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


Congratulations to Georgios Saltos who represented P.S. 97, Queens in the Districtwide Spelling Bee and now moves on to the Citywide Level Spelling Bee!  We wish him the best of luck!   In the left photo he is pictured with his proud mom along with Queens South Coordinator William Cooper and in the right he is pictured with Mrs. Custodio who is so 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!  


We are proud to share that Assemblyman Mike Miller's Office will be sponsoring a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. contest for our students.  We encourage all to participate in this great event. 

Visit the below link for contest guidelines.  We wish all the best. 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Contest


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 Ms. Bass and Mr. Vignola and Class 1-201, and Mrs. Piccone and Class 4-408 who will enjoy an ice cream party for having the most students with 100% attendance on their grade levels for September through December!  

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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.  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. 


Thhis Week at 97, Queens 

Monday, January 15

School closed in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Tuesday, January 16

Art For All with Ms. Buynak, 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 17

PTA Mtg. 8:30 a.m. 

ZUMBA with Mrs. Spar at 9:00 a.m. 

SLT at 2:30 p.m. 

Award Celebration, 5:30 p.m. 

Ballet Tech

Thursday, January 18

Dinosaur VS Mommy with Mrs. Abramowitz, 8:15 a.m.

Free book to all who attend. 

Friday, January 19

Robot Rodeo at 8:15 a.m. with Ms. Stuart and many of our students 

who will teach us how to code!  You don't want to miss this.  


Next Week at 97, Queens 

Monday, January 22

Beautiful Me for Grade 5

CEC Meeting at P.S. 316, Queens, 7:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, January 23 - Read Aloud Amelia Bedelia Chalks One Up 

with Mrs. Brennan and Class 2-303, 8:15 a.m.  All in attendance will 

receive a FREE copy of the book. 

Wednesday, January 24 - Ballet Tech 

ELA Practice Exam 

Thursday, January 25 - ELA Practice Exam

Friday, January 25 - Beautiful Me, Grade 4 



Thank you to all who supported our book fair. 

Our profit is $388.91 for this Fall Sale.

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

Thank you for your support!  

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        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.  

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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! 

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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


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Our 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 over $14,000 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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Thank you for all your nominations.  We will continue to share information on this recognition as we receive it!  
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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.  


 Visit the below link to view the school calendar!  

2017-2018 School Calendar

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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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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!  

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! 

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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