PS87 Backpack News: March 1, 2021

New NYC Schools Chancellor Appointed

New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza has announced that he’s stepping down at the end of March.  Current Bronx Executive Superintendent Meisha Porter will be the next Chancellor.  Click here to see Chancellor Carranza’s letter to families: Update for Families February 26 2021.pdf

March PS 87 Family Book Club – Monday March 1 (Tonight!)

The March selection for our Family Book Club is Freedom Summer, written by Deborah Wiles and illustrated by Jerome Lagarrigue. The book tells the story of two best friends of different skin colors, confronting the changes (or lack thereof) in the desegregating south.

A video of Dawnica’s read aloud is posted on the PS 87 website:

For those who would like to read it themselves, copies are available to borrow from the New York Public Library, or to purchase from neighborhood and online booksellers.

As mentioned previously, the featured titles for the Family Book Club will be picture books that take on topics of race, equity and inclusion – issues that we hope will promote a lot of discussion around the dinner table, as well as in our meetings.

The books will be able to speak to the majority of our students, but will be most accessible to 1st-5th graders. 

All participants – including parents – should read or listen to the book before coming to the book club meeting on Monday, March 1 at 6 p.m.

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 821 6200 3944

Passcode: 2fcE93

Schoolwide Art Project – Last Day!

Thank you PS 87 students for your beautiful squares!

Each student was assigned a unique square to replicate – all of the squares will be put together to create a final masterpiece.  Today, March 1, is the deadline for submitting your child’s artwork.  

We still need your help though!  From Tuesday March 2 through Monday March 8 – PS 87 family & friends of all ages are invited to claim and complete unfinished squares. Please tell everyone!

Click here to track progress, claim available squares and see printable instructions! If you do not know your child’s square or would like an extension, please email asap.  

Auction Class Projects Liaisons

Deadline Extended! Apply now for an Education Council Seat

The deadline to apply for a seat on an Education Council has been extended to March 4 at 11:59 p.m. Community and Citywide Education Councils form an important part of the city’s education structure, and your participation could help determine the direction of education for the next two years. 

Apply now for a seat on an Community or Citywide Education Council!

Applying is fast and easy. 

  1. Simply log into your NYC Schools Account at to get started.
  2. Don’t have a NYC Schools Account? Sign up for one now at
  3. Then contact your Parent Coordinator, Jennifer Stark, for your personal code to add your students.

Learn more about about Education Councils:   

Pajama Day!

Dear PS 87 Families,

Although this is not a normal year, we want to make your child(ren)’s education as enjoyable as possible. We are organizing a Pajama Day and Drive on: 

  • Tuesday, March 2 for Cohort A 
  • Friday, March 5 for Cohort B and Full Remote

We are collecting new pajamas for The Pajama Program, an organization that provides pajamas and books to children in need. If you would like to donate a new pair of pajamas, there will be collection bags at each entrance of the school on Tuesday and Friday of next week.  

We are really hoping you donate and are looking forward to seeing your donations! The children in need of pajamas are very grateful and so are we! 

PS 87 students can also wear pajamas on Tuesday or Friday, based on their cohort. Pajamas should be comfortable and appropriate. In-person students should wear shoes, not slippers to school. We are very happy for students to participate in Pajama Day! 

Even though this year is a little different we are still trying to make it as normal and fun as possible!!  We hope you enjoy Pajama Day and appreciate your cooperation. 

With respect,

The Fourth Grade Student Council

PS 87 March Madness!

PS 87 will be holding our first ever March Madness Fun Run/Walk!  Our goal is to get families outside and exercising together, all while raising some funds. Our fun run/walk will benefit the PA fundraising efforts, which provide our children and school with supplies, programs and technology needs.  

Here’s how it works: You design the run/walk that suits your family best and pick the date, location and distance! Run a 10K, 5k or 1 mile challenge.  Join with other families to form a team, or form your own individual family team and walk/run your race between March 1 and March 31st.  Set a goal by picking the distance that’s right for you—10K, 5L or 1 mile.  Our run/walk can be completed anywhere you’d like – either in NYC or outside the city.  Suggested routes are below. Take photos of your team joining in on the fun and fitness! Once you’ve completed your race, email them to  so we can post them on the PS 87 website.

