Important School Updates

  • Community Meeting Letter

    June 13, 2024


    Dear PS 295 Community,


    I hope this letter finds you well. Thank you all for the warm welcome. It is my hope that we will continue to foster open communication and collaboration. I  would like to invite any and all community members to attend a meeting for us to get together.


    Community members are welcome to come and ask questions, bring up concerns, or share any matters of importance they wish to discuss. I value your ideas and feedback and hope to see many of you at our upcoming meetings. Our meetings will be held both virtually and in-person in the school library according to the schedule below:


    • June 24, 2024 in person at 8:30am
    • June 25, 2024 virtually at 6:00pm


    Meeting ID: 971 5499 2413

    Passcode: 327092


    • July 8, 2024 in person at 8:30am
    • July 10, 2024 virtually at 6:00pm


    Meeting ID: 976 8636 4631

    Passcode: 605839


    I look forward to meeting with you. Please feel free to reach out to me should you need anything at,




    Jean Marie McInerney

    Interim Acting Principal

    P.S. 295
  • Interim Acting Principal - Jean Marie McInerney

    June 12, 2024


    Dear PS 295 Community,

    I am writing to you today, with great enthusiasm, to introduce myself as the new Interim Acting Principal of PS 295 The Studio School of Arts and Culture. I am honored to join a community whose mission is to: “nurture proactive, joyful, and courageous learners, who regard mistakes as learning opportunities while pursuing their talents, solving problems, and developing self-control”. I look forward to meeting you all tomorrow, Thursday, June 13.

    District 15 has been my home for seven years. With over sixteen years of experience in education, and passion for creating inclusive learning environments that foster learning, I am dedicated to supporting the mission and vision of the PS 295 community. I am excited to contribute my skills and knowledge to enhancing the student and parent educational experiences. My focus will be on creating an inclusive environment that is relevant and responsive to all cultures and continuing the high academic expectations of PS 295.

    I believe in open communication and collaboration between educators, students, and parents. As a working parent of two young girls, with diverse needs, I know the importance of the home school connection and the struggles many parents are facing. I look forward to working as a community to ensure students are growing academically, socially, and emotionally; and that community members feel supported.

    In my role, I will be working closely with the district, staff, parents, and students to ensure the diverse needs of our community are met. I believe that together we can create an environment where our students are thriving academically and socially. My door is open and I welcome your input. Please feel free to reach out to me at,, with any questions, concerns, or ideas you may have.

    Thank you for this amazing opportunity. I look forward to meeting you all tomorrow with an open mind and open heart. 



    Jean Marie McInerney

    Interim Acting Principal

    P.S. 295
  • Letter from Principal Vanderpuije

    June 12, 2024


    Dear P.S. 295 Community,


    I hope this message finds you well.   I shared a letter with you all announcing my departure from the P.S. 295 community. I am writing today to inform you that I have accepted a position as an assistant principal at P.S. 38, the Pacific School.

    While I am excited about this new chapter in my career, I want to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude for the years that I have spent here at P.S. 295. The memories, experiences, and relationships formed during my time here are truly invaluable.

    In light of my departure, I am pleased to announce that Jean Marie McInerney will be stepping in as the interim acting principal of P.S. 295. Jean Marie has been a part of the district 15 community for the past seven years, bringing with her a wealth of experience and dedication to education.

    Thank you once again for your support and for making my time at P.S. 295 truly memorable. I look forward to carrying the lessons learned and the fond memories with me as I embark on this new journey.


    Warm regards,

    Valerie Vanderpuije

    Principal, P.S. 295


    P.S. 295
  • Virtual Town Hall Meeting - June 12 @ 6 pm

    Virtual Town Hall Meeting


     When: June 12, 2024 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm

     What:  Town Hall Meeting with Superintendent Alvarez and Deputy Superintendent Lanzillotto and representatives from the Office of District Planning.

    Why: To answer questions and discuss the future of P.S. 295 and the possibilities for the school community including possible school merger.

    How to submit a question: You may submit a question via this anonymous Google Form

    Note: This is anonymous and your email address will not be collected. You may also reach out to a member of the SLT or to a PTA representative and submit a question to one of them. Questions will be reviewed and repeated questions combined.


    Zoom Link:

    Meeting ID: 967 1986 5874

    Passcode: 441345


    For more information reach out the parent coordinator Ms. Marrero at

    P.S. 295
  • In house Field Day

    Revised - June 03, 2024

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    We hope this letter finds you well and eagerly anticipating our upcoming Field Days at P.S. 295. We're writing to inform you of some important updates and changes to our previous plan, so we kindly ask for your careful attention as you read through this letter.

