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Principal's Message :

Principal’s Message

Dear P.S. 253Q Families,

November is an important time for us all to reflect on the many blessings bestowed upon us. The fall colors are all around us and the holidays that are focused on family, gratitude and giving are quickly approaching. At P.S. 253Q, we are thankful to each of you for your continued trust and support, as we work together to advance academic and social-emotional outcomes for all students. 

In taking a brief moment to reflect, I must acknowledge our teachers, paraprofessionals, office staff, custodians, cafeteria staff, security agents and crossing guards.  We are truly in a village and it takes complete collaboration to secure our children. P.S. 253Q continues to exhibit a safe, positive, and collaborative environment because of the contributions made by ALL….so I thank you!

As always, PS 253Q’s halls are pulsating with excitement! In October, Pre-K through 5th grade participated in our PBIS Pep Rally! This was an opportunity to review the behavior expectations of our school through fun skits, puppet shows and a visit from ROARY our mascot! We also hosted our annual Character Day Parade.  Students dressed up as a familiar book character and we marched to celebrate the love of reading!

In an effort to increase student accountability and autonomy concerning their academics and work habits, we strongly encourage you to attend our student-led conferences on Thursday, November 14th, from 12:20-2:20 P.M. or 4:30-7:30 P.M. Please sign up for a time slot with your child’s teacher as soon as possible.  During the conference, students will explain their progress toward and mastery of both academic (content/skill) and character (habits of work) goals. Students will justify their progress by leading their families through a portfolio of Math and ELA assignments. At this time, report cards will be distributed.

While November is sure to be a busy time in our homes as we prepare for the holidays, we ask that you continue to guide and support your child by reinforcing our school’s expectations for both learning and behavior at home and making sure that he/she:

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

2) Completes and submits all homework assignments given by teachers.

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

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

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

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


This month, remember to give thanks for all things, knowing that every step taken can be your step forward; leading you to successfully achieve your goals.

Champion On,

Phoebe Robinson                                                                                                                                                                         




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


    • November 5th- Election Day- NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
    • November 11th- Veteran’s Day- SCHOOL CLOSED
    • November 14th- Parent-Teacher Conferences @ 12:20-2:20 & 4:30-7:30- 11:30 DISMISSAL


Read Aloud:

Something Special for Me by Vera B. Williams

Student Corner:


Student Corner

What is your GPS?


“In Reading, I use SignPosts to look deeper into a book. It helps me dig deeper into a text to understand what is happening.”

 -Byron Peguero 5-323


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