Letter from Chancellor- August 3, 2020

Dear Families,

I hope you are safe and healthy, and finding some rest and relaxation this summer. As we are approaching the start of the 2020-21 school year, I want to share some important new information with you about health and safety protocols in your child’s school—and every school—for the upcoming year.

All schools are preparing for blended learning, during which students learn in-person in school buildings for part of the week, and continue learning remotely from home on the other days. However, any family can choose 100% remote learning for any reason. If your preference is 100% remote learning, we ask that you let us know by this Friday, August 7, so that schools have enough time to plan. Please visit schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 to fill out a short web form, or call 311.

In this letter you will find:

 Criteria to Open Schools and Keep them Open

 What Happens if Someone Gets Sick: New Information on COVID-19 Testing and Tracing in Schools

 Overall Health and Safety Protocols for Every School

Criteria to Open Schools and Keep them Open

While we continue to carefully monitor a constantly changing health landscape, one thing remains steadfast: our commitment to the health and safety of our students, teachers, and staff. This priority is the foundation of all of our policy moving into September.

On July 31, the Mayor and I announced that for school buildings to open in September and remain open, on a weekly average the city must see fewer than 3% of all COVID-19 tests come back positive. Additionally, if 3% or more of New Yorkers who are tested for COVID-19 are found to have the virus after we open, school buildings will close again, and 100% of learning will be remote for every student.

Since June, we’ve hovered around 1-2%, and are working closely with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health), NYC Test + Trace, and the Mayor’s Office to prepare for a coordinated school reopening. If staff and students aren’t healthy, they can’t teach and learn, and we are doing all we can to ensure that schools remain safe and healthy for learning.

What Happens if Someone Gets Sick: New Information on COVID-19 Testing and Tracing in Schools

In close collaboration with our expert colleagues at NYC Health, we have developed strict protocols that address prevention, precaution, and response to one or more of our students or employees having a confirmed case of COVID-19. It’s important to know that a “confirmed case” means that a parent or guardian, student, or staff member submits a positive test result from a healthcare provider or laboratory—like a City-run testing site, a private doctor, or an urgent care center—to the school.

Our protocols to keep school communities healthy include:

 Prevention: Starting with the first day of the 2020-21 school year, if a student or staff member is feeling sick, they are required to stay home. Additionally, if their symptoms are consistent with COVID-19, they will be asked to get tested.

 Feeling Sick in School: If a student begins experiencing symptoms in school, they will be isolated and monitored by a school staff member until they are picked up by their parent or guardian. Staff members who become symptomatic at school must notify administration and immediately leave the building.

 Testing: All school staff members are asked to get tested for COVID-19 in the days leading up to the beginning of school, and will be prioritized for expedited results at the 34 City-run testing sites. All school staff are also asked to get tested monthly during the school year. This free testing is also available for families citywide.

 Tracing: In the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case in a school, NYC Test + Trace and NYC Health will investigate to determine close contacts within the school. All students and teachers in the classroom with the confirmed case are assumed close contacts and will be instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days since their last exposure to that case. In older grades where students may travel between classes, this applies to all classes that the confirmed case was in. I

f there's more than one case in a school, and it's not in the same classroom, learning will continue remotely and the school building will close for at least 24 hours while NYC Test + Trace and NYC Health investigate. Depending on the outcome of the investigation, affected classrooms or the whole building will remain closed for 14 days for quarantine.

Students will continue their learning remotely during any necessary quarantine periods.

 Communication: Whether symptoms begin at home or in school, there will be a clear flow of information to facilitate fast action and prevent spread. If a COVID-19 case is confirmed, schools will communicate to all families and students at school.

Overall Health and Safety Protocols for Every School

Testing and tracing are part of several strict health protocols designed to keep our school communities healthy. Here are the key things that you and your family should know about NYC Department of Education (DOE) health and safety practices, policies, and protocols as we re-open our school buildings in September:

 At all times, students and staff must wear face coverings protecting their nose and mouth while at school or on their way to school. Exceptions will be made for children who can’t wear a face covering for medical reasons, and for younger children who aren’t developmentally able to wear a face covering.

 Students and staff must maintain six feet of physical distancing throughout the school day, anywhere on school grounds and to and from school.

 Schools will be cleaned throughout the day and disinfected each night, with special attention to high-touch areas.

 Face coverings, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies will be readily available in throughout every school.

 Every school will have a school-based team ready to respond in the event that there is a health concern in a school.

 Every school will have a designated isolation room for use in the event that a student becomes ill during the school day.

For more details on these and other policies, please visit schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 and click “Health and Safety” for additional information and all the latest updates.

We are approaching reopening by centering health and safety and basing our policies on the expertise of health professionals—period.

I’ve been a public school parent, teacher, and principal, and I know what it feels like to want the best possible education for your child while ensuring the health and safety of your entire family. We have collectively learned a lot since March—both about the virus, and about our ability to react and respond to it in real time. That’s why we won’t settle for anything but the strictest and most rigorous processes for coming back to school.

We will send more information in the coming days and weeks. As always—thank you for being part of the DOE family.


Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor New York City Department of Education 

Letter from Chancellor- July 27, 2020

Dear Families,

I hope you and your children are well and enjoying some time off this summer. September will be here before we know it, and I am writing to you today to keep you updated on the 2020–21 school year and make sure you know how to be part of the conversation. Throughout this summer, as we diligently work to clarify operations for the fall, I promise to be transparent about what we know—and what we don’t yet know. 

Your Learning Options

First things first: New York City students will be learning five days a week, whether in person or at home. As previously announced, schools are planning for blended learning, in which students will be taught in school buildings for part of the week, and will continue learning remotely from home on the other days of the week. Any family can also choose all-remote learning, for any reason. We know that the majority of families want as much in-person instruction as is safely possible, and we will work to maximize it at every turn, consistent with health and safety requirements. However, if you intend to choose all-remote learning for your child and have not yet notified us, please let us know by August 7 so schools can plan accordingly. You can fill out a web form at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 or call 311.

To enable you to make a more informed choice, we have prepared some important comparisons about what you can expect from each mode of learning, which you can find at the end of this letter. Families who choose all-remote instruction will be able to opt back in to blended learning on a quarterly basis throughout the school year, beginning in November.

No matter whether you are at school in-person or you are learning remotely, you and your child are still enrolled in and part of your school community. Your child’s schedule and learning experience will be fully managed by your school. The vast majority of students who participate in fully remote learning will be taught by teachers from their school. While there may be some limited exceptions on a school-by-school basis, you should expect your child to be assigned teachers from their school when they receive their full schedule before the school year begins.

As our plans continue to come together, we must be nimble. We will make adjustments as public health conditions continue to evolve. 

How to Learn More 

Every week, we will be posting more information about school operations to schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020. Please bookmark this page and visit it frequently. On this page, you will find information on Physical Education, Arts Education, and more. We are asking for your patience and flexibility throughout this process as we work through a great deal of planning in collaboration with our teachers, principals, and school-based staff.

Your voice and feedback are essential as our work continues. We are creating many opportunities for you to discuss the year ahead with the DOE, and we hope you will get involved. We hosted our first citywide information session on July 16, and received many great suggestions from families across the City. Please join us for one of the upcoming info sessions Tuesday, July 28; Wednesday, August 12; and Thursday, August 27. You can visit schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 to register and submit a question.  

In addition, each school will host a parent meeting to discuss the proposed school schedule and to review planning for the year ahead, and we will be holding community and advocate round-table meetings, briefings with Community Education Council leaders and elected officials, and more. 

While the world around us continues to change, our commitment to the health and safety of our students, teachers, staff, and families remains steadfast, and so does our focus on equity and excellence. We will deliver what your child needs to succeed academically, knowing the traumatic impact this crisis has had on New Yorkers of all ages. We will ensure your child feels welcome and supported in their school community, no matter what.   

Thank you for continuing to share your comments and questions. I have said it before, but it’s no less true now: You are our most important partners and I am grateful for you today and every day. Please stay safe and healthy.  


Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor New York City Department of Education


The Department of Education has put out a remote learning preference survey to gather information on which families would opt to have children learn 100% remotely (all online, from home)

Please fill out this survey if this is what you are considering for your child in September.





Letter From Chancellor- July 13, 2020

Dear Families,

I hope you and your children are having a happy summer and staying healthy and safe. Summer can be an important time for resting and recharging—especially given the past few months, which have been so challenging for students, families, and staff alike.

Together, we have risen to meet that challenge—and your children have proven what they are capable of under remarkable circumstances. This summer, I urge you to keep the learning going!

We have an unconventional start to the school year ahead of us, and we know that all students will be best positioned for success if they remain socially and emotionally engaged, and actively involved in academic exploration over the next several weeks.

To support your children’s path to academic success, we have pulled together learning resources that will be both fun and intellectually stimulating for you and your family: Summer Reading, Summer Enrichment, College Bridge for All, and other supports that are ongoing throughout the summer months. Please read on to learn more— I encourage you to take advantage of as many of these as you can!

Summer Reading

One of the best ways for children to keep their minds active and their creativity flowing is to continue to read throughout the summer. Since just the end of the school year, New York City students have accessed over 30,000 books and logged over 7,500 hours of reading with the eBook reader, Sora. The DOE is thrilled to continue to offer our 3K–12 students free access to hundreds of eBooks and audiobooks through Sora. We encourage you to read to your children and to encourage them to read independently. You just need your DOE account name and password to access the collections. Visit schools.nyc.gov/summerreading to learn more.

In addition, the New York City School Library System has also curated a special collection of K–12 fiction and non-fiction eBooks for NYC public school students. Visit galepages.com/nycdoe11/ebooks to view the complete collection. To access the eBooks, please email libraries@schools.nyc.gov to receive a username and password.

Summer Enrichment Challenges and Activities

Who says learning can’t take you to exciting new worlds? This summer, families can choose to virtually “visit” extraordinary people and places on more than 100 free virtual field trips. These virtual resources will help students to encounter remarkable events in history and learn more about fascinating topics: from animals to aerospace, New York City’s water supply to national parks, honeybees to hip-hop, and so much more. Our dozens of partners include Audubon New York, the Paley Center for Media, the Queens Botanical Garden, the Staten Island Zoo, the Wildlife Conservation Society. They can’t wait to help you explore the streets of New York and beyond.

The DOE is also hosting several citywide challenges for students to participate in during the weeks of July 13 through August 17. It doesn’t matter which borough you’re from or which grade you’re in: you can join a fun competition where you can show others your hard work and talent. These exciting summer challenges range from expressing yourself through dance or song, to creating a pixel portrait of yourself in Minecraft, to a New York City bird watching challenge. You can find more information on Sora, virtual field trips, and the citywide challenges at schools.nyc.gov/summerlearning.

