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

Principal's Message - Fostering Healthy Relationships

Dear Families of P.S.253Q,  

As we approach the halfway point of the school year, I look back in awe of the progress that our pre-k through 5th grade students have demonstrated thus far. In our primary grades, students are engaging in a Collaborative Action research Project initiative, to improve literacy through consistent and explicit guided reading and center based learning.  Our intermediate grades are participating in novel studies, book clubs, concentrated math centers, in addition to the preparation of the upcoming state ELA and Mathematics exams. Students are learning and utilizing strategies that will assist them on exams, as well as in future academic endeavors.  I invite you to attend our progress report information session on Tuesday, February 6th, at 2:20 PM. Your child’s teacher(s) will present essential information pertaining to your student’s portfolio, grade-level expectations, state exams (grades 3-5), and how you can support your child at home.

At P.S. 253Q, we encourage our students to foster healthy relationships with one another, teachers, and family members. This month we begin habit #5- Seek first to understand, then to be understood. This habit teaches the importance of viewing things from others’ points of view, before sharing our own. It also incorporates empathetic listening, respect, mutual understanding, and courage. You can teach listening skills to your children by modeling positive listening behavior; e.g. you can talk to your child about an issue you may argue about and say, “Help me understand your point of view.” Then really listen without interruptions. When your child is finished, repeat in your own words what you heard until he or she acknowledges feeling understood. Then it’s your turn to speak and your child’s turn to listen.

We want every day to be productive for all students. You can help 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


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



Champion On,            

Phoebe Robinson, Principal




Leader in Me: www.leaderinme.org 

As we welcome in January , students have begun implementing Habit 3: Put First Things First

Please utilize the provided links to continue to support all stakeholders in becoming their best selves!

 Links to Habit 3:

Videos and music:



 Books that support Habit 3: Put First Things First

Froggy Gets Dress by Jonathan London

The little Red Hen by Paul Galdone

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Alejandro’s Gift by Richard E. Albert

Jamaica’s Find by Juanita Havill

The Week Mom Unplugged the TV’s by Terry Wolfe Phelan

Irving Black’s Strange Snack by Roz Rosenbluth

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

The TV Kid by Betsy Cromer Byars

Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World by Mildred Pitts Walter

The 3 R’s


  • 100th Day of School- February 13th
  • Respect for All week- February 12th-15th
  • Principal’s Tea & Talk- February 13th @ 9:00 AM
  • Family Night- February 13th @ 4:00 PM
  • Lunar New Year & Midwinter Recess- February 16th-23rd


Read Aloud

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, by Jon Sceiszka

Student Corner:

What is your GPS?

When I read, I first look to find the perspective that the author is writing from.

I use signposts to guide me through the story.

I also look for the main idea, by finding the details to support it.

  • Christian Joseph Class 4-310


  • Mid - Winter Recess

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  • Black History Month Step Show

    Featuring Roaring Tigers - 9 am

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  • Read Across America Day

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