- 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!
N.D.I. - Grade 4PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
Education in Dance
Classes: 1-203, 204, 206 & 233PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
P.S. 255 Student Cafeteria
Parent Association Meeting/ENL Parent Workshop Series, "Pathways to Writing"
Forming a Nominating CommitteePS 255 The Barbara Reing School
Class 1-204 Trip to the Kings Highway LibraryPS 255 The Barbara Reing School
Class K-225 & K-101 Assembly Performance
All Parents and Guardians Welcome!PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
Monthly Message from Principal Kelly McCann
Message From Our Principal, Kelly McCann
It’s hard to believe it is February already. The month may be short, but we have a lot going on as usual.
On February 17th – 21st school will be closed for a Midwinter Recess. Please do not extend this vacation because the NYS Department of Education is tracking attendance. Children need to be in school, on time, every day unless they are too ill to attend. We stress attendance and punctuality because we want your children to learn each and every opportunity they are in school. 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!
On Monday, February 10, 2020, Student Council will be hosting Respect for All Assembly. Respect for All week will be the week of February 11th. This year we are going to reverse the color order of SHINE due to Valentine’s Day. We are asking all students to wear the following colors:
On Monday, February 10th students should wear brown to show they are efficient
On Tuesday, February 11th students should wear green to show they are nonjudgmental
On Wednesday, February 12th students should wear yellow to show they are inspiring.
On Thursday, February 13th students should wear blue to show they are honest.
On Friday, February 14th students should wear red to show they are supportive.
On Friday, February 14th, P.S. 255 will be hosting a Valentine’s Day Dance for children in grades 1-5 during school hours from 8:30am- 2:00pm. All the children will dance the time away to music played by a fabulous D.J. Pizza will be provided to students in the classroom. Children may dress in their favorite party attire. We are asking each student in grades 1-5 to bring in $2.00 to help off-set the cost of the dance.
Parents whose children are in danger of not meeting the standards will be notified by February 15th. If you receive a letter, please return the tear- off as soon as possible. Our goal is to work together to help your child be successful and be ready to be promoted to the next grade in June.
We also have some fun, as well as educational things scheduled for our students this month. February is generally a cold, dreary, snowy month, but with these activities, no one will even be aware of the weather.
- Wednesday, February 5th – Wacky Wednesday
- Thursday, February 6th - Student of the Month
- Thursday, February 13th- Jump 4 Heart
- Friday, February 14th – 100th Day of School- Valentine’s Day Dance Grade 1-5
I am excited to announce that we will be partnering with, Anthropology Arts to provide a residency to first and second grade. Our second grade classes will have their first class with the program on Tuesday, February 25th.
State Exams- Grades 3 through 5 will be taking the New York State exam. Students will be tested over two day periods in ELA and Math. The NYS ELA test will be administered to our third, fourth and fifth grade students on March 25th & 26th. The NYS Math test will be administered to our third, fourth and fifth grade students on April 21st & 22nd. These are very important tests. Please make sure that your child gets to bed early those nights, has a good breakfast before coming to school, and arrives at school on time. Latecomers will have to take the exam at a later date. Our teachers have been working very hard to prepare all of the students, and I’m sure that they will be very successful.
Our ELA and Math Afterschool program is currently in session. Please make sure your children are not picked up before dismissal as they are taking part in instructional lessons. When students are picked up early, it disrupts the teacher and the entire class. Our goal is to ensure that each student gets the most out of each session while in the program.
During any vacation time, it is important that the children continue to read. They all will have schoolwork to complete; however they should also be reading books they have selected for enjoyment. You should encourage them to discuss what they are reading about with you, as well. In all of our classrooms we ask the students to provide reasons to support their ideas. You can practice this at home by asking some follow-up questions such as, “Why do you think that?”
This year seems to be flying by! I hope you all stay warm, happy and healthy throughout the month of February.
Very truly yours,
NYC Public School Guidebook 2019 - 2020
NYC Public School Guidebook
Information regarding the Coronavirus
Recently, a novel (new) coronavirus was detected in hundreds of people worldwide. A "novel coronavirus" is a strain that has not been previously found in humans. This novel coronavirus can lead to fever, cough and shortness of breath.
There are currently zero diagnoses in New York City, and the risk to New Yorkers is low. The City is monitoring the outbreak closely and working with our agency partners and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Right now, everyone should go about their daily lives, but practice the same precautions you do during cold and flu season: cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when sneezing or coughing; wash your hands with soap and water often; and stay home if you are feeling sick. If you were recently in China, and have a fever and either a cough or shortness-of-breath, call your healthcare provider.
The STEM Matters NYC spring break application
Apply Now for Exciting Spring Break STEM Enrichment Programs!
This spring break, STEM is taking over the city! Kindergarten through grade 12 students can apply now to attend exciting enrichment and experiential learning programs with STEM Matters NYC. A wide range of programs are offered at the NYC Department of Education’s Genovesi Environmental Study Center and NYC Center for Aerospace and Applied Mathematics; the Bronx Zoo; Central Park Zoo; Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum; Museum of the City of New York; New York Aquarium; New York Botanical Garden; New-York Historical Society; Prospect Park Zoo; Queens Botanical Garden; Queens County Farm Museum; Queens Zoo; Solar One; Staten Island MakerSpace; Staten Island Zoo; and Wave Hill. Students will meet and work with field experts in programs that feature real-world learning experiences.
Don’t miss out, spots are limited and the application deadline is Monday, February 10. Preference is given to students who attend Title I schools. Download our flyer, learn more, and apply now. For questions, contact STEMMattersNYC@schools.nyc.gov.
Pre-K Application for September 2020 is Now Open!
Pre-K Application is Now Open!
All NYC families with children born in 2016 can now apply to Pre-K for All between February 5 and March 16, 2020. Right now you can:
- Explore current pre-K programs and apply with MySchools
- Sign up for our pre-K email list today to get admissions tips and updates.
- Plan to attend an information session in early February—view times, locations and dates. Sign Up
View, download or pick up a copy of the 2020 NYC Pre-K Admissions guide to learn about the pre-K application process and to find pre-K program options by borough. Print copies of this guide are available at elementary schools, pre-K programs and Family Welcome Centers. All information was accurate as of its publication; for the most up-to-date information about pre-K programs, please see the MySchools Directory.
For an accessible experience, read the digitally accessible edition of this admission guide online. The MySchools Directory also provides a digitally accessible experience for learning about pre-K programs.
Free Admission to NYC Museums!
These New York City museums are either always free, free on specific days of the week or free for select hours. Find one near you, and take advantage of their generosity.
Note that this takes into account general admission only; certain events and special exhibitions may still require a fee.
Please click on this link: https://www.nycgo.com/articles/free-nyc-museums
Make time to enjoy all New York City has to offer with your family!
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.
Office of the Chief Operating Officer
Citywide School Calendar for 2019 - 2020
Please click below to find the citywide school calendar for 2019-2020.
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.
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:
2016 SHINE VIDEO...PS 255 is Awesome!
2017 SHINE Video...Fireworks!
2018 SHINE Video...Try Everything!
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!
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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Mathletics Hall of Fame!
Colorful Cory...our school mascot!
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 Thrive NYC 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!
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.
Student and Family Guide to 504 Accommodations
Please see below regarding 504 accommodations: