PS87 Backpack News: June 1, 2020


No school on Thursday, June 4 and Tuesday, June 9.  

From Your PA Presidents 

Dear PS 87 Families,

Although many things have surprised us during the past two years, never in our wildest dreams would we have predicted how this year turned out! In spite of the many challenges facing our community, we were overwhelmed with the generosity many of you showed when we asked for help. From the online auction to honoring our parents working on the front lines, you stepped up when we needed you and for that we will always be grateful. Now we have to ask for your help again. It is our final year as your PA Co-Presidents. Because of the COVID-19 crisis we are not able to hold an election to fill any open board positions until September. If you are interested in running for office please reach out to us at We’d be happy to answer any of your questions. The one thing we know for sure is that the administration is going to need PA support more than ever. Please consider stepping up and taking a leadership role during this important time. 

Thank you,

Jenny Licht and Cheryl Bennett Davidowitz 

PS 87 PA Co-Presidents

PS 87 Online General PA Meeting

The next general PA Meeting will be held virtually on Friday, June 12 at 3:00 p.m. At this meeting you will hear from Monica, our PA Presidents, and various committees. We will also vote on a tentative budget for the 2020-21 school year. Access information and instructions about how to submit questions will be sent closer to the date.

Everybody Reads Week

We are so thrilled to continue our very excellent Everybody Reads Week tradition virtually! Here is a video that explains the activities for the week.

Everybody Reads Week Announcement.mp4

Each day is a special celebration!

Monday – Spot the Character! Six different characters will be placed in your Google classrooms (your classroom page and your cluster pages). See if you find them all! Additional information on Spot the Character can be found here:

Everybody Reads Week_ Spot the Character.pdf

Tuesday – Cap/Hat Day – Wear your most creative cap or hat! 

Wednesday – Book Cover Reveal – Your book cover art will be shared on your STEAM page or classroom page! 

Thursday – Celebrate the day off with…Pajama Day! Parents can participate, too! Hooray!

Friday – It’s Dress Up as Your Favorite Book Character Day! It doesn’t matter if the character is fictional or non-fictional, as long as it’s your favorite!

Please share your days with us! Email to share your funny hats, wonderful book characters, book covers and pajama outfits!

Your classroom teachers will post Zoom sessions with authors on their Google classroom pages. You can attend talks with authors or hear them read.

If you have any questions about Everybody Reads Week, please email Dawnica and the library committee at or Kazue at

Kazue, Dawnica and our lovely Library Committee

Virtual Book Fair 

Our annual Spring Book Fair is finally here!  This year it’s a VIRTUAL Book Fair! We will have access to the entire Scholastic library, so this is the perfect way to restock your bookshelves without leaving the comfort of your couch.

The fair will run continuously until September 4, 2020, so you can regularly refresh your bookshelves all summer long!

All book-only orders of at least $25 will ship free.  PRO-TIP: If you are going to buy anything that is NOT a book, do it in a separate order as only book-only orders will ship free.

25% of your purchase will be donated back to the school so you can shop knowing that you are helping the school as well as getting your little ones excited about reading.

Attached is a great list of recommended reading by grade level created by our wonderful teachers. You can find all of these books at the Virtual Book Fair!  

Happy Reading!

Your Scholastic Signature Book Fair Co-Chairs,

Mercy Ji, Megan Pilla, Kelly Ramot, & Sejal Shah

PS87 Teacher Recommended Reading List.pdf

PS 87 Town Hall Meeting Recording

If you were unable to join Monica at the town hall presentation on May 15, you can watch the recorded zoom video here: are/x_5SAfL2z3tJS7eU0nnWSo8DPY 7nX6a8gHBI__ YEzRucgil2ssEbOtsP-9dSN-ub

Password: 3c.&4%a1

What I Miss Most About PS 87

“I miss my friends, and how they could always cheer me up if I was sad, and how they were always there to help me.”

 – PS 87 Student – 3rd Grade

“I miss the children, the families, and all the people who work at PS 87.  Most of all, I miss talking and laughing with my class.” –  PS 87 Teacher – 2nd grade. 

“I miss seeing Officer Ayala and knowing she created a sense of safety around the school. She knew where everyone was in that school at all times. She’d be an amazing contact tracer!” 

– PS87 Parent – 2nd grade

Keep sending us your comments about what you miss most about our “One Family Under the Sun.” Send your contributions to and we’ll feature them in our next issue.

Planning for the 2020/21 School Year

If you know that your child(ren) will no longer be attending PS 87 in the fall, kindly take a few minutes to fill out the form below.

Chancellor  Updates 

The NYC Department of Education recently posted information about summer school, which you can read here:

Additionally the DOE continues to post the latest information on learning from home here:

We encourage you to check back often for updates on school policies and protocols, additional home learning resources, as well as tips on staying healthy.

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