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  • 5th Grade Thanksgiving Feast

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  • In the Classrooms

    Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast

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  • Auditorium

    P.A./Town Hall/EN.L. Reading & Literacy Meeting

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  • Thanksgiving Recess - No School

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Monthly Message From Principal, Mrs. McCann

Monthly Message From Our Principal, 

Mrs. McCann
November 2018

Dear Parents,

I would like to thank all of our students, families and staff for another successful Halloween. Everyone looked great and we had a wonderful turnout for our parade. Thank you to those that were able to join us for the parade.

It’s hard to believe it is already November.  This year seems to be flying by.  September and October were busy months and I am sure we can expect the same this month.

 Our assembly schedule began last month. Classes 5-301 and 5-303 put on a wonderful show and I cannot wait for the rest of the classes to perform.  Check monthly calendars to see which classes are performing.  Parents are welcome to attend any and all of our assemblies.  Please do not forget to send your child dressed in dark pants/skirt and white shirt/blouse on assembly days. 

 I am pleased to announce we will be partnering with Elevate Education to provide lessons on study skills for our 5th grade students. Trainers from their program will provide six sessions (each 90 minutes) focusing on Close Reading, Note-Taking, Time Management, Student Elevation, Memory & Mnemonics and Acing Your Exams. The first session will be held on November 1, 2018. Other sessions will take place in the upcoming months. Please mark your calendar to remind you that Elevate Education will be providing a Parent Workshop on December 12, 2018 at 8:30am.

 Our afterschool program for grades 3-5 will begin on November 7th. If you would like your child to attend please be sure to return the tear-off if you have not done so already, as seats are limited.

 Tuesday, November 6th is Election Day.  School will be closed on that day, so that our staff may engage in professional learning activities.  

 Monday, November 12th School will be closed in observance of Veteran’s Day.

 Parent/Teacher Conference Evening will be on Wednesday, November 14th from 4:30 – 7:30 P.M.  Parent/Teacher Conference Afternoon will be on, Thursday, November 15th from 12:30 - 2:30 P.M. All children will be dismissed at 11:30 P.M.  Please make every effort to come up to school to speak with your child’s teacher.  It’s very important to be informed about your child’s academic performance in school.  Report cards will be given directly to the parents at these conferences.  Children will not be bringing them home.

 Any parent whose child has been late or absent 5 or more times in any marking period must see me during Open School Conference Days.  Together, we will work out a plan to get your child to school on time, and to improve his/her attendance.

 Open School Week will be conducted on Tuesday, November 13th, Wednesday, November 14th and Friday, November 16th from 8:30am- 10:30am. During this week, parents are invited to sit in on their child’s class during the morning and watch as lessons are being taught. 

If you have a problem with this schedule, please see Ms. Rocco, our parent coordinator.  Changes will be made, to accommodate your specific need, on a case by case basis.

 Grade 5 is having their Annual Thanksgiving Feast on Tuesday, November 20th in our gym at 11:00 A.M. 

 School will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 22nd and 23rd in celebration of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

 On Thursday, November 29th we will be having our Thirteenth Annual Holiday Crafts Night.  This is a great time to make holiday gifts for loved ones.

 Parents, please dress your children appropriately for the weather.  The weather will be getting colder, and when we go out during lunch many children do not have appropriate apparel.  Please make sure they have jackets or sweaters with them.

 Please make sure that your child is at school no later than 8:10 A.M. every day.  We have a large number of students arriving late each day.  When a child is late, it disrupts his/her entire day.  It is important to teach the benefits of punctuality to your children.  If your child arrives later than 8:10 A.M. your child is LATE.  You MUST bring your child into the main lobby and sign your child’s name into the LATE LOG BOOK.  If your child is excessively late, the school has the right to ban your child from being “Student of the Month,” Awards Assemblies, Attendance Breakfast and any and all school activities and functions.

 SAVE THE DATE: On Thursday, December 13th our 3rd grade students will be having their culminating event with NDI. On Wednesday, December 19th we are having our “Winter Concert” in our auditorium.  This is the time to really see your children “shine.”  Tickets are on a first come, first served basis.  Our Junior and Senior chorus will be performing, as well as many more of our very musical and talented children.

 Reminder: Our Winter Recess break is from Monday, December 254h - Tuesday, January 1st.   School resumes on Wednesday, January 2nd.  Please do not extend this holiday break.  For the sake of your child’s academic success he/she needs to be in school each and every day.  

 Please remember to only exit the building through the main door.  All of the doors are alarmed and exiting will set the alarm off when opened.

 Looking forward to meeting and greeting all of the parents during Open School Week.  I want to wish all of our P.S. 255 family a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving holiday. 

 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.

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.


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

Student Council Corner!

Student Council Corner!


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.

Message from our Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams

Our Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams is working  with schools to help create a  healthier environment.

Please see the attached letter regarding how he is building a healthier future for our children: Letter from our Borough President.pdf .

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!

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!

Statement on Accessibility

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