    Instead of signing in on the 18th Street side of the school building as previously mentioned, we have determined that it would be more efficient for everyone to sign in on the 19th Street side of the building. Upon arrival, please proceed to the courtyard where you can sign in, and our staff will be there to assist you. As always, for the safety of our students and staff, visitors will be required to show identification, sign in, and wear visitor stickers.

    Field Day will be held on the P.S. 295 campus this year. Due to space restrictions, we will be conducting Field Day activities across two days to ensure that all students and family members who wish to participate have the opportunity to do so. Please take note of the following schedule:

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

    For both days, students will have indoor arrivals between 7:45 and 8:20 to allow for set up in the courtyard. Parents may sign in and wait in the designated area on 19th street during this time.  Field Day activities will officially begin at approximately 9:00. 


    The Field Day schedule for your assigned day is:

    P K- 1st: 9:00- 12:10 (lunch 11:10-12:10)

    2nd: 9:00- 12:40 (lunch 11:10-12:10)

    3rd-4th:  9:00- 12:10 (lunch 11:10 - 12:10)

    5th: 9:00- 12:40 (lunch 11:10- 12:10)

    Lunch will be picnic style at the school playground. Families who wish to take their child home early may do so by filling out the sign out sheet with their classroom teacher.

    We understand that changes to plans can sometimes be inconvenient, but we believe that these adjustments will ultimately enhance the experience for everyone involved. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in making our Field Days a success.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We look forward to seeing you and your children at Field Day!


    Warm regards,

    Valerie Vanderpuije

    Principal, P.S. 295


    P.S. 295
  • What’s happening in NYC Public Schools

    What’s happening in NYC Public Schools 
    Week of May 27, 2024  
    This Family Update provides important information about summer school, Summer Meals, summer athletics programming, opportunities and support for high school students, and resources to support families in continuing to build reading skills all year long.  
    • Summer Learning Opportunities  
    • Summer Reading  
    Summer School  
    Each May and June, New York City Public Schools (NYCPS) teachers assess students’ progress using multiple measures to determine if they are ready for the next grade level. Families of students who have not yet made sufficient progress will be notified via letter in mid-June.  
    If your student is in grade 3–8 and is not promoted in June, they will be required to attend summer school. If your student did not receive a Summer Rising seat, then they will attend the academic portion only. Detailed instructions on date and time will be on the letter. At the end of summer school, schools will make a final decision about students’ grade levels for next year. Students in grades K–2 and 9–12 may have the opportunity to attend summer school as well.  
    For more information, please visit  
    Summer Meals  
    When school is out, students can still enjoy free breakfast and lunch through NYC Public Schools! Our 2024 Free Summer Meals Program is available all across New York City and is totally free for anyone 18 years old or younger. From June 27 through August 30, you can find these meals at select NYC public schools, community pool centers, parks, and libraries. You don’t need to sign up in advance or provide identification to receive these meals. Just head to a Summer Meals location and enjoy a meal. For more information, please visit  
    All dates, times, locations and menus are subject to change.  
    • Dates of Operation: Thursday, June 27–Friday, August 30, 2024  
    • Breakfast Service Hours: 8–9:15 a.m.  
    • Lunch Service Hours: 11 a.m.–1:15 p.m.  
    • There is no service Thursday, July 4, 2024 (Independence Day)  
    Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) High School Summer Program  
    Get ready for summer sports! This summer, NYC high school students can enjoy free athletic training, fitness and conditioning, sports-specific skill development, and recreation activities at select high school sites across the five boroughs. The Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) High School Summer Sports, Fitness, and Recreation program will run daily Monday to Thursday from 3:00– 6:00 p.m., beginning July 10 and ending on August 13. To provide students choice of sports/activities throughout the summer, there will be two sessions:  
    Session 1: Wednesday, July 10 – Thursday, July 25  
    Session 2: Monday, July 29 – Tuesday, August 13  
    This program is open to all NYC students entering grades 9–12 in the fall of 2024. Students do not need to attend school at their chosen school site during the regular school year to participate in a PSAL summer program at that site. Students can find program details and register for the summer 2024 program at beginning June 3.  
    Space is limited at the individual sites. Please select only one site and one program for a given SESSION. Once registration has been submitted, the parent or guardian listed will be notified via email if the student is approved for the site and program selected. In the event that the chosen site and program are at capacity, students are encouraged to register for another site/program.  
    Summer Learning Opportunities  
    CUNY College Now 
    For the 2024 summer semester, CUNY College Now will be offering a mix of online, hybrid, and in-person courses open to NYC public high school students entering grades 11 or 12 in September 2024. Participation is free. For more information, visit  
    Summer Design Institute  
    High School students looking for a hands-on learning experience (with opportunity to earn a stipend) are invited to apply for NYCPS’ Summer Design Institute at one of our Career and Technical Education (CTE) sites.  
    These six-week programs offer students the opportunity to work on projects alongside industry partners in fields like Computer Science, Engineering, Media Arts, Advertising and Digital Design, Game Design, and Fashion Design. Students who successfully complete their projects are eligible for stipends. CTE and non-CTE students are welcome. Please view the program flyer in English and translation for more information about each school’s programs and application process:  
    College and Career Advising  
    High school students can sign up for College and Career Advising Texts at to receive text messages each week to help them plan and pursue their future. Texts include links to youth employment opportunities, scholarship information, access to workshops, and deadline reminders. For additional support, College and Career Advising can also connect students with access to free, one-on-one virtual meetings with expert advisors after school and on weekends. Students graduating in 2024 can use College and Career Advising Texts to connect with their College and Career Bridge Coach, a current college student trained to help recent graduates navigate the transition between high school and the next stages in their college and career pathways. Learn more at  
    Summer Reading  
    Reading is like any skill: it takes practice! Over the summer, reading together can help your child continue to develop their literacy skills and avoid any learning loss that might occur over their time outside of the classroom.  
    Our Summer Reading Guide—available online at—is a great first step on your family’s next reading adventure. It contains tips for reading at home, recommended titles for students in all grade levels, resources where you can find books, and more. In addition to the guide, our Literacy Resources webpage also features at-home activities and other recommended reading lists that will help foster a lifelong love of reading and learning.  
    This summer, we also encourage you to use our Citywide Digital Library, Sora. Sora is the quickest and easiest way for NYC students to access thousands of e-books and audiobooks in multiple languages. You can log in to Sora using your NYC Public School credentials at


