P.S. 170 School Mission Statement

The P.S. 170 school community will work collaboratively to create a learning environment, which encourages all students to strive for academic excellence, nurtures exemplary citizenship, develops social emotional skills, and embraces all cultures. 

News and Announcements

End of School Year Highlights:

Happened this and last weeks:

  • Spelling bees grades 2-5. Winners are: Grade 2: Justin Chen (class 202, first place), Rachel Liu (class 201, second place), and Ethan Dong (class 204, third place)  Grade 3: Eric Xie, first place; Ryan Lin, second place; and William Zhang, Third place. Grade 4: Carin Chen, first place; Mohamed Almersi, second place; and Ivan Chen, third place. Grade 5: Saad Sandhu, first place; Eric Zhang, second place; and Daniella Ramirez, third place.
  • Fifth grade senior trip to Aladdin Show in Manhattan
  • The Spring Concert
  • Grade 4 Science Test
  • Fifth grade debate
  • Incoming Kindergarten Orientation
  • First Performance of the Aladdin Drama Club

Will take place before the end of the school year:

  • 11th Family Festival, Saturday, June 15 10 AM
  • Kindergarten Stepping Up  Ceremony, Friday, June 21 at 9:30 AM
  • Fifth Grade Graduation, Tuesday, June 25, at 9:30 AM
  • Last Day of school, June 26, report cards and summer workbooks distributed, students dismissed at 12:00 PM.



May 10, 2019

Dear Parents,

          You are all invited to attend our May Parent Teacher Conference, which will be held on Wednesday, May 15 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. This conference is designed for parents and students to engage in different activities in school. From 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, teachers have planned many fun-filled exciting activities for you to have fun with your children. From 6:10 PM to 7:00 PM, you are invited to the auditorium to watch the ESL through the Theater Arts Performances. The PTA will also hold an executive board election before the performances. Please note that this conference is not for discussion of a specific child. If you have concerns over your child, please schedule an appointment with the teacher at a different time. We are looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday, May 15 at 5:00 PM!


Tony Wu, Principal


March 6, 2019                       

 Dear Parents,                                                                                                           

            The annual Learning Environment Survey is here! You will receive the survey from your child’s teacher at the Parent Teacher Conference on Thursday, March 14. To encourage your participation and provide you with technical assistance, we will set up laptop computers/iPads in the cafeteria for you to complete the survey online on March 14. All parents who complete the survey at the school on Thursday, March 14, will receive a beautiful P.S. 170 keyring. The Parent Teacher Association will also raffle out a gift basket for grades K-1, 2-3 and 4-5. All families, who complete the parent survey at the school or return the completed survey by March 22, will receive a raffle ticket to win. In addition, by doing this, you will be helping your child’s class to win a pizza party if your child’s class reaches 100% completion rate. Below are some school highlights for this year. A little time from you may mean a lot for your child and your child’s school. We value your feedback and your support for us!


Tony Wu, Principal

2018-2019 School Year Highlights

  • P.S. 170 has been awarded the 2019 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. We received the highest award, the Lighthouse School. Each year only around 20 schools in the nation receive this award.
  • P.S. 170 has received the Superintendent Award for Double Digit Gains in Both ELA and Math State Tests in 2018 (one of the two schools receiving the award!).
  • We departmentalized Science/STEM and Social Studies, which enables the classroom teachers to focus on English Language Arts and Mathematics and have time for small group instruction with struggling students. It also allocates sufficient time to Science/STEM and Social Studies to ensure the quality of the two important subjects.
  • The Social Emotion Learning Program has been expanded to students and parents. Students have been using Yale University’s Mood Meter to identify, describe, and regulate their feelings. Parent workshops on social emotion learning have been well received by parents.
  • Teachers have been trained in STEM program and after-school STEM clubs have been created for students of grades k-5. Teachers and students have been working on their STEM projects utilizing our state-of-the-art STEM Lab, which is equipped with many 3-D printers and other equipment.
  • A Student Council, first in district 20 elementary schools, has been established for students to have a voice in making the school a better place to be. The Student Council members attended our School Leadership Meeting in January.
  • Many wonderful programs continue this year such as data inquiry teacher teams, the Dual Language Program, Junior Great Books, the Basketball Club, the Fifth Grade Girls Book Club, Social Studies/Arts Club, the Drama Club, the Intrepid Program, the Music Memory, the Music and the Brain, the Recorder Program, the violin program, the Chorus, the Band, the after school and Saturday program, the TheaterMove Program, the Peer Collaborative Teacher Program, the New Comer Program, First Friday, parent trips, Cool Culture …
  • And many more….

