PS87 Backpack News: March 22, 2021

Calendar Update – May Schoolwide Remote Day Change

The May schoolwide remote day has been moved to the 19th. The school calendar has been updated to reflect the change.  

Dear Families, 

Since the start of the pandemic, we have seen both the beautiful and the ugly sides of our society. We have seen people come together to help one another during times of great need, but we have also seen a rise in incidents of hatred, racism, and violence as well. Just in the past few weeks, there has been an increasing number of reports about members of the Asian-American community being the targets of serious, violent hate crimes and bias incidents fueled by COVID-19-related racism. Many of these incidents have taken place right here in New York City. 

As a community that prides itself in believing in diversity and inclusivity, we must stand together in unity against racism, xenophobia, and hatred so all members of our community feel safe and supported, both inside of our school building and out. Albert Einstein once said, “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” We must do something about it. We must fight racism and hatred, continue to speak with our children about the injustices occurring around us, and teach them to stand for justice.


Principal Monica

We recognize that it is not always easy to speak with children about racism and racist acts, so we have listed resources below to help you navigate these conversations with your children.


How to Talk to Kids about Anti-Asian Racism:   

The Coronavirus Doesn’t Discriminate and Neither Should We – Stand with our Asian-American Community Against Hate!

Register for an Webinar: “Violence Against Asian Americans: How Do We Support the Children?”

I’m Helping My Korean-American Daughter Embrace Her Identity to Counter Racism: 

How Parents Can Support Kids Through (and beyond) the Latest Wave of Anti-Asian American Violence  

Hate crime: How parents can support kids through the latest wave of anti-Asian American violence – CNN 

NYC Schools Update

Dear Families,

As many of you may have heard, the CDC officially recommended a 3ft physical distance between students in classrooms.  In a press conference, Mayor DeBlasio stated that the City is evaluating the CDC guidance to incorporate the new recommendations into its current safety policy.  Additionally, the mayor announced that there would be another in-person opt-in period for those families with children in fully remote classes.  

This is wonderful news for us here at PS 87.  With a 3ft physical distance policy, we will be able to have more people in classrooms, which will help with providing students with in-person learning five days a week.  Once this change is made to the DOE policy, we will bring in as many students as possible five days a week with our most vulnerable students as the priority.

During the mayor’s press conference, Chancellor Porter stated that principals would receive information in the coming week about these changes. I look forward to learning more information and hope to make an announcement about in-person learning before we leave for spring break.    

On Thursday, March 25, we will send you an update. On Friday, March 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m, I will be available to answer any questions you may have.

All the best,


Survey for Remote-Only Families

We would appreciate it if you filled out this short survey to let us know if you are thinking of opting into in-person learning during the upcoming period, as announced by the Chancellor (more details to follow).

This is NOT the official opt-in survey. This survey is to help us plan for the new students coming into the building.

Thank you for your help,


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

New York State Travel Guidelines

Although the New York State’s travel advisory will be changing on April 1, the Department of Education screening has not changed for people who are not fully vaccinated.  Therefore any students traveling outside of New York State for spring break are subject to the following travel policy in order to enter the building.

Please see the requirements below:

For any traveler to New York State from a noncontiguous state, US territory, or CDC level 2 and higher country, the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 10-day quarantine are below:

  • For travelers who were out-of-state for more than 24 hours:
    • Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York.
    • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
    • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests come back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.
  • For travelers who were out-of-state for less than 24 hours:
    • The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.
    • However, the traveler must fill out our traveler form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York.

The travel guidelines require all New Yorkers, as well as those visiting from out-of-state, to take personal responsibility for compliance in the best interest of public health and safety.

Fourth Graders Say Thank You!

Dear PS 87 Families,

We are so grateful for all of the pajamas that students and families donated! We have collected over 112 pajamas! Many children who don’t have pajamas will be very grateful for your help! The pajamas you’ve donated have been delivered to the Samaritan Village shelter on West 106th Street. Thank you again for donating!


The Fourth Grade Student Council

Schoolwide Art Project – Last Day to Turn in Squares!

Thank you everyone for your beautiful paintings, drawings of all types (even digital) and for the paper & perler bead collages!  

Today is the last day to turn in missing_squares.  Stay tuned for the project reveal on April 3.  

 Have questions or need help? Email  

Virtual Art Fundraiser – Keep Creating Art at Home!  

Silver Graphics will host a private 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 preloaded!  Plan ahead – only early purchases will ship in time for Mother’s Day.  

Calling all parent artists and former class project liaisons:  You can also upload artwork and past school projects for others to enjoy.

Please view this flyer for details and read through the artwork instructions.  Email for questions.

Raise Money with Tea Collection, 2 Days Left!

Get 15% off of your Tea Collection order through tomorrow, 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.

Wellness in the School Family Workshops

Next Class: This Wednesday! 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. 

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

PS 87 March Madness! The Home Stretch!

March is almost over! Get your body moving these last few days by signing up for the March Madness Fun Run/Walk! It’s a great opportunity to do something with friends and family and for the school. And you will feel refreshed and empowered after sitting inside for over a year!  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!

Meetup in Margaret’s Garden 

Spring is here!  Come meet at Margaret’s Garden (the 78th Street space between residential buildings and school’s main entrance) after drop-off on April 6. We will clean up, see the buds we planted in the fall, and have some coffee. 

Bring your gloves and gardening tools! Or join just for a coffee! All parents are welcome to join. Looking forward to seeing you!

The Gardening Committee 

Afterschool Update

We continue to look for Afterschool options to assist families in the spring. If you are interested in an outdoor Spanish class on Mondays and Fridays, please reach out to Arts & Athletics at

While 87Afterschool is on pause, visit and scroll down to see an updated list of local after school activities (in person and virtual) and spring break holiday camps. If you know of any others, feel free to share in the comments.

Returning Families

If you know any previously enrolled families that are looking to return to PS 87 next year, please ask them to contact our parent coordinator, Jennifer Stark, She will assist with re-registering them at our school. 

DOE/Community/Parent Advocacy Updates

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

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

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
22-24Cohort A in School
25-26Cohort B in School
26Ask Monica Session 9:30 -10:30 a.m.
29-4/2Spring Recess, NO SCHOOL
APRIL  2021
5-6Cohort A in School 
5Family Book Group – 6 – 7 p.m. “Each Kindness” by Jacqueline Woodson
8School Safety Meeting – Open to All –  1:40 p.m.Zoom Link: Meeting ID: 823 2304 9475Passcode: safety
7-9 Cohort B in School
12-14 Cohort A in School
14General PA Meeting at 9:30 a.m. 
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
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