Valerie Vanderpuije, Principal

Valerie Vanderpuije, Principal

May 9, 2024

Dear P.S. 295 School Community,

As the weeks of school approach, I would like to share some updates about the amazing and important things happening in our community. First, I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all the families who took the time to complete the school survey forms. Your participation is invaluable to us. It brings me great pleasure to announce that classrooms with the highest rate of completion will be celebrating with a pizza party on March 22. Your engagement truly makes a difference, and we appreciate your continued support.

Looking ahead, we have an exciting lineup of events planned for the last weeks of school. Field Day, Touch-a-Truck, Movie Night, a Music Concert, World Bee Day, and Arts Showcase are all on the horizon, promising fun-filled experiences for our students and families. For more details about any of these events, please do not hesitate to reach out to Ms. Marrero, our dedicated parent coordinator.

Field Day is scheduled for May 15, and families are encouraged to join us at the Picnic House in Prospect Park for a day of outdoor festivities. In the event of inclement weather, rest assured that we have plans in place to host Field Day events at school. Safety remains our top priority during all activities, and I want to remind parents that if you choose to attend Field Day and wish to take your child home with you, please remember to sign them out. Each teacher will have a sign-out sheet available for your convenience.

As we near the end of the school year, I am excited to announce our final Class Visit Day on May 23 at drop-off. After the classroom visits, I will be hosting a Town Hall event in the school library to discuss important safety protocols, including the implementation of our new Safer Access entry system. This event will take place on May 23 at 9:30 a.m., immediately following class visit day in the school library. Your participation in this event is crucial as we work together to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone in our school community.

I am continuously inspired by the dedication and enthusiasm of our students, families, and staff. Together, we create a vibrant and supportive community where every child can thrive. Thank you for your unwavering commitment to P.S. 295.

Warm regards,

Valerie Vanderpuije

Principal, P.S. 295

Principal, P.S. 295



Dear PS 295 Community,


I am writing to you today with immense gratitude and excitement to announce my official appointment as Assistant Principal at P.S. 295. It is with great honor and privilege that I step into this role, and I am eager to collaborate with each member of our esteemed community in furthering our school's mission of academic excellence and holistic development.


Having been a part of the P.S. 295 family for as little as 6 months, I have witnessed firsthand the dedication and passion that permeates every aspect of our school community. From our talented educators to our supportive families, and most importantly, our remarkable students, everyone plays a vital role in shaping the vibrant tapestry of P.S. 295.


As the Assistant Principal, I am committed to serve as a steadfast advocate for the success and well-being of every student. I am deeply committed to fostering an inclusive and nurturing environment where all students feel valued, empowered, and inspired to achieve their fullest potential. Additionally, I am dedicated to collaborating closely with our exceptional team of educators to cultivate innovative instructional practices that engage, challenge, and motivate our students to excel academically and socially.


 Furthermore, I recognize the importance of fostering strong partnerships between home and school, and I am committed to maintaining open lines of communication with our families. Your involvement and support are invaluable components of our students' educational journey, and I look forward to working collaboratively with each of you to ensure that every child receives the support and resources they need to thrive.


As we embark on this journey together, I am confident that our collective efforts will continue to propel P.S. 295 to new heights of excellence. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve as your Assistant Principal, and I am genuinely excited about the possibilities that lie ahead for our school community.


Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas you would like to share. My door is always open, and I am here to support you in any way I can.


Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to the success of our students. Together, we will accomplish wonderful things.


Warmest Regards,

Jeannette Echeverri

Assistant Principal, P.S. 295

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