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81-14 257 Street                                                               
Floral Park, New York 11004
(718) 831-4000 FAX: (718) 831-4008  

Mr. Jeffrey D. Slivko, Principal 
Ms. Mary Alarcon, Assistant Principal
Mr. Myles Nash, Assistant Principal I.A.
Ms. Maritza Soto, Assistant Principal I.A.

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School starts promptly at 8:00 am every morning.  
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December 2015


Dear Parents/Guardians:

At this time of year of giving thanks –and presents, of sharing time with family and friends and reflecting on another year gone by, I would like to express my appreciation to the MS 172 community for its ongoing generosity and caring. I would like to thank all of our students, families and staff for their contributions to the City Harvest Food Drive. The MS 172 S.O., under the supervision of Mr. Sasso, will be continuing our annual food drive through December 18th. Please be generous in your donations of boxed or canned food items for this charitable effort. Additionally, the S.O. is sponsoring an MS 172 Toys for Tots campaign to provide gifts for children who might not otherwise receive anything in this holiday season.  Families are requested to give a new toy to provide the joy that all children deserve.  And thanks to those who participated in the PTA Fall Fundraiser with those funds going to support all classrooms and the after school Talented and Gifted (TAG,) program.

Here at MS 172, the holiday season is upon us and we look forward to the month of December as it brings activities and occasions to celebrate in the MS 172 school community. Our Winter Concert will take place on Tuesday, December 15 at 7pm. Tickets ($5.00) are on sale. The program will feature musical and dramatic presentations from the wonderfully talented students in Mr. Cuoccio’s, Mr. Mardirossian’s and Ms. Mintzes’ classes. The auditorium will be adorned with decorations from Ms. McAllister’s and Mr. White’s classes.

 Our AIS classes to support students in ELA and Math are going full steam with classes after school Wednesday and Thursday from 2:25-3:55pm (1 session) and Saturday morning from 8:30-11:30am. If your child was scheduled for an AIS class, please make sure he/she attends every session. And please note- every student who attends an AIS class receives a Grizzly Buck*! Our afterschool TAG enrichment classes are scheduled to begin soon. Please look for registration forms for Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday after school classes.

*Grizzly Bucks are earned by students for positive behaviors and can be redeemed for rewards at our MS 172 Re”paws”itory on Fridays at lunchtime.

The December PTA meeting will take place on Thursday, December 10 at 7:00pm and will, as always, feature our Rising Star Awards presentations. The PTA is again sponsoring a Holiday Store for students to purchase small gift items at lunchtime from December 15 through December 22. These PTA activities raise money to further support all classrooms and school programs.

The next meeting of the MS 172 Parent Book Club will take place on Friday, December 18 from 8:30-10:00a.m. This ongoing event is sponsored by the UFT. Please contact Debbie Hochrad, Parent Coordinator if you are interested in attending. MS 172 supports reading for students and parents.

As the weather turns colder and more parents drive their children to school, I must remind parents about driving and traffic safety around the school. 257th Street is one-way (south) during arrival (7:30-8:10am,) and is closed to cars at dismissal (2:00-2:45pm.) Please pick up your children at least one block from the school. The congestion caused by the large number of cars presents a hazard to children crossing the streets at the corners of the school block. Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring the safety of all of our students. Also- please remember – there are 4-way STOP signs on 81st and 82nd Avenues at the corners of 257 Street, as well as the STOP signs on 256th at 81st and 82nd Avenues. STOP signs do mean come to a complete stop! Every child’s safety is every parent’s responsibility!

 I would like to wish all of our MS 172 families a most enjoyable holiday season and a very happy and healthy New Year. (Students return to school on Monday, January 4.)


Jeffrey D. Slivko, Principal                                   




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Summer Reading Announcement from the Irwin Altman MS 172 Library

“No more pencil, no more books…..” you know the song…But SUMMER IS A GREAT TIME FOR READING!! In fact, it is essential.  Reading over the summer months prevents THE SUMMER SLIDE aka SUMMER BRAIN DRAIN.  Student’s reading scores can decline up to six months, if they don’t read over the summer.  Reading at least 60 minutes a week can prevent this.  And what’s even better is you can read ANYTHING to keep your reading muscles strong.  A great place to read is at your local public library’ NY State Summer Reading program.  This year’s theme is Every Hero has a Story.  Go to your local branch library or sign up online at www.summerreading.org.

But there are lots of other ways to read over the summer.  Continuing students can use their MyOn accounts all summer and  new students can log on to www.myon.com  school name: Irwin Altman MS172 with user name: 172Qmax password: read 

2015-2016 Executive Board

Faith Rodriguez and Tarvinder Thind (Bobby)

Co-Vice Presidents
Deena Rollieri
Anita Diana

Efy Knoell

Recording Secretary:
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