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Welcome to the PS 255 School Counseling Page

School begins September 7, 2023 for students.

Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year!

I am Ms. Silecchia-Abel,  School Counselor.


My primary role here at school is to assist students in developing skills to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. I assist students in developing these skills now, so that they may utilize and expand on them throughout life to be healthy productive community members.  

As a school counselor, I help students learn to develop effective collaboration and cooperation skills, to practice perseverance, to develop time management and study skills, and to learn self-motivation and self-direction habits.

Another important role I have here at P.S. 255 is to guide all 5th grade families through the Middle School Application Process. Please scroll down to the section below titled "Middle School Information" for the most current information, deadline dates, and important links regarding the Middle school Application Process.

I am available to families each day beginning at 8:00 AM. If you have any questions or concerns, the best and quickest way to reach me is via email at CSilecchiaAbel@schools.nyc.gov. You may also reach me by telephone at 718-376-8494.

You will find useful resources here for students and families.

If you need any assistance, information, or guidance, please reach out to me. 


SEL- Social Emotional Learning

Staff, students, and families working together for social, emotional and academic success!!

What Is the CASEL Framework? - CASEL


Click on the link below for a short video about SEL-Social Emotional Learning


Middle School Information

March 2024:

Middle School Offers will be released in early April.

December 11, 2023

The Middle School Application portal in MySchools is now closed to families. If you need any assistance with anything related to the Middle School Application, please contact Ms. Silecchia-Abel, School Counselor, by email CSilecchiaAbel@schools.nyc.gov or telephone 718-376-8494.

September 2023

Attention All 5th Grade Families...

Middle School Application process information will be arriving shortly. Please visit MySchools.nyc  to begin researching information about possible middle school program choices for your child.  Account creation codes will be available in the coming weeks, so that you can create an account for your child.  These codes are not available yet.


Here are some tentative key dates for Fall 2024 Middle School Admissions:

  • Wednesday, October 11: MS Application Opens
  • Friday, December 8: MS Application Closes
  • Wednesday, April 3: MS Offer Release


You are invited!!

Please join us for a Middle School Admissions and Application Information Session for 5th grade families. 

Wednesday, October 25, 2023, 6:00PM-7:00PM, Virtual Session

Please click on the document below.

 10 25 23 Middle School Application Process 8 5 11 in.pdf 

District 22 Middle School Virtual Open House Information


Please join Superintendent Bove for a very informative District 22 Virtual Town Hall

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

6:30 PM -7:30 PM

 Bove Back to School Town Hall 09152023.pdf 


Attention all 4th and 5th grade students and families...

Please see the information below regarding the upcoming District 22 Middle School Fair

Date: 10/5/23
Time: 5:30 PM- 7:30 PM
Location: I.S. 14 Shell Bank
2424 Batchelder Street
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11235

 Middle School Fair D22 091523.pdf 

All 4th & 5th grade students and families are encouraged to attend our District 22 Middle School Open Houses. The schedule can be found by clicking the link below.

Community School District 22 (google.com)



Middle School Application Process Live Event

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Virtual Family Events

The NYC DOE Middle School Admissions office will be hosting a series of virtual events for elementary school families about middle school admissions. Each event will be virtual and will cover the same content, but different events will provide interpretation in different languages.

  • Tuesday, October 17, 5pm – 6pm | Interpretation provided in: Bangla, Korean, Spanish 
  • Wednesday, October 18, 5pm – 6pm | Interpretation provided in: Chinese (Mandarin), Haitian Creole, Urdu
  • Thursday, October 195pm – 6pm | Interpretation provided in: Arabic, French, Russian  

Families who signed up for our DOE newsletter or with a MySchools.nyc account will receive an email inviting them to participate in these events. Feel free to share the flyer below with your school community.

   Fall 2024-Virtual-MS-Flyer 1.pdf 

2023-2024 Middle School Admissions Updates:


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2023-2024 Info:

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



Please click this link below to search and explore all middle schools and programs across NYC. You may click on the language of your choice, once on the site. 


Stress Relief Video For Students



Middle school applicants have a priority to attend the same school as their sibling, as follows:

  • At schools where the final year is eighth grade,
    • Middle school applicants with siblings currently in sixth or seventh grade have priority to attend their sibling’s school.
    • If the school has younger grades (for example, grades K-8), middle school applicants with siblings currently in kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, or fifth, sixth, or seventh grade have priority to attend their sibling’s school.
  • At schools that continue through twelfth grade, middle school applicants with siblings currently in sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, or eleventh grade have priority to attend their sibling’s school. 

What defines a sibling in admissions? This priority includes any full-siblings, half-siblings, step-siblings, and/or foster siblings who live in the same household as the applicant. Please note that this sibling priority pertains to students participating in this current admissions process, and not to students who are already enrolled in middle school. 

