Principal's Message:

January 2021 

                       High Thinking Demand   


Principal’s Message 


Dear P.S. 253Q Families, 


Welcome to 2021 and wishes for a prosperous New Year!


We are thankful to be re-entering our building for in-person learning.  There’s a lot of work to do and we need your help and continued collaboration!  It is imperative that all students take part in their learning.  But for that to happen, let us start with one simple focus… ATTENDANCE.  All students must be present every day to fully experience the learning teachers have planned for them.  If 2020, posed difficulty with logging students on for remote learning or bringing students to school for in-person learning, I urge you to reach out to us immediately.  We are here to support you and ensure all students’ uncompromised access to a high quality and appropriately rigorous education.  For emotional supports, we are just a phone call or Zoom meeting away.  I recognize that these are unfamiliar challenging times and encourage you to use the Mood Meter at home to facilitate positive expressions of emotions.  Also, please reach out to Ms. Bailey or Ms. Guzman, if you or your children feel the need to talk. 


The PTA has scheduled Picture Day for in-person and fully remote students.  These dates are tentative and will be shared again.  Please review our calendar @ for updates.  


I would like to introduce our Leader in Me Habit 3: Put First Things First.  This habit is a principle that encourages students, staff, and families to PRIORITIZE and ORGANIZE towards an identified goal.  During this month, let us PRIORITIZE our students’ ATTENDANCE… Let’s ORGANIZE our days and weeks, to ensure that we increase schoolwide attendance this month! 


To best support your child while learning remotely, here are the 7 tips, shared with you last month:

  1. Familiarize yourself with iLearn, our school’s Learning Management System
  2. Ensure that Zoom is downloaded on your phone or additional device as a back-up for your child
  3. Ensure that students join their teacher’s Zoom EVERYDAY… This is where ATTENDANCE is taken. If students are not seen in their teacher’s Zoom for synchronous instruction, they will be marked ABSENT.
  4. Ensure that students complete their asynchronous tasks and assignments and communicate to teachers any need for clarification
  5. Identify a quiet and well-lit space for your child to engage in their schoolwork while at home
  6. Activate Operoo in your EMAIL & Sign up for the teachers’ Remind/Class Dojo
  7. Provide updated contact/phone information

To ensure that you are up to date with the latest information regarding school closing/re-opening and school announcements, please visit our website( and the DOE site ( regularly.   


This month remember, we are creating High Thinking Demand experiences for students as we progress towards successful outcomes! 


Champion On, 

Phoebe Robinson, Principal 


The 3 R’s


Kindergarten Registration for September 2021 ends Jan. 19th

PTA meeting – Jan. 19 @ 5:30 (Zoom)

Parent workshop on Mindfulness– Jan. 15 @ 9:30

3K-2 PARP Mystery Readers – Jan. 25th  

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Jan. 18th – School Closed




Read Aloud

The Three Questions: Based on a Story by Leo Tolstoy by Jon J. Murth

Student Corner

What is your GPS?

When I have to solve a division or multiplication problem, I try to break down the problem by using two strategies. I use fact families and arrays as easier ways to help me find the answers.


Paola Vasquez, 3-307



Important Announcements for All Families:


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.


Welcome, there are new protocols for all children who enter all NYC school buildings September 2020.

Upon arrival all students or the parent of the child must show their child's completed health screening digitally (Smartphone, IPad) or a paper copy (see below and attached). I have attached the link to the paper copy and the website where you can complete the survey. It must be presented before entering the school yard each day. Thank you!!


IMPORTANT Update for Families from Chancellor Carranza

Please open the Chancellor's Update for Families dated 9/21/20 , which contains information about the health screening process, including the health screening survey and temperature checks, as well as other helpful information on how to stay healthy and safe while in and out of school. Translations will be available on the Messages for Families page of our family-facing website. 
Oral thermometers will  backpacked home when students attend in person learning. We are also attaching a Home Screening flyer to remind everyone what to do before going to school each morning.
PS 253

Please see the latest Information and Guidance regarding the 2020 School Year:


Library/Alliance Wifi:

LinkNYC Wifi

Carrier Wifi:

Remote Learning Preference Survey - Please select to opt into Fully Remote Learning:

Return to School 2020 Website: Please Bookmark


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.

Photo Gallery

Website Statement on Accessibility:

We are working to make this website easier to access for people with disabilities, and will follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. If you need assistance with a particular page or document on our current site,

please contact Mr. Goodman, Assistant Principal at (718) 327 - 0895 to request assistance.