Upcoming Events

  • Winter Show Dress Rehearsal

    Students Only

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  • Grade 1 - Gingerbread Houses

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  • AFTER SCHOOL CANCELLED FOR GRADES 3, 4 & 5

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  • Education in Dance

    Classes: K-101, K-104 & K-102

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  • Auditorium

    Winter Show

    Students arrive at 5:30 pm

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Monthly Message From Principal, Mrs. McCann

Monthly Message From Our Principal, 

Mrs. McCann
 
December 2018

Dear Parents,

It’s hard to believe three months of school have already passed.  We have been extremely lucky to have had such nice weather so far, but I am sure the cold weather will be here without warning.  With that said, please make sure your children are dressed appropriately for the weather.  Don’t forget, if your child ever loses anything in school, they should check the lost and found bin in the main lobby.

Education in Dance is a unique arts and movement program for students to nurture the creative process for a lifetime. I am excited to announce Education in Dance will be working with our Kindergarten classes this year. We were able to schedule visits with them that began on Wednesday, November 21, 2018. They will be visiting K-101, K-102 and K-104 on November 21st, 28th and December 5th, 12th and 19th.  They will be visiting K-121, K-109, K-105 and K-106A on January 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th.

On the first Thursday of each month we announce the names of our “Student of the Month” recipients.  This month it will be on Thursday, December 6, 2018.

December 4th, 5th and 6th our Parent Association will be hosting a “Holiday Boutique” where they will be selling gift items for the holiday season.  Children will be able to make their purchases during lunch periods on these days.

Our fifth graders are taking part in Elevate Education to improve study skills and will be having their second class visit on December 6, 2018. On December 12, 2018 at 8:30 am you are invited to a parent workshop. Elevate Education will be providing ways in which you can help your child be successful in school. Parents of all grades are invited to attend.

On Thursday, December 13, 2018, at 5:00 pm we invite you to attend our culminating event for our 3rd grade partnership with the National Dance Institute.  During this evening, all of our 3rd grade students will be performing.  Please join us!  We are sure you will be quite impressed with what our students have accomplished in ten weeks.  As a reminder, 3rd grade afterschool is cancelled due to the show.

Another highlight of the month of December will most assuredly be our “Winter Show.”  It will take place on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The children involved are required to come at 5:30 pm. This musical and dance production will showcase our extremely talented children.  The musical portion of our show will be under the direction of our music teacher, Mrs. Margo DiPaola.  The dance portion of our show will be under the direction of our dance teacher, Ms. Diane Skerbec.  Seats are limited, so make sure that you send in your request for tickets in advance.  Unfortunately, no one will be permitted without a ticket, and we can only give a maximum of two tickets to each family who would like to attend.  Tickets will be given on a first come, first served basis.  Children under four will not be able to attend, even if you plan to have them sit on your lap.  Our auditorium holds a maximum of 449 people.  We will be having a dress rehearsal for the “Winter Show” on Monday, December 17th.  All of our students will attend the dress rehearsal.

Over the holiday break, I ask that your child practice his/her reading, writing and math skills each night.  Our teachers and staff work incredibly hard with your children and rely on your support at home.

Please keep in mind, students in grades 3, 4 & 5 will be taking the NYS ELA Exams on April 2nd & 3rd,   The NYS Math Exams for grades 3, 4 & 5 will be given on May 1st & 2nd . It may seem like a long time away, but it will be here before we know it.

I would like to take this opportunity, as the New Year approaches, to wish you and your family a safe, healthy and happy Holiday Season!  I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year. May the year 2019 bring nothing but the best to all of the P.S. 255 family.

Very truly yours,

Kelly McCann

Principal

Achieve NYC: A Complete Guide to New York City Public Schools

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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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Check out all the latest information about the Community District 22 Website!

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As well as the District 22 Monthly Newsletter!

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 January 14, 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.

District 22 Middle School Fair and Open Houses

Please click on the link below to get information on the District 22 Middle School Fair and District 22 Open Houses:

District 22 Middle School Guide

DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL HAS NOW BEEN EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 14TH.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Beth Rocco, P.S. 255 Parent Coordinator

Community District Education Council of District 22 Monthly Meeting

 

Please click here for this month's notice:

December 6, 2018 

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!

Student Council Corner!

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!

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.

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

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