Mission Statement at PS 163Q
The Mission of P.S. 163Q We believe that our community of learners will lead us into the future by:
- Using their critical thinking skills to solve problems
- Tapping into their social emotional toolkits to self-regulate behaviors
- Having a strong command of language to articulate the need for systemic changes
- Promoting an equitable tomorrow through opportunities and resources FOR ALL
Statement of Accessibility
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Chancellor's Welcome Back Letter - September 12, 2023 (Chinese/Spanish)
I’m thrilled to welcome you to the 2023-24 school year! Thank you for choosing New York City Public Schools. I hope you all are returning from the summer break refreshed and ready to jump into an exciting new year of learning.
For me, nothing compares to September and the first exhilarating week of classes—when I get to visit schools throughout the five boroughs, meet parents, and welcome students and teachers back. When I get to see the hope and promise in children's faces and feel that familiar nervous energy that charges the air with electricity. When I get to watch students tap into their curiosity and creativity, and experience awesome “aha” moments as they challenge themselves academically. When I get to see children’s brilliance and unique abilities, knowing that their families and teachers will inspire them to reach even greater heights with each passing day.
To ensure we set up our students for success, this September I am doubling down on our mission: to offer every child a bright start...and a clear pathway to a bold future. This means a year full of strong academics, enriching sports and arts programs, healthy and delicious school meals, safe, inclusive classrooms, and so much more.
NYC Reads, our groundbreaking initiative to ensure that all students are proficient readers, continues to lead the charge. This initiative features new, evidence-based curricula rooted in the “science of reading” and supplemented with phonics—the proven method for teaching children to be confident readers. Literacy truly is the foundation for all learning and is essential to clearing a path to our students’ bold futures.
Whether that future includes college, technical training, or an apprenticeship, we will make sure that all students graduate with a plan to achieve long-term economic security—and equipped with the tools, resources, and support they need to unlock their full potential and open every door of opportunity.
You can find important information and updates about academic policies, health and safety protocols, and more at schools.nyc.gov/bts2023. To download a printable Back to School checklist, please visit schools.nyc.gov/btschecklist.
September is just the beginning of what I know will be a truly exceptional school year. Thank you for your partnership. Thank you for entrusting your children’s education to us. I’m so excited about all the great things we’ll accomplish together this year!
David C. Banks
Discipline Code Letter
The NYC Public Schools is committed to ensuring safe, supportive, and inclusive environments in all schools. We
successfully foster these environments by providing professional learning for teachers and school staff on how to
support students who may be experiencing challenges in or outside of the school day and by engaging families as
partners in our school communities.
Driven by our Four Pillars for Building Trust in NYC Public Schools https://www.schools.nyc.gov/FourPillars), we know
that schools need to prioritize wellness and its link to student success, as well as be culturally responsive spaces where
all children are affirmed and where all families are engaged as true partners. Our school communities are working
diligently to support the social-emotional, mental, and physical health and safety of our students.
We ask that you, along with your child, review the Chancellor’s Citywide Behavioral Expectations to Support Student
Learning (https://www.schools.nyc.gov/DCode), which includes the Discipline Code and outlines the K-12 Student Bill of
Rights and Responsibilities (https://www.schools.nyc.gov/StudentRights), protections for students with disabilities, and
expectations for student behavior. The Discipline Code outlines how school staff will address behavioral issues with a
focus on restorative approaches.
Please discuss these behavioral expectations with your child. The Discipline Code applies to all students—and
includes both supports and interventions, as well as disciplinary responses. Please note that the 2019-20 Discipline Code
remains in effect for the 2023-24 school year. The full Discipline Code is available in all NYC Public Schools supported
languages at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/DCode and can be provided by your school in paper copy, upon request.
We thank you in advance for reviewing the Discipline Code and for your partnership in contributing to a supportive, safe,
and inclusive school climate. Thank you for making our school community better, stronger, and safer for all children. If
you have any questions, please contact your school’s principal.
Best wishes for the upcoming school year!
Chief, Safety and Prevention Partnerships
New York City Public Schools
El Sistema de Escuelas Públicas de la Ciudad de Nueva York (NYC Public Schools, NYCPS) se compromete a garantizar entornos
seguros, solidarios e inclusivos en todas las escuelas. Fomentamos con éxito estos entornos proporcionando capacitación
profesional a los maestros y al personal de las escuelas sobre cómo apoyar a los estudiantes que puedan estar enfrentando
dificultades durante o fuera del horario escolar y haciendo partícipes a las familias como colaboradores en nuestras
Guiados por nuestros Cuatro pilares para generar confianza en las escuelas públicas de la Ciudad de Nueva York
(https://www.schools.nyc.gov/FourPillars), sabemos que las escuelas deben priorizar el bienestar de los estudiantes y el
efecto que genera en el buen desempeño académico, así como ser espacios que tomen en cuenta la diversidad cultural donde
todos los estudiantes sean valorados y todas las familias puedan participar como verdaderos colaboradores. Nuestras
comunidades escolares trabajan activamente para apoyar la salud y la seguridad socioemocional, mental y física de los
Le pedimos que revise junto a su hijo las Expectativas de conducta para apoyar el aprendizaje estudiantil en la Ciudad, del
canciller (https://www.schools.nyc.gov/DCode) que incluye el Código Disciplinario y describe la Declaración de Derechos y
Responsabilidades de los Estudiantes de kínder a 12.o Grado (https://www.schools.nyc.gov/StudentRights), las protecciones
para los estudiantes con discapacidades y las expectativas de conducta estudiantil. El Código Disciplinario describe cómo el
personal escolar abordará los problemas de conducta centrándose en enfoques restaurativos.
