Principal's Corner

Principal’s Message   

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

Happy Summer Everyone!  An amazing school year has ended, and preparations for our new school year have already begun.  The last weeks of June were overflowing with an abundance of special and memorable events.  The final days were extra-special as we celebrated our sensational grade 5 students - the Class of 2022.  Both Closing Exercise ceremonies were absolutely beautiful and were perfect celebrations of our amazing grade 5 students!  Our school yard was overflowing with so much joy and love.  The standing ovation our students received in recognition of their resilience, flexibility, understanding, compassion, and dedication to excellence was so well-deserved.  There were no dry eyes among our staff and families.  Our pride and love are immeasurable!

     And this pride and love extends to all our students, grades K - 5!  They have been incredible super stars this entire school year!  It has been two school years like no other during these unprecedented times, but our students have risen above every challenge, successfully navigating through every bump in the road. They have taught us all so much about perseverance, resilience, and patience.  I have watched them in awe this entire school year.  They filled every moment of every school day with joyful learning, and they have all grown in leaps and bounds this year as learners.  They have also formed lasting friendships and strong positive relationships with peers and staff.  #BestStudentsEver!

     Below are some important reminders and updates:  

  • Report cards are available on your child’s New York City Student Account (NYCSA). 
  • Kindergarten registration and registration for new students grades 1 - 5 will resume the week of August 29, 2022, Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.         
  • Research shows that all children are at-risk of losing some of what they have learned this past school year during summer vacation.  Researchers call it the summer slide, but there are some ways we can help our children avoid any significant loss of learning.

* Encourage our children to read every day and to read books and stories that they enjoy.  Twenty to thirty minutes a day can support our children’s reading skills while also supporting their lifelong love of reading.  This includes listening to a story too.  

* Games and puzzles are a great way for our children to strengthen their critical thinking skills while also having lots of FUN!  

* Outdoor activities provide an opportunity for all of us to turn off our devices and enjoy the summer sun, while engaging in conversations that strengthen our children’s listening and speaking skills. 

     As a grandmother, I know the most important summer assignment for our children is to HAVE FUN with family and friends!  Those fun moments will become lifelong cherished memories!  Our children have worked hard all year and we want them to have a summer vacation overflowing with R & R, laughter, and fun in the sun!

  • All our students will have access to their i-Ready accounts during the summer to support both reading and math skills and proficiency. 
  • The 2022-2023 School Year officially begins for all students on Thursday, September 8, 2022 at 8:30 a.m.  Our new kindergarten students will arrive at 9:30 a.m. on September 8 and 

September 9 to support their transition into their new academic home away from home.  Breakfast will be served every day in all our classrooms.

  • Hot and cold lunches will once again be served in our cafeteria in the 2022-2023 school year.  
  • You can continue to contact me throughout the summer with any questions, concerns and/or suggestions you might have at 1-914-570-4527.  My email address is

     From my heart to your hearts - thank you everyone!  I know I have THE best job in the world because I work with THE best staff in the world, and together we serve THE best students and THE best families in the world!  I am so blessed!  Together we truly did come so very far.  And together is truly the most wonderful place to be!  I wish you all the most wonder-filled summer.  May it be especially happy and healthy.  May it be overflowing with the best of times with family and friends, and may every moment become a cherished memory.  You are loved and appreciated more than words can ever say.  


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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