Important School Updates

  • PS 295 Town Hall Safety Meeting

    Are you interested in learning more about school safety?


    Want to know about our new safer access entry doors?


    Come to the PS 295 Town Hall Safety Meeting!

    Date: May 23, 2024
    Time: 9:30 AM following Class Visit Day
    Location: P.S. 295 Library

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  • New Field Day Information

    May 15, 2024


    Dear P.S. 295 School Community,


    It was with regret that we were not able to host Field Day on Wednesday May 15 as originally planned due to unfavorable weather conditions. Although the weather necessitated the changes, rest assured that we have made arrangements to ensure that alternate Field Day arrangements will allow students the opportunity to have a fun and memorable day.


    Field Day will take place at the P.S. 295 campus this year.  Due to the physical and space restrictions of the campus that we share with another school, Field Day will need to happen across two days to accommodate all our students and family members who wish to join us. Our Field Days will happen according to the following schedule:


    • June 11th, Field Day for PreK-2nd grade.
    • June 12th Field Day for 3rd-5th grade.


    We understand the importance of family involvement in our school events, and we want to continue the tradition of families being part of the Field Days experience. On each day, parents are welcome to join us by signing in on the 18th Street side of the building at designated sign-in stations. As always, when visiting the school, visitors will be required to show identification, sign in and wear visitor stickers. Once signed in, adults will be asked to wait in the cafeteria at designated tables until their child’s class is ready to begin the games.


    Field Day activities will commence at approximately 9:00 and continue until roughly 11:00 when we will pause for a picnic-style lunch at the school playground.  When Field Day activities are completed around 12:30, families who wish to take their child home early may do so by completing the sign-out sheet with a teacher before leaving.  More detailed information will follow as the dates get closer.


    We understand that changes like these can be inconvenient, but we appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we navigate these adjustments to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all our students.


    Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to seeing you at Field Day!



    Valerie Vanderpuije



    P.S. 295
  • Safer Access System

    May 10, 2024

    Dear Families,

    We have some important news to share regarding the safety measures at our school. In line with our
    commitment to enhance security practices, all NYC Public Schools will have a Safer Access system installed
    during the 2023-25 school years. The Safer Access system is designed to strengthen our existing safety and
    security practices as part of the overall visitor protocols at our school.

    What is Safer Access?

    The primary objective of the Safer Access system is to ensure that all doors remain locked outside of the
    morning-entry and afternoon-dismissal periods. When school doors are locked, visitors wishing to gain
    access to the building will ring the intercom at the main entrance door (or ADA-accessibility entrance if
    applicable) and identify themselves before access is granted into the school building. Safer Access allows our
    dedicated staff assigned to the main desk (School Safety Agents and/or school staff) to be able to see and
    speak with visitors before granting them access inside. Please be assured that all visitors to our school will
    continue to be treated with courtesy, professionalism, and respect while awaiting entry into our building.
    In addition to enhancing safety, this system allows for easy access for first responders during an emergency.
    Once our Safer Access system is installed and operational, our school staff (including School Safety Agents)
    and students will receive training on using the system as well as how to support all visitors in accordance
    with our policy.

    We believe Safer Access will greatly contribute to maintaining a secure learning environment for our
    students and staff.

    We look forward to the NYC Public Schools Safer Access system creating a safer environment for everyone.
    Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for your continued support in keeping
    our school community safe.

    Warm regards,
    Valerie Vanderpuije
    Principal, P.S. 295

    P.S. 295
  • Touch-A-Truck

    Come Join us on SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2024 from 11AM - 5PM (RAIN OR SHINE).

    Brooklyn’s favorite family street fair returns to PS295!  Explore emergency trucks, service vehicles, construction equipment, vintage vehicles, and more! Plus, enjoy bouncy houses, music, food trucks, and activities.

    Tickets are $9.00 per person, or you can purchase a 4 pack for $34.00.  Bouncy kid (s) also need to have an admission ticket.

    Unlimited Bouncy House is $10.00 per ticket.

    ***19th Street side between 6th and 7th Avenue. ***


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  • World Bee Day - May 20, 2024

    PS 295 World Bee Day!

    Please wear black, yellow or anything with a bee on it to celebrate World Bee Day!

    Bee ready to register to our workshop on May 20 at 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm.

    Come and learn more about why bees are so important to our environment as well as the opportunity to sample different type of honey!

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  • Kindergarten Registration Hours

    If you have already accepted your kindergarten seat at PS 295, you are able to come in to register on the following days:

    Tuesdays - 8 am - 12 noon

    Wednesday - 12 noon - 3 pm

    Fridays - 10 am - 2 pm

    Any additional questions please feel free to contact our school secretary, Ms. Eva Kanowitz at (718) 965 - 0390 or via email at

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  • The Middle School Admissions Team - Offers and Waitlist

    Dear Families,

    Join us tomorrow for a virtual event about offers and waitlists!

    All events are in English, with simultaneous American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation. Additionally, interpretation services in different languages will be available at select events. Please check the event descriptions below for specific language availability.

    Tuesday, April 9, 5pm to 6pm | Event held in English; ASL. Interpretation provided in: Chinese (Mandarin), Haitian Creole, Urdu
    Thursday, April 11, 1pm to 2pm | Event held in English; ASL. Interpretation provided in: Arabic, French, Russian
    How to join:

    Each event will be hosted live on Zoom. Click

    at the event start time and enter passcode #123456 to join. Interpretation Services: Find phone numbers for the provided languages at

    Can’t attend, or want to learn more?

