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.


Compass program for 2017-2018 school year

What's up with Compass?


Dear Parents,

I hope this letter finds you well! As COMPASS enters into December I would like to first note some general reminders.  Please remember we have a minimum attendance of 4 days a week, with earliest pick up time being 5 PM.  If there is a special activity your child leaves early for please supply us with a note with their name, the day they will be leaving, the time they will be leaving, for what activity they are leaving, and your signature.  If you have a special circumstance please do not hesitate to contact me.

            I would also like to take some time to explain why we are so specific with pick-up times.  COMPASS is a city funded program and requires our program include certain things.  We are happy to supply Homework Help but we also integrate lesson plans each day.  This month we will learn about famous artists from New York City! Our students will create their own forms of art using canvases, magazines, and pictures! Additionally, our students will be creating their own holiday story books to send over to our troops!  As always, our Literacy lessons will coordinate with our Art and STEM Lessons.

                List of important dates:

12/8/2017 – COMPASS Twin Day (Students will choose a friend in COMPASS to be their twin!)

12/14/2017 – COMPASS sing-along and dance-along to holiday music

12/22/2017- Ugly Sweater Holiday Party

12/22/2017 – 01/02/2018 – Holiday Break

01/02/2018 – Students will return to COMPASS

As the year continues to chug along I would like to thank all of you for welcoming me into the P.S. 56 community. I look forward to continuing to work with each of you to provide your children with the best afterschool experience. I want to wish you and your families a happy and healthy holiday season!

Most sincerely,

Rosemarie Kaminsky

UAU Program Director









 Meeting Dates for 2017-2018 school year

December 15, 2017

January 5, 2018

January 19, 2018

February 2, 2018

March 2, 2018

March 16, 2018

April 13, 2018

April 27, 2018

May 11, 2018

May 25, 2018

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