Principal's Message:

 June 2020

                   Synergize & Stay Connected

Dear PS 253Q Families, 
The 2019-2020 school year will represent a special bond, connecting us forever!  
Never in our wildest dreams, would any of us imagined that schools throughout our nation would be closed for 15 weeks and all learning experiences would be online.    
But that’s exactly what happened and we worked together to maintain access to high quality educational experiences for all of our students. Thanks to all staff members, students, parents, guardians/caretakers and partnering Community Based Organizations like New York Cares and Counseling in Schools. Successfully concluding this school year was possible because of each of you!  
Now as we briefly part ways for the summer months, I implore you to visit our website periodically for updates, keep reading and stay safe!  

Champion On,       

Phoebe Grant-Robinson, Principal



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.

P.S. 253Q End of Year Celebrations!!!

Please select the below links to view the videos.  Thank you and Enjoy!




Promoting Family Literacy with Roary's Wondrous Reading Wednesdays!

Please enjoy our staff pre-recorded read alongs this summer, to encourage the Love of Reading!
Summer Week 1: June 29th
Grades 3K-2:  I Will Make Miracles read by Mr. Goodman
Grades 3-5:   Pete the Cats Groovy Guide to Life.mp4  read by Ms. Gragnaniello - DiBaro

New York State Assembly’s 2020 Summer Reading Challenge

 Continue your love of READING by committing  yourself to completing the 2020 SUMMER READING  CHALLENGE


2020 Summer Reading Calendar.pdf 


Please take a moment, to enjoy our Virtual Art Show created by Ms. Marciante, highlighting work submitted during Remote Learning.  Thank you Ms. Marciante and to our students.   


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.