    P.S. 295
  • FTA & SLT Elections - June 13


    June 20, 2024 at 7pm

    Next school year promises to be a historic moment for our school community and we
    need parent representation now more than ever! Help shape our school! Be heard
    and run for a position on the FTA’s Executive Committee (EC) and the School
    Leadership Team. If you are a parent of a child enrolled at our school, then you’re
    eligible! Terms are 1 year and there is a limit of two consecutive 1-year terms. All
    nominations will be taken from the floor at the Spring Elections.

    Positions to be Filled on EC:
    ● President or Co-Presidents (1 or 2 running together)
    ● Co-Secretaries (1 or 2 running together)
    ● Co-Treasurers (1 or 2 running together)
    ● VP, Development & Fundraising (1 of 2 running together)
    ● VP, Communications (1 of 2 running together)
    ● VP, Events (1 of 2 running together)
    ● VP, Parent Engagement (1 of 2 running together)
    ● English as a New Language Representative
    ● Pre-K Representative
    ● Kindergarten Representative

    Positions to be Filled on School Leadership Team (SLT):
    ● Parent Representative: (4 open positions) The SLT is an advisory committee consisting of
    equal numbers of parents and staff. The SLT meets monthly to discuss the school’s budget and
    business plan, its policies on homework and testing, new opportunities for student enrichment, and
    other school-wide issues. The SLT’s membership includes the principal, UFT representative, PTA
    president (shared if there are co-presidents), and additional members elected for two-year terms each

    ● Title 1 Representative: Title 1 is a designation by the US Department of Education. The program
    provides financial assistance to local educational agencies and schools with high numbers of children
    from low-income families, to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards.
    PS 295 is a Title 1 school and receives assistance for enrichment programs and free or reduced
    student meals.

    For more information on the FTA, please check out You will also find a list of
    current EC members if you have questions about specific roles.

    PTA Bylaws: (Please don't forget to change the language to your preferred language.)


    P.S. 295
  • May 29 SLT Meeting - 4:00 - 5:30 pm

    May 23, 2024

    Dear P.S. 295 Community,

    As we approach the May 29th SLT meeting, I would like to share further information about the meeting.

    • The meeting will take place from 4:00-5:30.
    • The purpose of this meeting is for the representatives of the Office of District Planning to share information about the district planning process.
    • Members of the SLT team are collecting questions from staff and families that will be presented to the District Planning representatives. Please reach out to your PTA if you have a question that you would like to submit to the representatives from the Office of District Planning.

    The virtual option via Zoom will be offered for those who can’t be present. Please be advised that the Zoom session will be recorded.  The following is the Zoom Link:

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 971 9720 8290

    Passcode: 308936

    We welcome questions from the community.  This will be the first of various opportunities to gather information from district representatives and P.S. 295 and to hear the questions and concerns of P.S. 295 community members.  While there are constraints on the amount of time possible for public statements, we will select a limited number of names at random of people who wish to make a statement. 

    Warm regards,

    Ms. Vanderpuije

    Principal, P.S. 295

    P.S. 295
  • 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

    P.S. 295
  • 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
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