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

As we welcome June and the last month of our 2020-2021 School Year, I must begin with a huge thank you!  My gratitude and appreciation for our entire school family are immeasurable.  Always.  In this year like no other, we successfully navigated every challenge together to ensure our children feel safe, feel known and loved, and continue to reach their full potential as lifelong learners.  We are continually reminded that it is the people, not the building, that make us a school family.  Whether our children are in-person learners or learning at home, they are all super star students.  We learn so much from them in every moment of every day.  Their resilience, their persistence, their love of learning and their wide smiles are constant reminders that joy is unbreakable and perfectly safe in the hands of a child.          

     The best part of my day are always the opportunities to  visit classrooms across the grades both here in the building and remotely at home.  Our students continue to be incredible learners.  In this year like no other, our sensational students continue to SPARKLE and Shine as readers, writers, mathematicians, geographers, historians, scientists, musicians, dancers and artists.  They are deep critical thinkers and they expertly apply their prior knowledge and new learning in their lives. Their communication skills are outstanding.  Their conversations are rich with content-related vocabulary, compassion, understanding and empathy.  And our students are amazing listeners too - they delight in sharing their lives with each other.  They appreciate their own individual identities and stories, as well as those of their classmates.  They love to celebrate each other’s successes and achievements.  They are joyful learners!  We could not be prouder of the sensational students of P.S. 56, and more grateful to all of you for our ever-strong home-school relationship!

     So bring on June!  It will be overflowing with exciting and memorable end-of-year activities and events!  The week of June 14th is School Spirit Week.  This is a wonderful opportunity for extra-fun as we share our creative hats, favorite decades, favorite sports and we all get to say “Aloha Summer” at the end of the week!  

     This is always an emotional and exciting time of the year as we celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of all our students as they end one chapter of learning and prepare to begin the next.  And how ready they all are to continue their academic journeys!  Our amazing kindergarten students will celebrate their year of learning in individual virtual class Moving Up ceremonies.  Our awesome grade 5 Class of 2021 will celebrate their Closing Exercises in-person in two outdoor ceremonies in our school yard to ensure all CDC guidelines and protocols are followed.  In addition, we will post a tribute to our Class of 2021 on our website.  From kindergarten through grade 5, our students - your beautiful children - have left their footprints on all our hearts.  On behalf of the entire P.S. 56 school staff, thank you, dearest parents, for the honor of being your children’s second teachers and for your tremendous support and understanding throughout this year.  #BestSchoolFamilyEver!

     Let’s all make a pinky promise not to blink this month so we don’t miss a single wonder-filled moment with our children as we end this school year and get ready to welcome summer vacation!  You are all loved and appreciated more than words can ever say.  


 Maureen O’Neill



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 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. 

Upcoming Events

  • Alvin Ailey Virtual Percussion Assembly

    Grade 4 & 5

    P.S. 56 Norwood Heights
  • School Spirit

    Creative Hat Day

    P.S. 56 Norwood Heights
  • Cohort A & C in Building

    Cohorts D & B Remote 

    P.S. 56 Norwood Heights
  • Cohort B & C in Building

    Cohorts D & A Remote

    P.S. 56 Norwood Heights
  • School Spirit

    Dress in your favorite decade. 

    P.S. 56 Norwood Heights
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