Principal's Message:

January 2022 

Collaboratively Climbing Through Our Challenges…



Principal’s Message 


Happy New Year, RHS Families, 


I hope that you had a warm holiday with your loved ones.  As school resumes, please know that safety is our priority.  The DOE encourages all families, regardless of whether their child is vaccinated, to consent to in-school testing through their NYC Schools Account or return a signed paper form to the school. Additional information on testing for students can be found on the DOE website:  Testing is a critical part of keeping schools open and communities safe. Thank you for your cooperation by consenting to and participating in our in-school testing program!


It is important that all students who pass the daily health screening, are in school every day.  Students lose opportunities to solidify new understanding when there is disruption in their attendance.  So please do everything possible to bring students to school on time and prepared for learning.  You are encouraged to communicate any challenges interrupting your child from attending school, so that we can extend supports to you.   Students who are absent two or more days in the same week will receive direct contact from the Department of Education’s Attendance Teacher.   


Mid-year assessments in ELA and Math will begin on January 10 and conclude on February 11th.  These assessments will inform us of progress students are making towards proficiency of grade-level standards.  You can continue to help your child at home by setting the firm expectation that all students must spend at least 25 minutes reading at home, nightly.  Also, ensure that there is a quiet work area and structured time for students to strengthen their math skills using Dreambox and Lexia, for reading. 


This month’s Leader in Me Habit 4: THINK WIN-WIN.  Habit 4 fosters the understanding that  

collaboratively, we can construct solutions for the mutual benefit in all human interactions. 

We will demonstrate integrity, maturity, and an abundance mentality, as we grow our THINK WIN-WIN Habit, I invite you to view the Habit 4 video with the family and discuss the problem, solution and evidence of the WIN-WIN outcome.  Also, have your children consider how they may apply a WIN-WIN mindset to challenges they may encounter at home or at school. 


Remember, this month we are Collaboratively Climbing Through Our Challenges…


Champion On, 

Phoebe Grant-Robinson




Enero 2022                                          Escalando Colaborativamente a Través de Nuestros Desafíos…


Mensaje de la Directora 


Feliz año nuevo, familias de RHS,


Espero que haya tenido unas cálidas vacaciones con sus seres queridos. A medida que se reanuda la escuela, sepa que la seguridad es nuestra prioridad. El DOE alienta a todas las familias, independientemente de si su hijo está vacunado, a que den su consentimiento para las pruebas en la escuela a través de su cuenta de NYC Schools o devuelvan un formulario en papel firmado a la escuela. Se puede encontrar información adicional sobre las pruebas para los estudiantes en el sitio web del DOE: parte fundamental para mantener las escuelas abiertas y las comunidades seguras. ¡Gracias por su cooperación al dar su consentimiento y participar en nuestro programa de pruebas en la escuela!


Es importante que todos los estudiantes que pasen el examen de salud diario estén en la escuela todos los días. Los estudiantes pierden oportunidades para solidificar nuevos conocimientos cuando hay interrupciones en su asistencia. Así que por favor haga todo lo posible para traer a los estudiantes a la escuela a tiempo y preparados para aprender. Se le anima a comunicar cualquier desafío que impida que su hijo asista a la escuela, para que podamos brindarle apoyo. Los estudiantes que estén ausentes dos o más días en la misma semana recibirán contacto directo del maestro de asistencia del Departamento de Educación.


Las evaluaciones de mitad de año en ELA y matemáticas comenzarán el 10 de enero y concluirán el 11 de febrero. Estas evaluaciones nos informarán sobre el progreso de los estudiantes hacia el dominio de los estándares de nivel de grado. Puede continuar ayudando a su hijo en casa estableciendo la firme expectativa de que todos los estudiantes deben pasar al menos 25 minutos leyendo en casa todas las noches. Además, asegúrese de que haya un área de trabajo tranquila y tiempo estructurado para que los estudiantes fortalezcan sus habilidades matemáticas usando Dreambox y Lexia, para la lectura.


Hábito 4 de Leader in Me de este mes: PIENSA EN GANAR-GANAR. El hábito 4 fomenta la comprensión de que en colaboración, podemos construir soluciones para el beneficio mutuo en todas las interacciones humanas. Demostraremos integridad, madurez y una mentalidad de abundancia, a medida que crecemos nuestro Hábito PIENSA EN GANAR-GANAR, te invito a ver el video del Hábito 4 con la familia Ms y discutir el problema, la solución y la evidencia del resultado WIN-WIN. Además, haga que sus hijos consideren cómo pueden aplicar una mentalidad GANAR-GANAR a los desafíos que puedan encontrar en el hogar o en la escuela.

Recuerda, este mes estamos  Escalando Colaborativamente a Través de Nuestros Desafíos…


Campeón en,

Phoebe Grant-Robinson


Important Announcements for All Families:

NYC DOE Chancellor  Family Message(s):

 Family Letter January 5 2022.pdf 


Readdy4K Parent Communication Initiative:

  • We are excited to LAUNCH Ready4K, an evidence-based family engagement curriculum delivered via text messages beginning the week of October 25th.  Each week, all RHS parents and caregivers will receive fun facts and easy tips on how to promote their children’s development based on their identified grade and age. Please see the link below for further details.

READY4K Parent Engagement


  • Please view the RHS parent Handbook provided below.

 RHS Parent Handbook 2021 - 2022.pdf 


  • Please utilize the following to access the NY State Parent Dashboard to provide data related to P.S. 253Q and any other school in NY State.





Please see the latest Information and Guidance regarding the 2021 - 2022 School Year:



Social Emotional Balance - Mood Meter

What is the Mood Meter?

The Mood Meter is a tool used to recognize and understand our own and other peoples' emotions. It's divided into four color quadrants - red, blue, green, and yellow - each representing a different set of feelings. Feelings are grouped together on the mood meter based on their pleasantness and energy level.

Some classroom teachers utilize the MOOD meter both in school and through remote learning, to gauge their students readiness.  We believe that especially during these UNIQUE times, it is critical to address the Social Emotional Balance or all P.S. 253Q community members.  We encourage you to utilize the MOOD Meter provided to the right with its corresponding descriptions below:


  • Red feelings: High in energy and more unpleasant (e.g., angry, scared, and anxious)
  • Blue feelings: Low in energy and more unpleasant (e.g., sad, disappointed, and lonely)
  • Green feelings: Low in energy and more pleasant (e.g., calm, tranquil, and relaxed) 
  • Yellow feelings: High in energy and  more pleasant (e.g., happy, excited, and curious)

Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence: Mood Meter Overview Video

To see more resources for Social Emotional Balance, please visit our Guidance Corner.

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