P.A. Meeting/E.N.L. Parent Series Workshop - "Math"PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
Education in Dance - Kindergarten
K-121A, K-109, K-105 & 106APS 255 The Barbara Reing School
N.D.I. - Grade 4PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
P.A. Family Fun NightPS 255 The Barbara Reing School
Class 3-307 & 3-309 Assembly Performance
All Parents and Guardians Welcome!PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
Monthly Message From Principal, Mrs. McCann
Monthly Message From Our Principal,
I hope everyone has a wonderful vacation filled with great memories and plenty of rest. It is hard to believe we will be celebrating 2019 already, and January will be an exciting month for our school.
Progress reports will be distributed on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Please check your child’s folder to receive an update on his/her performance.
Our 3rd graders finished their residency with the National Dance Institute and our entire school community was impressed with how much our students were able to accomplish in ten short weeks. I am happy to inform you that beginning on Thursday, January 10, 2019 our 4th graders will be taking part in a 10 week residency with the National Dance Institute.
The week of January 14th is designated as “Midterm Week” for students in grades K-5. All K-5 students will be receiving a Midterm exam in Social Studies, Science, Reading and Math.
If you registered to have your child tested for the NYC Gifted and Talented program, children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade will be tested during the school day. The schedule will be as follows: Kindergarten will be tested on Friday, January 4th, 1st grade will be tested on Monday, January 7th and 2nd grade will be tested on Tuesday, January 8th.
We will be celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday on Monday, January 21st. There will be No School on this day. Dr. King fought for the rights of men and still remained a man of peace. As we strive for peace throughout the world, it would be fitting to discuss with your children how fortunate we are to be living in the USA, as well as the responsibilities of being an American.
On Thursday, January 10th, Thursday, January 24th, and Thursday, January 31st we are holding Parent Workshops on Healthy Food & Nutrition. On Wednesday, January 16th we will be holding a Parent Workshop on Math.
Providing your children with the best education possible is our top priority. We ask that you make sure your child is in school on time each and every day. Please make sure you are not taking vacations while school is in session.
This year, the NYS ELA Exams for Grades 3, 4 & 5 will be on April 2nd & 3rd. The NYS Math Exams for grades 3, 4 & 5 will be given on May 1st & 2nd. Please do not make other plans on these dates. This is for the welfare of your child. ELA and Math tests have better results when children take them at the same time as their peers, and your child will feel less stressed as well.
Parking on East 17th Street, in front of the school building, is not permitted at any time. Parking is not permitted during arrival or dismissal time, either. Due to the severity of this situation, and the danger it can inflict on our students, all cars parked here will be ticketed and towed! Please, do not let that happen to you. This is for our children’s protection and well being.
Now that the weather is turning colder, it is very important that your child comes to school dressed appropriately. We all know how our children love to wear their favorite article of clothing over and over, but please make certain your child does not wear his favorite short sleeve tee-shirt on a frigid day. Also, some of our young ladies are wearing skirts and dresses that are much too short and revealing. Please make sure to check your child’s attire before he/she leaves for school. If your child loses clothing or a lunchbox please be sure to visit the lost and found in the main lobby.
Please make sure to have your child in school no later than 8:10 AM daily. For the safety of our children, our teachers escort them to the classrooms. When your child arrives after 8:10 AM, he/she must wait in the main lobby until all classes get to their rooms, and then walk alone to class. This is not the most pleasant way for your child to start his/her day. This could be avoided if you would just wake your child up 5 or 10 minutes earlier. Then he/she would have time to socialize with classmates, eat breakfast and be ready to be escorted to class by the teacher on time. School doors open at 7:40 AM. Please make every effort to get your child to school on time. Punctuality is a good habit to instill in every child.
Please be sure you are not blocking the entrance of our school when dropping your children off in the morning. Our students are having a difficult time entering the building and getting into the warmth. We have staff members waiting in the building to assist your children to ensure they get where they need to be. I appreciate your help and understanding.
