COVID-19 Safety and Health Protocols

Health Screening Tool

Continuing the safety measures introduced in the previous school year, we will be conducting regular COVID testing of unvaccinated students grades 1 through 12. That way, action can be taken right away to protect the school community if there’s a positive case. Submit your updated testing consent form for your child using your NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) at or by downloading the form online at and providing the completed printed form to your child’s school.



Provide Consent for COVID-19 Testing 

Fill out a COVID-19 testing consent form in your NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) or download a printable version at Don’t have an NYC Schools Account? Learn how to get started at

Support PS166 While Getting Vaccinated

Spread the word to anyone who is looking to get vaccinated! New York City is partnering with PTA and community groups like ours to encourage vaccination in our community. For every eligible person we refer to a city-run vaccination site or for an in-home appointment, Friends of PS166 will receive $100. 

Participation is easy:

1. Request an appointment using the NYC Vaccine Appointment Scheduler. 

2. During online registration, list "Friends of PS166" when asked "Were you referred for your vaccination by an organization as part of the NYC Vaccine Referral Bonus Program?"

3. Friends of PS166 will receive cash for each referral up to $20,000. 


  • Upcoming Dates

    Wednesday-Thursday, May 25 & 26: District 3 Art Fair, 11AM-8PM (W), 10AM-6PM (TH), PS 163
    Monday, May 30: Memorial Day, School Closed
    Friday, June 3: School Picture Make-Up Day
    Tuesday, June 7: Clerical Day, No School for Students
    Thursday, June 9: Anniversary Day, No School for Students
    Thursday, June 16: PS 166 Art Fair, Evening, Time TBA
    Monday, June 20: Juneteenth, School Closed
    Friday, June 24: Fifth Grade Graduation, Morning, Time TBA
    Monday, June 27: Last day of School

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  • Arts and Athletics Chess Tournament

    Arts and Athletics will be hosting a Chess Tournament on Saturday, May 7, 2022. The tournament will be held at P.S. 9, located on 100 West 84th Street at Columbus Avenue. All are welcome! You can register for the tournament at

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  • HIV/AIDS Education

    The New York State Education Department and the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) require that HIV/AIDS education be provided for all students in kindergarten through grade 12, as part of comprehensive health education. The HIV/AIDS Curriculum that NYCDOE developed for NYC students is age and developmentally appropriate. For example, in kindergarten, students learn how people get sick and how to get better. In 7th grade, children learn how HIV affects the immune system, the risks of alcohol and drug use, and the importance of communicating with parents/guardians or caregivers. High school lessons teach students to avoid behaviors that put them at risk for HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancy. 

    As a parent or legal guardian, you have the right to excuse your child from certain HIV/AIDS lessons that teach about methods of HIV/sexually transmitted infection prevention. These “opt out” prevention lessons are identified in the HIV/AIDS Curriculum, which is online at 

    If you would like your child to be excused, you must write a letter to me stating that:

     ∙ Your child should not be in the classroom during the “opt out” prevention lessons (listed below); and

     ∙ You will teach your child about prevention at home. 

    Encourage your child to speak with you about HIV/AIDS. Doing so can help you reinforce your child's awareness of how HIV is transmitted, and present opportunities for you and your child to discuss how abstaining from sexual intercourse is the most important and effective way for children to protect their health and their future. 

    Speak to your child's teacher, parent coordinator, or me about how you can support the lessons. If you have any questions regarding this program, please call me at 212-678-2829. 

    Lessons Parents May Opt Out of:

    Kindergarten, Lesson 4 - How Do People Get Sick? What Is HIV? What Is AIDS? 

    Grade 1, Lesson 3 - What Are Viruses? How Do They Enter the Body to Cause Disease? 

    Grade 2, Lesson 3 -  What Causes and Prevents the Spread of Illness? 

    Grade 3, Lesson 4  -What Are Healthy Choices That People Can Make? 

    Grade 4, Lesson 4 -  How Can We Help Each Other Make Healthy Choices? 

    Grade 5, Lesson 3 - How Can We Reduce Our Risk Behaviors?


    Please be reminded that all lessons except the one listed above for each grade, are mandatory. To opt out of the ONE lesson, send an email to Debra Mastriano ( and copy your child's teacher and Deborah Markewich ( by Thursday May 5th. 

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  • Summer Rising: Enrollment for Summer Rising 2022 will launch on April 25

    This is a reminder that registration opened on Monday, April 25th at

    Dates: July 5-August 19, Monday-Friday
    All students currently in grades K-8 can enroll. The program is not open to incoming kindergartners.

