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


The Boy Scout Afterschool Program has begun.  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 extend      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.  

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. 


Fall Parent Teacher Conference and Open School Week is coming! 

Visit the link below to prepare for a successful conference. 


Dates and Times for PTC and Class Visits


This Week at 97Q! 

Monday, October 22 and Tuesday, October 23 

FDNY - Fire Safety Classroom Assemblies 

Wednesday, October 24 - FDNY Smoke House 

Monday, October 22

Boy Scout Program today, dismissal until 4:00 p.m.  

Wednesday, October 24 - ZUMBA at 9:00 a.m. 

Thursday, October 25

Annual Fall Carnival  - 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Child Abuse Protection Workshop with Ms. Rodriguez, 8:15 a.m.

Friday, October 26 

We had our first deadline for Gym Uniforms but we are still collecting orders for our second order!  

Gym Uniform Order Form - English 

Gym Uniform Order Form, Spanish  


Our Scholastic Fall Book Fair is over, but our online ordering is happening until Tuesday, October 23, 2018.

Visit the link below to place your order!  


Tax Chart 

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Meltdown 

The Meltdown Order Form, English 

The Meltdown Order Form, Spanish 

Our Meadow Farms Fall Sale is coming to a close.  I know we have a few orders outstanding, but the bulk of them are being processed.   

Visit this link for details on how you can support your child's school.   Fall Fundraiser Details  


SCHOOL ID# 1802096  


Thanks to our great Kindergarten Staff and our families, 

Movie Night was a Smash Hit!  


Thursday, October 25 - Fall Carnival Visit below link for details.

Wednesday, October 31 - St. Jude Children's Hospital Research Walk - A - Thon 

Holiday Stuff a Shoe Box!  
Our generationOn Kids Care Club, with the support of Mrs. Kurtz and Ms. Stuart, will be stuffing shoe boxes for children less fortunate than ourselves.  This is a school wide project and we need help from everyone so it can be a success.  Some of the items we will be putting in the shoe boxes are listed below.  We ask you to consider making a donation.  All the items can be purchased at a dollar store!  Imagine how many children we can help if every student donates one item!  Thank you in advance!  

Pre-K and Kindergarten -- coloring books and crayons

Grade 1 - small toys (card games, jacks, dominoes, army men, planes, dolls)

Grade 2 - small stuffed toys (teddy bears, animals, rag dolls)

Grade 3 - small hand sanitizers, fun lip balm, small package of tissues, 
deodorants and fun bath soaps and other bath items 

Grade 4 -  hats, scarves, gloves 

Grade 5 - pencils, erasers, note pads, or any fun school item 
We want to stuff these boxes so that they put a big smile on the face of a child when they are opened.  

We also need empty shoe boxes to stuff so if you have any in your closet, please send them in and be sure Mrs. Joseph gets them!  

Many thanks!  



We will be hosting FREE Citizenship classes for all members of our community.  Family and friends are welcome!    PLEASE NOTE THE REVISED SCHEDULE.  

Spanish Class Schedule forthcoming. 

Citizenship Registration English

Citizenship Registration Spanish 

Citizenship Class Schedule - Revised as of September 17, 2018 English

Citizenship Classes, Spanish 


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!  

 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.  



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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. 



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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FREE ZUMBA CLASSES will continue this 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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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.  


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! 


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


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