Happy “2019” to our entire P.S. 255 family. May this year bring peace, happiness and health to you and your families.
Very truly yours,
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!
Apply to Kindergarten September 2019
Apply to Kindergarten
Children born in 2014 will begin kindergarten in September 2019.
Your child must be a current New York City resident to apply.
Apply to Kindergarten by Tue, Jan 22, 2019
You can list up to 12 schools on your child's kindergarten application. Submit only one application per child. If your child has a zoned school, it is a good idea to rank it on their kindergarten application—your child has priority to attend their zoned school.
After the application period opens this winter, you can apply one of three ways:
- Online in English, Spanish, Chinese, Bengali, Russian, Arabic, Urdu, Haitian Creole, Korean, or French
- By phone at 718-935-2009
- In person at a Family Welcome Center
Interpretation services will be available in more than 200 languages for phone and in-person applications. You can ask questions and request information about admissions in any language when you call or go to a Family Welcome Center.
Kindergarten admissions is not first come, first served—all applications submitted online, by phone, or in person by the deadline will be treated the same based on admissions priorities.
Eye On Education
Eye on Education will be coming to P.S. 255 bringing Professional Eye Care & Eyewear to our school on:
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2019
Every child can receive a FREE eye examination and eyeglasses!
At Eye on Education, their passion is to improve the student's life experience through optimized visual performance. Their goal is to diagnose and treat blurred vision, amblyopia (lazy eye), & ocular disease early, in order to enhance a child's academic performance and well-being. Vision is the most important sense that we have for learning.
Utilizing state-of-the-art examination equipment, stylish eyewear, and an expert eye care team, they aim to optimize your student’s visual and ocular health today and into the future. As part of the comprehensive eye exam, their Optometrists will be dilating your child’s eyes to check eye health.
If a child requires eyeglasses, they are aided by the Eye on Education team to select a suitable pair. A summary letter will be sent home to each parent with their findings. Students who require eyeglasses will receive them professionally adjusted and fitted, within 10 days.
Should their team of doctors determine that your child would benefit from eyeglasses, they will be provided at NO COST to you or to our school.
To cover administrative costs, please provide your Health Insurance information, including your ID Number.
This helps funds the cost of having your child receive professional eye care.
Once again there is No Cost to P.S. 255 or our families for an eye examination and eyeglasses for your child.
Please fill out the permission form and return it by January 18th.
This program is endorsed by the NYC Department of Education, NYC Department of School Health, as well as, the Brooklyn Borough President the Honorable Eric L. Adams.
The Directors of the Eye on Education program are, Dr. Ezra Cohen and Dr. Haim Cohen.
They can be reached at: Ecohen@eyeonedu.org, or you can contact, Beth Rocco, P.S. 255 Parent Coordinator at: 718-376-8494 ext. 1
Community District Education Council of District 22 Monthly Meeting
Please click here for this month's notice:
January's notice coming soon!
Check out or new P.S. 255 Photo Gallery!
Please click below to access our P.S. 255 Photo Gallery!
2018-2019 School Year Calendar
Please click below to see the full NYC DOE 2018-2019 School Year Calendar:
- School Calendar 2018-2019 -- English(Open external link)
- EspañolSchool Calendar 2018-2019 -- Spanish(Open external link)
- School Calendar 2018-2019 -- Chinese(Open external link)
- School Calendar 2018-2019 -- Bangla(Open external link)
- School Calendar 2018-2019 -- Russian(Open external link)
- School Calendar 2018-2019 -- Urdu(Open external link)
- School Calendar 2018-2019 -- Arabic(Open external link)
- School Calendar 2018-2019 -- French (Haiti)(Open external link)
- School Calendar 2018-2019 -- Korean(Open external link)
- School Calendar 2018-2019 -- French (France)(Open external link)
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.
|November 29-30||High school|
|November 19-20||District 75 school programs|
|November 14-15||Elementary school|
|November 27-28||Middle school|
|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!
Student Council Corner!
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!
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:
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!
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.
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!
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.