Does Everyone in Your Family Have their own Library Card?

We are fortunate to have two wonderful branches of the Brooklyn Public Library within walking distance from our school.

Have you visited both of them?      ---------> 

  • Dyker Library
    8202 13th Ave. (at 82nd St.), Brooklyn, NY 11228
    Fully accessible

  • New Utrecht Library
    1743 86th St. (at Bay 17th St.), Brooklyn, NY 11214
    Fully accessible

Get a library card for each person in your family.  

To apply for your cards, click here for a visit to the Brooklyn Public Library website. 

Celebrate the day everyone in your household has their own library card:  take a family selfie with each person holding their library-borrowed item!   


The ConnectED Library Hotspot Loan Program is a collaborative program by New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, Queens Public Library and Department of Education to provide thousands of NYC K-12 students with free Internet access for the entire school year. This program addresses the needs of more than 1 in 5 New York City households who do not have home access to high-speed Internet services. 

In order to be eligible to participate in this program, a patron must:

  • Have a child in NYC public school
  • Have a valid library card* and be at least 18 years old
  • Have less than $15 in outstanding fines on their library card
  • Have no Internet access at home
  • Register and attend an orientation session at one of our participating location
  • Agree to participate in surveys and other evaluations that will help BPL determine the merits of the program
  • Agree to the program conditions listed on the online Library HotSpot registration form

    For more information, click here.


Here's Why Your Child Needs an idNYC Card

Beginning at age 10, children can get great discounts, free entry and access to participate in so many of the events that make living in New York City a great place to grow up and work:

  • Sporting Events
  • Entertainment Benefits
  • Healthy Living Discounts
  • Arts and Cultural Access
  • Library Access throughout NYC

Parents and guardians assist their children in completing the NYC identification card application process.

Find out more on the idNYC website by clicking here.

Why Should Everyone Have an idNYC Card?

All eligible--e.g., adults without a driver's license, those who are veterans or former veterans, parents and guardians, bargain hunters--should explore the benefits of having the idNYC card, a broadly accepted, official form of identification.
idNYC is accepted:

  • By City agencies to access many services and programs;
  • By NYPD for the purposes of issuing summons or desk appearance tickets instead of arrest;
  • For entry into public buildings, like schools;
  • For taking the high school equivalency exam in New York City;
  • By employers, when submitted with proof of work authorization.

An idNYC card also offers a wide variety of exciting benefits that make it more than just an ID card. Your card can help you experience everything New York has to offer.

For complete details, click here to reach the idNYC website and application page.

For Pianists in Grades 3-6

  • Pedals, Pipes and Pizza

  • The Organ at All Saints Church, 286 Seventh Avenue (at 7th Street), Brooklyn, NY 11215

Children and youth in grades 3-6 who have had some experience with the piano are invited to come hear, play and explore the pipe organ.

Sponsored by the Brooklyn Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Reserve a place with an email message to 

The American Guild of Organists was chartered in 1896 in New York City. Its second-ever public event was held in Brooklyn in 1897.

From the start, Brooklyn has been energetically and profoundly engaged in the life of the Guild.  The Brooklyn Chapter celebrates the King of Instruments and its players in a community that is both iconic and forward-looking. The Guild provides opportunities for continuing education, musical enrichment, support for certification, outreach, and fellowship among members and non-members.

We’re proud that we reflect the cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity of this great Borough, and we are committed to advocacy for the pipe organ in this remarkable place.

Chancellor Carranza Greetings

April 9, 2018

Dear Parents,

It is my pleasure to serve as your Schools Chancellor. I am eager to meet parents and families, and hear your hopes for your children and schools.

I want to share a bit about my life and career. I grew up in Tucson, Arizona, the son of a sheet metal worker and a hairdresser. My grandparents were immigrants from Mexico and I did not learn English until kindergarten. Although my parents never attended college, they knew that the path forward for my twin brother and me included an education. They wanted more for their children—a college degree and meaningful work. I know that you also want the same opportunities for your children.

I have devoted my life to public education because it is the greatest gift I have received. I started teaching nearly 30 years ago in the same public high school that I attended. I began as a bilingual social studies and music teacher, and later became a high school principal in Tucson. I then went on to be a regional superintendent in Las Vegas, and a superintendent in San Francisco, and most recently, in Houston.

As Chancellor, I plan to build on the strong work our students, educators, schools, and families are already doing. I am particularly focused on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Equity and Excellence for All (E&E) agenda. E&E is the engine through which we are offering every four-year old a free, full day, high-quality Pre-K for All seat, and expanding 3-K for All to reach each child in this formative stage. Through our Universal Literacy initiative, we are getting all of our students reading on grade level. Beyond our students’ early years, we are making sure that all of our graduates are prepared for college and careers through College Access for All and AP for All. You are partners in this important work, and together we will continue to make sure that your children are in school and committed to learning.

I also believe that schools are more than places where children go to learn. They are the heart of our communities—and a bridge to opportunity, support, and wellness for students and their families. A great education is the best way to empower the next generation.

I am excited to share this journey with you, and look forward to meeting many of you in the coming months. Your children are New York City’s future doctors, tech leaders, teachers, and mayors. I promise to serve, champion, and care for each of them.

Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor Carranza Greetings.pdf 

April 10, 2018
at P.S. 247K
7000 21st Avenue, Brooklyn 11204
(6:00-9:30 PM)

The Spring Into Health Fair will engage, encourage, empower, and expose community residents to an array of holistic services. Participating Cornerstone sites will host local community-based organizations and City agencies in each neighborhood.  

