Monthly Calendar of Parent Engagement Events

Contact # 914-573-5112


Dear PS/MS 71 Family,

This is just a reminder. I'm here to assist you with any concerns you may have during our Remote Learning. You can reach me at:


Stay Strong!

Keep Up The Good Work!

Remember, You Were and Have Always Been Your Child's First Teacher!

Mrs. Anna Ortiz

Parent Coordinator



Parent Teacher Conferences  schedule:

Middle School Parent Teacher Conferences

12:20 pm – 2:20 pm  & 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Grades 6-8 students will be dismissed at 11:20 am

Elementary School Parent Teacher Conferences have been scheduled for:


12:20 pm – 2:20 pm  & 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Grades K - 5 students will be dismissed at 11:20 am

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

  • Schools reopen for blended students

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  • Middle School Virtual Open House

    Attention 5th grade families 

    Read the flyer about the middle school open house

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  • PTA Meeting via Google Meet

    See attached flyer for information.

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  • Winter Recess

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  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    No School

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    Scholastic Book Fair at PS 71: November 30 - December 13

    Our school’s Book Fair has gone online! Discover new books sure to keep kids reading. Every purchase supports our school. Shop now!


    See the attached flyers for more information

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    Outstanding Family Inquiry Forms

    Parent Letter:

    Outstanding Family Inquiry Forms

    November 30, 2020

    Dear P.S./M.S. 71 Families, 

     At this time we have over 300 Family Inquiry Forms that have not been completed by parents or guardians. It is imperative that every PS/MS 71 family completes this form online to help ensure that our school gets the appropriate funding it is entitled to. Even if your child is 100% Remote and/or is not receiving a school lunch at this time, we ask that every family still fill out the form. You can use the link to complete the form online: Your support and cooperation are appreciated.

    Sincerely, Margaret Mirando Principal

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    District 8 Parent Info workshop regarding Science Fair

    Science Fair Parent Info Workshop

    December 10, 2020

    6:00 - 7:00 PM

    ZOOM : 683 105 4132

    PASSCODE: 888888

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    HS admissions information

    Go to the counselor's corner for a powerpoint presentation regarding high school admissions

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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 #13 Covid-19 testing

    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

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    Update for families 9/29 and testing consent form from the chancellor

    Dear Families,

    We are so excited to welcome you back into our school building! As we begin this new school year, the health and safety of all students and staff remains our top concern. That’s why many things in our school buildings will look different this year, from face masks to physical distancing in every classroom to disinfecting every school, every night. We are taking all of these steps to ensure that our schools remain safe, our students and staff stay healthy, and that you feel confident sending your children for in-person learning.

    Today we are writing to ask for your help with another important element of our health and safety work: testing our students and staff for COVID-19. Keeping school buildings open depends on helping us stay aware of and take immediate action to address COVID-19 concerns in our buildings. That’s why we have partnered with NYC Health + Hospitals, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the NYC Test & Trace Corps to arrange for testing of NYC DOE students and staff for COVID-19 infection.

    Our testing partners will test a randomly selected group of staff and students in schools once per month. The number of children and staff to be tested each month will depend on the size of the school population. In addition to the random monthly testing, we are also working hard to offer in-school testing later this year for students who are showing symptoms of COVID-19, or are a confirmed close contact of someone in the school who has tested positive. The test is easy, quick, and safe. Instead of the “long swab” that goes in the back of the nose, this test is a short, small swab (like a Q-Tip) that goes just in the front of the nose. Later this school year, it is possible that tests will be administered by collecting a small amount of saliva (spit).

    In order for us to administer a COVID-19 test to your child, we need your consent. We strongly encourage you to sign and return the attached consent form as soon as possible.

    Monthly testing of randomly selected staff and students is a vital part of our efforts to prevent COVID-19 transmission in our buildings, because it helps identify positive COVID-19 cases when symptoms are not present. As with other health and safety measures we are requiring to keep our staff and students safe, the success of this testing initiative relies on the partnership and cooperation of staff and students.

    While consent to testing is not mandatory, providing our testing partners with a sufficient monthly sample size to identify the prevalence of COVID-19 is critical in our ongoing fight against this virus and to ensure we can keep school communities in school buildings for in-person learning. For the safety of our school community, students who do not have consent forms on file may be required to learn remotely if we do not receive forms from enough students in the school.

    We want to assure you that if your child is selected for testing but is uncomfortable or unable to be tested, we will not test your child and will work with you to address any concerns so that they can participate in future testing. We are focused on making this a brief, and gentle experience for our students, led by trained testers.

    If your child is tested, we will let you know they were tested and when and how you will receive the results, which will typically be provided within 48-72 hours.

    September 29, 2020

    We know you likely have questions, and we are sharing more information in the attached Frequently Asked Questions document. Please review this with your child.

    Testing in schools will begin in October. You can reach out to your school at any time with any questions or concerns.

