- Important dates in this year’s school calendar
- Details about enrolling in City schools
- Who to speak to in schools when you have concerns
- What students are learning in each grade
- Programs available to support students in & out of the classroom
- How New York City students get to school
- Graduation requirements
- How to obtain financial aid for college
- ...and more!
Elevate Education Parent Workshop
Learn how to help your child with note taking and study skills.PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
3RD GRADE ONLY -NO AFTER SCHOOL ELA & MATH PROGRAM
After school program today is for Grade 4 and 5 only.PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
P.S. 255 Auditorium
N.D.I. Performance - 3rd Grade
Students arrive at 5:30 pm.PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
Student Council Spirit Day!PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
S.L.T. MeetingPS 255 The Barbara Reing School
October Message from Principal Kelly McCann
Message From Our Principal, Kelly McCann
It’s hard to believe three months of school have already passed. We have been extremely lucky to have had such nice weather so far, but I am sure the cold weather will be here without warning. With that said, please make sure your children are dressed appropriately for the weather. Don’t forget, if your child ever loses anything in school, they should check the lost and found bin in the main lobby.
On Wednesdays in December classes K-101, K-103, K-105 and 1-201 will continue Education in Dance in the classrooms. The remaining 1st grade classes that have not participated in the program will start next month.
On the first Thursday of each month we announce the names of our “Student of the Month” recipients. This month it will be on Thursday, December 5, 2019.
Our fifth graders are taking part in Elevate Education to improve study skills. They will be having a session on December 5, 2019 focusing on Junior Time Management. On December 10, 2019 at 8:30am you are invited to a parent workshop. Elevate Education will be providing ways in which you can help your child be successful in school. All parents are invited to attend.
Our 3rd graders will be ending their residency with NDI this month. On Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at 5:00 pm we invite you to attend our culminating event for our 3rd grade partnership with the National Dance Institute. During this evening, all of our 3rd grade students will be performing. Please join us! We are sure you will be quite impressed with what our students have accomplished in ten weeks. As a reminder, 3rd grade afterschool is cancelled due to the show.
On Thursday, December 12th our Student Council invites everyone to take part in our first Spirit Day for the school year. The Student Council asks that everyone wears their pajamas and sneakers to school.
December 17th, 18th and 19th our Parent Association will be hosting a “Holiday Boutique” where they will be selling gift items for the holiday season. Children will be able to make their purchases during lunch periods on these days.
Another highlight of the month of December will most assuredly be our “Winter Show.” It will take place on Thursday, December 19, 2019, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The children involved are required to come at 5:30 pm. This musical and dance production will showcase our extremely talented children. The musical portion of our show will be under the direction of our music teacher, Mrs. Margo DiPaola. The dance portion of our show will be under the direction of our dance teacher, Ms. Diane Skerbec. Seats are limited, so make sure that you send in your request for tickets in advance. Unfortunately, no one will be permitted without a ticket, and we can only give a maximum of two tickets to each family who would like to attend. Tickets will be given on a first come, first served basis. Children under four will not be able to attend, even if you plan to have them sit on your lap. Our auditorium holds a maximum of 449 people. We will be having a dress rehearsal for the “Winter Show” on Tuesday, December 18th for our students to attend.
Over the holiday break, I ask that your children practice their reading, writing and math skills each night. Our teachers and staff work incredibly hard with your children and rely on your support at home.
Please keep in mind, students in grades 3, 4 & 5 will be taking the NYS ELA Exams on March 25th and 26th. The NYS Math Exams for grades 3, 4 & 5 will be given on April 22nd and 23rd. It may seem like a long time away, but it will be here before we know it.
I would like to take this opportunity, as the New Year approaches, to wish you and your family a safe, healthy and happy Holiday Season! I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year. May the year 2020 bring nothing but the best to all of the P.S. 255 family.
Very truly yours,
NYC Public School Guidebook 2019 - 2020
NYC Public School Guidebook
Keeping Students Safe
At the Department of Education, our top priority is keeping students safe and healthy so they can engage in learning, every day in every school. Today we write with an important update in relation to the Department of Education’s aggressive lead remediation work in school facilities across the city.
Custodians are an integral part of our school communities, and are in our schools every day. They have always conducted visual inspections to monitor for peeling paint, and this summer another round of inspections was conducted in order to formally log the findings. By the first day of school this year, we successfully inspected and addressed any peeling paint found in classrooms serving kids under six and this fall, any necessary remediation of peeling paint was completed.
We also began our work in cafeterias and libraries earlier this fall, and these spaces were stabilized as necessary. Stabilization is an EPA- and NYC Department of Health-approved process by which deteriorating paint is removed, sealed, and repainted. This keeps these spaces safe for young children, as the impacted area of the wall is covered and inaccessible. Remediation is successful when dust wipe samples confirm the longer term safety of the room.
Our focus has always been on classrooms where students spend the most time, but we’re committed to enhancing our protocols and have expanded our work to common spaces. Beginning next month, we’re expanding inspections to include bathrooms, gymnasiums and auditoriums.
Although lead-based paint was banned in New York City in 1960, we take additional precautions and include in our monitoring any building constructed 25 years after that ban. Children under three years old are the most susceptible and vulnerable to the health effects of lead, and children under age six are at higher risk than older children.
Our response protocol keeps kids safe, and over the course of the year the DOE has increased oversight and transparency of this work. A centralized database is available online, and staff or parents can report any deteriorate paint via an online tool accessible 24/7 at schools.nyc.gov/lead-based-paint.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to PaintTesting@schools.nyc.gov with any questions about our ongoing efforts with respect to lead remediation.
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Science Comes to Life in Brooklyn!
City of Science FREE event for children of all ages:
2019 - 2020 School Calendar
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After School Form
If your child is picked up by an after school program, learning center, day care, or any other outside agency, please fill out this form and send it back with your child when the school year begins in September 2019.
District 22 Middle School Booklet
Please check out the District 22 Middle School Booklet- click here.
There is information about all the fabulous District 22 Middle Schools and the programs they have to offer.
Community Connections - Brooklyn Public Library-Kings Highway Branch
Check out all the great happenings at our Brooklyn Public Library's Kings Highway Branch:
Kings Highway Branch
2115 Ocean Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11229
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!
Check out or new P.S. 255 Photo Gallery!
Please click below to access our P.S. 255 Photo Gallery!
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.
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.
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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!
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!
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.
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!
Please see below regarding water testing in the school.
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.