Principal's Message:

May 2021 

                  Making each Moment Matter...

   

 

Principal’s Message 

 Dear P.S. 253Q Families,

 

With just 2 months remaining of the 2021 school year, I am proud of the collaborative effort among parents, staff and students to ensure continuity of instruction and a safe in-person learning environment. This month we will transition more students to in-person learning and intend to maintain full commitment to all health and safety protocols.

 

This month, we will highlight our Leader in Me Habit 7 Sharpen the Saw. This habit calls your attention to preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have–YOU. It means having a balanced program for self-renewal in the four areas of your life. To build collective awareness and support students’ understanding, you are encouraged to review Habit 7 at home with your family. Here is a video that can help: 7 Habits Song - Sharpen the Saw (Habit 7 Song) - YouTube

 

Additionally, it’s important to understand, students’ ATTENDANCE is essential to reduce disruption in their learning. When we are FULL REMOTE, every student is expected to log-in to their teachers’ Zoom/iLearn for synchronous and asynchronous instruction. During our in-person days, in-person students need to be in the school building, while FULL Remote students continue to log-in to their teachers’ Zoom. ATTENDANCE is critical as we combat the academic and social-emotional challenges this pandemic has imposed on our students.

 

Parents of Grades 3-5 students, who have opted in for the upcoming State Math Test, will be contacted with specific information regarding the date and time their child has been scheduled. State Assessments will NOT be conducted remotely.

 

While Summer School, in past years was mainly for students who were in jeopardy of being retained, this year, as you begin to consider the Summer, it is important that you are aware that this year, Summer School will be open to ALL students. Please consider this opportunity for your children. It is promised to be a bridge for the successful start of the 2021-2022 school year.

 

I would like to reiterate the importance of making sure your children are completing their daily Dreambox lessons at home. Dreambox offers students practice in math skills relating to their specific needs. Also remember, students must read 20 minutes nightly.

 

Any family in need of support to help their children log-in or show up in person, please continue to contact us. To the families supporting each other, thank you! Please review our calendar @ www.ps253q.org for updates.

Remember, this month, we are Making each Moment Matter, as we create student learning experiences that fosters students’ academic and social-emotional well-being at home

Champion On, 

Phoebe Grant - Robinson

Looking Forward, PR

The 3 R’s

Reminders:

You can be… Career Day – May 14th

NYS Math Testing – May 4th   – May 6th  

 

Resources:

 

Read Aloud

The World Needs More Purple People

By Kristen Bell &

Benjamin Hart

 

 

 

Student Corner

What is your GPS?

In math, I like to use the four square organizer to help me solve a problem. It helps to break down the steps in a problem. I use it most when I work on exemplars where I have to solve multiplication word problems. Try it!

 

-Axel Reyes Rodas

 

Mensaje de la Principal

Estimadas Familias de P.S. 253Q,

 

Con solo 2 meses que nos quedan del año escolar 2021, estoy muy orgullosa del esfuerzo de colaboración entre los padres, el personal y los estudiantes para garantizar la continuidad de instrucción y de un ambiente de aprendizaje seguro en persona. Este mes haremos la transición de más estudiantes al aprendizaje en persona y tendremos la intención de mantener un compromiso total con todos los protocolos de salud y seguridad.

 

Este mes destacaremos nuestro Habito 7 de Líder en mi Afilar la Sierra. Este habito llama su atención para conservar y mejorar la ventaja más grande que tiene: USTED. Esto significa tener un programa equilibrado para la renovación de sí mismo en las cuatro áreas de su vida. Para crear el conocimiento colectivo y apoyar la comprensión de los estudiantes, se le anima revisar el Habito 7 en casa con su familia. Aquí tenemos un video que podrá ayudar. La canción de los 7 Hábitos – Afilar la Sierra (La Canción del Habito 7) –You Tube

 

Además, es importante comprender que la ASISTENCIA de los estudiantes es esencial para reducir las interrupciones en aprendizaje. Cuando estamos COMPLETAMENTE A LA DISTANCIA, se espera que todos los estudiantes inicien sesión en el Zoom y iLearn de sus maestros para recibir instrucción sincrónica y asincrónica. Durante nuestros días en persona, los estudiantes de los grupos que son en persona deben estar en el edifico escolar, mientras los estudiantes que se consideran totalmente a la distancia deben continuar iniciando sesión en el Zoom y iLearn de sus maestros. La ASISTENCIA es sumamente importante para combatir los problemas académicos y socio-emocionales que esta pandemia ha impuesto a nuestros estudiantes.

 

Los padres con estudiantes de 3º a 5º grado, hayan optado por participar en el próximo examen estatal de matemática, serán contactado con información específica sobre la fecha y hora programadas para su hijo(a). Los exámenes estatales NO se realizarán de forma remotas.

 

Mientras que la Escuela de Verano, en años pasados fue principalmente para los estudiantes que estaban en peligro de ser retenidos en el mismo grado, este año, a medida que comience a considerar sus planes del verano, es importante que usted tenga en cuenta de que este año, la escuela de verano estará abierto a TODOS los estudiantes. Por favor considere esta oportunidad para sus hijos. Se promete que será un puente para un inicio exitoso del año escolar 2021-2022.

 

Me gustaría recordarle la importancia de asegurar de que sus hijos completen sus lecciones diarias del app Dreambox en casa. Dreambox les ofrece a los estudiantes la práctica de habilidades en matemática relacionadas con sus necesidades específicas. También recuerde, los estudiantes deben leer por 20 minutos todas las noches.

