Miller's Office
Congratulations to our winners and Thank you to Assemblyman Mike miller and his office staff!  

Grade 1 - Mr. Vignola and Class 1/2-206 

Grade 2 - Mrs. Brennan and Class 2-303

Each class will enjoy a pizza party!   

Essay winners: 

Zafirah Haque, Grade 3 

Anachristina Rizzuto, Grade 4

Merilin Zhinin and Jenaya Richards, Grade 5 

Each student received a Dunkin' Donuts gift card and were truly very excited!  


Visit the Grade Happenings Links on the left to see what is going on in each grade! 

Grade 2 English as Another Language (ENL) students have been very busy with           Mrs. Abramowitz!    

Mrs. Picone and Class 1-205 enjoyed Not a Box and shared their creativity with our parents.  

Some of our Grade 3 classes participated in a Snowman Craft which was donated to us by Sado Crafts!  We shout out thank you!  They had such fun!  


The Boy Scout Afterschool Program.

This year, Boy Scouts of America welcomed girls to their program and our numbers have more than doubled.  Beginning on Monday, October 15, 2018 and continuing through May, our students will have the opportunity to participate in a wonderful program.  To offer a more effective program for our students, the time has been extended to 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  

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


This Week at 97Q 

Monday, March 4, 8:15 a.m.

Mrs. Cunningham and Class 2-310 will be hosting a read aloud of What Does it Mean to be an The Entrepreneur, by Rana DiOrio & Emma D. Dryden.  All in attendance will receive a copy of this amazing book.   Rescheduled to Wednesday, March 6, 2019 due to the snow day.  

Tuesday, March 5

Learn how to Make POP- UP Cards with Ms. Dee Dee - this is an arts and craft class for all

Thursday, March 7, 8:15 a.m. 

Healthy Living with Empire/Health Plus.  We are wearing blue and collecting $1 from all who wish to donate and we will be sending the donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Fund.

Immediately following, our PAC will host their March meeting.  

Friday, March 8, 8:15 a.m. 

Higher Order Thinking with Ms. Scalzetti.  Join us as she shares what is expected of our students and how you can help them as parents. 

Immediately following, 9:00 a.m., Mrs. Stalzer and Class 3-306, along with Mrs. Lombardo and Class 3-308, under the guidance of Ms. Stuart, will be hosting a workshop where we will watch Polar Bears Grow.  This is a great scientific, hands on workshop which you do not want to miss.  

Mrs. Salem continues to collect pet items to support our annual pet drive!  Visit the link below and on the left for all details.  

2019 Annual Pet Drive, English and Spanish


Events and Activities

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 are being counted now.  Once we are done counting, we will share our total donation for this year.  THANK YOU!  

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


they will be rescheduled if there is an interest.  We say thank you to the New York Historical Society for their great efforts on this program.    


Thank you for completing your survey!  

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%.  

The surveys are here!   We look forward to your support. 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~   Attendance and Being on time is 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!  

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. 


ANNUAL TOWN HALL MEETING                                                       Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 8:15 a.m.                                                  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 links to view the school calendar!  

School Calendar 2018-2019 English

School Calendar 2018-2019 Spanish 


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

out for  information on our weight loss classes!  We are keeping us all healthy!  
Image result for zumba ZUMBA is postponed until April.  We will keep you posted!

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.  

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 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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If you need assistance with a particular page or document on our current site, please contact Amelia Joseph, Web Master, ajoseph42@schools.nyc.gov to request assistance.