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                                           ~ Mr. Rogers

Dearest P.S. 56 School Family,

     Hello April!  A new month begins and our monthly calendar is filled-to-the-brim with special events and invaluable opportunities to continue strengthening our awesome home-school connection!  We hope everyone thoroughly enjoyed a wonder-filled spring recess that included lots of R & R, along with lots of laughter and fun times with your beautiful families.  Spring has definitely sprung!  The budding tree branches, the colorful, blooming flowers and the chirping birds each morning are glorious signs that a new season has begun.  A season defined by hope, light and new life.  Bring it on!      

     It is truly hard to believe that we are in the final trimester of our 2020-2021 school year!  We are so excited about the endless possibilities for academic, physical and social-emotional growth for all our children.  Our children are truly without limits and the next three months are a great opportunity for all of us to be better than our last best!  We remain tremendously proud of all our students - they are amazing!  And we remain tremendously grateful to our entire P.S. 56 School Family.  Our strong, positive and loving home-school relationship is supporting the success and achievements of every child.  They are all joyful learners, and bring immeasurable joy to all of us blessed to know them.

     As the nationwide vaccination distribution roll-out continues, it brings with it new, revised CDC guidelines and protocols in minimizing the spread of COVID-19. However, it is still important for us all to remember and practice the 3 W’s:  Wear our masks.  Wash our hands frequently.  Watch our distance and maintain physical distancing.  As a school community, we remain committed to minimizing the spread of this virus.  Thank you for your ongoing cooperation!  Together we are going far!

    I am so delighted to say:  “Mark your calendars for our P.S. 56 Virtual BINGO Family Fun Night sponsored by our Parent Association.”  Our P.S. 56 Family Fun Nights are always a ‘great time had by all” and I know this new virtual Fun Night experience will be another great time had by all!  The event is scheduled for Friday, April 16 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.  More event details, including the link to participate, will be shared soon.  Let’s all get ready to yell, “BINGO!”    

     Over the spring break I had the wonderful opportunity to dedicate extra time to review student work and learning from grades K - 5.  As I visited their virtual classrooms, I was WOWED, inspired and filled with pride by what I read and saw!  Your children - our students - are Super Stars!  As I watched our school-wide videos and looked at the photos of our children engaged in their learning, my heart was overflowing with love and gratitude.  We have so much to celebrate here at P.S. 56!  April is here and our journey as learners continues.  As always, thank you for your incredible support, cooperation and understanding.  #BestSchoolFamilyEver!  You are so loved and appreciated always!


Maureen O’Neill


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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. 

Upcoming Events

  • Cohort A & C learn in building

    Cohorts D & B Remote

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

    Cohorts D & A Remote

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

    Virtual Meeting

    All Are Invited! 

    Google Meet @ 2:30 p.m. 

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

    Cohorts D & B Remote

    P.S. 56 Norwood Heights
  • Alvin Ailey Grade 4

    Grade 4 Participants 

    2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. 

    P.S. 56 Norwood Heights
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