Crisp Week of 12/15!

Fall is almost gone; we hope you are enjoying this sunny crisp weather!!!  We only have 8 days left until the Winter Recess. Our first graders are heading out to the PTA sponsored Bronx Zoo trip this week and the school will hold a Holiday themed assembly on Thursday, December 18th. Make sure the children are dressed in assembly wear.

Thank you to all the parents who helped with the gift fair!!!

Have a great week everyone!!!!

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Happy December!

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 December!! This is a busy and exciting month for our school and our PTA!

Tuesday, December 2nd is the Evening of Ballroom Dancing event! On behalf of the PTA we wish all the 5th graders best of luck! We are certain you will put on an amazing performance!!!

Thursday, December 4th is photo retake day. If your child was absent on photo day or you’d like to have them retake their pictures please send back the pictures to your child’s teacher and make sure they attend school on Thursday to retake their photos!

Friday, December 5th is our annual Winter Family Fun Night!!! It is an event filled with music, food, laughter and play so we all hope you can make it!! Click here to print out the forms and send them in to school with your child right away!!!

Additionally, don’t forget that Friday, December 5th is the S.O.’s Twin Day! Make sure you and your buddies all dress alike!!!

The December newsletter will be posted this week!!!

Have a great week everyone!!!

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Thanksgiving Week of 11/24!

This is a festive short week at school! We hope all of our P.S. 221 families and friends have an outstanding Thanksgiving!


  • Pick up your cheesecakes on Tuesday, 11/25 between the hours of 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm & 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm.
  • Send in your Family Fun Night form and payment by Monday, 12/01. This is an event not to be missed!! Festivities include Zumba, holiday crafts, cupcakes, delicious dinner and more!!!!!


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Barnes and Noble Night was a Success!!!

ThankYouThank you to all who participated in Thursday’s Barnes and Noble night! We had an amazing turnout, outstanding performances and a very lively audience of friends and family!!

If you did not have a chance to attend then you can still support our school and PTA by participating online. Remember to enter bookfair id# 11469111. The online fundraiser will last through November 25th. For more instructions click on the document below:

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Proceeds from online sales will go directly to P.S. 221!!!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Barnes and Noble Bookfair is today!

Barnes and nobles

We hope to see you today at the Barnes and Noble in Bay Terrace, Queens! The festivities commence at 4 pm but you are welcome to shop anytime at Barnes and Noble either at the store in Bay Terrace or online use bookfair id# 11469111. Click here to print out all the important vouchers and flyers to have on hand when you attend. Additionally, we hope you all enjoy a delicious dinner either at Panera Bread or Applebee’s, both located in the Bay Terrace Shopping Center!!!.

Hope to see you all there!!!

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
– Mark Twain


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Breezy Week of 11/17!

November is flying by! This week is a busy one both for our school and our PTA.  Our November PTA General Board Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 18th at 7 pm in the school cafeteria. Make sure you attend! Attached is the agenda:

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On Thursday, November 20th is our Barnes and Noble Bookfair. We are going to have fabulous entertainment between the hours of 4 pm and 8 pm so make sure you’re there. If you cannot attend you can still participate online via Attached are the instructions:

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We hope everyone enjoys learning about what their children are doing this week during Open School Week and for those of you who are having your Thanksgiving Parties in class we all wish you lots of fun!!!

Note to 5th Grade Parents: Please start uploading pictures from school or PTA events of your children and their friends. Attached are the instructions:

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Have a great week everyone!!!

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Amazing week of 11/10

Tuesday, November 11th is Veterans Day, School is closed.

“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.”  -Abraham Lincoln

Today, 11/10 is Report Card Day! Good luck everyone!

The PTA is getting ready for our next meeting which is scheduled for Tuesday, 11/18 at 7 pm, please make sure you attend.

Our Barnes and Noble Fundraiser is Thursday, 11/20 -it is an event that is not to be missed!

