PS87 Backpack News: November 9, 2020

Dear Families,

The November book of the month is Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave by Jessica Hische.  On the book’s website, the author states, “I wanted to write something uplifting, encouraging, and empowering—a book to help end the day excited for all the possibilities that tomorrow could bring. There are plenty of inspirational books out there for young readers, but this would be different. It wouldn’t just encourage kids to be the best they can be—it would give them the opportunity to reflect on their day and even introduce the very grown-up concept of self-forgiveness.”

Just as Jessica Hische wanted to write an uplifting, encouraging and empowering book, I wanted to choose a book of the month that does the same thing. What I really like about Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave is the message that if we are not at our best on a given day, we always have the following day to try again. I have spoken to adults in our community a number of times about showing themselves grace, or forgiving themselves for not being their very best at all times.  It is important that children know this as well. Just as the author says in her statement, this idea of self-forgiveness is introduced to the children in the line “Tomorrow I’ll be all the things I tried to be today, and if I wasn’t one of them, I know that it’s okay.”  

So as we read and discuss this book with the children, we should continue to encourage them to be their best selves.  We should also let them know that if they feel they have fallen short of that, they can always try again tomorrow.


Principal Monica

General PA Meeting Friday

Join us for November’s General PA Meeting on Friday November 13, at 9:30 a.m. Register in advance for this meeting here.

Kids, Use Your Voice!

Even after elections are over, there are lingering impacts. To help our kids see how their voices and choices affect their community, we are continuing to explore the idea of elections at PS 87. Our kids will have a say in December’s Book of the Month choice! They can vote for their choice (or write in a candidate book) on this Google form. We will collect votes until November 25. Get those votes in and let your voices be heard!

PS 87 Fall Virtual Book Fair 

Stock up on books for our little reading adventurers!

The Fall Scholastic Book Fair launches online today and runs through Sunday November 22! While students won’t be able to shop at our pop-up lobby bookstore during school as they normally would, you can still shop online and buy terrific books while supporting PS 87! 25% of your purchase will go directly back to our school. Check out all that Scholastic is offering this season – there are terrific options for all ages. This is a great way to start your holiday shopping!

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 ship free.

It wouldn’t be the Fall Book Fair without the Book Fair Mascot Contest!  Download the form from our website or use a plain piece of paper to have your student draw their vision of our book fair mascot. Scan or photograph the entry and email back to  Entries will be displayed on our PS 87 website.  The deadline is Monday, November 16 and the winners will be announced on Wednesday, November 18. Happy Reading!

Your Scholastic Signature Book Fair Co-Chairs,

Mercy Ji, Megan Pilla, Kelly Ramot, & Sejal Shah

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 band 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!

Shout out to class 3D (Laura and Jenny) for making a class project to create Thanksgiving cards for the Turkey Challenge!!!

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 (of which there are 1.5 million New Yorkers!) will have turkey, vegetables and stuffing at their tables.  Along with the Turkey Challenge, we are asking PS 87 students who would like to participate, to create Thanksgiving cards to be handed out alongside the Thanksgiving food.  Students who are interested may create any type of Thanksgiving card (turkey hands, etc.) to wish our neighborhoods  a happy holiday. and drop them off at 323 West 76th Street, apt G (gate by the garbage bins/basement apt) by Thursday, November 19.  The Community Service Committee will ensure that the cards get to the food pantry.  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.

Parent Advocacy

A list of elected officials is listed on our website should you want to voice your opinion on this year’s school plans. We will continue to inform you of meetings and events that could be helpful to our school community.

CEC3 Meeting and Resolution on Blended Learning Opt-In

During an emergency meeting on November 2, the Community Education Council District 3 approved a resolution to oppose limiting opportunities to opt-in to blended learning. The meeting and resolution followed the October 26 change in policy which limits opting-in to blended learning from four periods per year, to one, from November 2-15. In addition to approving the resolution, which cites rising Covid-19 cases and the exclusion of community stakeholders from the decision-making process, parents asked questions and expressed concerns. City and state representatives including Helen Rosenthal, Gayle Brewer, José M. Serrano, and Brad Hoylman were in attendance. Families choosing to opt-in to blended learning must complete this DOE survey by November 15, 2020. Read the resolution here.

Veteran’s Day Clean Up

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 Rain Date: TBD

Help Wanted

Do you have a flair for style? Do you have a gift for merchandising and marketing? Well, we could use your help in a few places! Please reach out to to find out more. 

PS 87 Calendar

9-22Virtual Book Fair
11Veterans Day, NO SCHOOL
12-13Cohort B – In School 
13General PA Meeting, 9:30 a.m.
15 Deadline to Opt-In to Blended Learning 
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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