Dear Parents,

 P.S. 170 is a diverse school community. We are proud of our own native culture and being in America, a great country that embraces all cultures. To help our children appreciate and respect different cultures and as part of our 2019 Respect-for-All initiative, we would like to invite all P.S. 170 families to join us for the Ninth Annual Cultural Festival on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 7:00 pm. The performances will include dances, band, and chorus and staff will also perform with the students. It will be a great and spectacular event. The details are as follows:


Date:          Thursday, January 31, 2019

Time:                   7:00 p.m.                          

Location:           Auditorium

Price:                 $5.00 per ticket


Tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis. Since we expect a large audience, we appreciate that you purchase your tickets in advance. Please fill out the return slip below by Friday, January 25, 2019. We are looking forward to seeing you at the festival!




                                                                             Tony Wu, Principal


Dear Parents or Guardians:

 Winter will be here soon, and so will the flu. Influenza is a respiratory disease that can spread easily. While most people are sick for a few days and then get better, some can get very sick, even those who are perfectly healthy before getting the flu.

 Vaccination is the best way to protect your child from the flu. The New York City Health Department recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older receive the flu vaccine. The New York City Department of Education recommends that every student receive the vaccine. Vaccinating your child against the flu reduces the likelihood they will get the disease. If your child receives the flu vaccine but still gets sick, it is likely their illness will be less severe.

 There are several ways to get your child a flu vaccine:

  •   Ask your child’s regular health care provider about the vaccine. 
  • If your child’s school has a School-Based Health Center (SBHC), you can give consent for your child to receive a flu vaccine from the SBHC. 
  • Visit a pharmacy: pharmacists can now vaccinate children 2 years of age and older. Check with the pharmacist at your local pharmacy to see if they vaccinate children and from what age. Pharmacies offer walk-in service and evening and weekend hours.  

 To find a clinic or pharmacy, visit nyc.gov/health/map, call 311 or text “flu” to 877877.

 If you have any questions or want more information, talk to your doctor or call 311.



Tony Wu, Principal


October 9, 2018

Dear Parents,

          I would like to thank all the students, school staff, and parents for a smooth and vigorous start of the 2018-2019 school year. The New York State has just publicly released last year’s state test results for grades 3, 4, and 5. Our students have made impressive progress in both English Language Arts and Mathematics. Our school achieved a 13.36% increase in English Language Arts and our ELA average is 7.85% better than the New York City average. For mathematics, we have gained an increase of 11.94% and our Math average is 19.59% better than NYC average. However, this is not something to be complacent with and we know we still have a long way to go. Our teachers have been analyzing the data and reflecting on their teaching practice since September. We explore constantly more effective ways to enhance teaching and learning.

          In order for our students to have another successful year, we also need the full support from our families. We encourage our parents to do their best in

  • making sure that your child come to school on time each day and ready to learn;
  • planning your travel carefully so that it will not interrupt your child’s school year;
  • discussing with your child about what they learn in school each day and check if they complete their work on time and with quality;
  • staying in touch with your child’s teacher;
  • spending more time with your child, taking them to cultural, educational, and recreational places;
  • reading with your child and encouraging your child to read each day;
  • nurturing your child to respect their teachers and classmates in school.

We thank you for your continued dedication and support for your child and your child’s school!


Tony Wu, Principal




September 6, 2018

 Dear Parents,

          Please note that Monday, September 10 and Tuesday, September 11 are Rosh Hashanah and school will be closed. School will reopen on Wednesday, September 12. The school calendar for the 2018-2019 school year has been sent home today in English, Arabic, Chinese, and Spanish. Notice for scheduled school closings will not be sent for the rest of the school year. Please keep the calendar for future reference. School calendar is also available at this website.


 Tony Wu, Principal


Dear Parents and Guardians,

      The 2017-18 school year will end on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. We would like to thank all our families for your continued support throughout the school year. I would like to bring your attention to the following important information.

