Harvest Feast, Wednesday November 26th

Harvest Feast

November Family Workshops Series at PS 139

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Binocular Vision Parent Workshop–Wednesday, November 19th

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Fluorescent Lighting Replacement at PS 139 by December 31, 2016

NYC PCB

Open School Week–November 17-21

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Open School Week is being celebrated by the public schools of New York City from

November 17 – November 21, 2014.  This event provides an excellent opportunity for community participation on the issues, the programs and achievement of education today.

The students and teachers of P.S. 139 cordially invite you to visit your child’s class during Open School Week.  Please send a note to your child’s teacher if you would like to visit his/her classroom.  To avoid potential distraction for the children, teachers, and other visitors, please do not bring babies and pre-school children to visit.

If you cannot visit your child’s class during Open School Week, but wish to do so, please contact your child’s teacher to set up a mutually agreeable time.  Also, please come early to check in at the security desk with photo identification.

We look forward to seeing you on November 13th for Parent Teacher Conferences.  It is critical that parents/guardians attend.

NY Cares Volunteer Day October 18th

Over 60 volunteers came to PS 139 to participate in this year’s NY Cares Day, Oct 18th.  Projects included:  the mural that was painted in the kindergarten hallway, freshening up the paint in the cafeteria, painting arrows and standing spots in our playground as part of safety initiative, cleaning and winterizing the garden by the Cortelyou Yard, distributing supplies to the classrooms, and discarding old boxes, books, broken furniture and trash, which filled a garbage truck and dumpster. 

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New York Cares was founded by a group of friends who wanted to take action against serious social issues that faced our city in the late 1980s. Finding few options to help, they created their own organization to address the problems from the ground up. New York Cares is now the city’s largest volunteer management organization, running volunteer programs for 1,300 nonprofits, city agencies, and public schools. Today’s volunteers share our founders’ vision that we all have a role to play in making our city a better place.  New York Cares Day  is their annual day of service for New York public schools where volunteers spend the day revitalizing school grounds, leading nutrition education activities with students, conducting job readiness seminars with community members and parents, and more, engaging the entire school community to prepare for the school year ahead and kick off our year-round programming.

Book Fair November 6-14 Volunteers Needed

Dear PS 139 Parents,

November 6-14th is the fall Book Fair at PS 139. Some of your child(ren)’s favorite authors, stories and books will be available to purchase those days. A portion of the proceeds from the sale goes to the school, so this is a great opportunity to help with fundraising.

Ms. Negrin is organizing the sale and is looking for volunteers to help. If you can come for an hour or several hours, a morning or afternoon, or several days, all help will be appreciated! Please sign up in the Main Office to volunteer.

Also, volunteers can  sign up on line through Volunteer Spot to help at the Book Fair http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/745462976076

Happy Halloween PS 139 from Principal Mc Donald

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Principal Mc Donald at PS 139 Harvest Night 2014

Parent Teacher Conference–Thursday, November 13

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Creating a PS 139 501c3–Should we make the PA a non-profit or establish a separate non-profit entity? (translations in Spanish, Arabic, Nepali below)

The Parent Association wants to create a tax-exempt charity organization, or 501(c)3. This type of organization can get grants from foundations and corporations more easily, and larger donations from individuals, because these contributions are tax-deductible so the donor pays lower taxes.

The PA can either become the 501(c)3 itself, or create another organization to be the 501(c)3, such as “Friends of PS139”. The  Parent Association will vote on which way to go at its next meeting on November 10 at 8:30 am in the PS 139 cafeteria.
Everyone is welcome to attend this meeting.

These are the questions you might have:
Why do it as “Friends of PS 139?

”Friends of PS139” would not be subject to DOE rules. Fundraising events could involve alcohol, or take place at a bar, but cannot if it is the PA. Meeting locations and logistics can be more flexible as “Friends”, and decisions would be able to be made quickly; it would not necessary to wait for the next full PA meeting for a vote.
Also, the bookkeeping for the 501(c)3 would be simpler. As a 501(c)3, we will have to be prepared to file a tax return (and in fact file if revenues exceed $50,000). If the 501(c)3 revenue is simply from grants and donations, not multiple small-scale events, its record-keeping will be much simpler than if it encompasses all the activities of the PA.

Why do it as the PA?

It might have a lower demand on human resources already spread thin. To avoid appearances of conflict of interest, the boards of the two organizations cannot be only the same people. But we currently have an executive board of 10 – some of those people could instead serve on the board of the “Friends”.
Fear exists that a separate organization would not represent the whole school. This fear was expressed as PS 217 was forming their “Friends of 217”, but according to a past president and current vice president of the PA, this “elitism” has not happened at all. If the “Friends” organization is set up with a mission and structure of supporting the needs of the PA of PS139, this fear is unlikely to be realized. Both organizations would exist to benefit the children of PS139.
Belief that only notices of PA events can go in backpacks. Actually, whatever the principal approves can go in the backpack. Currently the school or PA puts notices for other organizations into backpacks, such as Teacher’s College, CAMBA, etc.

 

En Espanol--

La Asociación de Padres de Familia o PA (por sus siglas en inglés) desea crear una organización de caridad(charity) libre de impuestos, o 501(c)3. Este tipo de organización puede obtener subsidios (ayuda económica) de fundaciones y corporaciones con mucha más facilidad, y al mismo tiempo obtener donaciones más generosas de individuos, ya que estas contribuciones son deducibles de impuesto, en otras palabras, el donante paga menos impuestos.

La Asociación de Padres de Familia puede volverse una organización 501(c) 3 o crear otra organización para ser 501(c)3, tal como “Friends of PS139”. El comité ejecutivo votará que decisión tomar en la próxima reunión que se llevará a cabo el 5 de noviembre a las 8:20 am en el auditorio, después de la entrada de los niños. Todos están bienvenidos.

