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Dearest P.S. 56 School Family,"I'll be there for you"


10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1… Happy New School Year 2021-2022!

Every new school year is an awesome and invaluable opportunity for each of us to be better than our last best, and we are truly so excited to welcome everyone home sweet home to our 2021-2022 School Year! This is always such a special time of the year here at P.S. 56. There is excitement and wonder-filled anticipation abounding for this new chapter of learning to begin. Our planning and preparations are keeping us extra-busy and extra-excited as we ensure that we are extra-ready! All our children are without limits as learners, and every day is filled with endless possibilities for them to discover their individual passions, creativity, and strengths, while they grow increasingly self-confident and independent. We are honored to be on this learning journey with them. Steadfast in our dedication to the education of the whole child, we have planned and prepared a schoolwide curriculum that supports every child’s physical, social, emotional and academic growth and success. We are unwavering in our commitment to provide a nurturing and loving academic environment that meets the strengths and needs of every child. We all agree that “joy is unbreakable and perfectly safe in the hands of every child”, and joyful learning is embedded in every moment of every school day! Providing a welcoming environment is paramount to building community and to ensuring every student’s academic growth and achievement. Here at P.S. 56 we strive to be Cheers – the place where everybody knows your name and you’re always glad you came. Our entire staff is dedicated to this goal, and we all have our part to play in achieving this.

Dear parents, all our families have been impacted by this pandemic, and for some of our families the personal losses and economic hardships were devastating. Being here for each other and staying connected remain more important than ever. This year our school day will look different for the safety and wellbeing of our entire school community. Our goals remain constant: Every child feels safe. Every child feels loved and known. Every child reaches his/her full potential while becoming a lifelong learner. We cannot guarantee there will never be any positive cases of Covid-19 at our school. However, we will faithfully implement and practice all the safety and health guidelines and protocols from the DOE to minimize the spread. Wearing our masks and practicing physical distancing, as well as staying home when we are sick, are non-negotiables. Please watch our Super Heroes Wear Masks staff slideshow posted here on our school website with your children. It is an opportunity for all our students to see the staff of P.S. 56 with and without their masks. The masks we wear show that we care! And please continue to visit our Parent Information tab at the top of our website for immediate access to important and supportive links. There are many excellent resources available for all families.

Heartfelt appreciation always for your constant support. I know how immeasurably blessed I am to call P.S. 56 my home away from home. The challenges and uncertainties remain during this time of COVID-19, but I know that TOGETHER we will continue to be the light of joy, the light of support, and the light of love for the children we love and serve. Together we will welcome our new school year with joy and excitement! Together we will ensure our children feel safe, feel loved and reach their full potential as learners. Together we will go far and… TOGETHER IS A WONDERFUL PLACE TO BE! So Cheers and bring on the 2021-2022 school year. Our best is yet to be! #BestSchoolFamilyEver!

Maureen O’Neill

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Happy New School Year 2021-2022!

P.S. 56 Highlights


 Principal speaking at the Hearts and Flowers Assembly.  Student presentation at the Hearts and Flowers Assembly.  Students share their Kindness Project at the Hearts and Flowers Assembly,  "Count on us, we're all wonders!"  Fourth and fifth grade students present at the Hearts and Flowers Assembly.  Students participate in the Hearts and Flowers Assembly.  "You can count on me! Can we count on you?"  "Be the reason someone smiles"  

 "Glowing with kindness" 

Previous Highlights: Speech Competition 2020!

 Speech competition continued.  Audience listening at the speech competition.  Student giving a speech at the Speech Competition.  Audience listening at the speech competition continued.  

Previous Highlights: Free Rice Vocabulary Award Ceremony

Free Rice Contest winners in 3rd grade.  Free Rice Contest winners in 4th grade.  Free Rice Contest winners.  Free Rice Contest winners in 5th grade. 

Previous Highlights: Holiday Festivities. 

  Beautifully decorated Christmas tree in the lobby.  Parents Association raffle prize. 

Previous Highlights: Annual Free Rice Vocabulary Contest! 

 Students search for unknown words in an online Thesaurus.  Students learning vocabulary through an online game.  Playing a vocabulary game online to feed the hungry.  Students partake in the online vocabulary contest.  Students partake in an online vocabulary contest.  Vocabulary Contest participant busy at work.  

Previous Highlights: Red Ribbon Day Walk

 Principal, Maureen O'Neill rallies students for the annual Red Ribbon Week march.  Students in the schoolyard getting ready to march for the annual Red Ribbon Walk.  Students march for the Red Ribbon Walk at the local park.  Students and teachers march for the Red Ribbon Walk at the local park.  Teacher march along students at the local park.  Students march holding a banner.  Students march against drugs at the local park.  Students marching back to school from the Red Ribbon Walk. 

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P.S. 56 Closing Exercises 2021

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