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Dear Parents,

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

Meet P.S./M.S. 71's 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.

Parent Outreach

  • Eid Al-Fitr

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  • Memorial Day

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  • Chancellor's Conference Day

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  • Clerical Day

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  • Last Day of School Year

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    May Cohort Schedule


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    Our parent coordinator, Mrs. Anna Ortiz has retired!

    Please read the attached letter regarding Ms. Ortiz's retirement

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    May Parent Engagement Calendar

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    71 Parent Town Hall May

    Please see the attached flyer regarding the May 12th,  71 Parent Town Hall

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    BOGO book fair

    Please see the attached letter regarding our schools upcoming book fair

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    Farewell message from our parent coordinator

    Please see the attached letter from Ms. Anna Ortiz

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    Parent Letter #13 Covid-19 testing consent form

    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 ( 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 (

    We deeply appreciate your partnership and your commitment to keeping your school community safe and healthy.


    Margaret Mirando Principal

    PS71X Rose E. Scala School
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    Dial a teacher Homework assistance

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    Locations for food pantries and grab and go meals

    See the attached memo for details

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    Parent Letter #10 Daily Health Screenings

    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:

    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:

    o checktheirchild’stemperatureathome;
    o completethehealthscreeningsurveyathome;and
    o showtheirconfirmationemailviaelectronicdeviceorprintedcopyattheschooldoorpriortoentry.

    • 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

      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

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    Parent Letter #9 Student attendance

    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.

    In Person:

    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.

    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

    PS71X Rose E. Scala School
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    Health Screening Protocol for all students

    Online Health Screening Tool: 
    NYCDOE families/students are encouraged to use the online health screening tool to pre-screen themselves before entering a NYCDOE building.  This will begin for in-person learning on 9/29.
    Upon entering the school facility, families/students will be asked to provide the results of their screening either by showing the email on their smartphone or a printout of the results. 
    Families should support students as needed with this online screening questionnaire and should ensure students have proper documentation for morning entry. 
    For students who travel via school bus, Families must complete the screening, including checking their child’s temperature, prior to boarding a school bus to make certain that their child is well enough to ride on the bus and attend school. 
    Bus personnel will not be conducting screenings of children prior to boarding the bus. School site designated staff will be checking for completion of student health screening at entry. Students who lack the screening clearance will need to be supported in completing this screening process at the school, particularly young children. 
    For morning student drop off, every effort should be made to ensure that student health screenings are completed prior to families dropping off their children to school, especially for our younger students.
    Paper Copy of Health Screening Questionnaire: 
    • If students are not able to pre-screen using the online tool, schools must provide families with several copies of the health screening questionnaire so families can complete the questionnaire at home.
     • If staff are not able to pre-screen using the online tool, staff should print and complete the health screening questionnaire for completion on a daily basis at home. 
    • A printable version of the health screening questionnaire can be found at
    Margaret Mirando


    PS/MS 71

    3040 Roberts Avenue

    Bronx, NY 10461



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    NYCDOE Discipline Code

    September 14, 2020

    Dear Families,

    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 ( 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 (, which includes the Discipline Code and outlines the K-12 Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities (, 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 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!
    Best regards,

    Mark Rampersant
    Senior Executive Director
    Office of Safety and Youth Development

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    Check out the new remote learning page here at PS/MS 71

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  • Learn about the Next Generation Learning Standards

    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.

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  • Upcoming Health workshops

    Please see the attached flyers regarding upcoming health related workshops.

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  • CEC Meeting for April

    Please see the attached flyers for CEC meeting information

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    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



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  • Believe in the Bronx Logo Contest

    Are you artistic? Do you love the Bronx?

    See the attached flyer regarding the Bronx Logo contest

    Enter by 4/27/21

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  • Book Giveaway and Food Pantry

    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.

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  • Pop up Food Distribution at PS71

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  • April Events!!!

    Please see the attached information about upcoming April events.

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  • Girls Inc Spring Virtual Camp

    Please see the flyer for information about Girls Inc Spring Virtual Camp from March 29 - April 2nd

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  • Congratulations to students accepted into the ENLACE program

    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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Contact Information

Mrs. Anna Ortiz
Main Office 
Hours of Availability:  Monday- Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Phone:  (718)822-5351 Ext:  2122          718-239-3111( Fax)

Be Involved! Our PTA Meetings are every 3rd Tuesday of the month in our school auditorium. Please come and join us!

For the most update news regarding the PTA, please visit

PTA Website: click the following link

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PTA Executive Board


2020-2021 Executive Board

Nicole Perrino, President

Melissa Colon-RIvera, Vice President

Jean DiStefano, Treasurer

Natasha Bennett-Navarrete, Recording Secretary

Rafael Dominguez, Corresponding Secretary

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