PS 87 Backpack News: October 28, 2019

Scholastic Book Fair, Nov. 8-15 

This amazing book fair will transform our lobby into a pop-up bookstore that will take our reading enthusiasts on many wonderful adventures. With more than 2,000 titles to choose from, your kids will surely find something that both kids and parents will love! But we need your help to make the book fair a success! You can find more information on all of the below initiatives at

Classroom Gift Certificates:

Our classrooms love to stock up on new titles and refresh their well-used libraries from the amazing selection at the book fair. Families are invited to purchase gift certificates that will be distributed among the classrooms. We are One Family Under the Sun, and the gift certificates will benefit the entire school!  Teachers and students truly appreciate all your generosity towards the expansion of the class libraries! The deadline to purchase gift certificates is November 6. 


In order to run smoothly, the book fair requires lots of parent help during the week of the fair.  Please consider volunteering for a shift or two (or three!).  

Help Us Create our Book Fair Mascot

Back by popular demand we are hosting the annual Book Fair Mascot Contest. There will be prizes for the winning mascots! All entries will be displayed in the lobby during the book fair.  Please encourage your children to create a mascot at home if they are not doing it in class. Completed entry forms can be dropped off in the box on Officer Ayala’s desk by Nov. 6.

Class Visits – Go Cashless!

Each class will visit the book fair.  This year we are using e-wallet, which easily allows you to create an account for your child and pay by credit card remotely. You can find all the information about how to sign up on our website.  If possible, please print out the confirmation and send it with your child. Of course you can still send cash with the child’s name, class, and amount of money enclosed in an envelope on the day of your child’s class visit.

The book fair will be also be open during parent teacher conferences for you to shop with your child! Please visit to buy gift certificates, volunteer, set up e-wallet and get more information. Email any questions to  Happy reading!

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. The featured movie will be The Secret Life of Pets 2. 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.  Volunteer Sign-up link:

Please go to Events and click on PS 87 Movie Night 2019.

We will be collecting food all day. You can leave the food with Officer Ayala in the school lobby. If you are bringing food that will sit all day please bring things that DON’T need to be refrigerated. You can also arrange deliveries through Seamless to be delivered directly to the school!

If you can’t join us that day, you can still kindly donate through Venmo at @Karinna-Dancourt with the subject line Movie Night Fundraiser. Any donations are appreciated! Funds will go to our fellow school, PS 242, in Harlem.

Lost and Found

It’s only the second month of school, but the lost and found is already overflowing with sweatshirts, coats, cardigans, water bottles, lunchboxes, umbrellas, hats, and even one complete ballet outfit. Please come and look through it all. You’ll probably find something you didn’t even know was missing!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday November 14. This will be a ½ day for students – dismissal will be at 11:30 a.m. Online booking for parent teacher conferences will go “live” on Tuesday October 29 at 7:30 a.m.  Click here for more info!

Harvest Fest – Thank you!

Dear PS87 Parents,

Thank you to All the Volunteers for giving their time and energy to our wonderful kids, to our wonderful school, making the Harvest Fest a success!

For all of you, the friendly faces I see everyday walking the streets of the UWS, I feel privileged that you are a part of my children’s village. The PS 87 Community is so remarkable. I still remember touring our school five years ago, and feeling the energy and the connection that makes PS 87 magical. I want to let everyone know how grateful I am that you are a part of our lives.

I also want to thank our local community sponsors for their generous support of our school: Spring Lake for the active Gaga Pit and handy loot bags, JCC of Manhattan for supplying the Halloween bag decorating craft table, and Trader Joe’s for the nutritious fruits for the Spooky Cafe.

I want to especially acknowledge:

  • Isabel Vaz Pires for being my silent partner. She hasn’t really left fundraising, even if her name isn’t on the board. She is a true pillar for our school. 
  • Dara Cremin, who answered every question promptly and with patience.
  • Erica DePiero and her talented Haunted House Crew for creating the amazing Fright Academy.
  • Manuela Dujmic for beautifully organizing and managing the Bake Sale.
  • Jackie Dolson-Shewchuk, Therese Snider, Charlotte Simcock, and Samantha Benowitz for making Hogwarts come to life in the yucky room.
  • Jessica Lawrence for always being the PS 87 face painting guru.
  • Jasmine Rothbard and Bea Yang and the creative Lobby Decorating Crew. You made our school into Halloween Central and I’m so happy to be able to rely on you.
  • Rita Hajou and Bea Yang for being gracious ambassadors at the door.
  • James Mitchell from 87 Afterschool for giving his time on a Saturday to help manage the kids in the gym.
  • Boris Markovich, who was always there to review my emails.
  • Peter Cofano and Benny Portelli, our hard working janitorial staff that didn’t mind me annoying them and always had our kids well being at heart.
  • Officer Ayala, who keeps our kids safe with a dignified grace.
  • And my husband, Dan Entenberg, who always shows up without asking. 

             With so much appreciation,

              Amber Entenberg 

An Amazing Thanksgiving for All!

Join the Thousand Turkey Challenge and help make this a memorable Thanksgiving for New York Families!

Each year, in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, West Side Campaign Against Hunger launches the Thousand Turkey Challenge. Last year we provided turkeys to over 2,000 families!  PS 87 Community Service Committee has been a proud partner in this work and we encourage you all to donate.  You can:

Book & Coat Drive Thank You!

A huge thank you to the PS 87 community for donating to our book and coat drive for PS 145. We collected hundreds of books and well over one hundred winter coats. Our friends at PS 145 have already launched a small lending library in their school lobby, and will be able to replenish it thanks to donations from our community. They are in the process of sorting coats and will distribute them next month as the temperatures drop. The Dual Language committee thanks everyone who contributed and is helping to support a neighborhood D3 school in need.

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This Week’s Question: 

What is the most interesting costume suggestion your child has made for Halloween this year? 

Parents’ Nights Out in November!

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

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!

  PS 87 Calendar

* Check for venue info *

1Dual Language – Movie Night, 6:15 – 9:00 p.m.
4Dual Language meeting, 8 – 8:30 am, Library
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.
28-29Thanksgiving, NO SCHOOL
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