PS87 Backpack News: November 2, 2020

PS 87 PA Gift/Wrap Fundraiser 

The PS 87 PA is holding its first fundraiser of the year. But there are only a few more days to get in your orders – it runs through November 8. With over 2,500 gift ideas and great gift wrap, you can check-off your holiday gift lists while supporting our important cause. It’s easy, it’s simple, and it’s important because PS 87 receives a significant percentage back from each sale. Please help us make this fundraiser a success.  

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. 

From the PA Presidents

This past week was a whirl of energy and excitement, as a result of the fun and interactive Harvest Festival activities! A big thank you to Amber Entenberg for all of her hard work, and to the community for your participation! The Halloween costumes were all so creative, fun and very cute, even brilliant at times! Great job by the Communications team getting all of the images up on our website so quickly for all to admire! The read alouds presented by parents, teachers and students were scary, and the distribution of crafts and candy bags in the pouring rain and on off-hours was an example of dedication at its best. And who could forget the pumpkin weight and candy guessing? Even we wanted to take part! This showed teamwork at its best, especially in the midst of so much uncertainty. We managed to pull it off, with true PS 87 flexibility and resilience!

Hope you all had a great and ghoulish weekend!

Thank you,

Angie Arlia and Rita Kakati Shah

PA Presidents

West Side Campaign Against Hunger’s Turkey Challenge!

Every year we have the honor of working with many other UWS community groups to support West Side Campaign Against Hunger’s Turkey Challenge. This year, this drive is more important than ever. Please help us provide Thanksgiving Meals for 5,000 families while honoring our teachers. Donate in honor of PS 87 staff, by noting this the affiliation space!  PS 87 gives us so much, let’s give back to our community!

WSCAH is one of the largest emergency food providers in New York, connecting food-insecure families to fresh, healthy produce for over 41 years. Throughout the month of November, WSCAH and our coalition of community partners band together to distribute thousands of turkeys and other holiday food to our communities. This year, food insecurity is at an all time high, with an estimated 1.5 million New Yorkers who will struggle to put together a Thanksgiving meal, and we need your help.

At this time of great uncertainty, let’s come together as a community to help, and enable our children to feel that they can affect positive change in the world around them.  You can donate here on WSCAH’s website, or by texting TURKEY to 56512. 

Donate today to ensure that all New Yorkers can enjoy a Thanksgiving meal this holiday season. And be sure to give a shout out PS 87 teachers when you do!

In solidarity,

PS  87 Community Service Group

Calling all Artists!  Create Thanksgiving Cards

At this time of year, many New Yorkers will be visiting food pantries in the hopes of sharing the Thanksgiving holiday with their families.  West Side Campaign Against Hunger works to ensure that these families (1.5 million New Yorkers!) will have turkey, vegetables and stuffing at their tables.  Along with the Turkey Challenge described above, we are asking PS 87 students who would like to participate, to create Thanksgiving cards to be handed out alongside the Thanksgiving food. Students may create any type of Thanksgiving card (turkey hands, etc.) to wish our neighbors  a happy holiday. Cards should be dropped off at 323 West 76th Street (gate by the garbage bins/basement apt) by Thursday, November 19.  The Community Service Committee will ensure that the cards get to the food pantries.  Thank you for joining us in caring for our community!

In solidarity,

PS  87 Community Service Group

Special Education Support Services

The Special Education Support Services Group will meet online on Friday, November 13 at 10 a.m. This is a monthly meeting during which parents can ask questions, as well as share their experience and resources. Our group’s goal is to foster an environment of compassion and openness. We’re looking forward to meeting you and spending time together. Please email with any questions and let us know if you can make it!

Who: All families are welcome to join

When: Friday, November 13 from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

Meeting ID: 839 2684 4340 – Passcode: 1YPf0j

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 Emergency Meeting

Monday, Nov. 2, 6:30 p.m.: CEC3 Emergency Town Hall – Opposition to Hybrid Education Policy.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

*Additionally there is more information about Parent Advocacy on our PS87 Website here.

Office of Family and Community Empowerment (FACE) 

We hope you and your family are well. We want to make sure that you did not miss the release of the 2020-2021 Family Guide, which is available online and in all 9 DOE languages.

The guide provides information on what teaching and learning will look like this school year, and universal expectations for how our schools support all students —whether they are attending fully remote or blended learning classes. The guide also provides information about who families can contact when they have questions or concerns, and resources that families can use to support learning at home.  

The Blended Learning opt-in periodis Monday, Nov 2 through Sunday Nov 15. We want to provide information and resources that may help families come to a decision about whether their children should attend school remotely or in a blended learning model. Please share the Family Guide widely with your community.

Thank you,

The FACE Team

Device Donations

Keep the devices coming! There are students who could use an extra device for remote learning. If you’d like to donate your old device, please drop it off with Officer Ayala. 

Garden Clean Up Thanks

The Big Yard garden has been spruced up during the past few weeks and it’s been a true treasure to our school. Kids have gone out to read, eat and enjoy the space. A number of parent volunteers helped to rake and weed. Thanks so much for your time and muscle. We are grateful for your initiative and assistance. While the boiler work happens, the garden will be off limits. However, there are other green spaces at the school to enjoy.  

If parents and kids are looking for something to do outdoors on Veteran’s Day, come out to help clean and plant bulbs in the 78th Street Gardens. A group will be there from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Children are encouraged to come. If you are interested or have any questions, please reach out to


PS 87 Calendar

2Community Ed. Council Emergency Meeting
3Election Day, Remote Learning for all Students
5Parent Teacher Conferences, Remote Learning for all Students, EARLY DISMISSAL
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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