Queens Borough-Wide Conference this Saturday April 6

NYC Parent Academy presents:Queens Borough-Wide Conference
Date: Saturday April 6, 2013
Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Young Women’s Leadership School
150-91 87 Road Queens, New York 11432

Conference Topics Include:
“Creating Welcoming Schools” (Standard 3 of the Partnership Standards)
“Identifying Resources/Local Organizations to Support Your Child’s Learning and Developmental Needs”

Click on the following for more details: ParentAcademyConferenceApril6

Spring Is Here!

Spring Break Flowers

Spring is here! Hopefully this snowy and rainy weather stops soon so we can enjoy the Spring weather! There are a few events coming up that everyone at P255 is getting ready for:

First, we have Gym Night at P7 (80-55 Cornish Avenue Elmhurst) on Friday March 22nd from 6PM to 8PM. Come by for some free play and organized activities! Don’t forget your sneakers!

Next, SPRING BREAK! Schools will be closed from March 25 to April 2nd. Students return to school on April 3rd. Have a wonderful vacation!

Brainpop’s Online March Resources

BrainpopDid you know that the educational website Brainpop has a free app version? Brainpop periodically offers free webinars. Here is a list of March webinars.  Click here for details and to RSVP. Forgot how to login to Brainpop or BrainpopJr? Email us at PS255Q@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 6
3:30 pm ET
BrainPOP’s Resources: An Overview

Explore the ins and outs of our resources with this hour-long overview. We’ll cover best practices for using BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr. (K-3), and highlight the newest features on BrainPOP Educators and GameUp. You’ll leave with an arsenal of tips for getting the most out of your subscription. It’s perfect for newbies and veterans alike!

Wednesday, March 13
3:30 pm ET
Get Your Game On: BrainPOP and the National STEM Video Game Challenge 

You’ve heard about the tremendous potential games have for learning and engagement, but how do you bring them into your own classroom? This webinar, featuring our friends at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, highlights different ways to implement game-based learning. You’ll also get the details on the National STEM Video Game Challenge: work with your students as they design their own games and strengthen their STEM skills.

Wednesday, March 20
3:30 pm ET
BrainPOP and the Flipped Classroom

Make homework fun and involve parents: try a “flipped” lesson! We welcome Katie Neville, master educator with more than 40 years of classroom experience and a current Technology Resource Teacher for Loudoun County (VA) Public Schools. She’ll show you how to build a flipped lesson using BrainPOP resources and our integration with Google. Explore different ways to engage parents and students in the process and hear some alternatives for those who don’t have internet access at home.

Wednesday, March 27
6 pm ET
Exploring Possibilities With “POPstar” Lisa Parisi

Join “POPstar” Lisa Parisi (New Hyde Park, NY) for the first installment of a three-part webinar series entitled “Exploring Possibilities.” A long-time game- and project-based learning champion, Lisa will describe some of her innovative approaches to curriculum, pedagogy and 5th-graders in general. We’re so excited to have Lisa with us, and look forward to hearing her perspectives on effective and appropriate use of technology in the classroom.


Message From The Chancellor

February 20, 2013

Dear Parents,

I’m writing to inform you that school bus service resumed today, Wednesday, February 20. I am pleased to welcome drivers and matrons, who provide critical transportation services for our students, back to work. Last week, the City accepted a significant number of bids on school-age bus contracts for the first time in more than 30 years, with the potential to secure better bus service for our students, contain soaring costs, and transfer the savings to our classrooms.

I know that the challenges of the past month have been difficult for many families and I am tremendously grateful for everything you have done to support your child’s transportation and learning needs. Please be aware that just like the first day of school, there may be delays and disruptions as buses return to their routes. Please carefully review the following information as bus service resumes:

If you or your child received a MetroCard from your child’s school for use while bus service was interrupted, please note that the card will expire today, Wednesday, February 20. The Department of Education will receive a credit for the pro-rated dollar amount for any cards that are returned. Please help the DOE limit costs by returning these MetroCards to your child’s school.

If your family worked with private transportation providers to transport your child to school, or incurred transportation costs due to the strike (whether by taxi, car service, or use of your personal vehicle), please note that reimbursements and assignment-of-payment accommodations are no longer in effect. Please submit any reimbursement requests by Friday, March 22. Reimbursement forms will remain available on our web site at http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/Transportation/News/striketravelreimbursement.htm for the next 30 days.

If your child has an IEP and missed instruction or related services because of the strike, your child’s school or Committee on Special Education (CSE) will reach out to you in the coming days to discuss possibilities for additional supports.

If you have any outstanding issues or questions, you can continue to access up-to-date information by calling our Office of Pupil Transportation hotline (718) 392-8855 and by visiting the route finder online at http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/Transportation/default.htm.

Thank you again for your patience and understanding throughout this process. We look forward to welcoming our students back with a reliable and high-quality transportation routine.


Dennis M. Walcott Chancellor

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Bus Strike is Over

Dear Parents,

The bus strike is over!!!  We look forward to seeing all our children on Wednesday. In the days to follow we will update you on any news concerning lost related services.

For now, I hope all goes well with the buses on Wednesday. Call your unit if there are any problems and we will try to help you.

I look forward to seeing the kids and you in the coming weeks.

Richard Marowitz

Bus Strike Update: Coverage of Trip Costs


The NYC Department of Education is now offering coverage of return trip costs (from school in the morning and to school in the afternoon) for parents who demonstrate extenuating circumstances such as financial hardship or transportation difficulty. Coverage of return trip costs can apply to either mileage (for parents driving a child to school) or car services (for parents accompanying a child to school).

If this applies to you, please call your unit coordinator. The school will need to approve this and send the information to the NYC DOE.

Let’s hope for an early end to the bus strike.

Yours truly,

Richard Marowitz

News from the Principal


Dear Parents,

At this writing, the bus strike is still affecting many of our students at PS255 and throughout the city. The Department of Education is hoping for an early resolution so all students can return to school.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s unit or the Parent Coordinator Daniry Lopez at (347) 563-4496. Our Teachers are happy to help and send home work for your child or you can call and speak directly to the teacher. If your child cannot get to school you can check our website for information and resources, Http://ps255q.org.

As you know, all N.Y.C. schools have been reviewing safety protocols since the tragedy at Sandy Hook in Connecticut. Our teaching staff is aware of the procedures and we will be vigilant in keeping our children safe. During parent teacher conferences in the Spring, please ask any questions you may have about safety as well as your child’s education. You will be getting information shortly on the date and time of the conferences.

In the next few months you will also be receiving information about next year if your child is graduating from our middle or high school program. Or, if they will be articulating (moving up) from their elementary school. The district 75 placement office makes all decisions but we will help you throughout the process.

The winter is just beginning so remember to update any phone numbers or emergency contacts in case of any weather related issues so we can keep in touch with you in the event of a problem at school. Thank you for your continued support to our school and your child’s education.

Yours Truly,

Richard Marowitz