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Gather your bellbottoms & beads, mini-skirts & go go boots for

PS 163's Psychedelic 60's Be-in.....Sit-in......Love-in.... AUCT-ION on Fri. Dec 3rd!
Held in the fabulous party room of the Bromley at W. 83rd Street, this fun-filled fundraiser will feature:

  • a Live Auction of just a few very select items including Urgent School Needs

  • the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind Special Events hosted by fellow parents

  • a chance to win the 50/50 raffle

  • great food, tasty beverages & groovy tunes

Invitations to be backpacked home soon!
This party will cap off the online auction which starts in mid-November. Help gather donations NOW!
Auction forms and letters are available at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ps163NYC/files/Auction/
All proceeds raised will benefit our school and our kids!
To help with the party planning contact Melissa Welsh at mmw7@columbia.edu
To help with the Auction contact Rudie Hurwitz at ps163auction@gmail.com or Michele Parella at micheleparrella@gmail.com
Sincerely, Melissa Welsh,
Co-VP PTA Fundraising


Dia De Los Muertos

Information Coming soon!

The 2010 Online Auction Will Begin in November!

The online auction will soon be available at this link: www.biddingforgood.com/ps163. We will soon begin to collect auction donations with the goal of having every family participate. If you are interested in helping to with the online auction, or to volunteer the day of the live auction event, please fill out our online participation form or contact Rudie Hurwitz, Auction Chair, at ps163auction@gmail.com or 917-673-9890.

These are things everyone can do (donation forms will be posted soon):

Ask your employer if they could donate something!
Think of something you can donate yourself, something hand made, a service you can provide to the PS 163 community.
Ask good friends and family if they can donate something to help the school.

October Newsletters


School Tours

Dec. 2, 9
Jan. 13, 20, 27
Feb. 3, 10, 17
March 3, 10

Parents must call school office to reserve a spot; no children, please.

Parents’ Night Out FunRaiser

The Parents’ Night Out FunRaiser featuring Paul Gil’s Live Karaoke Band: Bunnie England & The New Originals was an enormous success. Thanks to everyone for coming out to support PS 163. This was a fun event is for ALL Parents, Teachers, Staff and Friends of PS 163! It kicked-off our Annual Appeal fundraising drive which supports many vital programs at the school.

Supply Lists

Kindergarten (español)

First Grade
Primero Grado (español)

Second Grade
Secundo Grado (español)

Third Grade
Tercero Grado (español)

Fourth Grade
Cuatro Grado (español)

Fifth Grade
Quinto Grado (español)

September Newsletters



Teacher Parking

The Department of Transportation has dedicated several parking spots in front of the school for use by members of our teaching staff. Please do not double park in front of the school so our teachers can access their cars

Annual Appeal

See attached Donation forms (in Spanish) and remember you can donate online by going to: http://ps163pta.org/donate.html.

Dear P.S. 163 Families,

Do you care about your child's future? Do you want to MAKE A DIFFERENCE in your child's education? Do you want to FEEL GOOD?

Make a contribution to the Annual Appeal! Doing so will allow the P.S. 163 PTA to continue to fund the following programs:

* chess instruction in every classroom
* yearlong National Dance Institute workshop for fourth graders
* dance classes for third graders and fifth graders
* storytelling and dance classes for kindergartners, first and second graders

Annual Appeal Factoids
1. Last year's Annual Appeal provided about 1/3 of the money for the entire PTA budget. (We really count on these funds!)
2. Fewer than 20% of parents participated in the Appeal last year. (We can go much higher than that!)

Our Annual Appeal allows P.S. 163 to move beyond the basics of education. With your giving we can enrich, enliven and endow your children's education with arts residencies, science programs, and weekly chess instruction. Every child at P.S. 163 benefits from your generosity. We want 100% participation from our families, at whatever level you can afford-every dollar counts!

To Contribute:

By Check Make out your check TODAY to "Friends of P.S. 163" Then put your check in the enclosed envelope and give to your teacher.

Online Go to http://ps163pta.org/donate.htm.
Thank you for your continued support.

Queridas familias de P.S. 163,

Les interesa el futuro de sus hijos. Quieren CONTRIBUIR a la educación de sus hijos. Su contribución se traduce en BENEFICIOS EDUCATIVOS PARA SUS HIJOS.

