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Welcome to the PS 255 School Counseling Page

You will find useful resources here for students and parents.

If you need any assistance, information, or guidance, please reach out to Ms. Christine Silecchia-Abel, School Counselor at CSilecchiaAbel@schools.nyc.gov.

Social and Emotional Learning



Stress Relief Video For Students

Middle School Information

Attention All 5th Grade Families...

Please log onto your account at MySchools.nyc to see your current middle school offer.  If you are not happy with your offer, please contact Ms. Christine Silecchia-Abel, School Counselor at CSilecchiaAbel@schools.nyc.gov or Mrs. Beth Rocco, Parent Coordinator at BRocco@schools.nyc.gov.  If you are happy with your current offer, there is no further action necessary.

 FAQ Sheet  FAQ Sheet Part 2 



Gratitude Activity

The Gratitude Tree

Here’s the perfect gratitude activity. It’s called the Gratitude Tree or Thankful Tree. It’s a fun simple activity to do with your child.

The Gratitude Tree activity teaches children to:

*appreciate the small things in life,

*be grateful for everything they have,

*be mindful of the things that are going right in their lives

*and be grateful for the people they hold closest to their hearts.


Gratitude practice is easy, heartwarming and fun to do.

What you will need: paper, pencil, pen, or crayon, small safety scissors


-Draw a simple tree shape on a piece of paper.

-Cut out simple leaf shapes on plain paper

-Ask your child to write down on the leaf shaped paper, the things for which your child is grateful.

-Tape or glue the gratitude leaves onto the tree branches.

-You’re done! (Please see the picture below for an example of the tree.)

Now your child can display the Gratitude Tree and you can talk together as a family about the things for which you are grateful.


Thankful Tree Craft

More Middle School Information


 Cartoon picture of children 

Please find below, the direct link to the NYC DOE website for middle school information.




Daily Gratitude Activity

 The Gratitude Game 

Middle School Powerpoint for Families

Please see below, the link to the Middle School Offers and Waitlists Powerpoint for Families.



Friendship Soup Recipe