College Bridge for All

We’re so proud of the graduating Class of 2020 – we joined forces with Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, LinManuel Miranda, and many more proud New Yorkers in celebrating them with a citywide virtual graduation ceremony at the end of June. If you missed the citywide celebration, you can view it at nycclassof2020.com.

We are continuing to support our graduates along their next steps with free individualized coaching through the College Bridge for All program. From now through September, graduates have access to coaches who are trained to support them in their transition to all pathways, whether that’s college, a career training program, a vocational program, service, or employment. Please encourage your graduate to fill out the Senior Contact Form at bit.ly/classof2020nyc.

Ongoing Supports

A quick reminder of these continuing services:

 Summer School runs through mid-August. For more information, visit schools.nyc.gov/summerschool.

 Remote Learning. Want to brush up on your digital skills? Visit schools.nyc.gov/technicaltools to learn more about Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and other remote-learning platforms.

 “Let’s Learn NYC!”, the educational public television program produced by WNET/THIRTEEN and the DOE, starts up again on July 13 and airs 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. (EST) through August 28 on channel 13 on your local television network. Let’s Learn NYC! episodes can also be watched online at thirteen.org/programs/lets-learn-nyc/. Episodes will continue to focus on foundational reading and writing skills, mathematics, social studies, and science for children in 3-K through second grade. Find more information here: schools.nyc.gov/letslearn.

 Meal Hubs provide free grab-and-go meals to all New Yorkers. Service is available from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Visit schools.nyc.gov/freemeals for more information and to find the Meal Hub nearest you.

 Regional Enrichment Centers provide emergency childcare to the children of essential workers, and operate Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. through August. Find more information here: schools.nyc.gov/RECs.

While you are making the most of summer, I know you are also eager to hear what education will look like for your child this fall. I want to thank the more than 400,000 families that completed our Return to School survey. Your feedback has been an important part of our decision-making. As always, the safety of our students, families, and staff members continues to be our first priority. We are closely tracking guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State of New York, and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Initial planning guidance has been shared with schools and families, and you can find the most up-to-date information at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020. Please know that our plans will be flexible as necessary, and we’ll continue to adjust and update as the public health landscape continues to evolve, and as we get closer to reopening.

A safe return to schools in the fall will require a partnership not only with school leaders and educators but also with you, our families and students. I will continue to keep you informed as we receive the necessary guidance. I have said it before but it’s no less true now: You are our most important partners and I am grateful for you today and every day.

Enjoy your summer. Please stay safe and healthy—and keep the learning going!


Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor New York City Department of Education


Dear Families,

I hope you are having a restful summer so far, and staying healthy and safe. I am writing today to share important information about the fall, when school will start up again for the 2020-2021 school year. At the conclusion of this note you will find this information organized by topic, including school scheduling, health and safety protocols, and more. Please bookmark schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020, where more information is available, and which will be regularly updated as we get closer to reopening. 

Our commitment to health and safety drives everything that we do. It drove the transition to remote learning this past March, when we knew that closing school buildings was essential to flattening the curve of COVID-19 infection across New York City. It was profoundly challenging, but you and your children handled it with unbelievable grace and effort, and school communities came together to make it work in historic fashion. 

Now, almost four months later, our commitment to health and safety will drive us into the new school year. We have been through so much together, and as we look ahead to September, we see the big picture: the continuing rise in cases across the country; current guidance from City, State, and Federal health authorities; and the knowledge that as the trajectory of the virus continues to evolve, the guidance we must follow will also evolve. When it does, we have to be ready, and prepared to adapt. We’ve also received over 400,000 responses from families and students to a survey asking about preferences and concerns for the upcoming year, and your input has been critical in our planning.

Taken together, this picture demands we begin the 2020-21 school year in an unprecedented way—including new health protocols, physical distancing, and more. Make no mistake: New York City students will still be learning 5 days a week. A major difference is that we are preparing to deliver their education through a blended learning model. Blended learning means students will be taught on-site in school for part of the week, and will attend school remotely on the other days of the week.

Any family can also choose all-remote learning, for any reason. But we know that the majority of families want as much in-person instruction as is safely possible, and we will work to maximize it at every turn, consistent with health and safety requirements. We will continue to lead with the lens of equity and excellence, giving your child what they need to excel—and recognizing the ways that will be different from each of their classmates, especially in a time of crisis. We will not look away from the ways this virus has further magnified the effects of systemic racism in our communities. We will continue to explore opportunities to directly correct structural inequities— like closing the digital divide.

Our plans must be nimble so we can adjust and update as needed, as the public health landscape continues to evolve. We are also awaiting guidance from the State of New York, and we will be closely coordinating with them once it is released. All of the most up-to-date information will be available at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020, and at the end of this letter are the most important takeaways for you at this moment. Please remember that this guidance may change as public health conditions evolve. 

In closing, I want to say that I’m excited, and I’m anxious—just like you. I know that blending in-person and remote learning feels like an improvement over the all-remote experience of the last three months, but still comes with many questions and concerns. We will work with you every step of the way to answer questions around sibling scheduling, transportation, what happens if there’s a confirmed case in a school, and more. I’m committed to doing everything I can to make this easy for you—and I will not compromise on health and safety.

I always say that New York City has the best students, families, and staff in the world—and that nothing will ever change that. A safe return to schools in the fall, and the broader safety of our whole city, will require we consistently work together as partners—DOE staff, families, and students. Together we can ensure that the 1.1 million students—your children—in the NYC public school system get the education they deserve in the safest, most supportive environments possible.


Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor New York City Department of Education

Chancellor Letter to Parents of Students with IEPs

Dear Families,

As this unprecedented school year comes to a close, I want to thank you and your children for your patience, resilience, and perseverance in adapting to the closing of school buildings and the implementation of remote learning. I recognize that the situation imposed hardships on you and brought new complications in the education of our students—especially those with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). We are extremely grateful for everything you have done to partner with us in supporting your child and helping us adapt to these challenging times.

As we have engaged in virtual instructional and teletherapy programs, you have risen to the occasion and been your child’s greatest source of support. In continuing to explore options to best address your child’s needs, we will rely heavily on the strong bonds we have forged with you along our collaborative journey to help us make decisions that truly make a difference.

Your child’s teacher should have contacted you for an end-of-year wrap-up conversation to support the transition to summer. Should you seek additional information, please reach out to your child’s principal directly.We encourage you to ask questions about progress made on your child’s IEP goals, to make recommendations and offer feedback about what has and hasn’t worked for your child during the remote learning period, and to request information to support the transition to summer. We also encourage you to talk to your child’s teacher and school administrators about any recommendations regarding summer school for additional academic support.

During these past three months, we have broadened our vision of what family engagement and empowerment can truly mean. We have heard the voices of parents and families like you during various workshops and forums, offering questions, concerns, and recommendations about your child’s learning process.We have heard from many of you that the Beyond Access series of online learning workshops for families of children with disabilities, as well as family office hours, provided valuable information that can be put to immediate use. We will continue to provide resources, workshops, and family sessions in order to support you as we prepare for September and beyond.

As we look toward the fall and make key decisions regarding re-opening school buildings in the safest way possible, we will continue to rely on you to offer input about what would work best for you and your child. If you have not already done so, please help us guide that process by completing our Return to School survey at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 by June 30.

We at the DOE are deeply committed to serving all of our students with IEPs and providing them with an excellent education.I am grateful for your partnership in educating your child and hope you enjoy your summer!


Richard A. Carranza

ChancellorNew York City Department of Education



End of year Letter from Chancellor

June 26, 2020

Dear Families,

Today is the last day of the most challenging, most intense school year many of us have ever experienced. I am humbled by your efforts and so proud of your children—our brilliant students.

I know that last September feels like it was years ago, and that time in general seems to exist as “before COVID” and “after COVID.” It might be hard to remember, but before the pandemic upended our lives, we opened more pre-K Dual Language programs across the city, saw a record number of our students enrolling in college, and learned just how much our Community Schools have been changing students’ lives for the better—to name just a few of our accomplishments. All that still matters because it has real-life, positive impacts for our children.

And then, all of a sudden, it was Monday, March 16, and the coronavirus forced us to reinvent the nation’s largest school system, closing all school buildings and transitioning our 1.1 million students to remote learning. To me, the “after COVID” time is as stunningly impressive as what came before. I know this because over the past three months I have seen your children complete science experiments in your kitchens, debate the United States Constitution in Spanish from your living rooms, and join band practice and master Shakespeare on Zoom.

Your children accomplished these amazing feats all while the coronavirus was affecting you, your families, and your communities. Sadly, we lost immediate family members, and 79 Department of Education employees, to COVID-19. We will never be the same without the loved ones, friends, and colleagues who gave our lives and work meaning. We will never, ever forget a single one of them. They live on in our hearts, in our memories, and in our children.

I’ve always said that parents and families are our most important partners, but this year that was truer than ever, as you became your child’s teacher, coach, and constant presence in an uncertain world. Your lives were upended in support of a totally unconventional schedule for your children. I know how much you sacrificed for them, how concerned you are about their futures, and how deep your love for them runs. I can’t thank you enough for the effort you have made to support your child’s learning at home.

In recent weeks, you’ve kept the learning going as our city and nation have been enraged and have mourned the senseless loss of more Black lives at the hands of those whose duty it is to serve and protect. It has been a gutwrenching time for all of us. Systemic racism endangers people of color in this country, period; and true change for New Yorkers of color must begin in our schools. I pledge that we will take what we have learned this year and double down on addressing systemic inequalities in our system that these crises have further exposed. This includes continuing to build a strong, inclusive, just, and anti-racist educational system. I pledge that we will keep cultivating and celebrating the achievements and accomplishments of your children.

I pledge to continue to be there for you and your children, not being deterred for a moment—no matter what challenges come our way. Over the next several months, we will operate Summer School, Meal Hubs, Regional Enrichment Centers, and Emergency Child Care Centers to actively serve our families. I pledge to deliver the education your children demand and deserve—an education that enables them to grow into well-educated, responsible, compassionate adults who are equipped to change the world.

I know you are rightfully anxious to know what that education will look like for your child this fall. We are working day in and day out to develop robust plans for the more than one million children who are in our seats. You will receive information in the coming weeks—including the date for the first day of school—once we receive the necessary guidance from the State and federal government that paves the way for us to finalize our plan. We also need your guidance, too! Please tell us what you want fall 2020 to look like by filling out our Return to School survey at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 by Tuesday, June 30. This will help us meet your needs as we come back to school.

