May Cohort Schedule
As I retire from my position on April 30,2021, I want to thank you for giving me such a wonderful opportunity to work with all of you and your children. Working for the Board of Education has contributed to both my personal and professional development. After 22 years, I leave with many memories to cherish.
I want to express my sincere gratitude for the support and kindness offered to me over the years.
Anna Ortiz, Parent Coordinator
You should meet your parent coordinator early in the school year. The parent coordinator at your school can help you with many questions and issues.
Parent coordinators are an important part of your school community. They are responsible for: creating a welcoming school environment for parents working with the principal to address parent issues and concerns at the school conducting outreach to engage parents in their children’s education strengthening parent involvement in their children’s education
As a member of the school staff supervised by the school principal, the parent coordinator partners with and supports the work of their Parent Association/Parent Teacher Association, School Leadership Team, community groups, and parent advisory councils.
Please read the attached letter regarding Ms. Ortiz's retirement
Please see the attached flyer regarding the May 12th, 71 Parent Town Hall
Please see the attached letter regarding our schools upcoming book fair
Please see the attached letter from Ms. Anna Ortiz
October 7, 2020 Dear Families,
As part of New York City’s ongoing effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, and ensure the health and safety of our community, COVID-19 testing of staff and students will be conducted in our school once a month from now through the end of the school year. We have been notified that the testing provider will be at our school within the next week. Please note that only New York City public school students from grades 1-12 are eligible to be tested.
As the September 29, 2020 letter co-signed by NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, Executive Director Ted Long of New York City Test + Trace Corps, and Dr. Dave Chokshi, Commissioner of NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene stated, the test is easy, quick, and safe. A “short swab” (similar to a Q-tip) will be inserted into the front part of the nose for five to ten seconds. Later this school year, it is possible that tests will be administered by collecting a small amount of saliva (spit).
Only students and school-based staff members with signed and submitted consent forms are eligible to be tested (schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting). Your child will not be tested if they are uncomfortable or become distressed at any point during the process. If that happens, we will work with you to address any potential concerns so that your child is comfortable participating in future testing.
If your child is tested at school, information about the testing process, and when and how you will receive the results, will be sent home with your child. The majority of all testing results will be available within 48 hours. If your child tests positive for COVID-19, the testing provider will notify you via a telephone call, and NYC Test & Trace Corps will call to provide your family with resources and support.
If any member of the school community tests positive during this testing process, our school community will continue to follow the guidelines outlined on the Health & Safety section of the website (schools.nyc.gov/RTShealthsafety).
We deeply appreciate your partnership and your commitment to keeping your school community safe and healthy.
Margaret Mirando Principal
See the attached memo for details
Parent Letter # 10 Daily Health Screenings
September 24, 2020
Dear P.S./M.S. 71 Families,
To ensure that staff and students do not report to school if they have or potentially may have COVID-19 or are feeling ill, a health screening, including a temperature check, must be completed by all students, staff, and visitors before entering NYCDOE school facilities. This screening should be completed at home and must be completed each day. Families are to check their child’s temperature daily before reporting to school. In addition, students are to complete and submit the daily health screening online form prior to coming to school. Here is the link to access the online screening form: https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/
On the first day of in-person instruction (for individual students and cohorts of students), every student’s temperature must be taken as parents/students may not have completed health screenings in advance. Our arrival screening team will take temperatures using the handheld non-touch thermometers or wall mount thermometers to check every student.
• You will receive a family letter that includes information on Health Screenings, including temperature checks. It outlines the three things families need to do in the morning, ideally at home before arriving to school:
• Oral thermometers will be backpacked home with students on the first day they attend school in-person along with this flyer that includes the link and QR code for the Health Screening Survey that should be completed at home before students arrive to school.
• Effective October 5th students should complete the temperature check and health screener at home, and only need to have their temperatures taken at school if they need to complete an in-person health screening. Students who have completed their health screening at home and show the confirmation email via digital device (e.g. smart phone, iPad) or printed copy will not need their temperatures taken, unless they are chosen for a random temperature check.
If you are unable to complete the online health screening form for your child, families should print out multiple paper copies of the Health Screening Questionnaire, complete it daily, and bring a hard copy of the completed form to school each day.
A printable version of the health screening questionnaire can be found at https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/docs/DOE_Health_Screening_Questionnaire_090420.pdf
We thank you in advance for your cooperation and for partnering with us to keep our school community healthy and safe.
Mrs. Margaret Mirando Principal
Parent Letter # 9 Student Attendance
Dear P.S./M.S. 71 Families,
Every instuctional day counts and provides an opportunity for students to participate in learning activities that are essential to their academic success. Teachers have planned schedules, lessons, and programs that students need to be present for in order to maximize instruction, despite their learning preference.
Please ensure that your child participates in teaching and learning daily whether they are in person, blended, or 100% remote. Our curriculum is rigorous and challenging and we have high expectations for all students. Students who are frequently absent or late are missing valuable instructional time and missing opportunities to master the skills and content necessary for promotion to the next grade level. Making sure that your child attends school in person, via blended learning sessions, or remote learning is one of the most effective ways to promote student success. Let’s work together to teach our children valuable life lessons and prepare them for future responsibilities- the importance of good work and study habits, punctuality, and attendance.
