Message from the Principal | September 2017

PS 56 Families,

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you all to the 2017-2018 school year!  We are excited to begin the year in September and create a strong foundation for a productive, positive, and impactful school year for every child of PS 56.  We have some wonderful new programs this year, developments in our instructional core, and we will continue the practices and structures that have been successful in past years.

This year, we will be our 2nd year of the Leader in Me Process, where the entire school community will immerse itself into the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  Staff, students, and parents will work together to make these 7 Habits evident throughout the school environment.  All children and adults will develop their leadership qualities, strive to impact the school and surrounding community, and synergize to create the most positive school environment possible.

Beginning this year, we will be officially a Teachers College Project School, with a partnership with Teachers College of Columbia University.  We will be implementing the Units of Study in Reading and Writing throughout the school with a strong emphasis on authentic reading and writing experiences, independent reading and writing, conferring and small group instruction.  Through Teachers College, we will have extensive professional development with an assigned instructional coach who will be visiting the school and working with our teachers throughout the year, as well as workshops where our staff will attend professional development sessions at Columbia University.  We are excited about the impact this will have on our students’ growth and development in literacy.  We are also very excited about our expanded Gifted and Talented program with now two classes within our school, and our inaugural year of World Language Spanish in kindergarten, which will be expanding every year until we have a full Kindergarten through 5th grade Spanish language program.

We are also excited to begin our physical education program this year.  We will now have a full time physical education teacher who will serve our entire school population.  Coupled with our dance program, our students will now have an extensive amount of movement and exercise throughout the day to ensure that the children’s brains and bodies are energized and ready to learn!  Furthermore, we will be continuing our work with Little Orchestra Society, Studio in a School Arts program, and Dancing Classrooms to ensure that the children are receiving a well-rounded educational experience on a daily basis.  Finally, our Wellness in the Schools, Cookshop, science, garden, chess, and others will be continuing as well to promote healthy living, wellness, and critical thinking.

Please don’t hesitate to see me around the building or in the office if you have any questions or feedback, or speak to Parent Coordinator Mr. Williams.  We look forward to seeing you and the children soon!


Eric Grande