Principal's Corner




Back to School Procedures

Starting Wednesday September 12, 2018 Stop and Drop will start on Woodrow Road for all students.


Pre-Kindergarten: Students enter through Woodrow road, school yard and proceed to entrance/exit “B” every day. They will be dismissed out of exit “A” located past the “Jungle Gym”.

Wednesday 9/5/18-Students are on a partial schedule and will come in base on the time indicated for their group. Groups were indicated on “Welcome” letter received over summer. Parents will be allowed to walk the children into class for a quick orientation then invited to the “First Day Jitters” workshop.

Group 1-9:30-10:30 am last name starting with letters A-L

Group 2-11:00-12:30 am last name starting with letters M-Z

Thursday 9/6/18-Students will have a 1/2 day of instruction gates open at 8:00am. The children must be in class no later than 8:20 am and be dismissed at 10:50am.

Friday 9/7/18-Students will have their first full day instruction and be dismissed at 2:30pm by exit “A”


Kindergarten: Students enter through Woodrow road, school yard and proceed to entrance/exit “B” every day. They will be dismissed out of exit “B” and proceed to their assigned bench.

Wednesday 9/5/18-Students will have a 1/2 day and be dismissed at 11:40am.

 Starting Thursday 9/6/18 students will start full day of instruction.



Staring Wednesday 9/5/18 grades 1-5 will have a full day of instruction. Students will enter through the school yard gates on Woodrow road. Gates will open at 8:00am for students who wish to have free breakfast then proceed to their designated area to wait for their teachers. Gates will close promptly at 8:15 to insure students are in class ready to work at 8:20am. Any student arriving after this time must come in through the main entrance on Kramer Avenue accompanied by an adult for a late pass. All students will be dismissed into their assigned area in the school yard at 2:40 unless otherwise specified.


Pre-Kindergarten congregates in front of their class

Kindergarten congregates in the Cafeteria

1st and 2nd grades congregate in the Auditorium

3rd, 4th and 5th grade congregate in the Gym


 A look back at 2017-2018---


A Letter from Principal Carollo


Dear Public School 56 Families:

 Welcome back to school. I hope you had an excellent summer and enjoyed time with loved ones. I would like to thank all the parents, grandparents, volunteers and staff for making my first year here at P.S.56 a memorable one. I am very excited for the new school year to begin. We have received over 200 ThinkPad student laptops and have renovated a Science Lab for our upper grade students. Our students will be engaged in new Science and Technology curriculums that will provide exciting learning opportunities as we try and better prepare them for college and career readiness. We also are receiving audio/visual upgrades in our Auditorium, Cafeteria and Gymnasiums. All the audio and visual equipment is being replaced with new technology. We hope the project to be complete by Thanksgiving.

 Many staff members have attended professional development over the summer and are eager to try new instructional strategies with our students. We will be participating in Algebra for All, Computer Science for All and exploring cutting edge technology, such as: 3D printing and Virtual Reality game design. I will continue to collaborate with Mr. Bonomi and Mrs. De Rose, our teachers, paraprofessionals, school leadership team and PTA to guarantee that all of our students are receiving rigorous instruction in a caring and supportive environment. Please get involved with the PTA and attend the many parent engagement opportunities that the school will be hosting. We will welcome ideas and volunteers both for the upcoming school year and beyond. Parents are every child’s first teacher and I believe that by working together, we can make sure your child’s social, emotional, and academic needs are met. Your involvement and support is crucial to their success.

 In closing, I would like to invite you to follow the school on our social media pages. We will be posting current events, news, pictures and videos of our students and staff throughout the year. Our Facebook pages are PS56R The Louis DeSario School and Principal Carollo. Our Twitter page is PS56R and Instagram is P.S. 56 official page. Visit our school website for updates to our school calendar, policies, handbooks and other resources. I look forward to working with you in continuing to make P.S. 56 “A Good Place to Learn and Grow!”


Philip J Carollo, Principal

Holiday Show Information

November 27, 2018 -2nd and 3rd grade show at 3pm  / December 3, 2018 -Kindergarten show at 3pm / December 4, 2019-1st grade show at 3pm / December 11, 2018-4th and 5th grade show  at 3pm

 Costumes Acevedo 4-303 Holiday 2018.docx  

Costumes Azzato 4-5-307 Holiday 2018.docx  

Costumes Byrne 3-406 Holiday 2018.docx  

Costumes Cardinale Ryan 3-408 Holiday 2018.docx 

 Costumes Dunn 5-411 Holiday 2018.docx  

Costumes Fitzer 2-310 Holiday 2018.docx  

Costumes Ganci 2-306 Holiday 2018.docx  

Costumes Hannah 4-313 Holiday 2018.docx  

Costumes Kalikas 3-404 Holiday 2018.docx  

Costumes Maniscalco 4-315 Holiday 2018.docx  

Costumes McNeice 5-413 Holiday 2018.docx  

Costumes Meeker Bourbeau 2-308 Holiday 2018.docx  

Costumes Soren Barone 4-311 Holiday 2018.docx  

Costumes Theater Club Holiday 2018.docx 





Quick Links

SLT Minutes

School Leadership Team Meetings are scheduled as follows:

The SLT will regularly meet at least once per month on the first Wednesday of each month. 

Dates of remaining scheduled meetings are as follows: 

The meetings are held in the principal conference room starting at 3:00pm.

You can click on the links below to access our PS 56 SLT minutes 2017-2018 school year:

SLT Dates










SLT Minutes

 SLT  Minutes September.doc  

SLT Oct minutes 2018.doc 






Meeting Dates for 2018-2019 school year

October 5 & 19

November 2 & 16

December 7 & 21

January 11 & 25

February 1 & 15

March 1, 15 & 29

April 12

May 3





PS 56 Focus

If we continue to develop success criteria, formative assessment, better lesson plans aligned to CCLS containing student activities focused on specific teaching points and appropriate student self-reflection strategies, then our students will have better opportunities to be independent, self-assessing learners who can lead meaningful conferences regarding where they are along the learning continuum, where they need to go and how they may get there.

 This year, as a means to this end, we are working collaboratively with each other and our District to unpack Common Core Learning Standards, tease out the important components to emphasize, identify specific learning intentions with specific success criteria and specific active student engagement activities to develop Self-assessing learners.

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