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Principal's Message :

Dear Families of P.S.253Q,  

Happy New Year!

As we look back at the wonderful happenings that closed out 2018, I would like to highlight the ART SHOW, a special Roaring Tigers Pep Squad performance, and the presentation of The Nutcracker. Under the guidance of Ms. Marciante, Ms. Foster, Ms. Bailey, and Ms. Leary, our PS 253Q students were given the opportunity to express themselves through the arts. All were spectacular experiences for participants and audience members alike!

As we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 21st, let us reflect upon his words…”The time is always right to do what is right.” What does this mean for you as an individual? As a community, how can we exemplify this idea for and with our students? Some possible ideas are picking up litter, donating used toys and clothing, starting a community garden, and creating a welcoming committee for your building. On January 21st, we will have a service day and look forward to your participation. 

This month we begin habit #3: Put First Things First. The key concepts associated with this habit are: focusing on our highest priorities, eliminating the “unimportant” in our lives, and planning each week. When we prioritize, we determine our most important tasks and give those tasks our attention and effort. When we say “no” to less important things, we can say “yes” to the more important.

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

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

Remember this month, we are taking steps of progress…

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


  • PTA mtg – Jan. 15th at 6:30
  • Graduation Picture Day – Grades PK, K, & 5 – Jan. 17th
  • Family Movie Night – Jan. 25th at 5:00


Read Aloud

Galimoto by Karen Lynn Williams


Student Corner:

What is your GPS?

What helps me to be successful in school are my strategies for annotations. I have gotten better at finding the main idea of an article or story. I also underline important question words when I am answering multiple choice questions. That helps me to figure out what the question is asking me.

-Rowanny Martinez 5-323


  • Mid-Winter Recess

    Mid-Winter Recess

    No School

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  • PS 253Q

    SLT - 2:30 pm


    2:30 pm

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  • PS 253Q

    PTA Meeting and Family Fun Night

    PTA Meeting and Family Fun Night

    5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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  • PS 253Q

    Black History Month Celebration

    Step Show Featuring - The Roaring Tigers

    9 am

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