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

Principal's Message

Dear Families of P.S.253Q,  

As we prepare to celebrate the upcoming holidays and say our good-byes to 2017, I invite you to celebrate the many successes of our students thus far! The students of P.S. 253Q are working diligently to gain academic knowledge in all content areas. In our pre-k classrooms through 5th grade, students are taking ownership of their learning, engaging in guided reading practices, and are using various strategies to sharpen their math skills. As I walk through the hallways, visit classrooms, and witness recess interactions, I am overwhelmed by the increase in positivity among the students. Students are contributing to the implementation of our 7 Habits of Highly Effective Kids!

We continue with Habit 2- Begin With the End in Mind! Imagine a school morning where everyone knows what to do and is ready on time. Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s possible! Organization is a skill learned over time. By teaching organization at home, your child will implement this very important skill. Use the first two habits as a learning tool for you and your child: Habit 1: Be Proactive. Habit 1 is about initiative and responsibility. Help your child determine what he or she will need for the next day. To start, writing a list may be helpful. Next, have your child gather the non-perishable items for lunch and put them in his or her school bag. Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind. Habit 2 is about visualizing how you would like something to turn out before it happens. If a smooth morning is the goal, brainstorm with your child how that will look and feel like. Your child may actually have time to do something extra in the morning if he or she is organized and you will all have a happy start to the day.

In addition to our November successes, we began the PARP initiative, following the October Character Parade, in an effort to promote parental reading involvement throughout P.S. 253Q. Although November has closed, I encourage the continuation of reading with your children on a daily basis.

I would also like to take this opportunity to offer my sincerest gratitude to you, the families! A record number of families attended our November parent-teacher conferences! The academic, social, and emotional success of your child is greatly enhanced with your partnership. I look forward to continued partnerships throughout the school year. Please check the monthly calendar for increased opportunities to connect with your student, the staff, and administration.

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 as we delve into a season of celebration!



P.S. 253Q Arts Festival 

December 19, 2017 from 5pm - 7pm

Please come walk our Student Art Gallery and watch our boys and girls dance clubs perform for your enjoyment!


Leader in Me: www.leaderinme.org 

As we welcome in November, students have begun implementing Habit 2: Begin With the End in mind

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

 Links to Habit 2:

Videos and music:





 Books that support Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind:

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats

Click, Clack, Moo by Doreen Cronin

Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle

Galimoto by Karen Williams

Bobby Baseball by Robert K. Smith (chapter book)

The School Story by Andrew Clements (chapter book)





  • PS 253Q Meeting Spot

    Girls Track Team - Colgate Women's Games

    Girls Track Team - Colgate Women's Games

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  • Arts Festival - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    P.S. 253Q Arts Festival featuring the dance club and the Art Gallery

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  • Resource Room

    December SLT Meeting - 2:30 pm

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  • Resource Room at PS 253Q

    Principal's Tea & Talk - 9:00 am

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  • Auditorium

    Grades 4 & 5 Song Writing and Percussion Performance - 9:00 am

    Grade 4 - Song Writing 

    Grade 5 - Percussion

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