PS87 Backpack News: September 27, 2021

PS 87 Calendar 

See here for details and location/Zoom information.

September  2021
29General PA Meeting – PA Elections 7-8:30 p.m.via Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 897 2845 3253Passcode: K2Mpr5
30Welcome Coffee on 77th St. after Drop OffPre-K Curriculum Night 5 p.m.
October  2021
1Charleston Gift Wrap Fundraiser Begins
Tea Collection Fundraiser Begins
11Italian Heritage/Indigenous Peoples’ Day – No School
13General PA Meeting 7 – 8 pm
23Harvest Fest 1- 5pm
November  2021
1Family Book Group 6 – 7 p.m. via Zoom
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

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!

Welcome Coffee

Bring your favorite travel coffee mug and join us on Thursday, September 30 after drop off on 77th Street just outside Metal Park to enjoy some coffee and meet other members of the PS 87 community!

Pre-K Curriculum Night – Thursday September 30, 5 p.m.

Zoom link to follow!  

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 29. 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. 

Being on the PA Board is a great way to get involved and see the inner workings of the school. It’s also a chance to build stronger community ties. It’s incredibly rewarding to see ideas come to life for our school and our children. Consider running!

Open positions:



Community Affairs

Family Giving




Afterschool Liaison

You can also visit our website to fill out the form if any of the positions interest you. Election Ballot Bios 

Thank you,

Angie & Rita

PS 87 PA Presidents

PA Meeting Times

Thanks to everyone who took the time to answer our survey. We will meet via Zoom in the evenings until we can meet in person. Stay tuned and check Backpack News for dates, times and locations. 

Update from the Culture and Community Committee

National Hispanic Heritage Month (in Spanish: Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana) the month between September 15 to October 15 in the United States, designated to recognize the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans on the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. This, and every month, is an opportune time to honor the achievements of Hispanic Americans and to support those following in their footsteps. 

Thanks to Jimena Pinto-Kroujiline, mom of Mikhail and Sofia, representing the Dual Language Committee. There was a lovely gathering last Friday on the lawn across from the Diana Ross Playground. It was an incredible evening outside with lots of chatting and catching up. 

Special thanks to Bea Yang and the many volunteers who organized the All School Welcome on Friday September 17. The kids were so happy to leave with some goodies. When they are happy, we are too. : ) 

Lastly thanks to Erica DePiero, who is spearheading Harvest Fest. It’s going to be a great time! Looking forward to seeing everyone in their costumes. 

Due to the construction starting outside of our school yard today (see email from Jennifer Stark and message below), we will be rescheduling our International Dinner Dance, which was scheduled to take place in the big yard this coming Friday, October 1. 

In the next couple of weeks, we will be hosting a compilation virtual music show.

We are also looking forward to spending time together as a community as much as possible, in person, surrounded by family, friends, and good laughs. We’ll keep you posted about upcoming dates. If any of you like to dance or sing, let us know. At PS 87, we have many parents and kids who love enjoying music together. We’re hoping to host a karaoke night and other fun events throughout the school year. 

Happy Fall,

PS 87 Culture and Community Committee

Save the Date! Harvest Fest is Back!

PS 87’s Harvest Fest will be held during the afternoon of Saturday, Oct 23 from 1-5pm.  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!

Lost and Found

Lost something? It could be in the PS 87 Lost and Found located in the auditorium. If your child has lost something, or you or your child find a lost item, please see Officer Ayala to access the Lost and Found. 

Earn Money for PS 87 While Shopping!

Shop the Grand Bazaar on Sundays and Support PS 87:

Did you know that PS 87 receives a portion of the profits of the Grand Bazaar, held in the O’Shea complex on Columbus between 76th and 77th streets?. Well, we do! The Parents Associations of the three schools in the O’Shea complex and PS 87 split the profits from the Grand Bazaar! As you can imagine, COVID really hurt the Grand Bazaar but now it is back and shopping there is a great way to support PS 87 and the other local public schools. The Bazaar isn’t just a flea market!  Shop the incredible jewelry, Turkish towels, unique antiques, collectibles, and yummy food! Go to the link to check out all of the special events – Made in NYC, vintage day, Sweet Treats Day are just a few.

Charleston Gift Wrap Fundraiser (Coming Soon):

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. 

Raise Money with Tea Collection (Coming Soon):

Starting October 4, get 20% off of your Tea Collection order while also raising money for PS 87!  

This promo code will be activated at midnight PST on Monday October 4, and valid through Sunday October 12. In order for PS 87 to earn the 15% donated back on each order, be sure to use this promo code below at checkout by entering it into the “Promo Box.” This is also required for you to get the 20% off your Tea order. 

The unique promo code for PS 87 William T Sherman School is: SDF21PS87. 

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.

Construction Update – Work to begin on 77th and 78th Streets

Below please find a letter from the NYC School Construction Authority’s External Affairs Manager, Joshua E. Adams:

Dear Neighbors and Parents of P.S. 087 – The William T. Sherman School: 

The New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) wishes to notify you about upcoming work for the M087 building. 

This project will be for reduced pressure zone work to install a new water line for the school and will begin on Monday at 4:00 p.m.

This work will be conducted on 77th Street and 78th Street. The streets will be open for thru traffic and a flag man or safety cones will be in place during street work hours. 

Due to the nature of this work and for the safety of the students, all activities must take place after normal school hours. The street work is scheduled to be completed in October 2021. 

Weather permitting, most construction work will take place on weekdays between the hours of 4-10 p.m., and on weekends and school holidays between 8 a.m.-4 p.m.. 

While this work will generate noise, the SCA will strive to minimize the noise impact to you and your neighbors. 

During school closure and on holidays, work will be completed during normal construction hours. During the regular school session, work will be completed after normal school hours. 

We regret this disturbance to the community but with your cooperation, we  hope to finish this project earlier than anticipated. 

If you have any questions  or need further information, please call me at (718) 472-8557. 


Joshua E. Adams 

External Affairs Manager 

Phone: 718-472-8557 | Email: 

NYC School Construction Authority 

Alternatively, you can email with any questions. 

DOE/Community/Parent Advocacy Updates

Click here to read Chancellor Porter’s 9/20 letter about changes to the DOE testing and quarantine policies.

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.

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