Welcome to the PS 255 School Counseling Page
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!
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.
Middle School Information
Attention All 5th Grade Families...
Middle School information and timelines have not been released yet.
Please begin researching middle schools of interest. Visit middle school websites and attend middle school open houses.
You will be notified as soon as we get more information from the Office of Enrollment.
Please make sure you have created a NYCSA (NEW YORK CITY SCHOOLS ACCOUNT) to ensure that you receive the most up to date information from NYC.
In addition, please ensure that your child's address is correct in the NYCSA system. This address will dictate to which middle schools your child may apply.
If you have any questions, please email Ms. Silecchia-Abel.
****The Middle School Application deadline for families has not been issued yet. If you have any questions or concerns about your Middle School Application please contact your School Counselor, Ms. Silecchia-Abel at CSilecchiaAbel@schools.nyc.gov.
How to get started on your Middle School Application:
Visit MySchools.nyc and create an account.
Continue to explore middle schools and programs across NYC. Middle School Admissions Welcome Letters were mailed to student home addresses, along with your 5th grader's unique account creation code. If you have not received your Middle School Admissions Welcome Letter, please email Ms. Silecchia-Abel.
Check your address information in MySchools.nyc. If your address information is incorrect, please email the School Counselor, Christine Silecchia-Abel at CSilecchiaAbel@schools.nyc.gov, so that it may be corrected. Please contact Ms. Silecchia-Abel if you have any questions or concerns, regarding Middle School Applications.
Click the link below to access the searchable MySchools Middle School Directory. You may use this to search and explore all middle schools and programs across NYC.
Middle School Information
Visit District 22 Virtual Open Houses:
IS 14 Shell Bank
IS 78 Roy H. Mann
IS 240 Hudde Magnet School of STE(a+)M
Marine Park JHS 278
Watch the NYC Middle School Admissions Video Series
More Middle School Information
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.
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.
Daily Gratitude Activity
Friendship Soup Recipe
Respect For All
Respect For All Week is Friday, February 5, 2021 and Monday, February 8 to Thursday, February 11, 2021.
During this week, we focus on our daily efforts of inclusion, acceptance, diversity, and friendship.
February 5- National No One Eats Alone Day is February 12th. However, since school is closed that day, we recognize this day on Feb 5th this year. We acknowledge this day to combat social and emotional isolation, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
February 8- Anti-Bullying/Cyberbullying
February 9- Respect For Diversity
February 10- Pride & Acceptance
February 11- Celebrating Kindness & Friendship/Being an Ally
Basic Social Media Rules For 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