Vision Screening for Grades K & 1PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
Vision Screening for Grades K & 1PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
Parent Workshop Series on Nutrition and Health with Cornell University Cooperative Extension
Session VII of VIIIPS 255 The Barbara Reing School
N.D.I - Grade 3PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
Parent Association Meeting/ENL Workshop, "The arts and writing"PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
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
Monthly Message From Principal, Mrs. McCann
Monthly Message From Our Principal,
It’s hard to believe it is February already. The month may be short, but we have a lot going on as usual.
This month, the Department of Transportation will be doing a presentation in the classrooms of our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes. These presentations will focus on pedestrian safety as well as bike safety.
On Thursday, February 8, 2018, Student Council will be hosting Respect for All Assembly. Respect for All week will be the week of February 12th. We are asking all students to wear the following colors:
On Monday, February 12th students should wear red to show they are supportive.
On Tuesday, February 13th students should wear blue to show they are honest.
On Wednesday, February 14th students should wear yellow to show they are inspiring.
On Thursday, February 15th students should wear green to show they are nonjudgmental or
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.
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 1st – Student of the Month
- Tuesday, February 13th – 100th Day of School
On Wednesday, February 14th, P.S. 255 will be hosting a Valentine’s Day Dance for children in grades 1-5 during school hours from 8:30am- 2:00pm. All the children will dance the time away to music played by a fabulous D.J. Pizza will be provided to students in the classroom. Children may dress in their favorite party attire. We are asking each student in grades 1-5 to bring in $2.00 to help off-set the cost of the dance.
On Friday, February 16th, school will be closed for Lunar New Year. February 19th – 23rd 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!
State Exams- This year, New York State has shortened the number of days students in grades 3 through 5 will be tested. Students will now be tested over two day periods in ELA and Math. The NYS ELA test will be administered to our third, fourth and fifth grade students on April 11th &12th. The NYS Math test will be administered to our third, fourth and fifth grade students on May 1st & 2nd. 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.
Our ELA and Math Afterschool program is currently in session. Please make sure your children 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.
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 12th-13th – Science Fair
- Open School Evening – March 14th – 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
- Open School Afternoon (11:30 Dismissal) – March 15th – 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
- NDI Performance- March 21st-Grade 3- 5:00pm
- Spring Recess – March 30th – April 6th. Return to school on Monday, April 9th.
This year seems to be flying by! I hope you all stay warm, happy and healthy throughout the month of February.
Very truly yours,
Achieve NYC: A Complete Guide to New York City Public Schools
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 뉴욕시 공립학교에 관한 어치브 뉴욕시 안내서를 읽어보십시오.
STEM Matters NYC 2018 Spring Break Camp Application!
NYC K-8 students: Apply to
#STEMMattersNYC spring break camps by February 27!
American Heart Association - Jump Rope 4 Heart
Our school is thrilled to support the American Heart Association, through their Jump Rope For Heart program.
This program teaches our students and their families how to take care of their hearts and how to make a difference.
We are happy to announce that if you would like to make a donation please go to: P.S. 255 Jump4Heart!
Help P.S. 255 raise funds for the American Heart Association!
Reminder: If your child is participating in the Jump 4 Heart program on February 15th, you must send back a signed permission slip.
Apply to Pre-K for Children born in 2014
Apply to Pre-K!
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
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!
2017 - 2018 School Year Calendar and Testing Calendar
2017-2018 School Year Calendar
Congratulations to Ms. Blank's 2-206 and Geronimo for winning the Respect for All Contest!
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!
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.
Topsy Turvey Thursday!
Mathletics Hall of Fame!
Colorful Cory...our school mascot!
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.
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.
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!