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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”.

Crazy Hair Day

Wednesday, April 26th is CRAZY HAIR DAY here at PS 163!!!


Know your Rights Upcoming Event



New York State Mathematics Test

New York State Mathematics Test will take place May 2nd, 3rd & 4th 

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Who takes this test?

Students in grades 3–8 take the State Mathematics Test each spring. These assessments measure the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS).
English Language Learners are required to take the State math tests, but may take a test translated into Chinese, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, or Spanish. When tests are not available in the student's native language, the test may be translated orally. Students with disabilities may take the New York State Alternate Assessments (NYSAA) in place of the general State test, if specified on their Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).

What is on the test?

The math test is a timed test that contains a mixture of different types of questions. See the Academics page for more information about how math is taught in New York City.

How are the results reported?

The number of correct answers a student gives on a test is converted into the student’s “scale score.” The scale score makes it possible to compare performance on the tests across different grades. Scale scores are divided into four performance levels.

Schools distribute test results on Individual Student Reports (ISRs) to every parent. The ISRs include the student's scale score, performance level, and information on his or her strengths and weaknesses in the different skill areas tested.

How are the results used?

Educators use individual student test results to assign students to the appropriate classes and to identify areas where the student needs extra help, or where he or she may be ready for more challenging material. Teachers and principals also use the results from the whole class, grade, or school, to identify areas where they can improve instruction.


NYSESLAT Testing for Listening/Reading/Writing will take place on May 8th, 9th & 10th

New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT)

Who takes this test?

All students in kindergarten through grade 12 who receive English as a second language services (ESL) take the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) every year to determine how well they are learning English.

What is on the test?

The NYSESLAT has five grade bands: Kindergarten 1, 24, 56, 78 and 912. It assesses students speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills, defined by New York State’s English as a Second Language Learning Standards. The speaking section is administered individually and asks students to respond to a word or statement read aloud or to a picture. The other sections can be administered to students in a group. The reading section asks students to answer questions about stories printed in their test books. The writing section asks students to write in response to questions and prompts in their test books. The listening section asks students to select the correct response to a picture and/or word or statement read aloud.

How are the results reported?

The results are reported in raw scores, scale scores, and performance levels. The “raw score” is simply the number of correct answers, which is converted to a “scale score,” which makes it possible to compare scores across grade levels. Scale scores are divided into five performance levels that show how well students have mastered English language skills.

  • Commanding: Students function fluently in listening, reading, writing, and speaking; their skills are equal to those of native English speakers at their appropriate grade level. These students have attained the skills necessary to participate in an English-speaking classroom.
  • Expanding: Students are able to use skills at a higher level than intermediate students. Although their knowledge and use of English is at a more advanced level, mistakes are made, usually involving more subtle use of language and more difficult levels of vocabulary and grammar.
  • Transitioning: Students have better English skills than students at the basic level; however, their skills are often not well developed and they make significant errors in the four skill areas.
  • Emerging: (approximates Low Intermediate). 
  • Entering: Students are simply at the beginning level in the four skill areas. These students’ English skills are minimal.

How are the results used?

Students will continue to receive English as Second Language (ESL) or bilingual services until their scores on the NYSESLAT show that they have learned English well enough to participate in English-only classes. Educators also use students’ NYSESLAT scores to help determine which instructional standards to focus on, and to evaluate their programs.

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  and click the blue box below Ms. Stavisky's picture.



Grade 2 Indian Dance Performance March 31, 2017


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.



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!




Department of Education Calendar for School Year 2016/17


 NYCDOE School Calendar 2016/17

The NYCDOE Calendar homepage has been updated; the school year calendar, including holidays and important dates, can now be downloaded in the ten DOE languages and viewed in additional Google-translated languages. To view a Google translation, click on the small box in the upper right-hand corner of the NYCDOE Calendar homepage to select a language.  

NYCDOE School Food

Bedtime Story Night @ PS 163


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 


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  


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!!!