¡Haga una aportación al Llamado Anual! Con su ayuda, la APM de P.S. 163 podrá continuar financiando los siguientes programas:
* clases de ajedrez en todos los salones
* taller del Instituto Nacional de Danza todo el año para el cuarto grado
* clases de baile para los grados tres y cinco
* rincón de cuentos y clases de baile para kinder, primero y segundo

Logros reales del Llamado Anual
1. El año pasado el Llamado Anual contribuyó alrededor de una tercera parte del dinero total del presupuesto total de la Asociación de Padres y Maestros (APM) (¡Y contamos con ese dinero!)
2. Menos del 20 % de los padres participaron en el Llamado el año pasado (Podemos participar muchos más)

Nuestro Llamado Anual le permite a P.S. 163 ir más allá de una oferta educacional básica. Gracias a sus contribuciones, podemos enriquecer, animar y forjar la educación de sus niños con residencias de arte, programas de ciencias, e instrucción semanal de ajedrez. Todos y cada uno de los niños en P.S. 163 se benefician de su generosidad. Queremos que un 100 % de las familias participen este año. No importa la cantidad de su contribución: ¡cada dólar es un dólar más para nuestros proyectos!

Para contribuir:

Cheque Emita un cheque HOY a nombre de "Friends of P.S. 163". Entonces, coloque su cheque en el sobre que adjuntamos y entrégueselo al instructor de la clase de su hijo

En línea Vaya a http://ps163pta.org/donate.htm.


Parents: Let us know your interests!

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Citywide State Assessment Calendar/Calendario para el Examen de Evaluación



New Green Program at P.S. 163

Stay tuned to our green section or check out the latest Adventures of Environmental Cats!


School Calendars:

New lunch calendars are up from the DOE. Click here to get the new calendar or here to find out more about meals at PS 163.



click for more information about math at ps 163, state tests

Today is:

Oct 15-Town Hall safety Meeting
Oct 15 HALLOWEEN COSTUME/RUMMAGE SALE-contact Wilma Lopez lopezwilma7@aol.com. Donate costumes, clothes, toys, general household items, NO stuffed animals or furniture. Volunteers are needed to sort clothes
Oct 29-DL meeting/Set up for Dia de los Muertos
Nov. 2-ELECTION DAY BAKE SALE-7am-7pm-contact: Melissa Welsh mmw7@columbia.edu.Baked goods and savory food donations are needed. Volunteers are needed to staff the tables throughout the day in one hour shifts.
Nov. 5-HOW TO BE A MEDIA SAVVY PARENT WITH DR. RICHARD GALLAGHER, DIRECTOR OF THE PARENTING INSTITUTE, NYU CHILD STUDY CENTER-- Discussing how to be an age appropriate filter for your child as they are exposed to various forms of media
Nov. 9-PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES; HALF DAY, 12PM DISMISSAL & SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR -contact: Janis Ruden jruden@nyc.rr.com. Volunteers needed to set up, staff tables in one hour shifts. Teachers will have book wish list BOXES which parents can buy for classroom libraries.
PARENTS are also NEEDED TO help with THE BILINGUAL/SPANISH BOOK SALES in the lobby- contact: Cynthia Carris Alonso carris27@aol.com or Edita Diaz: edita.dias@losninos.com
Nov. 12-CHESS NIGHT 6:30-8PM-contact Tracy Bartolazo tlbpt@aol.com & Rachel Tritt rtritt@ewmi.org. There are 3-4 chess nights per year. Chess night raises money for the in-class chess program. Volunteers are needed to sell tickets the week prior, set-up/work tables/ clean-up. There will be pizza and arts and crafts too.
Nov. 28-Dec. 4-BANK STREET BOOK SALE-contact-Jessica Weigmann jessweigmann@yahoo.com. A portion of the proceeds goes to 163. Coupons will be backpacked home which can be shown during a purchase so a percentage is put towards the school.
PLEASE GET AUCTION DONATIONS! contacts: Rudie Hurwitz ps163auction@gmail.com, and Michele Parella michelleparella@gmail.com; GALA contact: Melissa Welsh mmw7@columbia.eduThere is a list on the school listserv so parents can know what businesses have been solicited. The Auction is online and there will be a live component on December 3rd at the Gala. Donation forms will be going out in student folders soon. Volunteers will be needed to set up and clean up.


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leaf Annual Appeal

The PS163 Community depends on the support and generosity of the PS163 families to raise the funds that help make your child's experience at PS163 unique, exciting and enriching. The $90,000 PTA budget is achievable, but only with your help. Right now we have approximately ?% participation for Direct Appeal, and we really appreciate and thank those who have already participated. But we're still a long way from our goal of 100% direct appeal participation. It is not how much you give but rather your participation that makes the statement that you are committed to a strong public education at PS163. Please contribute an amount that is meaningful and comfortable for your family. You can make a tax-deductible donation online today, or download the donation form and drop it off in the office. To learn more about Direct Appeal, click here. Thanks for your support!


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Fourth Grade
Fourth Grade

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