May 12, 2021

Dear Families,

We are pleased to announce the NYC School Survey is now available to our school community. We would appreciate you completing the survey, as it provides valuable information for our school. We always strive for 100% participation from our P.S.81 Community!

In order to capture the status of completion we would greatly appreciate you taking a screenshot or picture of the confirmation page after you finish your survey and send it through Dojo to your child’s teacher. All surveys must be completed before June 11th.

Incentives will be provided for those students’ whose families complete the survey! Some examples are:
-No Homework Pass
-Virtual Gym Fun with Ms. Maher & Mr. Walters
-Virtual Art Project with Ms. Temple
-Raffle for Free ticket to Virtual Paint Night

You will receive your ACCESS CODE from your child's teacher to complete the survey. It is a lowercase letter "f" followed by your child's Student ID Number. If you have any questions, you may reach out to Mrs. Knecht

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Best Regards,

Blended & Remote Learning

New York City public schools will be continuing academic instruction through Blended Learning or Remote Learning to begin the 2020-21 school year.

Please click here to fill out the P.S.81 Emergency Contact Form '20-'21

  • Learn at Home for grades K-12 has all you need to know for getting set up for remote or blended learning.
  • Grab-and-Go free meals for ALL New Yorkers are available at the entrance of select buildings. Our closest location is In-Tech Academy (M.S. / High School 368) located at 2975 TIBBETT AVENUE.
  • Request a Device for families that need electronic devices. You may request one device per student.  Families can also call 718-935-5100 and select option 5 to complete the survey over the phone.

Text COVID to 692-692 to receive regular SMS texts with the latest news and developments.

See the new COVID-19: FAQ for Parents and Caregivers of Pre-School and School-Age Children  from the NYC Department of Health.

Brainfuse HelpNow!

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Live online tutoring is available from every day 2:00 PM to 11:00 PM EST.

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HelpNow's features include:

  • 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 forms of writing for constructive feedback.
  • Homework Send Question 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

Remote Learning Platforms

At P.S. 81 we are using multiple platforms to communicate with families & students.

Every class has a Class Dojo where teachers & staff can communicate directly with families. Please be sure to check your Class Dojo daily for Important Information and Updates from your classroom teacher, other staff and the administration.

Teachers are posting required student assignments on Google Classroom for Blended and Remote students. Students should log onto Google Classroom using their unique username and password. 

For help using any of these platforms, please see the resources below. 


Classroom Dojo Help for Parents


Google Classroom

 Parent Guide to Google Classroom PDF

 Parent Guide to Google Classroom Slideshow


Feel free to email for help with any of our online resources!

NYCDOE Learn at Home

The materials on the Learn at Home pages are designed to provide supplementary learning resources to students in the event that students may need to be home from school. We encourage you to use this time to continue your student’s learning while they are at home. To help students engage in educational material, we have shared the resources below for students in all grades, from Early Learn through elementary and middle school, and for high school. These materials do not replace what your child has been learning at school, but during this unusual time it is important that students continue to read, write, do social studies and science activities, and work on math problems.

The materials on the grade specific pages below include:

  • Suggested daily study schedules
  • Guides and materials for instructional activities
  • Recommended educational television shows
  • Links to a variety of books, magazines, and websites on a wide range of topics that appeal to children at all ages


First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Did You Know???

Turn your phone into a HotSpot  (article from PC Magazine)

Access Google Classroom on Xbox and Playstation

Google Classroom can be opened on Xbox and Playstation. There isn’t an app that the students can add to their consoles. Instead, they are going to have to use the built-in browsers that come on the two devices. On Xbox, it is Microsoft Edge. On Playstation, it is the “www” browser. Your students will probably know how to find the browsers on their consoles, but if not, each one has a search function they can access on the home screen.

Once the browser has been opened:

  1. Type in in the address bar.

  2. A prompt for a Google account will appear.

  3. Log in with your email and password

  4. The Google Classroom home screen will open up.

If students have a keyboard they can plug in, they will have a much easier time of navigation. Otherwise, they will have to use their controllers to click on the classroom tiles, open up assignments and type.

Get real time school updates on your mobile device with eChalk Notify.

Connect with code I6ZZI5 to get instant alerts or log in with your eChalk user account for the latest updates from all your classes and groups.