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Monthly Message From Principal, Mrs. McCann
Monthly Message From Our Principal,
It is hard to believe this is the last calendar letter for the 2017-2018 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.
I would like to give a special thank you to Councilman Chaim Deutsch for allotting Councilmatic funding to our school for the 2018-2019 school year. We will renovate two bathrooms with the funding he has awarded our school.
I am happy to announce that all of our classrooms now have air conditioners in addition to most of our office spaces. I hope the students will stay cool while in the building.
On Monday, June 4, 2018 our 4th grade students will be taking the written portion of the New York State Science Exam.
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 Friday, June 1, 2018.
This month, we will be hosting a Relay for Life Dance-a-thon for the American Cancer Society. In the morning of Wednesday, June 6th, will be hosting “Dance for Life” in our school yard. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.
On Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 5:30 pm, we will be conducting our 5th Grade Awards Assembly. Letters were sent home to families of students who were selected for awards. Due to the size of the graduating class, we are only able to accommodate 2 tickets per 5th grade student. This will be a wonderful opportunity for you to celebrate your child’s accomplishments while attending P.S. 255.
The students do not have school on Thursday, June 7, 2018 for Anniversary Day, Monday, June 11, 2018 for a Clerical Day and Friday, June 15, 2018 for Eid al-Fitr. Please remember to make arrangements for your child on these days if needed.
We are excited that we will once again be having a carnival for the students in the schoolyard on Thursday, June 14th. 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 6:00 pm on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. It is being sponsored by our Parent Association. Parents and students are invited to take pictures in the lobby beginning at 5:30 pm.
Our Stepping Up ceremonies will be as follows: Kindergarten on Thursday, June 21st at 8:45 am; 5th Grade Final Assembly on Friday, June 22nd at 8:45 am and Pre-K on Monday, June 25th 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 22, 2018.
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 Tuesday, 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.
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 Wednesday, September 5th for the first day of the 2018-2019 school year.
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2018-2019 School Year Calendar
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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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
School Lunch continues to be free for all NYC students but we still need you to fill out a lunch 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 School Meals 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 and is available at your school’s main office.
Please join me 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.
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.