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

Principal's Message :

Dear Families of P.S.253Q,  

The month of May offers exuberant amounts of reasons to celebrate; from Cinco De Mayo to Mother’s Day and Memorial day! At PS 253Q, we are constantly celebrating our students! In an effort to keep up with the changing times and constant forward motion of our community, I am pleased to announce that PS 253Q has its very own Twitter account! Please follow us at @ps253qny! We will be posting our pre-K through 5th grade students exceling to new heights both academically and socially! Join us in celebrating our students with a LOVE click on Twitter!

On April 10th, with the help of our staff and students in grades pre-K through 2nd grade, we kicked off our annual PEP RALLY! Our 3rd-5th grade students were cheered on through student, teacher, and community support! They had the privilege of watching our Pep Squad, the Roaring Tigers, perform a motivating and captivating assembly, in addition, to experiencing PS 253Q’s version of the Family Feud game show!

Our grades 3-5 students are prepared to take the NYS Math Exam on May 1st  and 2nd. The students have been given the scholastic tools needed to experience great levels of success! To ensure that your child is given the opportunity to do his or her BEST on the TEST, please have your child:

  • Make sure to go to bed early the nights before the exam
  • Make sure to eat a healthy breakfast each morning
  • Review test-taking strategies
  • Practice basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division math facts- All grades 3-5 students should be able to fluently recite these facts

This month, PS 253Q will be hosting its 2nd annual SPIRIT WEEK,  beginning Monday, May 7th through Friday, May 11th. We have LOTS of FUN in store! Monday will be a Pajama Day, Tuesday will celebrate the 70s, 80s, and 90s, Wednesday will be Backwards Day, Thursday will be International Day, and Friday will be Professional Day! Check your child’s folder or backpack for more information!

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…

Remember to journey into new learning!

Champion On,                 

Phoebe Robinson, Principal

Information: Leader in Me

 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 Math Exam- May 1st & 2nd
  • Spirit Week- May 7th-11th
  • Career Day- May 11th
  • Book Fair- May 15th- 18th
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences- May 23rd- 4:30PM-7:30PM


Read Aloud

Amazing Grace, by Mary Hoffman


Student Corner:

What is your GPS?

To help me become a better

reader, I read every night for an

hour. While I am reading, I look for signposts, like AH-HA and Again & Again moments. In math, I study my multiplication facts so that I can say them quickly.

-Ariana Valderramos, 4-310


  • Student Leadership Night - 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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  • NYS Science Performance Exam Begins - Grade 4

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  • Field Day: Grades 1 & 2

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  • Middle School workshop: Grade 4 9:00 am and 5:00 pm

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  • Kindergarten Circus Arts Performance

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