Given all we have been through together, we cannot end the school year without celebrating our students’ remarkable accomplishments. I invite you to join me; Mayor de Blasio; former NYC public school student and teacher, Lin-Manuel Miranda; and other celebrities, elected officials, and special guests on June 30 as we honor the Class of 2020 at a citywide graduation ceremony. You can watch it beginning at 7 p.m. on PIX 11 and at nycclassof2020.com. Please join us!

And one more exciting development for our students: we are thrilled to make more e-books and audiobooks for all ages available for free this summer to all DOE families, and it’s easier than ever to access them. Just use your student’s DOE login; no special signup necessary. Summer reading is so important to keep learning going and to let imaginations run free, so please visit schools.nyc.gov/summerreading to find these amazing resources. If you received a DOE-issued iPad, it will automatically have the Sora app installed to access these texts—but you don’t need a DOE-issued device to use Sora. You can download the app on any device, use your student’s DOE login, and start reading.

I have often said that we have the best students, staff, and families anywhere. This year, you have proved that true beyond any shadow of a doubt. You are helping us build a better world. We are grateful for you today and every day.

Have a wonderful summer. We can’t wait to see you in September.


Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor New York City Department of Education

Summer Reading Letter-June 2020

Dear Families,

Summer reading is so important to keep learning going and to let imaginations run free! We are thrilled to make more e-books and audiobooks for all ages available for free this summer to all DOE families, and it’s easier than ever to access them. Please read on for more information, and visit schools.nyc.gov/summerreading for additional details to be posted on Monday, June 29.

Reading with Sora!

The e-book reader Sora has a diverse set of hundreds of resources available for grades 3K-12 in a multiple languages to help students see themselves and fellow students in the books they are reading. You can download an app to your device or access them via a web browser. All you have to do is log in with your student’s DOE ID; no additional sign up is necessary. Please visit discoversora.com/nyc to get started.

Need help finding your student’s DOE login? Click here. If you received an iPad from DOE, it will have the Sora app automatically installed by July 1!

You may also visit galepages.com/nycdoe11 to access additional e-book titles and databases provided by the New York City School Library System. To access e-books from any location and databases from outside of New York State, please email libraries@schools.nyc.gov for the username and password.

Please note that while some of these resources might only be available in English, we will continue to strive to make more resources available in home languages.

Take Advantage of Public Library Resources, Too!

New York City public library systems are also providing digital resources and free access to the tutoring platform Brainfuse through internet-enabled devices, including all DOE-issued iPads.

• Brooklyn Public Library. To obtain a Brooklyn Public Library eCard, fill out the form at Bklynlibrary.org.

• The New York Public Library serving the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. To obtain a New York Public Library digital card through the free SimplyE app, please visit NYPL.org.

• Queens Public Library. To obtain a Queens Public Library eCard, fill out the form at QueensLibrary.org.

Wishing you a summer full of reading!

Warm regards,

Linda Chen

Chief Academic Officer

End of Year Parent Letter- June 22, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians:

As I sat down to write this letter I was honestly at a loss for words.   As you all know, our school year shifted so abruptly, and I feel like these last few months have been a blur. I know that many of our community members have suffered unbearable loss and have faced challenges that no one could ever have prepared for.  Throughout these last three and a half months, I have tried to communicate with you as often as possible, sharing resources and providing a means of open communication.  My priority was to ensure that you knew that PS 163 continued to support you and your family the best way we possibly could and whenever you needed resources and supports, we did our best to provide them.   

I have received countless emails from parents expressing frustration and anger as well as expressing thanks. Our transition to remote instruction was not without obstacles but I know that our staff, along with your support, made lemonade out of lemons.   This was not an easy task.  What made it possible was our strong home-school connection.  We value you and understand how difficult this experience has been.

As the DOE continues to have conversations about September, I can tell you that there are great challenges that lie ahead.  There are more questions than answers at this time.  I have met with our School Leadership Team numerous times and explained potential blended models that would possibly be in place for September- none of which can ever take the place of a child sitting in a classroom with their teacher on a daily basis! I have asked for their feedback and have been transparent when I said that there are no winners with this. There is a tremendous amount of information missing in order to plan for schedules, times, busing, lunch, ingress, dismissal etc… We will continue to keep you updated to the best of our ability. 

I ask that you please make sure that you have access to your child’s DOE email address.  This will be extremely important in September and beyond.  It will allow you to access summer resources, curricula for next school year and Google Classroom, which we will continue to use- directions are on our web site. Please revisit our web site.  We have posted amazing resources for you and your children.  There are emotional supports as well as academic supports.  At PS 163 we take pride in our social emotional work so please utilize these resources as they may provide comfort.

While I do not have many answers at this time, what I do know for sure is our commitment to you and to your children.  As a community, we are resilient and these last few months have proven that.

 I look forward to opening that door in the morning and seeing you and your beautiful children.

I wish each one of you much health, healing and peace.


Francine A.Marsaggi



當我坐下來寫這封信時,老實說我很茫然。眾所周知,我們的學年突然轉變了,我覺得這幾個月來一直很模糊。我知道我們的許多社區成員遭受了無法承受的損失,並面臨著任何人都無法預料的挑戰。在過去的三個半月中,我一直嘗試與您盡可能地進行交流,共享資源並提供一種開放式交流的方式。我的首要任務是確保您知道PS 163會繼續以我們可能的最佳方式支持您和您的家人,並且在您需要資源和支持時,我們會盡力為您提供幫助。












Cuando me senté a escribir esta carta, honestamente me quedé sin palabras. Como todos saben, nuestro año escolar cambió drasticamente , y siento que estos últimos meses han sido borrosos. Sé que muchos de los miembros de nuestra comunidad han sufrido una pérdida insoportable y se han enfrentado a desafíos para los que nadie podría haberse preparado. Durante estos últimos tres meses y medio, he tratado de comunicarme con usted con la mayor frecuencia posible, compartiendo recursos y proporcionando un medio de comunicación abierta. Mi prioridad era asegurarme de que supiera que PS 163 continuó brindándole apoyo a usted y a su familia de la mejor manera posible y siempre que necesitara recursos y apoyos, hicimos nuestro mejor esfuerzo para proporcionarlos. 

He recibido innumerables correos electrónicos de padres expresando su frustración y enojo, así como también agradecimientos. Nuestra transición a la instrucción remota no estuvo exenta de obstáculos, pero sé que nuestro personal, junto con su apoyo, hizo limonada con limones. Esto no fue tarea fácil. Lo que lo hizo posible fue nuestra fuerte conexión entre el hogar y la escuela. Te valoramos y entendemos lo difícil que ha sido esta experiencia.

A medida que el DOE continúa teniendo conversaciones sobre septiembre, puedo decirle que hay grandes desafíos por delante. Hay más preguntas que respuestas en este momento. Me he reunido con nuestro Equipo de Liderazgo Escolar en numerosas ocasiones y les expliqué posibles modelos combinados que posiblemente estarían en funcionamiento para septiembre, ¡ninguno de los cuales puede reemplazar a un niño sentado en un salón de clases con su maestro a diario! He pedido sus comentarios y he sido transparente cuando dije que no hay ganadores con esto. Falta una enorme cantidad de información para planificar horarios de transporte, almuerzo, horario de entrada, salida, etc. Continuaremos manteniéndolo actualizado lo mejor que podamos.

Le pido que se asegure de tener acceso a la dirección de correo electrónico del DOE de su hijo. Esto será extremadamente importante en septiembre y más allá. Le permitirá acceder a recursos de verano, planes de estudio para el próximo año escolar y Google Classroom, que continuaremos utilizando. Las instrucciones se encuentran en nuestro sitio web. Por favor, vuelva a visitar nuestro sitio web. Hemos publicado recursos increíbles para usted y sus hijos. Hay apoyos emocionales y académicos. En PS 163 nos enorgullecemos de nuestro trabajo social y emocional, así que utilice estos recursos, ya que pueden brindarle comodidad.

Si bien no tengo muchas respuestas en este momento, lo que sí sé con certeza es nuestro compromiso con usted y con sus hijos. Como comunidad, somos resistentes y estos últimos meses lo han demostrado. 

Espero abrir esa puerta por la mañana y verte a ti y a tus hermosos hijos.

Les deseo a cada uno de ustedes mucha salud, curación y paz.


Report cards will be uploaded in your https://mystudent.nyc/ account on June 29th

Letter from Chancellor- PLEASE COMPLETE SURVEY. 請完成調查. por favor complete la encuesta



Dear Families,

I hope you are staying safe and healthy. We are heading towards the end of the school year, soon to close the chapter on an experience none of us could have imagined. 

But while we are thinking about concluding one chapter, we are focused on the beginning of another: what the future of our schools will look like, and how we will come back in September for the 2020-21 school year. I am writing today with an important update and an opportunity to lend your voice to the planning for this fall.

You, your children, and all the staff at DOE have done an extraordinary job adjusting to a total transformation of education in the nation’s largest public school system. We must continue to center health and safety and be prepared to follow guidance issued by health experts and other important authorities as autumn approaches. Since we don’t know what the state of the coronavirus will be at that time, we must be ready for a number of options for teaching and learning. In addition to the risks posed by COVID-19 directly, we are acutely aware of the emergence of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), a condition related to COVID-19 that has affected children in New York City as well as across the country and the world.

What Might Fall 2020 Look Like?

We have not yet made any firm decisions for what this fall will look like as we start the 2020-2021 school year. However, we believe that all options will need to take into account social distancing. We know that for many students, nothing can quite match full-time teaching and learning in a school building. Given the ongoing health risks related to COVID-19, we also need to prepare for a variety of educational models and approaches, including what I call blended learning. Blended learning means combining in-person and remote instruction to create a powerful educational experience where each mode of learning supports the other. Throughout it all, the goal remains to provide as much in-person learning as possible, and give every child the academic support they need while keeping them safe.

Lend Your Voice Through the Return to School 2020 Survey

There are many ways blended learning can operate, and we know every student and family has experienced remote learning differently. We want to hear from you about your preferences and concerns as we head into the 2020- 2021 school year. We have created a short survey for both families and students—please take a moment to fill it out and share your thoughts by Monday, June 22. The survey is anonymous and should take about 7 minutes to complete. It’s available in 9 languages at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020, and those without the ability to complete it online can do so by calling 311. Thank you in advance for taking the time to again give us your feedback: it will help us to better serve you.

Working together, we will build a strong, just, safe, and successful future for our schools and our City.


Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor New York City Department of Education

Child Mind Institute


Behavioral and Emotional Skills Training (BEST) for Caregivers

  • Is your child struggling with tantrums, hitting, arguing, or not following rules? 
  • Are you frequently getting calls about your child’s behavior at school?
  • Have you been looking for ways to better manage these issues?

Behavioral and Emotional Skills Training (BEST)

is a FREE opportunity (valued at $600)

for parents and caregivers of children in grades K-8

The BEST program will help parents/caregivers to…

  • Understand the basics of behavior management
  • Learn and practice skills to help your child with his/her behavior
  • Increase confidence in managing challenging behaviors
  • Connect with other parents and caregivers for continued support


BEST uses well-researched strategies to provide parents/caregivers clear tools for managing misbehavior, setting limits, and increasing positive behavior.  This program will help parents and caregivers increase their child’s social and emotional development skills, as well as improve their child’s self-esteem.

Days + Times: Thursday July 9th, 9:30am – 1pm

                           Friday July 31st, 12pm – 3:30pm

                           Tuesday August 11th, 1pm – 4:30pm

Location: Online via Zoom. You will be emailed the link after registration.

RSVP: Thursday, July 9th: https://forms.gle/t43E9oGjcEsB9YSx6

Friday, July 31st: https://forms.gle/3LUX84N3Wxxd7G6Z7

Tuesday, August 11th: https://forms.gle/aXMnQD2h9vN49XD9A

Questions: Contact Taylor Barkee at Taylor.Barkee@childmind.org



Important Letter from Chancellor- June 4, 2020

Dear Families,

It is hard to recall another time as gut-wrenching and heartbreaking as these recent days have been. George Floyd’s murder at the hands of police officers last week was horrifying. I am sickened. But, like many of you, I am not surprised. We have seen this abominable disregard for Black lives so many times before, including multiple times in recent weeks. It is truly agonizing to witness; it is nothing short of another pandemic presenting itself on the streets of America.

The New York City Department of Education condemns police brutality and this brutal loss of life. My heart breaks to know that yet another Black family has lost a son, a father, a brother. I stand in solidarity with Black New Yorkers and Americans, and with everyone who is mourning yet another senseless loss. Pain ripples and resonates across communities all over the City. I am with all of you as we individually and collectively reckon with this tragic injustice. The demonstrations happening in the five boroughs and in nearly 140 cities across the country are a reflection of this anguish, and the desire for a better world.

It is incredibly difficult to be a parent or caregiver right now: grappling with emotions, seeking actions that both feel of service and of the magnitude needed in this moment, and thinking through ways to begin or deepen conversations with children and families about recent horrific incidents and the systemic racism from which they spring—all at the same time. The pain and struggle are very real.

For communities of color, nothing about this pain is new. It’s been in the bodies, minds, and hearts of millions of New Yorkers and Americans for generations—because racist violence has been perpetrated for that long.

Racism also causes new harm in other ways, every day, because it is systemic—woven deeply into the fabric of our institutions, our economy, and the systems that make up our shared community. That is true in New York City, as progressive and forward-thinking as we are, including in our public school system.

At the DOE we have said, and we will continue to say: no more.

We must answer the call to be actively anti-racist and work every day to undo these systems of injustice. We will continue in our resolve to advance equity now. We will honor the dignity and humanity of every student, parent, educator, employee and member of our community every day.

No matter the form teaching and learning takes—in brick-and-mortar classrooms or on a digital device—the goal remains the same: providing an excellent education to every single student. In doing so, we must also continually find ways to dismantle institutional racism and reverse its effects.

That work is underway. It includes implementing restorative practices, training all educators and employees on implicit bias, providing mental health supports to school communities, and more. This work creates a lifelong effect in children and has the potential to transform our society in ways that make that the world safer, more just, and better for everyone.

When, for example, children learn from books featuring protagonists and lessons featuring stories from people of different races, abilities, genders, ethnicities, languages, and more, they learn also to value difference and diversity. When students experiencing anger or resentment are taught healthy ways to communicate, it’s more likely they won’t react out of unfounded fear.

We will not relent in the work to intensify equity until, student by student and school by school, change comes. We all need this, because racism doesn’t just harm Black, Brown, or Asian families—it harms us all.

Everyone has a role to play. In addition to continuing our work centrally, we are supporting educators with resources to teach episodes from our history and our present, episodes where these same shudders of injustice and outrage, peaceful protest, and also violence and destruction have ripped through our city and society.

At the same time, many of you have already been doing this work at home or are otherwise putting personal resources into these efforts—your time, your energy, your heart, or your voice. We see you, and we are grateful for your powerful commitment. Children see and feel the world around them, and now is an important time to guide them in understanding and engaging with their experiences and those of their friends, families, and fellow New Yorkers.

Below you will find resources to help start, continue, or deepen conversations with children about racism and injustice. We are also sharing resources to help with stress, exhaustion, and self-care. As parents and caregivers, caring for yourself is essential in order to be able to care for others. We will continue to update resources as we move ahead, and you can find them at schools.nyc.gov/togetherforjustice

I have been reminded of this quote by the writer James Baldwin that resonates so powerfully in this moment: “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” These are difficult days of reckoning, but we have the opportunity—and a calling—to go farther in facing injustice.

You are our most important partners in the education of the children of New York City and the building of a better world. We are grateful for you today and every day.


Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor New York City Department of Education

Letter from Chancellor-June 1, 2020

Dear Families,   

The health and safety of our communities remains our top priority, and we will continue to take all appropriate measures to help keep our students, families, and staff members safe. Two weeks ago, we shared some information with you regarding the Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (PMIS), a rare condition that is potentially life-threatening in children. Last week, we learned from DOHMH that the condition was renamed Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). Guidance issued by DOHMH remains in place, and we urge you to visit nyc.gov/health at any time for this important information related to MIS-C. There, you will also find the MIS-C Fact Sheet, provided last week and newly translated into multiple languages here.

As a gentle reminder, families should continue to discuss with their children the importance of the following measures and ensure your children are doing the following:  

● Consistent with Executive Order 202.17: all people over the age of two who can medically tolerate a face covering must wear one when they are outside their home if they cannot maintain physical distance from others. Free face coverings are available at DOE Meal Hubs in all five boroughs—you can find one close to you on the DOE website. 

● Physical distancing and good hygiene remain critical, even while wearing a face covering. 

● When outside the home, adults and children must maintain at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and others whenever possible. 

● Parents should remind children of the importance of good hand hygiene and should help ensure that children frequently wash their hands.   

We will continue to communicate with you on a weekly basis regarding MIS-C. Please visit nyc.gov/health at any time for the latest information on MIS-C, and do not hesitate to contact 311 with any questions.


Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor New York City Department of Education

IMPORTANT Letter from Chancellor-May 30, 2020

Dear Families,

Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility in response to this ever-evolving crisis. We are writing today to share some important updates and reminders about the end of year school calendar.

We have two days coming up in June that were originally scheduled as times when students would not be in attendance. However, with the ongoing pandemic, students will be expected to participate in remote learning on both of these days:

 Thursday, June 4 was originally scheduled as a non-attendance day for all students in observance of Brooklyn / Queens Day (also known as Anniversary Day).

 Tuesday, June 9 was originally scheduled as a non-attendance day for students in schools serving grades K-8, as well as District 75 schools and programs.

On June 4, all students are expected to complete work independently as staff will be engaged in professional development. Teachers are not expected to engage students on June 4; instead, schools will set students up in advance with independent work for the day.

On June 9, students who attend a school serving grades K-8, or who attend any District 75 school, are expected to complete work independently as staff will be engaged in reorganization work. Teachers in these schools are not expected to engage students on June 9; instead, schools will set students up in advance with independent work for the day.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the school schedule for your student, please contact your school for additional information.

As a reminder, June 26 is the last day of school and a half day for all students. We will issue additional guidance to families about the end of the 2019-20 school year in the coming weeks.

Thank you again for your partnership as we continually navigate unfamiliar terrain. I often say that we have the best students, staff, and families in the world. You and your children continue to prove that, every day. Together, we will continue to weather this storm.


Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor New York City Department of Education

Chancellors Summer Learning Letter-May 19, 2020

May 19, 2020

Dear Families,

We know that the COVID-19 crisis and the unexpected shift to remote learning in the second half of the school year have presented challenges for many families all across the City. The strength, perseverance, and dedication of our 1.1 million students and the staff and families who support them day after day continues to amaze me. We have continually evolved our policies to meet this unprecedented time, developing and in some cases entirely reinventing them to support our students and families. Today we are writing to share an update on summer school.

In continued adherence to federal, State, and City health guidelines, we are adapting our summer school model for summer 2020. This year, we will offer summer school via remote instruction, allowing us to provide more students than ever before with the academic supports they need and a bridge from this school year to the next. In addition to academic instruction, students participating in these summer school programs will also have opportunities to go on self-paced virtual field trips and engage in daily social-emotional learning activities.

Who in grades 3-8 will attend summer school? Students in grades 3–8 who are not promoted in June will be required to attend summer school. They will participate in six weeks of remote instruction from Monday, July 13 – Tuesday, August 18.

Some students in grades 3–8 who are promoted in June may also be recommended by their teacher for additional academic support over the summer. They will participate in six weeks of remote instruction from Monday, July 13 – Tuesday, August 18.

Your school will notify you in June if your child is required or recommended to participate in summer learning programs.

Who in grades 9-12 will attend summer school? Students in grades 9–12 who receive a grade of Course in Progress, or who need to retake a course they have failed in a prior term, will participate in remote instruction for the course(s) in which they need to earn credit. Remote instruction will run from Monday, July 13 –Friday, August 21.

Your school will notify you in June if your child is required or recommended to participate in summer learning programs.

What about students with 12-month Individualized Education Program (IEP) services?

Students in all grades with 12-month IEPs will participate in remote summer programming from Wednesday, July 1– Thursday, August 13. All students who are receiving or are eligible to receive these services will be contacted by their school shortly.

Your child’s academic success is of utmost importance. To ensure that students across the city receive the support they need this summer, we are dedicating all of our efforts to providing mandatory and recommended summer learning programs, and we will not be operating elective Summer Academy and school-based enrichment programs this year. We will continue to share resources and summer-specific activities at schools.nyc.gov/summer in the coming weeks so that all students can find new and exciting ways to continue their learning this summer.

We always say that New York City has the best students, staff, and families in the world, and nothing will ever change that. You continue to prove this day after day. Thank you.


Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor New York City Department of Education

Letter from Chancellor-May 12, 2020

Dear Families,

Health and safety is our top priority, and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health Department) and the Department of Education (DOE) continue to work together to keep the city’s students, families, and staff members safe, healthy, and informed as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic evolves.

The NYC Department of Health is currently investigating cases of Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome, or PMIS, a new health condition appearing in children in New York City and elsewhere. The NYC Health Department is also investigating the possible association between PMIS and COVID-19 in children. Some doctors think the condition is related to having COVID19, but the connection is still not clear.

PMIS is a rare condition that is not contagious. However, because it is life-threatening, it is important to know the signs. Most children have a persistent, high fever lasting several days, along with other symptoms, including:

 Irritability or sluggishness

 Abdominal pain without another explanation

 Diarrhea

 Vomiting

 Rash

 Conjunctivitis, or red or pink eyes

 Enlarged lymph node (“gland”) on one side of the neck

 Red, cracked lips or red tongue that looks like a strawberry

 Swollen hands and feet, which might also be red

You should call your doctor if your child becomes ill and has had continued fever. Your doctor will ask about your child’s symptoms and use that information to recommend next steps. If your child is severely ill, you should go to the nearest emergency room or call 911 immediately.

Although it is not yet known whether it is associated with COVID-19, it is important parents and children take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 2

Parents should help their children understand the importance of the following measures and ensure their children follow them:

 As per NYS Executive Order No. 202.17, all people over the age of two who can medically tolerate a face covering must wear one when they are outside their home if they cannot maintain physical distance from others.

 Physical distancing and good hygiene remain critical, even while wearing a face covering.

 When outside the home, adults and children must maintain at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and others whenever possible.

 Parents should remind children of the importance of good hand hygiene and should help ensure that children frequently wash their hands.

The health and safety of our communities remain our top priority, and we will continue to follow all guidance and take all appropriate measures to help keep our students, families, and staff members safe. Please contact 311 with any questions.


Richard A. Carranza



Resources for Parents

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Below is an agency providing free groups and activities for ages 4 up to 18. I think this would be helpful especially for 5th graders and  middle schoolers. I've also included a cute video from Elmo that you can share with your younger students and hopefully also puts a smile on your face. 😊 
 video of Elmo describing what the word virtual means and new ways to communicate: 
This resource offers  free tutoring and other programs for ages 4-18 and a parent support group
All of their services are free now; Here is this link and list of the services they are currently providing:

We have been working around the clock to transition our programs into online opportunities available to children anywhere in New York ages 4-18. 

Our virtual youth mentoring programs create opportunities for children to connect with peers and friends and build new connections in a safe and trusted way. Our mentor specialists are here to support your child and engage them in educational, fun online activities and events.

Available programs include:

One-on-one tutoring

Remote learning is an adjustment. Our tutors are here to help kids ages 4-18 to adjust to remote learning during the school day. 

Arts activity group

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, kids ages 5-18 will have the chance to engage in fine arts, painting, coloring etc. with others while social distancing. 

Yoga & Meditation group

On Mondays, kids ages 4-18 practice yoga and meditation, establishing a calm, competent mindset for the rest of the week. 

LEGO activity group

On Fridays and Saturdays, kids and learn how to build and create with LEGOs!

Read Aloud & Storytelling

Kids ages 5-8 have the opportunity to experience popular children's books as they are read aloud. 

We have programs for parents, too. We offer a virtual parenting group to support families during remote learning, parenting, and adjusting during these uncertain times. You don't have to go through this alone. Our team is here to support you.

We hope these free virtual services can make these uncertain, challenging times a little easier. Stay tuned for more programs. 

Supporting Kids During the Coronavirus Crisis



和孩子談論 COVID-19(冠狀病毒) 家長資源 一

種新型冠狀病毒(簡稱 COVID-19)正在引起呼吸道(肺部)疾病的爆發。它首先在中國被發現, 現在已經擴 散到全球範圍。雖然它對美國大眾的即時健康風險還較低, 但是, 為今後風險提高時可能爆發的疫情做準 備卻很重要。

對於這種新型病毒的擔心會讓孩子和家人產生焦慮情緒。雖然我們不知道這種疾病會在美國什麼地方傳 播和擴散程度, 但是, 我們知道: 它具有傳染性、病情的嚴重程度會因人而異、我們可以採取措施預防傳 播。認同一定程度的擔憂而不恐慌是恰當的做法, 可以讓人們採取行動, 減少患病的風險。幫助兒童應對 焦慮情緒需要提供準確的預防信息和事實, 並且不會引起不必要的恐慌。 兒童依賴成年人指導他們如何應對壓力事件-記住這一點很重要。如果父母看起來過度焦慮﹐兒童的焦慮 情緒也會上升。家長應當向孩子保證 - 衛生和學校官員正在努力工作, 確保全國人民的健康。但是, 孩子 也需要了解有關患病風險潛在嚴重性的適齡事實, 以及如何避免感染和傳播這種疾病的具體指導。教導兒 童積極的預防措施、與他們談論自身的恐懼、並讓他們了解如何控制感染的風險 — 這些都有助於降低焦 慮感。 具體指引 保持鎮靜﹐讓兒童感到安心。

• 孩子會回應並遵循您的口頭和非口頭反應。

• 您針對 COVID-19 的言行、正在採取的預防措施和相關事件都會增加或減少兒童的焦慮情緒。

• 如果是這樣, 請向孩子強調, 他們和家人都沒事。

• 提醒他們, 您和他們所在學校的成人會保證他們的安全和健康。

• 讓孩子訴說他們的感受, 並幫助他們正確看待發生的事件。 隨時準備好幫助他們。

• 孩子可能需要您給予更多的關心﹐並且希望與您談論他們的擔憂、恐懼和問題。

• 讓他們知道有人願意聽他們訴說很重要; 抽時間陪他們。

• 告訴他們您愛他們, 並給他們很多愛心。 避免過多指責。

• 當緊張情緒高漲時, 我們有時候會想要指責他人。

• 重要的是要避免對任何群體抱有成見, 認為他們應當對病毒負責。

• 應當停止對他人的霸凌或負面評論, 並報告給學校。

2 • 注意其他成年人在您家人旁邊所做的任何評論。如果這些評論與您家中的價值觀不同, 您可能需要向 孩子說明這些評論的意思。 監督孩子看電視和使用社交媒體。

• 限制孩子看電視或通過網路或社交媒體獲取信息。當孩子在旁邊時, 嘗試避免觀看或收聽令人沮喪的 消息。

• 告訴孩子, 在互聯網上有多少關於 COVID-19 的故事是根據謠言和不實資訊炮製的。

• 和孩子談論有關這種疾病的事實資訊—這樣做可以減少焦慮情緒。

• 一直查看 COVID-19 的最新情況會增加焦慮情緒—應當避免這樣做。 • 請注意, 不適合孩子身心發展程度的資訊(例如, 旨在提供給成人的資訊)會導致焦慮或疑惑(尤其是幼 兒)。

• 可以引導孩子做一些遊戲或其它有趣的活動。 盡可能保持正常的作息時間。 • 維持正常的作息時間能夠令人心安並促進身體健康。 • 鼓勵孩子繼續堅持做功課和參加課外活動。但是如果他們感到負擔太重, 也不要強迫他們。 做到誠實和準確。 • 在沒有事實資訊的情況下, 孩子經常會想像出一些比現實遭很多的情形。 • 不要忽視他們的擔憂, 不過要向他們解釋, 目前在這個國家只有很少的人感染 COVID-19。 • 可以告訴孩子, 這種疾病被認為是通過人與人之間相互密切接觸傳播的—當被感染的人咳嗽或打噴嚏 時。 • 當你觸摸被感染的表面或物品時也會傳播這種疾病, 因此, 保護好自己很重要。 • 如果您需要更多的事實資訊, 請與您所在學校的護士聯繫、詢問您的家庭醫生或瀏覽網站 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html。 了解 COVID-19 的症狀。 • CDC 認為, 這些症狀在接觸過病患後幾天內出現或在接觸後最長 14 天出現。 o 發燒 o 咳嗽 o 呼吸困難 • 有些人的症狀就像得了感冒; 而有些人則非常嚴重, 甚至危及生命。無論是哪種情況, 重要的是向孩子 或您自己的保健醫生詢問情況並遵循待在家或遠離公共場所的指示, 以阻止病毒的傳播。 作為保護措施, 審查和示範衛生和健康生活的基本做法。 • 鼓勵孩子每天操練良好的衛生習慣—預防疾病傳染的簡單步驟: o 每天勤洗手, 每次洗手時間至少 20 秒(慢慢唱歌曲"一閃一閃小星星"需要大約 20 秒)。 o 打噴嚏或咳嗽時用紙巾遮住嘴, 然後立即把紙巾扔掉, 或者在打噴嚏或咳嗽時用手肘遮住。不要與 他人共享食物或飲料。 o 不要握手, 練習碰拳或碰手肘。這樣可以傳播較少的病毒。 • 給孩子提供指導, 告訴他們可以做什麼來預防感染, 這會讓他們對疾病傳播有更大的掌控感, 並幫助減 少他們的焦慮情緒。 • 鼓勵孩子吃平衡的膳食、保證充足睡眠並定期鍛鍊; 這會幫助他們建立強大的免疫系統, 以抵抗疾病。 討論學校的新規則或新做法。 • 很多學校已經在操練疾病預防習慣, 包括經常洗手或使用含有酒精的洗手液。 3 • 您所在學校的護士或校長會把新規則或新做法的信息發給您。 • 請務必與孩子討論這件事。 • 如果您有具體問題, 請與所在學校的護士聯繫。 與孩子所在的學校溝通。 • 如果孩子生病, 請通知學校, 並讓孩子留在家裡。孩子的學校可能會詢問孩子是否發燒。這項信息將幫 助學校了解孩子留在家裡的原因。如果孩子被確診感染 COVID-19, 請通知學校, 以便他們可以與當地 衛生部門交流並獲得指引。 • 如果孩子因 COVID-19 導致的焦慮或壓力而面臨困難, 請與學校護士、學校心理學家、學校輔導員或 學校社工聯繫。他們可以在學校為孩子提供指導和支持。 • 請務必遵循學校的所有要求。 騰出時間交談 您最了解孩子。讓他們提問, 並依據這些問題來確定應當為他們提供多少資訊。但是, 為了保證孩子的 健康, 請不要刻意避免告訴他們衛生官員認為的重要信息。有耐心; 談論自己的擔憂對兒童和青少年來 說有時並不是一件容易的事。留意他們想和您談話的跡象, 例如當您在洗碗或整理院子時, 他們總是在 您身旁走來走去。年幼的孩子經常會問幾個問題, 又跑回去玩, 然後又跑回來再問更多的問題。 在分享信息時需要注意的是: 務必在不會增加壓力的情況下提供事實, 提醒孩子成人正在努力解決這個 問題, 並告訴孩子他們可以採取哪些行動保護自己。 有關這種病毒的信息更新很快—請訪問以下網站獲取最正確的信息: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html。 說明要符合孩子的年齡。 • 小學低年級的孩子需要簡單扼要的資訊, 既要提供有關 COVID-19 的事實, 又要適當地向他們保證學 校和家的安全性, 還要讓他們知道大人會幫助他們保持健康並在他們生病時照顧他們。舉一些簡單 的例子(例如洗手), 告訴他們人們每天採取哪些步驟阻止細菌傳播並保護健康。使用這樣的語言, 例 如"成年人正在努力工作, 保證你的安全。" • 小學高年級和初中低年級學生會提出更多問題, 詢問自己是否真的安全、以及如果學校或社區爆發 COVID-19 怎麼辦。他們也許需要大人幫忙區分實際情況與謠言和想像。討論學校和社區領袖為阻 止細菌傳播所做的努力。 • 初中高年級學生和高中生有能力更深入地討論這個問題, 可以把有關 COVID-19 事實的適當信息來 源直接轉給他們。提供有關 COVID-19 現狀的真實、準確的切實資訊。掌握這種資訊可以幫助學生 培養掌控感。 和孩子交談時可以強調的重點 • 家中和學校的成人會負責保護你的健康和安全。如果你有擔心的問題, 請與你信任的一名成人交 談。 • 並不是每個人都會感染冠狀病毒(COVID-19)疾病。學校和衛生官員尤其注意, 以確保盡量少的人染 病。 • 重要的是, 所有學生應當相互尊重, 不要就誰可能感染或誰可能沒有感染 COVID-19 妄下結論。 • 以下是您可以做的一些事, 以便保持健康和避免傳播疾病: o 避免與生病的人密切接觸。 4 o 如果您生病了, 請留在家裡。 o 咳嗽或打噴嚏時用紙巾或手肘遮住口鼻, 然後把紙巾丟進垃圾。 o 避免用手去碰自己的眼睛、鼻子和嘴。 o 勤用肥皂和水洗手(20 秒)。 o 如果您沒有肥皂和水, 可以使用消毒洗手液(含有 60-95%的酒精)。 o 使用普通的家用清潔噴霧或濕巾對經常碰觸的物品和表面進行清潔和消毒。 更多資源 與孩子交談: 在傳染病爆發期間供托兒業者、父母和老師使用的提示, https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Talking-With-Children-Tips-for-Caregivers-Parents-and-Teachers-DuringInfectious-Disease-Outbreaks/SMA14-4886 在傳染病爆發期間應對壓力, https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Coping-with-Stress-During-Infectious-DiseaseOutbreaks/sma14-4885 疾病控制和預防中心, 2019 冠狀病毒疾病(COVID-19), https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/about/transmission.html 在家、在遊樂場和外出時洗手和使用消毒洗手液, https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/pdf/hand-sanitizerfactsheet.pdf 如果希望了解與學校、身體和心理健康有關的更多信息, 請訪問 www.nasponline.org and www.nasn.org。

