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Principal's Message :

Dear Families of P.S.253Q,  

As we enter into the final marking period of the school year, we have much to rejoice in! While students are engaged in the acquisition of countless academic skills and strategies, students are also expanding their social and emotional learning.

Beginning on February 8th, our students celebrated Respect for All week with an exuberant kick-off assembly, that included performances by PS 253Q’s very own Roaring Tigers Step Team and the Dreamland Dance Club. This year’s theme of UNITY IN DIVERSITY permeated through every activity, including the creation of a school-wide unity link, presentations from the NYC Police Department and Creative Connections, classroom restorative circles, and a unifying 100th Day of School Celebration!

At P.S. 253Q, we encourage our students to foster healthy relationships with one another, teachers, and family members. This month we begin habit #5- Seek first to understand, then to be understood. This habit teaches the importance of viewing things from others’ points of view, before sharing our own. It also incorporates empathetic listening, respect, mutual understanding, and courage. You can teach listening skills to your children by modeling effective listening. With your child, you can talk to him or her about an issue you may argue about and say, “Help me understand your point of view.” Then really listen without interruptions. When your child is finished, repeat in your own words what you heard until he or she acknowledges feeling understood. Then it’s your turn to speak and your child’s turn to listen.

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

We want every day to be productive for all students. You can help 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

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



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



  • Read Across America – March 1st
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences – March 14th – 12:20-2:20 & 4:30-7:30
  • Picture Day – March 19th


Read Aloud

“Hey Little Ant” by Phillip and Hannah Hoose



Student Corner:

What is your GPS?

“I use the charts that my teacher makes to help me answer questions correctly. I also study my spelling words and multiplication facts each night!”

 -Yaoskar Centeno, Class 3-304




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