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Upcoming Events

  • Pre-K Vision Screening

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  • Student Cafeteria

    Parent Workshop Series on Nutrition and Health with Cornell University Cooperative Extension

    Session III of VIII

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  • Auditorium

    NY Islanders Assembly

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  • Pre-K Shut Down Day

    Pre-K will not be in session today.

    There is no school for students in Pre-K--109.

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  • N.D.I. - Grade 3

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Monthly Message From Principal, Mrs. McCann

Monthly Message From Our Principal, 

Mrs. McCann

January 2018
 

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone had a wonderful vacation filled with great memories and plenty of rest.  It is hard to believe it is 2018 already, and January will be an exciting month for our school.

The week of January 8th is designated as “Midterm Week” for students in grades K-5.  All K-5 students will be receiving a Midterm exam in Social Studies, Science, Reading and Math.

Progress reports will be distributed on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.  Please check your child’s folder to receive an update on his/her performance.

Our 4th graders finished their residency with the National Dance Institute and our entire school community was impressed with how much our students were able to accomplish in ten short weeks.  I am happy to inform you that on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 our third graders will be taking part in a 10 week residency with the National Dance Institute.

If you registered to have your child tested for the NYC Gifted and Talented program, children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade will be tested during the school day. The schedule will be as follows: Kindergarten will be tested on Monday, January 8th, Tuesday, January 9th, and Wednesday, January 10th.  1st grade will be tested on Wednesday, January 10th and Tuesday, January 11th.  2nd grade will be tested on Tuesday, January 11th, Friday, January 12th and Tuesday, January 16th.

We will be celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday on Monday, January 15th.  There will be No School on this day.  Dr. King fought for the rights of men and still remained a man of peace.  As we strive for peace throughout the world, it would be fitting to discuss with your children how fortunate we are to be living in the USA, as well as the responsibilities of being an American.

On Wednesday, January 17th there will be a PA meeting and an ENL Math workshop.

On Tuesday, January 9th, Tuesday, January 16th, Tuesday, January 23rd and Tuesday, January 30th we are holding a Parent Workshop on Healthy Food & Nutrition.

Providing your children with the best education possible is our top priority.  We ask that you make sure your child is in school on time each and every day.  Please make sure you are not taking vacations while school is in session.

This year, the NYS ELA Exams for Grades 3, 4 & 5 will be on April 11th & 12th.  The NYS Math Exams for grades 3, 4 & 5 will be given on May 1st & 2nd.  I am giving you enough advance notice to make sure not to make other plans on these dates.  This is for the welfare of your child’s ELA and Math test scores.  These tests have better results when children take them at the same time as their peers.

Parking on East 17th Street, in front of the school building, is not permitted at any time.  Parking is not permitted during arrival or dismissal time, either.  Due to the severity of this situation, and the danger it can inflict on our students, all cars parked here will be ticketed and towed!  Please, do not let that happen to you.  This is for our children’s protection and well being.

Now that the weather is turning colder, it is very important that your child comes to school dressed appropriately.  We all know how our children love to wear their favorite article of clothing over and over, but please make certain your child does not wear his favorite short sleeve tee-shirt on a frigid day.  Also, some of our young ladies are wearing skirts and dresses that are much too short and revealing.  Please make sure to check your child’s attire before he/she leaves for school.

Please make sure to have your child in school no later than 8:10 AM daily.  For the safety of our children, our teachers escort them to the classrooms.  When your child arrives after 8:10 AM, he/she must wait in the main lobby until all classes are on their way to their rooms, and then walk alone to class.  This is not the most pleasant way for your child to start his/her day.  This could be avoided if you would just wake your child up 5 or 10 minutes earlier.  Then he/she would have time to socialize with classmates, eat breakfast and be ready to be escorted to class by the teacher on time.  School doors open at 7:40 AM.  Please make every effort to get your child to school on time.  Punctuality is a good habit to instill in every child.

Please be sure you are not blocking the entrance of our school.  Our students are having a difficult time entering the building and getting into the warmth.  We have staff members waiting in the building to assist your children to ensure they get where they need to be.  I appreciate your help and understanding.

Happy “2018” to our entire P.S. 255 family.  May this year bring peace, happiness and health to you and your families. 

Very truly yours,

Kelly McCann

Principal

Pre-K Shut Down Day

Please note that on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, there will no school for Pre-K students only.

School is in session for all other grades.


 

Get Ready to Apply to Pre-K

New York City families with children born in 2014 can apply to Pre-K from  February 5-March 30, 2018.

Starting on February 5, you can apply online, by phone, or in person. 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.

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

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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.

Kindergarten Admissions for Children born in 2013 Begins

 

Get ready for Kindergarten Admissions this fall! NYC families with children born in 2013 can prepare by taking these three steps:  

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.

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.

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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! 

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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.