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May Message from Principal Kelly McCann

May Message From Our  Principal, Kelly McCann

May 2019

Dear Parents: 

It is hard to believe how fast the year is going.  I am pleased to say May is a very exciting and busy month for all of us at P.S255. The flowers are in bloom and so are our students.   

The children in Grades 3, 4 & 5 have taken their State ELA test already. The State Math Tests are being given on May 1st and 2nd, NYSESLAT Testing began on April 8th and will continue until May 17th for all of our ELL students.   

We are starting our Science after- school for 4th Grade students. This is a test preparation course from 2:45 pm – 4:45 pm. The dates of the course are as follows. Thursday, May 2nd, Wednesday, May 8thThursday,  May 9thWednesday, May 22ndThursday, May 23rd, Wednesday, May 29th, Thursday, May 30th 

Our after-school, “Fun Stuff” is beginning for the students in grades 2-5.  Programs such as art, music, dance, volleyball, basketball and board games were offered to your children.     

Our “Fun Stuff” after-school program will be offered as follows:

Grade 2                                                                                    

Wednesday- 5/1                                 

Wednesday- 5/8                                 

Wednesday- 5/22                                 

Grade 3

Thursday-5/23

Wednesday-5/29

Thursday-6/13

Grade 4

Wednesday-6/5

Wednesday-6/12

Wednesday-6/19

 Grade 5 

Thursday- 5/2 

Thursday- 5/9 

Thursday- 5/30

If your child will be attending either of these after-school programs, please be sure to pick up your child promptly at 4:45 pm. 

Our Fifth Grade Annual School Plant Sale will be held on Tuesday, May 7th through Friday, May 10thThe proceeds of the sale will go towards maintaining our school garden. The plant sale allows children to learn about plants as well as what is necessary to run a small business. The sale is just before Mother’s Day, so it is an ideal way to buy a gift while helping support our school at the same time.   

Progress Reports will be distributed on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. They will be sent home in your child’s folder.  

We are excited to announce that beginning on Tuesday, May 7th our 2nd grade classes will be taking part in a residency with the RIOULT Dance Company. This is an arts education program built around the principle that dance is something everyone can do. Students will gain insight into the artistic process from creation to rehearsal and finally live performance of their own dances. We will be holding a performance on WednesdayJune 12th at 9:15 am. 

On: Friday, May 17th (Grade 4); Wednesday, May 22nd (Grade 5); Thursday, May 23rd (Grade 3);  Friday, May 24th (Grade 2) will be having their Annual Field Days.  It will be held at Kings Bay Field.  Our students look forward to this all year long.  I’m sure everyone will have a wonderful time. 

Our annual “Spring Concert” will be on Thursday evening, May 16thPlease make sure to send in the tear-off for your tickets for our “Spring Concert”, well in advance. Tickets go very fast and are on a first come, first served basis. Unfortunately, due to the seating capacity in our auditorium, we fill up the auditorium very quickly. Tickets will not be given at the door. Children under the age of four will not be permitted to attend.  Two tickets, per family are the maximum number that can be requested. 

The Science Performance Exam, for 4th graders, will be from May 22nd  May 28th.  On Monday, June 3rd   our Fourth graders will be taking their NYS written Science Exam.  They have been very well prepared by their teachers for these assessments and we expect they will all be very successful, as they have been in the past.   

As June quickly approaches, I wanted to remind you of the following important dates: 

May 28th- June 7th:  Final Exams Begin 

June 4th:        Eid al-Fitr- No School 

June 6th:        Anniversary Day: No students are in session  

June 7th:        5th Grade Prom (During school hours) 

June 11th:      Clerical Day – No students are in session 

June 12th:      5th Grade Senior Trip 

June 13th:      Carnival for Students 

June 21st:       Kindergarten Stepping Up 

June 20th:      Grade 5 Promotional Ceremony 

June 26th:      Last Day of School – Dismissal at 11:30 am 

I’m looking forward to seeing all of you at our many activities. 

Very truly yours, 

Kelly McCann 

Principal 

 

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The guide contains:

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  • Grade-specific learning expectations
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District 22 Art Exhibition

Tuesday, May 21st and Wednesday, May 22nd  come and see a collection of extraordinary student artwork in District 22.

The event will be held from 3-5 PM at the Joan Snow Pre-K Center, 1340 East 29th Street, 11210.

Flyers are also available in a google drive here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/13ZEmy82-joMtvJTwIqvBfTySdLHydnyt?usp=sharing 

Spring 2019 Conference for Families of Students with Disabilities at the Brooklyn Children's Museum

You are invited to a celebration on Tuesday, June 11th, where families learn about Special Education, connect with other families and enjoy!

Stop by for some food and giveaways!

Please click here for more information and translated flyers!

Please click here to register. 

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!

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!

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. 

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! 

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