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2500 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11210
I.S. 381 - 5th Grade Open HousePS 255 The Barbara Reing School
Grade 3 - N.D.I.PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
P.S. 255 Auditorium
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIRPS 255 The Barbara Reing School
NO AFTERSCHOOL ELA & MATH PROGRAMPS 255 The Barbara Reing School
Education in DancePS 255 The Barbara Reing School
October Message from Principal Kelly McCann
Message From Our Principal, Kelly McCann
I would like to thank all of our students, families and staff for another fun-filled Halloween. Everyone looked great and we had a wonderful turnout for our parade. Thank you to those that were able to join us for the parade.
It’s hard to believe it is already November. This year seems to be flying by. September and October were busy months and I am sure we can expect the same this month.
Our assembly schedule begins this month on Friday, November 8th with classes 106A and 103A performing. Check monthly calendars to see which classes are performing each week. Parents are welcome to attend any and all of our assemblies. Please do not forget to send your child dressed in dark pants/skirt and white shirt/blouse on assembly days.
I am pleased to announce that we are continuing our partnership again this year with Elevate Education, to provide lessons on study skills for our 5th grade students. Trainers from their program will provide six sessions (each 90 minutes) focusing on Close Reading, Note-Taking, Time Management, Student Elevation, Memory & Mnemonics and Acing Your Exams. The first session was held on September 26, 2019. Other sessions will take place in the upcoming months. Please mark your calendar to remind you that Elevate Education will be providing a Parent Workshop on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 8:30am.
Our afterschool program for grades 3-5 will begin on November 6th. If you would like your child to attend please be sure to return the tear-off if you have not done so already, as seats are limited.
Tuesday, November 5th is Election Day. School will be closed for students, so that our staff may engage in professional learning activities.
Monday, November 11th, school will be closed in observance of Veteran’s Day.
Parent/Teacher Conference Evening will be on Wednesday, November 13th from 4:30 – 7:30 P.M. Parent/Teacher Conference Afternoon will be on, Thursday, November 14th from 12:30 - 2:30 P.M. All children will be dismissed at 11:30 A.M. Please make every effort to come up to school to speak with your child’s teacher. It’s very important to be informed about your child’s academic performance in school. Report cards will be given directly to the parents at these conferences. Children will not be bringing them home.
Any parent whose child has been late or absent 5 or more times in any marking period must see me during Open School Conference Days. Together, we will work out a plan to get your child to school on time, and to improve his/her attendance.
Grade 5 is having their Annual Thanksgiving Feast on Tuesday, November 26th in our gym at 11:00 A.M.
School will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 28th and 29th in celebration of the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Parents, please dress your children appropriately for the weather. The weather will be getting colder, and when we go out during lunch, we want the students dressed in the appropriate apparel. Please make sure they have jackets or sweaters with them.
Please make sure that your child is at school no later than 8:10 A.M. every day. We have a number of students arriving late each day. When a child is late, it disrupts his/her entire day. It is important to teach the benefits of punctuality to your children. If your child arrives later than 8:10 A.M. your child is LATE. You MUST bring your child into the main lobby and receive a late pass for your child. If your child is excessively late, the school has the right to withhold your child from, being “Student of the Month,” Awards Assemblies, Attendance Breakfast and any other school activities and functions.
If your child is having a party in their class, please refrain from bringing in helium balloons. They will not be permitted in the building.
SAVE THE DATE: On Thursday, December 5th we will be having our Fourteenth Annual Holiday Crafts Night. This is a great time to make holiday gifts for loved ones. On Wednesday, December 11th our 3rd grade students will be having their culminating event with NDI. On Thursday, December 19th we are having our “Winter Concert” in our auditorium. This is the time to really see your children “SHINE.” Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Our Junior and Senior chorus will be performing, as well as our Dance Troop and many more of our very musical and talented children.
Reminder: Our Winter Recess break is from Monday, December 23rd - Wednesday, January 1st. School resumes on Thursday, January 2nd. Please do not extend this holiday break. For the sake of your child’s academic success, he/she needs to be in school each and every day.
Please remember to only exit the building through the main door. All of the doors are alarmed and exiting will set the alarm off when opened.
I’m looking forward to meeting and greeting all of the parents during Parent/Teacher Conferences. I want to wish all of our P.S. 255 family a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving holiday.
Very truly yours,
NYC Public School Guidebook 2019 - 2020
NYC Public School Guidebook
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!
Keeping Students Safe
Lead-based Paint Safety
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 -- English(Open external link)
- EspañolLetter to Families on Lead Inspection -- Spanish(Open external link)
- Letter to Families on Lead Inspection -- Chinese(Open external link)
- Letter to Families on Lead Inspection -- Bangla(Open external link)
- Letter to Families on Lead Inspection -- Russian(Open external link)
- Letter to Families on Lead Inspection -- Urdu(Open external link)
- Letter to Families on Lead Inspection -- Arabic(Open external link)
- Letter to Families on Lead Inspection -- French (Haiti)(Open external link)
- Letter to Families on Lead Inspection -- Korean(Open external link)
- Letter to Families on Lead Inspection -- French (France)(Open external link)
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.
Adult Education Classes - Learn English or Earn Your High School Diploma
Cyber Bullying Bullying vs Conflict Workshop for Families
Come to our very informative workshop on Cyberbullying, understand the difference between peer conflict and bullying, social media apps every parent should know, NYC Department of Education anti-bullying Initiatives, & reporting, RespectForAll@Schools.nyc.gov
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!
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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.