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

    Dave A. Chokshi, MD, MSc
    Commissioner, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

    Ted Long, MD, MHS
    Executive Director, NYC Test & Trace Corps

    Richard A. Carranza
    Chancellor, New York City Department of Education

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    Calling all Parents!

    Help us reach our goal of 100% forms filled out to secure title one funding!

    Go to to apply for school meal benefits while helping our school obtain much needed funding.

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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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  • December and January Cohort Schedule

    The most recent cohort schedule is attached.

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  • District 8 Parent workshop with Dr. Tobia

    Give Dr. Tobia 30 minutes and she will give you  the D8 assessment plan.

    Tuesday 12/1/2020

    6:00 pm

    ZOOM CODE 894 4439 4169

    PASSCODE: 888888

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  • High School Articulation Letter

    Please see attached

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  • Parent letter #23 Re school photos for remote students


    November 6, 2020

    Dear Parents,

    Attached is copy of the order form and packages offered by Lifetouch for Picture Day for inperson students only. They will receive the form the next time they are scheduled to attend school. Remote students will not be taking pictures at this time.

    Hopefully,they will have an opportunity to take their pictures in the Spring.


    Margaret Mirando


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  • Parent letter #22: School Photos

    PARENT LETTER #22 – School Photos

    November 5, 2020

    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    The photographers will be at P.S./M.S. 71 on Wednesday, November 18th, Thursday, November 19th, and Friday, November 20th, to take pictures of all kindergarten - eighth grade students in Cohorts A, B and C. Please have your child arrive to school on time and dressed accordingly on the day that they are scheduled to take pictures. Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students must wear their uniform. These pictures will be used as yearbook pictures. Money for picturesis due on the day your child takes his or her pictures. Knowing that many families have been significantly affected financially by the COVID pandemic, Lifetouch has dramatically changed their pricing and packaging.

    Cohort A – Wednesday, November 18

    Cohort B – Thursday, November 19

    Cohort C – Friday, November 20

    We will be following social distancing while taking your child’s photograph. There will be no touch posing and appropriate COVID spacing will be set up. The photographers have been trained and tested on required COVID safety protocol. Class pictures will not be taken at this time.

    Thank you for your support.


    Margaret Mirando

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  • Parent letters #20 and #21

    Please read the attached letters from our principal

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  • Parent Guide to NYCDOE students accounts


    If you need assistance contact Anna Ortiz, Parent Coordinator @



    1.Go to

    2. Click on TeachHub button

    3. Sign in to DOE Accounts

    4. Select K-12.

    5. Click on Student Documents.

    6. Report Cards & Documents

    Report Card - View grades for the current school year.
    Transcript -The unofficial transcript allows you to check your student's transcript Summer School Letter

    DOE Student Accounts

    The DOE has created student accounts for every single New York City public school student, including 3K and Pre-K students.

    The account gives your student access to TeachHub, which is how students access:

    • iLearnNYC, the Summer School 2020 online learning platform

    • Student report cards (available in the Student Documents icon)

    • Multiple educational applications

    • G Suite, Microsoft O365, and Zoom (using secure central


    Your Student Account ID and Password

    To retrieve your account ID and password:

    1. Go to Student Account Self Service(Open external link)

    2. Enter your 9-digit Student ID (OSIS) number. (You can find your

      Student ID number on a report card, your student ID card, or in

      your NYCSA account.)

    3. Enter your birthday.

    4. Click Continue.

    5. If the information you enter matches your student record, your

      username will be displayed.

    6. Your student ID is your username followed by

      For example, if your username is JaneD, your student account ID is

    7. If you have not already set up a password, you will be asked to set one up.

    8. Pick a password that only you will know.

    9. Re-enter your password.

    10. Click Update Password.

    The attached pdf has links to use.

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  • How to access Student accounts for report cards

    Please see the attached flyer for instructions

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  • Chancellor's Town Hall Save the Date

    Monday November 9 at 6pm 


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  • PS71 Town Hall Meeting

    PS/MS 71 Parents join us for our Virtual Town Hall Meeting!
    With Ms. Margaret Mirando, Principal October 23,2020

    Grades K-2

    9:00 AM

    Join with Google Meet

    Join by phone

    (US) +1 617-675-4444 PIN: 142 527 684 1964#

    Grades 3-5

    11:00 AM

    Join with Google Meet

    Join by phone

    (US) +1 617-675-4444 PIN: 984 896 467 3887#

    Grades 6-8

    1:00 PM

    Join with Google Meet

    Join by phone

    (US) +1 617-675-4444 PIN: 604 870 751 0222#

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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)

Remote Learning Activities

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

PTA DONATION PAGE click the following link

PTA Newsletters click the following link

PTA Executive Board


2019 - 2020 Executive Board

Nicole Perrino, President

 Rafael Dominguez, Vice President

Jean DiStefano, Treasurer

Natasha Bennett-Navarrete, Recording Secretary

 PTA Website:

Email Contact: