Social Emotional Learning

Let's talk about something serious, our feelings. I didn't grow up talking about my feelings very much... It's an area I'm still trying to improve on. Now more than ever, we need to understand ourselves and our feelings to be successful, to be good friends, and to grow. One of our second graders is explaining the Mood Meter, which is one tool that we are beginning to use again to help give words to our feelings. We're going to stop, check in on ourselves and our mood, and try to figure out why are feeling that way. Hope you're all feeling great today!

#socialemotionallearning #SEL #School #studentsuccess #BronxStrong #PS161 #D7

Girls On The Run 5K

What an awesome Girls On The Run 5K this morning! My daughter and I ran in support of our PS 161 girls and everyone involved did an great job! Kudos to the event organizers and our PS 161 coaches & running buddies. Huge shout out to our head coach & organizer Olivia Leone! Girls on the Run is an impactful organization, if you don’t know, check it out,
#event #girlsontherun #girlpower #bronxstrong #ps161


Fall Festival

This November we held a fall festival and gave away a thousand items of clothing and around 600 books to families in our school community. We quickly realized this needs to be a monthly event, so today we held our second family event with our Winter Fest. We gave away books, clothes, family support information, had crafts and were even visited by Santa and Mrs. Claus! I can’t say enough about the wonderful staff and PS 161 community. Thanks to all that supported! Jillian Blough #PTA #familyengagement #D7 #school #community #ps161x

Stem Education

Check out our 3rd-grade designers and 3D engineers! Rudy Diaz, you are truly inspiring and engaging our learners at PS 161. They were tasked with designing a useable object, they learned the 3D design and printing process, worked together and engineered their ideas into reality. This is PS 161 learning. Wait until you see what's next...... #engineers #learning #designers #PS161 #StemEducation #BronxStrong #Innovation #teaching #stemeducationforkids #WeAretheLions
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Fall Festival on Tuesday, October 25

Good morning P.S. 161 family,

Tuesday, October 25 is our Fall Festival. I am setting up a table to give out books to families of our school community. Many of our classrooms have old Ready Gen or Harcourt Brace books. If you would like to donate these books, I would be happy to add them to my table. There is a table in room 211 where you can drop off any extra books that you are not currently using. Please make sure that the books are not torn or written in. Lets make this Fall Festival a great experience.

Have a great day.
I. Rodriguez
Teacher Assigned Librarian

Volunteers for the fall festival

We are looking for volunteers to manage the children's activities and the clothing tables at the Fall Festival. The festival will be held on Oct 25th during parent engagement. We will be looking for 2 teachers per table. A sign-up sheet will be placed in the main office later today. The tables will include the following:
  1. Ring toss
  2. pumpkin painting
  3. Bingo
  4. bean bag toss
  5. painting activity
  6. Book table
  7. clothing/appliances
Thank you in advance!

Fire Safety Week

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Fire Prevention Week will take place October 11-14, 2022.The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has announced its theme for this year: “Fire Won’t Wait. Plan Your Escape.” This theme reinforces the critical importance of developing a home escape plan with all members of the household and practicing it regularly.

Fire Prevention Week was started by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in 1922 to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Fire Prevention Week teaches children and adults how to stay safe in the event of a fire.


Just a reminder to take just a few minutes and fill out the surveys below if applicable. Definitely fill out the shirt size one and if you'd like to propose or work after school fill that one out ASAP. Have an absolutely wonderful weekend. You all deserve some time to rest and recharge.