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          “Intelligence plus character ~"Principal: I'll be there for you"

          that is the goal of true education."

          ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

                                                                 Week of January 11, 2021

 Dearest Sensational P.S. 56 School Family,

Our new year has begun and our awesome school year continues! Isn’t it wonderful that we have two “new year” days every school year, with two precious opportunities to set new goals for ourselves, while always striving to be better than our last best! Sharing these new year days with all of you is truly a cherished blessing.

We were so excited to welcome our children back on January 4 to continue their academic journeys for the 2020-2021 school year. They are all super star students, who sparkle and shine in every moment of every day whether learning in our building or learning at-home. We are so immeasurably proud of them and honored to be part of their journey as learners. We continue our commitment to ensuring our students feel safe, feel loved, and know the joy of being lifelong learners, as they become responsible and compassionate citizens of our community, our country and our world. Our K - 5 curriculum and units of study support the critical thinking skills, the communication skills and the core values that strengthen and ensure good citizenship.

Working together, our children are without limits. With our continued strong and positive home-school connection, we are confident that all our students will reach their full potential. We remain dedicated to ensuring that all our children reach their full potential in a loving and nurturing learning environment. Together we are going far!

Below are some important updates for the week of January 11, 2021:

· Grab and Go meals resumed Monday, January 4 at P.S. 56. Breakfasts and lunches are available for everyone at our main entrance from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, from Monday through Friday.

· In-person learning in our building this Monday, January 11 is for all students in Cohorts B and C.

· As announced by the mayor, random testing for COVID-19 is now done on a weekly basis in all NYC public schools and parents must give consent for COVID-19 random testing for their children participating in in-person learning. Children without consent will join Cohort D as fully remote learners. Thank you, in advance, for your cooperation and understanding.

· Below  our revised arrival and dismissal times: (Please scroll down at the end of this message to view the chart)

After 8:50 a.m., all students must enter through the main lobby and are marked late for school. We appreciate everyone’s efforts adhering to our arrival and dismissal times, as well as practicing the recommended guidelines of the CDC to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, most especially the three W’s: Wearing our masks, Washing our hands frequently, and Watching our distance (walking and standing 6 feet apart). From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!

This is such an important week as we prepare to remember & celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There are so many opportunities for all of us to re-commit ourselves to Dr. King’s call to service to others, with a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love. I witness this every day because of all of you!

As always, I am sending you all my heartfelt gratitude for your ongoing support and understanding. #BestSchoolFamilyEver! Please do not hesitate to contact me, if you have any questions (#1-914-570-4527 (cell), #1-718-920-1110 (office) or email mbyrneoneil@schools.nyc.gov).


Maureen O’Neill


P.S. 56 Highlights


 Principal, Maureen O'Neill introducing the 'Hearts and Flowers' assembly.  Class presents their kindness project at the Hearts and Flowers assembly.  Class kindness project at the Hearts and Flowers assembly.  "Count on us, we're all wonders!" class project poster board.  4th and 5th grade students present their "kindness" project at the 'Hearts and Flowers assembly.  Class kindness presentation project at the Hearts and Flowers assembly.  "You can count on me! Can we count on you?" class poster board.  "Be the reason someone smiles" class poster board.  

 "Glowing with kindness" class poster board. 

Previous Highlights: Speech Competition 2020!

 Speech competition, year 2020, pic. 3.  Speech competition, year 2020, pic. 4.  Speech competition, year 2020, pic. 2.  Speech competition, year 2020, pic. 5.  

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 within grade level.  '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.  Free Rice vocabulary contest online.  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, "We Rock, Drug Free."  Students march against drugs at the local park.  Students marching back to school from the Red Ribbon Walk. 

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