Estas son algunas preguntas que podría tener:

¿Por quee avisos para otras organizaas que fomrmene, la escuela o la Asociacion de Padres de Familia pone avisos para otras organiza qué hacerlo como “Friends of PS 139”?a haber una baja demanda en recursos humanos lia_ciacion de Padres de Familia.mente de subdasiones´

La organización “Friends of PS139” no será sujeto a las regulaciones del Departamento de Educación (DOE). Esto significa que los eventos de recaudación de fondos (Fundraising) pueden involucrar alcohol o realizarse en bares si se organiza por “Friends of PS139”, pero no sería posible si es organizada por la Asociación de Padres de Familia. Además, los lugares de reunión y su funcionalidad (manera de proceder) pueden ser más flexibles como “Friends” y las decisiones pueden tomarse más rápidamente, no sería necesario esperar hasta la próxima reunión de la Asociación de Padres de Familia para votaciones.

Además, la contabilidad para el 501(c)3) sería más simple. Como una organización 501(c)3) tendremos que estar listos para llenar la declaración de impuestos( de hecho, llenarla si los ingresos exceden los $50,000). Si los ingresos de la 501(c)3 son simplemente de subsidios y donaciones y no de múltiples eventos de pequeña escala, la contabilidad será mucho más simple que si incluyera todas las actividades de la Asociación de Padres de Familia.

¿Por qué hacerlo como La Asociación de Padres de Familia?

Podría haber una baja demanda en recursos humanos ya cubriendo muchos puntos. Para evitar apariencias de conflicto de intereses, no pueden ser las mismas personas que conformen los comités en las dos organizaciones. Sin embargo, tenemos actualmente un comité ejecutivo de 10 – En su lugar, algunas de estas personas podrían pertenecer a la organización de “Friends”.

Existe el miedo que una organización separada no representaría la escuela completa. Este miedo se expresó cuando la PS 217 estaba formando su propia organización “Friends 217”, sin embargo, de acuerdo con un presidente anterior y el actual vicepresidente de la Asociación de Padres de Familia, este “elitismo” no ha sucedido en ningún momento. Es poco probable que se sienta este miedo si la organización “Friends” se forma con la misión y estructura de apoyar las necesidades de la Asociación de Padres de Familia de la PS139. Ambas organizaciones existirían para beneficiar a los niños de la PS 139.

Se cree que solamente los avisos por parte de la Asociación de Padres de Familia pueden mandarse en las mochilas(bolsones). De hecho, lo que la directora de la escuela (principal) apruebe se puede mandar en las mochilas. En el presente, la escuela o la Asociación de Padres de Familia pone avisos para otras organizaciones en las mochilas, como ser Teacher´s College, CAMBA, etc.

announcement

 

Parents haru sabai milera tax exempt charity organization (sahayog garne sanstha) banaune bichar gareko cha. Yo khale sanstha le scholarship ra grants haru thulo thulo company bata paunu sajilo banaunecha ra dherai donations haru pani paunu sakincha manche haru bata kina bhane yesto khale sanstha lai donation diyo bhane, dine manche lai pani kamti tax tirnu paunecha.

PA(parents association) nai yo sanstha ma badlau garnu pani milcha ki ta arkai sanstha banau pani sakchau jastai ki “friends of PS139”. PA ko adakchya haru le chalfal garera ani chunab jastai garera k garne bhanera abo November 10 ko 8:30am PS 139 ko cafeteria ma hunecha. Tyo din ko samhelan ma sabai jana aune paunecha.

Tapai haru lai kunai prasna haru cha bhane jastai ki:

 Naam chai kina “Friends of PS 139” rakhne?

“Friends of PS139”lai chai DOE ko niyam haru lagne chaina. Fundraising aryakram haru ma raksi haru ki ta bar ma pani garnu sakincha tara PA rakhyo bhane chai garne sambhau hune chaina. Bhetne thau haru ko byaosta haru garnu pani alik sajilo hune cha “friends”bhanera rakhyou bhane ani kei kura ma sahamat bhayera decision linu pani chado hune cha kina bhane arko pali ko PA meeting ko lagi parkhi rakhnu parne chaina.

Bookkeeping (hisab kitab) rakhnu pani sajilo huncha. 501(c)3 bhayeko karan le chai tax return banaunu ko lagi chai tayar hunu parcha. 501(c)3 ma grants ra donations haru matra bhaye athawa dherai ota sano tino karyakram nabhayema, hisab kitab rakhnu pani sajilo huncha kina bhane hamile yo sabai lai PA ko hisab kitab sanga misaune pardaina.

 Kina PA bhanera garne?

Yo garema chai hamile, dubai sanstha ma sabai jana eutai samiti rakhnu mildaina ra aru manche haru pani rakhnu nasakne karan le chai PA nai rakhyo bhane chai dherai sajilo hunecha. Hamro aile ko PA sangathan ma 10 jana ko adakchya haru bhayeko karan le chai hamile adhi adhi bhag garera dubai samiti ma badnu pani sakchau.

Hamile arko samiti ghatan garema chai, euta daar chai k ma hune sakcha bhane chai, dubai samiti le chai yo pura bidhyalaya lai represent garnu sakdaina. Tara hamile yo dubai samiti gathan garada, hamro euta lakchya ra ramro ayojana bhayema ra hamro pahilo lakchya chai PS139 ko bidyarthi haru lai sayog garne bhayema, hamro yo daar ra badha chai na aune cha.

Kati jana ko sochai k cha bhane, bidyarthi ko jholama PA ko ayojana ra suchana matra badine cha bhanera tara (pramukh updaya) Principle ko sahamati ma ho bhane hamile aru suchana haru pani dinu sakne chau.