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Keeping Students Safe

How We Report and Fix Peeling Paint in Schools

In New York City public schools, we go above and beyond to keep kids safe. To protect children under six years of age from exposure to lead, the Division of School Facilities regularly looks for peeling paint in classrooms. That’s because peeling lead-based paint can present a risk of lead exposure, especially for children under age six.

Letter to Families on Lead Inspection 
 

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. 

Thank you.

 Afterschool Permission Slip.docx 

June Message from Principal Kelly McCann

Message From Our  Principal, Kelly McCann

June 2019

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe this is the last calendar letter for the 2018-2019 school year.  It has been a wonderful year in so many ways.  I would like to thank our students, parents and staff for making it so successful, thus far.

On Monday, June 3, 2019 our 4th grade students will be taking the written portion of the New York State Science Exam.

The students do not have school on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 for Eid al-Fitr, Thursday, June 6, 2019 for Anniversary Day, and Tuesday, June 11, 2019 for a Clerical Day. Please remember to make arrangements for your child on these days, if needed.

Our 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students had a blast at Field Day. K & 1 will be having Field Day in our schoolyard on Monday, June 10, 2019.

This month, we will be hosting a Relay for Life Dance-a-thon for the American Cancer Society.  On Tuesday, June 18th we will be in our school yard to dance in order to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

We are excited that we will once again be having a carnival for the students in the schoolyard on Thursday, June 13th.  We have games and prizes planned and it will be a nice opportunity to celebrate the hard work of our students throughout the year.  I would like to thank our Parent Association for helping to pay for some of the games we have planned, and for volunteering to manage some of our stations.

The 5th grade Prom will take place at Buckleys on Friday, June 7th during school hours. The children will be taking buses to and from the school. All students will be in school for a regular school day (8:10am- 2:30pm)

Our Stepping Up ceremonies will be as follows: 5th Grade Final Assembly on Thursday, June 20th at 8:45am and Kindergarten on Friday, June 21st at 8:45 am.

We will once again be offering school supplies to be purchased through School Kidz. The school is passing all discounts along to our families. If you are interested in ordering school supplies and having them delivered to the school, please visit the website http://www.shopttkits.com . The schools account number is 76119. The last day to place an order is June 21, 2019.

Please make sure you do not plan vacations during the month of June.  Attendance is extremely important and absences could affect your child’s performance in school.

The last day of school for students is Wednesday, June 26th and Report Cards will be distributed then. Dismissal is at 11:30 am.  Please make sure you are prompt picking up your child.

In thinking ahead for next year, one of our goals for the 2019-2020 school year will be to improve our overall attendance as a school. With that in mind, I ask that you refrain from taking vacations- trips, or planning days off for the next school year. We will not be able to achieve this goal without your support.

I hope you will continue to visit our school’s website (www.ps255.org) for information about our school.

I would also like to take a moment to thank all of the teachers, paraprofessionals and staff members that work extremely hard on a daily basis to make P.S. 255 such an incredible school.  I also want to acknowledge the countless hours the teachers put in to planning and providing a more challenging curriculum for our students in all subject areas.  We saw the difference in the classrooms and we hope you were able to see the difference as well.

On behalf of the entire P.S. 255 family we hope you have a wonderful summer.  We will see you on Thursday, September 5, 2019 for the first day of the 2019-2020 school year.

Sincerely,

Kelly McCann

Principal

NYC Public School Guidebook 2019 - 2020

 NYC Public School Guidebook

The NYC Public School Guidebook is an annual publication containing current information about New York City’s public schools, including:
  • 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!

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

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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. 

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.

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

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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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