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


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

2017-2018 School Calendar


Bedtime Math is a new 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 visit the link on the left for all details.  Let us know how you like it!  Thanks!  

Bedtime Math FREE APP


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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!  We look forward to sharing our good news! 


Kindergarten registration is now taking place!  

 If your child is in our Pre-K, they must apply for kindergarten!  


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!  


This week at 97Q 

Monday, June 12 - School Closed for Students

Tuesday, June 13

Healthy Children Healthy Family with Cornell University, 8:15 a.m.

Talent Show for all Students 

Wednesday, June 14 - FLAG DAY!

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Field Day for Grade 3 

ZUMBA at 9:00 a.m. with Mrs. Spar

Pre-K Stepping Up 

Talent Show at 5:00 p.m. - Join us for a great time. 

Thursday, June 15 

Pre-K Party!  

Field Day for Grade 4

Friday, June 16 

Father's Day Read Aloud with Mrs. Abramowitz, 8:15 a.m. 

Father's Day Craft and Raffle 

Free book for all who attend.  

Field Day for Grade 2 

Science Fair Celebration with Mrs. Vannata for Grades 3, 4, & 5 


Next week at 97Q 

Monday, June 19 

Attendance Celebration 

Grades 3, 4, and 5 will be 8:15 a.m. - 8: 45 a.m. 

Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 2

8:50 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. 

Grade 5 Field Day 

Tuesday, June 20

Kindergarten Stepping Up

Grade 5 Dance 

Wednesday, June 21

Grade 5 Awards 

ZUMBA at 9:00 a.m. 

SLT, 2:30 p.m. 

Award Celebration 5:30 p.m. 

PTA Meeting 6:00 p.m. 

Friday, June 23

Kindergarten Party 


Thank you for helping us host an amazing STEAM Night!  We look forward to doing it again next year!  


Karaoke Night - June 7, 2017 

Visit our photo gallery to see the great pictures from yet another successful event at The Forest Park School!  A fun night was enjoyed by all!  


97's Got Talent! 

What a night!  We are very proud of our students and their talents.  

Thank you to Ms. Caceres and Mrs. Delmar for directing an amazing show!   We look forward to a repeat performance next year!  


Important June Dates to Know!

Wednesday, June 14 - Pre-K Stepping Up 

Thursday, June 15 - Pre-K Party

Tuesday, June 20 

Kindergarten Stepping Up

Grade 5 Dance 

Wednesday, June 21

Grade 5 Awards 

Friday, June 23

Kindergarten Stepping Up 

Tuesday, June 27 

Grade 5 Stepping Up 

Wednesday, June 28

Grade 5 Breakfast 

Please be reminded that water bottles are permitted in our auditorium. Other food and beverages are not.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. 


Queens South Field Support Center’s (QS FSC) Second Annual Excellence Awards Ceremony was held on Thursday, June 1, 2017 and our Peer Mediators received an Award of Excellence for their Social Awareness Video!  Thank you to Ms. Rodriguez and her two interns, Diana and Joanne, Ms. Romano, Ms. Mahmood, and all who took a part in making this happen!  Visit our photo gallery for additional photos.  


Senator Addabbo's Earth Day Poster Contest!

Congratulations to Divine Grace Albania, Mallak Almulaiki, Elizabeth Toxqui, Jaden Moses, (left to right), and not pictured Kaylen Gomez for their participation in this year's Earth Day Poster Contest!  Thank you Ms. Stuart for all you do!  


Queens South FSC School Challenge 

Congratulations to Ms. Mahmood and some of our grade 5 students for a fine job in representing us at this great event.  

Thank you Ms. Mahmood.

Pictured in photo above:
bottom - from left to right 
Wasif Ahmed, Michelle Yu, Kelly Gonzalez
top - from left to right
Debjoti Karmaker, Diana Rivera, Sarah Hu, Durjoy Sen, Juan Valencia 


  Fire Safety

At our Fire Safety Workshop Captain Al Bloecker shared with us information regarding Free installation of smoke detectors in your home by the American Red Cross.  Please visit the web site or call the contact information on the card above.  Share with all as fire safety saves lives! 

