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. 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.

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.

Press Conference to Fight for Legislation to Keep Our Children Safe at School – Tues, Oct 21, 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

Rally to Keep Our Children Safe

Parents and students: PLEASE JOIN US and our elected officials, including City Council members Mark Levine and Helen Rosenthal, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, for a rally to keep our children safe. We will highlight legislation that will keep children safe all across the City if we get our elected officials to stand with us on this issue. Visit our website to confirm your attendance. A strong show of support from our school community is critical to getting the media attention that can make a difference.

2014 Blackboard Awards for Schools and Principals

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2014 Blackboard Awards for
Schools and Principals, which will take place on Tuesday, December 9, at the
Auditorium at Scholastic in Manhattan.

By telling us about a deserving school and/or principal, you help us identify and
honor our community’s most important local heroes—our educators—and bring
well-deserved attention to the school.


The nomination deadline is November 10.

Chess Night – Friday, Oct 17, 6-8pm

Join us Friday night for the first Chess night of the year. Children of all grades and play level are welcome. The $8 admission ticket includes chess instruction & tournament play, pizza slice & a drink. Other crafts, activities & snacks are available at an additional cost. Younger siblings are welcome! (NOTE: This is not a drop-off event, all children must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver.)