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Principal's Message :

September 5, 2018


Dear P.S.253Q Families,


The faculty, staff and administration of P.S.253Q are excited to welcome you back to school.  We expect an engaging and appropriately challenging year of education for all of our students. 


Aligned with our school’s mission and vision, we have recommitted ourselves to facilitate our students’ journey toward success; preparing them to thrive academically and social-emotionally in the 21st Century.

Skillfully, our teachers will continue to engage students in Common Core aligned lessons and activities to enhance their critical thinking and problem solving skills.  We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you, while aiming to position our students in their Driver’s Seat, with the academic skills and social emotional balance they will need to navigate their independent journey.  Ambitiously, our goal is to ensure that students in K-2 are reading on level by first grade and ALL students are performing at grade level proficiency in ELA and Math.  Joining us, on this journey are:

  • Ms. Bua (3rdh Grade ICT)
  • Ms. Perez (K Grade ICT )
  • Mr. Munoz (K/1 SC)
  • Ms. Phyllis James (Parent Coordinator)

Kindly join me in extending a huge welcome into the P.S.253Q Family.  

Our new members have a clear understanding of the urgency in our work.  They are fully committed to enriching parent opportunities, furthering support our students in becoming college and career ready through engagement in high quality academic experiences, the development of social-emotional balance and continued school-wide health and wellness.

We all pledge our persistence in doing the best to carry out our responsibilities and ask that you continue to guide and support your child by reinforcing our school’s expectations for both learning and behavior at home and making sure that he/she:

1)  Attends school daily and arrives on time, in full academic attire and ready for the day’s learning experience                                                                                                       

2)  Completes and submits all homework assignments given by teachers                      

3)  Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills                        

4)  Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life                                                                                                                     

5)  Informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject      

6)  Understands that you expect him/her to succeed in school and is college and career ready

Attached is a copy of our school’s  P S 253Q - Behavioral Matrix.docx  and  P S 253Q - School Discipline Policy.docx .  P.S. 253Q’S Discipline Policy will be implemented in conjunction with NYC DOE Citywide Standards of Discipline and Intervention Measures, as per the behavioral infraction.  Please review the documents with your child.  If you have any questions about the rules and expectations, please feel free to contact me or to discuss them with your child’s teacher. It is very important that all of our students and their families are fully informed regarding standards related to appropriate behavior for a safe and productive school year.  Additionally, please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher/s, parent coordinator or Administrators, should there be any need.  We are here to support you.

In our focus to increase parent engagement and our volunteer program, I am certain that our students can benefit from your presence and participation in school activities.  Some areas you can consider being a part of are:

  • PTA
  • SLT
  • Reading Partners
  • PARP Mystery Readers
  • Class Parent

To find out more about how you can become a Parent Volunteer, please begin the conversation with your child’s teacher or Ms. James, our Parent Coordinator.

Lastly, I am excited about all that the future has in store for 253Q and look forward to the journey ahead as we R.O.A.R towards success with Respect Optimism, Achievement and Resilience

Remember, Because We BELIEVE... Our Kids Will SUCCEED


Champion On!


Mrs. Phoebe Grant-Robinson



Phoebe Grant Robinson

Assistant Principal:

Candra Sutherland
Matthew Goodman

Parent Coordinator: 

Phyllis James


Jennifer Ambert


Please look forward to our Annual P.S. 253Q Kick-off celebration!!


Please remember to reinforce our Leader in Me Social Emotional Balance Goals over the summer.  You can reference the below link for ideas and books to support each of the 8 Habits.

 Leader in Me: 

The 3 R’s

The 3 R’s



  • Don't Forget to Read Daily
  • First Day of School - September 5, 2018



Student Corner:

What is your GPS?

Before I read on a test, I read the questions, then I read the passage. I go back and find my answers, searching for evidence to prove my answer.

-Yonathan Taveras- 4/5-322


  • Summer Reading Assembly

    Summer Reading Recognition Assembly

    Time TBD

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