Compass program for 2017-2018 school year

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Dear Parents,

           I hope all is well! As we enter February we would like to thank Ms. Roe for all she has done as the Program Director of P.S.56 Compass. To those of you that do not know, Ms. Roe was offered an opportunity to begin her career as a teacher and excitedly accepted. Now I, Elyse Giacalone, and the new Program Director of P.S.56 Compass and I am thrilled to have this position as I have work for UAU at P.S.56 since 2011. I will be hosting a mandatory parent meeting for Compass parents on a date that is to be announced. I would also like to remind you that 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 feel free to email me at

            This month our Compass students will be studying Marine Biology! All of our STEM, literacy and art lessons will be themed around marine biology in hopes that your children will love the topic and be eager to learn more.

                                               Here are some important dates

February 16, 2018- Lunar New Year! School is closed and there will be NO compass on this date. We at Compass wish everyone who celebrates a Happy and Prosperous Lunar New Year!

February 19, 2018- Schools are closed and there will be NO compass on this day.

February 20-23, 2018- Compass is open these days from 8am-6pm. Meals will be provided. Also just a reminder the latest you may drop your child off is 9:30am, after that time no more children will be allowed attend program.

February 22, 2018- Our trip to the Zoo! We will be leaving P.S.56 at 9:00am sharp and returning no later than 5:00pm. Meals will be provided for the children on the trip. If you did not hand in a permission slip for your child or wish they do not attend the trip, regular Compass program will be open from 8:00am – 6:00pm.

Thank you all and best wishes,

Elyse Giacalone

UAU Program Director

Compass P.S.56








Timely School News, Events and Notices


Letter from Chancellor Carmen Fariña on the Tragedy in Florida


Dear Families,

I write today with a heavy heart after the school shooting in Broward County, Florida.

I am heartbroken for the students and families directly impacted. I also feel for the many families and students across the country – including here in New York City – who see what happened in Florida and may be fearful about their safety in schools.

It is our job to ensure that every school is a safe haven for our children and families.

I want to assure you that the Department of Education works in lockstep with the NYPD to keep all students and school staff safe – both physically and emotionally. We have a standing requirement that all schools conduct safety drills, including one between February 2 and March 15, and principals will also be reviewing the individual safety protocol for their school buildings with school staff. I’ve asked our educators to also discuss why they are conducting these drills and what their purpose is with the entire school community. Additionally, within our classrooms, I have asked educators to engage in the challenging questions and conversations about tragedies like this one. It is important that we have these conversations at school and at home, and to always remind our children that they are safe in our schools and that we will do everything within our power to keep it that way.

We also need your vigilance and partnership to ensure that any safety concern is immediately reported through the proper channels. If you see something, we need you to say something. Please reach out to your school administration, your parent coordinator or call 311, which will refer the issue to the NYPD or the DOE as appropriate. If it is an emergency, call 911 immediately.

As an educator who has always strived to help children grow, succeed, and live out their potential, what happened yesterday cut me to the core. I know many of you must feel the same way, and I hope you will discuss these feelings with your loved ones.


Carmen Fariña Chancellor, Department of Education




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.



 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

Respect For All

         P.S. 56 Respect For All liaison is Angela Bonadonna to reach Mrs. Bonadonna call (718)605-1189 ext 4246 or


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