NYC SCHOOL SURVEYS ONLINE SUBMISSION EXTENDED TO APRIL 25TH!

NYC School Surveys

We want to hear from you!

Each year, all families, teachers, and students in grades 6-12 take the NYC School Survey to share feedback about their schools. The NYC School Survey is one of the nation’s largest education surveys. Survey feedback can help improve your child’s learning environment.

You can take this year’s survey online until April 25.

How does your feedback help our school?

Your feedback helps us understand what you think our school does well and how you think we can improve. Survey results allow us to reflect on how well we are achieving our school’s goals and mission. 

How can I share my voice?

You can take the survey online by clicking here. Use the eight-digit survey access code at the bottom of your paper survey to login. If you do not have your survey materials, you can look up your survey access code on the survey login page or call 1-877-819-2363 for assistance. Just send in a note that you completed the survey and your child will receive a homework pass.

For more information about the NYC School Survey, contact Beth Rocco, P.S. 255 Parent Coordinator

The last day to complete and mail the NYC School Survey is April 25, 2019.

Thank you for sharing your feedback!

Upcoming Events

  • Spring Recess - No School

    PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
  • Arbor Day

    Arbor Day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant trees.

    PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
  • Class 1-201 trip to the Superhero Supply Company

    PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
  • Class 1-203 trip to the Superhero Supply Company

    PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
  • NYS Math Exams - Grades 3, 4 & 5

    PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
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April Message from Assistant Principal Iris Nikas

April Message From Our  Assistant Principal, Iris Nikas

April 2019

Dear Families,

April is here!  It’s hard to believe this year is flying by so quickly. Hopefully the cold weather is behind us.

Please keep in mind, the New York State English Language Arts Exam will be administered over a two day period for grades 3-5. It will be given on April 2nd and April 3rd. I know many of the students are nervous to take the exams, but our teachers have worked extremely hard and did an excellent job preparing them both during the day and in our Afterschool Test Preparation program.  We want our students to stay focused and try their best. Please be advised that during the state testing days, some classes may have changes in their schedule for lunch.  The New York State Mathematics Exams will be administered on May 1st and May 2nd this year.

Family Game Night will take place on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 5:30pm. We hope that you can attend.

NYC School Survey deadline has been extended to April 25th. Please look for the bright green envelope your child brought home. Every child that brings back the survey in a SEALED envelope, will receive a "No Homework" pass. You have the option of taking the survey online or mailing it out on your own. Just please provide us with a note stating you completed it so we can issue your child a "No Homework" pass. If you have any questions, please see Beth Rocco, Parent Coordinator.

The PA has arranged Spring Picture Day.  If you are interested in spring pictures for your child, Class Act Photographers will be in our school taking pictures on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.  If you would like pictures of your child and have not received your order form, please see Beth Rocco, Parent Coordinator. 

Please note there is NO in house afterschool on Thursday, April 18th.

School will be closed for Spring Recess from Friday, April 19th, through Friday, April 26th.  We return to school on Monday, April 29th.  Please make sure any scheduled vacations take place while school is closed.  Students are expected to be in school for 90% of the school year.  If your child is not present for more than 90% of the year, it could affect your child’s performance and result in retention in the current grade.

If your child is going to be absent, please call the school at (718) 376-8494 or email our Parent Coordinator, Beth Rocco at BROCCO@schools.nyc.gov to inform us of your child’s name, class and reason for the absence.

Safety is extremely important to our entire school community.  In the event that your child must be picked up early, please be sure to bring in your identification.  If you are sending someone in to pick up your child, please see to it that they have ID with them.  We will only release children to the people whose names appear on the blue cards. In the event that someone must pick up your child and they are not written on the blue card, we do need notification in writing giving us permission to release your child. Please call the school and follow up with an email to 22K255@schools.nyc.gov.

If your child takes the school bus home on a regular basis and you do not want them taking it on a specific day please call the school to notify us and be at P.S. 255 no later than 2:10pm.

As a reminder, the gates in front of the school are closed during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal, for the safety of our students.  Please do not drive down the street of the school.  Cars driving down the street pose a safety concern, and safety is our top priority.  Be aware that if you are illegally parked, you run the risk of getting a ticket.

We hope our website serves as a wonderful tool to keep you informed.  Our teachers and staff are working hard to continue to update the material posted and hope you continue to check our website frequently for the most up to date information. (Our website address is www.ps255.org)

I hope everyone has a great month and a wonderful Spring break. 

Sincerely,

Iris Nikas

Assistant 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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Helpful Information Regarding the New York State Tests for Grades 3, 4 & 5

State Testing Tips for Students and Families: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1NY_A8sJl7AFsAxpT1Xp-ap3xszmR06DF?usp=sharing

 

2019 Testing Parent Guide 2019 Testing Parent Guide https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1TVZqVly29ew4JvthME8l1EHNzL-v2rzE?usp=sharing

 

The 2019 Grades 3-8 New York State Assessments: What Parents Need to Know http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/ei/2019/2019-handout-for-parents-3-8-tests.pdf

 

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!

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 

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!

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

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.

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! 

Check out how we include EVERYONE at PS 255!

Check out our amazing "stop-motion animation" with Puppetry in Practice!

Statement on Accessibility

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.