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  • Art Show at PS 207!

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  • State Review

    P.S. 255 Has Been Selected  to Participate in
    a State Review for Special Education
    February 2, 2016
    Dear Parents/Guardians:
    The New York State Education Department: Office of Special Education has initiated a Special Education Quality Assurance (SEQA) Special Education Programs and Services Focused Review in P.S. 255 during the 2015-2016 school year.  The purpose of this review is to assess the district’s compliance with selected Federal and State laws and regulations governing the education of students with disabilities.

    The review will be conducted by the SEQA for the New York City Regional Office.  The review process will involve a review of school records of a representative sample of students with disabilities, classroom visitations and surveys.  In addition, meetings of the committee on special education will be observed.  Further information may be obtained by contacting the SEQA for the New York City Regional Office at 718-722-4544 and/or by contacting P.S. 255 at 718-376-8494 ext. 1.

    Sincerely,
    Kelly McCann
    Principal

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  • School Survey

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    THE SURVEY HELPS SCHOOL LEADERS UNDERSTAND WHAT KEY MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY SAY ABOUT THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AT EACH SCHOOL. THE INFORMATION CAPTURED BY THE SURVEY IS DESIGNED TO SUPPORT A DIALOGUE AMONG ALL MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY ABOUT HOW TO MAKE THE SCHOOL A BETTER PLACE TO LEARN.

    PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR SURVEY BY FRIDAY, APRIL 1ST.
    IF YOU CANNOT FIND YOUR PAPER SURVEY, PLEASE CALL THE SURVEY HOTLINE AT 1-800-690-8603.
    IF YOU NEED ADDITIONAL HELP, PLEASE SEE
    BETH ROCCO, YOUR PARENT COORDINATOR
    OR CALL: 718-376-8494 EXT. 1
    YOUR VOICE MATTERS!

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Upcoming Events

  • Discipline Policy Note Due Back Today.

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  • P.S. 254 - 1801 Avenue Y, Brooklyn, NY 11235

    CEC Zoning Meeting

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  • Audiotrium

    Parent Association Meeting

    Forming a nominating Committee.

    Annual Title I Parent Meeting to follow.

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  • Auditorum

    Annual Title I Parent Meeting

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  • 5th Grade Picture Day

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Monthly Message From Principal, Mrs. McCann

Monthly Message From Our Principal, 

Mrs. McCann

September 2017
 
 

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! If you are new to P.S. 255, I would like to welcome you to our 255 Family. I hope everyone had a wonderful summer filled with lots of happy memories with your children. It’s hard to believe September is here already, but we are ready to begin a wonderful year with you and your child.

Our official school hours are 8:10am to 2:30pm, Monday through Friday for all children. Breakfast will be served at 7:40am everyday. Children will not be allowed in the building before 7:40am. Please make sure your child arrives and is picked up on time each day. Children arriving after 8:10am will be marked late and must receive a late pass to enter the classroom. Lateness and excessive absences will prevent your child from being chosen for special acknowledgements such as Student of the Month and special incentives. Great attendance equals college and career readiness and we need your help to make sure your children can get the best education possible. We take attendance seriously because:

Number of Absences

Attendance Rate

Instructional Time Loss in Months

Instructional Time Lost in Hours

9

95%

½ month

49.5 hours

18

90%

1 month

99 hours

27

85%

1 ½ months

148.5 hours

37

80%

2 months

203.5 hours

46

75%

2 ½ months

253 hours

55

70%

3 months

302 hours

64

65%

3 ½ months

352 hours

73

60%

4 months

401.5 hours

*Attendance below 90% places your child at risk for repeating the grade.

I am excited to announce seven new staff members will be joining the P.S. 255 family, Brittney McGowan- Kindergarten, Arielle Pearce- 1st Grade, Samantha Rossi- 4th Grade, Kristen Ferrigno- 5th Grade, Jacqueline Minuto- 5th Grade, Geena Campisi- 2/3 12:1:1, Demi Elisson- Art, Carla Fusco- Secretary. I am sure you will find them as welcome addition to our already fantastic staff.

In keeping with traditions, each month you will receive a calendar to keep you informed of the upcoming events in our school. We will also be using our school website, www.ps255.org to update you with information and events taking place at our school.

Your child has been given three blue emergency cards to be filled out. Please return them immediately. One card is for your child’s teacher, one card is for the nurse’s office and the third card is for the main office. We know your child’s safety is incredibly important to you and we work diligently to ensure his/her safety at P.S. 255. We will only release your child to the individuals named on the blue card. Whenever any information changes, please contact Beth Rocco, our parent coordinator, to update your card. It is extremely important to inform us of any changes so we are able to contact you in case of an emergency.

Lunch forms are mandated and schools are required to submit them immediately. This year you will be able to apply on line by going to the website, www.applyforlunch.com. We would greatly appreciate your help in completing the lunch form immediately.

