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 enter into the final marking period of the school year, we have much to rejoice! While students are engaged in the acquirement of countless academic skills and strategies, students are expanding their social and emotional learning through our implementation of restorative circles. Restorative circles invite the students to participate in a community process; for the purpose of conflict resolution, togetherness, and healing.

This month, we move on to Habit 6: Synergize. To put it simply, synergize means “two heads are better than one.” It is teamwork, open-mindedness, and the adventure of finding new solutions to old problems. Students are taught that together, they can produce far better results that they could individually. Celebrating differences is a foundational concept of habit 6. In an effort to reinforce this concept at home, ask your child, “Why are different ideas helpful when working on a team?”

In an effort to increase student accountability and autonomy concerning academics and their habits of work and learning, we strongly encourage you to attend our student-led conferences on Thursday, March 15th, from 12:20-2:20 P.M. or 4:30-7:30 P.M. During the conference, students explain their progress toward proficiency and mastery of both academic (content/skill) and character (habits of work and learning) learning targets. Students will justify their progress by leading their families through a portfolio of Math and ELA assignments. At this time, report cards will be distributed during these sessions.

Please continue to help us create a productive school experience for all students by reinforcing our school’s expectations for both learning and behavior at home and making sure that your child:

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

The 3 R’s


  • March 2nd- Read Across America Celebration @ 9:00AM
  • March 20th- PTA Meeting @ 6:30 PM
  • March 29th- Spring Picture Day
  • March 30th -April 6th – Spring Recess


Read Aloud

How the 2nd Grade got $8,205.50 to Visit the Statue of Liberty , by Nathan Zimelman

Student Corner:

What is your GPS?


“One strategy that helps me to be successful in school is using my brain and studying. I study my math facts each night and I read an hour, seven days a week! In writing, I use details from the text to support my answer.”

Katherine Hernandez- Class 3-304

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