School Details

School Number: K216

350 Avenue X

Brooklyn, NY, 11223

Phone:(718) 645-2862 
Fax:    (718) 645-2610 

  •  Student Enrollment: Approximately  750 children

  • Grades Served: Pre-K, K,1,2,3,4,5

  •  Principal: Donna Neglia

  • Assistant Principals: Andrea Ceretti,  Rosanna LaFroscia

  •  Geographic District: 21

P.S. 216's Mission Statement

P.S. 216 is a vibrant learning community where every child is known and supported. We foster strong partnership with parents and community that enhance learning. Through developmentally appropriate learning practices, students will become lifelong achievers and stewards of the earth and it's resources. On the path to becoming globally aware citizens and leaders of the 21st century, we provide excellence in academics, a forum for positive social and emotional growth with an emphasis on civic and environmental responsibility.

Uniform school

P.S. 216 participates in the Chancellor's Mandatory Uniform Program. Monday through Thursday, your child is required to wear a white or light blue collared shirt or turtleneck, blue pants or skirt. Jeans are not part of our school uniform, and are not permitted. P.S. 216 tee shirts are available for purchase from our Parent Teacher Association and may be worn as a part of our school uniform.  Friday is a dress down day and students are invites to dress down in casual, appropriate clothing. 

Edible Schoolyard NYC

 

Putting down roots

In 2010, Edible Schoolyard NYC transformed the cement parking lot of P.S. 216 into a flourishing half-acre organic garden where

students learn to grow and harvest roughly 160 different types of fruits, grains, herbs, and vegetables. With the third lowest percentage

of open green space in Brooklyn, Gravesend was a natural choice for establishing our inaugural Demonstration School.

 

Creating curriculum to reflect a community

P.S. 216, the Arturo Toscanini School, is an elementary school with a diverse student body and multi-cultural community of families

from Coney Island, Brighton Beach, and Gravesend. The neighborhood’s demographics inform our curriculum.

Whether we’re preparing Russian-style borscht or Pakistani and Indian aloo gobi,

the classroom experience connects our kids to the cultures and heritage of their shared community.

 

“Try new foods and don’t yuck anybody’s yum.”

 
— Fourth grader at P.S. 216
 
 Our Kitchen ESNY Garden in full bloom 
 Construction of the garden 
 
 

Leader in Me School

A Whole-School Transformation Process

The Leader in Me is Franklin Covey’s whole school transformation process. It teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and

creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader.

The 7 habits tree, Leader in Me School

The Leader in Me is aligned with best-in-class content and concepts practiced by global education thought leaders. It provides a logical, sequential and balanced process to help schools proactively design the culture that reflects their vision of the ideal school.  

Content from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a key component of the overall The Leader in Me process. The 7 Habits is a synthesis of universal, timeless principles of personal and interpersonal effectiveness, such as responsibility, vision, integrity, teamwork, collaboration and renewal, which are secular in nature and common to all people and cultures.

The Leader in Me is also aligned to many national and state academic standards. The process teaches students the skills needed for academic success in any setting. These skills include critical thinking, goal setting, listening and speaking, self-directed learning, presentation-making and the ability to work in groups.


 

 Great happens here 

 

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