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January Greetings

Principal Gregg Lopez Smiling
Mr Gregg Lopez

To all P255Q Community Members,                                                                  

Hello and welcome to 2019. Winter is here, though we have yet to have had major snow, the wind has been blowing and temperatures are quite frigid. With the new season, our school curriculum has shifted onto our new area of focus, Physical Science. Students will focus on a variety of science concepts. In  grades K-2 the ‘5 Senses’, grades 3-5 the ‘phases of matters’, grades 6-8 ‘property changes’ with a focus on cooking, and grades 9-12 the Unique ‘transition’ grade bands with a focus on vocational life skills.  All of the instructional bands provide access to common core standards with instructional materials that are adapted to meet our students at their learning level.  Be on the lookout for science experiments and science homework.

With a New Year, many of us set goals and New Year resolutions. One I have set forth is to be more mindful in the presence of others. Many NYC school have begun to undertake the practice of ‘mindfulness’. At 255Q for the last 10 years we have participated in a program to support our students that prepares them to learn. Get Ready to Learn (GRTL) is a therapeutic, research based yoga program, which helps improve attending and self-regulation skills for our students. This school year, we have 18 classes from our elementary school sites participating in the program each morning as part of their routine. We have expanded the program this year to our 128 site in Middle Village.  Video modeling through GRTL assists our students in getting their minds and bodies into an optimal state for learning to take place. Teachers have reported that student’s exhibit decreased interfering behaviors and greater ability to focus after completing the routine each morning in the classroom. The program is supported by facilitators from our Occupational and Physical Therapy Departments.

Get Ready to Learn Logo

Continue to look out for school calendar and keep checking in on the school website p225q.org for upcoming school events. In December we had a PTA sponsored ‘Winterland Dance’ in which over 150 family members, students and staff gathered to celebrate the holiday season. It was a huge success.  I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming school event.

Sincerely,

Gregg Lopez

Principal

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Happy Holidays from P255Q

We’ve had a lot of fun at our holiday celebrations at all of our sites. Some of our parents came to make holiday crafts. We had lively sing-alongs. A very special visitor came to all of our sites. Here are some of the highlights.

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December Parent Support Group

Snowman and painted baubles.
Our festive crafts.

The Parent Support Group welcomed parents and guardians from across the eight sites to come together and take some well deserved time for themselves during this busy month. Families were able to create a fun festive craft while chatting, getting to know each other and sharing some treats. It was a great morning! Our next daytime Parent Support group will be on January 8th, 2019 and the next evening Sibling Support group  will be on January 16th, 2019. All are welcomed! 

Families decorating baubles.
Families getting crafty.

Adults concentrating on decorating baubles.
Decorated Baubles
The fruits of our work.
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Congratulations VSA Winners!

Two of our very talented students, Yusuf Sayedy and Alexandra Martinez-Narcia’s  artwork was selected for the 2019 VSA NYC Calendar by Marquis Studios. Marquis Studios is an arts education organization that publishes a calendar every year to feature the work of our most talented student artists. 

On Dec. 5th our students  went to receive their awards at the Annual VSA NYC Ceremony in New York City. Many NYC Council Members were honored for their funding to support arts programs in District 75 schools. Yusef and Alexandra were supported by our amazing Art teacher, Mrs. Wendy Schwerdt. Well Done!

Their winning artwork was exhibited in the Pratt Manhattan Gallery in an exhibit entitled” Community Heroes and Helpers”. Collaborating on this project not only fostered our students artistic growth, but also allowed them to share ideas about people in our community who work hard to protect our environment. As you can see, Yusuf and Alexandra are very proud of themselves!       

2 students holding a calendar featuring their artwork, accompanied by their art teacher.
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A letter from our new Assistant Principal

Dear Parents and Families:

Meghan KozakI am honored to have been chosen to become the next assistant principal at P255Q. I began my educational career as a 1:1 paraprofessional for students with autism. Soon thereafter, I was hired as a literacy coverage teacher for P255Q in February, 2009. I then taught in both 6:1:1 and 8:1:1 middle school classrooms up until last year when I became the unit coordinator at our elementary site in Middle Village. All of these experiences have shaped my educational philosophy and passion for working with our students and their families. I look forward to meeting and working with you and your child in this new role as the assistant principal at our P7 and PS 307 sites. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at any time. I can be reached via email at mkozak@schools.nyc.gov as well as by phone at 718-899-6528 (P7) or 718-779-5241 (PS 307). Looking forward to an exciting school year together!

Respectfully yours,

Meghan Kozak

Assistant Principal

Newsletters, School-wide Events

November Newsletter

Principal Gregg Lopez Smiling

Hello, we all appreciate the arrival of November and it is here.  As the leaves fall, it signals a time of year when we celebrate the greater school community and give thanks for all of the blessings in our lives.  The connection of school, home, and community is an essential part of P255Q’s vision and mission. With our weekly community experience walks, our elementary students are currently integrating our geography unit of study by learning the names of streets as well as learning how to navigate them safely.  They may also be collecting leaves for an art project. Our middle school students engage in pre-vocational experiences as they are open the School Store in which they learn shopping, stocking, and management skills. They may also use some of local stores as models to practice functional academic skills. Our high school students are beginning real work experiences with St. John’s University, CVS drugstores and Visiting Nursing Services. We are proud of all of the work our students accomplish while engaged in these community activities.

November is also a time for parent teacher conferences.  This is a great opportunity for us to update each other on student progress. Attending conferences provides a chance for teachers to share information specific to your child and for parents to ask important questions.

We just had a school movie night, which was attended by over 70 family members and students. It was a huge success enjoyed by everyone.  Keep checking the school calendar and the school website p225q.org for upcoming events, we hope to see you and your family at one of them soon.

Sincerely,

Gregg Lopez

Principal

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Welcome to the new school year!

Principal Gregg Lopez SmilingWelcome to school year 2018/2019.   I am very excited to begin this year as the new Principal of P255Q. I started teaching at 255Q in 1998 and then became an Assistant Principal in 2001.  During my tenure, I have learned many things from the teaching professionals, our students and their families. Our school community is our greatest resource! We will continue many of our best teaching practices, as well as seek out additional resources and ways to support the development of your child.

We have welcomed many new students, their parents as well as new staff to the P255 family on September 5th.  There will be much to do, and it will take a few days for all to get back into the routine of a full school day.

Parents, be sure to include a communication book in your child’s backpack so we may begin communicating to you as the year begins. You will receive many notifications from the school and opportunities to participate in parent workshops, support groups as well as participation in school events. Parents of new students will also have a new student orientation to meet the teachers and myself.  I look forward to seeing you at one of the many school functions.

Sincerely,

Gregg Lopez

Principal