Update for Families_September 21 2020.pdf


We all have a part to play in keeping our school communities safe. We are asking you to do your part by making sure your children have completed their health screenings (including temperature checks) before they enter school buildings. We encourage you to use our Online Health Screening Tool each day that your child is scheduled to attend in-person learning.

  • You can find the online health screening at healthscreening.schools.nyc (Please login with your child's email.)

  • When you do the screening at home, you or your child just need to provide the results of the screening either by showing the email on a smartphone or a printout of the results before entering the school building. All students will receive an oral thermometer in their first week of in-person instruction in case they need one to check their temperature.

  • If you or your child is not able to pre-screen using the online tool, you may use the Paper Health Screening Questionnaire and have your child bring the completed form to school and show it upon entry. Your school will provide you with printed copies so you can complete the questionnaire at home.

  • If you or your child forgets or is unable to pre-screen, someone will be available at your school's entrance to assist your child in completing the form and checking your child’s temperature.

The PS 8 Parent Association Monthly Meeting

Thursday, Oct 8th from 6:00PM to 7:30 PM.

  • Zoom Meeting:

  • Meeting ID: 748 1307 8250

  • Passcode: 5xwvTf

2020-2021 Back to School Opening Update

September 17, 2020

Dear PS 8 Families,

Mayor DeBlasio and Chancellor Carranza announced a new staggered start for in-person learning today. Please be advised that children who are enrolled in fully remote programs will still begin full-day instruction on Monday, September 21.

Children participating in blended learning will be learning remotely as well the week of September 21st and their in-person start date will be as follows:

  • Pre-K: In person learning begins on 9/21

  • K-5: In person learning begins on 9/29

  • Please see the updated In-person calendar below for all K-5 and Pre-K students.

We thank you for your collaboration and partnership.


Claudia Tahiraj-Sadrija, Principal

DOE Student Accounts

The DOE has created student accounts for every single New York City public school student, including 3K and Pre-K students. The account gives your student access to TeachHub, which is how students access:

  • iLearnNYC, the Summer School 2020 online learning platform

  • Student report cards (available in the Student Documents icon)

  • Multiple educational applications

  • G Suite, Microsoft O365, and Zoom (using secure central accounts)

Click the link below for more information on finding the DOE account for your learner.


Update for Families_September 14 2020.pdf

Reopening Update for Families: September 14, 2020


A Message from -Mark Rampersant Senior Executive Director Office of Safety and Youth Development

Welcome Back 2020-2021 Update

September 2020 School Opening Letter.pdf

September 2020 Opening School Letter (English)

Carta a las Familias 8 de septiembre de 2020.pdf

September 2020 Opening School Letter (Spanish)


My School Account Fact Sheet


NYCDOE Back to School Pledge

Grab and Go Tips for Families.pdf

iReady Tips for Families

NYC Webinar Schedule Sept 2020 and A Day of Learning.pdf

iReady Webinar Schedule

August 2020 Parent Letter (1).pdf

PS 8 Fall Model


Carta a Padres 8-19-20 Reapertura.pdf

PS 8 Fall Model


Parent Handbook 2020-2021 Rev 9-15-20.pdf

PS 8 Isaac Varian Parent Handbook

2019-2020 Personal Item Retrieval Form

Please click the link below to fill out the form to retrieve items form 2019-2020 school year.



Emergency Contact Card 2020-2021

Remote Learning Device Request Form

In order to help schools to identify families still in need of devices, the DOE is asking that parents fill out the Remote Learning Device request form by August 31. The August 31 deadline for families will give schools time to assess the needs of their students and plan to fill them by the beginning of the school year. Click the link below to get your request in for the beginning of the school year.


Learning Bridges

Learning Bridges is a new program that will provide free child care options for children from 3-K through 8th grade on days when they are scheduled for remote learning. If you are interested in the Learning Bridges program, please complete this survey.


Back to School Fall 2020 Supply Lists

Return To School 2020

Dear P.S. 8 Families,

This Fall, P.S. 8 will offer a combination of in-person and remote learning. If you are opting to have your child learn 100% remotely (online at home) please complete the Learning Preference Survey ASAP.


We will share additional information with you in the coming weeks.

Three siblings embracing

P.S. 8 - Sibling Information Survey

To help us plan for reopening, we ask that you complete the survey below as it will provide us information to make educational decisions while considering family life. Please complete this form and include all siblings enrolled in P.S. 8 Isaac Varian and click "SUBMIT" on the bottom of the form. We appreciate your input and hope all is well with all of our families at P.S. 8. Click the link below.


Technical Support for Families-NYCDOE iPads

If you have ongoing issues with technology to support learning at home, the NYCDOE has support pages (such as Getting Started with Your iPad, Remote Learning Portal, Getting Started with Google Classroom, Getting Started with Teams) please fill out the Technical Support for Families form. The form uses Google Translate in the top right corner.


Dial-A-Teacher Now Available for Grades K–5

The UFT has re-opened its Dial-A-Teacher program, a homework help line for students, run by classroom teachers. This resource is available from 4:00–7:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, for students in grades K–5. Due to limitations caused by school building closures, the help line is currently only available for ELA and math homework from teachers speaking English. The UFT is hoping to expand to other subjects, grades, and languages soon. Please share this optional resource with your school community.

No Place For Hate

We are thrilled to announce that P.S. 8 Isaac Varian was designated as a 2019-2020 No Place For Hate® School! We were recognized for our school’s commitment to creating a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students. This year, PS 8 is one of over 1,800 schools across the country that successfully completed the program.


In staying apart we stand together! During these trying times the PS 8 community stays committed to creating a positive and supportive learning environment.

Here are some messages from our teachers below.



A Song For You (1).mp4

A Song for You

By: Ms. Rivas

Remote Learning Bunch - First Grade.mp4

First Grade

ENL Team

Third Grade Video.mov

Third Grade

Second Grade

Fifth Grade Message May 2020.mp4

Fifth Grade

Fourth Grade


PreK Video.mpeg

PreK- 1

PreK -2

Class 2-217 Memories(2).mp4

Class 2-217

Character Pillar

Fairness and Justice

At PS 8 we strive to help instill a positive school climate and a culture of kindness, making our school a safe environment for students to learn and grow.