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Principal's Message :

Dear Families of P.S.253Q,  

We have entered into our final month of the 2018-19 school year and while I must admit a feeling of sadness as I prepare to graduate my 5th Graders who started this journey during my first year as Principal, as Pre- K students, I am filled with feelings of joy and pride as I reflect upon our experiences.  Despite challenges and hurdles, our students have accomplished academically and grown social-emotionally, on their journey towards college and career readiness, with a critical thinking mindset. Our students are positioned in their Driver’s Seat, understanding that Success is their Destination and committed to using their strategies as their GPS, to ensure they get ‘there’.

June is filled with exciting events, including the annual Spring dance festival, grade-level award ceremonies and of course, pre-K and 5th grade graduation ceremonies.  Please be sure to check the schoolwide calendar for dates and times. You do not want to miss any of these occasions!

As the school year winds down, summer vacation awaits with lots of sun, fun, laughter, and relaxation in store!   In an effort to maintain your child’s academic gains during the summer vacation, each student will receive a workbook to support continued practice in Math and Reading at home.  Additionally, as we focus on minimizing the “Summer Slide,” (the decline of reading, writing, and math levels due to a gap in academic engagement), we are offering the following simple tasks as suggestions for practical weekly activities:

  • Develop healthy habits and allow your child to assume more responsibility. Give your child tasks, such as making his or her lunch and helping the family with chores.
  • Post checklists to help your child establish good routines and stay organized during the summer months.
  • Send your child on a “print hunt.” Challenge your child to find as many different kinds of print throughout the house as possible (e.g., labels, directions, maps).
  • After reading a short story or newspaper article, ask your child to retell the sequence of events using the words first, next, then, and finally.
  • Join the library and take out books that your child is interested in reading.
  • After listening to a television or radio commercial, ask your child to write at least one fact and one opinion that he or she heard.
  • Allow your child to choose an interesting educational program to watch. Ask him or her to take notes during the program and write a paragraph summarizing the show.
  • Have your child complete a book report after reading and completing a book.
  • Ask your child to calculate the area of his or her room. Then, challenge him or her to find the area of every room in your home and make a graph of the results.
  • Help your child estimate the weight of various objects around the house. Then, show your child how to determine the actual weight of the object by weighing him- or herself both with and without the object and subtracting the difference.
  • Continue to study your addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication facts to continue to master and maintain mastery of them.

In the final days of school, we intend to make every moment count towards the achievement of our students, while we maintain the safety of ALL.  Please continue to help us by reinforcing our school’s expectations for both learning and behavior at home and making sure that your child:

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…

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


  • 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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