The PS 8 school building must remain closed through Friday January 29th, all teaching and learning will continue remotely.

Please be advised that in-person classes will resume on Monday, February 1, 2021 and Group A will be in session.

From the Principal's Desk...

Update for Families January 22 2021.pdf
DOE RTS - 10 Day Bldg Closure Due to Multiple Confirmed Cases (1).docx

Take the Fall 2020 School Experience Survey!

The DOE invites all students in grades 6–12, parents and guardians of students in grades 3-K–12, and teachers to take the Fall 2020 School Experience Survey.

The goals of the survey are to:

  • provide timely and actionable feedback to schools and field teams to improve both remote and in-person learning experiences, and

  • assist in planning for the spring semester.

The survey is open from Tuesday, January 19, 2021 through Friday, February 5, 2021.


STEM Matters NYC

This spring break, (re)discover STEM with STEM Matters NYC! Kindergarten through grade 12 students can apply now to attend programs with STEM Matters NYC. K-8 students can apply for Discovery Day, a day-long hands-on learning experience, and enjoy a special interactive class with their adult caregiver. High school students can apply for internships at the NYC Department of Education’s Genovesi Environmental Study Center and spend a week getting their hands dirty in the garden or caring for animals.

A wide range of programs are offered at the NYC Department of Education’s Genovesi Environmental Study Center; Audubon New York; Bronx Zoo; Central Park Zoo; Green-Wood Cemetery; GrowNYC Teaching Garden at Governors Island; Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum; Makerspace NYC; New York Aquarium; New York Botanical Garden; Prospect Park Zoo; Queens Botanical Garden; Queens County Farm Museum; Queens Zoo; Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden; Solar One; Staten Island Museum; Staten Island Zoo; and Wave Hill. Students will meet and work with field experts in programs that feature real-world learning experiences.

PS8 Families: As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and dreams this month let’s think about our own dreams for making the world a better place. Check out some of the following resources and activities and share with your children.

Martin Luther King Jr bookshelf

MLK Jr. Read Alouds

Activities & Resources

Honoring Black Lives Virtual Library

Honoring Black Lives Library


Are you ready to jump into a good book and immerse yourself in a story waiting for you to unfold it? As you discover more through reading, do you want to engage in a discussion with your friends to see what’s on their minds?

Beginning February 6th, we are hosting our first ever 5th Grade Saturday Book Club!!!

The sessions will take place on February 6 & 27, March 6, 13, 20 and

April 3rd from 8:00 to 10:30 through Google Meet.

If you are interested in being a part of the Book Club, please fill out the form by clicking the link below.

(Please sign in with Student DOE Email)

P.S. 8 Tech Support

Having a Tech Issue while Remote Learning ?

Click on P.S. 8's New Tech Support System: Tech Support Ticket

Middle School Worshops.pdf
District 10 Middle School Fair English Final.pdf
32313_District 10 MS Fair Flyer_Spanish.pdf

Kindergarten Registration

Apply to Kindergarten Flyer 20201120 - English.pdf

¡Celebra y Eleva!

The DOE, in partnership with Ramapo for Children, is offering “¡Celebra y Eleva!,” a workshop offered in Spanish on strategies for families to strengthen their relationship and connection when students are learning remotely. Families may register for any of the sessions below by completing this form; after registering, the webpage will display the link to access the workshop. The dates and times of the workshop sessions are:

  • December 9 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.; 

  • December 16 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.; and

  • January 6, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

WeSpeakNYC_DOE_flyer_December 2020.pdf
Did you know we're open-Eng PS8-.pdf
Did you know-estamos abierto- SPANISH -PS 8.pdf

Letter From the Chancellor 11/24

Update for Families_November 24 2020.pdf

Remote Learning Checklist


Montefiore School Health Program

This year's flu season is one of the worst in more than a decade. Montefiore Clinic is here to assist with Flu shots and other health related needs. Click on the arrow below to access enrollment and proper documentation. ------->

Learning Bridges

As the New York City Department of Education resumes in-person schooling, most schools and early childhood programs are operating on a blended learning model. This means that each week, students have some school days in person, and some school days remotely. Learning Bridges is a new program that provides free child care options for children from 3-K through 8th grade on days when they are scheduled for remote learning.

How to Apply

  • If you are interested in the Learning Bridges program, please complete this application(Open external link).

  • Need help completing the online application? Call 311 for assistance.

  • If you previously filled out the expression of interest form, you do not need to complete another application.

Update for Families on COVID-19 Testing - September 29, 2020.pdf

COVID 19 - Family Letter from Chancellor Carranza

Student COVID-19 Testing Consent Form - September 27 2020.pdf

COVID19 Testing

Student Consent Form

Update for Families_September 21 2020.pdf

COVID 19 - Family Letter from Chancellor Carranza

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

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.

Back to School Fall 2020 Supply Lists

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

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