During the application period, be sure to list your sibling's school on your application if you want to attend it! However, you do not have to list it first.

  • Applicants will keep the same priority to attend their sibling’s school whether you list it first or last on their application.
  • The best strategy for all families stays the same: list programs on your child's application in your true order of preference. For instance, if you listed your child's sibling’s school second and the applicant does not get into their first-choice school, they will still have a priority to attend their sibling’s school.
  • Please note that middle school programs admitting students through the audition, language criteria, talent test, or screened admissions methods do not have a sibling priority, as those programs have distinct criteria for admission.
  • Search for a middle school here(Open external link) to see who is eligible for a sibling priority at that school.

Have questions about sibling priority for middle school? Email us at MSenrollment@schools.nyc.gov


Friendship Soup Recipe

Respect For All

Respect for All is the NYC DOE system-wide response to bullying and harassment. We are committed to keeping our school safe, supportive, and free from discrimination.

It is the policy of the Department of Education to maintain a safe and supportive learning environment that is free from harassment, intimidation and/or bullying and from discrimination on account of actual or perceived race, color, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship/immigration status, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability or weight.

Respect For All Week is Monday, February 12, 2024 through Friday, February 16, 2024.

During this week, we focus on our daily efforts of inclusion, acceptance, diversity, and friendship.

February 12  Anti-Bullying/Cyberbullying 

February 13 Respect For Diversity 

February 14 Pride & Acceptance

February 15 Celebrating Kindness & Friendship/Being an Ally 

Friday, February 16 is National No One Eats Alone Day.  We acknowledge this day to combat social and emotional isolation. 

Please visit the link below to see more information and resources concerning Respect For All.

Please click on the video below.




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

Daily Gratitude Activity

 The Gratitude Game 

Social Media and Elementary School-Age Children

Set up accounts together

Show your child/children how to flag inappropriate conduct.

If you wouldn't let your children have unsupervised play dates, don't let them go online by themselves. Remember, the social skills they bring to online worlds are the same ones they have (or don't have) in real life.

Establish codes of conduct

Do your homework. Make sure you check out sites before you let your child go online.

Set time limits.

Make sure your children never share their passwords.

Keep the computer in a central place.

Stress Relief Video

Helpful Resources

 Please click below to see information about the upcoming virtual information session regarding Middle School Offers and Waitlists.

 Spring-2024-MS-Virtual-flyer-English 1.pdf 


District 22 Parent Workshop on Tuesday, March 19, 6:30 PM

Dealing with Digital Drama,   

Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/9582728293?omn=91415163628  Haitian Interpretation Phone 1-347-966-4114 ID: 501 194 979# , 

Russian Interpretation Phone 1-347-966-4114 ID: 429 956 601# , 

Spanish Interpretation Phone 1-347-966-4114 ID: 573 309 03#  

View flyer https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1fnlVdf-5ObGR8-uCmfCelnhq1ST0_FR8?usp=sharing 



Summer Rising 2024

Summer Rising 2024 is a partnership between New York City Public Schools and the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD). Summer Rising is free and available to all NYC students in grades K-8. Students in Summer Rising will have access to both academic and enrichment programming over the course of the day, including field trips, arts activities, and outdoor recreation. 

Programs will be full-day, in-person, and planned and operated collaboratively by school principals and community-based organizations (CBOs). Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be served.

Learn more: Summer Rising 2024 Webpage

There’s a world of discovery, creativity, and fun waiting for NYC students in Grades K-8 at #SummerRising. 🌞🖍️

Learn more about it today: http://schools.nyc.gov/SummerRising

At #SummerRising free breakfast, lunch, and snacks are on the menu! It’s one of the many reasons to sign up for this free program. 😋🍎

Multilingual learners / English language learners will be given culturally responsive and student-centered academic opportunities at #SummerRising. 🌐

Everyone is invited to #SummerRising. 🫶

If a student with disabilities requires additional support to participate in programming—such as a paraprofessional—they will receive those supports

Help spread the word—#SummerRising is almost here! 🗣️



Adult Education Classes/Learn English

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 School 6 Flyer PS_IS109_ESL_ 2023-Registration_123.jpg 



January 24 6:30 PM District 22 Parent Workshop Buddies not Bullies

-Learn how to spot bullying. We will understand what bullying looks like and sounds like to help prevent it from happening and share talking tips.

Wednesday, January 24, 2024  6:30 PM -7:30 PM

Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/9582728293 Arabic, Russian and Spanish Interpretation View Flyers https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1xWO9gypMFlzKlEWJRUOmssEmu9lnSn5w?usp=sharing