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


We ask for your patience as we currently are updating our web site to reflect the activities and events of this school year.  Thank you.  


An important message from Dr. Andre Spencer, Executive Superintendent, Queens South, D27, D28, D29 and High Schools. 

DPAC Officers Announcement

DPAC, Spanish 


A message from our Superintendent, Mrs. Jennifer Ambert.

"It is our goal that all schools in the district exhibit rigorous and equitable opportunities for every student, ensuring the development and strengthening of SCEWP, which represents:

S - Self-Regulation/Student Agency
C - Communication/Collaboration Skills
E - Engagement and Empathy
W - Work Habits/Organization Skills
P - Persistence/Perseverance"

SCEWP is an acronym that Mrs. Ambert has trademarked and you will be hearing a lot of it in our district.  I am most certain, on occasion, she will address it in her report at the monthly CEC meetings.  It is important that our families are familiar with it.   

Our staff will be speaking about it with our students, so ask your children to tell you about it.  Of course, each grade will understand it on their own level. 

We invite all our families to join Mrs. Ambert, our Superintendent, at her Chew and Chat this month on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.  See below link for details!  

We invite all our families to join Dr. Andre Spencer, our Executive Superintendent, at his Soup with Dr. Spencer this month on Wednesday, October 30, 2019.  See below link for details!  

Dads Bring Your Children to School Day is being rescheduled.  We want this day to be extra special and are planning a wonderful event for all.  Date to be determined.  

Important Meeting Dates: 
PTA (3rd Tuesday of each month)                PAC (1st Thursday of each month)
October 15                                                      October 3   
November 19                                                   November 7
December 17                                                   December 5
January 21                                                      January 9 (Winter Recess conflict)) 
February 25 (Mid-Winter Recess conflict)   February 6
March 17                                                          March 12 (PTC conflict) 
April 28 (Testing Dates conflict)                    April 2
May 19                                                              May 14 
June 16                                                            June 11 

School Leadership Team Meeting (3rd Wednesday of each month starting at 2:30 p.m.)
October 16
November 20
December 11
January 15
February 12 
March 18
April 22
May 13 
June 17 

Student Recognition Award Celebrations will be held on the following dates at 5:00 p.m. 
October 16
November 20
December 18 (tentative)
January 15
February 12 
March 18
April 22
May 13 
June 17 

Meadow Farms Fund Raiser
A financial report is being filed for our Meadow Farms Fund Raiser.  We have made a profit of $61.95.  Thank you to all who supported this event.

Wear Pink - Making Strides - Breast Cancer Awareness 
On behalf of the many members in our school community, a check in the amount of $186 is being sent to Making Strides, American Cancer Society in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.  We extend our sincerest thanks to all who supported this event. 

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 updated!                         Visit the below links to view the school calendar!  
This calendar now reflects the changes which have recently been made.  


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 in grades 1 - 5 are welcome to participate.  Registration will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 from 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. in our multi-purpose room and Thursday, September 12, 2019 during our Parent Night!   

The program will run on Monday from 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. with a prompt pick-up.     

This program will begin on Monday, October 21, 2019.  

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 



Get ready for your surveys which will be arriving in March!  
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. 


Follow us on Twitter!  https://twitter.com/ajoseph42 

Follow the District on Twitter!  https://twitter.com/District27NYC

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 2019 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!  

Join Ms. Vasiu on Thursday, October 24, 2019 for her Homework Help Workshop beginning at 8:15 a.m.     

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  

We are working to make this website easier to access for people with disabilities, and will follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.     
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.