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Monthly Message From Principal, Mrs. McCann

Monthly Message From Our Principal, 

Mrs. McCann
 
September 2018

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! If you are new to P.S. 255, I would like to welcome you to our 255 Family. I hope everyone had a wonderful summer filled with lots of happy memories with your children. It’s hard to believe September is here already, but we are ready to begin a wonderful year with you and your child.

Our official school hours are 8:10am to 2:30pm, Monday through Friday for all children. Breakfast will be served at 7:40am everyday. Children will not be allowed in the building before 7:40am. Please make sure your child arrives and is picked up on time each day. Children arriving after 8:10am will be marked late and must receive a late pass to enter the classroom. Lateness and excessive absences will prevent your child from being chosen for special acknowledgements such as Student of the Month and special incentives. Great attendance equals college and career readiness and we need your help to make sure your children can get the best education possible. We take attendance seriously because:

Number of Absences

Attendance Rate

Instructional Time Loss in Months

Instructional Time Lost in Hours

9

95%

½ month

49.5 hours

18

90%

1 month

99 hours

27

85%

1 ½ months

148.5 hours

37

80%

2 months

203.5 hours

46

75%

2 ½ months

253 hours

55

70%

3 months

302 hours

64

65%

3 ½ months

352 hours

73

60%

4 months

401.5 hours

*Attendance below 90% places your child at risk for repeating the grade.

I am excited to announce two new staff members will be joining the P.S. 255 family, Ms. Brianna Minogue (3rd grade teacher) and Ms. Diane Skerbec (dance teacher). I am sure you will find them as welcome addition to our already fantastic staff.

In keeping with traditions, each month you will receive a calendar to keep you informed of the upcoming events in our school. We will also be using our school website, www.ps255.org to update you with information and events taking place at our school.

Your child has been given three blue emergency cards to be filled out. Please return them immediately. One card is for your child’s teacher, one card is for the nurse’s office and the third card is for the main office. We know your child’s safety is incredibly important to you and we work diligently to ensure his/her safety at P.S. 255. We will only release your child to the individuals named on the blue card. Whenever any information changes, please contact Beth Rocco, our parent coordinator, to update your card. It is extremely important to inform us of any changes so we are able to contact you in case of an emergency.

All NYC public school students can enjoy free breakfast and lunch at their schools. However, we do ask families to complete a Family Income Inquiry form so that our school can receive the proper amount of funding. Please complete the form that will be sent home or complete the form online at, www.myschoolapps.com Please see Beth Rocco, our Parent Coordinator if you need assistance.

In order to help your child learn and grow as much as possible this year, we need to work as a team. We will be hosting our Parent Night on Monday, September 17th. We invite you to join us to hear the expectations for your child this school year. Teachers will be available from 4:30pm-7:30pm but will be adhering to the following schedule for class presentations:

Grade 1: 5:00pm

Grade 2: 5:30pm

Grade 3: 6:00pm

Grade 4: 6:30pm

Grade 5: 7:00pm

Kindergarten had information sessions on the first day of school but teachers are available if needed.

We hope you will be able to join our Parent Association. Your support is incredibly important to us and our parents help us accomplish so much during the course of the year. Our Co Presidents of the Parent Association are Olga Obertos and Gabriella Cascio-Rizzo. We invite you to join us at our meetings and offer your support whenever possible. Your time and support are greatly appreciated.

Should you ever need to contact the school for any reason, the following numbers may be helpful:

Main Office: (718) 376-8494

Mrs. Nikas, AP: (718) 376-8634

Mrs. Ehrlich, AP: (718) 645-6128

Mrs. Silecchia-Abel, Guidance: (718) 375-8941

Nurse Iryna & Nurse Karen: (718) 376-8494 Ext. 4

Mrs. Rocco, Parent Coordinator: (718) 376-8494 Ext. 1

Looking forward to a successful 2018-2019 school year for everyone.

Very truly yours,

 Mrs. Kelly McCann

Principal

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

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

http://www.ps255.org/ps_255_photo_gallery

 

2018-2019 School Year Calendar

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

 201819SchoolYearCalendar.pdf 

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

Print a one-page flyer of the School Calendar.
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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

Attendance

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

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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.

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! 

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