G&T Placement Update

G&T Placement will be available on August 3, 2022.

If your child has been offered G&T placement at PS 166, please visit the G&T section of our Admissions Page

DOE 2022-2023 School Calendar

DOE 2022-2023 School Calendar has been released!

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 schoolsaccount.nyc or by downloading the form online at schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting 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 schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting. Don’t have an NYC Schools Account? Learn how to get started at schools.nyc.gov/NYCSA.

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. 


  • 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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  • Summer Meals

    Beginning June 28, anyone age 18 and under can receive free breakfast and lunch at locations across New York City through this year’s Summer Meals program. Designated public schools, community pool centers, parks, and food trucks will be open for service. No registration, documentation, or ID will be necessary for children to receive these free meals.

    Service Dates and Times

    The free meals will be available daily, including weekends, from Tuesday, June 28 through Friday, September 2, except for Monday, July 4. Designated public schools will provide breakfast from 8:00 to 9:15 in the morning, and lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.


    All meals maintain the highest standard of nutrition, meeting or exceeding U.S. Department of Agriculture standards. The meals do not use food additives such as artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. We offer a variety of fresh fruit, whole grains, vegetables, and salads for children to enjoy.

    Finding Locations

    You can find free summer meals sites at schools.nyc.gov/summermeals. Or you can text “NYC Food” to 304-304 (standard text messaging rates may apply), or call 311 to ask about summer meal locations.

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  • DOE School Calendar

    The DOE School Calendar has been released!

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  • Report Cards

    Remember - report cards are only available in your NYCSA account. The school does not have hard copies at this time. 

    New York City Schools Accounts (NYCSA)
    NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) is a DOE application that lets you access important information about your child on any device.
    What is it used for? It allows you to view your child’s grades, report cards, attendance history, test scores, transportation information, IEP information, submit COVID consent forms and more. Every student should have at least one parent with a NYCSA account.
    How do I activate my child’s account? You need an activation code that must be provided by the school. The DOE keeps track of students whose parents have not set up accounts and we regularly backpack home the activation code letters to those parents. 

    Questions about your account? email dmarkewich@schools.nyc.gov

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  • NYC Schools Account and Vaccine Portal

    As more and more of our students receive the Covid vaccine, families can now access the new NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) Portal and provide student proof of vaccination at the DOE's Vaccine Portal, vaccines.schools.nyc.

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  • The DOE has released the 2022 Public Schools Admissions Guide

    Get an admissions overview. Learn how to find out more and stay engaged throughout the process.

    The book covers all DOE admissions, from 3-K to High School. For parents waiting for middle school information, jump to page 45. There is not a lot of new information about the criteria this year or screened vs unscreened but it's a place to start. Once more specific information is shared with us we will have a meeting for 5th-grade parents. 

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  • New NYC Schools Account (NYSCA)

    Families can now access the new NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) portal, which consolidates several important parent-facing applications in one place. In addition to seeing information for MyStudent, such as grades, attendance, and transportation, families will also be able to access Parent University and the Bullying Reporting online form. 

    Parents can reset the passwords to their student’s DOE email accounts through the Manage Account page; please note the change in URL from http://mystudent.nyc to http://schoolsaccount.nyc. Families who currently have a NYCSA account will automatically have access to new features in the portal.
    Parents who have not set up a NYCSA account have all received a backpack creation code letter this week. If you don't know your child's OSIS ID, which is necessary to set up the account, you can find it on your Operoo account.  If  you did not receive a letter, you already have an account in the system. 

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PTA Announcements

  • Upcoming Dates

    Monday, June 27: Last day of School (full day)
    Thursday, September 8: First day of school (full day)

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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).


  • 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 smile.amazon.com 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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Earth with Leaves Sprouting

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: https://www.wearablecollections.com/homepickups 

Another option is Pick Up Please: https://pickupplease.org/

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.

 Green Committee Home Page 


 Group of People

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