September 3rd, 2019
We are so excited to see you and your children on the first day of school. I know it is going to be a wonderful school year with so many amazing experiences to come and memories to be made! We are thankful to our returning families along with the new families to the PS 56 community.
There are many things to celebrate as we start the school year and I look forward to continuing this strong momentum that we have developed. Increasing student enrollment has been a strong focus since my start here at PS 56. This year we could see over 300 children enrolled, up from about 200 students just a couple of years ago! This increase means more classes, more programming, increased school funds, and a more vibrant school environment for all. For the first time in many years, we have multiple classes spanning across the lower grades which will eventually carry into the upper grades over the next few years. Our Gifted and Talented program now spans kindergarten to 5th grade and our World Language Spanish program goes from grades K through 2.
We are looking forward to some amazing building work over the next two years. First, I am happy to announce that our Dance Studio is just about completed and looks to be ready for students for the start of the school year. I know Ms. Swan is so excited to open up this space for the children and we look forward to having you see the space for our Parent Night on September 12th! We are expecting work to begin on the exterior of the building in the coming months paving the way for the construction of a Hydroponic Greenhouse in the courtyard and a complete upgrade of our playground, which should start by the summer of 2020. You’ll be hearing more about how the exterior work will impact us this school year.
We have also made academic gains, according to our New York State ELA and Mathematics results. We have improved our proficiency levels in both areas! We know that there is still more progress to be made. Our professional learning in literacy this year will center on a book called “Teaching Advanced Literacy Skills,” which will enhance the level of instruction taking place in reading and writing by teaching skills and competencies that enable communication in increasingly diverse ways. We are also transitioning to a new math program, Eureka Math, which will add rigor and complexity to our math instruction. You will learn more about this program from your child’s teacher in the coming weeks.
I want to thank our amazing team of teachers and school staff, whose passion and love for the children is evident throughout the building, our wonderful Parent Teacher Association who are doing AMAZING things for our school and the students, and all those that have supported our work here at PS 56. See you all soon!