Principal's Corner

Principal’s Message                          

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

It truly is THE most wonderful time of the year! Our students are filling our hallways, classrooms, and hearts with so much joy and joyful learning! The best part of my day continues to be visiting all our classrooms each day and engaging in conversation with our awesome students. #IAmBlessed!

December is always a special time as visions of the holidays and winter recess dance in all our heads. Our integrated units of study build on this excitement as our children connect their learning to the world at large. We remain dedicated to our mission to educate the whole child ensuring the development of every child’s self-esteem and social responsibility, while instilling a lifelong love of reading and learning.

Wonder-filled learning continues here at P.S. 56 in every moment of every school day. Joy and good cheer are in abundance. Our students are always so excited and proud to share their learning and work with me as they grow in leaps and bounds as readers, writers, mathematicians, scientists, geographers, athletes, artists, musicians, critical thinkers, and friends. Our days together fly in and fly out and I cannot believe that we will soon be welcoming a new year. I remain so honored and grateful to be on this academic journey with all of you, and I am looking forward to making soooooo many more cherished memories as a school family in the months ahead!

From the bottom of my heart, I wish you all THE most blessed (& hopefully RELAXING!) holidays and winter recess! May Hanukkah be the happiest, Christmas the merriest, Kwanzaa the most bountiful, and our New Year the happiest and healthiest as we gather with family & friends. All these winter celebrations always include lots of lights. May the warmth & glow of every light fill our homes & hearts with hope, peace & love. And may you always receive from others all the kindness and love you so generously give! Looking so forward to a happy & healthy New Year 2022! We love you all so much & you are appreciated always! #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. 

Upcoming Events


    Martin Luther King Jr. Day 

    P.S. 56 Norwood Heights
  • Last Day to Return Saturday Academy Responses

    Grades 3, 4 & 5. 

    P.S. 56 Norwood Heights
  • School Leadership Team Meeting

    Starting at 3 P.M. via Zoom.

    All Are Welcome! 

    P.S. 56 Norwood Heights
  • School Spirit - Comfy Day

    Everyone invited to relax and wear sweatpants and sweatshirts. 

    P.S. 56 Norwood Heights
  • Saturday Academy

    Grades 3, 4 & 5.

    8:30 AM to 12 PM. 

    P.S. 56 Norwood Heights
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