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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 ofand has been in existence since 2018.
To learn more about the goals and recommendations of our school's Wellness Policy, which closely mirror 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 gmail.com for a calendar invite.
Bent On Learning
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.
IDEAS FOR CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS
IN THE CLASSROOM
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 fromfor 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,or make a craft using a theme from the story.
Playdoh or Silly Putty
Notepad and Pencil or Crayons
Our neighbors athave donated Tibetan singing bowls for our PreK and Kindergarten classes and are helping us source 45 more bowls to outfit every classroom at PS17!
Please check out this unique boutique for beautiful gifts from the Himalayas and South Asia!
Check out our current opportunities and
Awards, Events, and Funded Projects
100 Days of Real Food - Recipes and Strategies for Reducing Processed Foods
Help For Picky Eaters
Lunch and Snack Ideas
Meditation and Mindfulness Resources
Can you help?
Do you work for a company that might be able to donate materials, funds, or services?
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!)
BEFORE YOU GO!
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!