The cheesecake fundraiser has ended, thank you to all who participated!!

We have some school news -Thursday 11/13 is the Student Organization swearing in ceremony, congratulations to all who participated in the elections!! Everyone did amazing!

Friday 11/14 is Blue Spirit Day so make sure all the kids are wearing their P.S. 221 Blue Ribbon T-shirts!!!

Have a great week everyone!



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Happy November

Fall School

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower” -Albert Camus

Welcome November!

Remember there is no school on Election Day 11/04/14.

You only have a few more days left to send in your cheesecake orders!! Please do so by Friday, 11/07. If you do not have the forms click here.

ATTENTION 5TH GRADE PARENTS: A new tab has been added to our menu bar. Click here for important information on 5th grade yearbook and 5 grade activities for the 2014-2015 school year.

CONGRATULATIONS to 5th grader Matthew for winning the Student Organization Presidency!!!!

As always make sure to send in your box tops and sign up for the Stop and Shop A+ School Rewards program!!! Click here if you have not signed up yet.

Our November Newsletter, The North Hills News, is now available online. Click here


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Spooky Week of 10/27!


pumpkins_and_ghosts_sticker-r1f2bf91bc9df43dbb7ac51717f82dde6_v9waf_8byvr_512We’re hoping everyone has a SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN this Friday! but first a few words from the PTA..

October Minutes are posted!

Order your cheesecakes and holiday pies today! If you’ve lost your order forms click here and send them in right away.

This Friday the Student Organization has planned Orange and Black Spirit Day so make sure your children arrive at school dressed in orange and black! For more information click here.

Looking ahead the PTA is very excited to host our first Barnes and Nobles Book Fair Extravaganza! Save the Date letters will be coming home with your children on Monday, October 27th. Not only will Barnes and Nobles gift us back a percentage of proceeds from all sales made that day both at the store and online but we will have fabulous entertainment and read-alouds from our P.S. 221 staff and student body. For more information click here. This is an event not to be missed!

Look out for the November newsletter -The North Hills News- it will be emailed to our P.S. 221 community during the first week of November and it will also be posted online.

REMINDERS: The KidStuff Coupon Book fundraiser has ended. If you do not wish to purchase the coupon book please return it to school ASAP attention PTA.

Sign up for the Stop and Shop A+ Rewards program here if you haven’t done so already. The fundraiser has begun.


Finally, thank you to all the volunteers who assisted us during the 4th & 5th grade costume party! Once again without your continuous support we cannot do half the things we are able to, Thank You!!!


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Extraordinary Week of 10/20!

fall treeTuesday, October 21st is our 2nd General Board PTA Meeting of the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to occur at 7:30 PM in the school cafeteria.

pta speaker**Special Presentations**

There will be presentations regarding ARIS Link by Computer teacher Thomas Caniano and Recycling Champions by Thad Copeland.


  • Our Principal, Patricia Bullard and our Assistant Principal, Karen Strauzer will discuss the progress of the school year.
  • Upcoming events and volunteer opportunities will be discussed.
  • Bylaws Committee will present proposed changes to the existing document.
  • Membership donations are welcome.  KidStuff Books and Blue Ribbon T-Shirts will be available for purchase.



Friday, October 24th is the launch of P.S. 221’s PTA Sponsored Renaissance Program for grades 3 to 5! This year’s choices range from knitting to improvisational theater to chocolate to T-Shirt making-& that’s just to name a few!

halloween Friday, October 24th is the 4th & 5th Grade Costume Party!

2:40 PM – 4:00 PM in the GYM


No toy weapons or masks allowed!  Any child coming with a toy weapon will have it taken away until departure.

Get ready for some major fun hosted by Rob the DJ  -MUSIC, DANCING AND TASTY SNACKS will be enjoyed by all!



Thank you to all our volunteers who came in during Picture Day! Your assistance was invaluable, thanks so much for helping out!!!

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