Links to Resources

Financial: ● https://a069-access.nyc.gov/accesshra/https://labor.ny.gov/unemploymentassistance.shtm

Tenant’s Rights Hotline: 212-979-0611

Quarantined with an abuser:

● National Domestic Violence Hotline : 1-800-799-7233 ● https://www.thehotline.org  

● NY State DV hotline: 1-800-942-6906

Food: ● https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/food/free-meals-for-allhttp://www.invisiblehandsdeliver.com/

Mental Health: ● https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us/en/https://mhanational.org/covid19

Self Care: https://www.calm.com/blog/take-a-deep-breath?utm_source=lifecycle&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=difficult_times_subs_031720

WiFi Access: https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more







Queensboro Hill Library  has virtual programs for kids everyday on our Facebook live page  at: https://www.facebook.com/childrenslibrarian  go to our facebook page to see the virtual programs, so you can add us as a friend

Everyday at 3pm: Positivity Power Program where I teach meditations and positive self affirmations                                                                                                          Mondays  at 4pm: Chapter book read aloud where I read a few chapters of The LIghtning Thief by Rick Riordan.
Tuesdays 4pm: Graphic Novel read aloud for older kids  f Making Friends by Kristen Gudsnuk
Wednesdays-10am: Alphabet sing along songs and puppets for Toddlers
Thursdays  11am to 12pm: Toddler Time
Fridays at 4pm to 5pm: home DIY family friendly crafts for all aged kids
Saturdays at 11am -Early Reader Chapter books read aloud for 1st and 2nd graders.

If you don't have a library card, you can sign up for a free digital library card and use our ebooks.

Apply Here: https://www.queenslibrary.org/get-a-card/eUser

Parents can access online learning through the DOE like iready, microsoft teams, office (word, etc.) scholastic and more if they login to their student accounts. 


I know you mentioned this but there is a direct way of doing this through the DOE site, also teams is available to students if teachers are looking for a more secure site to video chat.
The way that families create user names and passwords on this site is they scroll down to students and enter the oasis numbers and retrieve their username. Then they create a password.
I have tried different students and helped parents but then they can't access the actual assignments from the teacher, they have to rely on google classroom.  
Another thing I noticed is when teachers linked Envisions to their google classroom, they created new envisions accounts that are not linked to our Admin page.  I can explain more, but I know the teachers have already started using the sites and assigning work on their pages but it is not showing up on the admin page or the doe log-in to Envisions.  
The only time it becomes an issue is if parents login to the doe page and go to envisions, they will not find their student's work.  This became an issue for parents on Friday that told me Google Classroom was giving them trouble and they wanted to access envisions directly.  When  I gave them the login info they signed on to their student's accounts and couldn't find the assignments.  They can only be found if they logon through google classroom, because they are accessing Pearson accounts that are not linked to the school's admin page.
For example
Here is where you would logon to pearson if you were going directly to pearson.  You can also access iready from this site, and teams, nyplibrary and other resources.
I can explain more on Monday, but I just wanted to let you know about all these systems issues.


Beginning today and for the next four weeks, 400 grocery boxes a day prepared by FreshDirect will be picked up by participating Queens community-based organizations (CBOs) to distribute amongst their constituents, including seniors, low-income families and other vulnerable populations across all 14 Queens Community Districts.  The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will assist transporting some of the bulk grocery boxes to limited CBOs.

The Queens CBOs participating in the very first week of the initiative —  include:

  • Catholic Charities: St. Mary’s of Winfield in Woodside

  • Catholic Charities: St. Raphael in Long Island City

  • Chinese American Planning Council, Inc. (CPC) Queens Community Center in Flushing

  • CommonPoint Queens – Sam Field Center in Little Neck

  • Elmcor Youth and Adult Activity, Inc. in Corona

  • HANAC, Inc. Ravenswood in Astoria

  • Harding Ford Vision, Inc. in Jamaica

  • Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA) Rockaway Park Senior Center in Rockaway Park

  • Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (KCS) Neighborhood Senior Centers in Corona and Flushing

  • Our Lady of Grace in Howard Beach

  • Peter Cardella Senior Citizens Center in Ridgewood

  • Project Hope Charities, Inc. in Jamaica

  • Queens Community House in Flushing and Kew Gardens

  • River Fund New York in Richmond Hill

  • Services Now for Adult Persons, Inc. (SNAP) in Queens Village

  • Sunnyside Community Services’ Center for Active Older Adults in Sunnyside

Any Queens-based CBOs interested in participating in the remaining weeks of the FreshDirect initiative can call 718-286-2680 or email info@queensbp.org, with the subject line “FreshDirect.”

Each box, provided free of charge by FreshDirect, will contain the following:

  • Rice (2 bags, 16oz)

  • Pasta (2 boxes, 16oz)

  • Canned beans (2 cans, 10-16oz)

  • Canned meat/fish (2 cans, 3-5oz)

  • Canned vegetables (2 cans, 8-15oz)

  • Raisins/dried fruit (4 boxes, 2oz per box)

  • Cereal/oatmeal (1 box, 10-20oz)

  • Milk/milk substitute (1 container, 32oz)

  • Corn (2 ears)

  • 2 potatoes (two)

  • 1 onion

  • 1 carrot

  • Orange/apple (2 in total)

In addition, Nestle Waters is donating 80,000 gallons of water and Boar’s Head will be donating 25,000 Pepperoni Pouches to the grocery boxes.

Also families that in Queens and Brooklyn that are home bound can reach out to:  





Financial assistance    經濟支援    Asistencia financiera


NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) 718-557-1399 (Hours: Monday through Friday 8am-5pm) Can provide cash assistance and emergency grants for people hardest hit by COVID-19. Apply online (www.nyc.gov/accesshra). HRA is currently updating application requirements to cut down the need for in-person meetings. Once the application is submitted online people will receive updated instructions.

Financial Support for Rental Arrears through HRA 718-557-1399 (Hours: Monday through Friday 8am-5pm) If this crisis causes you to get behind on rent or you were behind on previously, you can apply for emergency cash assistance. Please note – this was a pre-existing program and due to the extraordinary circumstances of the current crisis there may be updates in the coming weeks.

Food   餐飲  Comida

Food Help NYC Emergency Food Assistance New York City’s public site about how to access emergency food assistancehttp://foodhelp.nyc/emergency-assistance-en/

Food Help NYC Map New York City’s public map of food pantry locations. Check for updates regarding closings to confirm whether you should go. https://maps.nyc.gov/foodhelp/#map-page

Food Bank NYC Updated Maps Food Bank NYC locations updated to reflect closings. https://www.foodbanknyc.org/get-help/

Food Bank NYC’s COVID-19 Response Updates from Food Bank NYC about their support during the crisis. https://www.foodbanknyc.org/covid-19/

City Harvest Mobile Markets City Harvest Mobile Markets are continuing to operate in neighborhoods around the city. Check the website for a schedule. https://www.cityharvest.org/programs/mobile-markets/



   Stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet using the following link https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

您可以使用以下鏈接在您的台式機,筆記本電腦,手機或平板電腦上自由播放 https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Las historias se pueden transmitir gratis en su computadora de escritorio, computadora portátil, teléfono o tableta utilizando el siguiente enlace https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Image result for ArtsCheck out this list of Virtual Events from institutions from across the state offering streaming movies and performances, hands-on activities for kids and families, and virtual galleries. https://arts.ny.gov/event

從各州的機構中查看此虛擬事件列表,這些機構提供流媒體電影和表演. https://arts.ny.gov/event

Consulte esta lista de eventos virtuales de instituciones de todo el estado que ofrecen películas y actuaciones en streaming


Coping During COVID-19: Resources for parents | Child Mind Institute

Coping During COVID-19: Resources for parents. With schools closed, children at home anxiety is running high. We know parents are struggling to balance work, child care, self care all while keeping worries — both your children’s and you own— under control.  https://childmind.org/coping-during-covid-19-resources-for-parents/



Recursos para padres que pueden estar luchando en este momento






Remote Learning Survey-April 20, 2020

Remote Learning Device Request




Staff Video! WE MISS YOU!

