Principal's Corner

Principal’s Message   

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

"A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.” ~ Cicero

Happy November, dear friends!  The month of gratitude and for giving thanks for all our blessings is here!  There is truly so much to be thankful for in every moment of every day at P.S. 56!  I watch with immeasurable pride and love the tremendous dedication of our entire school family to the children we serve and love.  Always striving to be better than our last best, our amazing students continue to grow in leaps and bounds as readers, writers, mathematicians, historians, scientists, digital citizens, musicians, artists, athletes, critical thinkers, and friends!  They are excited and proud to share their learning, and well they should be.  Visiting their classrooms every day is truly THE best part of my day, and my daily reminder that I truly do have THE best job in the whole world!

Everyone has an important role to play in the academic lives of all our students, and our ongoing positive and strong home-school connection remains paramount in ensuring the academic growth and success of every child.  We are most grateful to you, dear parents, for your ongoing support and enthusiasm!  Teamwork definitely makes the dream work! 

  November includes Parent-Teacher Conferences as we conclude our first trimester and prepare to begin the next.  Parent-Teacher Conferences are always an invaluable opportunity to discuss your children’s academic growth thus far this year.  As we celebrate all progress and achievements, we also share specific learning goals and strategies for each individual student.  This month we also celebrate the investiture of our P.S. 56 Student Council representatives for this school year.  Student Council members in both grades 4 and 5 are recognized and honored during our Student Council Induction Ceremony.   Together with their moderators the students discuss and plan activities that represent our core values of Service, Persistence, Achievement, Responsibility, Kindness, Love of learning and Empathy for all (SPARKLE).  This month our Student Council is collecting new socks and gloves for those less fortunate than ourselves.

  November 2022 begins.  This is always such a special time of the year.  Please know always how immeasurably grateful I am for all of you.  Your ongoing support, understanding, kindness and thoughtfulness are tremendously appreciated in every moment of every day.  #BestSchoolFamilyEver!  #BestStudentsEver!  #IAmBlessed!     

    Together we continue to go far, and together is a wonderful place to be!  From my heart to yours:  thank you.


Maureen O’Neill


Tip of the Month:  Today’s families are busier than ever, and the hustle and bustle of the upcoming holiday season can make our lives extra-busy!  Let us all make a pinky promise to carve out some time from our busy schedules to enjoy some fun activities with our families. Let’s disconnect our electronics to reconnect with each other!  Board games, family movie nights, walks in the park, living room ‘camp-outs’ are inexpensive and FUN opportunities to make priceless memories with our children!




Parent Flyers & Updates

P.S. 56 Kindness Video 2022

P.S. 56 Highlights

Hearts & Flowers Week Assembly 2022: 

 "He or she is the greatest whose strength carries up most hearts."  "Being kind is a great thing to do, kindness is in everyone, even you!"  "Blooming with kindness."  "Kindness show it beautifies whatever it touches."  "One step at a time."  "We're all wonders."  "Why try to fit in, when you were born to stand out?"  "Count on us. We're all wonders."  Kindness poster by class 4-5.  Students watching a Hearts and Flowers class presentation.  3rd grade students on stage.  Principal, Maureen O'Neill playing the guitar.  Hearts and flowers assembly.  "It's better to build everyone up."  A fifth grade class presents on stage.  A fifth grade class presenting on stage.  "The seeds we sow, make kindness grow."  Class 4-4 presents on stage.  Kindness poster by class 3-2.  "Count on me."  "Count on me, 1, 2, 3." 

Free Rice Vocabulary Contest Award Ceremony: 

  3rd grade vocabulary champions.4th grade vocabulary champions.5th grade vocabulary champions.




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    Sock & Glove Drive Ends. 

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    Paley Center for Media


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    3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

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