PS 8 Fall Reopening Family Meeting

Dear PS 8 Families,

I hope you are all well and enjoying the summer. Although there are still many uncertainties and questions about reopening schools in the fall, I have scheduled a Zoom videoconference with you on Tuesday, August 4th at 11AM to share our preliminary plans and program options. If you haven't done so please fill out the two surveys below to help with obtaining information for the Fall 2020 opening.

Below is the meeting information.

Topic: PS 8 Fall Reopening Family Meeting

Time: Aug 4, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 946 9952 6315 Passcode: 890992

Dial by your location +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 946 9952 6315 Passcode: 890992


Claudia Tahiraj-Sadrija


Chancellor Carranza with Critical Information of Return to School 2020.

Updated- July 27th

More information can be found at the following link:

Update for Families on School Reopening_July 27 2020.pdf

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 by August 7th.

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.

A Letter to The P.S. 8 School Community - June 2020

June 2020 Parent Letter Eng & Span.pdf
_Steps to Access Your Child's Report Card .pdf

Directions in English

Parents: 2020 June Report Cards

As previously stated above, you will be able to access your child’s report card via your child’s NYCSA (NYC Schools Account) on Monday, June 29th. For directions to carry out this action please refer to the guides on the sides in both English and Spanish.

Para obtener las notas finales .pdf

Directions in Spanish

Summer Resources 2020

Dear PS 8 Families,

As we get ready for Summer 2020, please take a look at the summer learning page below, which includes educational activities, podcasts, learning games, reading websites and more to support your child during the summer. These supplementary learning resources are recommended for you to encourage your child to continue with his/her learning during the summer months.


Each June we celebrate the end of slavery in the United States in 1865. Across the country, family and friends gather to celebrate and learn more about the history and experience of African Americans before and after slavery.

Click this link for more information and resources. LINK

Update for Families_June 12 2020 (1).pdf

Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) (Updated 6/11/20)


Attention Parents:

Updated Calendar Events for June 4th and 9th


P.S. 8's Update Grading Policy

Academic Policy- Remote Learning REV (1).pdf

Optional Tutoring Resource Available through Public Libraries

The City of New York’s three public library systems—Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Public Library—are providing free access to Brainfuse, which is an online tutoring platform for families and students. This resource is available seven days a week, from 2:00–11:00 p.m., and provides support to all grade levels in the following areas:

Homework Help: Interact with live tutors in math, science, reading/writing, social studies, PSAT/SAT, ACT, AP and state standardized tests.
Skills-Building: Choose your topic to receive real-time help.
Personalized eLearning Tools: My File Sharing, My Session Replay, My Tutoring Archive, My Tests Archive, and more.
24-Hour Writing Lab: Submit essays and other kinds of writing for constructive feedback.
Homework Questions: Submit homework questions for expert guidance.
Adult Learning Center: Access a library of rich, adult-learning content (GED), and live, professional assistance in resume/cover letter writing, U.S. citizenship prep, MS Office Essential Skills series, and more.
Foreign Language Lab/Spanish-Speaking Support.To access Brainfuse, New York State residents must sign up for a free library card in one of the three library systems. See below for information about how school communities in all five boroughs can obtain library cards at any of the three public library systems:
  • New York Public Library: To obtain a New York Public Library eCard, download and use the SimplyE app. Please note that this app has been uploaded to all iPads issued by the DOE. For instructions on how to apply using the SimplyE app, please visit Families and students may access Brainfuse using their New York Public Library eCard.

Please share this optional resources with your school community. For questions, please contact Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, or Queens Public Library.

Parent Workshop: Stress Management during COVID-19

Parents_Stress Mgmt Flyer.pdf

SITC (Update)

Update for Families_SITC-new dates_May 20 2020.pdf

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

Still Need A Device?

Let's Learn NYC!

Click on the following links below dedicated to student PreK to 5th.

Accessing Google Classroom/Remote Learning

Hello Parents- During this time students will be engaging in Remote Learning. That is when teachers post assignments and tasks on Google Classroom. To help your child stay on top of their work you can access their account.

For example it will look something like this: Password: 12232012

For assistance in properly logging on click on the video here


The First Video is in English. The Second Video is in Spanish.

Pasos para entar a gmail y google classroom.docx

Up Coming Events

P.S. 8 SLT Meeting: June 11th at 11am

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.