PS87 Backpack News: March 8, 2021

By request, we’ve moved the BPN calendar to the top of the email!

PS 87 Calendar 

See here for details and location/Zoom information.

MARCH  2021
8-9Cohort A in School
10Schoolwide Remote Day
10General PA Meeting – 7 p.m.Topics: DoE and PS 87 UpdatesJoin Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 430 642 9855Passcode: 8u2dvw
11-12Cohort B in School
15-16Cohort A in School
15SLT – 4:15 to 5:30 
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 p.m.

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. 

This workshop’s recipe is Egg Frittata Muffins. YUMMY!!

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

CEC District 3 Special Education Committee Meeting

  • Does your child have an IEP?
  • How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected your child’s progress?
  • Concerned that your child is not receiving the support they need?
  • Are you confused about who to talk to and what to do next?

Join fellow parents on Thursday, March 11 at 7 p.m., as we discuss how to advocate for your child.

Click this link to register: CECD3 Special Ed Meeting flyer 31121.pdf

Schoolwide Art Project – Invitation for Everyone to Join!

Thanks to our wonderful students, participation is roughly at 72%!!  We still need help finishing squares by March 12.  Tell everyone!

All staff, students, parents, siblings, 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 which families can upload individual art & favorite photographs, and shop for personalized products.  The Schoolwide Art Project will also be uploaded!  Early purchases will ship to homes in time for Mother’s Day.  Please view this flyer for details and email for questions.

Enrichment at 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

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!

Our first ever March Madness Fun Run/Walk is on!  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.  You have the whole month of March to do this!

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, 5K 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!

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! 

5th Grade Graduation

It’s time to start planning for this year’s graduation! We’re looking for a few parents to help plan the celebration. If interested, please email Robin Krugman at

Construction Work – Still on Hold

The PS 87 Construction project is currently on pause from the SCA.  The temporary boiler is up and running. We are meeting monthly and will let the parent body know as soon as we learn when the project will resume. Thank you!

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.

Backpack News is published during the school year by the Parents Association of PS 87. E-mail articles or updates to  For details on how to sponsor Backpack News, go to the Fundraising bar at The PS 87 PA does not endorse any of the services represented by paid sponsorships.   Editors: Angie Arlia, Beth Goldstein, Madhuri Iyer, Greta Karris
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