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      School 81 Community,

      Wishing everyone a very happy, restful and safe summer. 

      Congratulations to all our 8th grade graduates - The Class of 2023; we are very proud of all of your hard work this year and the last several years.  We know you will do great things next year and in the years to come!


      A reminder that over summer students have access to several online programs:

      MYON - Online Library of Books

      Lexia - ELA skills 

      First in Math - Math Fact Practice  - See the BPS District Summer Competition First In Math Flyer

      Please see the flyer for Mayor Brown's Summer Reading Challenge Mayor Brown's Summer Reading Challenge


      Save the Date - Wednesday, August 30th - 7:45 AM to 9:45 AM

      Meet the Teacher & Supply Drop Off for Pre-K to Grade 5 students.

      Pre-K Orientation - 8:15 to 8:45 AM in the Auditorium

      Pre-K (Time in Classrooms) - 8:45 to 9:30 AM 


      Thank you for your ongoing support of School 81.

      Mr. Klaich

      Mr. Shepherd

      Dr. Adams 











      Wishing everyone a very Happy, Safe and Enjoyable Holiday Season.  Special thank you to all School 81 staff for going above and beyond for our students.  Special thank you to our students that bring joy each day to School 81, we are very proud of all your hard work the first 4 months of school.  Thank you to our School 81 parents for your ongoing support and it was great to see many of you at our Merry Moose Shop, Winter Concert and Pre-K Holiday Workshop this December.  


      Take care and be safe this weekend.

      Mr. Klaich, Dr. Adams & Mr. Shepherd


      P.S. -  Some reminders below:

      • No School Friday, December 23rd , no remote learning.


      • Grades 3 to 6 have a short reading passage/ multiple choice questions to complete and return to school on January 3rd.  


      • School Resumes – Tuesday, January 3rd


      • Students with a damaged device have a Holiday Amnesty--  can turn in a damaged device for a new device at 1515 South Park with no cost until December 31st.  Holiday hours 12/27 to 12/29 – 8:30 to 2:30.


      See attached a Fall Newsletter
      Save the Dates 
      Fall Open House
      Thursday, October 13th -  5 to 7 PM
      Book Fair - online link - Book Fair 81
      Supply Drop Off 
      August 31st - Grades - K, 1 and 2 -  1:30 to 2:30PM
      August 31st - Grades - 3 & 4 - 2:30 to 3:30PM
      Virtual Lunch Break Meeting for Pre-K to grade 4/ new families
      Join us for a virtual zoom meeting during your lunch break.
      Friday, September 2nd - 12 noon to 12:40 
      Any final questions you may have before opening day.

      Topic: Virtual School Opening Meeting 
      Time: Sep 2, 2022 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

      Join Zoom Meeting

      Meeting ID: 960 015 0751
      Passcode: School81

      *If the link above does not work, please cut and paste into your web browser.

      Pre-K Orientation   
      Sept. 6th Mrs. Pliszka & Ms. Marek - 10 to 10:45AM
      Sept. 6th Mrs. Evert & Mrs. Amico - 11 to 11:45AM

      School Supplies

      School supplies will be listed on our School 81 website under “Quick Links” – School Supply Lists 22-23..  The supply lists are provided by grade level and it is important to remember that not all supplies are needed on the first day. 

      Supplies can be sent in with your child the first week of school, not just the first day.

      See the direct link here   School 81 Supply List Page

      August 26th, 2022

      Parents & Guardians of School 81,


      As September 6th approaches please see the following reminders for the first day of school.  We thank you in advance for your patience and flexibility on the first days/ week of school.  The following will help all the first day of school.


      Staggered arrival for walkers, siblings should enter at the youngest child’s time to help assist them to their classroom.

      K to 2 -  8:55 to 9:05

      3 to 6 – 9:05 to 9:15

      7 to 8 – 9:15 to 9:20

      Reminder that K, 1 and 4 to 8 enter through the Tacoma/ Tennyson door.

      Grades 2 and 3 enter through the main office door. 


      *Take a moment before the first day of school to label your child’s book bag, notebooks with name and other important information such as home phone number.

      *If you do not know your child’s homeroom -staff members/ tables will be available outside for that information and will be able to walk your child into the school building. 

      *Only students will be able to enter the school building.  There are many staff members at each door of entry to assist students to their classroom.