Our Instructional Team, introduced at the September SLT meeting, has been very busy planning fun activities for our school.  Staff on each grade, clusters, and our ENL staff will be hosting monthly activities for all to enjoy. 

It is truly a wonderful experience for our students to attend an event held at their school with their classmates.  Visit the Instructional Team Link on the left side bar for all details.  These events are open to all students and their families.  Students cannot attend these events without an adult in attendance.  Thank you for your support and cooperation. 

Thanks to all who attended our Movie Night!  It was truly spectacular and we thank our Kindergarten staff for doing an amazing job!  


Thanks to all who participated in our International Night which was hosted by our ENL staff. 

A great night was had by all sharing the many cultures represented in our school community.  


Thank you to all who participated in our Polar Express Event.  Our Grade 4 staff were hosts and did a great job!  What a great way to get in the holiday spirit! 


Our VIP Dance was a great success thanks to you for your support!  A special thank you to our Grade 2 staff for organizing this great event and thanks to the staff who helped!  We look forward to hosting this event next year!   Visit the Photo Gallery for photos!  


NYC School Account

 As the end of the school year approaches we are encouraging 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 are being 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. 



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!  We have received 100% in lunch application returns.
Breakfast in the Classroom will begin Monday, April 3, 2017.  breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.  All students will receive a Breakfast Card which they must have each day to participate in the program.  Thank you for making this program a success. 

Visit the below link for monthly Breakfast and Lunch Menus!  

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Our Title I Funding is based on the return of our lunch 

applications.  Thank you for joining Mrs. Custodio at 

 Annual Title I Meeting.  Title I facts were shared with all.  

We are encouraging all families with an outstanding lunch balance to 

send in their payment by Friday, June 23, 2017.  All outstanding 

balances become the school's responsibility

 Online Lunch Payment Program - My School Bucks

When you register with MY School Bucks, you will be asked for the district our school is 

in.   Although we are District 27, you will click on NY Department of Education.



Does your child need homework help?  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!  

    What a great workshop facilitated by Ms. Gourdine this morning.  Please visit below links and print out the Support Check List to help you help your children!   

Ms. Gourdine will be here on April 27 to help us understand 

Common Core!  See you then!  

General Mills Box Tops

Congratulations to Mrs. Murphy and Class 4-409 on collecting 506 box tops and earning an ice cream party for collecting the most box tops for this collection!  

Congratulations to Mrs. Gereene and Class 3/4-409 for collecting the most box tops for this collection period.  They have earned an ice cream party!  

Keep collecting and you may earn an ice cream party for your class!  Visit the below link for collection sheets to help make collecting fun!  

Click on the link to the right to access a sheet!   Box Tops Collection Sheet


Congratulations to Nurse Ryan on being named
Nurse of the Year!  We are so very fortunate to have her with us! 

Congratulations to our generationOn Kids Care Club on being named Club of the Year.   Visit the below link to read all about it!  

Our new members are listed on this web site. 
We have started with our service projects and are very excited!  
Photos and stories of the many service projects held can be found under the photo link to the left.    
Thank you for your interest.
                     We would like to express our sincerest thanks to All Saints Evangelical Lutheran Church of South West Queens for the donation of a tote full of school supplies which our students will greatly appreciate.  Our staff has received a list of available items and have been invited to come and take what they need for their students.  Crayons, marble notebooks, dry erase markers and folders have already been put to good use.   We know this is only the beginning of a wonderful relationship! 
A special thank you to Pastor Leticia Alanis (right) and Deacon Roberta Detmers (left) pictured below with our Parent Coordinator, Amelia Joseph.  Photo is courtesy of Pastor Micah Stumme who also joined in the donation process. 

                    Thank you to The Rev. Dr. Norman Whitmire, Jr., Rector, and the members of the All Saints Episcopal Church in Woodhaven.  We received a donation of 5 full boxes of school supplies for our students!  Marble notebooks, colored pencils, and index cards have already been distributed. 

If your children are in need of school supplies, please be sure to contact us at ajoseph42@schools.nyc.gov and we will be sure to provide the needed items if we have them!  
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.