From the Principal

Welcome to P. S. 65!
Our school community of parents and teachers at The Academy of Innovative Learning want to welcome you to an exciting school year.  We are totally committed to creating a school environment wherein the whole child concept is utilized and their social, emotional and academic needs are met.  P.S. 65 offers students an education that gives them exposure to the arts and, as a result, taps into their hidden talents, building self-esteem in the process.  It is a school where student learning, individuality, and character are celebrated.

Daily Announcements

About Our School

P.S. 65 is a school where students come eager and ready to develop their minds and their character and improve student achievement through infusion of the arts into the core curriculum.  For our students, the arts provoke thought, increase awareness, ignite passion, allow exploration and express emotion.  The Academy of Innovative Learning offers all students an atmosphere that is conducive to learning and a curriculum that is rigorous consistent, sequential and individualized to meet the needs and learning styles of each student with a focus on each student's intellectual, personal, social and physical development.

Complete Your Survey!

This year we are looking for 100% of our families to take the opportunity to participate.

Please take the time to fill out your school survey at Parent Teacher Conference.
Thursday, March 19th

Pre K application period is from March 16th thru April 24th.  If you child was born in 2011 and you live in New York City, you can apply to district schools or NYC Early Education Centers for the 2015-2016 school year.

Application can be done three ways:
  • online at
  • over the phone by calling 718.935.2067 (8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday)
  • in person at the Family Welcome Center at Petrides, 715 Ocean Terrace (8am to 3pm, Monday to Friday)
Learn more by attending a Pre K Admissions information session for September 2015. 
  • Monday, March 23rd at P.S. 69 Daniel Tompkins , 144 Keating Place from 6:00pm to 7:30pm



For Parents/Guardians & Students
(Parent/Guardian must be present to participate with their child)

Coming in April - May 2015

After School for 3 sessions

Mondays for Grades Pre K, K, 1 & 2
Tuesdays for Grades 3, 4, & 5

2:20pm - 4:45pm/Excercise Room

Sponsored by a Grant provided by The Center for Arts Education with funding from the Staten island Foundation and the PS 65 PTA

Must Sign UP!  Limited Spots Available!  You can sign up for 1 session or all 3.

Any interest, please contact Norma Santaliz, Parent Coordinator

Elzbieta Seeley, who works for JCC (Jewish Community Center) wrote a grant for the "LINK UP" music program which is sponsored by Carnegie Hall.  Artist Carolyn Clark, the Director of the Staten Island Philharmonic is the teaching artist for the program.  The students will sing, move, learn about reading music, and learn how to play the recorders.  The grant is funding classes 3-301, 3-302, 4-304, 403908, 3/4/5-318 for 20 weeks of music instruction!

Kindergarten Admissions Process for the 2015-2016 has begun!
If you live in New York City and your child is turning five years old in 2015, your child is eligible to attend kindergarten in September 2015.

You must submit an application in order for your child to receive a kindergarten offer in April.  You can apply online at the New York City Department of Education website, over the phone by calling 718.935.2400 or by visiting the Family Welcome Center at Petrides, 715 Ocean Terrace.  The online application is available in nine languages, and interpretation is available in more than 200 languages for the over-the-phone and in-person options.

For more information, please visit the Kindergarten Admissions Website.

Application Process First through Fifth Grade for 2015-2016

We will open our wait lists for first through fifth grades beginning March 2, 2015.  Families interested in placing their child(ren) on our wait list must appear in person (you do not have to bring your child) to fill out an application and with your child(ren)'s most recent report card.

New School Hours for the Entire School

8:00AM - 2:20PM

Breakfast begins at 7:40AM

Book of the Month

Early Childhood & Upper Grades

Story by: Kathleen Krull

Congratulations to CLASS 
for 100% ATTENDANCE for the month of !

Delayed School Openings
in the Case of Citywide
Emergency Conditions and Major Storm Days

The Chancellor will announce the citywide decision to close or delay the opening of schools during citywide emergency conditions or major storm days after consultation with the Mayor's office of Emergency Management, the Weather Bureau, the City Sanitation Department and the City Transit Authority.  The citywide decision will be made as early as possible prior to 6:00AM on the affected day.  Only the Chancellor is authorized to make this announcement.

School staff and parents should be advised to check the Department of Education website, call 311 and listen to information broadcast by any of the following radio stations: WINS (1010 AM), WCBS (880 AM), WABC (770 AM), WLIB (1190 AM), WADO (1280 AM), as well as the following television stations (WCBS) Channel 2), WNBC (Channel 4), WNYW (Fox Channel 5), WABC (Channel 7), Univision 41, and "NY 1" (Channel 1 on Time Warner Cable television.

