News & Announcements

Newsela Parent Workshop

Please join us for a workshop about our new thematic reading program:

What is Newsela?
How is Newsela being used in the
How do I access and monitor my
child’s Newsela account?
How can we use Newsela at home
to work on reading needs?

Date: Friday, November 22nd, 2019
Time: 9:30am – 10:15am (after Community Read)
Location: Room 105 (Library)
Facilitator: Ms. Locke, grades 4-8 Literacy Coach

 Newsela Workshop 11 22 19.pdf 

Blessing Bag Drive

November is a packed month in terms of Community Reads! We have a tight turnaround before our next Community Read: "Those Shoes.” The “Those Shoes" Community Read will be held on Friday, 11/22/19 for all grades (3K-8). 
In an effort to streamline the service theme from the book, we have organized a schoolwide Blessing Bag drive. This idea came from the wonderful work the 2nd grade engaged in last year for the November community read (“How to Heal a Broken Wing”). Each grade is responsible for 1 item, and all items across all grades will be compiled into gallon-sized Ziploc bags for Blessing Bags we will donate to a women’s shelter here in East Harlem. Each student only needs to bring 1 of the grade’s assigned items, and teachers will collect these donations between Monday 11/04 and Friday, 11/22. Our student council, led by Ms. Marte, will be working with volunteers from New York Cares to collect the items from your classrooms on 11/22 in order to create our school’s Blessing Bags upstairs in the gym.

Check out the Parent News tab to learn more and find out what each grade will be responsible for donating.

NYU Family Health Centers at NYU Langone

Visit our in-house residence for more information, room 413 or contact the main office, room 212,

No more need to take your child out of school for a dental appointment. The Family Health Centers at NYU Langone Dental Medicine Department can provide full dental care right in the school:

Services include:

  • Exams and check-ups
  • Cleanings and fluoride treatments
  • Sealants
  • Fillings
  • Root Canals
  • Consultation for braces
  • Dental emergencies
  • Referrals for specialty services. 


Open House

We will be hosting P.S./I.S. 171 Open House for Grade K-6 in the school auditorium. Please see the below dates and times for Open House

Thursday, November 7 at 5:00 pm

Wednesday, November 13 at 9:00 am

Wednesday, December 4 at 9:00 am

Tuesday, January, 14 at 9:00 am

Wednesday, February 12 at 9:00 am

Tuesday, March, 10 at 9:00 am

Tuesday, May 5 at 9:00 am


 Mircosoft Office for Free for Students! 

Parents and Guardians of students can download Microsoft Office software from Student Office, at no cost, on up to five of their family’s computers and five of their family’s tablets, smart phones, or other mobile devices. Microsoft is the direct contact for issues: 


NCUST's America's Best Urban Schools Award

 PS/IS 171 has been awarded GOLD for NCUST'S America's Best Urban Schools Award. This recognition is bestowed on high-performing urban schools that meet rigorous professional Criteria and show exceptional dedication, commitment, and achievement. We want to applaud the involvement and high support of our parents given top our school community on a daily basis. This award is a mere reflection of your perseverance and dedication to strengthen our home-school partnership. Thank you to all of our families of PS/IS 171 for another accomplishment! 





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