Synergize Towards Success
Dear P.S. 253Q Families,
Last month our students engaged in PBL projects on every grade. I am proud of the critical thinking, growth in their
academic skills and introductory knowledge of their focused topics. After studying and researching hunger in their
community, our 4th graders planned a food drive and created this promotion video https://youtu.be/6Fx4VUKXtl4.
You can help our 4th graders by spreading the word and donating non-perishable goods. Let’s combat hunger,
In the weeks ahead, I look forward to hosting our Connections and Conversation Town hall with all of you. There is
much to discuss, and I am sure that you have many questions as we experience constant changes. Please check the
calendar for the date and time. This month, our Leader in Me Habit 7 Synergize, is the habit of creative cooperation.
It is teamwork, open-mindedness, and the adventure of finding new solutions to old problems. Use the following
link to introduce habit 7 at home and remind everyone of the importance and benefits of working together 7 Habits
Song - Synergize Habit 6 - YouTube
Students’ attendance is essential to reduce disruption in learning. ATTENDANCE MUST be consistent. When we
are FULL REMOTE, every student is expected to log-in to their teachers’ Zoom/iLearn for synchronous and
asynchronous instruction. During our in-person days, in-person students need to be in the school building, while
FULL Remote students continue to log-in to their teachers’ Zoom. ATTENDANCE is critical as we combat the
academic and social-emotional challenges this pandemic has imposed on our students.
Parents of Grades 3-5 students, while we will keep you updated with any new information, please be aware of the
· The ELA Exam window is from Monday, April 19 – Thursday, April 29.
· The Math Exam is Monday, May 3 – Friday, May 14.
· The Department has determined that it will not be possible to administer any of this year’s State assessments
· The 2021 New York State exams will not be used for promotion purposes or acceptance into Middle Schools.
· Remote students receiving full-time remote instruction are not expected to come into a school building to
participate in test administrations, however, if you are interested in having your child come in to take the exam,
please contact the school immediately.
Any family in need of support to help their children log-in or show up in person, please continue to contact us. To
the families supporting each other, thank you! Please review our calendar @ www.ps253q.org for updates.
Remember, this month, we are SYNERGIZING TOWARDS SUCCESS, as we create student learning experiences
that fosters students’ academic and social-emotional well-being.
Phoebe Robinson, Principal
Looking Forward, PR
The 3 R’s
Parent wkshp – NYS Testing – April 8th @ 5:00 & April 9th 2 9:30
Connections & Conversations w/ Principal Robinson – April 13th @ 5:00
NYS ELA Testing Window – April 19th – April 29th
When Pencil Met Eraser
by Karen Kilpatrick &
Luis O. Ramos, Jr.
What is your GPS?
A strategy I use for ELA is annotating. I use this strategy to dig deeper into the text. It helps me to answer the questions when I need to look back into the text for evidence.
Abril 2021 Trabajar en Sinergia Hacia el Éxito
Estimadas Familias de P.S. 253Q,
El mes pasado, nuestros estudiantes participaron en proyectos PBL en todos los grados. Estoy orgullosa del crecimiento
del pensamiento crítico en sus habilidades académicas y el conocimiento básico de sus temas de enfoque. Después de
estudiar e investigar el hambre en su comunidad nuestros estudiantes de 4º grado planificaron una campaña de recolección
de alimentos y crearon este video de promoción: https://youtu.be/6Fx4VUKXtl4. ¡Usted puede ayudar a nuestros
estudiantes de 4º grado en compartir esta información y en donando comida enlatadas! ¡Combatamos el hambre juntos!
En las próximas semanas, espero ser anfitriona de nuestro Reunión de Conexiones y Conversaciones con todos ustedes.
Hay mucho de qué hablar y estoy segura de que tienen muchas preguntas a medida que ha habido cambios constantes.
Consulte el calendario para conocer la fecha y la hora. Este mes, nuestro Hábito 7 de Líder en Mi es Sinergizar,y es el
hábito de la cooperación creativa. Es trabajar como en un equipo, la mentalidad abierta y la aventura de encontrar nuevas
soluciones a viejos problemas. Utilice el siguiente enlace para presentar el hábito 7 en casa y recordarles a todos la
importancia y los beneficios de trabajar juntos con la Canción de los 7 Hábitos – Sinergizar el Hábito 7 – YouTube.
Para evitar interrupciones adicionales en el aprendizaje, la ASISTENCIA DEBE ser constante. Cuando estamos
COMPLETAMENTE A LA DISTANCIA. Todos los estudiantes deben iniciar sesión en el Zoom y iLearn de sus
maestros para recibir instrucción sincrónica y asincrónica. Durante nuestros días en persona los estudiantes en persona
deben estar en el edificio, mientras que los estudiantes que están totalmente a la Distancia/Remotos continuaran iniciando
sesión en el Zoom de sus maestros. LA ASISTENCIA es fundamental para combatir la perdida de aprendizaje que esta
pandemia ha impuesto a nuestros estudiantes.
