Storm Alert: Expect bus delays tomorrow, March 5th

All Parents,
Please expect delays with buses both in the AM and PM on Thursday March 5, 2015. Listen to the news for any announcements from the Department of Education. We expect school to be open  but road conditions could be difficult.
Below is an announcement from Notify NYC this morning:
Notification issued 3/4/15 at 7:06 AM. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens from 7:00 PM, March 4th to 7:00 PM, Thursday, March 5th. The current forecast calls for 4-8 inches of snow. Visibilities are expected to be approximately one quarter to one half mile at times. A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for Manhattan and The Bronx from 7:00 PM, March 4th to 7:00 PM, Thursday, March 5th. The current forecast calls for 3-6 inches of snow. For updates please visit:


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Catch Your Daily News From Class 322 News

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Catch Your Daily News From Class 322 News

Time to watch the 322 News Broadcast with our very own Anchor, awesome Adam Rios with his Co-host kind Kevin. Likable Luis and jumpy Justin are our very own Wacky Weather guys along for the news ride with dynamic Demetri  and eager Eric giving you their version of our up to date special events and gossip report.  And of course to complete our fantastic news team is cool Cameron and jubilant John bringing up the rear with the sports to give you a great ending to an extraordinary news broadcast !

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Parents and Staff Building A Better World

January 27, 2015

Dear Parents,

I can’t believe that January of 2015 is coming to an end! I hope you are all doing well and having a productive school year. On behalf of the PTA Executive Board, I want to thank all of the parents and staff that came to Cultural Night in December. It was a wonderful evening together and a nice way to celebrate the diversity in our school. I want to thank the parents who donated all of the delicious food and desserts and The Aguilar family for donating some of the baskets raffled. I especially want to thank Helen Pappageorge for helping the team to prepare for the event and for acquiring so many donations, including the television. The raffles were an incredible success raising $1,232! Thank you all for your support. We truly appreciate it. With some of this money, the PTA executive board is planning a fun event for our families at PS255. Stay tuned for an invitation to a “Spring Fling” in March!

The school depends, in great part, on parent involvement. At this time, I ask you to consider making yourself part of the school’s parent leadership teams. Our involvement not only effects our own children, but it can affect the success of every child that attends PS255. Become involved and you can become an advocate and a voice for all of our children. I know it seems distant, but in May we will be having elections for all positions of the PTA Executive Board and we will be needing parents for the SLT (School Leadership Team). Please consider participating and becoming involved, it can make a difference.

During our February meeting (2/12/15), we will be holding elections for the Secretary position of the PTA Executive Board. You can contact me for any information regarding the position. The Secretary is an important member of the team. He/She is responsible for recording all minutes during meetings. In addition, we ask if you can participate in helping to plan events and fundraisers. Teamwork is crucial in making any event a success, and we will appreciate any help that you can give! Personally, it’s been incredible being President of the team. I’ve made good friends and learned a lot about how better to advocate for my children. If you are interested in running for the position, please email Emily Taylor at:

            We truly appreciate your continued support and participation. We look forward to seeing you all at our upcoming meetings and events.


Nora Eckert
Francine Kleiss
Erika Hunt

Click here for the original letter: January Newsletter -PTA


From the AHRC:





Managing challenging behaviors can be one of the most stressful aspects of parenting. This meeting will focus on providing families with practical strategies they can use at home to help decrease unwanted behaviors. Preventative, alternative skill-building reinforcement and desensitization strategies will all be discussed. Cindy Leahy, a Special Education teacher for 23 years and lifetime AHRC New York City member will give real-life examples from her experience as a teacher and parent. Family members, guardians and professionals who attend will have the opportunity to speak about their own experiences with unmanageable behaviors and will hopefully leave with a greater understanding of why challenging behaviors may occur and how families can successfully intervene at home and a knowledge that they are not alone in their struggles. The meeting will also explore the possibility of future meetings as a support group. Please join us!


Mary Donahue, Ph.D., Director of Psychology for Adult Day Services & The Education Department, AHRC New York City
Cindy Leahy, 
Special Education Teacher and Parent


FEBRUARY 11, 2015
From 7:15PM-9:15PM


AHRC New York City’s Cyril Weinberg Center
32-03 39th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101

Do You Like To Walk?

Do you like to walk? Ms. Jenny Kim’s class from PS 255 @ 154Q does! Her students engaged in a multidisciplinary curriculum on walking. Over the course of 2 weeks, they tracked their walking habits with pedometers, learned about walking safety and learned how walking was beneficial for their health and for their environment.

As a culminating project, the students created a PSA encouraging you to get up and walk. This PSA was submitted to a competition via the NYC Department of Transportation and won 3rd place out of 30 submissions!

Students of Ms. Jenny Kim’s class of P.S 255 @154Q like to walk and invite you to walk with them too. Please enjoy below:

We Like To Walk

Thursday, December 11: PS255Q Multi-Cultural Night

Multicultural Night

Multi-Cultural Night:
Let’s all Celebrate our Diversity.
Come and join us for a night of fun and learning!!

The PTA invites you to listen to music from different countries, taste their food, get to know their flags drawn by our students, see their maps and their costumes. We will have a diversity of cultures represented. If you want, you can bring a dish of a traditional food from your country. Some of our students will be awarded the “Student of the Month” certificate, and we will raffle great prizes such as a 40”TV,a Keurig coffee maker, and other prizes. For more information, please call Yocasta Pena-Brent (347)563-4496 or email at
Hope to see you there!!

PS255 at PS154 Weather Election Event!

In the spirit of PS255’s new UNIQUE theme “WEATHER” for November and December as well as the recent Election Day, all the classes at 154 collaborated to create different activities to support the curriculum. This special weather/election day event was held on Thursday, November 6. Staff created modified ballots and our very own voting booth!

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