      *Be reminded that bus routes often are 20 to 30 minutes later than usual the first week of school.  Bus information will come to you from First Student in the mail in the coming days.  

      *This week before school it is best to have kids work towards a more school routine by reading together at night, ensuring a proper bedtime & speaking positively about the first day of school and school year.  There is much to be excited about this school year!


      Finally, please be reminded of the district visitor policy to ensure safety of all students and staff.  Whenever possible an appointment needs to be made in advance if you wish to meet with a staff member of School 81.  Phone calls and virtual meetings can still occur if that is more convenient.  All approved visitors can only enter at the main office door (the door closest to the ice rink).

      August 1st, 2022

      Please see the following that may assist you with various questions before the 22-23 school year begins.


      District Transportation Survey 

      If you have not already done so, please take a moment to complete the District Transportation Survey.  



      The Buffalo Public Schools 22-23 Calendar -  BPS Calendar

      BPS - 22-23 Letter Day Calendar - Letter Day Calendar

      School 81 Information & Procedures -  School 81 Information & Procedures (Subject to change based on NYS/ Buffalo Board of Ed. guidelines).


      SAVE THE DATE - Kindergarten to Grade 4 - Supply Drop Off

      Wednesday, August 31st

      K, 1st and 2nd -  1:30 to 2:30PM

      3rd and 4th - 2:30 to 3:30PM 

      *We do ask that only 1 parent/guardian attend with the student.

      *Masks are a personal choice at this time, temperature check and waiver form upon arrival (subject to change based on NYS/ Buffalo Board of Ed. Guidelines.

      Provides K to 4 students/ parents an opportunity to see their classroom and drop off supplies before the first day of school.

      Reminder that not all supplies have to be brought on the first day of school.  Supplies can be sent in with the child each day during the first week of school. 


      Pre-K Orientation - September 6th

      Mrs. Pliszka and Ms. Marek's Classes -  10AM to 10:45AM

      Mrs. Evert and Mrs. Amico's classes - 11AM to 11:45AM 

      Parents stay with the child during orientation and take their child home after the orientation.  The orientation allows all families to confirm transportation and meet their teacher/ administrators before the first full day of school.

      Pre-K - students will have their first full day of school on Wednesday, September 7th.


      Report Card & Homeroom Assignment

      4th Quarter Report Cards will be mailed home by the district the week of July 5th to July 11th. 

      For returning K to 6 - PS 81 students, the 4th quarter report card for will indicate the Homeroom number for this upcoming school year.  

      As we get closer to the school year, infinite campus parent portal will be open to families to check their homeroom assignment. 


      Student Devices

      Reminder for all BPS students if you are leaving the school district to return assigned devices to 1515 South Park Ave. Technology Hub Site  (see hours on the Buffalo Schools Website). 

      If you are attending summer school or will be returning to a BPS school in 22-23; students keep their device throughout the summer.  Make sure to keep devices in a safe and secure place at home. 

      A reminder that students can use their devices for MYON - reading for enjoyment, Moby Max - math, Lexia - reading for skill


      Vaccinnation Reminder

      All parents are reminded to have your child up to date with regular NYS immunizations (does not include COVID Vaccine).  State Law mandates that all students must be fully vaccinated within the first 14 days of school (MMR, Varicella, etc) 

      See this link for vaccines needed by grade level Vaccination Schedule NY State





      June 29th, 2022

      Parents/ Guardians of School 81,



      Congratulations goes to our Pre-K, K and 8th Grade Class of 2022!  It was great seeing everyone at our End of Year Celebrations!.  

      Thank you to the School 81 community for your ongoing support during the 21-22 school year.

      We wish you and your family a safe and enjoyable summer. 

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      Spotlight on one of our School 81 - 8th Grade Students  - Israel Wilson.
      Congratulations Israel and to the Wilson Family on the Article below!
      Spotlight on one of our 8th Grade Students - Israel Wilson






      Dear Parents/ Guardians of School 81,


      We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful upcoming Holiday/ Winter Recess with family and friends.  A few highlights from December are found below:


      • Congratulations goes out to our Grade 3 to 8 Honor and Merit Roll Students.  We are very proud of your hard work and accomplishment in the first quarter of school.