 PS 163Q is BRAVE.mov 

We Miss You Greeting Cards | Family cards, Free ecards, Cards我們想你


Full Access to Wonders- 完全進入奇蹟- Acceso total a las maravillas

In order to gain full access to Wonders you will need to Allow Pop-ups on your device.  If you continue to have a problem please reach out to pbiundo@schools.nyc.gov  



Para obtener acceso completo a Wonders, deberá Permitir ventanas emergentes en su dispositivo. Si continúa teniendo un problema, comuníquese con pbiundo@schools.nyc.gov

Woman's History Month Winners!!!


Sophia Tabares Class 103           


Keila Gonzalez Class 304 


Constantine Tehozol  Class 204


Special Video from Principal Marsaggi



Remote Learning Plan for Parents

Remote Learning Plan for Parents

We want to assure you that the P.S. 163 staff has been working hard to ensure that your children will be receiving continuous instruction.   Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 we will be providing instruction remotely using Google Classroom.  

At this point  


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact:

Grades Pre-K, K, 2, 4     Mrs. Kaul   Tmavrikos-kual@schools.nyc.gov Grades 1, 3, 5   Mr. Barone    JBarone@schools.nyc.gov

For Pupil Personnel   Mrs. Helen Chang Hchang4@schools.nyc.gov

For all other concerns Mrs. Marsaggi  FMarsaggi@schools.nyc.gov


I wish only the best health and security to your families.  Be well and be safe.  We will get through this challenging time together.

With Warm Regards,

Francine A. Marsaggi









  • 您孩子的老師應該擁有更新的聯繫信息,包括您的電話號碼和電子郵件



  • 繼續每天檢查孩子的班級頁面以獲取更新





幼兒園至K,2、4年級Kaul Tmavrikos-kual@schools.nyc.gov

         1、3、5年級Barone JBarone@schools.nyc.gov  

Helen Chang- Hchang4@schools.nyc.gov     

  1. Marsaggi FMarsaggi@schools.nyc.gov




Estimados padres / tutores, Queremos asegurarle que los empleados de P.S. 163 han estado trabajando duamente para garantizar que sus hijos reciban instrucción continua. A partir del lunes 23 de marzo de 2020, proporcionaremos instrucciones de forma remota con Google Classroom. · El maestro de su hijo debe tener su información de contacto actualizada, incluido su número de teléfono y correo electrónico · Debe tener su contraseña para la cuenta de MySchools https://mystudent.nyc · Continúe visitando el sitio web de la escuela www.ps163 diariamente · Continúe revisando diariamente la página de clase de su hijo para ver si hay actualizaciones · Para actividades de aprendizaje adicionales, consulte el sitio web de NYCDOE https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/learn-at-home Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, no dude en contactarnos: Grados Pre-K, K, 2, 4 Sra. Kual Tmavrikos-kual@schools.nyc.gov  Grados 1, 3, 5 Sr. Barone JBarone@schools.nyc.gov  Para el personal del alumno Sra. Helen Chang Hchang4@schools.nyc.gov   Para todas las demás preocupaciones Sra. Marsaggi FMarsaggi@schools.nyc.gov  Solo deseo la mejor salud y seguridad para sus familias. Estar bien y estar a salvo. Pasaremos este desafiante tiempo juntos.

Parent Guide to Google Classroom





Respect For All Liaison

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Ellen Mermelstein

Guidance Counselor and Respect For All Liaison


Statement of Accessibility

Statement on Accessibility: We are working to make this website easier to access for people with disabilities, and will follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. If you need assistance with a particular page or document on our current site, please contact ffiore2@schools.nyc.gov to request assistance.

Mission Statement at PS 163Q


The Mission of P.S. 163Q is to engage all students in learning experiences that build upon their strengths and natural curiosities. We believe that each and every student is special and unique, enabling us to better understand and nurture their gifts.Through a partnership with parents and teachers we will create an engaging, rigorous environment where students are able to talk about their thinking, challenge their ideas, grow new ideas, and put their thoughts into action. Through this collaboration, we are creating a body of learners that will have the skills to be the change agents of today’s world.  Our students will “USE THEIR MINDS TO CREATE CHANGE”.

PS 163's Seussabration!!!- March 2, 2020




Bricks 4 Kidz


Our Visit from the China Youth Culture Ambassadors (CYCA)- January 15, 2020

We are so excited and honored that our students and staff at PS 163  have this amazing opportunity to experience a wonderful performance  from the CYCA and that they chose us to share this with!




Chinese Lantern Parent Workshop- January 9, 2020




Our Lunar New Year Show- January 29, 2020



Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest!-December 20, 2019




Our Visit from Chancellor Carranza-November 12, 2019

Our Pumpkin Patch! October 31, 2019





Cancer Walk

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Unity Day @ PS 163- October 25, 2019



Day of Heritage- October 16, 2019

Day of Heritage- School-wide Celebration


Report Cards & Parent/Teacher Conferences







Cosmic IQ @ PS 163


The Library Bus @ PS 163- June 12, 2019




PS 163 Seussabration!- March 1, 2019

 What a wonderful celebration we had!  Our Dr. Seuss Buddy Reading was a GREAT Success!


Our School Carnival- April 15, 2019



World Read Aloud Day! February 1, 2019


Lunar New Year Assembly & Celebration- February 8, 2019


Unity Day Parade- October 26, 2018

What an amazing celebration of Unity at PS 163!  Our Unity Day was such a great success!



Fall Festival- October 31, 2018


Our First Annual Costume Parade and Pumpkin Patch was so much fun this year!  We would like to start off by Thanking the parents who joined us that day and a Very BIG Thank you to the families that donated to our Fall festivities.  Your generous donations allow us to be able to plan fun activities for the students at PS 163.  



Dads Take your child to School-September 18, 2018


WOW what an amazing morning!  Thanks to all the dads for taking the time out of their schedule to take your child to school today and spend some time enjoying refreshments, pictures, meeting other dads and quality time with your child.


Wild and Crazy Challenge! May 25, 2018

The Wild and Crazy Game Show is a Nickelodeon Style Game show with rounds of questions followed by Wild & Crazy Physical Challenges.  As a grand finale we invite the principal, teachers, and parents on stage to participate in their special round of questions followed by a Fun (sometimes messy) physical challenge.


Continental Cuisine- May 19, 2018

Our Continental Cuisine & Celebration was such a great success!  Thank you to all that were involved in the planning of this very detailed event!  Thank you to the staff and families who joined us for this wonderful celebration!


Asian Storytelling Trip

Classes 304 and 405 had such an AWESOME time at the Asian Storytelling Performance trip they attended.  Four of our students were given the opportunity to perform the ribbon dance as the opening act to the show and one of our students was chosen to play a 150 lb. drum from Japan.  What an amazing experience!!! 


This Month We Celebrate......



Our Visit from Chancellor Carranza- May 11, 2018



Fire and Ice Assembly for Grades 3-5 - May 10, 2018



Poem in your pocket day!- April 24, 2018

Poem in Your Pocket Day! April 24, 2018

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Family PE Night- April 27, 2018

 Family Physical Education night here at PS 163 

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Backward Day! April 27, 2018

Backward Day 

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Rising New York Road Runners

" Rising New York Road Runners youth program is built to develop movement skills in kids through a mix of running and fitness activities. The program is designed to help kids build their confidence, their motivation, and their desire to be physically active for life. With the help of their coaches, students learn to run distances from 1 to 3 miles. Rising New York Road Runners serves kids in NYC and nationwide, from pre-k through 12th grade." 


Seussabration Day at PS 163- March 2, 2018


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Grade 5 Bake Sale- March 23rd and March 26th


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Friday, March 23rd and Monday, March 26th 5th grade will be having a Bake Sale during all our lunch periods to raise money for graduation.






Get Moving New York

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Storytelling Night @ PS 163-March 2, 2018


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On Friday, March 2, 2018 at 6:30 PM in our school cafeteria we will be having a Storytelling night with LuAnn Adams honoring Dr. Seuss since today is Dr. Seuss' Birthday!  Milk and cookies will be served as well.

We hope  all the PS 163 families can join us!

No One Eats Alone- February 14, 2018


Chinese Delegation Visit- February 7, 2018

On Wednesday, February 7th we had the pleasure of hosting an amazing group from Beijing Banchang Primary School.  What a treat to have them visit our school building and watch the beautiful performance they did for us.  We also had the pleasure of performing for them, giving them a tour of our building and Dual Language program as well as enjoying a delicious lunch with them.  It was so nice to spend the day with this amazing group of students.


Leap Assembly- February 2, 2018

Classes K08, 105, 204, 2/305 and their families taking part in the LEAP Assembly today


Progress Reports- February 2, 2018

Progress Reports for Students in Grades 1-5 will be sent home February 2, 2018

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Kindergarten Report Cards-January 30, 2018

Kindergarten Report Cards will be sent home on January 30, 2018

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Career Day- January 31, 2018







Talent Show-January 26, 2018

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FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY-January 13, 2018


FREE Nutrition Workshops- January- March 2018

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Cornell University is offering FREE Nutrition Workshops for PS 163 Families!!!!

Come and learn about: Basic Nutrition/Choose my plate, Portion Size, Food Safety, Menu Planning, Food Shopping and Budgeting, Food Preparation, Feeding Children, Physical Activities etc...

There will be 8-10 Workshops at 8:45 AM in the Cafeteria on the following dates:

January 10th, 17th, 24th

February 7th, 14th, 28th 

March 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th (Celebration and Certificates)

Ugly Sweater Contest- December 22, 2017

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Holiday Sale- December 20th & 21st

 Thanks to all the families at PS 163 who took part in our Holiday Sale.  Our Sale was a great success thanks to you!  The children were excited to purchase gifts for family members and some for themselves and had a great time doing it.




