Announcements, Workshops and Events

  • Wed. Dec. 13th - Parent/Child Holiday Makerthon @ 3pm in the library

    Come make some great holiday decorations with your child.  Please RSVP to Damaris asap.  Limited spots available!

    PS/IS 191 - The Riverside School for Makers and Artists
  • Mon. Dec. 18th - Operation Warm

    All students in our school building will be receiving a brand new winter coat.

    PS/IS 191 - The Riverside School for Makers and Artists
  • Wed. Dec. 20th- Holiday Family Singalong and Potluck Dinner 5:30pm

    Students in YMCA and Hudson Guild afterschool programs will be performing, as well as joining us in a wonderful family singalong.  We will finish the night with a delicious potluck dinner.

    PS/IS 191 - The Riverside School for Makers and Artists
  • Thur. Dec. 21st - Holiday Show at 9am

    Students in PreK, K and 1st Grade will be performing in the gymatorium.

    PS/IS 191 - The Riverside School for Makers and Artists
  • Fri. Dec. 22nd- Holiday Show at 9am

    Students in grades 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be performing in the gymatorium.

    PS/IS 191 - The Riverside School for Makers and Artists
  • Principal Letter

    Greetings PS/IS 191 Riverside Families,

    I hope you are enjoying your summer! We are working hard to prepare for the upcoming school year, and we have many exciting things planned for you and your child. We experienced a lot of success this past school year, and I look forward to building on those successes in the year to come.   In order to ensure that your child is prepared for September, please read below about some of our policies and expectations. Feel free to reach out with any questions; my door is open to you.


    New School Name and Location

    We are now officially PS/IS 191 - The Riverside School for Makers and Artists (RSMA). We are excited to take on our new name and move into our brand new state-of-the-art building! Our new address is 300 West 61st Street (on the corner of West End Avenue). We have one main entrance on 61st St right below West End Avenue, which will be used for entry and dismissal for all students. We will move into the new building in mid-late August, so please check our website for updates In the meantime our current school building is closed this summer. If you need to reach us please email Parent Coordinator Damaris Carrion at or call her at 347-478-5228. You can reach me, Principal Lauren Keville, at


    Summer Packets

    Each returning student has a summer packet that is to be completed by the first day of school.  Hopefully your child has started this work, and if not please get them started right away to prepare for the upcoming school year. Please have your child read or read to your child for 20-30 minutes every day.   This short amount of time spent on reading will prepare your child for the upcoming school year.  We want all of our students to be successful, and reading will make that difference!


    Supply List(s)

    Your child’s teacher has created a supply list so that you have plenty of time to gather your school supplies for September.  This list is posted on our school information page and was sent home on the last day of school, and is included in this packet.


    Cell Phone Policy

    Students will have the opportunity to check their cell phone in at the beginning of the day. If a cell phone is out or heard and a staff member confiscates it, it will be returned at the end of the day. However, if the student refuses to turn in the cell phone or argues with the staff member, administration will step in and the phone will be confiscated by administration and will only be returned to the parent or guardian. This policy is in place to ensure that our students are focused on their studies, and not on their cell phones. If your child needs to reach you or you need to reach your child, the school phones must be used.


    Uniform Policy

    After hearing from multiple stakeholders in the community, we have decided that we are no longer going to require our students to wear a uniform, but we do have guidelines for what is appropriate school attire. Please see below for the dress code policy, which aligns with NYCDOE Chancellor’s Regulations.


    Updated Student Dress Code

    In order to provide an environment conducive to promoting educational excellence with minimum distractions and disruptions of the learning environment, we expect you and your child’s cooperation in complying with the following dress code. All students, both male and female, are expected to dress appropriately for school and school functions. A student’s dress, grooming, and appearance, including hair style/color, jewelry, make-up and nails, shall:

    • Recognize that extremely brief garments such as tube tops, net tops, halter tops, tank tops, spaghetti straps, plunging necklines (front and/or back), clothing that exposes mid-section of the body, mini skirts, and see-through garments are NOT appropriate for school. Ripped clothing (shirts or pants) are not appropriate for school.
    • Ensure that all underwear is completely covered by outer garments.
    • Include footwear at all times.
    • Not include the wearing of hats, hoods, scarves, etc. in the building, except for acceptable documentation of medical or religious purpose.
    • Not include items that are vulgar, obscene, and libelous, or denigrate others on account of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
    • Not promote or endorse the use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs, and/or encourage other illegal or violent activities.

