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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 2024.  Our Closing Exercise ceremonies were absolutely beautiful and were perfect celebrations of our amazing grade 5 students!  Our gymnatorium was overflowing with so much joy and love.  The standing ovation our students received in recognition of their resilience and dedication to excellence was so well-deserved.  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!  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 26, 2024, 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!

  • The 2024-2025 School Year officially begins for all students on Thursday, September 5, 2024 at 8:00 a.m.    

     For the first two days of school, our kindergarten students will arrive in our school yard at 9:00 a.m. on September 5 and September 6 to support their transition into their new academic home away from home.  Breakfast will be served every day in all our classrooms.

     Dismissal times are as follows:

Kindergarten: 2 p.m.

Grade 1:  2:10 p.m.

Grades 2, 3, 4 and 5:  2:20 p.m.

  • Hot and cold lunches are prepared and served by our P.S. 56 Top Chefs every day. 
  • Breakfasts-To-Go are available every morning for all our students and are eaten in our classrooms.
  • 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


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Hearts & Flowers Assembly 2024: Being Kind! 

 A group of students on stage presenting for Hearts & Flowers.  Three students present their Hearts & Flowers project  board on stage.  "Why try to fit in, when you were born to stand out."  "One step at a time"  A presentation board created by a 5th grade class for Hearts & Flowers week event.  Five students on stage posing after presenting. 

Celebrating Red Ribbon Week 2023

 Principal in the yard.         We Rock Drug Free at the park.  Class 5-1 in the park.  McGruff in the park.  Class 4-3 in the park.    Red Ribbon Day march in the park.  Class gathering at the park.  Kids running at the park.  Class 3-3 in the yard.     McGruff in Yard 

Hearts & Flowers Assembly 2023

   P.S. 56 AdministrationClass 5-1 students representing their class for Hearts and Flowers presentation.  Class 5-3 students representing their class for Hearts and Flowers presentation.  Class 5-2 students representing their class for Hearts and Flowers presentation. Class 3-4 students representing their class for Hearts and Flowers presentation.  Class 3-2 students representing their class for Hearts and Flowers presentation.  Class 3-3 students representing their class for Hearts and Flowers presentation.  Class 5-5 students representing their class for Hearts and Flowers presentation.  Grade 4 students representing their class for Hearts and Flowers presentation.    Class 235 students representing their class for Hearts and Flowers presentation."Be uniquely you".                                         



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  • Have a great Summer!

    Students will return back to school on Thursday, September 5, 2024. 

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