PS 87 Backpack News: February 24, 2020

Parents Association – Get Involved!

Our PA presidents spend countless hours each week to ensure that the PA board, parent volunteers, and administration are all working together to meet the needs of our children. They also represent PS 87 as part of the District 3 President’s Council. We are a PA, not a PTA, so by definition we aren’t working directly with teachers (even though we do unofficially!). Here are some of the ways parent volunteers help our school:

The parent members of the School Leadership Team (SLT) meet and collaborate each month with the administration and teachers to ensure our kids’ educational needs are being met.

A dedicated team of parents work tirelessly for months to host our biggest fund-raiser of the year, the PS 87 auction.

The Fundraising Committee makes sure your kids have a blast at Harvest Fest and Spring Fair.

Dedicated parent musicians learn songs and coach our kids to make sure Rock Night and Broadway Night are evenings to remember.

Backpack News and the fantastic PS 87 website are completely parent run.

The Culture and Community Committee hosts several events throughout the year celebrating our diverse community.

The Wellness Committee seeks out ways to keep our kids healthy while inside the school.

Family Giving works tirelessly to raise money for the school and manage the money that comes in while PA Treasurers ensure that our money is managed, budgeted and tracked.

The Green Team ensures our school is sustainable while the Garden Team keeps the flowers blooming.

A dedicated group of parents work in the school library supporting our librarian and run our amazing Book Fair.

And of course the class parents and the class parent liaisons who make sure all is going well in the classrooms.

Please remember to say thank you, show your appreciation, or better yet, get involved! There are 100 different ways to support our PA, both big and small. To find out more, please visit our website’s Parents’ Association Page. We hope you will join us and run for some of the open positions available for the 2020-2021 school year.  Elections will take place at the General PA meeting on Thursday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Building Project Committee

The PA has formed the Building Project Committee to help coordinate, monitor, and communicate all construction related activity that will take place on PS 87 property. The co-chairs of this committee are Angela Ranieri, Pam Unger, and Stephen Harman. Please email if you are interested in joining the committee.  

Afterschool Committee Meeting 

The next 87 Afterschool committee meeting will take place on  March 13 from  8 – 9 a.m. in the library. Please come with ideas and comments about your Afterschool experiences.

PS 87 Auction is March 28!

Bidding starts TODAY for our special Pop Up: Camp Edition! Our generous camps have given us a lot of options and hopefully you will find the right fit for your family! Please take your time and read the fine print, as each option has its own rules. Bidding will be open until Thursday, February 27 at 2 p.m., and package pick-up will be Friday, February 28 in the school lobby.

Even if you didn’t bid on camp, we’ll have our raffle tickets available in the lobby on Friday, so please stop by! As a reminder, these will not be sold online so don’t miss your chance. 100 live auction raffle tickets for $100/ticket  and $50 silent raffle tickets for $50/ticket. Each winner will get their pick of a live or silent auction item before the Auction goes live. $100 for a chance at meeting Stephen Colbert and attending a taping? $50 for a chance to win a prime Yankee package for 4? You got to be in it to win it! 

Item donations: If you haven’t been able to find that contribution yet, our deadline is March 5. The earlier you get your donations in, the better we can do…it’s science!  

And finally, please register for the Auction ( when you have a free moment. It only takes a minute and makes it easier when the time comes to bid, bid, bid on Auction night!

Rock Night 2020 – Fri May 1

It’s finally time!  Song selection opens Monday, Feb 24 for Rock Night.  Click here for details. 

Please follow the guidelines below to assist in the process. If your child can’t wait to hit the stage at the big event in May, get ready to submit those song choices! 


  • Students must attend PS 87, which excludes alumni and relatives*. 
  • Grades 2-5 welcome.  Song preference and solos to 5th graders only.
  • Limit of 6 singers per group, ideally, 3 to 6 performers.


  • Submit two songs, preferably from different genres (i.e. one song that is not current). Rank the songs in order of preference. These songs will need to be reproduced by our talented parent musicians. No Broadway songs please, in order to keep to our Rock Night vibe.
  • All lyrics should be school appropriate – feel free to change any questionable lyrics and please submit lyrics with song choices.  
  • No repeat songs from the last two years. Click here for a list of previously selected songs. 


  • Select one parent from each performing group to act as the coordinator to receive/disperse all communication from the Rock Night crew.  
  • 2 rehearsals required – on April 19 and April 26 – for a 15 minute time slot each. Dress rehearsal will be held the night before on Thursday, April 30.
  • At least one parent from each performing group must volunteer to help make the show run smoothly. Details to follow. You will not miss your child’s performance! 
  • We still need musicians for the parent band, and a videographer/photographer – please join us! 

The deadline for final submissions is Monday, March 2,  but act fast as we have limited slots available.  Let us know if you have any questions at  


Rock Night Road Crew

*Come Join the Band! may have a limited number of musicians in bands with PS 87 students.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, March 5. This will be a half day for students – dismissal will be at 11:30 a.m. Online booking will remain open until Tuesday February 25.  To access the booking site, go to the following website: and enter the code: x9has.

  PS 87 Calendar

* Check for venue info *

MARCH 2020
4PA Board Meeting, 6:10 – 8 p.m.
5-6Parent Teacher Conferences, EARLY DISMISSAL MARCH 5
7Broadway Night
9Spanish Class for Parents, 8 – 8:45 a.m.
13Afterschool Committee Meeting, 8 – 9 a.m.General PA Meeting, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
16Dual Language Committee Meeting, 8 – 8:30 a.m.SLT, 4:15 – 5:30 p.m. 
23-27ELA Testing 
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