Welcome to PS 253Q: Where We R.O.A.R. Towards Success!!

Principal's Message :

Dear Families of P.S.253Q,  

It is difficult to believe that we have entered the last month of the school year.  As I reflect on the tremendous successes exemplified throughout PS 253Q, I am humbled by the dedication of our teachers, the tenacity of our students and commitment of our parents.  Overall, I have witnessed a growing culture of respect and academic  pride!

As the school year winds down, summer vacation awaits with lots of sun, fun, laughter, and memories that will last a lifetime.  To ensure an academic focus and minimize the “summer slide,” (this occurs when reading, writing, and math levels decline due to a lack of academic engagement), please encourage your child to complete their daily activities in their Summer Learn books.  Also, consider the following suggestions:

  • Develop healthy habits and allow your child to assume more responsibility. Give your child tasks, such as making his or her lunch and helping the family with chores.
  • Post checklists to help your child establish good routines and stay organized.
  • Send your child on a “print hunt.” Challenge your child to find as many different kinds of print throughout the house as possible (e.g., labels, directions, maps).
  • After reading a short story or newspaper article, ask your child to retell the sequence of events using the words first, next, then, and finally.
  • Join the library and take out books that your child is interested in reading.
  • After listening to a television or radio commercial, ask your child to write at least one fact and one opinion that he or she heard.
  • Allow your child to choose an interesting educational program to watch. Ask him or her to take notes during the program and write a paragraph summarizing the show.
  • Have your child complete a book report after reading and completing a book.
  • Ask your child to calculate the area of his or her room. Then, challenge him or her to find the area of every room in your home and make a graph of the results.
  • Help your child estimate the weight of various objects around the house. Then, show your child how to determine the actual weight of the object by weighing him- or herself both with and without the object and subtracting the difference.
  • Continue to study your addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication facts to continue to master and maintain mastery of them.

During this final month of school, I am relying upon your continued reinforcement of 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

Let’s continue to R.O.A.R towards success with Respect Optimism, Achievement and Resilience…

Champion On,                 

Phoebe Robinson, Principal


June is  the season for Awards Ceremonies:

June 12th - Pre-K and Kindergarten @ 9:00 am

June 13th - Grades 1 & 2 @ 9:00 am

June 14th - Grades 3rd, 4th and 5th - 9:00 am



June 18th - Pre - K Moving up - 9:00 am

June 20th - Kindergarten Stepping Up Ceremony - 9:00 am

June 22nd - Grade 5 Graduation


 Leader in Me: www.leaderinme.org 

As we welcome in May, students have begun implementing Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

This is taking all the habits and self-evaluating and practicing them daily. Take the time for you and yourself to reflect and improve. What can you do tomorrow that was better than what you did today? How can you make sure that everyone wins? What did you do right this week? What can you improve on? Was your report card what you had hoped for? 

 Books that support Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems

Henry Hikes to Fitchburg by D. B. Johnson

Me I Am! by Jack Prelutsky

The 3 R’s

The 3 R’s



  • NYS 4th Grade Science Exam- June 4th
  • Dance Festival- pre-k-2- June 5th
  • Dance Festival- 3-5- June 6th
  • Last day of school- June 26th


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

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