PS87 Backpack News: September 20, 2021

 PS 87 Calendar 

See here for details and location/Zoom information.

September  2021
13 First Day of School
16Yom Kippur – No School
17All School Welcome in the Big Yard 4 – 6 p.m. 
23Curriculum Night – Remote
29PA Elections
October  2021
1International Dinner Dance 7 – 8 p.m.
4Family Book Group 6 – 7 p.m.
11Italian Heritage/Indigenous Peoples’ Day – No School
23Harvest Fest
November  2021
1Family Book Group 6 – 7 p.m.
2Election Day – Remote School Day
Parent Teacher Conferences – Half Day of School/ Remote Conferences
8-12Scholastic Book Fair
11Veterans Day – No School
25-26Thanksgiving Break – No School
December  2021
6Family Book Group 6 – 7 p.m.
24-31Winter Recess  – No School
January 2022
3Family Book Group 6 – 7 p.m.
17Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No School
28Report Cards Distributed
February 2022
1Lunar New Year – No School
7Family Book Group 6 – 7 p.m.
March  2022
3Parent Teacher Conferences – Half Day of School/ Remote Conferences
7Family Book Group 6 – 7 p.m.
29-31ELA Assessment
April  2022
4Family Book Group 6 – 7 p.m.
15-22Spring Recess (includes Good Friday and Passover –  No School
26-28Math Assessment
May  2022
2Eid al-Fitr – No School
9Family Book Group 6 – 7 p.m.
24- 6/3Science Performance Assessment
30Memorial Day – No School
June  2022
6Science Written Assessment Family Book Group 6 – 7 p.m.
7Clerical Day – No School
9Anniversary Day – No School
20Juneteenth – No School
27LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!Report Cards Distributed

Calendar Updates 

Check the calendar again! Several new entries have been added since last week’s BPN issue. The full school calendar is always available on the website as well.

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 and more on the DOE’s safety measures below. 

PA Meeting Time Preferences

We are planning our General PA Meetings for the school year. and could use your help in determining the times that work best for you. Please take a moment to fill out the following one-question  survey:

Curriculum Night – Thursday September 23 (Pre-K Sept 30)

Join your child(ren)’s teacher(s) virtually on Thursday night to hear what they’ve got planned for the year. Times will be staggered so parents with kids in different grades can attend. The schedule is as follows:

K and 1st grade: 5 p.m.

2nd & 3rd grades: 6 p.m.

4th & 5th grades: 7 p.m.

Pre K: September 30, 5 p.m. 

Teachers will be emailing the Zoom links to parents prior to the meetings.  

Join the Parents Association Board!

The PA Board decided to hold off on board elections until the fall to get a better sense of what the new school year and student population would look like.

We are holding our first General PA Meeting on September 29th. We are currently seeking parents to fill a number of executive board positions. If you are interested in running for office, please reach out to us at We’d be happy to answer any of your questions. The one thing we know for sure is that this year, the administration is going to need PA support, so please consider stepping up and taking a leadership role during this important time. 

Open positions:




Community Affairs

Family Giving





Afterschool Liaison

You can also visit our website to fill out the form if any of the volunteer opportunities interest you.

Thank you,

Angie & Rita

PS 87 PA Presidents

Save the Date! Harvest Fest is Back!

PS 87’s Harvest Fest will be held during the afternoon of Saturday, Oct 23.  This annual fall tradition will take place outside this year on West 77th Street and the Big Yard.  We’ll come together and celebrate as a community with live music, arts, crafts, games, and a Halloween maze.  Everyone is encouraged to come in costume!

Get your PS 87 Merch – Shop the Store and Show Your School Spirit!

New and returning families – shop now and support PS 87 with your purchase! Show your school 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.  Items may be shipped or picked up at Big Frog on the Upper West Side.

Charleston Gift Wrap Fundraiser

PS 87 will be holding its first fundraiser of the year, selling gifts and gift wrap through Charleston Wrap.  Charleston gift wrap is thick paper on generous rolls, and their gift items range from household items to everything personalized! They even have personalized gift wrap options. The virtual sale will begin on October 1. Website links and more information to follow. 

ICYMI Virtual Town Hall – Recording and Slides 

In case you missed it, the September 9th school-wide town hall is available here. Passcode: t2*UQ&5e. In addition, here is a copy of the powerpoint from the meeting.

DOE School Safety Measures 

Full details on safety measures and procedures are covered in the above deck and recording, but here is a summary of the key policies that the Department of Education has put in place. In partnership with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the NYC DOE is emphasizing the use of multiple layers of protection against COVID-19 and encouraging those who are eligible to get vaccinated. Strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 include:

  • Properly wearing a face covering at all times when on DOE property
  • Increasing ventilation, wherever possible
  • Washing and sanitizing hands regularly
  • Staying home when sick, after being in close contact with a person with COVID-19, or if someone in your household is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms
  • Ensuring students maintain a distance of at least three feet from other students
  • If eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, getting the vaccine (required by 9/27 for all staff, contractors, and volunteers)

Information from DOE on Health Screening and Random COVID-19 Testing

Here is a family update from the DOE that includes information on giving consent for Covid testing for children in 1st -5th grades. Pre-K and kindergarten students do not get tested. Consent can be given through the NYC schools site, or by filling out and sending in the paper forms with your child. Consent given last year has expired and must be given again for this new school year.

The update also covers the required daily health screening.  Please complete this form each morning to show at drop-off.    

Construction Update

Since parents are currently restricted from the building, most reading this won’t be able to see just yet, but ask your kids! When they entered their classrooms today, they may have noticed that an army of contractors followed by an army of cleaners have been through the school. The classrooms now have new radiators and, better still, each class now gets their own thermostat to control the heat. Additionally, on the 1st floor the asbestos floor and ceiling tiles were removed and now there is (apparently) a nice new blue tile floor and fresh ceiling tiles. The custodial staff deserves your thanks for getting everything cleaned and furniture straightened out in time. 

While it is out of sight from the kids, the asbestos removal in the boiler room has been completed. This brings to a close all of the known asbestos remediation inside the building. All of the re-occupancy letters to support that this work was done in a safe manner have been posted to the school website. The temporary boiler on 77th street continues to heat the building while the new boiler construction continues.

Future Phases:

Due to construction material shortages, specifically roof insulation, no work was done on the roof this summer. When the insulation is on hand, the School Construction Authority will schedule the roof work. One window was removed from room 101 and is with the new window manufacturer to ensure that the new window units being manufactured will fit properly. Finally, the other external work in the schedule (mainly brick work) has not occurred. This will occur at yet unscheduled future dates. When we have updates we will share them on the website and in BPN.

Please email with any questions. 

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.

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 us, Jill Rackmill and Erica DePiero, your PA Community Affairs volunteers 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.

Thank You to Spring Lake Day Camp

PS 87 thanks Spring Lake for being our biggest sponsor year after year! Here are details about Spring Lake’s Fall Fest.

(Flyer about Spring Lake’s Fall Fest to be embedded into email template).

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