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Principal's Message :

Dear P.S. 253Q Families,

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I would like to take this opportunity to express my utmost gratitude to the PS 253Q community; students, staff, parents and community partners. Our school exhibits a safe, positive, and collaborative environment because of the ongoing contributions made by all…. so again, I thank you!

As always, PS 253Q is abuzz with excitement! In October, with the help of our student council members and our very own pep squad, the Roaring Tigers, our students, pre-K through 5th grade, participated in our PBIS Pep Rally! This was an opportunity to review the behavior expectations of our school through fun skits, an invigorating Family Feud game, and a visit from Roary, PS 253Q’s mascot! We also launched our Mystery Readers program in support of our Parents As Reading Partner (PARP) initiative.  Students were happy to welcome family members to their classroom.  

November 13th is World Kindness Day! At PS 253Q, we strive to display acts of kindness every day of the year! Everyone’s idea of kindness is different. Helping an elderly person with their groceries, donating used clothing to a shelter, complimenting a friend, writing a “nice note” to a classmate , inviting another to join in on a game, or a simple smile…IT ALL COUNTS!

In an effort to increase student accountability and autonomy concerning academics and their work habits and learning stance, we strongly encourage you to attend our student-led conferences on Thursday, November 15th, from 12:20-2:20 P.M. or 4:30-7:30 P.M. During the conference, students will explain their progress toward mastery of both academic and character goals. Students justify their progress by leading their families through a portfolio of Math and ELA assignments. Report cards will be distributed to parents/guardians thereafter.   

We ask that you continue to guide and support your child 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


Champion On,

Phoebe Robinson, Principal


Remember, this month we are joining together to create the impossible!



Phoebe Grant Robinson

Assistant Principal:

Candra Sutherland
Matthew Goodman

Parent Coordinator: 

Phyllis James


Jennifer Ambert


Please look forward to our Annual P.S. 253Q Kick-off celebration!!


Please remember to reinforce our Leader in Me Social Emotional Balance Goals over the summer.  You can reference the below link for ideas and books to support each of the 8 Habits.

 Leader in Me: 

The 3 R’s

The 3 R’s



  • November 6th- Election Day- NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
  • November 12th- Veteran’s Day- SCHOOL CLOSED
  • November 15th- Parent-Teacher Conferences @ 12:20-2:20 & 4:30-7:30- 11:30 DISMISSAL
  • November 22nd & 23rd- Thanksgiving Recess - NO SCHOOL



Student Corner:

What is your GPS?

I use the NAMES strategy to annotate. This is when I number the paragraphs, chunk them, and find the main idea for each chunk. In math, I use PEMDAS. This helps me to solve math equations with parentheses.

-Keva McGhee, 5-323

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