    Time: 8 AM to 6 PM

    • There are 400 locations in the city. Parents can enroll in any location that has the right program for the child’s grade level and that is not already filled.
    • PS 166 is not a site. It appears that the nearest site to us, PS 75, is at capacity. There is a list of locations with openings you may still choose from.  
    • The program runs from 8AM to 6PM. It is a full day and there is no option to choose a half day. Monday-Thursday, academics will be taught by licensed teachers in the morning. M-TH afternoons and all day Friday, enrichment will be led by community-based organization staff. The last week, August 15-19 will also be led entirely by the CBO, with all enrichment.
    • When you enroll, please have your child’s OSIS (student ID) handy as you will need it. You can find it on your NYCSA account or by contacting the school.
    • This year there will be no waitlist. Parents can only enroll in one location and once enrolled, it is final. As each site will have a capacity limit, enrolling early is encouraged.
    • The enrollment process is very easy (unlike last year) and should only take a few minutes.  Once you enroll you will immediately receive an email confirming enrollment. The site CBO will then reach out to you with more specific forms for the location you choose.

    This is just an overview but more information can be found at

    More information can be found HERE. 

    The Chancellor's Message in all languages can be found HERE.

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  • 2022-2023: Are you Returning to PS 166?

    It is that time of year where we ask the question: Do you plan for your child to return to PS 166 in the fall?Please take this SURVEY and answer yes, no or maybe. Your answers are in no way binding! This is just a way to start planning for the number of classes we need for each grade. Please do not answer for your current fifth grade students. We know they won't be here in September. 

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  • G&T Application News - Updated

    Just to clarify, as the DOE language can be confusing: Students currently in G&T classrooms DO NOT need to reapply. They continue in the program through grade 5. On rare occasions, parents and/or teachers may decide it is in the best interest of the child to switch programs, but otherwise students in  G&T classes are automatically placed in G&T classes for the following year. 

    The G&T application will be open from May 31 - June 13, 2022. Offers will be made in July. Please keep in mind, schools are closed in July, so registration will likely not take place until the last week of August when we return.

    There are two types of G&T programs:

    • K-to-5 G&T programs
      • These existing programs serve children throughout elementary school, from kindergarten through grade 5. Please note, PS 166 will continue to have two G&T classes on every grade, including kindergarten.
      • Children can enter these programs in kindergarten, grade 1, grade 2, or grade 3.
    • NEW - Top Performer ("Grade 3") G&T programs
      • These 32 programs––one in each NYC community school district––serve children from grade 3 to grade 5. Please note, PS 166 does not have this program. 
      • Children enter these invitation-only programs in grade 3. Top-performing grade 2 students (whose grades are in the top 10% at their school) are invited to apply. 

    Click HERE to learn more about how and when to participate, as well as how G&T offers are made. It's different and more complicated than in past years so please read carefully if you are interested in applying to the G&T program. 

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  • Reminder: No Dogs Allowed in Playground

    Please be reminded that dogs are not allowed in Playground 89. While the school has no jurisdiction over the playground after school hours, we have received complaints from parents about dogs being there after school. Remember, some children (and adults) are afraid or allergic to dogs and no matter how friendly or adorable dogs are, they are prohibited from the playground.

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  • How to Talk to Children About Difficult News

    With all that is going on around us, children have a lot of questions. Ms. Mac has shared resources to help teachers in the classroom but also has gathered the ones below, that parents may find useful.

    Resources on Ukraine

    How to Talk to Kids About Ukraine (New York Times) 
    Resources for Educators, Families to Discuss the Events in Ukraine with Students 

    Resources to Support Students Considering the Recent Subway Tragedy 
    Ways to talk about subway shootings: 

    1. I wonder if anyone saw anything on the news that they are worried about, 

     2. Listen to what children say and know, confirm what is true and reframe what is not true or needs clarification. Write down questions they may have.  

    3. Say what the city is doing to help the people who got hurt.  

    4. Say what the city is doing to make the subway safer.  

    5. Invite children to write in their journals at intervals throughout the day if they think of other things they want to say .  

    6. Invite children to do something proactive, like make cards to comfort children who attend nearby Sunset Park Schools and might have happened to be riding that train and might still be scared. 

    Additional Articles: 

    How to talk to children about difficult news (APA) 

    How to Talk to Children About Tragedies (NCFR) 

    Terrorism and War: How to Talk to Children (American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry) 

    Responding to Tragedy: Resources for Educators and Parents (Edutopia) 

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  • Take-Home Covid Tests

    Every student was provided with four covid tests to take home. Two should be used to test your child before returning after break and two can be given to family members. For more information, please read the April 14 
     Chancellor's Letter for families.

    The letter is available in all languages HERE

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  • PS 166 New York State Math Test Parent Information Meeting

    If you missed the presentation on April 6, click HERE for slides

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  • In School Covid Testing

    Each week the DOE conducts in-school covid testing in every school. The student testing threshold is equal to either 20% of students with unknown vaccination status or 10% of school enrollment (grades 1-12), whichever quantity is greater. In our school, they use the 10% of 1-5 enrollment, which translates to 48 students per week. The students appear in random order on a list that we must adhere to. If your child is tested, he/she will receive a letter to take home with instructions on how to receive results.

