Welcome to P.S. 53
A National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence
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PS 53 Mission Statement
P.S. 53, The Barbara Esselborn School, a community of all stakeholders, children and adults, are committed to working together to engage students in rich and rigorous learning experiences, in an equitable environment that is safe, caring and nurturing.
P.S. 53 Vision Statement
P.S. 53, The Barbara Esselborn School envisions that each child will actively and responsibly seek to achieve their academic, emotional and physical potential, with the support and guidance of all staff members. All students will be empowered to take ownership of their own learning, monitor their progress, and identify their next steps. We will continue to utilize all community resources and engage in community partnerships to ensure the cognitive, creative, and social-emotional growth of every student.
At P.S. 53, we will continue to seek new and innovative instructional approaches that are appropriate to students’ diverse learning styles. As a school community of equity and excellence, we will strive to prepare each child to be a lifelong learner and a contributing member of an ever-changing society.
Statement on Accessibility- We are working to make this website easier to access for people with disabilities, and will follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. If you need assistance with a particular page or document on our current site, please contact Vincent Lyman at the following email - VLyman@schools.nyc.gov or call Angela Navarino at 718-987-8020 to request assistance.
Indigenous Peoples' Day- School closedPS53 (31R053) The Barbara Esselborn School
Election Day- Fully remote-asynchronous instructional dayPS53 (31R053) The Barbara Esselborn School
Veteran's Day- School closedPS53 (31R053) The Barbara Esselborn School
Thanksgiving- NO SchoolPS53 (31R053) The Barbara Esselborn School
Winter Recess- School ClosedPS53 (31R053) The Barbara Esselborn School
Regulations & Incentives
Children benefit from vigorous exercise and should be given the opportunity to play outside whenever possible. Unless it is snowing, or there is ice on the playground, or the wind chill factor produces an effective temperature below zero degrees Fahrenheit (-18 degrees Celsius), temperature alone should not be a barrier to outdoor play. You are encouraged to work with your staff to maintain outdoor play periods, and you should take precautions to keep students warm and to ensure that they are appropriately dressed on very cold days. When outdoors, please ensure that your students and staff cover exposed skin, wear warm clothing, and use multiple layers to maintain warmth. Students that need to avoid the cold weather for medical reasons must submit a note from their health care provider to the school nurse.
PS 53- A Lighthouse School
Leader in Me is a whole-school improvement process based on the idea that everyone can be a leader. This evidence based approach empowers students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. Learn more at https://www.theleaderinme.org/