  • On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, students will be dismissed at 12:00 PM. Lunch will be provided before dismissal. Since this is the last day of school, please remind your child to take home all their personal belonging.
  • Students will receive their report cards on Tuesday, June 26. Make sure that your child attend school on Tuesday, June 26. Next school year’s class assignment information is not provided at this time because significant adjustment of classes will be made over the summer due to NYSESLAT results and June admissions/discharges. You will be notified through mail by Saturday, September 1, 2018 of your child’s class assignment, classroom teacher, and other back-to-school information. If your address is changed over the summer, please notify us. The school’s administrative staff will be available Monday, August 27 through Friday, August 31, 2018.
  • All current grades K-4 students will receive two Summer Workbooks on Monday, June 25 to help them reinforce essential reading and math skills and prepare them for the next grade. All students are required to complete the summer work before they return to school in September. They will be required to submit their completed work to their next year’s teacher. Students, who have not completed the summer homework by September 5, 2018, will be asked to make up their work during recess time of the first 3 weeks. Please encourage your child to complete the summer work.
  • Through the School-based Option, the school’s teacher union and I have proposed the following school hours for the 2018-2019 school year, which is the same as the current year.


2018 -2019 School Year

Regular School Hours: 


8:40 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday

Breakfast begins at 7:30 AM for early arriving children. Other children will have their breakfast in the classroom if they need one.


  • The first school day of 2018-19 school year will be Wednesday, September 5, 2018.
  • A supply list for each grade has been posted at the school website (ps170.com) under “Parents”. Please purchase the listed items for your child and have him/her bring the items to school in September.
  • For parents of grades 3-5, you can find out your child’s state test results by visit your NYC Parent Account. The password for your account is your child’s student ID, which can be found on your child’s report card. You may find the link to the account on our school’s website under “Parents”. If you have not opened an account this year, then you will need to come to see Ms. Aby in September.
  • I hope all families have planned and will have a fun-filled summer. Make sure that your child read extensively in the summer. Take them to museums, the library, parks, and other educational or cultural institutions.


            Have a happy, safe, and healthy summer!


          Tony Wu, Principal

End Term Calendar


June 4       NYS Science Written Test – Grade 4

June 4       Spelling Bee:  Grade 2     (students only)

June 5       Spelling Bee:  Grade 5     (students only)

June 6       Spelling Bee:  Grade 3     (students only)

June 7       Brooklyn Day (Chancellor’s Conference Day): No school for students

June 8       Spelling Bee:  Grade 4     (students only)

June 11     Clerical Day: No school for students

June 11     Incoming Kindergarten Orientation:  Auditorium 9:30 a.m.    

June 15     Eid- Al- Fitr:  School Closed                               

June 18     Kindergarten Stepping Up: 9:30 a.m. Auditorium

June 20     PTA Meeting and ENL Through the Theater Arts Performance.

June 22     Fifth Grade Senior Trip

June 23     10th Annual Family Festival 10:00 a.m.

June 25     Fifth Grade Graduation: 9:30 a.m. Auditorium

June 26     Last Day of School – Report cards distributed: Student dismissal:       

                  12:00 p.m.


Have a great summer!

First day of school for 2018-2019 school year is Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

Dear Parents,

          I noticed recently that some children arrived very early on their own and stayed outside school in the cold. I  notified all parents in September about the morning lineup hours, which is also included in the parent handbook. I would like to remind you again that the morning lineup time is 8:30 AM for grades K-2 and 8:35 AM for grades 3-5. Please understand that it is the parents’ responsibility to bring their children to school on time, not later and not earlier. There will be no school supervision at the entrances before the morning lineup time. All school entrances are closed on 8:40 AM, except the main entrance on 72nd street. If you need to bring your child to school earlier than the regular time, the school’s main entrance opens at 7:30 AM daily and you may bring your child in and they may have breakfast in the cafeteria. No children should come to school earlier than 7:30 AM. For your child’s safety and health, please adhere to the school hours reiterated in this letter. Thank you!


Tony Wu, Principal


Dear Parents,

          Please be reminded that the school has provided the following resources for all families and we hope all parents and students would make the best use of these resources.

PupilPath: An app to help parents learn how their child is doing in school and access basic biographical data they provided to the school. Teachers have been learning to use the system and inputting assessment results and anecdotes about students into the system.  An introductory letter with log-in information has been sent home. You may access your child’s PupilPath account on cell phones, tablets, or computers. If you need assistance, please contact our parent coordinator, Ms. Aby Figueroa at 347-563-4548.