NYC DOE Attendance Policy
Student is virtually present in a virtual learning environment for synchronous instruction during the scheduled school day. This may include being present for an academic course, specials or SEL period.
Student is physically present in the classroom/school-learning environment for instruction during the scheduled school day.
100% Blended & Remote Students:
Teachers will make every effort to deliver synchronous instruction to students, but if a school has not scheduled synchronous instruction for a student or a group of students on a scheduled school day, teachers will schedule a check in with the student to be marked present.
If synchronous instruction and a check-in are not possible for a student or groups of students on a scheduled school day, teachers will assign and check the completion of an online academic assignment within the scheduled day for the student to be marked present.
For grades 7 and 8, each content area teacher will monitor their students and take attendance each period. If a student does not attend synchronous instruction for more than 3 core subjects, ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies, he or she will be officially absent for the day. https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/school-environment/attendance
Please note, if your child is supposed to be in school and stays
home they will be marked absent by the teacher, even if they participate in remote learning. It is
great that we can provide students who are feeling ill the opportunity to join the class remotely
and submit assignments, however, we must indicate that the child was not physically
in school on their assigned cohort day.
Margaret Mirando Principal
ALL DOE employees, visitors, and families seeking to enter DOE buildings must complete a health screening before entering DOE facilities. This health screening must be completed on each day of arrival and results will reset at midnight of each day.
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September 14, 2020
The NYC Department of Education (NYCDOE) is committed to ensuring safe, supportive, and inclusive environments in all schools. We successfully foster these environments by providing professional learning for teachers and school staff on how to support students who may be experiencing challenges in or outside of the school day and by engaging families as partners in our school communities.
Driven by our Framework for Great Schools (https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/vision-and-mission/framework-for- great-schools), we know that schools need to be culturally responsive spaces where all children are affirmed and all families are viewed as key partners in the educational process. We recognize that students experienced unique challenges during the 2019-20 school year and need schools that are prepared to support them. Our school communities are working diligently to support the social-emotional, mental, and physical health and safety of our students.
We ask that you, along with your child, review the Chancellor’s Citywide Behavioral Expectations to Support Student Learning (https://www.schools.nyc.gov/DCode), which includes the Discipline Code and outlines the K-12 Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities (https://www.schools.nyc.gov/StudentRights), protections for students with disabilities, and expectations for student behavior. Please discuss these behavioral expectations with your child. The Discipline Code applies to all students—and includes both supports and interventions, as well as disciplinary responses. Please note that the 2019-20 Discipline Code remains in effect for the 2020-21 school year and applies to both blended and remote instructional settings. The full Discipline Code is available in all NYCDOE-supported languages at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/DCode and can be provided by your school in paper copy, upon request. The Discipline Code outlines how school staff will address behavioral issues with a focus on restorative approaches. For more information about behavioral expectations during blended and remote learning, please visit
We thank you in advance for reviewing the Discipline Code and for your partnership in contributing to a supportive, safe, and inclusive school climate. Thank you for making our school community better, stronger, and safer for all children. If you have any questions, please contact your school’s principal.
Best wishes for the upcoming school year!
Senior Executive Director
Office of Safety and Youth Development
Join the District 8 IA Superintendent Jennifer Joynt on May 4th, as she explains the new learning standards and what they mean for your children.
Details in the flyer attached.
Please see the attached flyers regarding upcoming health related workshops.
Have your child bring their favorite stuffed animal to our Teddy Bear Virtual Zoom Clinic visit and a doctor from Throgs Neck Urgent Medical Care will help them heal their boo-boos.
The doctor will talk to the children about basic safety, the important of staying healthy, eating well and exercising
SEE THE ATTACHED FLYER FOR DETAILS
Are you artistic? Do you love the Bronx?
See the attached flyer regarding the Bronx Logo contest
Enter by 4/27/21
Community School District 8, Community Education Council 8, the UFT, and the Bronx Community Health Network would like to invite you to our Book Giveaway and Pop Up Food Pantry. Stop by to pick up a free brand new book for your child, some groceries, information, and resources for health services.
See the attached flyer for information.
Please see the flyer for information about Girls Inc Spring Virtual Camp from March 29 - April 2nd
The Bronx Institute at Lehman College would like to congratulate the students of P.S./M.S. 71 on their admission to the ENLACE program. ENLACE is a cohort-style Saturday programming for 7th12th grade students that provides rigorous STEM instruction in conjunction with intensive high school and college preparation. ENLACE boasts a 20-year legacy of supporting the Latino community in The Bronx by serving as a link to higher education. We are thrilled to welcome the following 8th grade scholars to the ENLACE community and wish them luck on their journey through the program!
1. Alex Tobar 2. Elianna Rincon 3. Ephraim Espaillat 4. Heidy Manchia 5. Joaquin Gonzalez 6. Kalia Ramos 7. Samantha Rivera 8. Ashley Almazo 9. Christian Pagan 10. Diego Albarracin 11. Justin Zhicay 12. Mark Chabla 13. Mia Vazquez 14. Michael Tacuri 15. Richard Santana
Sincerely, Janill Marquez Program Coordinator
The Bronx Institute at Lehman College
250 Bedford Park Boulevard West APEX-243
Bronx, NY 10468
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