Mientras los tendremos actualizados con cualquier información nueva, padres con estudiantes en 3º - 5º grado tengan en
cuenta las fechas siguientes:
· El periodo de tiempo para el Examen de Escritura y Lectura (ELA) será el Lunes, 19 de Abril – el Jueves, 29 de Abril.
· El periodo de tiempo para el Examen de Matemática será el Lunes, 3 de Mayo – el Viernes, 14 de Mayo.
· The Department has determined that it will not be possible to administer any of this year’s State assessments remotely.
· The 2021 New York State exams will not be used for promotion purposes or acceptance into Middle Schools.
· Los estudiantes que se identifiquen como remotos y reciben el aprendizaje completamente a la distancia, entren a la
escuela para participar en los exámenes, sin embargo, si usted está interesado en que su hijo(a) venga a tomar el examen,
comuníquese con la escuela inmediatamente.
Cualquier familia que necesite apoyo para ayudar a sus hijos a iniciar sesión o presentarse en persona, continúe
comunicándose con nosotros. A las familias que se apoyan unas a otras, ¡gracias! Por favor revise nuestro calendario @
www.ps253q.org para actualizaciones.
¡Recuerde, este mes, estamos Trabajando en Sinergia Hacia el Éxito!, mientras que creamos experiencias de aprendizaje
para los estudiantes que fomentan el bienestar académico y social emocional de los estudiantes.
Seguir Como Campeones,
Phoebe Grant - Robinson
Las 3 R’s
¿Cuál es su GPS?
Una estrategia que utilizo para EL es
Important Announcements for All Families:
Participation in 2021 New York State Grades 3-8 ELA & Mathematics and Grade 4 and 8 Science Exams
April 8, 2021
Dear P.S. 253Q Families,
As we head into the spring, I know many of you have questions about standardized testing. In a typical year, State exams would be administered to nearly all students in their physical classroom. This year, many of our students are learning remotely, but the New York State Education Department (NYSED) has required that exams must still take place in-person in the school building. It will not be possible to administer state exams remotely. Therefore, we are contacting you to determine if you would like your child to participate in this year’s State exams.
It is very important you let us know if you would like your student to participate in this year’s State exams so that we can prepare and create a testing schedule that ensures the health and safety of all of our students. Please read on for more information about this year’s exams.
What State exams will be administered in the school building?
The Grades 3–8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics exams, and the Grades 4 and 8 Science exams, will only be administered in your child’s school building. All schools will adhere to COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Visit schools.nyc.gov/RTShealthsafety to learn more.
How will you keep my student safe during in-person test administration?
Health and safety are our first priorities. We are asking for you to sign up so we can create testing schedules and room assignments that allow for social distancing protocols.
How do I sign up for the exams?
If you would like your child to participate in this year’s State exams, please complete this Google Survey https://forms.gle/p1DtomnhBkdsu89B6 by Thursday, April 15th, 2021. If you do not wish to have your child test you do not have to take any further action.
If we do not hear back from you by Thursday, April 15th, 2021 your child will not participate in state testing.
If my student is already learning in the building, do I still need to sign up for the exams?
Yes. You must complete and submit the survey to let us know if you would like your student to take State exams, whether they are learning in-person or remotely.
My student is fully-remote. Are they expected to come in to take the exams?
No. Students receiving fully remote instruction are not expected to come to school to take the State exams. However, if you would like your student to take the exam, you must complete and submit the Google Survey to let us know if you would like your student to take the State exams.
If my student does not take the exams, will they be penalized?
No. Any student who does not participate in the 2021 NYS ELA, Math, or Science exams will not be penalized.
When are the exams?
The exams will be administered within the following dates:
- English Language Arts for grades 3 through 8: April 19–29, 2021
- Mathematics for grades 3 through 8: May 3–14, 2021
- Science for grades 4 and 8: June 7–11, 2021
Testing will not occur on May 13, when schools are closed for Eid Al-Fitr. We will share the scheduled testing date for your child prior to the start of testing window.
If I don’t sign up, what will my child do while their classmates are taking the exam?
Students receiving in-person instruction who do not take the exam will continue their instructional program, as will fully remote students.
Are the exams different this year?
Yes. This year, the ELA and Mathematics exams for grades 3 through 8 will be multiple choice only. The Science exams for grades 4 and 8 will consist only of questions that are multiple choice or require a short, written answer. The tests are untimed, but most students will complete the tests in 55 to 90 minutes.
I have more questions. How can I learn more?
The DOE has created a Parent Guide to address commonly asked questions about the administration of the Grades 3–8 ELA and Mathematics and Grades 4 and 8 Science exams in the 2020-21 school year. You can also always contact us with any questions or concerns. We are here to help.
We appreciate your collaboration and flexibility as we continually work to ensure a strong, supportive education for your child and every student in our school community.
Return to In Person Learning:
Families may request to return to in-person learning from March 24 - April 9, 2021. Please select the below link to complete the request. Upon receipt of the form, we will determine if there is space available and contact you with next steps.
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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)
To see more resources for Social Emotional Balance, please visit our Guidance Corner.
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