Annual Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Notification - September 20, 2022 (中文/Español)

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 rights, and Chancellor’s Regulation A-820 provide additional information.

Please note that if you are a student and age 18 or over, these rights belong to you, and not your parents or guardians.

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. 
  • You should submit a written request that identifies the record(s) you wish to inspect. 
  • 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. 
    • You should make requests to amend records in writing, and identify what you want changed and the reason for doing so. 
    • 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: 
    • 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. Such people are required to be under the direct control of the DOE with respect to the use and maintenance of personally identifiable information from education records. Direct control is achieved in various ways, including by written agreement. 
    • 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 parents of students age 18 and over if the student is a dependent for Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax purposes; 
    • 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: 
    • Student Privacy Policy Office 
    • U.S. Department of Education 
    • 400 Maryland Avenue 
    • SW Washington, DC 20202-8520 
      or by email to 

中文:  annual-ferpa-notice-chinese.pdf 

Español:  annual-ferpa-notice-spanish.pdf 

More information at:

Listening & Learning Tour with Superintendent DiMango - September 16th, 2022


Welcome Back to School!

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2022-2023 Department of Education Health Policies - August 23, 2022

  • UPDATED Health screenings are NOT required for visitors or students to enter the school building.
  • UPDATED Schools will no longer be doing random testing. Each student will receive 4 take-home test kits every month.
  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they are required to isolate for 5 days and return to school on the 6th day with improving or no symptoms. They must wear a mask until day 10 after symptom onset or date of positive test, whichever is earlier.
  • Families should continue reporting positive cases to the school.
  • Students exposed to COVID-19 will continue receiving take-home test kits.
  • Masks are recommended, not required. Schools will continue providing masks for those who want/need them.
  • Schools will continue having daily surface cleanings and air purifiers in the classrooms.
  • Proof of a negative test result is not required for students to return to school.
  • Visitors MUST show proof of at least 1 vaccination dose and ID to enter the school building.
We will continue sharing any updates we receive on our school Remind and on our school website.

2022-2023 Morning Entry/Dismissal Letter

August 2022




Doors open @8:13am



We are a breakfast in the classroom school.





59th Ave and 159th Street

Exit 2


 59th Ave and 159th Street (Exit 2) 





K, 1 and 2 



59th Ave and 160th Street 

Exit 3

2:25 pm 

 159th Street school yard entrance




3, 4 and 5 


160th Street Door  

Exit 4

2:30 pm 

 160th Street school yard entrance 




Back to School 2022-2023 + NYC School Account + NEW DOE Application

In the link below, you will find important information and updates about academic policies, health and safety protocols, support services for students and families, and more!

The NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) Portal will allow you to

  • See your students grades, test scores and more in My Student
  • Take classes in Parent University
  • Report bullying
  • Access forms for your child
  • Reset your child's DOE account password
  • Access SupportHub

Create an account or log in at

NEW DOE Grades, Attendance, and Messaging Application Guide

The DOE Grades application is an electronic gradebook for teachers. 

  • Teachers can create and grade assignments while maintaining all data fully secure and within the DOE. 
  • Teachers can import assignments from our school’s Learning Management System, [iLearn/Google Classroom], meaning that teachers will not have to do duplicate data entry. 
  • Students will be able to see assignments and assignment-level grades from the DOE Grades application in TeachHub in the fall. 
  • Parents will be able to see assignments and assignment-level grades in the NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) Portal in the fall. 

DOE Attendance is an electronic attendance tool. 

  • Families already have access to their child’s attendance in NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) Portal
  • Teachers and school administrators will be able to quickly and securely update student attendance throughout the day. 

The new DOE Messaging application offers multiple methods for outreach to families, such as voice calls, emails, and SMS texts. 

  • Our school staff will be able to send families messages by course/class, by grade, or even to the entire school. 
  • Messages can be sent in English and the nine DOE languages

2022-23 PTA/SLT/PAC Elections

ALL (PTA/SLT/Title 1) Elections ran successively on Monday June 6, 2022 @7PM. BELOW are the positions that are still open.

PTA Core Members

  • Treasurer
  • keeps records of all income and expenses by the PTA
  • prepares the January Interim Financial Report, June Annual Financial Report and all other monthly reports
  • sign and deposit checks and money to PTA checking account

All parents and/or legally appointed guardians are eligible to run for a position on the Executive Board.  If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone you know, please email the P.S.163Q PTA at

Parent Advisory Council (PAC) and 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.

Responsibilities of Title I PAC Members:

All Title I Parent Advisory Council (PAC) members and officers shall regularly attend all scheduled meetings of the Title I PAC as representatives of the school’s Title I parent body to provide input and feedback on the school’s:

  • Comprehensive Education Plan (CEP), which also serves as the Schoolwide Program Plan (SWP) for SWP schools
  • Parent and Family Engagement Policy (PFEP) and School-Parent Compact (SPC).
  • 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) to support Title I parent and family engagement activities.

