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October Message from Principal Kelly McCann

Message From Our  Principal, Kelly McCann

October 2019

Dear Parents,

Our 2019-2020 school year is off to a wonderful start, thanks to all of our students, staff, and parents working together as a family, like we always do.  I want to publicly thank the members of our Parent Association for helping us at arrival and ensuring that all of our students are at their destinations safely.

Our Parent Association works tirelessly on behalf of all of our students.  If you have not done so yet, the Parent Association asks that you please return the Parent Association dues membership envelope.

School will be closed on Monday, September 30th and Tuesday, October 1st for Rosh Hashanah, on Wednesday, October 9th for Yom Kippur and Monday, October 14th for Columbus Day.

On Wednesday, October 16th at 8:30 am, we are having a PA Meeting in the auditorium. Following the meeting, our ENL Teacher Ms. Bonsignore, will be presenting a session, titled, “Programs, Resources and Services.”

On Tuesday, October 22nd we are having a 5th Grade Middle School Workshop.

On Thursday, October 24th the Parent Association will be holding a pumpkin patch for our Kindergarten classes. Each Kindergartner will be receiving a pumpkin courtesy of our PA.

On Thursday, October 31st at 9:00am, we will be having our Annual Halloween Parade.  Please send your child to school on October 31st in the costume of his/her choice, but remember children may not bring in any props or masks. Your child will be permitted to change out of his/her costume following our parade.  Also, make sure that the costume is age appropriate for an elementary school child.  All parents are welcome to either march with their child’s class or wave to all of us along the parade route, which will be in the schoolyard and around the perimeter of the building.  Looking forward to seeing all of you there to enjoy a fun filled time with your child, as well as with all of our children.

Our 3rd graders will begin their residency with the National Dance Institute (NDI) on Wednesday, October 2, 2019. This 10 week residency will conclude on December 4, 2019. The 3rd graders will be putting on an evening performance for their families on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.

As a reminder, it is important that your child is in school each and every day. If a child has a fever, they must be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school. We hope to see your child everyday otherwise. As an incentive, every class that has perfect attendance during the month will receive a pizza party.

I must remind you that you must always bring photo I.D. with you when entering our school building.  For example, if you have been called by the school to pick up a sick child.  This is for the protection of all of us at P.S. 255.  We’d much rather be safe than sorry.

Mrs. Beth Rocco, our Parent Coordinator, will be creating our Parent Calendar again for each month.  If there is anything that you would like to see included, please contact her.  Monthly menus, from the cafeteria, as well as any important information are posted by Mrs. Rocco on our website, www.ps255.org. I hope you will continue checking our calendar for the most up to date information.

Please keep in mind our arrival procedures for our students. Any student that would like breakfast will go to the cafeteria immediately upon entering the building.   Students in grades 4 and 5 enter the building through exit 7, which is the front door closest to Moore Place. Our 4th and 5th grade students wait in the gymnasium for their teachers. Kindergarten through 3rd grade enter the building through the main entrance and go to the cafeteria if they are having breakfast.  Our 1st graders lineup in the cafeteria, our 2nd and 3rd graders wait for their teachers in the auditorium while kindergarten students are supervised in the hallway until the teachers pick them up at 8:10 am. 

School begins at exactly 8:10 amAny child who enters the building after 8:10 am will be detained in the front lobby, until all of our students have gone up with their teachers.  Any child that arrives late for school MUST be signed in at the door by his/her parent before proceeding up to his/her class. Please make sure to bring your child on time!  When children are late, it upsets them for the rest of the day and they can’t absorb as much as they should during their class time.  All latenesses will be reflected on report cards and permanent record cards. Children who are consistently late will not be able to: attend Awards Assemblies, be selected as Student of the Month, attend Special Assemblies, etc. Lateness is something that can be avoided.  Please let’s eradicate this problem.

At dismissal, please be sure to meet your child at his/her exit no later than 2:25 pm.  If children are not picked up on time, they will not be eligible to attend afterschool programs in the school.  When picking up your child, please do not crowd the exit doors.  The classes must have enough room to safely exit the building. We must insure the safety of our students and would greatly appreciate your assistance. Also, please be careful with your umbrellas in the rainy weather. We do not want anyone injured.

Looking forward to seeing you at the various parent meetings and functions we are holding this month.  Thanks for all of your support and cooperation.  My door is always open, if you want to discuss anything with me.

Very truly yours,

Kelly McCann

Principal

NYC Public School Guidebook 2019 - 2020

 NYC Public School Guidebook

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  • 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!

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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. 

Thank you.

 Afterschool Permission Slip.docx 

DISTRICT 22 CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM PARENT WORKSHOP

DISTRICT 22 EMPOWERING FAMILIES: IMPROVING STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND REDUCING CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM

  • What is chronic absenteeism?
  • How can we prevent chronic absenteeism and help our children succeed in school?
  • How do we keep track of absences?

 We invite all families to attend this important and informative workshop:

  

Date:

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Location:

PS/IS 109

1001 East 45 Street

Brooklyn, NY 11203

 

Choose a session:

9 AM- 11 AM   Register here https://forms.gle/c3nFrLE1G18LEn2P8 

 

6 PM- 8 PM      Register here https://forms.gle/cUQrVN9e3nTP4JDeA

 

 

Questions? Ldalton@schools.nyc.gov or HFiorica@schools.nyc.gov 718-968-6115.  If you require translation, please advise language as soon as possible. Site is wheelchair accessible.

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

For all latest information please check out District 22's Weekly Email Blast, Newsletter and Website

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

Also check out District 22's Weekly Email Blast!

As well as the District 22 Monthly Newsletter!

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 
 

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

 

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

DISTRICT 22 Cyberbullying & Conflict Vs. Bullying PARENT WORKSHOP

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!

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

Statement on Accessibility: We are working to make this website easier to access for people with disabilities, and will follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. If you need assistance with a particular page or document on our current site, please contact amandelbaum@schools.nyc.gov to request assistance.