PS87 Backpack News: June 22, 2020

This is the last issue of Backpack News for the 2019/2020 School Year. Have a Great Summer!

From the Desk of the Principal

Dear Families,

It is hard to believe that we are at the end of the school year.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think we would be ending the year quarantined and learning remotely due to a pandemic. However, that is exactly where we are. Although the last third of the school year has been difficult and frustrating at times, it has taught us that we are able to do far more than we ever thought we were capable of.  

While living through this pandemic, we have come to expect uncertainty.  I wish I could tell you that the end of the school year would bring an end to that, but as we go into the summer, we don’t know what the fall will look like. We know that we all want to be able to come back to our beloved building on 78th Street in September, and we may. Things may not be the same as they were before, but no matter what the fall looks like, we will continue to stay committed to the following from our school’s vision:

  • Creating a safe and supportive school culture that promotes academic risk-taking in students and teachers
  • Encouraging diverse learners to become self-directed, creative and independent through inquiry and exploration
  • Fostering critical thinking through a grade-by-grade thematic curriculum centered on experiential learning, always striving towards academic excellence

We will be spending our summer learning new and creative ways to do this.  

During the summer, there will be a number of announcements made about the upcoming school year.  It is important that you update your email addresses in A to Z Connect so we can keep you abreast of new developments as they are released.  As we get it, we will share information about the calendar, potential split schedules, construction, and anything else that is related to the school.  

Going into the summer with so much up in the air never is a great feeling, but I am encouraged by the resilience of our community during the past three months.  If we have learned anything about ourselves since March, it’s that we are going to make it through tough times.  We are PS 87 strong!

Be well and stay strong,

Principal Monica

Link to June 19 PA Meeting

On Friday, June 19, the PA held their final general meeting of the school year. Monica joined the meeting to discuss the range of options being considered for the return to school in the fall. In addition, the PA leadership took the group through the most updated finances, with actuals through May, as well as the proposed 2020/2021 school year budget, which was voted on and approved. Click here to view the recording.  The password is 007412.

Please note, the first few minutes of the meeting were not captured in the recording. After a brief introduction, Monica discussed how Covid-19 has impacted the grading system.  For the final report cards, there will either be an “MT” (Meets Standards) or NT (Needs Improvement) score for each line item, instead of the usual 1 to 4 scale. Student report cards will be available on the Department Of Education’s mystudent site (not  the myschool site, which is what is presented on the powerpoint at the beginning of the video).  Here is the link:

So Hard to Say Goodbye

To My Dear PS 87 Family,

This is a tough note to be sending out to all of you.

After 10 years of being a part of the 87 community, it is time for me to say goodbye.

I am packing up and moving to sunny California in July.  

This has been a dream of mine for a while, one which I almost put on hold given the state of the world, but ultimately I have decided the decision is still the right one.

NYC and PS 87 will always hold a special place in my heart.

87 is like a big (sometimes dysfunctional) family. The big, loving, crazy family that always welcomes you home with open arms.

I wish that we were not in this time of pandemic and I could meet you all at the door and smile and laugh with you and your children and say a proper “see you later.”

Because we all know that it is not really goodbye. You can never really leave PS 87, it is always a wonderful place to return to and a place where everyone, especially Officer Ayala, knows your name.

I would like to thank all of you for your support over the years. You have made my job easier by always responding to my requests, questions and asks with positivity, enthusiasm and a never ending desire to make PS 87 the incredible school that it is.

I have loved getting to know you and your children. I wish each and every one of you love, health and happiness as we all continue on with our adventures.

Be kind, keep laughing and smiling.

Much love, 


 PS87 Afterschool Survey

Due to uncertainties regarding reopening school in the fall, 87Afterschool registration has been postponed until August. By then the DOE and the CDC should have directions and hopefully, Afterschool will move forward.

With that said, please complete the short five question survey below. This will be helpful in planning for the fall. It will take only a few minutes to complete. 

87Afterschool Fall 2020 Survey

An email will be sent later this summer once registration plans have been finalized. In the meantime, we wish everyone a fun and safe summer. Our entire team truly misses seeing your children, and we look forward to being together again in the fall. 

Virtual Book Fair 

Don’t forget that the Virtual School Book Fair will run continuously until September 4, 2020! That means you can regularly refresh your bookshelves all summer long! 

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 are a few resources of recommended reading by grade level created by our wonderful teachers and from our librarian friends from Everybody Reads Week!

Happy Reading!

PS87 Teacher Recommended Reading List.pdf

NYPL Everybody Reads One Pager.pdf

Chancellor  Updates 

The NYC Department of Education continues to update the link below. Keep an eye on it throughout the summer for the latest information.

Note from the DOE: Since we cannot yet predict what September will look like, we need to be prepared for a range of possibilities. We know we can’t do this without your input! We’ve created a short, anonymous survey to help us understand what is most important to you for when we return to school in the fall. 

Take the Return to School 2020 Survey here.

Join the BPN team

Thank you to all who supported Backpack News this year.  Special shout out to Theresa Caragine, who delivered the print issues to teacher mailboxes. 

We’d love to expand our team for the 2020/21 school year.  We could use help compiling news and event info from the various committees.  If you enjoy writing, editing, or simply want to be part of a team that makes a difference at our school, please reach out to us at (note new email address).  You can do a little or a lot – the time commitment is flexible!

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