PS87 Backpack News: November 15, 2021

PS 87 Calendar 

See here for details and location/Zoom information.

November  2021
15SLT Meeting 4:15-5:30 p.m.
17Welcome Coffee After Drop Off (77th st.) 
25-26Thanksgiving Break – No School
December 2021
1DEI Task Force 3-4 p.m.
6Family Book Club 6 p.m.
8General PA Meeting 7-8 p.m.
13SLT Meeting 4:15-5:30 p.m.
24-31Winter Break – No School

From Principal Monica 

Dear families,

This month’s book of the month is The Thankful Book by Todd Parr. In this book, Parr shows us that from the sweet (“I am thankful for my ears because they let me hear words like ‘I love you.’”) to the silly (“I am thankful for underwear because I like to wear it on my head”) there are many things to be thankful for in our lives every day. While this book is often described as a wonderful Thanksgiving book to share with children and families, being thankful is something that we should do throughout the year, especially now.

For almost two years, we have all suffered quite a bit of loss. Because we have been dealing with loss for a while now, I have found that many of us, including me, have been mourning what we lost and focusing on what we do not have. This book serves to remind us that we should shift our focus to what we have and be thankful for those things. By focusing on what we have, we may see that we have much more than we realize. 


Principal Monica 

Welcome Coffee – Wednesday (Rescheduled From Last Week)

Bring your favorite travel coffee mug and join us on Wednesday, November 17 (weather permitting) after drop off on 77th Street just outside Metal Park for coffee!  Grab a cup on your way to work or stick around for a while!  PS87 Gear will be sold too!

Eliz Battin and Marguerite Boonzaier

PS 87 Community Engagement

Vaccinations, Health Screenings, and Your Child’s DOE Email

Your child’s Dept of Education email can be used to log into the daily health screening and to upload proof of vaccination to the Vaccination Portal.

The DOE email ends in If you don’t have your child’s DOE email and password information, please email 

If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment for first or second vaccination, you can do so here

School Leadership Team – Open Position

There is one parent position open on the School Leadership Team (SLT). The team is composed of teachers, admin and parents that discuss topics and goals for upcoming academic school years.  If you are interested in the two year position, please send a brief bio to

Family Book Club is Back!

Join us for a Family Book Club Discussion on Monday, December 6 at 6:00 p.m.  Zoom link to follow.  

Title: Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine

Author: Laurie Wallmark

Illustrator: April Chu

Read by Dawnica Conyette

Link to recording:

If you’d like to read the book yourself, the book is also available on Epic! and is available to borrow from the NewYork Public Library. Check out our school website for a video of Dawnica reading the book. 


Ada Lovelace is recognized as the designer of the first computer program for her work back in the 1800s. During a time that we usually think of as the olden-days of horse and buggies, and no flush toilets, Ada Lovelace, an amazing mathematician, foresaw a time when computers would help design flying machines (airplanes didn’t exist yet), compose music, make art, play games and help with schoolwork. She had a vision for the future that is still coming true. 

Charleston Gift Wrap Fundraiser – Last Day!

The Charleston Gift Wrap fundraiser ends today!.  There are so many great gifts to buy— socks with your pet’s face, photo gifts for grandparents, eco-friendly kitchen solutions, and more. Please share this fundraiser with family and friends!  

There are two ways to shop:

1) To register to earn rewards, go to and click “Register Participant.” Our organization ID is 20759.  From there, you can register yourself, shop and email friends and family for rewards.

2) To simply shop and support PS 87, click on this link and shop away!

Thank you for supporting PS 87!

WCAH Annual Turkey (and Cards) Drive – ends Nov 23!

PS 87 is continuing our tradition of supporting the Westside Campaign Against Hunger to help feed those in need this Thanksgiving. Hunger has hit our community hard these past few years and a $27 donation will provide a family with a holiday meal. Our goal is to have as many of our families as possible donate turkeys to others in the community to help make the holiday special.