    Visit A captioned recording with translations is available on our website.

    All best,
    The Middle School Admissions Team
    Office of Student Enrollment

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  • Super Summer 2024: Exploring Summer Opportunities for Students with Disabilities

    Beyond Access Series Online Event Details

    Date: Monday, April 15, 2024
    Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Topic: Super Summer 2024: Exploring Summer Opportunities for Students with Disabilities
    Platform/Registration Link: Zoom

    Language Access: Spanish, Mandarin, and Haitian Creole-speaking families will have access to interpreters via a conference call line. American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will also be available.

    Hosted by: NYCPS Special Education Office

    What we will talk about:
    Explore Summer Opportunities for IEP Students: Learn about the Extended School Year (ESY) and Summer Rising program for students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), including those in District 75 or enrolled in Autism Nest and Horizon programs, as well as students in Temporary Housing.

    Discover Transportation Accommodations: Learn about eligibility and transportation accommodations, ensuring students with 10-month transportation recommendations have access to safe and reliable travel to and from their Summer Rising programs.

    Understand Additional Accommodations: Find out about health or nursing support available during the Summer Rising program and support for students requiring a behavioral paraprofessional. We'll also explain how the Summer Rising Accommodation Plan is prepared, parent participation, and communicated.

    Access Support & Resources: Learn about accessing support and resources.

    Language support
    Spanish, Mandarin, and Haitian Creole-speaking families will have access to interpreters via a conference call line. American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will also be available.

    Share this information with a family with a child with a disability

    Thank you for registering for this BAS event. Your participation is important to us, and we are eager to welcome you and your family. Feel free to share this invitation with other families who might benefit from learning more about special education.

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  • Summer Rising

    Summer Rising application results will be released in mid-April, and families who missed the deadline to apply can still express interest through waitlists using the MYSCHOOLS application.

    Programs use waitlists to fill any open seats after offers are made. Waitlists will become available the same day results are released.

    Additional information, including information on upcoming webinars on the waitlist and placement process for families, starting at 6:30—8:00 p.m. on April 16 and April 18, is available on the Summer Rising site. Note that families are advised to request interpretation services before April 12.

    April 16, 2024 at 6:30 p.m. - external link)

    April 18, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.-

    DOE Summer Rising Information Page -


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  • Green Day - Health, Wellness, and Green Space - April 17

    Dear Families,

    At New York City Public Schools, our job is to nurture the next generation— and that includes caring for the environment around us. We are proud to be part of the citywide commitment to keep our communities clean, green, and safe for our children. NYCPS will be hosting events throughout April to celebrate Earth Day, and on Wednesday, April 17, every school will take part in Climate Action Day, with the theme of “Health, Wellness, and Green Space.” Schools will plan activities to promote outdoor learning and care for green spaces.

    I want to encourage you to engage with your child about climate change and how we can all do our part to be part of the solution. Here are a few ways you can support the work of Climate Action Day:

    1 Learn more about Climate Action Days at

    2 Ask your child’s school about their plans for Climate Action Day. (School-based Sustainability Coordinators organize climate-related activities; to identify yours, contact your principal.)

    3 Reinforce the importance of caring for our planet and our communities. Here are some ideas:

    • Ask your child’s school if they have an indoor or outdoor garden that you can visit
    or help maintain.

    • Support Plastic Free Lunch Days at your child’s school, which are held once every three weeks in elementary schools. If your child brings food from home, use reusable containers, paper bags, or aluminum foil instead of plastic bags or wrap.

    • Encourage your child to enjoy our plant-powered meals, offered as a daily choice on our lunch menus.

    • Care for a nearby street tree bed or rain garden. To learn more, visit and

    • Find Earth Day events at

    By working together, we can build a brighter, more sustainable future. Thank you for being our partners and for all you do to support our children!

    Soaring high,
    David C. Banks, Chancellor
    NYC Public Schools

    DOE Website - Translated letters can be found here.








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Upcoming Events

  • District 15 STEM Exploration Day

    Saturday, May 18, 2024 10 am - 2 pm New York Harbor School Governors Island. A selective science engagement event for 5th, 8th and 11th Graders from D15 public schools.


    You have until April 5th to apply: STEM Exploration Day 

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  • Touch -A-Truck

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  • World Bee Day - May 20, 2024

    Let's celebrate our pollinators by wearing all black, yellow or something that has bees on it!

    P.S. 295
  • PS 295 World Bee Day

    PS 295 World Bee Day!

    Please wear black, yellow or anything with a bee on it to celebrate World Bee Day!

    Bee ready to register to our workshop on May 20 at 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm.

    Come and learn more about why bees are so important to our environment as well as the opportunity to sample different type of honey!

    Bees and other pollinators are fundamental for the health of ecosystems and food security. They help maintain biodiversity and ensure the production of nutritious food.


    P.S. 295
  • DEI Community Forum

    Please come to our final community forum of the year and help us plan for next year. We particularly would like to hear from people who want to make sure we continue some aspect of what we did this year, those who would like us to change something we did this year, and those who have ideas for what should be included but hasn't been (yet).

    First times welcome!

    Here is the zoom link:

    Meeting ID: 994 6425 5819
    Passcode: 980268

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