Return to School 2020
Return to School 2020
Please click here for a letter from the Chancellor with information about the fall when school will start up again for the 2020-2021 school year. For more detailed information and ongoing updates, please visit the Return to School 2020 webpage at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020.
Please see the following links for summer resources:
District 22 summer resource page: click here
Brooklyn Public Library summer reading: click here
Grab and Go summer meal locations: click here
CEC and CPAC Parent Information
Please click on the following links for information:
From the Community Education Council of District 22:
From the Chancellor's Parent Advisory Council:
Perfect Attendance and Punctuality 2019-2020
Congratulations to the class of 2020!
New! Family Feud Faculty Edition
Student of the Month!
Students of the Month! - June 2020
Student of the Month!
Students of the Month - May 2020
Student Of The Month!
Students of the Month for April
Students of the Month - March 2020
We have so much going on virtually at P.S. 255....
Click on this link for our new "Virtual Learning" page!
Find news, updated information, field trips, photographs and more...
Letters from NYC Department of Education Chancellor Carranza
Please see the attached letters from NYC Schools Chancellor, Richard Carranza:
Translated versions are available and all end of year letters: click on this link
Information Regarding Obtaining a Remote learning Device from the NYC Department of Education
Please click on the link below to find out how you can still receive a learning device to keep your child connected and be able to learn from home.
There is also information regarding distribution if you already filled out a form:
Health Coverage, Help Now NYC and Food Resources
- Employment Resources
- Health and Medical Assistance
- Food Assistance
- Financial Assistance
- Rent Arrears and Public Assistance
Free Admission to NYC Museums- Virtually!
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.
Right now you can explore many of the museums listed virtually!
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!
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!
THE FOLLOWING NEW YORK STATE TESTING HAS BEEN SUSPENDED FOR THE 2019 - 2020 SCHOOL YEAR
The following state assessments were suspended:
- Grades 3-8 English language arts test
- Grades 3-8 math test
- Grade 4 elementary-level science test
- English as a second language achievement test in grades K-12 - NYSESLAT
Monthly Message from Principal Kelly McCann
Message From Our Principal, Kelly McCann
Dear Parents and Families:
It is hard to believe we are already welcoming March. This month is filled with activities throughout the school.
I am happy to share that we are working with Anthropology Arts to provide our 1st and 2nd grade students with a 4 week residency. The students will be working on various STEM activities during these classes. Our 2nd graders began this past week and some of them told me they loved it. I think the rest of our students will enjoy it just as much.
Our dance teacher, Ms. Skerbec arranged a six week residency with the Alvin Ailey Dance Company that began this week. Ms. Rachel Watson, our teaching artist will be coming weekly to teach the student’s hip-hop.
On Wednesday, April 8, 2020 parents are invited to our culminating event in our auditorium at 8:45am.
Our Parent Association will be running their annual Book Fair from Tuesday, March 3rd through Thursday, March 5th. The Book Fair will be open for parents during Parent/Teacher Conference Afternoon and Evening for your shopping pleasure. A book is an ideal gift to give to any child, and one that will long be remembered.
Parent/Teacher Evening Conferences will be on Wednesday, March 4th from 4:30-7:30 PM. Parent/Teacher Afternoon Conferences will be on Thursday, March 5th from 12:30-2:30 PM. Children will be dismissed at 11:30 AM. Please note that on these days there are NO afterschool programs. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss your child’s progress. Your child’s report card will NOT be sent home. It will be given to you when you meet with the teacher during these conference dates. Out of classroom providers will also be available to meet with you during Parent/Teacher Conference evening and afternoon sessions.
On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, you are invited to attend a Parent Workshop focusing on the NYSESLAT Test.
On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, you are invited to attend a Parent Workshop focusing on the 4th Grade New York State Science Exam.
Our 4th graders are finishing their residency with the National Dance Institute this month. You are invited to their culminating event on the evening of Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 5:30pm. There is NO afterschool for 4th Grade students on this day due to the performance.
I hope you will be sure to complete the NYC School Survey that was given to your child to bring home. We value your input and would appreciate it if you could complete the survey by Tuesday, March 31, 2020.
The New York State Exams are quickly approaching. The exam schedule is as follows:
NYS ELA Exams (grades 3-5): March 25th & 26th
NYS Math Exams (grades 3-5): April 22nd & April 23rd
Speaking: April 6th – May 15th
Reading, Writing and Listening: May 4th – May 15th
NYS Science Performance Test: May 18th – May 29th
NYS Science Written Exam: June 1st
Also, please make note of the end of year events for our Kindergarten and 5th grade students:
5th Grade Promotional Ceremony: June 23rd
Kindergarten Stepping Up: June 24th
As the weather gets nicer, the students will be going outside for recess and leaving the building to go on more class trips. If permission slips are not signed, students will not be able to attend. The students will have more outdoor recess as well. Please make sure they wear appropriate shoes. It is good practice to have closed shoes, we prefer no open toe shoes or flip flops.
We try to do all we can to keep our students safe and appreciate all of your assistance and understanding. The gates on East 17th Street are closed during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal, due to the dangerous flow of traffic down East 17th Street. Our number one priority is the safety of our children and we hope this change will help our students feel safer when entering and exiting our school.
Parents, please see to it that you pick up your children on time when dismissed from the school day and any afterschool programs. If students are not picked up on time from afterschool, they will not be eligible to continue in any programs. If you are unable to pick up your child, please make sure the person(s) picking up your child is on the blue card in the office. Your child will not be released to anyone who is not on the blue card.
Please keep in mind that this year Spring Recess is Thursday, April 9th – Friday, April 17th. It is important that your child is in school each and every day. Please make sure vacations take place when school is not in session.
Very truly yours,
NYC Public School Guidebook 2019 - 2020
NYC Public School Guidebook
- 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!
Mathletics Hall of Fame!
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.
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
Colorful Cory...our school mascot!
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:
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
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.
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Student and Family Guide to 504 Accommodations
Please see below regarding 504 accommodations:
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.