My son is now in First grade and has been in this school since Pre-K. His Pre-K teacher Mrs. Elkaim was outstanding! For a first time parent sending your child off to Pre-K can be difficult...She makes the kids and the parents feel warn and welcomed. For Kindergarten he had Mrs. Giampa who was Amazing! I cannot say enough about her. She takes her time with the children and works with each of their needs. The difference in my sons, reading writing and math, manners, among other things from Sept 2013 to June 2014 have changed SO much. She is THE IDEAL kindergarten teacher and i am so thankful my son was lucky enough to be selected to be in her class. As far as the principal I really have yet to get to know her personally but I give this woman a lot of credit, 1- if she has a school with teachers like this 2- she is outside every morning to greet her kids, whether its 100 degrees or -10 degrees and snowing or raining. 3- Letters constantly come home in regards to trips for the kids, events, field days etc. I think shes great. this year he has ms.pirella hope all goes as well as the last 2 years!
My daughter is attending this school since first grade. Now she is in fourth grade. My son is in first grade. I am glad that they are in P.S. 87 because they feel safe and comfortable in this school. The way that the staff made everyone feel welcome. They respect everybody and they make sure that the students get the help that they need and the best education.
I am Very pleased with the school. My son is currently attending pre-k and he has learned a lot. Perhaps is the teacher Mrs. Alkaim is fabulous. My son knows how to count up to 100, knows basic math adding and subtracting, geometric figures, whole alphabet, all senses, colors,etc. I had asked some parents who their kids attend other schools and my son is so advanced in comparison with kids from other schools. I do feel ps.87 is making a great effort to bring up their grades and statistics. Overall, I think this school has a great mission and shows a lot of effort to involve the parents in their kids education. Love the mail always keeping us current with everything. Love the teacher Mrs. Alkaim.
The bottom line is that 87 is a great school. They let us know about our kids. They send out goal letters and how to help our kids. Me and my kids are going ape picking Tuesday. That is run by the school and families can go. Thanks to the parents and game night cause my kids had fun. The school is having a parade on Halloween. That's for the kids. I get emails from the school all the time. And Mr Darnell is great. And the principal and assistant principals too. The bottom line is if you want a great place where your kids learn and have fun then 87 is the place for you.
If you have come to any of the PA meetings you would have heard that the schools have been cut 776, 000 this year snd ove 10 million overr tbe past six years. How do yiu expext the school to funtion. You talk about shoparoo to raise miney for the school but you should be demanding appropriate funding for the school. And if you know anything about laws cameras aren't inside sny classrooms so the principal can only address what is brought to her attention if it happens in a class. I drop my kid off every morning and all I see are kids that can't wait to get into school so instead of being a coward and posting her why don't y go in and talk to the principal. I have many times and ALL my issues have been addressed. How many times have you gone in???
one of the worst schools in middle village its a shame my child is zoned here. The principal THINKS she runs a tight ship but truth is the kids do whatever they want and get away with it. All those cameras and they never see anything while its happening always have to go back and view it. Others have said the principal is never around that I strongly disagree with she is always seen around the school...but to me that isnt a big deal when she doesnt address issues brought to her attention. The kids at this school have no home training its a shame that they arent taught. If you can do yourself a favor and look for another school.
The school is looking great morning line up and afternoon dismissal is running smoothly. Ms. Michaeli has got everything under control. She been there in the morning and the afternoon to make sure everything is running well. Thumbs up to her for fighting for this extension. Very much needed great job to a wonderful principal. Also for the parent that's says 3rd grade is getting 2nd grade HW and no one checks it. Well its the 2nd week of school give it a break my son is in 3rd grade his HW is checked everyday. A big check and comments. Give it a break. If your that unhappy go to another school. This is a great school. You will see that if u
I agree with the parent that said that Ms Michaeli has line up and dismissal running smoothly. My daughter was very afraid to go in at first but once she saw Ms Michaeli she went right in. I dont have to be afraid that she will be lost in the crowd because Ms Michaeli has teachers lined up to show them where to go. At first dismissal was crazy and crowded but Ms Micaheli found a solution to the problem and now dismissal is running smoothly. My next remark is for the parent that wrote about the homework. I went to the PA meeting to find out about the new core standards. I am so overwhelmed by all of the changes that the city is making. It's just not fair to the kids. If the city wants to make all of these changes they should have sent to the schools all of the materials that they need. i found out that our school hasn't received all of our books and that the teachers are making do with what they have. Before parents complain they should get their information straight and attend the PA meetings! Ms Michaeli Thank You for standing up for our kids while the city has forgotten them !!
The school got a new gym and my children love it! I am a happy parent.
