Backpack News: Sep 9, 2019

Dear PS 87 families,

Welcome back!  I hope all of you were able to relax and recharge during the summer.  I love the beginning of the school year because it gives us the opportunity to recommit to our school’s mission which is “to build a stimulating and inclusive environment in which every student develops academically, socially and emotionally” with the hope that “as students leave P.S. 87 they continue to be active participants in their communities.”

In order to support your child’s academic, social and emotional development, it is imperative that we all understand the value of risk-taking, kindness, curiosity, independence, and self-expression. We must partner with one another to cultivate a learning environment that gives children the space to explore, inquire, and speak up. As one family under the sun, it is the responsibility of the adults in our community to empower the children to be advocates for themselves and one another. This is what helps us fulfill our mission.

This school year, we will continue to read books each month that support your child’s social and emotional growth and development. In addition, we will be implementing a new social-emotional learning program that will give us a common language to discuss our emotions as well as equip the children with techniques that will help them recognize and handle their feelings. We will be holding parent workshops to introduce this program and provide you with tools to support your child.

Before closing, I want to thank everyone for helping to get the school ready to welcome the children back last week. Our teachers and paraprofessionals transformed our classrooms into positive and welcoming learning environments. Our office staff enrolled and welcomed new members into our community as well as purchased and organized materials for the classrooms. Parent and student volunteers delivered materials to the classrooms. The  custodial staff spent the summer cleaning and painting the building. I thank you for all of your hard work. You helped to make the first day of school a wonderful experience for our children. 

I am looking forward to a wonderful year!


Principal Monica

BPN on Mondays?

Yes! This year we will be publishing BPN every other Monday, alternating weeks with the email newsletter.  

Join us! We are looking for one to two more team members to help us pull together the great content for BPN.  Roles include coordination with committees, assisting with layout, editing submissions, and even writing (if that’s your thing!). If interested, please contact  

Hearty Roots Farm CSA

We are excited to again offer our Fall Share at P.S. 87! We are now accepting sign-ups for our vegetable, egg and fruit shares, to begin on Wednesday, September 11.  

Go to for details and to sign up. Please pass this information along to your friends and neighbors. We would love to have additional members.

Thanks and we are looking forward to a great harvest!

–Ben, Lindsey, and family at Hearty Roots Community Farm

Girls on the Run Lottery

Girls on the Run (GotR) teaches life skills to 3rd-5th grade girls through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment, while establishing a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. At the end of the program, the girls will be physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. This is the fifth year that GotR is partnering with PS 87, and we host two teams that each run two mornings per week.  Due to the many school holidays in the fall, the program will start the week of September 16. The lottery will be open August 28 and will close on September 9 at 5:00 p.m. Visit for more details and/or to register for the lottery.

Save the Date!

Harvest Fest, PS 87’s biggest Fall FUNdraiser will be held on Saturday, October 26, from 2-6 p.m. Bring the whole family!  Stay tuned for more details about the event and information about volunteer opportunities. 

 PS 87 Calendar

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12Curriculum Night, 5 p.m.
13General PA Meeting, 8:30 -10 a.m.
16SLT Meeting, 4:15 p.m.
20International Dinner and Dance
30Rosh Hashanah, NO SCHOOL
1Rosh Hashanah, NO SCHOOL
4Afterschool Family Fun Night
5Community Service Event
9Yom Kippur, NO SCHOOL
11General PA Meeting, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
14Columbus Day, NO SCHOOL
5Election Day, NO SCHOOL
7General PA Meeting, 6:10 p.m. (EVE MEETING)
11Veteran’s Day, NO SCHOOL
14Parent/Teacher Conference, Early Dismissal 
28-29Thanksgiving, NO SCHOOL
3Teacher Appreciation
13General PA Meeting, 8:30 -10 a.m.Winter Holiday Celebration
24-1Winter Break, NO SCHOOL
10General PA Meeting, 8:30 -10 a.m.
20Martin Luther King Day, NO SCHOOL
7Black History PerformanceGeneral PA Meeting, 8:30 -10 a.m.
17-21Mid Winter Break, NO SCHOOL
MARCH 2020
5-6Parent Teacher Conferences
7Broadway Night
13General PA Meeting, 8:30 -10 a.m.
23-27ELA testing
APRIL 2020
2General PA Meeting,  6:10 p.m. (EVE MEETING)
3Pan Asian Night
9-17Spring Break, NO SCHOOL
20-24Math testing
MAY 2020
8General PA Meeting, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
14-16Shining Star
26-29Nature’s Classroom
29-31Book Fair
JUNE 2020
14th Science Test
4Anniversary Day, NO SCHOOL
9Clerical Day, NO SCHOOL
12General PA Meeting, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
19-20Fiesta Latina
26LAST DAY OF SCHOOL, Early Dismissal 

Healthy Carrot and Zucchini Tots

  • From a PS 87 parent

Back to school, and back to healthy eating! Sneak in some veggies into everyone’s favorite tots. 


  • 2 medium zucchini, grated
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and grated
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs (Panko is best)
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup of your favorite cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine grated zucchini and 1 tsp salt in a colander. Let it rest for 10 minutes, and then squeeze the zucchini through a clean dish towel to drain all the water out. The more water you squeeze out, the crunchier the tots!
  3. Transfer drained zucchini, carrots, breadcrumbs, eggs, cheese, Italian seasoning and onion/garlic powders to a large bowl. Mix well and add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Form the mixture into tots (or patties if you prefer that).
  5. Place on a greased baking tray, bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown and crisp.
  6. Unbaked or baked and cooled tots can be frozen for up to one month and reheated at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
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