Converse con su hijo sobre estas expectativas de conducta. El Código Disciplinario se aplica a todos los estudiantes e incluye
tanto apoyos como intervenciones, además de respuestas disciplinarias. Tenga en cuenta que el Código Disciplinario del año
escolar 2019-2020 seguirá vigente para el 2023-2024. El Código Disciplinario está disponible en los 10 idiomas del NYCPS en
https://www.schools.nyc.gov/DCode y su escuela puede proporcionarle una copia impresa, si lo solicita.
De antemano le agradecemos por revisar el Código Disciplinario y por su colaboración para crear un entorno escolar solidario,
seguro e inclusivo. Gracias por ayudarnos a que nuestra comunidad escolar sea mejor, más sólida y más segura para todos los
estudiantes. Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con el director de la escuela de su hijo.
請您和子女一起細閱教育總監的《全市促進學生學習行爲期許》(Citywide Behavioral Expectations to Support
Student Learning)(https://www.schools.nyc.gov/DCode)，當中包括《紀律準則》和《幼稚園至 12 年級學生權利與
責任法案》(K-12 Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities)的槪述(https://www.schools.nyc.gov/StudentRights)、對殘
2019-20 學年《紀律準則》在 2023-24 學年仍有效。紐約市公校系統所支援的各種語言版本的《紀律準則》全
Annual FERPA Notification for School Year 2023-24 - September 9, 2023 (Chinese/Spanish)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gives parents and students age 18 and older rights over student education records. The Parents’ Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security provides you with additional provides additional information.
Among other things, you have the right to:
• Inspect and review your child’s education records within 45 days after the DOE receives your request.
o You should submit a written request that identifies the record(s) you wish to inspect.
o Your child’s school will notify you of the time and place where you may inspect the records.
• Request changes to your child’s education records when you believe they are inaccurate, misleading, or violate your child’s privacy rights under FERPA.
o You should make requests to amend records in writing, and identify what you want changed and the reason for doing so.
o If the DOE decides not to amend records as requested, you will be notified of the decision, and of your right to a hearing and certain hearing procedures.
• Provide written consent before personally identifiable information in your child’s education records is disclosed. However, in certain cases, FERPA allows disclosure without consent. Cases permitting disclosure without consent include:
o Disclosure to school officials who need to review education records to fulfill their professional responsibilities. School officials include:
▪ DOE employees (such as administrators, supervisors, teachers, other instructors, or support staff members); and
▪ People whom the DOE engages to perform services or functions for which it would otherwise use its employees. These include (a) individuals and entities providing DOE services and functions through contracts, (b) employees of other government agencies providing DOE-related services or functions, such as attorneys in the NYC Law Department representing the DOE, and school nurses and Office of School Health staff employed by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, (c) parents, students, or other volunteers assisting other school officials in performing their tasks, and (d) other qualifying individuals or organizations, such as consultants and community-based organizations, but only if they have agreed in writing to keep student information confidential.
• When records are requested by officials of another school, district or education institution in which your child seeks or plans to enroll, or is already enrolled if made for purposes of your child’s enrollment or transfer.
• Other exceptions exist that permit disclosure of personally identifiable information without consent include certain types of disclosures. Some are listed below. Most of these types of disclosures are subject to certain additional requirements and limitations. Please see FERPA and Chancellor’s Regulation A-820 for more information about them.
▪ to authorized representatives of government entities and officials in connection with audits, evaluations, or certain other activities;
▪ in connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received;
▪ to organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the NYCDOE;
▪ to accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions;
▪ to comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
▪ to appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency; and
▪ of information that the NYCDOE has designated as “directory information.”
• File a complaint with the USDOE if you believe the NYC DOE failed to comply with FERPA’s requirements. Complaints may be filed here:
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue
SW Washington, DC 20202-8520
or by email to FERPA.Complaints@ed.gov
September Community Education Council Meeting - September 13th @7PM
2023-2024 PTA/SLT/Title 1 Positions
Thank you to those who voted in our PTA and SLT Elections on June 21st! Congratulations to our new Co-President, Recording Secretary and SLT members!
Please see below for our remaining open positions. All parents and/or legally appointed guardians are eligible to run for a position.
If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone you know, please email the PS163Q PTA at firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent Advisory Council (PAC) Chairperson Election
The Title I PAC will participate with the School Leadership Team (SLT) in the joint review, planning, and improvement of the school’s Title I program, and the development, revision and review of the parent and family engagement policy.
● Serve on the School Leadership Team (SLT) as the Title I PAC representative.
● Decide how 1% of our Title I money should support your child’s education. Coordinate and draft a proposed spending plan for the use of the Title I parent and family engagement set-aside funding (a minimum of 1% of the school's Title I allocation) for approval by the Title I parents and SLT to support Title I parent and family engagement activities.
The School Leadership Team (S.L.T.) Position
- 1 Parent Position
The purpose of the team is to ensure that parents have a voice in important decisions being made in our school. The team meets once a month, after school for approximately 3 hours. All SLT members serve a two year term. The responsibilities of the S.L.T. are to develop and review our schools Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP), including annual goals and objectives and to consult with the principal and assistant principal in developing a school-based budget and staffing plan aligned with the CEP.