PS/MS 219 Paul Klapper School

144-39 Gravett Road, Flushing, NY 11367 (718) 793-2130

Marlin Vellon, Principal - Erica Paley, Sheilah Papa, Martha Xenakis, Assistant Principals

Michael Tramontana, Dean of School Culture and Respect for All Liaison

Our school has an App! Download now to stay up to date with the latest events. Scan the QR code below or search "Paul Klapper" in the Google Play or Apple Store.

 QR code for mobile device app English   QR code for mobile device app Spanish    QR code for mobile device app Chinese     

Parent/Teacher Conferences (3/7/24)

Dear Parents of Students in Grades PK-8:

Parent/Teacher Conferences have been scheduled for the AFTERNOON and EVENING on Thursday, March 7th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. On THURSDAY students will be dismissed at 11:30 A.M. Grade PK-8 conferences will be held by appointment only. PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:

  • All conferences will be held virtually. There are no in-person conferences.
  • Zoom Links and sign up links can be found on our website and also here:
  • All buses will be dismissed at 11:30AM. You must be at the bus stop early to meet your child.

Teachers are reaching out to families to schedule online appointments for Parent Teacher Conferences. If you have not yet heard from your child’s teacher, please do not hesitate to reach out to them. You can also find their sign-up link on the website above. If you have any questions, you can contact the school at (718) 793 – 2130. Thank you!


Marlin Vellon, Principal

*See the attached memo (PTC March 2024.pdf) that was backpacked home, too. Also visit  



Dear PS/MS 219 Families,

Due to expected severe weather conditions, New York City Public Schools will pivot to remote learning tomorrow Tuesday, February 13th. 

While buildings are closed, school will be in session remotely for all students. Students in Prekindergarten and above will be expected to log on and participate in their classes from home, starting at 8:10 AM. Visit this link for access to live Zoom links Also ensure that you have access to your child’s Google Classroom. 

All afterschool activities for Tuesday, February 13th will be canceled. 

For information about digital learning tools, applications, and platforms used by the New York City Department of Education, please visit

Do not hesitate to contact our school today at 718-793-2130 or contact our Parent Coordinator Maria Torres at 646-752-4077 if you have any questions. For the most updated information, visit our school website and our school App (to download the App, search "Paul Klapper" in the Google Play or Apple Store). Thank you for your collaboration.


Marlin Vellon, Principal

Broadway Jr., Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr. Production Details

Dear Middle School PS/MS 219 Families, our school has been accepted into Broadway Jr., a Shubert Foundation-sponsored program and will be producing a musical production of Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr. The production will include a staff-assigned director, choreographer, and musical director. We are hoping to generate interest and commitment from 30-50 middle school students to participate as actors or ensemble members and a technical crew to work on sets and costumes. This opportunity is open to ALL grade 6-8 students! Click on this document ( Willy Wonka Intro Letter with Sign Up Link.pdf ) for more information.

*Flyer:  Willy_Wonka_JR_Flyer.pdf * (Sign Up Link


HMH Parent Workshop Resources

Thank you for joining us for our HMH Literacy Workshop series (HMH Family Literacy Workshop January 2024.pdf). Below are reference materials:

National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) New Membership 2024

Attention 6th and 7th Grade Students, if you are interested in becoming a member of our school's National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), click here to find out more information about our chapter, expectations, and requirements for membership ( A parent information meeting will be on Thursday, February 8th at 6:00 PM on Zoom (Meeting ID: 937 7533 5737 Passcode: 123567). New candidate forms will open February 9th and close March 8th.  Contact Christie Mistretta, the chapter adviser, at if you have any questions.       


We recently introduced an exciting, evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) program that can help our students better engage in learning, learn to self-regulate their behavior, and improve their attention skills and well-being. MindUP™ is a classroom-based program that teaches children strategies guided by the fields of neuroscience, mindful awareness training, social and emotional learning, and positive psychology to support success in the classroom and life. Click here to learn more via the Family Welcome Letter (MindUP Parent Letters.pdf) and visit

* Join us for a Parent Workshop on January 24th during the virtual Parent Association (PA) meeting: Click here to learn more - 25Q219 Parent Family Workshop Flyer Bringing MindUP Home.pdf *


Instructional Focus/Mission and Vision

Access our school's Instructional Focus/Mission and Vision for the 2023-2024 School Year. 

Messages from the Chancellor

Elementary School Afterschool Program (Updates!)

We have great news to share! Our Elementary School Afterschool Program will begin in January. Please click here ( PSMS 219 ES NYJTL Welcome Letter.pdf ) to learn about important details and fees, such as registration and orientation dates. (Click here for translated versions.)

Registration for the PS/MS 219 NYJTL Elementary Afterschool Program has been postponed and will occur during in-person orientation on Friday, January 12th, to ensure that families have an opportunity to ask questions before signing up for the program. Click here to register for the orientation Join in person Friday, January 12th at 4:30 PM (Location, PS/MS 219 Cafeteria) to fully register. Bring ID with you to sign in. The first 50 families that attend in person on Friday, January 12th will have priority in admittance into the program due to the completion of the necessary documentation that will be done at the in-person meeting. After the first 50 slots are allotted, families will be added to a wait list and given a later start date. An information session will also occur virtually on Thursday, January 11th at 4:30 PM via Teams (Click here join via Meeting ID: 242 585 086 912 Passcode: LEuP8k). Questions? Contact Site Director Nyesha Scott at 631-913-5684. (Click here NYJTL Elementary Afterschool Program Updates.pdf for translated memo.)


*ACCESS* New York City School Account (NYCSA)

Parents/Guardians and Students, click below for directions:  Access to NYCSA

 NYCSA Home Page 

Welcome Back Letter (Principal's Message) and Back to School Checklists

Dear PS/MS 219 Families,

Welcome to a new and exciting school year! We hope you had a safe, fun-filled and well-rested summer. We are ready to welcome you and your child back to PS/MS 219 as we open our doors for the first day of school on Thursday, September 7th. As you prepare for your child’s first day of school, please be sure to review the following attached information- Welcome Back Letter (Principal's Message) and Back to School Checklists. Enjoy the remaining days of summer!

Best, Marlin Vellon, Principal

Welcome Back September 2023.pdf  

back-to-school-2023-checklist English.pdf 

back-to-school-2023-checklist Chinese.pdf  

back-to-school-2023-checklist Spanish.pdf  

Meet the Staff Night

PS/MS 219 Families, the first few days of school have been a success, all thanks to you and our partnership. Our administrative team and staff members have a lot to share about our upcoming school year. We invite you to attend virtual Meet the Staff Night via Zoom on Thursday, September 14, 2023 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. The website with Zoom links are here: in a new browser tab (Round 1) 5:00 - 5:45 PM and (Round 2) 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Principal Vellon’s Townhall and Parent Association Meeting will be at 7:00 PM. ALL are welcome! Join the Zoom Link here: (Meeting ID: 859 5241 0313 Passcode: 339766) Thank you and see you then!


*(Click here to access the event's details: Meet the Staff Night Memo September 2023.pdfOpens in a new browser tab) and Padlet 

CR-SE in Action: Our Mural!

See our Mural's creation in action, a representation of our PreK - 8 students' journey at PS/MS 219. What We Do Matters. How We Feel Matters. Our Work Together Matters.