Story Pirates Starts November 13

Calling all First & Second graders! Story Pirates is back again this year for the Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 session. The program provides extensive afterschool enrichment in schools throughout NYC. Their teaching artists help children develop their own stories or small group stories from scratch. They also teach children how to do improvisation through games, how to work together creating stories and to act out their stories.

To enroll in this session, fill out the registration form and submit with payment to the Main Office by Wednesday, November 12. For more information, contact Jacqueline Shannon. Or visit the Story Pirates website.

School Tours

We will be hosting School Tours starting in January 2015. Look for dates and online registration in mid-December.

Square1 Art – Order Now through Nov 10

Our Square1 Art Fund Raiser is under way! Your child’s artwork will be transformed into unique holiday gifts that will arrive before the December holidays. Using the access code that was backpacked home with your child, you can order online or use the paper order form included in your child’s packet.  Orders are due by Monday, November 10 and will be delivered to the school. Contact Marija Flynn or Jen Columbia for more information on ordering, access codes or order packets.

School Photo Days – Tues., October 28 & Wed., October 29

On Tuesday and Wednesday, October 28 & 29, LifeTouch Studios will be at the school for Fall School Photo Days. Click here for the class schedule.

If you would like to order individual and/or class photos, complete the order form that was backpacked home and return with payment to the PTA Box in the Main Office or your child’s teacher by Tuesday, October 28. You must pre-order prints in order for your child’s picture to be taken. You can order additional prints after you receive your initial package.

All Fifth Graders will be photographed for their yearbook!

Note that we will hold a photo shoot for both retakes and sibling photos in January 2015. You will receive additional information on this in early January. There is no need to for scheduling or payment at this time.

If you need the photo order form, please see Ana, our parent coordinator, in the Main Office.

Día de los Muertos – Friday, October 24, 6-8pm

“The Day of the Dead”, Día de los Muertos, is a long standing tradition at PS 163 that continues this year. Join us to celebrate and educate kids about this cultural moment with traditional arts + crafts, music, dance and food. This year’s event will have some new performers & activities. It’s sure to be a fun time for all!

Order advanced discount tickets by Thursday, October 23 and save! Each booklet of 10 tickets costs $8, a savings of $2. Crafts, activities & food range from 1–8 tickets each. There are two ways to get tickets before the event:

  1. Complete the Ticket Order form, enclose with payment (checks/money orders made out to Friends of PS163) and drop your order form & payment in the PTA Box in the Main Office. Or you can return to your child’s teacher via backpack.
  2. Purchase tickets in person at drop-off on Wednesday, 10/22 and Thursday 10/23.

Full-price tickets will be sold the day of the Event for $1.00/each ($10 for a booklet of 10 tickets.)

Donations of food, snacks, beverages & Halloween candy are still needed. Complete & return the Donation Form if you can help. Halloween candy can be left in the donation bin in the School Lobby. Email Havo Velic or Angelica Mojarro if you have questions.