N.D.I. - Grade 3
Additional SessionPS 255 The Barbara Reing School
Class 2-207 trip to AviatorPS 255 The Barbara Reing School
N.D.I. - Grade 3PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
No After School for Grade 3 onlyPS 255 The Barbara Reing School
P.A. Meeting/ENL Workshop on the NYSESLAT TestPS 255 The Barbara Reing School
Please see the letter written by our Chancellor, Carmen Farina for March 14, 2018.
Elementary schools will not participate and we will continue our regular schedule. If you would like your child to participate, please sign him or her out in the main office.
When your child is going to be absent from school, please call 1-718-376-8494 ext. 1 and leave a message with your child's name, class and reason for not attending.
You also have the option of emailing Beth Rocco, Parent Coordinator at: BRocco@schools.nyc.gov regarding your child's absence.
When your child returns to school, please send in a note to their teacher.
Attendance is important!
Every year, all parents, all 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.
So please take five minutes to fill it out and send it back in the envelope provided.
Every child that brings back the school survey in a SEALED envelope and returns it to their teacher, will receive a “No Homework” pass.
You have the option of taking the survey online or mailing the survey on your own. Just write a note that you completed the survey, so we can issue a homework pass for you child.
If you lost or misplace your survey, you can call the survey hotline: 1-877-819-2363, for a new survey code.
Friday, March 23rd is the last day to return your school survey.
Thank you again for your participation.
YOUR VOICE MATTERS!
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,
Dear Parents and Families:
It is hard to believe we are already welcoming March. This month is filled with activities throughout the school.
I would like to thank Ms. Warner, Ms. Gurman, our Student Council, and our parent volunteers for our Pizza Fundraiser last month. Our Student Council raised almost $800 which will help cover the cost for special events over the course of the year.
I am happy to announce that we will be continuing our partnership with Construction Kids this year. This month, our Kindergarten and 1st grade classes will have guests from Construction Kids in their classrooms. Each grade will be completing their own special projects.
One of our goals this year is to increase parent involvement at P.S. 255. During our School Leadership meetings, we discuss ways we can better involve you in our school. In order to get your feedback, we have created an on-line survey. We would appreciate it if you can complete the survey in order to provide us with feedback we will use to help us meet this goal.
This month we have a Parent Workshops on Healthy Food and Good Nutrition on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. I hope you will join us to learn some healthy eating habits for you and your family.
On Thursday, March 8, 2018, you are invited to attend a Parent Workshop focusing on the English Language Arts and Mathematics State Exams.
On Monday, March 12, 2018 you are invited to attend a Parent Workshop focused on technology. At this workshop, we will help you to navigate our school website and explore some of the programs we use at our school.
Our school Science Fair will be held in our gymnasium from Monday, March 12th through Thursday, March 15h from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM. For your convenience, the Science Fair will be open on Parent/Teacher Conference Afternoon and Evening, as well. I hope you will stop by the gymnasium and view all of the children’s projects that will be displayed.
Our Parent Association will be running their annual Book Fair from Tuesday, March 13th through Thursday, March 15th. The Book Fair will be open for parents during Parent/Teacher Conference Afternoon and Evening for your shopping pleasure. A book is an ideal gift to give to any child, and one that will long be remembered.
Parent/Teacher Evening Conferences will be on Wednesday, March 14th from 4:30-7:30 PM. Parent/Teacher Afternoon Conferences will be on Thursday, March 15th from 12:30-2:30 PM. Children will be dismissed at 11:30 AM. Please note that on these days there are no afterschool programs. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss your child’s progress. Your child’s report card will not be sent home. It will be given to you when you meet with the teacher during these conference dates. Out of classroom providers will also be available to meet with you on Parent/Teacher Conference Evening and Afternoon.
Our 3rd graders are finishing their residency with the National Dance Institute this month. You are invited to their culminating event on the evening of Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 5:30pm.
I hope you will be sure to complete the NYC School Survey that was given to your child to bring home. We value your input and would appreciate it if you could complete the survey by Friday, March 23, 2018.
We are currently planning an evening of Mathematics for you and your children to attend on Thursday, March 29, 2018.
The New York State Exams are quickly approaching. The exam schedule is as follows:
NYS ELA Exams (grades 3-5): April 11th & 12th
NYS Math Exams (grades 3-5): May 1st & 2nd
Speaking: April 9th – May 18th
Reading, Writing and Listening: May 7th –May 18th
NYS Science Performance Test: May 23rd- June 1st
NYS Science Written Exam: June 4th
The gates on East 17th Street will be locked during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal, due to the dangerous flow of traffic down East 17th Street. Our number one priority is the safety of our children and we hope this change will help our students feel safer when entering and exiting our school.
Parents, please see to it that you pick up your children on time when dismissed from the school day and any afterschool programs. If students are not picked up on time from afterschool, they will not be eligible to continue in any programs. If you are unable to pick up your child, please make sure the person(s) picking up your child is on the blue card in the office. Your child will not be released to anyone that is not on the blue card.
Please keep in mind that this year Spring Recess is Friday, March 30th – Friday, April 6th. It is important that your child is in school each and every day. Please make sure vacations take place when school is not in session.
Very truly yours,
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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!
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.