      • Thank you to our School Improvement Team for organizing our Door Decorating Contest, Candy Grams & our Holiday Gift Raffle.  Thank you to Board Member - Mr. Larry Scott for helping us judge the doors.  The winners are: Pre-K – Mrs. Pliszka, K – Mr. Desantis, 1st/ 2nd – Mrs. Mendola, 3rd/ 4th – Mrs. L. Williams, 5th/ 6th – Mrs. Koscielski, 7th/ 8th – Mrs. Kyser & Mrs. Burgstahler. 


      • Thank you to all that donated to our Annual Giving Tree. 


      • Mr. Meyer’s Technology Class has received three 3-D printers.  Grades 6 to 8 students are already busy creating, designing and printing 3-D products. 


      • U.S. News & World Report in October; for the first time has ranked Elementary and Middle Schools across the country.  U.S. News has ranked PS81 the 2nd (Elementary) and 3rd (Middle) best school in Buffalo Public Schools.  See the following link for more detailed information. https://www.usnews.com/education/k12/new-york/ps-81-204047



      A reminder that if you want COVID random testing for your child at school; a new registration and consent form is needed.  See the link for registration. https://app.clarifi-covid-19.com/



      As winter weather approaches, please continue to drive safely at our morning arrival/ dismissal.  Please do not block our bus lane and respect the right of way of all pedestrians. Reminder that we do share our driveway with the North Buffalo Ice Rink.  Do not block the entry way to the ice rink during arrival and dismissal.  There are many parking spaces available daily in the ice rink lot.


      Happy Holidays & thank you for your ongoing support of School 81.

      School 81

      December 22, 2021

      Please see a few pictures from our School 81 Door Decorating Contest in December. 

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      sstMrs. K K
      December 21st, 2021 
      Thank you to Buffalo Board Member Heard for stopping by School 81 to Present our Technology Teacher Mr. Meyer with the Excellence in Education Award Trophy.  Mr. Meyer won this award last Spring.
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      Power Point shared at the Virtual Meeting - Virtual Meeting P. Point , Monday, August 30th.
      September 13th, 2021 - See the following link Suggested times of arrival & dismissal  to help decrease excessive wait times outside at arrival and dismissal.  

      COVID Daily Screener for Students - Parents must complete the daily screener for students for each day of attendance in school. 
      Consent to Test Information / Registration - This school year BPS schools will look to have Covid testing 30% of staff and students will be tested randomly each week.  See the electronic link below.  
      Hard copy of Testing Consent Form Consent to Test Hard Copy form can be returned to the school.


      • Below is the process for parents/caregivers to request a medical or mask exemption for their child:     
        • Up to date (within 60 days) signed medical documentation on a doctor’s letterhead stating the specific diagnosis (reason) why the student must be considered for a medical OR mask exemption.  The signature must be from a practicing: Licensed Independent Practitioner (LIP), including a Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), Physician Assistant (PA) or a Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP).  
        • The medical documentation must be emailed to: medicalexemptions@buffaloschools.org  OR  submitted via U.S. mail to Medical Exemption Office, 427 City Hall, Buffalo, NY 14202. 
        • Requests for mask exemptions should also state if the student is unable to wear a face shield as an alternative and if not, the reason why. The LIP must be someone who provides ongoing care for the child.   
      • Documentation will be reviewed by a Medical Review Advisory Team and/or Legal Counsel to determine if the mask exemption will be granted.  
      • Parent/Guardians will be informed of the decision, and schools will be notified of all approved medical and mask exemptions.  
      School 81 Information - School Procedures 
      Letter Days Calendar 
      August 17th, 2021



      Bus Information

      Realize that bus routes and bus assignments are currently being worked on by the transportation department, this information is mailed out to families prior before the first day of school.  Please be patient as bus routes/ assignments are updated continuously throughout the summer.  You can email the transportation dept. at TRANSPORTATION@Buffaloschools.org or call them at 816-4895 for individual concerns.

      • Remember that in the first weeks of school it is common for buses to run much later than usual.


      Monday, August 30th – 4PM – Virtual Parent Meeting – COVID-19 Protocols Updates – 21-22 School year. 

      Virtual Link will be sent out prior to the meeting.


      First Day of School – Wednesday, September 8th – Arrival

      School 81 doors open at 9AM to 9:20AM.  Many staff members will greet students at our walker door – the Tacoma/ Tennyson door to assist students in getting to their classroom.  Just like last year, only students will be able to enter the school building.  All staff and students will proceed through temperature scanners.  If a student has a temperature, they will be sent to the nursing clinic and/or connected with their parent (if a walker).  Please see the COVID Daily Screener to ensure your child is well enough for school. 

