online school survey deadline extended

SCHOOL SURVEY!

The deadline for the online version of the NYC School Survey is April 20 (extended from March 29) for teachers, parents/guardians, and students.
 
We encourage all who have not completed their NYC School Survey to please visit http://schools.nyc.gov/Accountability/tools/survey/default.htm as soon as possible. 

     Every year, all parents, all teachers, and students in grades 6-12 take the NYC School Survey. The survey ranks among the largest surveys of any kind ever conducted nationally. 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.

Just write a note that you completed the survey, so we can issue a homework pass for your child.

If you lost or misplace your survey, you can call the survey hotline: 1-877-819-2363, for a new survey code.

  Friday, April 20th is the last day to submit your school survey online only.

Thank you again for your participation.

     YOUR VOICE MATTERS!

FAMILY FUN NIGHT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED!

Family Fun Night has been cancelled for this evening and rescheduled for Thursday, April 19th. 

Tickets will distributed right before the event.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Thank you.

Welcome Letter from our New Chancellor, Richard Carranza

Upcoming Events

  • Class 2-205 trip to the Highline

    PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
  • Class 3-305 & 3-306 trip to Hudson River Park

    PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
  • Class 2-125, 2-125A trip to the Highline

    PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
  • SPRING PICTURE DAY

    Individual pictures only - no class pictures

    PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
  • PRE-K SHUTDOWN DAY

    No school for Pre K-109 only.

    PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
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Monthly Message From Principal, Mrs. McCann

Monthly Message From Our Principal, 

Mrs. McCann
 
April 2018

Dear Families,

 April is sure coming fast!  It’s hard to believe this year is flying by so quickly. Hopefully the cold weather is behind us.

 School will be closed for Spring Recess from Friday, March 30th, through Friday, April 6th.  We return to school on Monday, April 9th.  Please make sure any scheduled vacations take place while school is closed.  Students are expected to be in school for 90% of the school year.  If your child is not present for more than 90% of the year, it could affect your child’s performance and result in retention in the current grade.

 Construction Kids will be coming throughout the month to continue completing projects with the students. Several classes completed projects last month and I am so impressed by what the students were able to create and I am so excited to see the program continue. This month, the remaining 1st grade classes and our 2nd and 3rd grade classes will be working with Construction Kids.

 Please keep in mind, the New York State English Language Arts Exam will be administered over a two day period for grades 3-5. It will be given on April 11th and April 12th. I know many of the students are nervous to take the exams, but our teachers have worked extremely hard and did an excellent job preparing them both during the day and in our Afterschool Test Preparation program.  We want our students to stay focused and try their best. Please be advised that during the state testing days, some classes may have changes in their schedule for lunch.  The New York State Mathematics Exams will be administered on May 1st and May 2nd this year.

 On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, we will be hosting a Parent Workshop focusing on the 4th Grade Science Test. This workshop will begin at 8:30am and provide information on the New York State Science Exam the 4th graders will take later this year.

 The Parent Association had to reschedule Family Fun Night last month due to the snow. Family Fun Night will take place on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 5:30pm. Previously purchased tickets will be honored and the PA hopes you can attend.

 The PA has arranged Spring Picture Day.  If you are interested in spring pictures for your child, Class Act Photograph will be in our school taking pictures on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.  If you would like pictures of your child and have not received your order form, please see Beth Rocco, Parent Coordinator. 

 On Wednesday, April 25, 2018 our Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten students and families are invited to attend our Prek/K Pajama Party.  Our pajama party will begin at 5:30pm and we hope the evening will provide some smiles and special memories for our students and our families.

 If your child is going to be absent, please call the school at (718) 376-8494 or email our Parent Coordinator, Beth Rocco at BROCCO@schools.nyc.gov to inform us of your child’s name, class and reason for the absence.

 Safety is extremely important to our entire school community.  In the event that your child must be picked up early, please be sure to bring in your identification.  If you are sending someone in to pick up your child, please see to it that they have ID with them.  We will only release children to the people whose names appear on the blue cards. In the event that someone must pick up your child and they are not written on the blue card, we do need notification in writing giving us permission to release your child.

 As a reminder, the gates in front of the school are closed during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal, for the safety of our students.  Please do not drive down the street of the school.  Cars driving down the street pose a safety concern, and safety is our top priority.  Be aware that if you are illegally parked, you run the risk of getting a ticket.

 We hope our website serves as a wonderful tool to keep you informed.  Our teachers and staff are working hard to continue to update the material posted and hope you continue to check our website frequently for the most up to date information. (Our website address is www.ps255.org)

 I hope everyone has a great month and a wonderful Spring break. 

 Sincerely,

Kelly McCann

Principal

Achieve NYC: A Complete Guide to New York City Public Schools

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.
 

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.

 Please see below regarding water testing in the school.

03 15 2018_K255_K255 Remediation Letter.pdf 

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

 

STEM Matters NYC 2018 Summer Camp Application!

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!

Apply to Pre-K for Children born in 2014

Apply to Pre-K!

Pre- K Information Letter

New York City families with children born in 2014 can now apply to pre-K. Submit an application between February 5 and March 30, 2018:

Interpretation services are available in more than 200 languages for over-the-phone and in-person application submissions. You can ask questions and request information about admissions in any language when you call or go to a Family Welcome Center

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!

2017 - 2018 School Year Calendar and Testing 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.

Testing Calendar

See here for the 2017-18 calendar of City and State testing. Translated versions are available in ArabicBengaliChineseFrenchHaitian CreoleKoreanRussianSpanish, and Urdu.

2018-2019 School Calendars

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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! 

Check out how we include EVERYONE at PS 255!

Check out our amazing "stop-motion animation" with Puppetry in Practice!

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.

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.

Statement on Accessibility

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