Monthly Message From Our Assistant Principal, Mrs. Iris Nikas
Monthly Message From Our Assistant Principal,
It is hard to believe this is the last calendar letter for the 2016-2017 school year. It has been a wonderful year in so many ways. I would like to thank our students, parents and staff for making it so successful.
On Monday, June 5, 2017 our 4th grade students will be taking the written portion of the New York State Science Exam.
Our 2nd, 4th and 5th grade students had a blast at Field Day. Our 3rd grade will be going to Kings Bay Field for their Field Day in the beginning of the month. K & 1 will be having Field Day in our schoolyard on June 14th.
A special thank you to Councilman Chaim Deutsch for allotting Councilmatic funding to our school for the 2017-2018 school year.
As the warm weather is upon us, I ask that you encourage your children to bring in water to drink. Students will be able to keep the water on their desks as long as it does not pose a distraction to your children. All of our classrooms, except 2, have air conditioners. We hope this will keep them cool.
On Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 5:30 pm, we will be conducting our 5th Grade Awards Assembly. Letters were sent home telling you whether or not your child will be receiving an award. Due to the size of the graduating class, we are only able to accommodate 2 tickets per 5th grade student. This will be a wonderful opportunity for you to celebrate your child’s accomplishments while attending P.S. 255.
The students do not have school on Thursday, June 8, 2017, Monday, June 12, 2017 and Monday
June 26th. Please remember to make arrangements for your child on that day if needed.
We are excited that we will once again be having a carnival for the students in the schoolyard on Thursday, June 15th. We have games and prizes planned and it will be a nice opportunity to celebrate the hard work of our students throughout the year. I would like to thank our Parent Association for helping to pay for some of the games we have planned, and for volunteering to manage some of our stations.
This month, we will be hosting a Relay for Life Dance-a-thon for the American Cancer Society. On Friday, June 16th there will be a “Dance for Life” in our school yard. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.
The 5th grade Prom will take place at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, June 20th. It is being sponsored by our Parent Association. Parents and students are invited to take pictures beginning at 5:30 pm.
Our Stepping Up ceremonies will be as follows: Pre-K on Wednesday, June 21st at 8:45 am; Kindergarten on Friday, June 23rd at 8:45 am; 5th Grade Final Assembly on Thursday, June 22nd at 8:45 am.
Please make sure you do not plan vacations during the month of June. Attendance is extremely important and absences could affect your child’s performance in school.
The last day of school for students is Wednesday, June 28th and Report Cards will be distributed then. Dismissal is at 11:30 am. Please make sure you are prompt picking up your child.
If you ordered your school supplies, they will be delivered to your child’s future class prior to the first day of school. All kits will be labeled with your child’s name.
As of July 1st, we will be updating our school website. I hope you will visit our website (www.ps255.org) and see some of the amazing changes and features available.
I would also like to take a moment to thank all of the teachers, paraprofessionals and staff members that work extremely hard on a daily basis to make P.S. 255 such an incredible school. I also want to acknowledge the countless hours the teachers put in to planning and providing a more challenging curriculum for our students in all subject areas. We saw the difference in the classrooms and we hope you were able to see the difference as well.
On behalf of the entire P.S. 255 family we hope you have a wonderful summer. We will see you on Thursday, September 7th for the first day of the 2017-2018 school year.
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.
2017 - 2018 School Year Calendar
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!
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.
College Awareness Day!
Mathletics Hall of Fame!
Colorful Cory...our school mascot!
Read the Achieve NYC Guide to learn more about City public schools and the NYC Department of Education’s efforts to ensure Equity and Excellence for All.
Lea Nueva York Aprende, la guía de las escuelas públicas de la Ciudad Nueva York, para aprender más sobre las escuelas y del esfuerzo que realiza el Departamento de Educación para asegurar Equidad y Excelencia para Todos.
সিটি পাবলিক স্কুলসমূহ এবং সমতা ও সকলের জন্য উৎকর্ষ নিশ্চিত করার উদ্দেশ্যে এনওয়াসি ডিপার্টমেন্ট অভ এডুকেশনের প্রচেষ্টা সম্পর্কে আরও জানতে নিউ ইয়র্ক সিটির পাবলিক স্কুলসমূহের অ্যাচিভ এনওয়াইসি গাইড পড়ুন
إقرؤوا دليل الإنجاز للمدارس العامة بمدينة نيويورك للتعرف على المزيد عن المدارس العامة بالمدينة وجهود إدارة التعليم لمدينة نيويورك لضمان المساواة والتفوق للجميع.
Ознакомьтесь с путеводителем «К вершинам знаний, Нью-Йорк!» и вы узнаете о работе Департамента образования г. Нью-Йорка по обеспечению равных возможностей и отличного образования во всех муниципальных школах.
شہر کے پبلک اسکولوں اور سب کے لیے مساوات اور عمدگی کے لیے نیو یارک شہر محکمئہ تعلیم کی جدوجہد کے بارے مزید جاننے کے لیے نیو یارک شہر پبلک اسکولوں کی اچیو این وائی رہنمائی کو پڑھیں۔
Tanpri li Gid Siksè Vil Nouyòk yo pou jwenn plis enfòmasyon sou lekòl leta vil la ak sou efò Depatman edikasyon Vil Nouyòk ap fè pou garanti egalite ak ekselans pou tout timoun.
NYC : Pépinière de la réussite. Un guide complet des établissements scolaires publics de la Ville de New YorkLisez le guide NYC: Pépinière de la réussite, pour en savoir plus sur le système scolaire public de la ville et les dispositifs mis en place par le Département de l’éducation de NYC pour assurer excellence et équité pour tous.
뉴욕시 공립학교 및 공평과 모든 학생의 우수성을 보장하기 위한 뉴욕시 교육청의 노력에 관해 더 알아보시려면 뉴
Special Education 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.
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.
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!