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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!

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Monthly Message From Our Principal, Mrs. McCann

Monthly Message From Our Principal, 

Mrs. McCann

January 2017
 

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone had a wonderful vacation filled with great memories and plenty of rest.  It is hard to believe it is 2017 already, and January will be an exciting month for our school.

The week of January 9th  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 Wednesday, January 11, 2017.  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 11, 2017 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 Thursday, January 5th, Friday, January 6th, and Monday, January 9th.  1st grade will be tested on Tuesday, January 10th and Wednesday, January 11th.  2nd grade will be tested on Wednesday, January 11th and Thursday, January 12th and Friday, January 13th.

 We will be celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday on Monday, January 16th.  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 18th there will be a PA meeting and an ESL Math workshop.

 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 March 28th, 29th & 30th.  The NYS Math Exams for grades 3, 4 & 5 will be given on May 2nd , 3rd & 4th.  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 score.  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.  Because of 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 come 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 “2017” 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

Back to School Basics

Back to School Basics     

 

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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.

Upcoming Events

  • Pre-K Non-Attendance Day

    No School for Pre-K - 109 & Pre-K - 233 Only
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  • Vision Screening - Grades K & 1

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  • Pre-K 2017 Application Process Begins

    For children born in 2013.
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  • N.D.I. - 3rd Grade

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  • Children's Cafeteria

    Parent Association Meeting/E.S.L. Parent Math Workshop

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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.

PS 255 is Awesome!

We set a record for the most kids doing the "cha cha slide" at once!

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

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!