Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year


On behalf of the Executive Board of the P.S. 221 PTA, welcome to the 2015–2016 school year! We hope that you and your families had a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing you at school, meetings, events, and fundraisers.

One of the greatest strengths of our school is the collaboration among teachers, administrators, and families through our PTA. Our responsibilities are to facilitate this partnership and to raise funds to support programs in our classrooms and to build a strong community of involved families and staff.

As automatic members of the PTA we strongly urge you to donate to our Membership Drives and participate in our fundraisers. Without your financial support many of the beloved programs and events our children experience in the school would not be possible.

The PTA meets monthly to provide a forum for all members of our community to ask questions and express ideas and concerns. Child care for our students is provided in the evening meetings. We encourage attendance at meetings and volunteering for one of the many PTA activities.

Participation at any level — big or small — is welcome.

Here are some ways to become involved:

Join the PTA Executive Board –positions are available for the upcoming school year. Show your support for the school and dedicate time to enhance the education of the school community.

Attend PTA Meetings –  Join us to meet the current executive board, administration, staff and fellow parents. A list of upcoming PTA meeting dates and times will be available at the first meeting.

Volunteer…Volunteer…Volunteer Show your child(ren) that you support their school and help volunteer, coordinate and/or chair an event. Please realize we can’t do this without YOU – consider sharing your time and talents this year. Whether you want to chair a committee, help us organize a fundraiser, set up for an event during the evening hours or send out thank you notes to supporting businesses, we have a place for you and would be delighted for you to get involved. Please contact any board member if you are interested in helping, have suggestions, or if you have questions about the PTA. There are opportunities to get involved that can be done around your schedule at your convenience.

Let Us Hear From You – email us with your questions, comments, suggestions, and availability to volunteer at ps221pta@gmail.com. Remember to check the website for upcoming event dates and times at www.ps221pta.org.

We look forward to seeing you at our meetings and fun events!

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress;

working together is success.” –Henry Ford


Joann Pikramenos & Jennifer Dandrea

PTA Co-Presidents

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Community Happenings

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School’s Out!!!


The PTA of P.S. 221 would like to wish everyone a wonderful and joyous summer!!!! Download the Summer Fun Activities Below!!!

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Don’t forget to sign up at our local library for Summer Reading!

Summer Reading Book List –Click Here

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“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”

Dr. Seuss

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We need your feedback!

Please send us your feedback on the End of School Year Carnival; just click on the pop up -bottom right hand side-titled End of School Year Feedback.

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Week of 06/15/15

carnival posterWe hope to see everyone at the end of school year carnival on Friday, June 19th at 6 PM!!!

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Week of June 8

Just a few more weeks of school left and then it’s time for summer vacation! Reminder, Tuesday, June 9th is a half day; classes will be dismissed at 11:30 AM.

Thursday June 11th Sky Dome Planetarium will be  in our school gymnasium! Students will enter the dome and be introduced to a “star filled” sky. The navigator with the use of a laser pointer, will guide students through the stars of the Northern Hemisphere exactly as they appear on the day of the presentation. Students will learn how to identify stars and constellations. They will be introduced to Greek mythological characters and see how these heroes of the past can be found in the stars. Students will witness the night sky in different seasons and from different global perspectives. They will also be treated to a slide presentation which enhances the presenter’s tour of the Solar System!!

On Friday, June 12th our 5th Grade Seniors will enjoy some pizza, photo taking and autograph signing at their Yearbook Signing Party! We need volunteers! Please email the PTA for more information. School Yearbooks will also be distributed for those families who pre-ordered their copies.

Have a great week everyone!

Coming Up:

  • PTA Meeting -fall Budget Approval -06/15/15
  • Hawaiian Day -06/16/15
  • Pre-K Stepping Up -06/18/15
  • Kindergarten Stepping Up -06/19/15
  • Family End of Year Carnival -06/19/15
  • 5th Grade Stepping Up -06/23/15
  • Dance-A-Thon -06/25/15
  • Last Day of School -06/26/15
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Happy June! Week of 06/01/15

How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?

Dr. Seuss

Happy Monday and Happy June!

This month P.S. 221 will enjoy many exciting events and activities!

Monday, June 1st is P.S. 221’s Book Talk at 7 PM; Tonight’s discussion is on “The View from Saturday” by E. L. Konigsburg

Tuesday, June 2nd is P.S. 221’s Color Spirit Day! Make sure to dress your children in their grade’s appropriate color.

Wednesday, June 3rd is the PTA sponsored After Testing Party for grades 3 through 5; if you can volunteer please come to the school by 12:45 PM to sign in and then head to the school yard to help with pizza and drinks.

Thursday, June 4th is the PTA’s annual End of Year Dinner; this year we are honoring grade 5 graduating parents and our speech therapist who have been instrumental to the success of our school.

Friday, June 5th is P.S. 221’s annual Field Day!!!

Coming up:

  • Grade 5 Senior Trip -06/11/15
  • Grade 5 Yearbook Signing Party -06/12/15
  • PTA Meeting -fall Budget Approval -06/15/15
  • Hawaiian Day -06/16/15
  • Pre-K Stepping Up -06/18/15
  • Kindergarten Stepping Up -06/19/15
  • Family End of Year Carnival -06/19/15
  • 5th Grade Stepping Up -06/23/15
  • Dance-A-Thon -06/25/15
  • Last Day of School -06/26/15

Have a great week everyone!!!

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Week of May 26

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Happy Tuesday!!!

Fifty students, parents and staff members marched in the Memorial Day Parade to honor the memories of the men and women who died to protect America. We carried our PS 221 banner, waved flags, and chanted “We are many, we are one, we are PS221!” Thank you to everyone for your spirit and enthusiasm. And if you missed us this year, plan to join us next year!

Tomorrow, May 27, 2015 is our May General Board PTA Meeting at 7 PM. We will hold elections for the 2015 -2016 PTA Executive Board. We need the whole parent community to come to the meeting so you can all cast your votes!!!

Thursday, May 28th is P.S. 221’s first annual Thinking Maps Spirit Day!!!

Friday, May 29th P.S. 221 will be holding an assembly for The Signature Project; make sure all children are dressed in assembly wear.

June is looking to be another busy month!!! Coming Up:

  • After Testing Party -June 3rd
  • Family Carnival -June 12th
  • Pre-K Stepping Up Ceremony -June 18th
  • Kindergarten Stepping Up Ceremony -June 19th
  • 5th Grade Graduation -June 23rd
  • Dance-A-Thon -June 25th

Our 5th Graders will enjoy:

  • Senior Class Trip to Improv 4 Kids -June 11th
  • Yearbook Signing Party -June 12th

Have a great week everyone!!!

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March with us on Monday, May 25th!


Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015, 1:00 pm, join PS221 students, staff and parents at Nassau Road and Northern Bld. Wear your Blue Ribbon t-shirt or red, white and blue! We can watch the first half of the parade as it goes by: motorcycles, fire trucks, horses, antique cars, marching bands and more!. After the parade, there is food and a Closing Ceremony.
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