PS87 Backpack News: November 16, 2020

Vote for December’s Book!

Kids – use your voice! Our kids will decide December’s book of the month! 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! 

Responses so far – add your vote today!

Administration Office Hours

Admin drop-in office hours are this week! Ask any questions that are on your mind. The schedule is as follows:

Cohort A: Wednesday, November 18, 9:30 a.m.

Cohort B: Thursday, November 19, 9:30 a.m.

Remote Learners: Friday, November 20, 9:30 a.m.

Link to join office hours:

PS 87 Fall Virtual Book Fair 

Hello Parents! 

The Book Fair Mascot Contest ends today!  Download the form from our website here 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 winners will be announced on Wednesday, November 18!

There is also still time to order your books! The Fall Scholastic Book Fair has launched here, and runs until Sunday, November 22! While students won’t be able to shop at our pop-up 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!

Happy Reading!

Your Scholastic Signature Book Fair Co-Chairs,

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

Donate a Turkey!

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

Make Thanksgiving Cards

Last few days! Along with the Turkey Challenge, we are asking PS 87 students 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

Enrichment Update

We are fortunate and very excited that our residency partnerships are still offering virtual classes to enhance the children’s curriculum. We will be working with the following organizations this year:

– National Dance Institute (Kindergarten and 1st grade)

– Center for Architecture (2nd grade)

– Symphony Space and Chinese Cultural Center (3rd grade)

– Ballroom Dancing (4th grade)

– Bio Bus (5th grade)

In addition to our residencies listed above, we will continue to research virtual assemblies that align with the curriculum. The 4th graders recently enjoyed an assembly by the Redhawk Council.  Members wore native regalia and performed a variety of music and dances from their culture. We plan to provide more music and movement assemblies this year as well. Finally, we are looking into art and STEM enrichment programs to enhance the at home learning days.

The Enrichment Committee is looking for parent volunteers to join the committee and help research options for our children. Please reach out to if you are interested.

Construction Update

The temporary boiler has been hooked up and in use as of  Monday, October 26.  Rooms have been checked – the heat is working.  There will be periodic checks of the equipment, however the general contractor will be off-site beginning Friday October 30, until further notice. We still do not have an idea when the project work will resume, and our next scheduled update meeting with the SCA is after Thanksgiving.  Please continue to check the website for updates and information. 

Community Walk – Wednesday, November 18 

Parents – burn off some stress and socialize with fellow PS 87 parents by going for an outdoor, physically distant walk!  We’ll meet at the Big Yard gate on Wednesday, November 18 after drop-off, and head to Central Park (provided it is not raining steadily). Younger siblings and parents with strollers are welcome!

If there is interest, these drop-in walks can become a weekly event on Wednesdays so parents from both cohorts can join while their child is in school. As a reminder, everyone should wear a mask.  Hopefully we can help each other stay sane throughout this school year!

PS 87 Culture & Community Committee

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.

CEC3 Chancellor Town Hall

The Community Education Council District 3 Chancellor Town Hall is scheduled for Wednesday, December 2 at 6:30 p.m..  The registration link will be provided soon, but save this date!

😷 Masks and social distancing reminder – let’s protect our community!

As Covid-19 cases are rising sharply around the country, the UWS has already seen COVID-19-related closures in several schools. Let’s stay vigilant about wearing masks and maintaining a safe distance from others, both around the school and moving about the community. We can work together to protect our health care workers and loved ones! Follow the local data here.

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.  If you want to advocate to keep schools open, click here ( or here (Facebook).  To advocate for screened admissions for middle schools, visit:

PS 87 Calendar

16-17 Cohort A – In School
18-20 Cohort B – In School
23-25 Cohort A – In School
26-27Thanksgiving Recess, NO SCHOOL
30-1Cohort A – In School
2CEC3 Chancellor Town Hall, 6:30 p.m.
2-4Cohort B – In School
7-9Cohort A – In School
9General PA meeting, 6 – 7 p.m.
10-11Cohort B – In School
14-15Cohort A – In School
16-18 Cohort B – In School
21-23Cohort A – In School
24-1Winter Recess, NO SCHOOL
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