In addition, homemade Thanksgiving cards from our students were a big hit last year, so we’d like to include them to be distributed along with the turkeys. Cards may be dropped off with your child’s classroom teacher.

The final day for turkey donations and homemade cards is Tuesday, November 23. 

Please join our school family in supporting other families by scanning the QR code.  This year, PS 87 has its own Turkey Drive fundraising page!


Anni Kluger (PS 87 Community Service Group)

P-EBT Cards 

Still have the P-EBT cards you received in the mail?  These cards were pre-loaded with funds designed to cover the cost of missed school meals while students were learning remotely.

While you cannot pass your P-EBT card on to another family or a food pantry, here are some ways that you can help hungry New Yorkers.

1) Use your P-EBT card to purchase food for Upper West Siders.  Donate groceries to the West Side Campaign Against Hunger Food Pantry.  Items must not be expired, opened, or damaged (ex: dented cans).  Items can be dropped off at 263 W. 86th Street, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Website:

Requested Items:

White or brown rice (1 lb bags)

White or whole wheat pasta (1lb bags or boxes)

Cold Cereal (low/no sugar options ex: cheerios, bran flakes, chex, etc)

Hot cereal (oatmeal, cream of wheat)

Whole wheat bread

Applesauce, dried fruit, canned fruit (no sugar added)


Canned beans (low sodium black, red, pinto, kidney, white, etc…not refried beans or altered in any other way)

Dry beans (1lb bags)

Peanut Butter

Canned tuna or chicken (in water, no salt added)

Shelf stable milk

Tea and coffee

2) Donate funds (such as the value of your P-EBT card) to an UWS food pantry or soup kitchen. 

Here are few in our neighborhood: 

National Council of Jewish Women (241 W. 72nd St.)

Holy Name Church (@Franciscan Community Center, 214 W. 97th St., 212-932-8040)

Advent Lutheran Church (2504 Broadway, 212-665-2504)

Church of Christ and St. Stephen’s (120 W. 69th St., 212-787-2755)

All Angels’ Church (251 W. 80th St., 212-362-9300, x 225)

St Michael’s Episcopalian Church (225 W 99th St., 212-222-2700)

3) Donate funds equivalent to the value of your P-EBT card to local food pantries via

Not sure what your balance is? You can create a login at Note: This works best from an actual computer instead of a mobile device.

If you are looking for further information please click here or call the P-EBT hotline at 833-452-0096.

DEI Task Force – Update and Next Meeting on Dec 1

We hope you had a wonderful week. This past Saturday was World Kindness Day. It is a global day that promotes the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself and to the world. The purpose of this day, celebrated on November 13 of each year, is to help everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together. This understanding has the power to bridge the gap between nations. It’s a day that fits in nicely with our 4 Tenets of: 

  • Be Brave 
  • Be Honest
  • Be Kind
  • Be Wise

As we look to build community and strengthen our PS 87 motto of “One Family Under the Sun” please also let us know of any cultural celebrations that are important to your family, so we can help spread the joy! 

Thank you again for all the feedback so far, and please do continue to reach out. Our email address is:


Your PS 87 DEI Task Force

DOE/Community/Parent Advocacy Updates

Brilliant NYC Community Meeting – November 15 at 6 p.m.

Brilliant NYC will ensure every student has the opportunity to reach their full potential. Join us to discuss how we can co-design your child’s learning experience using the latest educational research. This is an opportunity to hear from families and members of Community School District 3.  The meeting will be hosted by District 3 Superintendent Christine Loughlin. Register here

Open Position on the Community Education Council 3:

Community Education Council 3 (of which PS 87 is a part) has a newly open Council Member position.  We hope you are interested in applying for it using the attached application.

Please find the application here. All complete applications should be sent to  

DOE/CE3 Websites:

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.

District 3 website with updates from Superintendent Christine Loughlin:

Parent Advocacy

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

We will 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

NYC COVID-19 Updates

Follow the local data here.

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