Valerie Vanderpuije, Principal

Valerie Vanderpuije, Principal

Dear PS 295 Families,


March is here and  I can’t believe how quickly the time has passed.   We are looking  forward to Spring festivities such as Touch-A-Truck, musical performances, and the Spring Arts and Culture Festival. I am happy to announce that we have begun our dance residencies with Dancewave (pre-k through 2nd grade)  and National Dance Institute (grades 3-5).  Our time with them will culminate in a school-wide Dance Festival on May 26. I am also happy to announce that 5th grade graduation is going to be on the morning of June 20th, 2023. 


We also have several exciting ongoing programs happening at PS 295.   The Reading Mentors program, in which 5th grade students read to  kindergarten students twice a week during lunch is underway and is a huge success. Fifth graders are proudly teaching and mentoring younger students.  A second round of mentoring will be happening soon for interested 5th  graders. Other lunchtime clubs including Band and Pride Club also continue to foster student creativity and self-expression.


In addition, we have begun an attendance program to encourage student attendance at school. In many cases, absences from school are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. However, chronic absenteeism can have a drastic impact on a child’s education. Children chronically absent in kindergarten and first grade are much less likely to learn to read by the end of third grade.  Clearly, going to school regularly matters!  To encourage attendance, we are encouraging  attendance with various incentives such as certificates and celebrations for perfect attendance and most improved attendance. 


With so much happening this year, I thank the families of PS295 for your continued support.


Valerie Vanderpuije
P.S. 295