Principal's Corner

Principal’s Message   

“We must learn about other cultures in order to understand, in order to love, 

and in order to preserve our common world heritage.” – Yo-Yo Ma

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

How is it possible that we are already saying “Hello May”!  Our school year together continues to fly as our students continue to SPARKLE & Shine and joyfully grow in leaps and bounds!  As a parent and grandmother, I have always appreciated the expression what a difference a year can make. And what an extraordinary year this has been for all our children.  Our strong home-school connection has made this a year of joyful learning for all our children.  With everyone’s loving support, our children are truly without limits as they grow as readers, writers, mathematicians, scientists, historians, artists, musicians, dancers and critical thinkers.  With everyone’s loving support, our children are able to navigate the challenges we all face as learners.  With everyone’s loving support, our children understand that we are all in the process of becoming and that every new moment is a new opportunity to be better than our last best.   My advice to us all is “don’t blink”, because we don’t want to miss a minute of their amazing journey!  

     It continues to be a tremendous blessing and honor for us to be your awesome children’s second teachers!  We are immeasurably grateful that you have chosen P.S. 56 to be your children’s academic home.  We have successfully worked together to ensure our children feel safe, feel known and loved, and reach their full potential as lifelong learners.  They are so proud of their accomplishments, as well they should be!  With the biggest smiles and great excitement, they share their new learning, their projects and their completed activities with me.  Most importantly, they appreciate and applaud each other.  Our children have cultivated true and lasting friendships and taught us all about the power of resilience, empathy, sticking together, and always seeing the best in ourselves and each other.  There is always so much to celebrate here at P.S. 56 – most especially the children we serve!

     May is Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.  Throughout the month we are seizing every opportunity to celebrate the lives, contributions and heritage of our Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities.  We are so blessed to be part of such a beautiful and diverse school family!  #BestSchoolFamilyEver!  

      A beautiful  new month begins and our wonder-filled journey together continues.  Bring it on - we are so ready to SPARKLE and shine!  


Maureen O’Neill






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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