Go to the PS 87 website and look for the fun run/walk sign-up. Or click here to sign up.  There is a fee of $20 for adults.  Children are free.  When you register, only register the adults on your team!  You will be charged for every registrant so do not officially register your children unless you want to make the additional donation to the PA. If this is not in your budget, but you still want to walk, please email

After registering, there is a printable bib for you to wear and save.  Once you have completed your race, register your time on your run/walk page.  Visit the PS 87 Store at and shop for matching PS 87 shirts for your group!

Finally, look out for a super fun kick-off! This week, the PA will be giving out bags of goodies to any student who wants one.  The bags will be filled with donations Flying Tiger generously provided before they closed.  Pick up your bag on Tuesday, March 2 or Wednesday, March 3 at pick-up, at the front door, big yard or outside the K-yard.

Suggested route:

  • 10k: big loop in Central Park 
  • 5k: 2 bridle path Reservoir loops-Central Park
  • Central Park Reservoir loop is 1.5 miles
  • Lower Central Park loop is 1.7 miles
  • 20 blocks = 1 mile (have the kids plot out a walk/run)
  • Riverside Park has many options but to get you started, the path along the Hudson River, from 72nd to 158th street is 4 mi

Wellness in the School Family Workshops

The next workshop will be held on Wednesday, March 10 from 4-5 p.m.  Each class will have a different nutrition lesson and a simple, accessible recipe to make together.  The theme, recipe, and shopping list will be provided in advance along with the Zoom link. 

If you’d like to purchase a child-friendly knife for this class and/or future workshops, we recommend lettuce knives or child friendly nylon serrated knives which can be found online, at Bed, Bath and Beyond and local gourmet food stores. 

Upcoming workshops:

March 24

April 7

April 21 

May 5

Dual Language Spanish Enrichment Parent Info Session

The Dual Language community met on Wednesday with Sras. Erika Greenblat and Jacqueline Morison to discuss the start of Spanish enrichment. Participating students will meet for two 30-minute virtual lessons per week— Cohort B on Monday & Tuesday, and Cohort A on Thursday & Friday, with remote students integrated.

If you were not able to attend, check out the presentation and the recorded meeting.

The NEW PS 87 School Store

The PS 87 Store has a new home!

Click here to purchase PS 87 tees, hoodies, totes and more!  We’ve partnered with a local store to expand our product offerings and  provide a faster and easier experience!  All items may be shipped or picked up locally on the Upper West Side.  Whether you’re a current family, alumni, or friend of PS 87, show your pride with our exclusive selection of uniquely branded products.  100% of the profit goes towards the PS 87 Parents’ Association to help sustain the resources and programs that benefit every student at PS 87. 

Get your March Madness Gear and support PS 87! 

DOE/Community/Parent Advocacy 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.

Middle School Information

District 3 has a new website to share information from Superintendent Christine Loughlin:

Parent Advocacy Suggestions

If you have any suggestions, ideas or questions about community affairs/parent advocacy, please reach out to us, Jill Rackmill and Erica DePiero, your PA Community Affairs volunteers at

We will continue to inform you of meetings and events that could be helpful to our school community.  Please check out our Parent Advocacy resources page on the PS 87 website here

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

Let’s stay vigilant about wearing masks and maintaining a safe distance from others, both around the school and moving about the community. Follow the local data here.

PS 87 Calendar 

See here for details and location/Zoom information.

MARCH  2021
1-2Cohort A in School
1Family Book Group 6-7 p.m.
3-5Cohort B in School
3Evening Parent Teacher ConferencesExecutive PA meeting 7-8 p.m.
4Afternoon Parent Teacher ConferencesEARLY DISMISSAL
8-9Cohort A in School
10Schoolwide Remote Day
10General PA Meeting at 6pm
11-12Cohort B in School
15-16Cohort A in School
17-19Cohort B in School
22-24Cohort A in School
25-26Cohort B in School
29-4/2Spring Recess, NO SCHOOL
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