Coffee with the Principal- December 19, 2017

    Will take place December 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM in the Cafeteria

Toys for Tots

We would like to thank the families and staff at PS 163 for their generous donations to our Toys for Tots fundraiser.  The marines were here today to pick up the boxes and we were so proud that we were able to fill two boxes thanks to your generosity!  The Marines were very impressed at the amount of toys we received.  Have a wonderful holiday!


Book of the Month!

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We are excited to distribute the Book of the Month to our classrooms for this month.  The book this Month is the following:

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Thanksgiving Celebration- November 21, 2017

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Friday, September 15th it begins!!!


Pre-K Celebration-November 14, 2017

Today Pre-K had a Thanksgiving Celebration with parents.  We were so happy that so many of you were able to join us in this celebration.  The kids had a blast!


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Student Council Speeches- November 6, 2017

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We are so proud of the students who took part in the election process for the Student Council Executive Board.  Congratulations to all the winners!!!




Basketball Tryouts

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Basketball Tryouts Day 1  October 31st from  7:15-8:00 AM 

Basketball Tryouts Day 2 November 2nd from 7:15-8:00 AM

PTA/PS 163 Fall Festival- October 28, 2017


Our Fall Festival was a huge success!!! 

We were so happy to see all the families that were able to join us for this fun filled day.



Coffee with the Principal- October 17, 2017

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Parents have the opportunity to enjoy Coffee and meet with Ms. Marsaggi.  

This will take place on Tuesday, October 17th @ 9:00 AM

Curriculum Night- October 20, 2017


Jump start Respect for All!! October 16, 2017


Today we had our Respect for All Assembly and the students did an amazing job taking part in this initiative.  We will continue our 3 B's to acknowledge our students for the amazing job they do in treating others with kindness and respect.  Here at PS 163 we take pride in teaching our students the importance of treating everyone equally and being thoughtful, respectful and kind to everyone , every day!!

EAR TIME-Emotions, Actions and Respect






In promoting the citywide goal to help support students’ social and emotional growth, I am very pleased to announce that PS 163 has developed a program called “EAR Time.”  Twice a month, students will meet with a staff member one period to discuss Emotions, Actions and Respect.  There will be two cycles.  Each child in grades K-5 will be part of one cycle. The first cycle will begin in October and end in January and the second will begin in February and end in May.  We are very excited to begin this program and look forward to working with each child to build upon their social and emotional strengths.

为支持全市范围的目标,帮助学生提供社会和情感上的增长,我很高兴地宣布,PS 163将开始我们开发的 “EAR时间”。每个月两次,学生将会和一名工作人员见面,一起讨论 情绪,行动和尊重。 将有两个周期。 K-5级的每个孩子都将成为一个周期的一部分。 第一个周期将于10月开始,1月份结束,第二个周期将于2月份开始,5月份结束。 我们非常高兴开始这个计划,并期待与每个孩子一起努力,以建立他们的社会和情感优势。

Al apoyar la meta de la ciudad para ayudar a apoyar el crecimiento social y emocional de los estudiantes, estoy muy contento de anunciar que PS 163 comenzará lo que desarrollamos como "EAR Time". Dos veces al mes, los estudiantes se reunirán con un miembro del personal para discutir Emociones, Acciones y Respeto. Habrá dos ciclos. Cada niño en los grados K-5 será parte de un ciclo. El primer ciclo comenzará en octubre y terminará en enero y el segundo comenzará en febrero y terminará en mayo. Estamos muy emocionados de comenzar este programa y esperamos trabajar con cada niño para construir sobre sus fortalezas sociales y emocionales.

Dual Language Parent Meeting- October 13, 2017


Dads bring your child to school day! September 19, 2017

The Dads take your child to school day took place today and was a GREAT Success!  This event is designed to highlight the significant role a child’s father or male role models can have in enhancing a child’s educational experience.  



2017–18 NYC School Year Calendar

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2017–18 NYC School Year Calendar

CLICK HERE to view the calendar


Dismissal Information

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Kg & 1st Grade- in the school yard @ 2:10 PM

2nd &3rd Grade- in the school yard @ 2:15 PM

4th& 5th Grade- 160th Street  auditorium exit @ 2:15 PM



Art Show Friday, June 23rd at 7:00 PM

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 Art Show.pdf  for Details

7th Annual Cancer Walk June 9, 2017

We are so excited to announce that we raised $1589 for our Cancer Walk that took place on June 9th!!!  We thank all of those families that made a donation to such an important cause.  We thank the staff and students that took part in our annual walk.

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5th Grade Award Ceremony- June 19th

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Congratulations to our 5th grade students who received awards this morning at our ceremony.  We are so proud of your hard work this school year!



Kindergarten Moving Up Ceremony June 16th

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Today we celebrate the great job our Kindergarten students did this past school year.

Now, get ready because here you go...                            

Show those first grade teachers all you know...

Congratulations! We wish you a safe and fun Summer!!!



Monday, September 11th


Summer Reading!!!

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Summer Reading helps kids stay sharp while they're out of school. Try to read 20 minutes (or more!) each day.

CLICK HERE for Booklists for all ages 

CLICK HERE for a link to the Summer Reading 2017 Website!!

5th Grade Senior Trip- June 27, 2017

The 5th graders had such an amazing time at Coleman Day Camp!  

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Sports Day at PS 163 June 2, 2017

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We're on Twitter!!



Immigration Letter

All students have a right to attend public school, regardless of immigration status.  We want to remind families that school is a safe and supportive place for all children.  We would like to remind families that per DOE's protocol, federal agents, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement will not be permitted to enter schools, except when absolutely required by law.  Please read the following letter for more detail.  This letter was also sent home with your child.

Chancellors Immigration Letter English.pdf  

Chancellors Immigration Letter Spanish.pdf  

Chancellors Immigration Letter Chinese.pdf 


PS 163's SPRING FUNDRAISER May 11th & May 12th

We would like to thank PS 163 families for their continued support.  We are excited to announce that with the money our Student Council raised at our Spring Fundraiser we were able to donate $500 to Breast Cancer and $500 to the WIN (Woman in Need) Foundation!!  The Student Council will use the remaining $500 we raised toward a school-wide celebration for our students.




Yoga for Parents at PS 163 on Friday, April 21, 2017

We had a great turnout for our first yoga session and look forward to our upcoming sessions.  Please join us for the following  future yoga sessions:

Friday, April 28th

Friday, May 5th

Friday, May 12th


Senator Stavisky's Earth Day Poster Contest

We are very pleased and honored to have the winning entry for  NYS Senator Toby Stavisky's Earth Day Poster Contest.  One of our 5th Grade students was the LUCKY WINNER!  There were many entries from schools all over the Senator's District, both public and private. Kudos and Congratulations to all our participants! To see all the entries from PS 163 and other schools, go to www.nysenate.gov/senators/toby-ann-stavisky  and click the blue box below Ms. Stavisky's picture.



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Go Math Parent Academy Workshop on March 30, 2017

Our Go Math Parent Academy evening workshop was a great success!!!  Parents had a chance to hear not only about the Go Math program, but also the Math Common Core Standards, and even work on some math activities to become more familiar with Go Math.  The purpose of the Go Math Academy is to help parents navigate the program at home.



Grade 2 Indian Dance Performance March 31, 2017


School Wellness @ PS 163

Here are some of the wonderful School Wellness posters that our students made!  



Adult ESL Program

Our Adult ESL Program for parents of our students took place this past Saturday for the first time and was a great success!  We look forward to continuing the program for the next six Saturdays.   



Dr. Seuss Celebration on March 2, 2017




Talent Show on February 17, 2017

WOW, what an amazing job our students did this year at our Talent Show!!!!!  Thank you to those students that participated and to the staff and families that joined us in watching their spectacular performances.


100th Day of School Celebration on February 16, 2017

Today we celebrate!  What a great job everyone at PS 163 did with their classroom doors!  It was great to watch our students parade through the floors of our school with excitement!!!  We will be announcing the winners of our decorated classroom doors on Monday after we return from our break!  Enjoy this week off and be safe!




Lunar New Year Celebration on February 3, 2017


What an amazing day at PS 163 celebrating the Lunar New Year!!!!!!!!!  Thank you to our students and teachers for an amazing job performing for us.  Thank you to our PTA for their help in decorating beautifully for the celebration and a special thank you to Ms. Helen for her help in "putting it all together".  This is our 10th year celebrating and it gets better every year!






Career Day! January 31, 2017

What an exciting day here at PS 163!!  We would like to thank all the presenters who took time out of their busy schedules to join us for Career Day!




NYPD School Safety Jobs



The NYPD School Safety Division is offering an open competitive exam to hire applicants interested in becoming a School Safety Agent. Testing begins on January 3, 2017 and continues through February 28,2017. This is a computer based test. The interested applicant will have to apply and schedule themselves for this exam. The Centers are open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 x 5:00 P.M. The sites are Manhattan 2 Lafayette Street 17th Floor New York, NY

or Brooklyn 210 Joralemon Street 4th floor Brooklyn NY. To apply, they need to go on www.nyc.gov/examsforjobs 


In order to be qualified for the job the applicant must be

21 years of age or older

a citizen of the US

a resident of NYC

have no record of convictions for any felony or serious offense

if discharged from the military service, the discharge must not have been dishonorable

and be of good moral character.

Education-H.S diploma or educational equivalent  


Bedtime Story Night @ PS 163


Ugly Sweater Contest! December 23, 2016

 What a Great Job the Staff and Students at PS 163 did with our UGLY SWEATER CONTEST!!!!  

Wishing everyone a very Happy Holiday and a New Year Filled with Love, Peace and Happiness!!!


and the Winners are......


Morning Ingress and Dismissal Changes


Due to the ongoing construction in our building, more changes in morning ingress and dismissal for grades K, 1, 2 and 3.  

These changes are not permanent and will begin in mid-November.  

The following changes will go into effect on Monday, November 7th :

Morning Ingress                              Afternoon Dismissal

Grades 2 and 3:                               160th near 59th Ave                           Stays the same

Grades K and 1                                Stays the same                                   160th near 59th Ave



Our Toys for Tots Collection has ended.  We are excited to announce that we have filled two boxes!!!  We thank the staff members and family who donated and we are sure that through your generosity a lot more children will be smiling this Holiday Season!!


UNICEF Fundraiser

We are excited to announce that one of our classes- class 2/305 decided to take part in the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Project and was able to raise $147.02!!!  This is such a wonderful project, and we are so proud of class 2/305 for taking part.  Thank you to Mrs. Bernstein, and to each student and parent who helped out!!!