Teaching a culture of service at P.S. 139

P.S. 139 students develop a a commitment to service early on. The kids often help at Parents Association events, work in the garden (when there is no construction), and raise funds through donations for charities. So it isn’t surprising that students even sacrifice one of their favorite things–recess–to help at the school. Ms. Madden’s 2nd grade class has been helping Ms. Mitchell in her pre-K class this school year. They are placed in small groups and each group gives up one lunch recess per week to work in Ms. Mitchell’s class, assisting her and working the pre-K students. It gives the second graders a great sense of pride to help out and is an opportunity for them to be role models for younger students.

Here are some photos of the second graders at work with the pre-k students.

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PS 139 Chess Ninjas–Nationals!!

PS 139 Chess Ninjas participated in nearly 20 tournaments this year–locally throughout New York City, in Saratoga Springs for the NY State Championship, and nationally in Chicago, Illinois and Nashville, Tennessee!

We are proud of their hard work and achievements. These kids learn valuable life skills in chess club and at tournaments. They learn to think and plan for several moves ahead, to view the whole board (the wider context) and smaller areas of the board (focus). They learn patience and discipline. They learn to concentrate and delay gratification. They learn about fair play, and how to recover from a loss and continue on. They learn how to work as a team. And in the words of one second grader, they learn “to think hard while having fun!”

The Ninjas are especially fortunate to be coached by Mr. Ian West, who is dedicated to helping them learn and love the game of chess, and guides them through those important lessons mentioned above. He is treasured and respected by the kids and their families.

2015 Girls National Chess Tournament, Chicago, Illinois

Under 8: First place–left to right: Maya Emert-Wiggins, Polly Morrow, Emma Adams, Ayushma Rai with coach Ian West



Under 10: 6th place–Vivian Gore, Aowyn Schneider, Ariana Winawer-Stein



2015 Chess Nationals, Nashville, Tennessee

 K-3 Under 800–19th place–Nevin Swanson, Bea Rush, Declan Lutton-Seignoret, Maya Emmert-Wiggins, Polly Morrow, Emma Adams (not pictured) with Coach Ian West and National Tournament Director

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 K-5 under 900 -4th place –Emmet Duprey, Brian Thevenot, Vivian Gore, Sonam Sherpa, Ariana Winawer Stein, Alexander Pierre, Ryan Reddish, Aowyn Schneider with Coach West



K-5 under 900- tied for 35th place– Aowyn Schneider, Alexander Pierre Joy, Ryan Reddish, Emmet Duprey

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 K-5 Open-18th place–standing: Tashi Sherpa, Robbie Galpern Levin, Michelle Muniz.  front row: Ellis Wong, Ayushma Rai,



                                            2015 National Team                                                                      



District 22 Grandparents Day Breakfast–Midwood Center, May 15

grandparents flyer May 15 2015

District 22 Family Fun Night–May 22 Bergen Beach

family fun night

District 22 Science Expo–May 14th

science expo

P.A. 2015–2106 Board Nominations Meeting, Tues., May 12th

Dear Families,
The next P.A. meeting is Tues, May 12, at 8:15 p.m., in the school library.

At the meeting, we will also begin taking nominations for 2015–2016 Executive Board Officers, which will be held Tues, June 16. All nominations, including self-nominations, will be taken from the floor and then officially closed at the end of the meeting. The term of office shall be from July 1st through June 30th. Term limits for each officer position of the association shall be two consecutive one year terms. The following positions are up for election—please note, new positions have been added. The Nominating Committee will describe each of these positions at the meeting. Any parent or caregiver with a child at the school may nominate him/herself, or someone else, for a position. You can nominate candidates for as many positions as you want.

Elected officers are essential to making our Parents Association effective and successful. We Need You!

CO-PRESIDENTS (2 positions): Preside at all P.A. meetings, delegate responsibilities, meet regularly with the executive board members.

RECORDING SECRETARY: Record minutes, prepare notices, agendas, sign-in sheets and materials for distribution.

TREASURER: Responsible for all financial affairs and funds of the association.

ViCE PRESIDENT : Assists Co-Presidents with duties.


FINANCIAL SECRETARY: Responsible for assisting the Treasurer with financial affairs and funds.



VICE PRESIDENT OF FUNDRAISING – Internal: Responsible for fall catalog or other sale, bake sales around events, box tops, t-shirts, etc.

VICE PRESIDENT OF FUNDRAISING – External: Raise money for the PA outside of school functions.

NEW PARENT OUTREACH & VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: Recruits as many people to participate in the PA and events as possible. Heads up the translations of PA materials.




PA nomination meeting 05_2015

A District 22 Town Hall Event with Chancellor Carmen Fariña, Thurs. May 7th

Attention All District 22 Parents!

The District 22 Community Education Council Presents:
A Town Hall Event with Chancellor Carmen Fariña
All District 22 Parents are urged to attend!
Don’t miss this excellent opportunity.

Issues and Concerns for District 22 will be addressed.
**On site interpretation services will be available**

Thursday, May 7th
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
P.S. 222
3301 Quentin Road
Brooklyn, NY 11234

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Science Night! May 5th

Such great fun at PS 139 these days!–First, there was our excellent and packed Multicultural Night last Friday, and tomorrow is Science Night at PS 139. At Science Night, the students showcase projects and experiments they have developed with their science and classroom teachers. The kids are always proud to talk about what they have learned and to share their knowledge with others. We hope you can join us!


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Multicultural Night! Tomorrow-Friday, May 1


SLT meeting today, April 27 at 5:45 pm

Tonight’s SLT meeting will be at 5:45 pm in the library and will focus on developing a new CEP. SLT members, please bring your CEP drafts and related documents from the previous meeting.