PS87 Backpack News – Inbox Only Edition: 9/16/19

This is an inbox-only edition of Backpack News. This year, Backpack News will be delivered in both print and inbox-only formats.  

Join Rising New York Road Runners!

Spots are available for PS 87’s Rising New York Road Runners!  Rising NYRR is a year-round co-ed running program for 3rd – 5th Graders that will take place on Friday mornings at 7 a.m. at school.  This is a free program but parent volunteers are needed for coaching and site support (MANDATORY commitment of 4-5 sessions throughout the school year). Email with questions or to sign up.

PS 87’s Annual International Dinner Dance

Bring your family and friends! Friday, September 20 is PS 87’s Annual International Dinner Dance!  The event starts with a potluck dinner in the cafeteria at 6:00 p.m. followed by fun dancing and music led by the Culture & Community Committee. Please bring a dish that represents your culture. Those families who are too busy to cook, we understand, and encourage you to bring something yum to add to the potluck. You can have food delivered to the school via Seamless or bring chips & dip, dessert, anything big or small. The more food, the merrier!!! Email us at if you’d like to help with set up and/or cleanup. We look forward to seeing you all at this festive event!  

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

Community Service Families at PS 87!

We’re happy to start off the school year with our first volunteer project–a green project in Riverside Park!

On Saturday, October 5, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., we have the chance to volunteer with the Riverside Park Conservancy. It will be somewhere in Riverside park (70’s-80’s), and we’ll have more information as we get closer to the date.  Space is limited however, so we’d love to know if you and your family are interested. Please read the details below and email us back if you think you’d like to join us!

Who: Students and their families (kids must be accompanied by an adult)
What: Volunteer in Riverside Park! Specific project TBA

Where: Riverside Park– exact location TBA 
When: Saturday, October 5th  (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
Why: Because we love Riverside Park!

Let us know if you think you can join and how many people in your family (children and adults) will be coming. Email us at with your RSVP or with any questions. 

Come Join the Band (CJtB) 

There is still time to register for Come Join the Band (CJtB), the Innovative music program where students learn instruments collaboratively with the help of professional musicians. CJtB performs at PS 87’s Rock Night as well as at venues in NYC. The band practices at the renown recording studio, Smash Studios, in midtown. A CJtB teacher picks up students directly from PS 87 and escorts them to a chartered van for transportation to and from the studio for a nominal fee.

If the cost of the program is a burden to a family, they will work with the family and supplement the tuition. Find out more information at, or by emailing  You can also check out this video:

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