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    ShellBank I.S. 14 Open House

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  • Auditorium

    5th Grade Middle School Parent Workshop

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  • MS 890 -21 Hinckley Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11218

    MS 890 Open House

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  • N.D.I. - 3rd Grade

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  • I.S. 240 Hudde Magnet School of STEM -2500 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11210

    I.S. 240 Hudde Magnet School of STEM - Open House

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Monthly Message From Principal, Mrs. McCann

Monthly Message From Our Principal, 

Mrs. McCann
October 2018

Dear Parents,

Our 2018-2019 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 for helping us at arrival and 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.

School will be closed on Monday, October 8th for Columbus Day.

On Friday, October 26th, we are having our first Assembly Performance of the year, being given by classes 5-301 and 5-303. 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 17th at 8:30 am, we are having a PA Meeting along with ENL School Survival Skills Meeting.

On Wednesday, October 24th we are having a 5th Grade Middle School Workshop.

On Monday, October 29th the Parent Association will be holding a pumpkin patch for our Kindergarten classes.

On Wednesday, October 31st at 9:00am, we will be having our Annual Halloween Parade.  Please send your child to school on October 31st in the costume of his/her choice, but remember not to send any props or masks. Your child will be permitted to change out of his/her costume following our parade.  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 3rd graders will began their residency with the National Dance Institute (NDI) on Thursday, September 27, 2018. This 10 week residency will conclude on December 13, 2018.

I must remind you that you must always bring photo I.D. with you when entering our school building.  For example, if you have been called by the school to pick up a sick child.  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 for 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.  The classes must have enough room to safely exit the building. We must insure the safety of our students and would greatly appreciate your assistance. Also, please be careful with your umbrellas in the rainy weather. We do not want anyone injured.

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


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

Acheive 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
  • How to obtain financial aid for college
  • ...and more!

Apply to Kindergarten September 2019 and Kindergarten 2019 Gifted and Talented Testing

Apply to Kindergarten

Children born in 2014 will begin kindergarten in September 2019.

Your child must be a current New York City resident to apply. 

Apply to Kindergarten by January 14, 2019.

You can list up to 12 schools on your child's kindergarten application. Submit only one application per child. If your child has a zoned school, it is a good idea to rank it on their kindergarten application—your child has priority to attend their zoned school.

After the application period opens this winter, you can apply one of three ways:   

  • Online in English, Spanish, Chinese, Bengali, Russian, Arabic, Urdu, Haitian Creole, Korean, or French
  • By phone at 718-935-2009 
  • In person at a Family Welcome Center

Interpretation services will be available in more than 200 languages for phone and in-person applications. You can ask questions and request information about admissions in any language when you call or go to a Family Welcome Center.  

Kindergarten admissions is not first come, first served—all applications submitted online, by phone, or in person by the deadline will be treated the same based on admissions priorities.

You can also register to have your child take the Gifted and Talented test.

Register for Kindergarten G & T by November 9, 2018.

Apply for Gifted and Talented Testing for Students born in 2011, 2012 & 2013

District 22 Middle School Fair and Open Houses

Please click on the link below to get information on the District 22 Middle School Fair and District 22 Open Houses:

District 22 Middle School Guide

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Beth Rocco, P.S. 255 Parent Coordinator

State Test Scores are Available

The 2017-2018 Gr. 3-5 State Math & ELA Scores are now available to view at  https://mystudent.nyc.

If you need to create an account, please contact Beth Rocco, P.S. 255 Parent Coordinator.


District 22 Cyberbullying Meeting

A Celebration of Diversity for District 22 Families!

 On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, Brooklyn College will be hosting a Celebration of Diversity for all District 22 Families.

Please click on the link for more information:

District 22 Celebration of Diversity.pdf 

Check out or new P.S. 255 Photo Gallery!

Please click below to access our P.S. 255 Photo Gallery!



2018-2019 School Year Calendar

Please click below to see the full NYC DOE 2018-2019 School Year Calendar:


School Calendar 2018-2019 

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conference dates are citywide however, some schools may hold their conferences on alternative dates. In addition to the dates below, most schools will hold an evening conference for families in September and May. Please check with your school for specific schedules.

Fall 2018
November 29-30 High school
November 19-20 District 75 school programs
November 14-15 Elementary school
November 27-28 Middle school

Spring 2019
March 26-27 Middle school
March 7-8 High school
March 4-5 District 75 school programs
March 13-14 Elementary school


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!

Attendance is extremely important. Our teachers work very hard with our students every minute of the day. You may not think attendance is important, but consider this - 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! If your child misses a day of school, they can never have another chance at that day. They will miss important information and engaging lessons. We want our students to have every learning opportunity possible.
Student success in school is directly related to the importance parents stress on education. Regular attendance not only emphasizes the importance of school, but also promotes responsibility and self-discipline. We need your help to ensure our students set good habits of punctuality at a young age.

School Lunch continues to be free for all NYC students but we still need you to fill out a Family Income Inquiry Form

The New York City Department of Education (DOE) is pleased to announce that once again, lunch is now completely free for all students in every New York City public school. Breakfast is already provided for free and all meals will be served at no charge to families.

We need your help to continue to make this program a success. All parents, regardless of income, must still complete a Family Income Inquiry Form so that our schools get access to federal funding for this program and others. Please complete the form online at www.myschoolapps.com as soon as possible. A hard-copy of the form will also be sent home with your child. It is only necessary to complete one form per household.

If you need help or have any questions, please contact Beth Rocco, Parent Coordinator at 718-376-8494 ext. 1.

Please join us 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 opportunity and come enjoy a healthy meal with us.

A Message from Elizabeth A. Rose, Chief Executive Officer School Operations of the NYC Department of Education

A message  providing an update of the ongoing measures at the NYC Department of Education (DOE) to ensure that the water in our schools is safe for students and staff.

Please see below:

Citywide Backpack Letter Lead Testing Fall 2018_FINAL.docx 

We are excited to partner with Playworks for the 2018-2019 school year!

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!

PS 255 Junior Chorus! Thank you to our music director, Ms. DiPaola!

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!

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. 


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.


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!

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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.