Useful Information

PS 65 Basket Bash

Thursday, May 28, 2015
The Staaten
697 Forest Avenue

A night of fun, food and prizes!

Sponsored by the Michael DeRienzo Charitable Foundation

We look forward to making it a great success with your participation and support!

Any questions, or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Norma Santaliz, Parent Coordinator.


All New Yorkers are eligible for the FREE New York City Identification Card.  For more information, please click on the links below:

Let's welcome our new 2014-2015 SLT Members!

Ms. Victoria Anderson
Mr. David Scheffler
Ms. Monica Contreras

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 6:15pm

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 6:15pm

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 6:15pm

Tuesday, December 2, 2014  -8:15am

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 6:15pm

February 3, 2015 - 8:15am

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 6:15pm

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 -6:15pm

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 6:15pm

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 6:15pm

*All Executive Boards Meetings are held
1 hour prior to the start of each meeting.

Please visit their website for more information.

5% cash back to the school when you order your child's school uniform at French Toast*.  Please use School Source Code: QS5BNKH.  Click on this direct link FRENCH TOAST to get started.

*Only applies to online orders.  

Language Assistance Services

The Department of Education is committed to ensuring that you have a meaningful opportunity to participate in and have access to programs and services critical to your child's education.  The Department of Education provides translation and interpretation services that will assist you in communicating effectively with your child's school.  Information about your rights regarding translation and interpretation services is available in the main office of this school.

Parents in this school who need language assistance should contact Norma Santaliz, Parent Coordinator.


Seaman's Society Tutoring Service
50 Bay Street
Staten Island, NY 10301

3:00PM TO 5:00PM

Paul Schooling, Director
718.447.7740 ext. 4628

ELA/Math Tutoring

FORWARD THROUGH EDUCATION is a new initiative supported with grants from the Hearst Foundation, the Staten Island Foundation and the Office of the Richmond County District Attorney.  It provides tutoring services to children in elementary, intermediate and high school to help them overcome academic difficulties in any subject area.  The tutors are St. John's graduate students who monitor the progress of the children closely.  A current report card is required when the child starts the service so progress can be monitored.

If you should have any questions, please contact Liz Rodriguez at 718.981.5034 or Paul Schooling, Director at 718.447.7740 ext. 4628.

Parent to Parent New York, Inc.

Parent to Parent of New York, Inc. is a place where families of individuals with special needs and the professionals who serve them can meet and share information. This website is maintained as a resource for families.

All activities are held at the Institute for Basic Research located at 1050 Forest Hill Road unless other wise noted. RSVP is required for the Sibling Support Group.  Please click on this link for more information.

engageNY is a website maintained by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to support the implementation of key aspects of the New York State Board of Regents.  It has a wealth of information on the state exams for grades 3 through 12.

The National PTA created guides for schools to help familiarize parents with the Common Core State Standards.  It may be accessed via this link: or on ARIS: National  PTA Parent Guides for the Common Core State Standards.

The standards are designed to increase rigor in the classroom and will require more inquiry, explanation and analysis from students.  Students will begin to present and defend arguments, provide evidence and persuasion in their writing and classroom discussions.  The ELA curriculum will have to contain more informational text in K-12.  Early childhood will have to experience more informational text, in additional to the literature that is traditionally taught.

The Common Core Standards is NOT a curriculum.  It is meant to clearly prescribe what children MUST know and learn at the conclusion of every grade.  Selected curriculum resources MUST reflect the requirements of the Common Core Standards.

The new K-12 standards are set to be implemented over the next three years and students are expected to perform at a higher level.  The NYS K-12 assessments will begin to reflect the rigor of the new standards.

For those who are interested in reviewing the Common Core Standards, please click on to the following link:

Please click on the link below for the Breakfast and Lunch Menus.

Breakfast Menu for March

Lunch Menu for March

The NYC Department of Education offers free online interface so that you can understand where your child stands.  To get your unique and secure log-on and password information, contact parent Coordinator Norma Santaliz at 718.981.5034 ext 1151 or  Please check your child's biographical information for any discrepancies, you'll need your his/her OSIS number and password.

Wednesday, April 22
NYS Math Exam
Thursday, April 23
NYS Math Exam
Pre K - Non Attendance Day
Friday, April 24
NYS Math Exam
Tuesday, April 28
Student of the Month Assembly

Grade PK - Classrooms

Grades K, 1, K/1-210 & Grade 2,  2/3-310 (NEW)- Lunchroom

Grade 3, 4, 5 & 3/4/5-318 - Lunchroom