I would also like to comment on the review posted by the kindergarten parent.The PA is only allowed a certain number of fund raisers a year.We try to make it as fun as possible for the kids WITH VERY LIMITED FUNDING AND PARENT INVOLVEMENT.If more parents came to PA meetings and got involved things might be different.As far as the supermarket blitz yes it is for adults but EVERY dime of the money raised goes to the kids.Carnivals and festivals would be wonderful if we had the space and funds available.The construction of the new addition has limited many things including outdoor recess which by the way the principal and parents have been fighting for for 10 years.The PA hosts dances Halloween carnivals craft nights Santa visits and various other activities.Once again with limited funds and parent involvement.Talent shows and plays unfortunately could not happen due to the new State Standards that our children are being forced to rise to.As a kindergarten parent you will soon see that TEST PREP takes an enormous amount of time away from teachers and students fun time.You really don't realize the accomplishments that Ms.Michaeli has made in the past 10 years-ALL FOR THE KIDS Eileen-PA
I also will be commenting on the comments posted by a kindergarten parent .The ONLY thing you have correct in your comment is that our Kindergarten teachers are wonderful. Everything else is so NOT TRUE.. The PA does a lot of things for the students, Halloween Carnival, Santa, Dances, Animal land, holiday gift sales, to name a few .and yes supermarket blitz where the adults come out for the night to raise money for our KIDS The PA volunteers our free time to make fun events for your children, To bad parents are too busy bashing us here instead of attending meetings to find out what YOU can do to help us . As for the Principal she goes above and beyond to make sure our kids get the best education from Pre K thru 8th grade. And her door is ALWAYS open for any parent anytime. As for the lack of space for recess, WE FOUGHT LONG AND HARD TO GET AN EXTENSION TO MAKE OUR SCHOOL BETTER FOR ALL CHILDREN, so right now we are a little inconvenienced with the construction, deal with it. Instead of bashing our school you should get involved and support our school and all that is being done for your children.
I'd like to comment on the parent who says the PA (we do not have a PTA, other schools claim to have a PTA but you will never see a teacher arounf, Ours is PA Parent Assocation.) and the Principal aren't interested in the kids. That's just wrong to say. The PA has plenty of fundraisers for the school. The first was is the letter that goes out at the beginning of the year for dues. Hardly no one sends that back. We have Halloween carnivals, school dances and plenty more. The PA are working parents volunteering their time its not easy. Instead of bashing get involved. And as far as the Principal I have never seen a principal who TRULY cares about the kids. SHES NOT FAKE. Just to get this straight I'm not on the PA, I have no involvement to the school so this isn't bias. I just know the school. Parents should get involved more isn't of bashing go to the school speak to the PA and the Principal her door is ALWAYS OPEN
My son is in kindergarten and all the kindergarten teachers are absolutely wonderful! I don't like that the kids had nowhere to go for recess, they had to sit in the lunchroom and draw/color once they were done with their lunch. I also don't like that there are no fundraisers that would actually be FUN for the kids. Other schools have little festivals and end of the year carnivals and the kids have the most amazing time. But it seems our principal and PTA aren't at all interested in the kids and doing much that they would enjoy. The kids don't put on any plays or show other than the holiday show. And I don't know why happened to the talent show this year, I guess once again it wasn't important enough to be held for the kids. Meanwhile we make sure we have the supermarket blitz every year, you know since that benefits the adults! And now kindergarten graduation is in the classrooms?! That's ridiculous!! They should be in the auditorium all together!! I don't know if my son will be returning to PS 87 for 1st grade! Mrs. Terranova is the most amazing teacher!
First off I want to say that I totally disagree with the parent that is bashing Ms.Michaeli I feel like she is very much involved with pretty much all the school activities and is always there when you need to speak to her about anything regarding your children. And as far as the kids not having a place to run which is wrong. They use the auditorium for dance and to run around. If the Principal wasn't involved enough would she fight for 7 years to get the extension? I mean she's only human I'm sure she has meetings and other issues that she has to handle out side of the school regarding PS.87. So if parents don't see her every single time they walk into the school DON'T PANIC. Being a principal isn't an easy job . But I feel like she is doing the best that she can do and she's doing a good job at it. My children have been going to 87 for almost 4 years now and I am more than happy with them attending school at 87. I wouldn't have it any other way.
My son is a special needs student. When he entered p.s.87 as a first grader he could not read or do any math problems and had a problem sitting still during lessons. By the second day of school, his teacher, Ms. lyons, had approached me to explain why he was not sitting still. He didnt know how to ask for help when he didnt understand the class work. Within a few days he no longer got up and walked around during lessons.By the time he left this wonderful school after 3 years, (we moved to long island), he was almost reading on level, doing math problems in his head in the blink of an eye. I have never met a more involved school staff in my life. The principal, the parent cordindator are the most informative people I know, when it comes down to asking for information about my children's education.......what is needed to get him to the next chapter of classwork, What I can do to help him to learn. If all schools were run like one is, we wouldn't. need the board of Ed. My only regret is not being able to keep him in this school when we moved. I am very happy that the school finally got their extension that they needed. I can't wait to see the new building.
This part of the neighborhood is changing....along with the kids/people that have moved into the area....Very low parent interaction where things had to be cancelled....The principal is very nice but wish we would see more of her ( When kids get dissmissed in front...Christmas Shows etc... which feel like she's to busy to be there...I also dont like the little kids get NO running around time...theres a basement would it hurt for them to go down and play games run around a little & be kids?? I also don't know half the time what my child is doing during the week I ask of course if I didn't I wouldn't know (my childs in 1st gd.) Sorry to say I will be transferring my child...I STRONGLY think that if the principal was more of a pressence then the assistants pricipals which are wonderful they school would be a stronger & better school...
So far I had no issues with the teachers but you never see the Principal..I heard issues with bullyng..dont like there isnt a gym and the preschool kids dont get to play downstiars in the basement...sing songs run around etcc...
My son went to kindergarten last year ( this year he is entering 1st grade ) to PS 87 and I am very pleased with this school. Very friendly staff, great teachers!
My son will be entering kindergarten this Sept., and I want to say thank you to Dr. Rossen (school psychologist). I greatly appreciate your wonderful help, advice, and your quick repsonse to all my questions.
My child is a Preschool student and her teachers Mrs. Elkaim and Mrs Horkan are wonderful educators. My daughter is already writing her name and subtracting! Im so greatful and pleased with the quality education at this school and recommend it highly to all parents!!!
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