PS87 Backpack News: March 15, 2021

PS 87 Calendar 

See here for details and location/Zoom information.

MARCH  2021
15SLT – 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
17-19Cohort B in School
22-24Cohort A in School
25-26Cohort B in School
29-4/2Spring Recess, NO SCHOOL
APRIL  2021
5-6Cohort A in School 
5Family Book Group – 6 – 7 p.m.
7-9 Cohort B in School
12-14 Cohort A in School
15-16 Cohort B in School
19-20Cohort A in School
19SLT – 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
21 Schoolwide Remote Day
22-23Cohort B in School
23 Cohort B – Picture Day
24Fun in the Sun Cabaret – Virtual – more information TBD
26-28Cohort A in School
26Cohort A – Picture Day
29-30 Cohort B in School

Thanks to our biggest school sponsor, Spring Lake Day Camp.  We are so grateful for their continued support! Visit their website at:

Schoolwide Art Project – Invitation for Everyone to Join!

Thanks to our wonderful community, we are almost 90% done (or signed up)!!  We could still use some help finishing squares by March 22. 

All staff, students, parents, extended family, alum & friends can click here to see the progress, the sign-up sheet and instructions, all on separate colorful spreadsheet tabs at the bottom.  Sign up for a square by typing in your initials on the SIGNUP FOR SQUARES tab. 

 Have questions or need help? Email  

Virtual Art Fundraiser – Create Your Own Art!  

Silver Graphics will host a PS 87 Online Shop April 5 through April 26.  During this time, families can upload individual art & favorite photographs, and shop for personalized products.  The Schoolwide Art Project will also be uploaded!  Early purchases will ship in time for Mother’s Day.  

Please view this flyer for details and email for questions.

Construction Update

Construction has officially been un-paused.  The School Construction Authority (SCA) will be conducting a meeting with the General Contractor (GC) early next week to check permit status, review COVID guidelines and determine a tentative schedule.  The committee is meeting with the SCA later in the month and will provide a more detailed update after that meeting. At this time no work will be started at PS 87 until we review the timeline. This is great news as it should allow critical work to be performed during the summer break. 

Wellness in the School Family Workshops

Next Class: March 24

Snack Attack! No Bake Energy Bars

Fiber is a nutrition buzzword, but what does it really do and where do we find it?  Fiber is key in keeping us full! We’ll explain the value of fiber through discussion and an experiment, then make No Bake Energy Bars and compare to store bought bars. 

Check out our frittatas from the March 10 workshop:

Please find recipes from previous sessions here!

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

Victoria Baluk | Wellness in the Schools (WITS)

Lab Instructor

Shop using Amazon Smile!

If you shop from Amazon, please remember to use our Amazon Smile account.  In order for PS 87 to benefit from your shopping, you must sleet PS 87 William Sherman School before putting items into your basket.   Go to:

Enrichment at PS 87

It is an exciting spring for Enrichment! Most our students (both blended and remote) will be participating in the following residencies:

Kindergarten and 1st graders will start National Dance Institute in March

2nd graders have started Center for Architecture

3rd graders will start Symphony Space Asian Studies in March

5th graders will start Symphony Space Latin Studies in April

We will also have some interesting virtual assemblies including Silver Music, Ajna Dance and Paper Bag Players.

We are working to provide the 4th graders with some great experiences as well. Please feel free to submit any suggestions to

Raise Money with Tea Collection, Starts Today!

Get 15% off of your Tea Collection order, from midnight PST on Monday, March 15 through Tuesday, March 23, while also raising money for PS 87!  

The unique promo code for PS 87 William T Sherman School is: SDS21PS87.  Use this promo code at checkout order to ensure that you receive the discount and PS 87 receives the 15% back.  

This is a special code created exclusively for fundraising for our community through  It’s not meant to be shared with coupon or deal sites.  If our unique code is leaked, Tea will deactivate the code and we will not be able to participate in this fundraiser.

PS 87 March Madness! A few weeks left!

It’s March 15th! We are halfway through the month already, and spring is near, especially with the clock change this past weekend! More daylight means more time to be outside to do the March Madness Fun Run/Walk! It’s a great opportunity to do something with friends and family and for the school.  Once you’re done, please post your pics by emailing them to To register go to

After registering, print your bib. Choose your distance, 1 mile, 5K or 10K and get outside to enjoy the warm weather!  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!

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

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

A group of NYC parents have founded the Keep NYC Schools Open organization. Click here to learn more. 

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.

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