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Principal's Message :

September 2019          

Dear P.S.253Q Families,


Welcome Back


I hope that you all had a fun filled summer vacation, also taking time to relax, recharge and repurpose for a rewarding school year!  I look forward to seeing each of you in the coming days and am honored to continue in service as your Principal.


Teachers have prepared our classrooms to welcome students.  They have also spent their summer planning and learning about research-based practices along with new strategies to enrich student-learning.  Para-professionals and support staff are also here to meet the needs of students.  Our secretaries are ready to assist you with registration and other areas of interests. Additionally, we are super grateful to our custodial staff.  They have been working all summer to make certain that our building is in the best condition possible, while we collaboratively ensure a safe environment and equal access, to a high quality education for every student.


As a Leader in Me school, we will reintroduce the 7 Habits, beginning with, Habit 1- Be Proactive.  I invite you to emphasize this habit at home with your children by:

  • Setting Personal Goals
  • Prioritizing Responsibilities
  • Helping Others
  • Challenging Negative Thinking


As you echo the importance of being proactive at home, students will make independent connections to their situations and the choices they make in school.  Our students will learn that they have the power to make a difference through their choices; thereby becoming leaders of their own learning! 


This year, we will implement the following programs:

  • TC Reading
  • TC Writing
  • Envisions Math

With these new programs, we will offer opportunities to support your understanding of what your child should be learning and how you can support their academic journey, at home.  Please view our monthly paper and/or online calendar for workshops inviting you to join our learning community.  We look forward to your presence. 


It remains an honor and privilege to serve as your Principal.  Together, I know we will make this school year one of growth in academic and social-emotional achievement; positioning all students in their Driver’s Seat as they continue their journey towards success!


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


  • Last Day of School – June 26th. Dismissal at 11:30am.


Read Aloud

The Emancipation of Grandpa Sandy Wills by Cheryl Wills

Student Corner:

I use the RICE strategy to answer short and extended response questions in ELA. I also try to stay positive in my thinking, because I know that I can do anything I set my mind to!

  • Daniella Rodas, 5-323


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please contact Mr. Goodman, Assistant Principal at (718) 327 - 0895 to request assistance.