IXL: A website that provides numerous math exercises in calculations and word problems. The students can select their exercises by grade level, lesson topics, or state standards. The website also provides answers as well as solution steps/explanations to each practice item. Teachers and parents can monitor the students’ usage and progress. Log-in information has been sent home.

MyOn: A digital library with thousands of books in different subjects for different grade levels. The students may choose to read the books silently or have the book read to them. They may also select their books by grade levels, subjects, or standards. Teachers may monitor the usage of the students. Since many of you do not have the time to bring your child to the library, you should really encourage your child to make good use of this digital library at their fingertips. Teachers have provided the user names and passwords to your child.

Learning A-Z/Raz-Kids.com: This is another good online resources for improving reading skills. In addition to reading books as in MyOn, students can record their own reading with this product and do the quizzes for the books they read to check their comprehension. If you have not received the log-in information, please contact your child’s teacher.

We at P.S. 170 are doing our best to support our families. We hope you will enjoy using all the resources we provide and help your child make big strides in learning!



Tony Wu, Principal


Dear Parents,

The Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences this year will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2017. The afternoon session will be from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM and the evening session from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Parent-teacher conferences are an important opportunity for you to discuss your child’s progress with his/her teachers and how your child can be better supported both at home and at school. In order to have a quality conference with less wait time, we ask parents to come within a designated hour. Please pick your preferred hour below. We will do our best to meet your request. If your request cannot be met, please come in the hour designated for you. A confirmation of the appointment time will be sent home on Tuesday, November 14. When you arrive, please sign in at the classroom and wait for your turn. If you do not speak English, please bring an interpreter if one is available.

  • All classes will be dismissed at 12:00 noon on Thursday, November 16
  • Lunch will be served.
  • School Bus: Departure from school at 12:00 noon.
  • All after school programs are cancelled.


The Open School Week at P.S. 170 will be from Tuesday, November 14 to Wednesday, November 15. You may come on one of the two days. You are invited to view a lesson of your child’s class during these two days.  Please adhere to the following schedule if you decide to attend:

                                Open School Week Schedule





   Tuesday, November 14


 Wednesday, November 15

  8:50 – 9: 40

First Grade

12:20 -1:05

Second Grade

11:25 – 12:10

Third Grade

9:40 AM – 10:25 AM

Fourth Grade

10:30 AM – 11:15 PM

Fifth Grade

2:05 PM – 2:50 PM


The Open School Week is for you to observe how your child interacts with the teacher and his/her peers, which may give you a deeper insight of your child’s performance in school. To ensure the smooth operation of the school day and not to interrupt the flow of instruction, please visit only your child’s class and do not speak with your child during the lesson. Thank you for your cooperation! We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, November 16, 2017!

Tony Wu, Principal

October 16:  P.S. 170 Hurricane Relief Fund Raiser

On the evening of Thursday, October 5, our school held a Hurricane Relief Fundraiser Performance.  The fund raiser was designed around faculty members competing in lip sync battles.  Students participated alongside teachers during the battles.  We are proud to share that we raised over $6,600 through ticket sales, generous donations, raffle sales, and snack sales.  We are so proud that the P.S. 170 community banded together to help those in need. We would like to thank in particular Ms. Kathleen Mui and Mr. Perilli, who coordinated the event. We would also like to thank all the teacher performers, the P.S. 170 staff volunteers, and many business donors in the community. Most of all, we would like to thank all the families who showed up at the evening event and supported our effort! The raised fund has been sent to the Mayor's office, which will relay it to the Hurricane victims.

Sept. 25 2017... Dear Parents,

          We were happy seeing many of you at our first PTA meeting last Wednesday. For those of you, who were not able to make to the meeting, I would like to outline here the two major initiatives for this school year. First, we have restructured our weekly instructional program introducing enrichment programs such as the STEM program for grades 2-5 and the Language Enrichment program for grades K-1. This restructure also provides all classroom teachers 45 minutes each day to work with the students, who need additional instruction to master a newly taught lesson. Second, we are introducing PupilPath.com to bring you immediate information regarding your child’s education, from test results, teacher’s concerns, attendance, to upcoming school events, etc. Another letter will be sent to provide you with more specific information on PupilPath.com.

          I hope all of you have received a copy of the Parent Handbook, which contains much information about the school and its policies. A school-year calendar in different languages can be found at the back of the handbook. Please refer to the calendar for all school closing dates.