      First Day of School – Wednesday, September 8th – Dismissal

      Student Walkers will exit out the Tacoma/ Tennyson Door at approximately 3:30.

      Student Pickups- will exit out the Tacoma/ Delaware Door at approximately 3:30 to 3:45.   Dismissal will continue like last year, parent/ guardian provides a name to the staff member at the Tacoma/ Tennyson Door and the student will be escorted out to the parent.   We appreciate your patience the first week of school in having a safe and orderly dismissal.

      Bus dismissal will begin approximately 3:45 to 4PM daily.


      Pre-K Orientation – Wednesday, September 8th – 10:30 to 12 noon – Meet and Greet with your teacher in the back lawn of the School.  Your Pre-K Teacher will contact you via phone call by Friday, September 3rd with more details.


      September 2021

      8th - First Day of Classes – Doors open at 9AM. 

      8th - Pre-K - Orientation - 10:30AM to 11:30AM - Students come to school with a parent, parents stay with their child during the orientation and meet school administrators and their teacher.  September 8th is orientation only.  First full day of school September 9th for Pre-K. 

       8 - Dress For Success at School 81 – Students are encouraged to dress for success at School 81.  Remember to wear clothing appropriate to student dress code.  The goal for each student is to look professional as if they were going for a job interview. 

      10 - 81 Pride - Wear Blue and Yellow

      15 - Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15 – 10/15) – School 81 will be highlighting the accomplishments of Hispanic Americans throughout U.S. History during this time.

      22 - SBMT Meeting @ 4:00pm to 4:45pm 


      October 2021

      5 – October is National Bullying Prevention Month –Take the pledge against bullying @ School 81 “Blue Shirt Day” – World Day of Bullying Prevention – Students are encouraged to wear a blue shirt to raise awareness against Bullying.

      4 - Dress For Success

      9 – Progress Report Grades (#1) Close

      11 – Indigenous Peoples' and Italian Heritage Day – No School

      12 - “ Career Day”  – Students Dress as the “profession” you want to be.

      14-  Open House - 4:30 to 6:30 - Details to come.

      20 – Unity Day – Students are encouraged to wear orange on Unity Day to raise awareness against Bullying.



      August 11th, 2021
      Please see a reopening letter from Superintendent Dr. Cash as well as an attached update to COVID protocols in 2021.  Click the below 2 links to view:

      August 1st, 2021


      Dear Pre-K Parents/ Guardians,


      We hope you are having a healthy & fun summer with your family!


      September is soon approaching and with it comes the beginning of your child’s school year in Pre-K at School 81.  Children who have been accepted for Pre-K have been sent acceptance letters from the Student Placement Office.


      At this time, we can safely plan for our Pre-K Orientation to take place on Wednesday, September 8th between 10:30AM to 12 noon.  The orientation will be a meet and greet with your child’s teacher located outside in the back of our school building.  Your classroom teacher will share important information for the school year and answer any questions you may have.  Pre-K students will have their first full day of school on Thursday, September 9th Your child’s Pre-K teacher will contact you by September 3rd with further details for the school year.


      More information will be forthcoming from NYS and Buffalo Public Schools regarding COVID safety protocols for the 21-22 school year.  Our School 81 website is also an excellent resource for school letters, school supply lists and School 81 dates/ events.  Please continue to check the BPS and School 81 website as we get closer to September.


      We look forward to meeting all of you and to an exciting, safe and successful school year.


      In the mail you will also receive a school supply list for a typical school year in Pre-K, the supply list is also found on the right of our webpage under "Quick Links".  We also realize it may be difficult to find or secure all items on the list, please do your best and do not spend extended time in stores searching for items during this time; your health and safety are a top priority.   


      Thank you for choosing School 81 for your son/ daughter.

      Mrs. Pliszka

      Ms. Brauer

      Mrs. Evert

      Ms. Marek

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      Congratulations to the Class of 2021! 
      Students we are so proud of all that you have accomplished & the adversity that you had to overcome in the 2020-21 school year!
      Special congratulations to our 8th graders that will be moving on to their high school careers next year.  
      Thank you to all staff, parents & community members for your support of our School 81 students this school year. 
      Have a safe & happy summer!
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      School 81's Mission Statement
      To provide for all students a quality education in a structured, organized learning environment that maximizes teaching time and promotes student achievement and responsibility.
       Parents/ Guardians -  Please see the link for School 81 events under Quick Links (In blue) for School 81 dates and events.
      June 21st - 8th Grade Virtual Awards Ceremony - 2PM to 3PM -  See the below Microsoft Teams link to joing the virtual awards ceremony.  This link is also available in your email and through your child's schoology account.  If you have difficulty, joining on your child's device may work best.




