PS87 Backpack News: November 8, 2021

PS 87 Calendar 

See here for details and location/Zoom information.

November  2021
10General PA Meeting 7-8 p.m.
11Veterans Day – No School
12Welcome Coffee – After Drop Off
15SLT Meeting 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
25-26Thanksgiving Break – No School
December 2021
8General PA Meeting 7-8 p.m.
13SLT Meeting 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.

Pop-Up Vaccination Site at PS 87 – Tuesday November 9

We have received notification that our school will be serving as a vaccination site for children ages 5-11, tomorrow, Tuesday, November 9 from 7 – 11 a.m. MedRite is the vendor assigned to PS 87 by the NYC Vaccine Command Center to administer the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. A parent, or designated guardian, must accompany their child to receive the vaccine.  See the DOE’s Vaccine Family Letter here.

Here are some details:

  • If things run efficiently, approximately 96 children will be vaccinated in the four hour period between 7 am – 11 am. It is walk-in only. No appointments. 
  • Any children ages 5-11 can get vaccinated here. If you have children at other schools in that age range, you can bring them to get vaccinated here too.
  • The vaccination site will be in the auditorium and the line will start outside the main entrance on 78th street, heading towards Columbus.
  • If your child is waiting in line with you at 8:20 a.m., staff will come down the line to check student health screenings and the kids will enter through the main door and go to class while you continue to wait. Children will be called down just before their turn for vaccination.
  • First graders who are not getting vaccinated should enter the building through the yard.
  • PS 87 is considered a city-run site, so you will be eligible for the $100 debit card (or other incentives) that the city is giving out with vaccination.


  • Can members of the community get the vaccine at my pop-up vaccination site?  Only students ages 5-11 can obtain the first dose of the vaccine at the pop-up site. Anyone age 12 and up can visit to choose from hundreds of sites across the city offering appointments or walk-up vaccines at no cost. 
  • Will the provider return to the school for the second dose?  No. The provider will refer families to a local vaccine site for students to receive their second dose.  All necessary paperwork will be given to the parent/client at the time of first dose. 
  • How does the provider obtain consent? Students ages 5-11 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, or by an adult designated by the parent or guardian, while receiving their vaccine. This requirement is outlined in the Vaccine Family Letter and schools should accommodate parent and guardian admission to the vaccine site to accompany their student.  If the student is accompanied by an adult who is not the parent or guardian, the vaccine provider must obtain verbal consent from the parent or guardian by phone at the time of vaccination. There is no consent form option for vaccination of students ages 5-11, as they must be accompanied by the parent, legal guardian, or adult designated by the parent or guardian at the time of vaccination.  
  • Does the parent/guardian need to fill out the visitor screening in order to enter the building? Yes, the parent/guardian accompanying the student to the vaccination site should adhere to the DOE’s Visitor Policy and Protocol for Visitors.       Any individual accompanying their child to get vaccinated against COVID-19 at a DOE vaccine site is not required to show proof of vaccination in order to enter the building for this purpose. Please inform your School Safety Agent of this visitor vaccine mandate exemption.   

Additionally, the city also has a program that gives non-profits $100 for each person they refer to a city site for vaccination.  If you go to another city-run site (like the Museum of Natural History) and indicate that PS 87 Parents Association referred you, the PA will receive the donation.

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.

Welcome Coffee – Friday November 12

Bring your favorite travel coffee mug and join us on Friday, November 12 after drop off on 77th Street just outside Metal Park.  Grab a cup on your way to work or hang out  to celebrate getting through another week!  PS 87 gear will be sold as well so it will be a great time to grab some school merch!

Eliz Battin and Marguerite Boonzaier

PS 87 Community Engagement

Help Wanted – Graphics Talent

Are you visually creative, handy with drawing and able to bring ideas to life digitally? Please reach out to if you are open to helping the PA with design projects.  

DEI Task Force – Update and Next Meeting on Dec 1

We hope you had a wonderful week. Last week, you may have heard some of your little ones talk about Diwali, the Festival of Lights, celebrated in many South Asian households to depict light over dark, and symbolic of sharing the joy and light inside of us with others. 

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! 

Here are three pillars that we have come up with to ensure families feel like they belong, and are valued, whether at events, with communications, or generally in the community:

  • Be Celebrated 
  • Be Heard
  • Be Included

We plan on discussing these pillars, and what community means to us, at the next meeting, which will be via Zoom at 3 p.m. on Dec 1, and we invite all in our community to attend and take part.

In the meantime, we are working on a DEI page on the PS 87 website, are considering resources on tackling anxiety, and have made communications available in other languages. 

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

Support Westside Campaign Against Hunger’s Annual Turkey Drive!

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)

Charleston Gift Wrap Fundraiser – Final Week!

There is still plenty of time to shop the Charleston Gift Wrap fundraiser – it runs until November 15.  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!

Reminder – Mask Up in the Morning!

All adults and children should be wearing masks on the drop off line each morning. Thanks for your cooperation!

May and June State Assessment Results are in

The ELA and Math State Assessments that took place during the prior school year are now posted on your child(ren)’s mystudent accounts. Go to and log into your child(ren)’s account. On the dashboard, you can see the scores under ‘Assessments.’

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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