    Students who violate the dress code shall be required to modify their appearance by covering or removing the offending item, or, if necessary or practical, replacing it with an acceptable item. Any student who refuses to cooperate may face disciplinary action in alignment to the NYCDOE Code of Discipline. We ask that you please respect and abide by our dress code.


    Entry and Dismissal

    **The main entrance/exit is located on 61st street below West End Avenue – 300 West 61st Street.

    Grade Level/Class

    Drop-off Location

    Dismissal Location


    Main entrance – Parents will escort their child to the classroom

    Main entrance - library


    Main entrance – Parents will escort their child to the classroom

    Main entrance - library

    Grades 1-2

    Main entrance - cafe

    Main entrance - library

    Grades 3-5

    Main entrance - cafe

    Main entrance - cafe

    Grades 6-8

    Main entrance - library

    Main entrance – students dismiss on their own



    Grade Level

    Breakfast Program and Location


    Breakfast in the classroom during morning meeting


    Breakfast in the classroom during morning meeting

    Grades 1-2

    Breakfast in the cafe

    Grades 3-5

    Breakfast in the cafe

    Grades 6-8

    Breakfast to go


    School Hours

    Our school hours are 8:20-2:40, with breakfast starting at 7:45. Our afterschool program ends at 6:00 with pick-up beginning at 5:30. All afterschool programs will be at parent orientation and will be available the first week of school for registration.


    Curriculum Night

    Please mark your calendars now so that you are able to attend our Curriculum Night, which will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 5:00pm-7:00pm.


    First Day of School

    The first day of school is Thursday, September 7th, so we look forward to seeing you then. Thank you for all of your support. As always, my door is open to you, so feel free to reach out with questions or concerns. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

    Your child’s teacher will have a big sign on the first day of school so he/she will be easy to locate. All Pre-K and K students will meet their teachers in their respective classroom.


    All my best,

    Lauren Keville

    Principal, PS/IS 191 – The Riverside School for Makers and Artists


    You can download the letter below

    PS/IS 191 - The Riverside School for Makers and Artists
  • PS 191 launches 3rd grade Gifted and Talented program

    We are excited to announce the launch of our 3rd grade Gifted and Talented program for the 2017-18 school year.  The G&T class will be taught by a teacher with a G&T license and will include children from across District 3.  Registration is happening now for students who have received acceptance letters into the program.  We look forward to meeting all our new families!

    PS/IS 191 - The Riverside School for Makers and Artists


The Parent Teacher Association at PS 191 encourages parents to be active participants and supporters of our school community.  A strong parent body serves to strengthen and enrich the academic and artistic experience of everyone at PS 191. We invite you to come and share your time, talents and energy with and for our students. Please contact the PA Co-Presidents and let us know how and when you can volunteer to help make every initiative and goal a success. Parent Teacher Association contact email is:

2017-18 PTA Members

President: Kristy Sanchez

Co-Vice President:  Karen Price

Co Vice-President: Daniel Totouom-Tangho

Recording Secretary: Liza Case

Treasurer: Tracy Alpert

Co-Corresponding Sec.   Justine Cordon

Co-Corresponding Sec.  Ebony Wilson


Meetings, Workshops and Events


PTA Meetings

RSMA PTA Meeting
Thur. Dec 14th @ 2:45pm in room 219

PTA Meetings Minutes

2017-18 School Year


2016-17 School Year

 PS 191 PTA MeetingMinutes 1 19 17.docx 

 PS 191 Emergency PTA Meeting 2 10 17.docx