In order to help your child learn and grow as much as possible this year, we need to work as a team. We will be hosting our Parent Night on September 13th. We invite you to join us to hear the expectations for your child this school year. Teachers will be available from 4:30pm-7:30pm but will be adhering to the following schedule for class presentations:

Grade 1 and 106A: 5:00pm

Grade 2 and 103A: 5:30pm

Grade 3: 6:00pm

Grade 4 and 106: 6:30pm

Grade 5: 7:00pm

PK and K have information sessions on the first day of school but teachers are available if needed.

We hope you will be able to join our Parent Association. Your support is incredibly important to us and our parents help us accomplish so much during the course of the year. Our Presidium of the Parent Association is Olga Obertos. We invite you to join us at our meetings and offer your support whenever possible. Your time and support are greatly appreciated.

Should you ever need to contact the school for any reason, the following numbers may be helpful:

Main Office: (718) 376-8494

Mrs. Nikas, AP: (718) 376-8634

Mrs. Ehrlich, AP: (718) 645-6128

Mrs. Silecchia-Abel, Guidance: (718) 375-8941

Nurse Iryna: (718) 376-8494 Ext. 4

Mrs. Rocco, Parent Coordinator: (718) 376-8494 Ext. 1

Looking forward to a successful 2017-2018 school year for everyone.

Very truly yours,

Mrs. Kelly McCann

Principal

Back to School Basics

Back to School Basics     

 

For New York City students and their families, this page is a one-stop, back-to-school shop with important information to get ready for the first day of school and a fantastic school year. You can also download a copy of the Achieve NYC Back to School Basics PDF to read and share.

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Achieve NYC

Achieve NYC

Achieve NYC: A Complete Guide to New York City Public Schools, has the most current information regarding the City’s public schools.  The guide contains: important dates, details about enrolling in City schools, who to speak to in schools when you have concerns, grade-specific learning expectations, transportation options for students, and how to obtain financial aid for college.


Special Education Post-Review Announcement

Post-Review Announcement

 

The New York State Education Department: Office of Special Education completed a Special Education Quality Assurance (SEQA) Special Education Programs and Services Focused Review P.S. 255 during the 2015-2016 school year. This review examined the district's compliance with selected federal and State laws and regulations governing the education of students with disabilities.

 

The review was conducted by the SEQA for the New York City Regional Office. The review process involved a review of school records of a representative sample of students with disabilities, classroom visitations, interviews of parents and staff surveys. Meetings of the committee on special education were also observed.

 

A copy of the report may be reviewed from the Superintendent's office, located at 5619 Flatlands Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11234.

For all latest information please check out District 22's Weekly Email Blast, Newsletter and Website

Check out all the latest information about the Community District 22 Website!

Also check out District 22's Weekly Email Blast!

As well as the District 22 Monthly Newsletter!

2017 - 2018 School Year Calendar

2017-2018 School Year Calendar

View the calendar for the 2017-2018 school year, including key dates and parent-teacher conference dates.
 
View the 2017-2018 school calendar with disclosures and legal notices.

Gifted & Talented Admissions for Students that will be entering Grades K - 3 in 2018

Get ready for Gifted & Talented (G&T) Admissions this fall! Students entering kindergarten through third grade can participate in G&T Admissions and their families can prepare by taking these three steps:  

  • Read the NYC Gifted & Talented Handbook: Learn about G&T Admissions, find programs that interest you, and prepare for the G&T test with practice problems. 
  • Go to an Elementary Admissions Event in October: Learn about Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Gifted & Talented Admissions in one night and make one plan for how to apply.
  • Mark your calendar: Plan to sign up to take the G&T test starting in early October. Look for a follow up email about when and how to sign up for the test.

Questions? Visit Gifted & Talented Admissions or call 718-935-2009. 

Thanks! 
The G&T Admissions Team

P.S. Sign up for Kindergarten email updates to get the latest info about applying to kindergarten if your child was born in 2013. 

Attention 5th Grade Parents!

Get ready to apply to middle school this fall! Prepare by taking these three steps:  

  • Read the NYC Middle School Directory: Learn about Middle School Admissions and find programs that interest you.
  • Go to a Middle School District Fair in October: Get to know the middle schools in your district and learn how to apply.
  • Get to Know Your School Counselor: Speak with your counselor about schools that interest you and questions you have about Middle School Admissions. 
  • Check out the dates for the District 22 Middle School Fair, Open Houses and Tours: Click Here!

Questions? Visit Middle School Admissions, or speak with Christine Silecchia -Abel, School Counselor or  Beth Rocco, Parent Coordinator.

 

School Lunch is now free for all NYC students

LUNCH IS NOW AT NO CHARGE FOR ALL NYC STUDENTS!

The New York City Department of Education (DOE) is pleased to announce that starting this school year, lunch is now completely free for all students in every New York City public school. Breakfast is already provided for free and now all meals will be served at no charge to families.

We need your help to make this program a success. All parents, regardless of income, must still complete a School Meals Form so that our schools get access to federal funding for this program and others. Please complete the form online at www.myschoolapps.com by December 29, 2017. A hardcopy of the form will also be sent home and is available at your school’s main office.

