November 21, 2021


Dear P.S. 81 Families,

Please register for this important meeting, Nina Velasquez has notified you of this meeting,

Best Regards,


Meeting details listed below.

On Monday, November 22, 2021 we will host our Brilliant NYC Town Hall Meeting.

Registration closes at 12PM on Monday. Please encourage families and staff to register before then. We will have interpretation in Spanish, Arabic, and Bangla. Please invite families who speak these languages to sign up and attend the town hall meeting.

Here is the link for ALL participants to register: District 10 Registration | Brilliant NYC (

About Brilliant NYC

All children have the innate drive to learn and possess unique talents, gifts and strengths. As a school system, we have a responsibility to present every student with the types of opportunities that research has proven helps students stretch, grow and reach their full potential.

Brilliant NYC is the blueprint that will reshape our entire system, beginning with all Kindergarten classrooms next fall and building upon the work of our 3K and PreK programs. The blueprint for Brilliant NYC is informed by the leading research and science of learning but no plan would be complete without the voices of our most important partners – our families and communities.

Every community school district will host a District Community Meeting led by their District Superintendent. These meetings are District specific and for families and community members from the district to learn about the Brilliant NYC blueprint, hear about the work that is already happening in their District and co-construct what this will look like for their local community. All perspectives are welcomed and encouraged!

For more information, visit:

November 2021 Lunch Menu


Brainfuse HelpNow!

Brainfuse HelpNow!

On demand, anytime, anywhere eLearning. See how easy, intuitive and engaging Brainfuse HelpNow eLearning is for all ages and levels.

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

Use your NYC Library Barcode to get started!

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

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  or for help with any of our online resources!

UFT DIal a Teacher


  • What: Homework help line for students, run by classroom teachers

  • Where: Call 212-777-3380

  • Who: Students in kindergarten through 12th grade

  • Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 to 7 p.m. when school is in session

  • Languages spoken: Armenian, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian-Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Tagalog

  • Subjects available: English, math, science and social studies