Activities will focus on three topics: awareness and education (e.g., supplemental nutrition assistance, health insurance enrollment opportunities); lifestyle information (e.g., blood pressure, vision, dental screening); and demonstrations (e.g., yoga, zumba, CPR).

For more information, click : NIA Spring Into Health Fair 2018.docx   
or contact NIA/PS 247 Beacon Program Director Paul Suciu, Phone: 917.757.8684; Email: .

From The Office of the Mayor

September 28, 2017

Dear Families,

We are deeply saddened and concerned about the widespread devastation in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other Caribbean islands in the wake of Hurricanes Maria and Irma. Our hearts go out to those who have lost so much. As many New Yorkers prepare to welcome displaced relatives and friends into their homes, we stand ready to welcome their children into our schools.  [See the column to the right for translations of this letter.]

We want to be clear that New York City’s public schools are open to students in need, whether they arrive with or without documentation needed to register, such as a birth certificate that may have been lost in floods and chaos.
As school communities, we come together in the face of tragedy. Our focus remains on keeping students in school where they can learn. Being in the classroom keeps children safe and offers them stability during uncertain times. In addition, going to school every day connects students to a caring, nurturing community.

The Department of Education (DOE) is ready to assist in enrolling school-age children in the City’s public schools, from pre-kindergarten through high school. For more information, families can call 311, go to, or visit a Family Welcome Center. Family Welcome Centers are open in all five boroughs from Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can find information on our Family Welcome Centers here: The Early Childhood Outreach team can support families looking for pre-kindergarten and other early childhood options; call (212) 637-8000 for information.

For families who are not directly impacted but who would like to help, 18 firehouse and EMS stations across the City are accepting critically-needed donations daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. To find a list of these items or a drop-off center near you, visit You can also join the DOE in supporting aid for students and schools in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico hit hard by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. To make a voluntary donation, visit the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City at

We expect more families and children from devastated areas in the Caribbean to relocate to New York City in the coming months—and we are ready. The DOE and the entire City will do all in our power to help support students and their families in their hour of need.

Bill de Blasio, Mayor
Carmen Fariña, Schools Chancellor

From the Office of the Mayor

September 28, 2017   Translations:

Arabic 2017_09-28.pdf                

Chinese 2017_09-28.pdf                

English 2017_09-28.pdf              

Russian 2017_09-28.pdf           

Spanish 2017_09-28.pdf 



September 25, 2017

Dear Families and Staff,

Many of you have asked how we, as a community, can help the people of Texas and Florida. In response to the on-going devastation of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, I am pleased to announce that the New York City Department of Education is collecting donations for affected schools in Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico and other impacted areas. The funds will provide critical relief to students and their families – from school uniforms and supplies to toiletries and backpacks for students. Districts across the nation are coming together for this effort, and as the largest public school district in the nation, I know we can do our part to support these children.

The voluntary donations will be collected through the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and can be made by visiting the Mayor’s Fund Donation page (, and selecting the options labeled: Please join the NYC Department of Education community in supporting critical aid and relief efforts for schools and students impacted by Hurricane Irma or Please join the NYC Department of Education community in supporting critical aid and relief efforts for schools and students impacted by Hurricane Harvey or Please join the NYC Department of Education community in supporting critical aid and relief efforts for schools and students impacted by Hurricane Maria.

New York City has always been a beacon of hope to the world. This is another moment when our spirit and generosity can lift the spirits of those in need.

Thank you for your consideration.

Carmen Fariña, Chancellor


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Click on the attachment for details: 


Wed 12/28
Thurs 12/29

9 am to 11 am
at Abe Stark Rink

More details:   Free Family Ice Skating 2016_12.pdf 

Join us for the first
Brooklyn Dyslexia
Awareness Nite

St. Francis College
180 Remsen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
6 PM – 8:30 PM

Hosted by
Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon
Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams
and Senator Martin Golden

Learn more about Dyslexia legislation A. 4330A/ S. 5439
RSVP (for planning purposes only) or call 718-246-4889


Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Gifted & Talented

The NYC DOE Office of Student Enrollment is hosting It’s Elementary! admissions events for elementary school families. In one night, families can attend presentations and ask questions about Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Gifted & Talented Admissions.

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Franklin D. Roosevelt High School 
                    5800 20th Avenue

For more information, review the NYC DOE links at the far right of this row.

To reach the NYC DOE "It's Elementary" page, click here. 

for Middle and High Schoolers

It is the mission of the Young Doctors Mentorship program at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons to expose youth to careers in medicine. As part of this goal, we hold a science fair to allow students the opportunity to explore and conduct research on a human body system. 

More details are available at the link in the text box to the right.

Application deadline:  November 17, 2016.

To register, click here.

Monday, Oct. 31, 2016
3:30-8:00 PM
Owl's Head Park
67th St. & Colonial Rd.

Haunted Walk Tours, Costume Contests, Fairytale Forest Tours, face painting, rides, sand art, FDNY Smokehouse, "Dracula's Food Court" -  sponsored by Senator Marty Golden, SWB Parks Task Force, Community Emergency Response Team, NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation.

Recommended donation $1.
More details

Halloween Spooktacular Street Festival
Saturday, October 29
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
11th Avenue, between 66th & 67th Streets
sponsored by NIA

Activities, performances, games, music, photo booth, vendors, giveaways

More info

Family Fall Harvest Festival 
Saturday, October 22, 2016

sponsored by Brooklyn South
Details at:   Family Fall Harvest Festival 2016