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What is the PS17 Wellness Council?

A School Wellness Council is a group of parents, students, school staff, and community members who work together and with the school administration to promote a healthy school community. Your Council is a subcommittee of the school's PTA and has been in existence since 2018.  

To learn more about the goals and recommendations of our school's Wellness Policy, which closely mirror the DOE policy, and were adopted by the school in 2022, check out the slides below

We meet the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7pm via Zoom. We post the links on the PTA Facebook page and in Class Dojo. You can also reach out to us at ps17wellness at for a calendar invite.

WANT TO HELP BUT NOT SURE HOW? Reach out to us at PS17Wellness at and add your area of interest to the subject line! You can join a small sub-committee dedicated to bringing programming and funds in your chosen interest. Social Emotional Learning & Mindfulness, Food & Nutrition, Fitness & Movement, Diversity & Inclusion, and Sustainability. 


Bent On Learning

We make yoga and mindfulness a core component of the school day for students in Pre-K through 12th grade.

Our Yoga for Schools program pairs yoga teachers with schools throughout New York City. We have a team of teachers who represent the populations we serve and are experienced in working with kids of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, including the most vulnerable.

Beginning in Spring 2024, students in PreK will participate in this program. In 2024-35, this partnership will expand to include Kindergarten and professional development classes for staff. 

Flamenco Vivo Residency

For the second year, we're bringing the power of Flamenco to PS17 students! Residencies begin with an interactive performance by the professional company for the entire school to enjoy, followed by a series of in-depth classes that culminate with a student performance!

Be sure to see a performance of our 1st grade students at our Earth Day celebration in April.

This program aligns with BluePrint and Common Core Standards in Dance, Language Arts, History, and Social Science. Our programs are tailored to your students, with targeted services for Multilingual Learners and Students with Disabilities.

Connected Chef - Lifeline Grocery

Please consider signing up for Connected Chef, a weekly (or bi-weekly) high-quality and local grocery service that can either be picked up at PS17 or delivered to your home.

For every 20 subscribers, 5 members of our school community receive a no-cost box.

The nutrient-dense groceries that The Connected Chef distributes comes 80% from local farms and distributors in the NY, NJ, PA area. We believe that reconnecting with where our food comes from is the first step towards food sovereignty for all communities.

To sign up for the waiting list for a no cost box, visit this link.



Donate a book to the classroom or school library with the child's name and date. Younger kids can ask the teacher to read the book or maybe get a special visit from a parent to read to the classroom. 

Check out this resource from Common Sense Media for suggestions of read aloud books by age/grade. 

Donate a game for your child's classroom.

Parents can also join the class for a sharing activity, like a birthday timeline, birthday book or make a craft using a theme from the story.

Other ideas:

Birthday Word Search or Printable Games 

Playdoh or Silly Putty

Notepad and Pencil or Crayons



Jump ropes

Awards, Events, and Funded Projects

Since 2018:

  • Water Bottle Refill Station
  • Rock Climber in Courtyard
  • After School Garden Club
  • Professional Development for Teachers
  • Garden Shed
  • Indoor Plant Stand
  • Plant Workshops with QBG
  • Garden Irrigation System
  • Environmental Science Materials
  • Basketball Backboard and Hoop
  • Sports Equipment
  • Flamenco Internship
  • Earth Day Festivals 2022-23
  • Health and Nutrition Books   
  • Curriculum for Classes and Library
  • Classes for students in Capoeira, Hip Hop Dance, Plant Based Cooking, Yoga and Mindfulness
  • Tibetan Singing Bowls for Classrooms
  • Living Plant Wall in Cafeteria

Wellness Resources


100 Days of Real Food - Recipes and Strategies for Reducing Processed Foods

Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen - Guides for Reducing Pesticide Exposure on Produce

Building a Balanced Plate

Coming SOON

Help For Picky Eaters 

One Pot Meals

Lunch and Snack Ideas

Meditation and Mindfulness Resources

UCLA Mindfulness App 

Insight Timer

Move Mindfully


Action For Healthy Kids - Family Resource Library

Can you help?  

Do you work for a company that might be able to donate materials, funds, or services?


Healthy snacks

Playground Equipment - jump ropes, balls, hula hoops, therabands


Parents who can post to social media tips 1x weekly.

Assistance applying for and fulfilling grant requirements (It's easier than it sounds!)


If you haven't already, won't you sign up for our newsletter and get updates from our meetings, opportunities to volunteer, ways to get involved and more? We only message a few times a month at most and promise not to clog up your inbox! 

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