PS 87 Backpack News: October 7, 2019

Dear Families, 

This week we will have our annual four tenets assemblies for all grades. For those who are new to the PS 87 family, we have four tenets that define how we expect everyone, both children and adults, to behave as members of our community. When speaking to the children, I liken the tenets to family values.  During the assemblies, I will discuss each tenet with the children in the following ways: 

Be kind – There are many ways to be kind in our community. We can cheer-up others if they are feeling down. We can give someone a helping hand. We can ask someone who is alone to join us. Beyond being kind to people, we can also be kind to the environment by picking up after ourselves and recycling. 

Be honest – Being honest is to tell the truth, both to ourselves and others. While it sounds very simple, we all know that telling the truth can be hard at times. There are times when we know that telling the truth could make people angry or could get us in trouble. However, it is important to be honest because that is how we build trust. 

Be brave – As one student stated last year, “Being brave is giving something a try. Even if you are really scared.” We encourage all of the members of our community to be brave and take risks – from trying something new, to asking to join a group, to answering a question in class. When we take risks, we grow and learn.

Be wise – When we ask people to be wise, we are asking them to think about what they do or say before they act. Before acting, ask yourselves, “Will this be harmful or helpful?” Our goal is to be helpful in all we do. 

Each month, we will read a book that illustrates one of the tenets or teaches us how to be good community members. Each classroom gets a copy of the book and the students read and share the book with one another. We will be rereading Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud as our first book this year.  The book states that we all carry around an invisible bucket. The  bucket’s purpose is to hold all of the good thoughts and feelings we have about ourselves. As a community we fill each others buckets by being kind and caring to one another. Also, when we fill the bucket of others, our buckets get filled as well.

In addition to speaking to the children about filling buckets, we will also be discussing what to do if someone dips into their bucket and makes them feel bad.  We will be connecting it to our ‘Respect For All’ protocols of informing an adult so we can work on solving the problem with Jacqueline Rodriguez, our school guidance counselor and ‘Respect for All’ liaison.  If your child does inform you that he or she feels picked-on regularly, we are asking that you reach out to Jacqueline immediately at 212-678-2826 ext. 5161 or

Throughout the school year, we encourage everyone to keep these tenets in mind when interacting within the PS 87 community, as well as with the community at large. It will not only make us a stronger community, but it will also help us to make the world just a bit more kind, caring, and loving.


Principal Monica

 PS 87 Calendar

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9Yom Kippur, NO SCHOOL
11General PA Meeting, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
14Columbus Day, NO SCHOOL
17-18Picture Day
21Dual Language Committee Meeting, 8 – 8:30 a.m.SLT Meeting, 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
28Spanish Class for Parents, 8 – 8:45 a.m.
4Spanish Class for Parents, 8 – 8:45 a.m.
5Election Day, NO SCHOOL
7General PA Meeting, 6:10 p.m. (EVE MEETING)
11Veteran’s Day, NO SCHOOL
14 Parent/Teacher Conference, Early Dismissal
18Spanish Class for Parents, 8 – 8:45 a.m.
25Dual Language Committee Meeting
28-29Thanksgiving, NO SCHOOL

Harvest Fest 2019, October 26

PS 87’s Spooktacular Harvest Fest will be held inside the school from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday, October 26.  Please join us for all the crazy fun while supporting your school! The Harvest Fest is the PA’s Biggest Fall FUNdraiser and we need your support to create a ghoulish good time for our kids.  Please bring the whole family and don’t forget to VOLUNTEER for a shift at our amazing Activity and Craft Tables, Bake Sale, and Fright Academy Haunted House.  New this year are Candy Cornucopias, Mummy Lanterns, and Caramel Apple Bites. We will also have the kids’ favorites: Creepy Carnival Games in the gym, Hogwarts in the Yucky Room, and Freaky Face Painting.  We would like to thank our returning sponsors, Spring Lake Camp for donating and overseeing the GAGA Pit, and the JCC’s Camp Settoga for hosting Halloween Bag Decorating.

It takes you, our committed parents, to make this event a success. The shifts are 2 hours or less. If you want to get active, join our Creative Harvest Fest Set-Up Crew.  PS 87 bakers, we need you to continue our tradition of delicious Halloween treats. And please sign up for your class activity!  We need all shifts FULL! Many hands make for lighter work and a safe, fun environment.  Log into A to Z Connect, go to the menu on the top left, and choose Event Sign-Up. 

We encourage kids to get the ALL ACCESS Wristband so they can enjoy all of the activities!

You can also contact Amber Entenberg and Lora Martinez at for more information.

Box Tops for Cash

Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies in your shopping cart? How about Cheerios, Yoplait Yogurt or Kleenex? These are just some of the brands that participate in Box Tops for Education. At PS 87, we still collect Box Tops, and we earn  money! Right now Box Tops is transitioning to a digital system, so there are 3 ways to participate:

1. The Old Fashioned Way – Clip the Box Tops logo (make sure to check the expiration date) from participating products and send in the Box Tops clippings to the Main Office in an envelope labeled “Box Tops.”

2. The Digital Way – Create an account on the Box Tops website ( and designate Public School 87 as your school from the pick-list. Scan and submit your receipt each time you buy something that has the Box Top label.

3. Double Dip! While the program undergoes a transition to digital, they will double count any Box Tops submitted using both options above. Click to find a list of participating brands.

Middle School Corner

Hello 4th and 5th grade parents! It’s that exciting (and let’s admit also slightly sad) time in our kids’ PS 87 tenure when they begin to think about bidding farewell to elementary school and moving on to middle school. And as parents it is also an emotional time. We all wonder how time could be zipping by when it feels like yesterday we were in the K yard waving furiously. Here are some tips for navigating the middle school process:

  • 4th grade parents – get your kids to school and get them there on time. Attendance matters to all middle schools. It may be the deciding factor between equally amazing kids.
  • Sign up for as many tours and open houses as you can. Don’t rely on the “old favorites.” Each school is unique and offers fantastic opportunities.
  • After tours/open houses with your child, let them initiate the discussion. What sticks out to them may be completely different from the virtues you recognized. All of that “data” will help you find good fits.
  • Make sure you talk up several schools with your kid. If he/she has his/her heart set on one and it doesn’t work out, the disappointment will be even bigger if he/she has not considered other options.
  • List all the schools you can see your child attending (apps due Dec 2). You DO NOT want the DOE to pick for you. They will not know your kid and they will likely not pick a school you would have picked.
  • Recognize that waitlists are a good thing. Many kids will move or go to private schools so space will open up.
  • Try and be cool as a cucumber through this. The last thing we all want is for our children to be stressed. If they see us being chill, they will also be chill.
  • Check the middle schools’ websites for tour and open house information.  Or, visit the below link for details:

Picture Day(s) – October 17 & 18

Make sure to send your kids to school in their favorite clothes, with a beaming smile! Photo Day is Thursday, October 17 for 1st, 3rd and 5th grades and Friday, October 18 for Prek, K, 2nd and 4th grades. 5th grade parents, please try to avoid middle school tours on photo day. 

A makeup date will be scheduled during December. Like last year, there won’t be any forms to fill out or money to send in advance. All ordering will be done online after proofs are sent home approximately 3 weeks after photo day. 

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