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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!

    PARENTS - TAKE THE SCHOOL SURVEY IN ENGLISH OR CHOOSE ANOTHER LANGUAGE BELOW.
    Take the 2016 NYC School Survey online. The survey is available in all 9 languages.

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Upcoming Events

  • Neighborhood Walks

    10:10am - Class 3-306

    11:00am - Class 1-225

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  • Neighborhood Walks

    12:40pm - Class 4-328

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  • N.D.I. - 4th Grade

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  • I.S. 14 - Shell Bank - 2424 Batchelder Street, Brooklyn, NY 11235

    I.S. 14 Shell Bank Open House

    If you have any questions, please contact Tina Maffeo at 718-743-0220

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  • P.S. 255 Auditorium

    5th Grade Middle School Parent Workshop

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Monthly Message From Principal, Mrs. McCann

Monthly Message From Our Principal, 

Mrs. McCann

October 2017
 
 

Dear Parents,

Our 2017-2018 school year is off to a wonderful start, thanks to all of our students, staff, and parents working together as a family, like we always do.  I want to publicly thank the members of our Parent Association and our 5th grade monitors, for helping us at arrival and dismissal time, ensuring that all of our students are at their destinations safely.

Our Parent Association works tirelessly on behalf of all of our students.  If you have not done so yet, the Parent Association asks that you please return the Parent Association dues membership envelope.

 On Monday, October 2nd and Tuesday, October 3rd we are having Picture Day. Our 5th graders will be taking pictures with a cap and gown on Monday as well as their class pictures. Students in Pre-Kindergarten through 4th grade will be taking pictures on Tuesday.  If you are interested in having your child’s picture taken, please be sure to return the picture envelope to your child’s teacher on picture day.

This year we are partnering with the New York Islanders to bring their Floorball program to our school. The program will be in our school on Thursdays and Fridays throughout the month to work with our third graders beginning on Thursday, October 5th.

School will be closed on Monday, October 9th  for Columbus Day.

On Friday, October 13th, we are having our first Assembly Performance of the year, being given by classes 4-327 and 5-324. Parents are welcome to attend all performances, too.  Check the monthly calendar, so that you know in advance when you’re “going to the theater.”  Our children, under the guidance of their teachers, put on spectacular performances.  It’s a treat to be there!

On Wednesday, October 18th at 8:30 am, we are having a PA Meeting followed by an ESL parent workshop entitled, “School Survival Skills.”

On Thursday October 26th we are having a 5th Grade Middle School Workshop.

On Monday, October 30th the Parent Association will be holding a pumpkin patch for our Pre-K and Kindergarten classes.

On Tuesday, October 31st at 1:15 pm, we will be having our Annual Halloween Parade.  Please send your child to school on October 31st with the costume of his/her choice, but remember not to send any props or masks.  Also, make sure that the costume is age and grade appropriate for an elementary school child.  All parents are welcome to either march with their child’s class or wave to all of us along the parade route, which will be in the schoolyard and in front of the building.  Looking forward to seeing all of you there to enjoy a fun filled time with your child, as well as with all of our children.

Our 4th graders will begin their residency with the National Dance Institute (NDI) on Wednesday, October, 11, 2017. This 10 week residency will conclude on December 13, 2017.

I must remind you that you must always bring photo I.D. with you when entering our school building.  Even if you have been called by the school to pick up a sick child, for example, you must always bring proper photo I.D.  This is for the protection of all of us at P.S. 255.  We’d much rather be safe than sorry.

Mrs. Beth Rocco, our Parent Coordinator, will be creating our Parent Calendar again each month.  If there is anything that you would like to see included, please contact her.  Monthly menus, from the cafeteria, as well as any important information are posted by Mrs. Rocco on our website, www.ps255.org.

Please keep in mind our arrival procedures for our students.  Students in grades 4 and 5 enter the building through exit 7, which is the front door closest to Moore Place.  Any student that would like breakfast will go to the cafeteria immediately upon entering the building.  Our 4th and 5th grade students wait in the gymnasium for their teachers. Kindergarten through 3rd grade enter the building through the main entrance and go to the cafeteria if they are having breakfast.  Our 1st graders lineup in the cafeteria, our 2nd and 3rd graders wait for their teachers in the auditorium while kindergarten students are supervised in the hallway until the teachers pick them up at 8:10 am. 

School begins at exactly 8:10 amAny child who enters the building after 8:10 am will be detained in the front lobby, until all of our students have gone up with their teachers.  Any child that arrives late for school MUST be signed in at the door by his/her parent before proceeding up to his/her class. Please make sure to bring your child on time!  When children are late, it upsets them for the rest of the day and they can’t absorb as much as they should during their class time.  All latenesses will be reflected on report cards and permanent record cards. Children who are consistently late will not be able to: attend Awards Assemblies, be selected as Student of the Month, attend Special Assemblies, etc. Lateness is something that can be avoided.  Please let’s eradicate this problem.

At dismissal, please be sure to meet your child at his/her exit no later than 2:25 pm.  If children are not picked up on time, they will not be eligible to attend afterschool programs in the school.  When picking up your child, please do not crowd the exit doors.  We must insure the safety of our students and would greatly appreciate your assistance.

Looking forward to seeing you at the various parent meetings and functions we are holding this month.  Thanks for all of your support and cooperation.  My door is always open, if you want to discuss anything with me.

Very truly yours,

Kelly McCann

Principal

 

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.

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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:  

Gifted & Talented Admissions for Students that will be entering Grades K - 3 in 2018

Get ready for Gifted & Talented (G&T) Admissions this fall! Students entering kindergarten through third grade can participate in G&T Admissions and their families can prepare by taking these three steps:  

  • Read the NYC Gifted & Talented Handbook: Learn about G&T Admissions, find programs that interest you, and prepare for the G&T test with practice problems. 
  • Go to an Elementary Admissions Event in October: Learn about Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Gifted & Talented Admissions in one night and make one plan for how to apply.
  • Mark your calendar: Plan to sign up to take the G&T test starting in early October. Look for a follow up email about when and how to sign up for the test.

Questions? Visit Gifted & Talented Admissions or call 718-935-2009. 

Thanks! 
The G&T Admissions Team

P.S. Sign up for Kindergarten email updates to get the latest info about applying to kindergarten if your child was born in 2013. 

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.

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

Why Nominate a Teacher?

Why Nominate a Teacher?

A Big Apple Awards nomination is a great way to say "thank you" to an exceptional NYC teacher. Learn more about the benefits of being nominated.

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. 

Check out how we include EVERYONE at PS 255!

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.

PS 255 is Awesome!

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! 

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.

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