Alternate Chairperson Responsibilities:

  • 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.

If you are interested in running, please fill out the PAC Willingness to Serve Form (located on our school website) and email the PTA at 

Summer Rising Survey - August 5, 2022

Dear Families of Summer Rising Students:   


You should have recently received an email from the NYCDOE to complete a short online survey about Summer Rising. If you have completed the survey, I want to thank you. 

If you have not yet completed the survey, there is still time! It should only take 10 minutes, and your responses will be kept private. Only researchers will see individual responses.    

If you would like to take the short survey, here is the link:


Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the survey. The information you share will help us improve the program for next summer!   


親愛的Summer Rising學生的家人:   


您最近应该收到一封来自 NYCDOE 的电子邮件,其中要求您完成关于 Summer Rising 的简短在线调查。如果您已完成该调查,我想对您表示感谢

 如果您尚未完成该调查,您还有时间将其完成。只需 10 分钟,您的回答将保密。只有研究人员会看到答题者的回答。    





Estimadas familias de los estudiantes de Summer Rising:   


Debería haber recibido recientemente un correo electrónico del NYCDOE para completar una breve encuesta en línea sobre Summer Rising. Si ha completado la encuesta, quiero darle las gracias.

Si aún no ha completado la encuesta, ¡todavía está a tiempo! La encuesta sólo debería durar 10 minutos, y sus respuestas se mantendrán privadas. Sólo los investigadores verán las respuestas individuales.    

Si desea realizar la breve encuesta, este es el enlace:


Gracias de antemano por tomarse el tiempo de completar la encuesta. La información que comparta nos ayudará a mejorar el programa para el próximo verano. 

5th Grade Party!


PTA June Meeting Presentation

We apologize for the technical issues with our Zoom meeting link for the PTA Meeting on June 22, 2022. Please see below for the presentation slides.

 Revised PTA General Meeting 06_22_2022 6_30PM.pptx 

Please email the PTA at or call the school if you have any questions.

5th Grade Device Collection

June 15, 2022

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As the end of the school year nears, we will be starting the collection of 5th Grade school devices. Please bring in your devices (IPAD or Macbook) from Tuesday June 21, 2022 to Thursday June 23, 2022.

An adult can return the device to the school’s main office –OR– the student can bring it in and return it to their classroom teacher. The school will mark the device as returned.

You MUST RETURN your device if:

  • You received it from PS 163Q. (We need devices back for next year’s students)
  • The DOE mailed the device to your home but you WILL NOT be attending a DOE school in the 2022-23 school year.

DO NOT RETURN your device if:

  • The DOE mailed the device to your home and you WILL continue attending a DOE school in the 2022-23 school year.

Please remember to bring back ALL the accessories that came with the device (ex. charger/case) otherwise your return may not be accepted or considered complete.

Your child’s middle school will be able to provide new devices.


Thank you,

Francine Marsaggi and Tiffany Tung

Principal      and       Parent Coordinator


COVID-19 High Alert Level Message (DOHMH and DOE) - May 17, 2022


Class 201 Indian Dance

202 Indian Dance

203 Indian Dance

Class 204 Indian Dance

100 Days of School Parade! (02/17/2022)

4th Grade Inside Broadway Performance

COVID-19 Guidance Flowcharts for Families (K–12)(Pre-K)/關於新冠病毒(COVID-19)的家庭指引 (K–12)(Pre-K)/Guía para las familias sobre COVID-19 (K-12)(Pre-K)

COVID-19 Guidance Flowcharts for Families (Pre-K)covid-flowchart-early-childhood.pdf  

Guía para las familias sobre COVID-19 (Pre-K): doe-quarantine-flowchart-earlychildhood-spanish.pdf

關於新冠病毒(COVID-19)的家庭指引 (Pre-K): doe-quarantine-flowchart-earlychildhood-chinese.pdf  


COVID-19 Guidance Flowcharts for Families (K–12): covid-19-flowchart-k-12.pdf  

Guía para las familias sobre COVID-19 (K-12): doe-quarantine-flowchart-k-12-spanish.pdf  

關於新冠病毒(COVID-19)的家庭指引 (K–12): doe-quarantine-flowchart-k-12-chinese.pdf 

Cool Culture: How To Use Your Family Pass and List of Places


Respect for All @ PS 163- October 22, 2021

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A school-wide ribbon-tying activity took place at our school today.  This involved all our students joining together to tie orange ribbons around the perimeter of our building to show Respect for All!


Statement of Accessibility

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Our Visit from Chancellor Carranza-November 12, 2019

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”.