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  • Art Show at PS 207!

    Come one come all!

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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

    TAKE THE 2015 - 2016 NYC SCHOOL SURVEY!
    EVERY YEAR, ALL PARENTS, 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.

    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!

    PARENTS - TAKE THE SCHOOL SURVEY IN ENGLISH OR CHOOSE ANOTHER LANGUAGE BELOW.
    Take the 2016 NYC School Survey online. The survey is available in all 9 languages.

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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. February break is coming up, 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!

Monthly Message From Our Principal, Mrs. McCann

Monthly Message From Our Principal, 

Mrs. McCann

February 2017
 
Dear Parents,

 It’s hard to believe it is February already. The month may be short, but we have a lot going on as usual. 

On Thursday, February 9th, P.S. 255 will be hosting a Valentine’s Day Dance for children in grades 1-5.  The festivities will be conducted as follows:  Children in Grade 1 are scheduled to participate in the dance from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm. Snacks will be provided for them. Children in Grades 2 & 3 are scheduled to attend the dance from 4:45 pm – 6:15 pm (photo op in the school lobby at 4:30 pm).  Children in Grades 4 & 5 are scheduled to attend the dance from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm (photo op in the school lobby at 6:15 pm).  All the children will dance the time away to music played by a fabulous D.J.  Pizza and refreshments will be provided.  Children may dress in their favorite party attire.  The cost for each student in grades 2-5 is $3.00. 

 On Thursday, February 16th we will be hosting Respect For All Assembly. Some of our 5th grade students will be performing skits for our younger students. We are asking all students to wear the following colors for the week:

            On Monday, February 13th students should wear red to show they are supportive.

             On Tuesday, February 14th students should wear blue to show they are honest.

            On Wednesday, February 15th students should wear yellow to show they are inspiring.

            On Thursday, February 16th students should wear green to show they are nonjudgmental

            On Friday, February 17th students should wear brown to show they are efficient.

 Parents whose children are in danger of not meeting the Standards will be notified by February 15th. If you receive a letter, please meet with your child’s teacher immediately so that we can all work together to help your child be successful and be ready to be promoted to the next grade in June.

 Our ELA and Math Afterschool program is currently in session. Please make sure your students are not picked up before dismissal as they are taking part in instructional lessons. When students are picked up early, it disrupts the teacher and the entire class. It is imperative that the students get the most out of each session while in the program. The

 NYSESLAT Before School Program will begin on February 13th for 4th and 5th grade and February 14th for

2nd and 3rd grade.  It will end on April 28th.   Students will be given letters if they are eligible to attend.

 We also have some fun, as well as educational, things scheduled for our students this month.  February is generally a cold, dreary, snowy month, but with these activities, no one will even be aware of the weather. 

  • Thursday, February 2nd  – Student of the Month
  • Thursday, February 16th  – 100th Day of School

 February 20th - 24th school will be closed for a Midwinter Recess.  Please do not extend this vacation because airfares are cheaper before or after this week.  Children need to be in school, on time, every day unless they are too ill to attend.  We stress attendance and punctuality because we want your children to learn each and every opportunity they are in school. 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!

 The NYS ELA test will be administered to our third, fourth and fifth grade students on March 28th, 29th  & 30th. The NYS Math test will be administered to our third, fourth and fifth grade students on May 2nd, 3rd & 4th. These are very important tests. Please make sure that your child gets to bed early those nights, has a good breakfast before coming to school, and arrives at school on time. Latecomers will have to take the exam at a later date. Our teachers have been working very hard to prepare all of the students, and I’m sure that they will be very successful.

 During any vacation time, it is important that the children continue to read.  They all will have schoolwork to complete; however they should also be reading books they have selected for enjoyment.  You should encourage them to discuss what they are reading about with you, as well. In all of our classrooms we ask the students to provide reasons to support their ideas. You can practice this at home by asking some follow-up questions such as, “Why do you think that?”

 Here are Some Future Dates to Remember:

  • March 7th – 9th – Science Fair
  • Open School Evening – March 8th – 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Open School Afternoon (11:30 Dismissal) – March 9th – 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Spring Recess – April 10th – April 18th.  Return to school on Wednesday, April 19th.

 This year seems to be flying by!  I hope you all stay warm, happy and healthy throughout the month of February.

 Very truly yours,

 Kelly McCann

Principal

 Don’t forget to visit us on the web: www.ps255.org.

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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Upcoming Events

  • Mid-Winter Recess - No School

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  • Science Fair Projects Due

    All projects should be corrected and finished.

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  • Cornell University Cooperative Extension Parent Workshop

    Session VI

    Eight Session Series on Health and Nutrition.

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  • Grades K, 3 & 4 - NYSESLAT Field Test

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  • Gym

    Science Fair

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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.

ANNUAL NOTIFICATION ABOUT CONSENT TO RELEASE INFORMATION FOR MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT

Dear Parent or Guardian,

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

Dear Families:

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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