 

Cualquier familia que necesite apoyo para ayudar a sus hjos a iniciar sesión o presentarse en persona, continúe comunicándose con nosotros. A las familias que se apoyan unas a otras, ¡gracias! Revise nuestro calendario @ www.ps253q.org para actualizaciones.

 

Recuerde, este mes, estamos Haciendo que cada Momento Sea Importante, ya que creamos experiencias de aprendizaje para que los estudiantes puedan fomentar el bienestar académico y socio emocional.

 

Siempre como Campeones,

Phoebe Robinson, Principal

Las 3s R’s

Recordatorios:

Tu Puede Ser… Día de las Profesiones – Mayo 14

Examen Estatal de Matemática – Mayo 4th a Mayo 6

 

Recursos:

 

Read Aloud (Leer en Voz Alta

The World Needs More Purple People

(El Mundo Necesita Mas Gente Violeta)

Escrito por Kristen Bell y

Benjamin Hart

Esquina Estudiantil

¿Cuál es su GPS?

 

En matemática, me gusta usar el organizador de cuatro para ayudarme a resolver un problema. Me ayuda a dividir los pasos de un problema. Lo uso mas cuando trabajo en ejemplos en los que tengo que resolver problemas verbales de multiplicación. ¡Intentalo!

 

 

-Axel Reyes Rodas

   

 

Important Announcements for All Families:

Participation in 2021 New York State Grades 3-8 ELA & Mathematics and Grade 4 and 8 Science Exams

 

April 8, 2021

Dear P.S. 253Q Families,

 

As we head into the spring, I know many of you have questions about standardized testing. In a typical year, State exams would be administered to nearly all students in their physical classroom. This year, many of our students are learning remotely, but the New York State Education Department (NYSED) has required that exams must still take place in-person in the school building. It will not be possible to administer state exams remotely. Therefore, we are contacting you to determine if you would like your child to participate in this year’s State exams.

 

It is very important you let us know if you would like your student to participate in this year’s State exams so that we can prepare and create a testing schedule that ensures the health and safety of all of our students. Please read on for more information about this year’s exams.

 

What State exams will be administered in the school building?

The Grades 3–8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics exams, and the Grades 4 and 8 Science exams, will only be administered in your child’s school building. All schools will adhere to COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Visit schools.nyc.gov/RTShealthsafety to learn more.

 

How will you keep my student safe during in-person test administration?

Health and safety are our first priorities. We are asking for you to sign up so we can create testing schedules and room assignments that allow for social distancing protocols.

How do I sign up for the exams?

If you would like your child to participate in this year’s State exams, please complete this Google Survey https://forms.gle/p1DtomnhBkdsu89B6 by Thursday, April 15th, 2021. If you do not wish to have your child test you do not have to take any further action.

 

If we do not hear back from you by Thursday, April 15th, 2021 your child will not participate in state testing.

 

If my student is already learning in the building, do I still need to sign up for the exams?

Yes. You must complete and submit the survey to let us know if you would like your student to take State exams, whether they are learning in-person or remotely.

 

My student is fully-remote. Are they expected to come in to take the exams?

No. Students receiving fully remote instruction are not expected to come to school to take the State exams. However, if you would like your student to take the exam, you must complete and submit the Google Survey to let us know if you would like your student to take the State exams.

If my student does not take the exams, will they be penalized?

No. Any student who does not participate in the 2021 NYS ELA, Math, or Science exams will not be penalized.

 

When are the exams?

The exams will be administered within the following dates:

  • English Language Arts for grades 3 through 8: April 19–29, 2021
  • Mathematics for grades 3 through 8: May 3–14, 2021
  • Science for grades 4 and 8: June 7–11, 2021

 

Testing will not occur on May 13, when schools are closed for Eid Al-Fitr. We will share the scheduled testing date for your child prior to the start of testing window.

 

If I don’t sign up, what will my child do while their classmates are taking the exam?

Students receiving in-person instruction who do not take the exam will continue their instructional program, as will fully remote students.

Are the exams different this year?

Yes. This year, the ELA and Mathematics exams for grades 3 through 8 will be multiple choice only. The Science exams for grades 4 and 8 will consist only of questions that are multiple choice or require a short, written answer.  The tests are untimed, but most students will complete the tests in 55 to 90 minutes.

I have more questions. How can I learn more?

The DOE has created a Parent Guide to address commonly asked questions about the administration of the Grades 3–8 ELA and Mathematics and Grades 4 and 8 Science exams in the 2020-21 school year. You can also always contact us with any questions or concerns. We are here to help.

 

We appreciate your collaboration and flexibility as we continually work to ensure a strong, supportive education for your child and every student in our school community.

 

Sincerely,

Phoebe Grant-Robinson

Principal

 

 

Return to In Person Learning:

Families may request to return to in-person learning from March 24 - April 9, 2021.   Please select the below link to complete the request. Upon receipt of the form, we will determine if there is space available and contact you with next steps.

https://www.nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference

 

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.

https://data.nysed.gov/parents/

 

 

 

 
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Please see the latest Information and Guidance regarding the 2020 School Year:

FREE AVAILABLE WI-FI:

Library/Alliance Wifi: https://www.nycgo.com/plan-your-trip/basic-information/internet-access-in-nyc/

LinkNYC Wifihttps://www.nycgo.com/articles/wifi-in-nyc

Carrier Wifi: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/mopd/resources/list-of-providers-offering-free-wifi.page

Remote Learning Preference Survey - Please select to opt into Fully Remote Learning:

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Return to School 2020 Website: Please Bookmark

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020

 

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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