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Principal's Message :

Dear Families of P.S.253Q,  

April showers, bring May flowers! The students of PS 253Q are blooming socially, emotionally, and academically! I am so very proud of the strides being made by students across 3K through 5th grade!  But the Academic year isn’t over and there’s still much to accomplish. 

On May 1st and 2nd , students in grades 3-5 will take the NYS Math Exam. We are confident that students have been provided the tools needed to help them be successful.  You can continue to help students by ensuring the following:

  • Make sure to go to bed early the nights before the exam
  • Make sure to eat a healthy breakfast each morning
  • Review test-taking strategies
  • Practice basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division math facts- All grades 3-5 students should be able to fluently recite these facts

The week of May 6th will commence our Spirit Week.  Schoolwide participation in the daily celebration is encouraged.   On Wednesday, May 15th, parents and families will have the exhilarating experience of attending our 2nd annual Leadership Day!  This is a time for families to immerse themselves in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Students and teachers will present each habit, along with strategies needed to implement the habits during the summer months. Please make every effort to attend. This opportunity is one that you will not want to miss!

This month transitions us to Habit #7: Sharpen the Saw; which teaches students that they have 4 key dimensions to their sense of being: body, brain, heart, and soul.  How students do in one dimension, affects the other three. Sharpening the body could include making healthy eating choices and exercising; sharpening the brain could be achieved by playing chess or solving challenging word problems; sharpening the heart might incorporate doing small acts of kindness or listening to a friend; and sharpening the soul encourages the creation of personal goals and helping others.

As we work together to assure safety and academic productivity during the final months of our school year, I must remind students and families of our expectations regarding Academic Attire and Cell Phone Policy.  All students must be in Academic Attire daily.  While students may bring their Cell Phone to school, it should not be out or in usage for any purpose, during our school day.  Cell phones seen will be confiscated.  Please review the Cell Phone Policy previously issued to you.  It is also attached to this newsletter.

Parents, please continue to reinforce our school’s expectations for both learning and behavior at home and making sure that your child:

1)    Attends school daily and arrives on time, in full academic attire and ready for the day’s learning experience

2)    Submit their Cell Phone to their teacher at the start of the school day

3)   Completes and submits all homework assignments given by teachers

4)    Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills

5)    Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life

6)    Informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject

7)     Understands that you expect him/her to succeed in school and is college and career ready

Let’s continue to R.O.A.R towards success with Respect Optimism, Achievement and Resilience…

Champion On,

Phoebe Robinson, Principal



Phoebe Grant Robinson

Assistant Principal:

Candra Sutherland
Matthew Goodman

Parent Coordinator: 

Phyllis James

Executive Superintendent:

Andre D. Spencer, Ed. D.


Jennifer Ambert

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



  • NYS Math Exam – Grades 3-5 – May 1st & 2nd


Read Aloud


 Happy Dreamer by Peter H. Reynolds


Student Corner:

What is your GPS?

To help me learn, I pay attention to my teacher, use the CUBES strategy for math word problems, and I use the NAMES strategy to help me understand what I have read.

 -Jamari Wright 4-5/322




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