September 22, 2023


Dear PS 81 families,


There is going to be a district i-Ready family webinar on October 11th at 6:30 pm. This webinar is very informative and will provide information on how to support your child in using the program.




NYC DOE 2023-2024 School Calendar

September 2023 Lunch Menu


P.S.81 Cell Phone & Electronic Device Policy

We recognize today there may be a need for students to carry a cell phone. Therefore, students are allowed to bring their cell phones to school, with guardian’s permission. This will enable you to communicate with your child before and after school. However, once in the school building, all cell phones must be turned off and kept in the students’ backpack. In addition, students may give it to the teacher to be kept in a secure location for the school day. Cell phones may not be used during lunch and recess. In case of emergency you may call the main office to leave a message for your child (718-796-8965). This policy is also in place for the use of iPods, iPads, tablets and all other devices capable of recording or playing back audio, photographic, or video content, or sending/receiving text, audio, or video messages.

If a student is found to be in violation of the cell phone/electronic devices policy the following protocol will be followed:

1st Violation: The phone/device will be taken from the student and returned at the end of the day.

2nd Violation: The phone/device will be taken from the student and the parent/guardian is contacted to pick up the cell phone.

3rd Violation: Use of cell phones is suspended for the remainder of the school year. The cell phone must be checked in at the main office at arrival every school day.

Please note the school is not responsible for the theft, loss or damage to student’s technology devices. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the school. The safety of our students is a schoolwide community responsibility. Together we can increase safety and promote responsible “Digital Citizenship” among our students.

School Leadership Team SLT

School Leadership Team
SLT Meetings are open to all parents, even if you are not an SLT member.
Here is a description of what the SLT is:
The link is the same for all meetings.
The meetings begin at 2:30 pm.
You can attend either IN PERSON or via ZOOM!
2023-2024 Schedule
Wednesday, Sept 27, 2023
Wednesday, October 11, 2023
Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Wednesday, December 13, 2023
Wednesday, January 10, 2024
Tuesday, February 13, 2024Wednesday, March 13, 2024
Tuesday, April 9, 2024
Wednesday, May 8, 2024
Wednesday, June 12, 2024
Click Here to join the ZOOM MEETING ID: 981 8267 4420
Passcode: 081123

P.S.81 Dress Code Policy

All students should dress appropriately for school.  Students may not wear revealing clothing such as shirts, skirts, shorts or other clothing items that reveal private areas of the body. Students may not wear clothing displaying foul language or slurs against any race, color, creed, religion, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability or weight. In addition, appropriate footwear for physical education and outdoor recess/structured play should be worn on a daily basis. Flip flops are not allowed due to injuries in the schoolyard when children are running.  Please see the following link for additional information regarding the NYC DOE Dress Code Guidelines. 

Brainfuse HelpNow!

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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  • 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