Greetings PS 8 Families,
As the principal of P.S. 8 - The Isaac Varian School, it is my pleasure to welcome you back to a new, exciting year of school. At P.S. 8, we strive for excellence and have high expectations for our students. We are focused on creating a learning environment that is safe, respectful, and engaging and our goal is to develop responsible and dedicated students that are prepared for the demands necessary to be successful in the 21st century.  We welcome your feedback, and I hope you visit our site often for the latest news and school events.
Claudia Tahiraj-Sadrija

*Illustration courtesy of Mrs. Jen

  • Welcome Back to School!
    Hello parents and students! Welcome back to another fantastic year at P.S. 8!
    We have a few very important messages for you, so please read this entire message.
    Please download and read the Parent Handbook and Academic Policy documents. These, and other important parent documents, will be available on the P.S. 8 website.

     School starts for students on Thursday, September 7th.  Please see the top of the main page ( for the special arrival procedures for September 7th and 8th, as well as the normal routines that start September 11th.

    Breakfast is available free for students everyday starting at 7:30AM. Please enter the cafeteria through the ramp at Exit #8 on Bainbridge Ave.

    Your child will be receiving many forms and documents in the first few weeks. Please check daily and return any forms as soon as possible.

    We have many new and exciting things coming your way this year, so come back often for notices and information!
    Posted Sep 5, 2017, 11:37 AM by Justin Russello
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NOTE: The arrival for the first 2 days is different than the normal morning routines below that begin on September 11th. Look to the left to see the special routines for September 7th and 8th.

Setting the tone and modeling the importance of arriving to school on time is an extremely valuable lesson for our children.  PS 8’s doors open at 7:50AM and our arrival procedures are as follows:
Grades 3, 4 and 5:  Students will enter the building on Bainbridge Avenue (Exit 7)
Grades 1 and 2:  Students will enter the building through Exits 5 and 6 (across from the mini building)
Kindergarten:  Students will enter through the main door of the mini-school. 

This year we will have four lunch periods during the school day.  The times are as follows:
Kindergarten                      10:17-11:07 a.m.
1st Grade & 2nd Grade      11:07-11:57 a.m.
3rd  Grade & 4th  Grade     11:57-12:47 p.m.
5th Grade                           12:47-1:37 p.m.

Kindergarten & Class 405: Parents pick up in the Mini-School  - Use the middle door to the classrooms EXIT A
Grade One: Parents will pick up in the cafeteria - Enter and exit through Exit #8 (temporary).
Grade Two: Exit 5/6 to the yard
Grade Three: Exit 2/3 on Briggs Avenue towards Mosholu Pkwy
Grade Four: Exit 10 (temporary) - Alleyway on Briggs Avenue
Grade Five: Exit 7 to Bainbridge Avenue


  • A "Picture Perfect" Year - Ms. Pascuzzi's Fourth Grade Class

    Counting down the days!

    As the year draws to a close, students get introspective. Ms. Pascuzzi's fourth graders thought about the amazing year they had, and everything they still have to look forward to. After delving deep into their memories and brainstorming events, the students wrote personal narratives. Each page of these booklets shows the writing process from conception to publication. Adorning the board are photographs taken in the class throughout the year. This fun and reflective display can be found outside room 223.
    Posted Jun 6, 2017, 11:41 AM by Justin Russello
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