3rd Grade Field Day Cancelled for today.

3rd Grade Field Day has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 24th.

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    5th Grade Field Day

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  • Class 4-330 & 4-121 trip to the NY Aquarium

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  • Kings Bay Field

    2nd Grade Field Day

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  • P.S. 255 Auditorium

    Spring Show

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  • Grade 4 New York State Science Performance Test

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Monthly Message From Principal, Mrs. McCann

Monthly Message From Our Principal, 

Mrs. McCann
 
May 2018

Dear Parents:

It is hard to believe how fast the year is going.  I am pleased to say May is a very exciting and busy month for all of us at P.S. 255. The flowers are in bloom and so are our students.  

 The children in Grades 3, 4 & 5 have taken their State ELA test already. The State Math Tests are being given on May 1st and 2nd, NYSESLAT Testing began on April 9th and will continue until May 18th for all of our ELL students. 

 Our after-school, “Fun Stuff” has started for the students in grades 1-5.  Programs such as art, music, dance, volleyball, basketball and board games were offered to your children.    

 Our “Fun Stuff” after-school program will be offered as follows:

Grade 1                                                                 

Thursday- May 31st                                                        

Thursday- June 14th              

Wednesday- June 20th         

Grade 2   

Thursday May 10th

Thursday, May 17th 

Thursday, May 24th 

Grade 3

Wednesday, May 9th

Wednesday, May 16th

Wednesday, May 30th

Grade 4

Wednesday, April 18th

Wednesday, April 25th

Wednesday, May 2nd

Grade 5

Thursday, April 19th

Thursday, April 26th

Thursday, May 3rd

If your child will be attending this program, please be sure to pick up your child promptly at 4:45 pm.

 I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to our City Council Member, Chaim Deutsch, from District 48. The Councilman provided funding for our first grade students to receive an in-school visit from the New York Aquarium before the spring break, in addition to a paid class trip to the Aquarium. The first grade students will be going to the aquarium throughout the month. I am sure they will have a great time.

 The Pajama Party for our Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and 1st Grade students was a huge success. Our students enjoyed the circus theme and had a blast. I would like to thank all of our families that were able to join us on April 25th.

 Our Fifth Grade Annual School Plant Sale will be held on Tuesday, May 8th. The proceeds of the sale will go towards maintaining our school garden. The plant sale allows children to learn a lot about plants as well as things that are necessary to run a small business. The sale is just before Mother’s Day, so it is an ideal way to buy mother a gift and help support our school at the same time. 

 Progress Reports will be distributed on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. They will be sent home in your child’s folder.

 On: Tuesday, May 15th   (Grade 4); Thursday, May 17th   (Grade 2); Friday, May 18th (Grade 3);      Monday, May 21st   (Grade 5) will be having their Annual Field Day.  It will be held at Kings Bay Field.  Our students look forward to this all year long.  I’m sure everyone will have a wonderful time.

 Our annual “Spring Concert” will be on Tuesday evening, May 22nd. Please make sure to send in the tear-off for your tickets for our “Spring Concert”, well in advance. Tickets go very fast and are on a first come, first served basis. Unfortunately, due to the 440 seating capacity in our auditorium, we fill up the auditorium very quickly. Tickets will not be given at the door and children under the age of four will not be permitted to attend.  Two tickets, per family are the maximum number that can be requested.

 The Science Performance test, for Fourth graders, will be from May 23rd – June 1st.  On Monday, June 4th  our Fourth graders will be taking their NYS written Science test.  They have been very well prepared by their teachers for these assessments and we expect they will all be very successful, as they have been in the past. 

 As June quickly approaches, I wanted to remind you of the following important dates:

May 30th- June 8th:  Final Exams Begin

June 4th:      5th Grade Senior Trip

June 6th:      5th Grade Awards Assembly at 5:30pm

June 7th:      Anniversary Day: No students are in session

June 11th:    Clerical Day – No students are in session

June 14th:    Carnival for Students

June 19th:    5th Grade Prom

June 21st:     Kindergarten Step Up

June 22nd:    Grade 5 Graduation

June 25th:     PreK Step Up

June 26th:     Last Day of School – Dismissal at 11:30am

 Have I exhausted you yet with all of our highlights for the months of May and June?  I sure hope not!  I’m looking forward to seeing all of you at our many activities.

 Very truly yours,

 Kelly McCann

Principal

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2017 - 2018 School Year Calendar and Testing Calendar

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Family Math Night 2018!

PS 255 Junior Chorus! Thank you to our music director, Ms. DiPaola!

Attendance

When your child is going to be absent from school, please call 1-718-376-8494 ext. 1 and leave a message with your child's name, class and reason for not attending.

You also have the option of emailing Beth Rocco, Parent Coordinator at: BRocco@schools.nyc.gov regarding your child's absence.

When your child returns to school, please send in a note to their teacher.

Attendance is important!

Attendance is extremely important. Our teachers work very hard with our students every minute of the day. You may not think attendance is important, but consider this - a student who is 10 minutes late every day will miss over 30 hours of instruction during the year - a week of school. A student who is absent just twice a month will miss 20 school days - 4 weeks of school! If your child misses a day of school, they can never have another chance at that day. They will miss important information and engaging lessons. We want our students to have every learning opportunity possible.
 
Student success in school is directly related to the importance parents stress on education. Regular attendance not only emphasizes the importance of school, but also promotes responsibility and self-discipline. We need your help to ensure our students set good habits of punctuality at a young age.

Parent Workshop Survey

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Below is a link for a school survey on Parent Workshops. It would be extremely helpful if you would take a minute to answer just 5 short questions about how we could better support our families.

This survey was created by our School Leadership Team (SLT) consisting of school faculty, staff, and parents. One of our school’s goals, created by the SLT, is to strengthen our strong family-community ties by increasing parent engagement at our school’s parent workshops. This survey will help our school learn more about our families’ needs.

Your participation is greatly appreciated!

P.S. 255 School Leadership Team

 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SP9SVYQ

 

SHINE Assembly 2018

We are SUPER proud to announce that we have been honored as a Mathletics SUPERhero school! Mathletics is an amazing website to enhance your child's math skills! If you need their login information, please contact your child's teacher!

Sock Drive 2017! We are proud to announce that our school community collected over 2,400 pairs of socks for local homeless shelters! Thank you to Ms. Warner, P.S. 255 Student Council, Councilman Chaim Deutsch, Community Board 15 Chair Theresa Scavo and WIN (Women in Need) Homeless Shelters for partnering 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

FREE Homework help!

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!

Congratulations to Ms. Blank's 2-206 and Geronimo for winning the Respect for All Contest!

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. 

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.

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! 

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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.

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