Principal's Message:

November 2021

                              Growing in Gratitude



Principal’s Message

Dear P.S. 253Q Families,

Dear RHS Families, 

We concluded October with our Character Day, Student Readers visiting classrooms to conduct read alouds, and a school wide viewing of the Wizard of Oz.  In addition, we finalized our beginning of year screeners in Math and ELA. 

November has now introduced us to data analysis and deep conversations in developing individual and grade level goals to target our teaching in meaningful ways.  We look forward to sharing our plans to move individual learners towards proficiency and beyond.   

During this month, we hope that you will join us for our virtual parent engagement events, namely Parent Teacher Conferences, PTA and SLT Meetings.  We are very proud of the PTA Executive Board and look forward to working with your PTA President, Ms. Lambert and the entire team!

There are additional exciting events scheduled for you to fully experience our school’s instructional and social-emotional priorities; all of which are currently virtual and will be communicated with you via Operoo, Remind/Dojo.  Please check our website, for updates.

Our Leader in Me Habit 2 is: Begin with the End in Mind.  Habit 2 is based on imagination–the ability to envision in your mind what you cannot at present see with your eyes. It is based on the principle that all things are created twice. There is a mental (first) creation, and a physical (second) creation. The physical creation follows the mental, just as a building follows a blueprint. If you don’t make a conscious effort to visualize who you are and what you want in life, then you empower other people and circumstances to shape you and your life by default. It’s about connecting again with your own uniqueness and then defining the personal, moral, and ethical guidelines within which you can most happily express and fulfill yourself.  

I encourage you to listen to the Habit 2 Song, and discuss the value of beginning with the end in mind, dreaming big and setting your goals up high!  Invite your family to imagine what Habit 2 might look like at school and at home.

As this month is traditionally filled with thanksgiving, remember, through all our experiences, we can always choose to, Grow in Gratitude.

Champion On, 

Phoebe Robinson



The 3 R’s


  1. Parent Teacher Conferences – Nov 4t
  2. Veteran’s Day – Nov. 11
  3. PTA meeting – Nov. 16
  4. SLT meeting – Nov. 18
  5. Blast From the Past Dress Up – Nov. 19
  6. Thanksgiving Break – Nov. 25 -26



Read Aloud:

When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree by Jamie L.B. Deenihan

Student Corner

What is your GPS?

“I use CUBES when I solve Math. I am learning adding decimals and you have to line up the decimals perfectly to get the right answer.”

Emerson 5-309



Noviembre de 2021                                                                            Creciendo en gratitud

Mensaje del director

Estimadas familias de RHS,

Concluimos octubre con nuestro Día del Personaje, estudiantes lectores visitando los salones de clases para realizar lecturas en voz alta y una visualización del Mago de Oz en toda la escuela. Además, finalizamos nuestras evaluaciones de inicio de año en matemáticas y ELA.

November ahora nos ha introducido al análisis de datos y conversaciones profundas en el desarrollo de metas individuales y de nivel de grado para enfocar nuestra enseñanza de manera significativa. Esperamos compartir nuestros planes para llevar a los estudiantes individuales hacia la competencia y más allá.

Durante este mes, esperamos que se una a nosotros para nuestros eventos virtuales de participación de padres, a saber, conferencias de padres y maestros, reuniones de PTA y SLT. ¡Estamos muy orgullosos de la Junta Ejecutiva de la PTA y esperamos trabajar con la presidenta de la PTA, la Sra. Lambert y todo el equipo!

Hay eventos emocionantes adicionales programados para que experimente plenamente las prioridades instructivas y socioemocionales de nuestra escuela; todos los cuales son actualmente virtuales y se comunicarán con usted a través de Operoo, Remind / Dojo. Consulte nuestro sitio web para obtener actualizaciones.

Nuestro Hábito 2 de Líder en Mí es: Empiece con el fin en mente. El segundo hábito se basa en la imaginación: la capacidad de visualizar en su mente lo que actualmente no puede ver con sus ojos. Se basa en el principio de que todas las cosas se crean dos veces. Hay una creación mental (primera) y una creación física (segunda). La creación física sigue a la mental, al igual que un edificio sigue un plano. Si no hace un esfuerzo consciente para visualizar quién es usted y qué quiere en la vida, entonces empodera a otras personas y circunstancias para moldearlo a usted y a su vida por defecto. Se trata de conectarse nuevamente con su propia singularidad y luego definir las pautas personales, morales y éticas dentro de las cuales puede expresarse y realizarse más felizmente.

Te animo a escuchar la canción del Hábito 2 y discutir el valor de comenzar con el final en mente, soñar en grande y establecer metas altas. Invite a su familia a imaginar cómo sería el segundo hábito en la escuela y en casa.

Como este mes está tradicionalmente lleno de acción de gracias, recuerde que, a través de todas nuestras experiencias, siempre podemos elegir Crecer en gratitud ...

Campeón en,

Phoebe Robinson



The 3 R’s


  • Conferencias de padres y maestros - 4 de noviembre
  • Día de los Veteranos - 11 de noviembre
  • Reunión de la PTA - 16 de noviembre
  • Reunión del SLT - 18 de noviembre
  • Disfraz de Blast From the Past - 19 de noviembre
  • Receso de Acción de Gracias - 25-26 de noviembre


Read Aloud:: When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree by Jamie L.B. Deenihan

Student Corner

What is your GPS?



“Utilizo CUBOS cuando resuelvo matemáticas. Estoy aprendiendo a sumar decimales y tienes que alinear los decimales perfectamente para obtener la respuesta correcta.”


Emerson – 5-309


Important Announcements for All Families:

NYC DOE Chancellor Meisha Porter Family Message(s):

 Family Letter October 20 2021.pdf 


Readdy4K Parent Communication Initiative:

  • We are excited to LAUNCH Ready4K, an evidence-based family engagement curriculum delivered via text messages beginning the week of October 25th.  Each week, all RHS parents and caregivers will receive fun facts and easy tips on how to promote their children’s development based on their identified grade and age. Please see the link below for further details.

READY4K Parent Engagement


  • Please view the RHS parent Handbook provided below.

 RHS Parent Handbook 2021 - 2022.pdf 


  • 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.





Please see the latest Information and Guidance regarding the 2021 - 2022 School Year:



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.

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