School Buildings will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year.

End of the Year I-Ready Diagnostic

May 21, 2020

Dear PS 8 Families,

Beginning next week we will be administering the End of the Year I-Ready Diagnostic in both ELA and Math in order to identify your child’s strengths and areas of further support. Please note that the results of these assessments will not impact your child’s end-of-year report card grades or promotional decision and may be taken at a time that is convenient for you during the following administration window:

  • Reading........Tuesday, May 26th - Friday May 29th
  • Math..............Monday, June 1st - Thursday, June 4th
  • Make up........Friday June 5th

To support your child with taking the assessment at home, we encourage you to review the Family Checklist below and adhere to the suggested session times to complete the assessments:

Family Diagnostic Check-list: English | Spanish

Assessment Timeline:

  • Kindergarten through 2nd grade.....Two to three 15-20 minute sessions for each exam
  • 3rd through 5th grade..... Two 30-minutes sessions for each exam

We also ask that you encourage your child to do his/her best, but please do not assist your child with answering any of the assessment questions, as this may lead to an inaccurate level placement in I-Ready. We thank you for your support and collaboration. Please feel free to contact your child's teacher should you have any questions or concerns.


Claudia Tahiraj-Sadrija


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.



SITC (Update)

Update for Families_SITC-new dates_May 20 2020.pdf

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!

Remote Learning Survey

Dear Parents,

Learning at home has created an entirely new approach to education, and we want to hear how it has been working for you and your family. We are asking you to take a short survey to help us collect feedback about your experience with remote learning. The survey is:

  • Available in all DOE languages
  • Anonymous for all respondents
  • The same for all boroughs (survey is divided by borough to make it easier for you to identify your school name)

The results of the survey will help schools to continue to support families and students in the current learning environment.

Click the link below to fill out the survey

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

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

Up Coming Events

Character Pillar

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.