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


generationOn Kids Care Club is hosting a food drive. 

From now until June 15, 2018 you are 

invited to support this great event.

The needed items are listed below and can be found under the  

Service Project link on the left. 

Pre-K and Kindergarten - mac and cheese

Grade 1 - cereal, hot and cold

Grade 2 - soups

Grade 3 - juice packs

Grade 4 - peanut butter in plastic jars, and canned protein such as beans and tuna

Grade 5 - canned fruit and vegetables 


Maker Faire, Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

We can't wait to see the great work of our students.  For details, visit the Upcoming Events Link on the left!  

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We will also be hosting our May Parent Night on Wednesday, May 23,  from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. offering our families many opportunities to learn about next year's curriculum. 

Visit the Upcoming Events Link on the left under May 23 Parent Night for details.  English and Spanish available.  


Our 2nd Annual Talent Show is being held on Wednesday, 

May 30, 2018 and we are hoping to see many of our families showing their support to some of our very talented students.  

Visit the Upcoming Events link on the left for details.  



STEM Summer in the City

Application deadline is April 27, 2018  

Students in Grades 2 - 5 can apply for a FREE summer program! 

The Queens site is P.S. 182, Queens.

Visit the above link for all the details.

We hope you had the opportunity to register your child for this amazing program. 


Thank you for completing your survey!  We wills hare the results once they are shared.  

 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.  



Congratulations to Georgios Saltas who represented P.S. 97, Queens in the Citywide Spelling Bee.  Georgios went to round six!  We are 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 during 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.  


Citizenship Classes 

Thank you to the New York Historical Society for allowing our families the opportunity to attend these classes and prepare for the test.  

We look forward to hosting these classes once again in the fall of 2018.  


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 Mrs. Paskoff and Class 1-202, and              Mrs. Picone and Class 4-408 who will enjoy an ice cream party for having the most students with 100% attendance on their grade levels for March and April!  

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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!  

City Harvest Food Drive hosted by generationOn begins

Monday, May 14 - Healthy Snacks with Nurse Ryan at 8:15 a.m. 

Tuesday, May 15 - Art with Ms. Buynak at 2:30 p.m. 

Wednesday, May 16 - PTA Meeting - Elections, 8:30 a.m. 

ZUMBA with Mrs. Spar, 9:00 a.m. 

Nurtrition Committee Meeting, 1:30 p.m. 

SLT Meeting, 2:30 p.m. 

VIP Dance, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Tickets are a must. 

Grade 5 Trip 

Thursday, May 17 - Empire Health, Living with Diabetes

Wear blue and donate $1 to JDF

Friday, May 18 - Career Day 

Next Week at 97! 

Monday, May 21 - CEC Meeting, District Office 

Tuesday, May 22 - Sight Words Workshop with Mrs. Joseph, 

8:15 a.m. - all in attendance will receive a free 

Sight Word Pop Corn Game and we will be 

making our own sight word flash cards. 

Wednesday, May 23, ZUMBA at 9:00 a.m. 

Parent Night and Maker Fair, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

Friday, May 25 - GI GO Wear Jeans and donate $1

Ranger In Time Read Aloud at 8:15 a.m. 

All in attendance will receive a FREE copy of the book as well 

as a First Aid kit.  We look forward to seeing you there!  

Assistant Principal Appreciation Week 

April 9 - April 13, 2018 

Mrs. Kalogridis


Administrative Day

April 25, 2018

Mrs. Scafidi, Pupil Accounting Secretary 

Mrs. Blaine, Payroll Secretary

Principal Appreciation Day

May 1, 2018

Mrs. Custodio 

Nurse Appreciation Day 

May 7, 2018 

Nurse Kathy Ryan

Daniel Quinche shares with Nurse Ryan just how much he loves and appreciates all she does for him!  

Teacher Appreciation Week

May 7 May 11, 2018

Say thank you to a teacher for all they do!  


We are thrilled to share that Senator Addabbo is hosting his annual 
Earth Day Contest once again this year and Ms. Stuart says thank you to all for participating. 
 Congratulations to our winners!  
Kindergarten - Grade 2 
1st Place - Helen Macedo, Class 2-303
2nd Place - Eva Casimiro, Class 2-303 
3rd Place - Samuel Alva, Class K-315
Grade 3 - Grade 5 
 1st Place - Jo Jo Weng, Class 4-408
2nd Place - Camila Palomares, Class 5-402
3rd Place - Natalie Garcia, Class 4-409 

All students who participated will be invited to celebrate in 
June with a yummy ice and sweet treat party! 
Photos can be found in our Photo Gallery.  



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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Celebrate Moms with us on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 8:15 a.m.!  Thanks to our relationship with the Hance Family Foundation and their Beautiful Me Program, Ms. Rodriguez,          Ms. Vasiu, Ms. Romano, and Ms. Capobianco  will share with us the importance of feeling beautiful and believing in ourselves.  We encourage your attendance and ask you to bring a friend.  There will be beautiful gifts shared with all who attend.  

Visit our workshop link on the left for all details. 


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FREE Health Plex Dental Screenings Thursday, May 10 and Friday, 

May 11.  Visit the Upcoming Events Link on the left for an 

explanation of the program and consent 

forms.  They are in both English and Spanish.    


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.

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

Your efforts are greatly appreciated. 

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

        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.  

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! 

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!

Our wear blue for Juvenile Diabetes was quite a success with a donation of $88 being sent on behalf of our school community.  

Thank you for your support. 

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. 


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


Image result for turkey trotOur 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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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.  


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! 

Congratulations to Ms. Lee and Class 1-203 for collecting the most in February!  

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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