PS87 Backpack News: April 5, 2021

New York State Travel Guidelines

Asymptomatic travelers entering New York from another U.S. state or territory are no longer required to test or quarantine as of April 1, 2021. Quarantine, consistent with the CDC recommendations for international travel, is still recommended for domestic travelers who are not fully vaccinated or have not recovered from laboratory confirmed COVID-19 during the previous 3 months. Symptomatic travelers must immediately self-isolate and contact the local health department or their healthcare providers to determine if they should seek COVID-19 testing.

International travelers arriving in New York must comply with all current CDC requirements for testing and quarantined after international travel.  All travelers must complete the NYS traveler health form.

Upon arrival in the U.S., international travelers must either quarantine for 7 days with a test 3-5 days after travel, or quarantine for the full 10 days without a test.  This requirement applies to all international travelers whether they were tested before boarding, are recovered from a previous COVID-19 infection, or are fully vaccinated. Guidance on how to quarantine can be found here.

Change in Health Screening 

The Department of Education’s health screening has changed once again to incorporate New York State’s most recent travel advisory.  For those who traveled domestically during the break, there is no required quarantine. Please use this document to determine if your child(ren) can enter the building this week:  DOE_Health_Screening_Questionnaire_04_01_21.pdf

PreK Five Days a Week

Thank you to those who came to the question and answer session the Friday before the break.  I am pleased to announce that our PreK students will begin in-person instruction five days a week, beginning April 12.  While we are waiting to hear about the DOE policy change regarding physical distance, we will continue to work to bring more students into the building for in-person instruction five days a week.


Family Giving – Reminder

Dear PS 87 Parents:

As we return from Spring Break and look ahead to the last few months of the school year, the Parents Association needs your support in order to invest in enriching experiences and resources for our children.

We’re asking every family to contribute the $960 that the PA spends per student each year, or more if you can, but we are grateful for whatever you can afford, even just $1 a month. And if this year your family is in need and cannot contribute, please reach out to the PA or to Jennifer Stark, the school’s parent coordinator. The PA is here to help ensure that every child has the same special PS 87 experience.

Please click here to make your contribution or here to contribute monthly.


Ross Goldstein

PA Family Giving

Opt-in Period for Remote-Only Families

Remote families, please remember that the opt-in period for in-person learning ends on April 7. Please click on this link to opt-in:

We would also appreciate it if you could fill out this short survey to let us know if you are planning on opting into in-person learning. 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,


PS 87 Family Book Club – Tonight at 6 p.m.!

The Family Book Group meeting is this evening! We will be discussing Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson. Each Kindness captures what it feels like when you know you’ve done the wrong thing, and you just can’t make it right. You can hear our librarian, Dawnica Conyette, read the book on our website.  Zoom link to the meeting here.

Meetup in Margaret’s Garden – Tuesday, April 6

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 

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

Wellness in the Schools Family Cooking Workshop – Wednesday, April 7

Happy Spring PS 87!

Many of us celebrate Taco Tuesday, but you may want to hold off until Wednesday this week. We will be practicing our knife skills while making Diama’s Fresh Tomato Salsa during this week’s Wellness in the Schools Family Cooking class.

The recipe and shopping list are here. Together, we are going to practice our knife skills, cutting one ingredient at a time, so please have your produce washed and ready to go, BUT don’t do any other produce prep work or mise en place (“everything in its place”), as chef’s say.  

We will have time to make only the salsa but there is also a recipe on the back side of the printout for baked corn chips, in case you want to make them in advance of class for snacking once the salsa is done.  I find that the chips stay fresh if you make them a couple days in advance and store them in an airtight container.  But that doesn’t mean they won’t get eaten before salsa time…

If you’d like to purchase a child friendly knife for this 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. 

Wednesday, April 7 at  4 p.m

Zoom ID: 381-624-7859  

Passcode – 866858

Be Well, 

Chef Victoria

Open Safety Meeting – Thursday, April 8

Every month the school custodian, administration, teachers, PA Presidents and others meet to talk about the physical, mental and emotional well being of the students at PS 87. Once a school year that meeting is open for all to attend. Please join us on Wednesday, April 8 at 1:40 p.m.

Zoom link here

Meeting ID: 823 2304 9475

Passcode: safety

Fun Under the Sun – Online Art Shop – Now Open Until April 26!

Celebrate school pride and order products printed with our School Wide Art Project!  Go to and enter access code: ARTatPS87.  

You can also order from art that your child created. Sibling art, family projects, and photographs are also accepted!  These make great mementos and unique gifts for family and friends!

Read this Art Fundraiser FAQ for details and for the BIG REVEAL for our School Wide Art Project.   We did it and it looks fabulous!  Thank you PS 87 community! 

Email for questions.

Construction Update

As previously mentioned, construction across the SCA has resumed.  This includes the planned project at PS 87.  While we did not expect any work to begin imminently, we were presented with the opportunity to have the general contractor do demolition work on the old boiler in the basement over Spring Break. While this did not fall within the requisite 2 week notice window, we did not want to pass up the opportunity to have some work done and move this project forward while the building is unoccupied. There was NO asbestos abatement during this time, it was strictly boiler room mechanical and electrical demolition.  We have resumed bi-weekly meetings with the School Construction Authority (SCA) and will have our next meeting soon after Spring break. No other work was planned to take place during break. We will continue to update you on a regular basis to ensure that all parents are apprised of the next steps and plans.

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.

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PS 87 Calendar 

See here for details and location/Zoom information.

APRIL  2021
5-6Cohort A in School 
5Family Book Group – 6 – 7 p.m. Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
6Spring Meet-Up at Margaret’s Garden after drop-off – School Entrance ~ 9 – 10am 
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. Topic: General PA Meeting – AprilTime: Apr 14, 2021 09:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 982 4464 6122Passcode: guxs2D
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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