If you have already added money to your MySchoolBucks account for your child’s lunches this year, or if you have a balance remaining from prior years, you will receive a full refund. DOE will follow up with information on how to get your refund in the coming weeks.

Please join me in spreading the word that breakfast and lunch are free for all students every day. I hope your child will take advantage of this wonderful new opportunity and come enjoy a healthy meal with us.

NYC Schools Account

NYC Schools Account: With a NYC Schools account https://mystudent.nyc/ you will be able to access key information about your child's progress in school, including attendance, report card grades, general student information, and test scores (including test scores from your child's New York State math and English Language Arts (ELA)) in one of ten languages on a computer, phone or tablet. To register for an account in person or online, please contact Beth Rocco, Parent Coordinator

Thank you to Councilman Deutsch!!!

A huge thank you to Councilman Deutsch, who has generously given us additional funding for the 2017-2018 school year! The Councilman has always supported our school and we are truly appreciative of all that he has done for our students!

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Physical exam requirement!

Calling all Parents! Did you know every child must a completed physical exam to stay in school?  Just like immunizations, a check-up is REQUIRED  and a copy of the form must go to the school nurse's office. If your child is missing this requirement, please make an appointment with your child's doctor and take care of this immediately. Thank you for your cooperation. 

Check out how we include EVERYONE at PS 255!

ANNUAL NOTIFICATION ABOUT CONSENT TO RELEASE INFORMATION FOR MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT

Our schools can receive additional funding for some of the services that are provided to students, like your child, who have individualized education plans (IEPs). In order for our schools to receive this funding, you previously signed a consent to (1) access and provide to the state and federal Medicaid programs personally identifiable information from your child’s special education records about the special education evaluations, programs and services that are provided to your child and (2) access your child’s Medicaid benefits to pay for these services. This letter of annual notification is to remind you that by previously signing this consent, you understood and agreed that the New York City Department of Education may access your child’s public benefits or insurance to pay for special education services provided to or on behalf of your child. Thank you for your assistance in ensuring that our schools receive as much funding as possible for the critical supports that are provided to our students. Sincerely, Carmen Fariña Chancellor ---

What information about my child will be provided to state and federal Medicaid programs? The New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) will provide information about the special education evaluations and services provided to your child. This information may include the IEP, progress notes, attendance records, evaluations and other records and information about evaluations and services provided to your child. Is there any cost to me or to my family? There is no cost to you or your family. You will not be required to incur any expenses, premiums, costs or copayments for the provision of these services. The services that are provided to your child in and outside of school will not be affected in any way. If your family receives Medicaid benefits, your coverage will not be canceled, the lifetime coverage in place will not decrease and services that your family receives will not be affected in any way by the accessing of Medicaid benefits. You will not be required to sign up for or enroll in Medicaid for your child to receive the services on his/her IEP. You will not risk the loss of eligibility for home and community based waivers, if any, that are based on your total health-related expenditures. Can I change my mind about allowing the NYC DOE to access my child’s information and submit claims to the Medicaid program and revoke my consent? Yes - you may change your mind about this consent at any time. To change your decision, contact your child’s school and request to complete a new Medicaid consent form. The NYC DOE must still provide special education and services to your child at no cost to you even if you withdraw your consent at a later date.

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Rezoning of District 22

Community District Education Council-22 would like to share the attached updated rezoning presentation with the Community. The Office of District Planning has also made it available on their website.

 

Here is the link: http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/28FEC0C1-A79F-44C7-9685-728DFE1EC109/0/D22_Rezoning_Official_Presentation_vfinal.pdf

THRIVE NYC

I am delighted to inform you that our school has been selected to participate in the School Mental Health Consultant Program and will receive services starting this academic year. The School Mental Health Consultant Program (SMHCP) is part of ThriveNYC, the City’s strategic plan to improve and promote the mental health of its residents and facilitated by the DOE Office of School Health.  Schools are the most common point of entry for children seeking help for mental health concerns and the adults on our staff are the most reliable sources of referrals for our students.  School staff members have a perfect vantage point to observe students, notice change over time, spot concerns, and work closely with our School Mental Health Consultant to link students to supports. Building capacity in the school building for early identification of mental health issues through training, consultation, and support will increase our student’s mental health and academic success.

The School Mental Health Consultant will support our school by:

  • Promoting mental health and informing our school community about the program.
  • Identifying our school’s internal resources, gaps and creating School Mental Health Plans to connect schools with community based providers and other resources.
  • Provide training and consultation to our staff in order to raise their awareness about mental health and help them to address mental health concerns of students. 

We want to create a culture where good mental health is an essential part of the academic environment! If you have any questions please contact me or visit the website at ThriveNYC. Thank you for helping make this program a great success! 

Statement on Accessibility

Statement on Accessibility: We are working to make this website easier to access for people with disabilities, and will follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. If you need assistance with a particular page or document on our current site, please contact amandelbaum@schools.nyc.gov to request assistance.

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