Important Notice

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The Activities of Daily Living Skills Workshop that was scheduled for tomorrow, January 23 is CANCELLED due to the weather conditions. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Safe travels and stay warm!

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A Successful Visit to PS255Q

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Last month, Deputy Chancellor David Weiner came to PS255Q@PS7Q to discuss the new teacher evaluation system along with our school coach from Tweed, Belinda Amoako.
The visit was a great success and the deputy chancellor and  coach were impressed with our program and staff.

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BUS ALERT: Atlantic Bus Service

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IF  your child is on an Atlantic, Amboy, Staten Island Bus, or Atlantic Queens Bus (Atlantic and its affiliates) your child may be affected by a potential disruption in yellow bus service. Atlantic and its affiliates have filed for bankruptcy protection and have informed the NYCDOE that they will cease operation on December 31. The NYCDOE is in the process of identifying other bus vendors to service these routes. You can call OPT during the break at 718 784 3313.
Again, this ONLY  affects children on the Atlantic/Amboy buses.

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Made By Milk – Support PS255Q!

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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 – www.madebymilkcontest.com 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.

Sincerely,

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

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Parent Teacher Conferences Today!

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We hope you all have wonderfully productive meetings today!

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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!!

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Important Message from Guidance Staff & Parent Coordinator

    ****URGENT MESSAGE FOR ALL FAMILIES****

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.

Sincerely,

The Guidance Staff & Parent Coordinator of PS 255Q

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