PS 87 Backpack News: October 21, 2019

Harvest Fest is coming! 

PS 87’s SPOOKTACULAR Harvest Fest is just around the corner. On Saturday, October 26, from 2-6 p.m, the school will be morphed into a frightfully fun extravaganza!

If you haven’t had a chance to sign up yet, we still need volunteers for these popular booths and more:

  • Fright Academy Haunted House – ADULT actors and backstage staff experience the heart of the event
  • Freaky Face Painting and Ghastly Glitter Tattoo – No experience necessary and lots of paintbrush fun, plus you get your own room
  • Banshee Bake Sale – Calling our expert bakers, please come sign up
  • Cookie Decorating – It might be a little messy, but worth every sprinkle filled grin
  • Turkey Pine Cones – Help add a little gobble to your Thanksgiving table
  • Carnival Games – Be a good sport and donate time at the gym
  • General Fill – You are the National Guard of Harvest Fest
  • Class Activities – Every class has a table with a fun activity

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 to enjoy all of the activities!

Service Provider Meeting

There will be a service provider meeting Friday, October 25, from 8:30  – 9:15 a.m. in the auditorium. If your child has an IEP, this is an excellent opportunity to meet the individuals who provide services such as SETSS, OT/PT, Speech and Language as well as the school psychologist, counselor, social worker and our IEP coordinator.

PS 87 Auction – March 28, 2020

Interested in helping to plan PS 87’s biggest fundraiser of the year? Email us at to join a committee!

Movie Night – November 1

The annual school-wide Movie Night, hosted by the Dual Language committee will be held on Friday, November 1 from 6:15 – 9 p.m. We need donations and volunteers to make it an amazing night! Please consider contributing:

-Baked goods for sale (such as brownies, cupcakes, cookies)

-Savory snacks for sale (such as pastelitos, empanadas, etc)

-Multicultural finger foods for sale 

-Boxed juice for sale

-Boxed water for sale

Or, volunteer to help sell food during the event, and/or help set-up or clean-up.  Please email if interested.  Muchísimas gracias! Many thanks!

Middle School Happenings

Make the most of your middle school search by checking out the following events!

Middle School Fair

You’re invited to the District 3 Middle School Fair, to be held on Thursday, October 24 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Joan of Arc Campus (154 W. 93rd St.). Presentations are at 5:30 and 6:30. Learn about the schools in your district and how to apply to middle school this fall.  At the fair you will attend a middle school presentation, pick up an admissions guide, and visit school tables. Reminder – middle school applications are due on December 2.

Middle School Panel

Hey 5th graders!  Come join PS 87 alumni to give you the real story on all the middle schools you are considering!  It will be held Monday, October 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m, in the auditorium..  Several 6th-8th graders will be on hand to answer questions from “are the bathrooms disgusting?” to “do you have lockers?” to “how much homework do you have each night?”  Students will give you the real answers that the grown-ups on the tours simply don’t know!  It is a great way to see how each school differs. Middle school parents will also be in attendance to answer your parents’ questions.  Oh, and we will feed you! Rising middle schoolers need pizza!

Free Spanish Classes for All PS 87 Parents

Join us Monday, October 28 for free Spanish lessons in the  PS 87 library from 8 – 8:45 am. Open to all PS 87 Parents! Beginner, intermediate and advanced levels are offered and all levels are welcome! The next class is Monday, November 4 – same time and same place. Bienvenidos a todos! Hope to see you there!

Tell BPN

Last Week’s Question: What is the weirdest breakfast that your kid(s) has ever requested before school?

The best response:

“Miso soup.” — current second grader at PS 87 and a lover of Japanese food.

Did you know that miso soup, while not a traditional American breakfast food, is commonly eaten in Japan for breakfast? It is packed with protein and live active cultures. A DIY version of miso soup is super easy to create – Just mix in some miso paste into hot water and voila!

Parents’ Nights Out in November!

Mark your calendars and come hang out with your fellow PS 87 parents.

 PS 87 Calendar

* Check for venue info *

24Middle School Fair, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
25Service Provider Meeting, 8:30 – 9:15 a.m.
28Spanish Class for Parents, 8 – 8:45 a.m.
1Dual Language – Movie Night, 6:15 – 9:00 p.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
8, 12-15BOOK FAIR
14 Parent/Teacher Conference, Early Dismissal
18Spanish Class for Parents, 8 – 8:45 a.m.
19Moms’ Night Out, 7 – 10 p.m.
21Dads’ Night Out, 7 – 10 p.m.
25Dual Language Committee Meeting, 8 – 8:30 a.m.
28-29Thanksgiving, NO SCHOOL

Night of Rock n’ Roll!

Parents and Friends from District 3 schools are bringing the noise to raise money for the kids in South Bronx! Join us for a night of Rock n’ Roll to support Readin’, Writin’ and ‘Rithmatic for kids in District 7 schools. 

Over the past 4 years, School2School, a project started by PS87 parents, has raised over $20K to improve the lives of kids in NYC public schools. On Saturday, November 9 musicians from around School District 3 will play all your favorite rock songs in our favorite local venue – the Triad on 72nd St. There are 15 current and 4 alumni PS 87 parents performing this year and we’d love to have the 87 community come out in support! Money raised through ticket sales is donated to teachers via DonorsChoose.

It’ll be a super fun night for a super fun cause!
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