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March Message from Assistant Principal Iris Nikas

March Message From Our  Assistant Principal, Iris Nikas

March 2019

Dear Parents and Families:

It is hard to believe we are already welcoming March. This month is filled with activities throughout the school.

The Department of Health will be coming in for Vision Screening for our Kindergarten and Grade 1 students on

Monday, March 4th and Tuesday, March 5th

Eye on Education will be returning on Tuesday, March 5th to complete all eye exams for students who submitted completed forms. If all of the students are not able to be seen on that day, they will schedule an additional day.

On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, you are invited to attend a Parent Workshop focusing on the English Language Arts and Mathematics State Exams.

This month we have Parent Workshops on Healthy Food and Good Nutrition on Thursday, March 7th, Tuesday, March 19th and Thursday, March 28th. I hope you will join us to learn some healthy eating habits for you and your family.

Our Parent Association will be running their annual Book Fair from Tuesday, March 12th through Thursday, March 14th.  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 13th from 4:30-7:30 PM.  Parent/Teacher Afternoon Conferences will be on Thursday, March 14th 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 on Parent/Teacher Conference Evening and Afternoon.

On Friday, March 22, 2019 our Parents Association will be hosting a Pizza Day for the students during their lunch periods. Your child can purchase as many slices or drinks as they would like. They will receive a letter home later this month.

On Tuesday, March 26, 2019 you are invited to attend a Parent Workshop focused on technology. At this workshop, we will help you to navigate our school website and explore some of the programs we use at our school.

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 Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 5:30pm. There is NO afterschool for 4th Grade students on this day.

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 Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

The New York State Exams are quickly approaching.  The exam schedule is as follows:

NYS ELA Exams (grades 3-5): April 2nd & 3rd  

NYS Math Exams (grades 3-5): May 1st & 2nd


Speaking: April 8th – May 17th

Reading, Writing and Listening: May 6th –May 17th

NYS Science Performance Test: May 22nd – May 31st

NYS Science Written Exam: June 3rd

As the weather gets nicer, the students will be going on more trips. If the permission slip is 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.

The gates on East 17th Street will be locked 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 Friday, April 19th – Friday, April 26th.  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,

Iris Nikas

Assistant Principal

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!



NYC School Surveys

We want to hear from you!

Each year, all families, teachers, and students in grades 6-12 take the NYC School Survey to share feedback about their schools. The NYC School Survey is one of the nation’s largest education surveys. Survey feedback can help improve your child’s learning environment.

You can take this year’s survey from February 11 – April 3.

How does your feedback help our school?

Your feedback helps us understand what you think our school does well and how you think we can improve. Survey results allow us to reflect on how well we are achieving our school’s goals and mission. 

How can I share my voice?

You received your NYC School Survey in a green envelope. Complete the survey using the instructions at the top. Return your completed survey in a sealed envelope to your child's teacher and your child will receive a homework pass.

You can also take the survey online by clicking here. Use the eight-digit survey access code at the bottom of your paper survey to login. If you do not have your survey materials, you can look up your survey access code on the survey login page or call 1-877-819-2363 for assistance. Just send in a note that you completed the survey and your child will receive a homework pass.

For more information about the NYC School Survey, contact Beth Rocco, P.S. 255 Parent Coordinator

The last day to complete and mail the NYC School Survey is April 3, 2019.

Thank you for sharing your feedback!

Helpful Information Regarding the New York State Tests for Grades 3, 4 & 5

State Testing Tips for Students and Families: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1NY_A8sJl7AFsAxpT1Xp-ap3xszmR06DF?usp=sharing


2019 Testing Parent Guide 2019 Testing Parent Guide https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1TVZqVly29ew4JvthME8l1EHNzL-v2rzE?usp=sharing


The 2019 Grades 3-8 New York State Assessments: What Parents Need to Know http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/ei/2019/2019-handout-for-parents-3-8-tests.pdf


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!

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 

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!

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. 


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!


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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Check out our amazing "stop-motion animation" with Puppetry in Practice!

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