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 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!    


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.  

A Message from Boy Scouts:  

Monday, December 10 was the last day for the Boy Scout Program until after the winter recess.  They will resume on Monday, January 7, 2019. 

Reservations are still being taken for their Winter Wonderland Trip which is Saturday, December 15, 2018, 9:00 a.m.  Online payments can be made by visiting www.bsa.gnyc.org/winterwonder.  Please contact Melvin Antigua at 212 - 651 - 2872 with any questions.  (They are meeting in front of the school.)   


Monday, December 10, Ballroom Dancing Event for Parents, Grade 5 

Tuesday, December 11, Assist with Middle School Application, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., PTA Boutique 

Wednesday, December 12, Weight Loss Class and ZUMBA, 8:15 a.m., PTA Boutique

Thursday, December 13, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield World Aids Day, 8:15 a.m., PTA Boutique 

Friday, December 14, Not A Box with Ms. Picone and Class 1-205, New Cafeteria, Snowmen Craft for 3-308, 3-306, 3-309, 3-302, Old Cafeteria 

Our Toothbrush drive continues!  Join us in helping those in Haiti maintain their dental hygiene.  Thank you for your continued support.  

Did you send in your toothbrush donation?  It is not too late!  Be sure to get yours in.  Our goal is 300 toothbrushes!  

Donate a Toothbrush, English

Donate a Toothbrush, Spanish


Monday, December 17, CEC Meeting at IS 53

Tuesday, December 18, Grade 3 Nutcracker Performance for our Parents

Wednesday, December 19, Kindergarten Holiday Performance, SLT, 2:30 p.m., Award Celebration, 5:30 p.m., PTA Meeting, 6:00 p.m. 

Thursday, December 20, 4-409 and 4-407 Snowmen Craft

Friday, December 21, 4-408, Snowmen Craft 


Our Annual Scholastic Pajama Drive is being held the first week of December and we are hoping to reach our goal of 100 pair of pajamas!  We know we can do this with your help!  All pajamas are due Monday, December 10, 2018!  Thank you for your support.  

Pajama Drive English 

Pajama Drive Spanish

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~      Gifted and Talented Admissions Guide for Students Born in 2011-2013

If you would like to receive a copy of the G&T Guide for Students Born in 2011-2013please come in to the school or send a note to your child's teacher to obtain one.  Visit the below link for more details and information on the Gifted and Talented Program.  Please contact Mrs. O'Connor, doconnor10@schools.nyc.gov, with any questions.  


For those who have applied to take the Gifted and Talented test, you will soon be contacted by Mrs. O'Connor with further details.  We wish all the best of luck.   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.    



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.  


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

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


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.