PS87 Backpack News: October 19, 2020

From the Elected PA Presidents

Dear Families,

Welcome to another installment of Backpack News. As the leaves turn and the school routine settles in, we’d like to take a moment to highlight our recent Board elections. 

First, a big thank you to all the outgoing committee members for your collective years of service. You have volunteered your time and expertise, and we are all truly grateful for the dedication and love you have shown to the entire PS 87 community.

Thank you to those who have volunteered to step into leadership roles on our Board. We are truly appreciative of your willingness to help.  While this is a rather “different” school year for us all, we look forward to collaborating with you to make it as awesome as can be. 

Announcing your 2020-2021 committee members:

Treasurer – Kim Haussman and Stacey Shapiro

Secretary – Sara Meyer Loya and Carrie Gardner Weinrib

Administration – Marissa Curry

Family Giving – Ross Goldstein

Fundraising and Corporate Sponsorship – Amber Entenberg and Lora Martinez

Auction – Emily Sabree

Culture and Community Engagement/Welcoming – Regine Vincent Bonet and Bea Yang

Community Affairs – Jill Rackmill and Erica De Piero

Enrichment – Megan Hoffman

Communications – Gillian Mollod and Michael Griffin

Wellness – Natalya Murakhver

Kindergarten Representative – Jennie Sparandara

5th Grade/Middle School Representative – Robin Krugman 

School Leadership Team (SLT) – Jami De Angelis and Meredith Sharkey

Class Parent Liaison – Gina Pisarzyck

Afterschool – Stacy Cousino

For those of you wishing to get involved in some capacity, we still have some open spots, so feel free to reach out. And please consider being a class parent – it is a fantastic way to make an impact.

Thank you,

Angie Arlia and Rita Kakati Shah

PA Presidents

Welcome Wednesday

Earlier in the month, our PS 87 Parents Association held the first “Welcome Wednesday” event for parents new to the school. Parents dropped into a Zoom and discussed ways to connect with other parents, such as arranging pick-ups or playdates (you can find parent contact info in AtoZ Connect).  We also talked about remote learning experiences so far, and ideas to help students work more independently on remote days.  Lastly, we had the opportunity to meet Jennifer Stark, our new Parent Coordinator. 

Alert! All Kindergarten cohorts are still looking for class parents! The PA will communicate more information about class parent roles shortly. 

Didn’t make it? Don’t worry – there will be more welcome events to come.  Please contact with any questions.

Meet Jennifer Stark

We are very thankful that Jennifer Stark has joined PS 87 as Parent Coordinator.  Please feel free to direct your questions to Jennifer at Here is Jennifer’s welcome letter to the community:

Dear PS 87 Families, 

I am excited to be joining the PS 87 community as your new Parent Coordinator. PS 87’s reputation as a truly collaborative school where all voices are valued was a big draw for me. 

Since I had the luxury of googling PS 87 and learning about its history and reputation, and you do not have the same access to me, I thought I’d give you a little info about my background:

I have been a NYC public school parent for 15 years. As such, I’ve experienced everything from early intervention, Turning 5 meetings and IEPs to honors classes, Specialized High School tests and college applications.

I come to you from a three-year stint as Parent Coordinator at PS 281 – a very international school near the United Nations. Prior to that I spent over 20 years working at NYC Barnes & Noble stores where I set-up and hosted events with authors, musicians and performers; worked with teachers, students and schools from around the city; and partnered with cultural institutions and literary and literacy organizations. 

I live in Astoria, a neighborhood whose cool factor has risen considerably since I moved there – something I can take no credit for, as my kids will attest.

I will be riding my bicycle to school most days, so wave to all bikers you see, one of them might be me. 

I’m looking forward to getting to know you and your children in the coming days, weeks, months, years.


Harvest Fest Fun! 

This year’s Harvest Fest is going to look very different, but it will still be filled with fun Halloween activities for our community.  Be on the lookout – these activities will be spread out over the next two weeks and will be free to all PS 87 students.  A sample of the fun: Guess the pumpkin’s weight, a virtual Halloween costume contest, spooky storytelling, and take-home Halloween craft bags.  We will also be selling PS 87 gear so students can show their school spirit. We can’t wait to have some Halloween fun with our “one family under the sun.  

Device Donations

A number of our students could use an extra device for remote learning. Do you have an old laptop or tablet that still works pretty well? If you’d like to donate your old device, please drop it off with Officer Ayala

Administration Office Hours

Parents can drop in to ask questions to school administration  at 9:30 a.m. on:

Monday, October 19 – Blended Cohort A parents

Thursday, October 22 – Blended Cohort B parents

Friday, October 23 – Remote parents

To join the call, please use this link.

DOE/Community Updates

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

School Funding

Lucas Liu, a member of the CEC and Co-Chair of the Community Relations Committee at PS 9, recently held a meeting about school funding.  For those that missed it but are interested in the topic, he will be giving an updated presentation on October 22.  If you would like to attend, you can register here.

Community Education Council

District 3 (CEC3) is meeting Wednesday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m.. If you are interested in joining, you can register here.

PS 87 Calendar

19-20Cohort A – In School
21-23 Cohort B – In School
26-28Cohort A – In School
29-30Cohort B – In School
3Election Day, fully remote instructional day for all students
4Parent-Teacher Conferences – evening only
5Parent-Teacher Conferences – afternoon & evening
11Veterans Day, NO SCHOOL
12Parent-Teacher Conferences – evening only
13Early Dismissal, Parent-Teacher Conferences
26-27Thanksgiving Recess, NO SCHOOL
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