      School 81 Information / Procedures Arrival/ Dismissal
      NYS COVID School Dashboard - Please refer to this website for up to date COVID-19 information for all schools.  The site includes positive cases for students, staff and up to date testing information.  
      https://schoolcovidreportcard.health.ny.gov/#/home  - Use this link to search any school on COVID-19 data.
      Please also see for your reference from NYS - Dept. of Health - My Child has COVID-19 Symptoms - When can they go back to school.




      April 22nd, 2020


      Dear Parents/ Guardians,


      Thank you to all that came to School 81 yesterday and today to pick up Ipads/ Laptops and instructional materials for your child.  We greatly appreciate your patience on Tuesday as you could see it took quite a while to process all of the laptops accordingly for the number of families that came to the school. 

      If you were unable to come please see below some of the instructional packets that were available by grade level.  The packets provide a wide variety of learning tasks that should help your child during this time of school closure.  Continue to reach out to your classroom teacher via email, schoology and other online platforms.  If you were unable to pick up an ipad/ laptop on 4/21 or 4/22 the district will make future arrangements for another opportuntiy to pick up a device in the near future at a location to be determined.


      Pre K Pre K instructional materials

      K instructional packet

      1st Grade Grade 1 instructional packet

      2nd Grade Grade 2 instructional packet

      3rd Grade Grade 3 instructional packet

      4th Grade Grade 4 packet

      4th Grade part 2 Grade 4 part 2

      5th Grade Grade 5 instructional packet

      6th Grade Grade 6 instructional packet

      7th Grade Grade 7 instructional packet

      8th Grade Grade 8 instructional packet






                                                                School 81 -  A School In Good Standing - Pre-K to Grade 8 - 9:00AM to 3:30PM


      We would like to thank our School 81 community for another great school year.  Parents/ Guardians thank you for your ongoing support of School 81 and entrusting us with your child's education.  Students thank you for your hard work and focus throughout the school year.  Teachers and school staff thank you for your dedication to the students of School 81.  We hope all have a safe and happy summer with your families.   


      As we look ahead to the 2019-20 school year, there is much to be excited and proud of at School 81.


      • School 81 increased 16 spots in Buffalo Business First Rankings for Middle Schools and 9 spots for Elementary Schools.  This ranking is based on our NYS assessment scores in 2017-18 and the past 4 years.  


      • School 81 Elementary and Middle school continues to be a top 10 performer among Buffalo public, charter and private schools in the City of Buffalo according to Buffalo Business First Rankings.  


      • This school year all students in grades 3 to 8 will have access to a laptop/ IPad during the school day.


      • Students in Pre-K to 2 will have IPad learning centers within the classroom.


      • Our 6th grade students are entering their 3rd year in Global Scholars Program. Last year,  students had the opportunity to skype with classrooms in France and South Korea during the school year.  


      • Our green space in the back of our school building was fully utilized this Spring/ Summer for our annual Field Day and outdoor play/ recess.
      Educational Program Highlights
      Ipads learning centers in Pre-K to 2 
      1 to 1 Ipads for grades 3 to 8
      Global Scholars in Grade 6
      National Junior Honor Society
      Boys & Girls Basketball 
      Track & Cross Country
      Technology Club
      PBIS School - Roar Tickets
      Flag Football Club
      Girl Scouts
      STAR Math K to 4
      Myon - Online Library of Books
      Lexia - ELA skill building
      Reflex Math grades 2 to 4
      Magic Penny in Kindergarten
      Vocal and Instrumental Music
      School 81 writing initiative
      YMCA partner for after school program
      Student Support Team


      Principal - Mr. Klaich

      Assistant Principal - Grades Pre-K to 4 - Ms. Cobbs

      Assistant Principal - Grades 5 to 8 - Mr. Shepherd

      Phone - 816-4060

      140 Tacoma Ave. 

      Buffalo, N.Y. 14216

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