Made By Milk – Support PS255Q!

Made BY MIlk

The students at our PS7 site have participated in the Made by Milk contest, by using milk containers to create a train.

We entered the train into the contest and NOW need your help in helping us win.
First prize is $5000 for the school, and we hope to use this money to buy IPads for the classroom.

Please go to the website – and click on the box that says All Grade Levels. Click on the down arrow and hit elementary school 1-5. Our school is listed as PS255Q@PS7 and the name of our train is the PS255Q EXPRESS. On the bottom of the picture, you will see a box that says, “Vote for this entry”. Click on the box to vote. After you vote, the picture of our train with a checkmark will appear, letting you know your vote was counted.

Thank you for your support.


Ms. Gwen, Ms. Jessica, and Ms. Valerie

Pinwheels for Peace

255 @154 has already successfully completed our first joint project with the general education school for the 2013-2014 school year. On September 20 pinwheels made by our students along with pinwheels made by the students of P154 were displayed outside our building. The pinwheels symbolize our combined efforts for peace and harmony. Our “pinwheels for peace” event was enjoyed by the student body and the community. We will keep you posted for our next big project!!

Important Message from Guidance Staff & Parent Coordinator


Please be aware that if you need help at home, or are seeking services for your child and family, you MUST have a current psychological evaluation (including Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale scores) and psychosocial evaluation performed at an outside agency.  Evaluations done at school are NOT accepted by the State as evidence of your child’s disability, when you are applying for outside supportive services.

This means that if your child is aged 4.9 through 8, you must have this testing done EVERY YEAR at an outside agency.

If your child is 9 or older, you must have this testing done every THREE YEARS.

The process for applying for supportive services to help care for your child with autism has changed.  In order to access any or all of the following services, you must keep your child’s evaluations current, according to their age outlined above:

–       Afterschool program

–       Respite

–       In-Home Behavior Modification training

–       Weekend Recreation program

–       Medicaid Service Coordinator

–       Obtaining the Medicaid Waiver to get Community Habilitation for your child (you can get help with homework, toilet training, learning to do chores, etc.  Your child will be assigned a worker who will target specific skill areas of your choice, to promote productivity and independence)

OPWDD requires that ALL families who would like any or all of the above services call the Front Door Initiative at (718) 217-6485.  You can register to receive these services ONLY if your child’s evaluations are UP-TO-DATE.  If you do NOT have a full psychological evaluation and psychosocial (from an outside agency within the time frames outlined above), you will NOT be considered eligible to apply for and receive these helpful services.

Please do not wait for a crisis to occur within your family.  We STRONGLY recommend that you keep your child’s evaluations up-to-date, so that when you need help, you will be eligible and your child/family will not have to wait, or will have a minimal wait.

The agencies on the link below perform these evaluations for FREE.

Click on this link to view the list of agencies: Agency resources

If you already have Medicaid, they will accept Medicaid as payment.  If you do NOT have Medicaid, you can arrange to have your child tested for FREE.

If you need further clarification or assistance, please call the Guidance Counselor at your child’s school (Jill Molden or Maryellen Barnes) or our Parent Coordinator, Daniry Lopez (cell ph# 347-563-4496).

We cannot stress the importance of this enough.  Just as you schedule your child’s annual physical examination with his or her pediatrician, you should schedule his or her psychological evaluation and psychosocial EVERY YEAR between the ages of 4.9 and 8.  If your child is 9 or more, you need to perform these tests every three years.  Doing so will ensure that you can access help when you need it most.

Again, we are here to help if you have any further questions or concerns.


The Guidance Staff & Parent Coordinator of PS 255Q

Article: Why Kids With Autism May Avoid Eye Contact

Here is an excerpt from an eye-opening article from the Live Science website:

Eye Contact article

Children with autism often have difficulty making eye contact, and now a new study suggests this may be due in part to how their brains process visual information, rather than being purely a social deficit.

In the study, children with autism showed activity over a larger area of the brain’s cortex when an image was placed in the periphery of their visual field, compared with when the image was placed in the center of their visual field. The opposite was true in children who did not have the disorder.

Read the rest of the article here:

A Great Way To Donate Towards The Education Of Our Children…

Each spring for the past few years, I have been teaching my class about the life cycle of a chicken.  We have hatched live chicks in our classroom and conducted many exciting science experiments to go along with this unit of study!

    When our incubator broke, I decided to try Donors Choose, since many of our teachers  at PS255 had success in posting items for their classrooms and having them funded.  I gave it a try – it is really a simple process – and my project was funded in SIX WEEKS!!!  Now, our students can study the Life Cycle of a Chicken with a brand new incubator and watch the process unfold right before their eyes!  Three of our classes will be hatching chickens this spring – Ms. Tricia, Ms. Megan, and Ms. Cecelia’s classes.

    Donors Choose is a wonderful site in which families and friends can contribute any amount of money towards the education of their loved ones!  Simply go to and search “PS255” to see which of our teachers have items that they need funded.  All donations made on Donors Choose are tax-deductible, and the best part is that you are supporting our classes and enriching the education of our students!!

     I would like to extend a special thank you to the families of Naquan Alston and Christos Bountouvas for their generous donations to Donors Choose for our classroom incubator!!

    We have begun our unit lesson and our chicks will be hatching by the end of May!  Stop by and visit…..experience the wonders of the Life Cycle of a Chicken!!!

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We have exciting news….. three of our chicks hatched on May 23, 2013!!!   The students saw one of the chicks pecking its way out of the egg!!!  The other two baby chicks hatched in the early morning before school started.  The chicks that hatched were from two white eggs, and one was from a brown egg.  The chickens that hatched from the white eggs have yellow fur and are Leghorn Chickens.  The chicken from the brown egg, has brown fur, and it is a Rhode Island Chicken!  We are all very happy!! We have two more eggs that are cracking open!! The students are truly enjoying this unit on Hatching Chickens!!

Written by Tricia Kelly, PS255 at PS151

To support the teachers of PS255 on Donors Choose, select any of the following below:

Donors Choose for our PS255 at PS7 Unit
Donors Choose for our PS255 at PS151 Unit
Donors Choose for our PS255 at PS128 Unit
Donors Choose for our PS255 at PS307 Unit

Samuel Stern Award Presented to PS255Q Student!

Samuel Stern Award
Principal Richard Marowitz, Lucas, and his teacher, Victoria Barone at the Samuel Stern Awards Ceremony.

On Tuesday, May 21st, fourth grader Lucas Roszkowski, was presented with the Samuel Stern.  Lucas was nominated for this award because of his remarkable progress over the past four years.  Lucas has shown improvement in his behavior and social skills and a true passion for learning.  Last year he moved from a six student class to an 8:1:1 and next year he will be attending an inclusion program.  On behalf of the entire team that worked with Lucas – all of his teachers, paraprofessionals, and therapists, his parents Rob and Fernanda, unit coordinator Josephine Morales, assistant principals Gregg Lopez and Jeanne Zucker, and his principal, Richard Marowitz:

Lucas, we are all so proud of you!

Written by: Victoria Barone, PS255 at PS 151

PS255 at the District 75’s Best Practices Fair

The theme of District 75’s Best Practices Fair was “The Power of One, The Power of Many”. Each of our sites worked on projects focusing on the theme. The Superintendent  of District 75 commented on the wonderful “authentic student work” and complimented our school for our creative display . Parents, teachers and supervisors attending the fair enjoyed the work and walked away with ideas and gifts.
Here are some examples :