• School Closed - Yom Kippur

  • School Closed - Indigenous Peoples' Day | Italian Heritage

  • Parent Teacher Conferences - Tentative Date

    Half Day for Students

  • School Closed - Election Day

  • School Closed - Veterans Day

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  • Join us at the Disability Pride Parade 2022 - CANCELLED

    Due to the expected inclement weather, this weekend's parade and festival have been cancelled.

  • Free Saturday Morning Small Group Tutoring in Phonics

    Everyone Reading, Inc. offers a FREE program focused on the basic reading skill of decoding (phonics). 

    Students are eligible to apply if they were born in 2014, will enter grade 3 in September 2022, and continue to struggle with basic reading skills. Students will be screened over ZOOM to determine if the program will benefit them.

    Please see the attached flyer for more information. 

  • Virtual Parent Workshop - October 4 at 6 pm

    Free Parent Workshop on "How to Help Your Child Succeed in School" hosted by Stella Kostopoulos, CITE Coordinator 

    Tuesday, October 4th at 6 pm

    On-line: Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 889 912 4351

    Passcode: Auqmu6

  • September 8th - Letter from Chancellor Banks

    Please see the attached letter from Chancellor Banks

  • Letter from Principal Hoder

    We cannot wait to welcome students tomorrow!

    Please see the attached letter from Ms. Hoder and Ms. Katz.

  • School Health & Safety Updates

    Please see the attached letter from the NYC Department of Education with important school health and safety updates!

  • Immunization and Health Forms

    July 2022

    Dear Parent or Guardian,

    New York City has updated the school immunization requirements for the 2022-2023 school year. A list of these requirements for 2022-2023 is included with this letter. Before the school year begins, you must submit proof of immunization for your child if they are attending childcare or school.

    All students in childcare through grade 12 must meet the requirements for:

    • The DTaP (diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis), poliovirus, MMR (measles-mumps-rubella), varicella and hepatitis B vaccines.

    Children under age 5 who are enrolled in childcare and pre- kindergarten (pre-K) must also meet the requirements for:

    • The Hib (Haemophilus influenza type b) and PCV (pneumococcal conjugate) vaccines.

    • The influenza (flu) vaccine: children must receive the flu vaccine by December 31, 2022 (preferably, when it becomes available in early fall).

      Children in grades 6 through 12 must also meet the requirements for:

    • The Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis) booster and

    MenACWY (meningococcal conjugate) vaccines.

    Please review your child’s immunization history with your child’s health care provider. Their provider can tell you whether additional doses of one or more vaccines are required for your child to attend childcare or school this year. Please note: If your child received doses of vaccine BEFORE the minimum age (too early), those doses do NOT count toward the number of doses needed.

    If you have questions about these 2022-2023 requirements, please contact your childcare center or school’s administrative office.


    Cheryl Lawrence, MD, FAAP Medical Director
    Office of School Health




  • NYC Care



    click  nyccare-flyer.pdf to download

  • P- EBT Food Benefits

    P-EBT Food Benefits


    click  P-EBT.pdf to access link and download

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NYCDOE School Visitor Policy to PS161Q

All visitors (age 12 and older) must show proof of at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination to enter a DOE building. Visitors do not include students attending school in a DOE building.

Acceptable proof of vaccination is one of the following:    

An acceptable COVID-19 vaccination includes one dose of any COVID-19 vaccine fully authorized or authorized for emergency use by the FDA(Open external link) or WHO(Open external link).

NYCDOE 2022-2023 School Calendar

Below are links to download the NYCDOE school calendar for this school year.  The calendars are in different language.

NYC DOE School Calendar - English

NYC DOE School Calendar - Spanish

NYC DOE School Calendar - Chinese

NYC DOE School Calendar - Bengali

NYC DOE School Calendar - Urdu

NYC DOE School Calendar - Arabic

NYC DOE School Calendar - Haitian Creole