PS87 Backpack News: June 15, 2020

A message from the Culture & Community Committee

(Sent to BPN on June 5) 

As a representative of the Culture & Community Committee for PS 87, I am a proud parent of our beloved school and a black mother.

I am positive you are all aware of the protests held over this past weekend and everyday since. While there has been so much anger and violence in the streets, there is also beauty. People got together to denounce racism.

After many many years of systemic racism, of bigotry, and of hate, we have to stand in solidarity to unfold new journeys to create a better world. There is immense power in numbers and we have to band together.

When George Floyd called out to his mother on that ground — all mothers (and fathers) were summoned.

We need to live in a society in which people like myself can be treated with fairness and respect. It’s important that we have these conversations with our children because our children will soon lead the way to a better future. This is delicate, but we have to trust our children and we have to guide them. It has to be sensitive and age appropriate. The time is NOW.

This is where it gets tough — we have to admit to our own individual wrongdoings.

I am committed to the continued conversation and actions that are absolutely necessary for the change that has been long overdue in America. Children are not born racists, it is a learned behavior. We are uniquely qualified to talk with our children about the reality that exists and the changes that will happen when we are united in the message of love and fairness and equality for all people.

Black Lives Matter!

  • Regine Vincent Bonet

Resources for talking about race, racism and racialized violence with kids 

During this pivotal time, many of us are looking for guidance on how to talk to our children about race. Below is the list of resources that Monica included in her June 5 email to the PS 87 community.

Interviews/Advice from Experts:

Resource Lists:

Articles:

Examples:

Affinity Spaces:

A Poem by Leslie Dwight

“What if 2020 isn’t cancelled?⁣

What if 2020 is the year we’ve been waiting for?⁣

A year so uncomfortable, so painful, so scary, so raw — that it finally forces us to grow.⁣

A year that screams so loud, finally awakening us from our ignorant slumber.⁣

A year we finally accept the need for change.⁣

Declare change. Work for change. Become the change. A year we finally band together, instead of⁣

pushing each other further apart.⁣

2020 isn’t cancelled, but rather⁣

the most important year of them all.”⁣

General PA Meeting

Hi PS 87 Families,

After we sent out the notice about the General PA Meeting, we were informed of a scheduling conflict that would have prevented some families from attending. With that in mind, we are moving it back one hour. 

So please join us Friday June 19 at 4 p.m. for the last PA meeting of the school year. Monica will have the latest information on plans for the fall and we will vote on a preliminary budget. 

Please click on the link below to register:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkfu-urTItGtwe9b43U9Gm_ewhoLta8hcY

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the meeting link.

We hope you can make it, but if not, a recording of the meeting will be made available on ps87.info

Thank you,

  • Jenny and Cheryl 

Virtual Book Fair 

Our annual Spring Book Fair is finally here!  This year it’s a VIRTUAL Book Fair! We 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

Chancellor  Updates 

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

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/summer-school-2020

Take the Return to School 2020 Survey here.

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

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learn-at-home/chancellor-s-message-for-families

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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