          It is very important for your child to come to school every day and on time. To arrive late at school, your child will not only miss valuable instruction but also interrupt others. If you believe that education is important for your child, please bring them to school on time each day and avoid making your vacation plan during the days when school is open.

          Our school will be undergoing another construction project this school year. Pointing and partial rebricking will be completed on the old building. Scaffolds will be up soon. Construction work will begin at 3:30 PM Monday through Friday. I urge you to instruct your child not to play around school during afterhours.  Safety for our children is always the top concern.

          I encourage all of you to spend more time with your children, discuss their school work with them, and stay in touch with their teachers. I wish all of you and your children to have a great and successful school year!


August 31, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome back! The first day of school will be Thursday, September 7, 2017. The school hours are 8:40 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday. The letter below has been mailed today to your home address. Please check your mail tomorrow or Saturday. We are looking forward to seeing you and your child!

August 30, 2017

Dear Parents of  ___________,

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! Your child, xxx , has been placed in class xxx, room xxx, and his/her classroom teacher(s) is/are xxx. The first day of school is Thursday, September 7, 2017. Class signs will be posted along the school fence on the first day of school.  Please meet the teachers at 8:40 by the sign of your child’s class on September 7.  Beginning Friday, September 8, grades 1-5 should use the direction on page 2 of this letter. The supply list for your child’s grade can be found under the “Parents” link at the school’s website (www.ps170.com). Students of grades 1-5 must complete the required summer work and submit it to their new teacher by September 8. Although busing is supposed to begin on the first day, we recommend that you send and pick up your child in person for the first week. We look forward to working closely with you and thank you for your continued effort in supporting your child’s education!

 Kindergarten for the First Two Days

Thursday, September 7:

Kindergarten will be on a half-day schedule on Thursday, September 7. Parents and children should come in from the school yard to report to the auditorium at 9:00 AM. Parents must stay with their child on this first day. Parents and children will meet the principal, assistant principals, and teachers and receive important information. The children will be dismissed at 10:30 AM. Please do not bring any supplies on September 7!

Friday, September 8:

Friday, September 8 is the first full day for kindergarten. Again, both parents and children will come in from the school yard to report to the auditorium at 9:00 AM. The children will then be led by their teachers to their classrooms. Parents will stay in the auditorium for an important information meeting. The meeting will end at around 10:30 and then parents will leave without their children. Children will be dismissed at 2:50 PM in the schoolyard. Starting on Monday, September 11, kindergarten will follow regular lineup and dismissal arrangement.                                                                                                        



                                                                                                        Tony Wu, Principal                                                                        

School Hours

8:40 AM – 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday

Breakfast: 7:30 AM – 8: 20 AM (Enter from the main entrance and eat in cafeteria*) or

                 pick up bagged breakfast at 8:35 AM at designated entrances and eat in classroom.


Morning Lineup (Effective Friday, September 8 for grades 1-5 and September 11 for kindergarten)

Kindergarten   Enter through the school yard by the back entrance at 8:30 AM and enter into the cafeteria.

Grade 1           Line up at 8:30 AM at the 72nd street side-door towards 6th Avenue and enter into the auditorium.

Grade 2           Line up at 8:30 AM at the 6th Avenue Gate towards 72nd street and enter into the auditorium.

Grade 3           Line up at 8:35 AM at the 6th Avenue Gate towards 71st Street.

Grade 4           Line up at 8:35 AM at the 71st Street side-door along the fence towards 6th Avenue.

Grade 5           Line up at 8:35 AM at the 71st Street side-door along the fence towards 7th Avenue.


Afternoon Dismissal (Effective Thursday, September 7 for grades 1-5 and September 8 for kindergarten)

Kindergarten   From Back Door to schoolyard at 2:50 PM

Grade 1           From 72nd street side-door towards 6th Avenue at 2:50 PM.

Grade 2           From 6th Avenue gate towards 72nd street at 2:50 PM.

Grade 3           From 6th Avenue Gate towards 71st street at 2:55 PM

Grade 4           From 71st Street Side-door towards 6th Avenue at 2:55 PM

Grade 5           From Ramp Access in the yard to 71st Street at 2:55 PM.



Please bring this tear-off to school on Thursday, September 7, 2017.


Child’s name:               Class:                      Teacher:




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