Upcoming Events

  • Vision Screening for Grades K & 1

    PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
  • Vision Screening for Grades K & 1

    PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
  • Student Cafeteria

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

    Session VII of VIII

    PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
  • N.D.I - Grade 3

    PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
  • Student Cafeteria

    Parent Association Meeting/ENL Workshop, "The arts and writing"

    PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
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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

 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SP9SVYQ

 

Monthly Message From Principal, Mrs. McCann

Monthly Message From Our Principal, 

Mrs. McCann

February 2018
 
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. 

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,

 Kelly McCann

Principal

 

Achieve NYC: A Complete Guide to New York City Public Schools

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.
 

STEM Matters NYC 2018 Spring Break Camp Application!

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!

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 and Testing 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.

Testing Calendar

See here for the 2017-18 calendar of City and State testing. Translated versions are available in ArabicBengaliChineseFrenchHaitian CreoleKoreanRussianSpanish, and Urdu.

 

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!

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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.

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

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.

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! 

Check out how we include EVERYONE at PS 255!

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

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.