    Please be reminded that if your child tests positive, whether it is from in-school testing, a lab test or a home test,  notify the school right away as every case has to be entered and tracked by the situation room. Send the email to the classroom teacher(s), and

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PTA Announcements

  • Upcoming Dates


    • Thursday, May 12: PTA General Meeting - Budget Presentation and Bylaws Vote
    • Thursday, June 16: PTA General Meeting - Budget Vote and PTA/SLT Elections
  • The New York City School Survey

    The New York City School Survey is your chance to provide feedback to the DOE about your child’s school. Paper surveys were sent home last week, but you can also fill out the survey online here* or through your NYC Schools Account (find link at the top of the screen). *Enter “f” (lowercase) followed by your student’s nine-digit OSIS number.

    The survey is confidential and no one at your child’s school will see your individual responses. Combined responses provide information and help the school improve its learning environment. If you have more than one child, please complete a survey for each child. 

  • Ask PTA

    If you have a general question, issue, or concern please email the administration, your teacher, or email us directly. You can also add your question anonymously to our google sheet. If you have a question or concern, others may too, and we can all work together to resolve it!

  • PS 166’s Chess Team

    The chess program at PS 166 is a crown jewel at our school and one of the premier elementary school chess programs in the United States? Now in its 22nd year, the Manhattan Knights Chess Team boasts consistent top honors in all levels of tournament play. If your child is interested in participating in tournaments as a member of the chess team, please contact us to learn more.

  • Shop PS166 Spiritwear Support PS 166!

    Show your pride with our exclusive selection of uniquely branded products. 100% of the profit goes towards the PS 166 PTA to help sustain the resources and programs that benefit every student at PS 166.

    Items may be shipped or picked up locally at Big Frog Custom T-shirts on the Upper West Side (80th/Broadway).


  • Music: New Guitar Racks

    Thanks to your generous support, we were able to purchase guitar carts for the music room. Previously the guitars were stored in cases in a closet and it was time consuming and challenging to get them out for students to use. Now they are safe and easy for children to get out and put away. We can’t wait until our kids can get back in the music room to use them!

  • Share Your Skills

    Our school community relies on parents like you!  Please sign up here to learn more about volunteer opportunities, and to let us know what skills and services you may be able to share!

    Find out more about the fun events we have planned for this year here, and learn about volunteer opportunities. Email our VP of Volunteers, Tiffany Boyer, with questions or ideas, or to volunteer for an event!

  • Questions for the school?

    We'd love to hear! We really do want to take questions from our parent community and get answers for you. We will be meeting with the administration several times in the coming days, so let us know!

    Questions for the school? Submit Questions here

    Pick a topic for our parent workshop Hosted by CMI: Vote here

    Minutes for the June PTA meeting can be found here and we will vote on their approval at our next PTA meeting on October 21st at 9:30 am.


  • Parent-Owned Businesses

    Please also consider supporting our very own PS166 parent-owned businesses!  If you’d like to add your own business to the list, please email us.

  • Amazon Smile

    If you’re shopping on Amazon, please be sure to activate Amazon Smile by going to and selecting Friends of PS 166 Inc as the charity recipient. A percentage of each purchase will go support our school!

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Green Committee

Advocacy Opportunity

Support the inclusion of climate change education into NY State High Schools by signing this petition.

Good News - electric buses

NYC’s first electric school buses will be added to the school bus fleet in September.


Families looking for places to take their food scraps for composting can search this list of current options, 

  • Sunday 12:00-1:00PM - 90th btw Columbus/Amsterdam- Westside Community Garden (the garden across from PS166)
  • Sunday 9:00-3:00PM - 77th btw Columbus/CPW- 79th Street Greenmarket
  • Friday 8:00-12.30PM - 97th St Greenmarket (between Columbus & Amsterdam)
  • Saturday 11:00-1:00PM (weather permitting) - W138th St & 12th Ave- Jenny's Garden

Want more information? Click here for more composting sites and information.

Free Textile RecyclingSaturdays, 9 AM-3PM

The Morningside Park Down-to-Earth Farmers Market (110th & Manhattan Avenue), accepts textiles weekly. In addition, Wearable Collections will pick up from your residence, although there is now a fee, and a large minimum amount: 

Another option is Pick Up Please:

Free and Safe shredding Event, Saturday, October 2, 12p-3p

620 Columbus Avenue (btwn 90th & 91st Streets, west side of street).
Info: Assembly Member Daniel O'Donnell ( 212-866-3970); Council Member Helen Rosenthal (212-873-0282)


Be sure to check out the Green Committee Home Page for more info.

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