PS87 Backpack News:October 26, 2020

From the PA Presidents

Dear Families,

We want to correct a few items from the last issue.
The committee members announced are the members for the 2020-2021 school year. It feels like we should be in 2021-2022 but we got a bit ahead of ourselves there. 

We also wanted to announce that Stacy Cousino is the chair of the Afterschool Committee. We inadvertently missed her mention last week.

November is quickly approaching – here’s what’s coming up at school:

  1. Harvest Fest activities – this week
  2. Election Day – November 3 (remote instruction for all on that day)
  3. PA Gift/Gift Wrap Fundraiser – through November 8
  4. Parent/Teacher Conferences – info to follow
  5. Veteran’s Day – no school
  6. The Annual Scholastic Book Fair – November 9-22
  7. Thanksgiving Break – a chance to be thankful for a much needed respite

Thank you,

Angie Arlia and Rita Kakati Shah

PA Presidents

PS 87 Auction April 2021

Interested in helping to plan and execute PS 87’s biggest fundraiser of the year? Email us at or complete this form to join a committee! We need your help planning, marketing, soliciting donations, and more. 

PS 87 Harvest Fest 

Below are the activities that have been planned in lieu of our annual Harvest Fest fundraiser.  We hope you will join in!

Costume Contest – Win PS 87 Gear!

Please send a photo of your little one(s) in his/her/their Halloween costume, along with name and classroom information to the following parent volunteers by Tuesday, October 27. The winners will be announced on Friday, October 30. A Halloween costume parade gallery will be posted on the school website over Halloween weekend (from Friday to Monday). If you prefer, you can exclude your child’s face from the photo. 

Parent volunteers:

Pre-K and Kindergarten: Jennie Sparandara

1st Grade: Lynda Todd

2nd Grade: Amber Entenberg

3rd Grade: Lora Martinez

4th Grade: Isabel Paz Vires

5th Grade: Robin Krugman

Harvest Fest Bags With Crafts

Please have your child pick up his/her free Harvest Fest bag on Wednesday, October 28 and Thursday, October 29. The tables will be set up outside the K-Yard, Big Yard, and Main Entrance after school.

Pumpkin and Candy Guesses

We will have 3 pumpkins and 3 jars of candy set up at the tables for the Harvest Fest bags outside of the K-yard, Big Yard, and Main Entrance for the kids to guess the weight of the pumpkins and amount of candy. The winners will be announced Friday, October 30. Prizes can be picked up after school outside the Main Entrance.

Please have your child fill out these Google sheets to enter:

Great Pumpkin Guess

Candy Guess

Spooky Stories and Costume Gallery

Listen to a Halloween themed read aloud from a special PS 87 guest. We will be posting these to the school website for all to enjoy!

Of course kids in remote-only classes are welcome to stop by to pick up goodies and check out the pumpkins and candy jars too! We hope these activities will help your family have a Happy Halloween!

Warm Regards,

Amber and Lora

PA Fundraising

PS 87 PA Gift/Wrap Fundraiser 

The PS 87 PA is holding its first fundraiser of the year.  With over 2,500 gift ideas and great gift wrap, you can check-off your holiday gift lists while supporting our important cause. 

The sale is on now, and runs through November 8. It’s easy, it’s simple, and it’s important! Here’s how to register today and help us spread the word!

Step 1: Register at – use organization ID 20759

Step 2: You can use your email invite generator and send it to family and friends. They can shop and support our school too!

You can also use the QR code below to take you directly to the website. 

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

Green Team/Gardening

Do you have a green thumb? Are you environmentally minded? Want to help maintain our K and Big Yard gardens? We are looking for a few individuals interested in helping to organize our green efforts. If you are interested or have any questions, please reach out to

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.

Community Education Council

District 3 (CEC3) Multilingual Committee is meeting Tuesday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m. Want to hear what’s happening with Dual Language committees during this and upcoming school years? If you are interested in joining, you can register here.


PS 87 Calendar

26-28Cohort A – In School
29-30Cohort B – In School
2Cohort A – In School
3Election Day, fully remote instructional day for all students
4-6 Cohort B – In School
5Parent-Teacher Conferences – fully remote instructional day for all students
9-10Cohort A – In School
9-22Virtual Book Fair
11Veterans Day, NO SCHOOL
12-13Cohort B – In School 
16-17 Cohort A – In School
18-20 Cohort B – In School
23-25 Cohort A – In School
26-27Thanksgiving Recess, NO SCHOOL

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Editors: Angie Arlia, Beth Goldstein, Madhuri Iyer, Greta Karris

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