PS 87 Backpack News: March 2, 2020

Dear families,

Our March book of the month is Zero by Kathryn Otoshi.  Many of you may remember a prior book of the month entitled One by the same author. Much like One, Zero teaches us an important lesson through number characters.

The main character of this book is Zero. Zero compares herself to other numbers and begins to feel low.  She is able to see the value of all of the other numbers and begins to think, “But how could a number worth nothing become something?”  This sentiment makes Zero feel “empty inside.” As the story goes on, we see Zero try to change into other numbers. She stretches herself out to try to be just like One. She twists herself into loops to try to become like Eight. Finally, Seven shares some wise words with her. “Every number has value… be open. You’ll find a way.” And with those words, Zero figures out that not only does she have value, but by being herself she “bring[s] more value to everyone.” 

This simple story teaches us that we need to recognize that we are all valuable members of our community. We all need to know our worth and that no one person has a greater value than another. Because of this, we should always be ourselves and not try to become someone else. Being true to yourself adds value to the lives of others around you. We must all know and believe that we all bring something to the table that makes our community great.


Principal Monica

PS 87 Broadway Night

Tickets are on sale now for the always sold-out Broadway Night! Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Join us on Saturday, March 7, at 6 p.m. in the PS 87 auditorium. Tickets are $20 for the one hour show. Buy your raffle tickets here, or go to to be entered to win premium seats at Broadway hit shows. You must be present to win. All proceeds from this fundraiser are for the benefit of PS 87. If cost is an issue, please do not hesitate to contact us or Sandra Guirguis, PS 87’s parent coordinator.

PS 87 Auction is March 28!

It’s March!  Here’s your March Auction Checklist!

  • The deadline for donating items is March 5THIS WEEK. Participation is not where it should be, so please, get your donation in to us as soon as you possibly can! 
  • Find us in the lobby during Parent/Teacher conferences to get your raffle tickets (Principal for the Day, Live Auction, Silent Auction, Teacher Treats)
  • Register and Buy your tickets HERE
  • Plan your sitter for March 28 from 7 -11 p.m.
  • Dust off your bell bottoms and shine your boots — it’s time to boogie!

Speaking of bidding, here is a sneak peek of some of the events and tickets we have for you. We have Tribeca Film Festival tickets! Feeling worldly? We have your inside track to Women in the World. Do your kids dazzle you with their Baby Shark renditions? Treat them to Baby Shark, Live! Had enough Baby Shark and want a night out to discover new Broadway happenings? We have your Sing Street preview and Almost Famous too! We’re also putting together an ultimate Mom’s Night Out featuring Pure Barre. You don’t want to miss it! Not into pilates? No problem! We also have offerings from our friends at Grassroots, Exceed, Soul Cycle, Flywheel, Rumble, Crossfit, Row House, Bar Method, a secret weapon called “The Class,” and many more fitness options to choose from! 

Don’t forget your raffle tickets (Principal for the Day, Live Auction, Silent Auction, Teacher Treats). We’ll be selling these IN PERSON this week during Parent Teacher conferences. 

What songs do you want to hear at the Auction this year? Add your 70’s inspiration to our Spotify playlist: 

Questions? Please reach out to!


The Auction Team

Rock Night 2020 – Friday May 1

REMINDER! Rock Night song selection closes today,      March 2! Click here for details, or email with any questions!   

Calling all Auction Swap Volunteers!

As some of you may know, to help staff our Auction each year, PS 87 swaps volunteers with some of our neighboring elementary schools. This way each school has a full volunteer “staff” to help with check-ins, coat checks, or whatever they might need – and the parents at the school can have some fun and bid, bid, bid!! Our friends at Anderson and PS 199 have their auctions coming up, so we need a few volunteers on February 29 and March 7! Please click here to access the sign up genius and pick your preferred date and time. Help us pay it forward! 

Raise $ for PS 87 

Tea Collection

Time to stock up on cute spring clothes!  The more you shop, the more we raise! Use code SDSP20PS87 at checkout on Tea Collection’s website ( now through March 8, and 10% of your purchase dollars will be donated to PS 87!  Orders placed without this code cannot be adjusted.  

All customers will need to log-in or create an account with Tea. Customers will receive free 6-10 business day shipping on orders of $75 or more (6-10 business day shipping must be checked for code to apply). 

New York International Children’s Film Festival

Looking for something to do this weekend? Head out to  watch a movie at the New York International Children’s Film Festival and support P8 87 while doing so! It’s simple – go to to buy your tickets.  Select “PS 87 William Sherman” as the fundraising partner. Brochures are available in the lobby.

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 Calendar

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MARCH 2020
4PA Board Meeting, 6:10 – 8 p.m.
5Parent Teacher Conferences, EARLY DISMISSAL
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. 
25-26ELA Testing 
APRIL 2020
1PA Board Meeting, 6:10 – 8 p.m.
2Afterschool Committee Meeting, 8 – 9 a.m.General PA Meeting, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
3Pan Asian Night
6Spanish Class for Parents, 8 – 8:45 a.m.
9-17Spring Break, NO SCHOOL
20-24Math Testing

Parent Association Elections

Do you want to become a parent leader? Elections for the 2020-21 school year will be held at the General PA Meeting on Thursday April 2 at 6:30 p.m. Several key positions are up for grabs, including PA Co-Presidents. Email for more information.

Join the BPN team!

Do you want to help out at school but can’t devote time during the day? Do you have a creative spark that needs kindling? Do you want to be on the pulse of the school and know the inner workings? Then join us on the Backpack News team! It takes about an hour a week to help edit or send an email to follow up with committees for information. Or maybe even write a little something when you feel inspired. It’s a lot of fun,  and you’d be part of a great team! Questions? Please reach out to us at

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