Fall supply lists

If you want to get a jumpstart this summer and gather school supplies for your child(ren), here are PDFs of supply lists the fall.

4th and 5th grade classes:

4th grade 

Ms. Sinagra’s 4th grade class

5th grade


3rd grade classes:

Ms. Becker–3/404

Ms. Salzman–3/401

Ms. Regensburger&Ms. Lynch–3/405

Ms. Sproul–3/402

2nd grade classes:

Ms. Garrita–2/301

Ms. Schiripa & Ms. Wojtas–2/303

Ms. Richards–2/306

Ms. Bayewitch–2/302

Ms. Gibbs and Conter–2/305

Kindergarten and 1st grade classes:

Ms. Albanese

Ms. Althoff

Oricchio and DeCostole

Ms. Rodriguez

Ms. Keck

Ms. Faisaly

Ms. Rodriguez–K-108

Ms. Taunton

Ms. Zafra–K-101

Ms. Moise K-102

Ms. Gioia K-104


All Pre-K classes



More information will be available as teachers provide their supply lists over the course of the summer.


Literacy Coach Lizzie Hetzer has asked the Parent Association to help raise money to purchase books for our youngest students to take home for the summer so they don’t lose the skills they worked so hard to develop during the school year. Please pitch in, and tell your friends and family! Our goal is to raise $3,300 – enough for one full grade, 6 books per child. (Two grades have already been funded!) Just click here

After-school programs at P.S. 139

P.S. 139 is pleased to announce that it will host two after-school programs during the 2015-2016 academic year.  In addition to continuing its partnership with CAMBA to provide the CAMBA Creative Kids @ P.S. 139 after-school program which currently serves 220 students, P.S. 139 will host Kids Orbit, a privately run after-school program, in order to expand onsite after-school opportunities to more families.

For information on CAMBA Creative Kids @ P.S. 139, please call 718-693-3825.  Applications can be picked up at the school main office Monday, August 31-Wednesday, September 2, between the hours of 8:00am-2:00pm. The CAMBA office will be open again starting Tuesday, September 8.

For information on Kids Orbit, please call 718-768-4432, visit www.kidsorbit.com, or refer to the flyer being distributed by the P.S. 139 Parents Association.

P.S. 139 501(c)(3) application submitted!

The P.S. 139 Parents Association is happy to announce that its application for 501(c)(3) status as a tax-exempt nonprofit organization has been filed.  If the IRS approves our application, the PA will be able to apply for grants and tax-deductible contributions. It will also enable the PA to register with web sites to receive a percentage of online shopping purchases.  All of these opportunities available to 501(c)(3) organizations have the potential to significantly increase the level funds the PA can raise for the school. Sincere appreciation goes to Jane Hutta, a lawyer and P.S. 139 parent, who helped get the process off the ground, and to Susanna Stein, Vice President of External Fundraising for the Parents Association, who has persevered through various hurdles.  Thanks also goes to P.S. 139 alumna Gina Anderson, who connected us with the Lawyers Alliance for New York.  The Lawyers Alliance reached out to the law firm of Paul Hastings, who is providing pro-bono legal assistance on the filing and related legal requirements.  Be sure to attend your PA meetings for further updates!

Rugby Road Reporter–A PS 139 newsletter

Greetings everyone,
In an effort to share news and information with the PS139 community that engages both adults and children at our school, the Parents Association would like to introduce The Rugby Road Reporter, a short magazine/news digest that will include student contributions.  We want to hear from your kids!  For the first issue, please send us any of the following art and writing contributions from students:
*a review of a summer family movie such as “Minions” or “Inside Out”
*a review of a book that your child enjoyed for our “Summer Strides–not Summer Slide!” section
*an essay or drawing about a place, trip, or activity that your child enjoyed
*a summer story: for example, what was the most exciting or funniest thing that happened to your child over the summer?
*a review or an essay about a day camp or sleepover camp that your child attended
*poems, essays, or art work about summer or going back to school
*a statement about what your child loves about school or learning
Due to space limitations, please keep essays or reviews to within 150 words or less. Student contributions will be accepted at the PS 139 main office starting Monday, August 31st, and ending at 12pm on Friday, September 4th.
Please have student contributions inside an envelope or attached to a cover sheet labeled:
Rugby Road Reporter Student Contribution
Attention: Claire Pearce, PS139 PA
Original writing and art will be returned to students, so please make sure that contributions include the:
*title of the student’s work
*student’s name
*student’s grade and class number
*an adult contact name
*an adult contact phone number and/or email address
Please spread the word by sharing this email with as many PS139 families you know.  If you have a class friendship list, please share this info with the families on your list.  And if you have any questions, please reply to sender (seringc@yahoo.com) or reply all to the group.
Hope you’re all enjoying the summer and we look forward to hearing from you!
Claire Pearce
PS139 Parents Association
VP of Technology & Communications for the 2015-2016 school year


Donors Choose at PS 139–Matching by Gates Foundation

Hello everyone,

It’s that time of the year again where donations on the www.donorschoose.org web site will be matched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

To find classroom projects posted by PS139 teachers, enter “PS 139 Alexine A Fenty” or the 11226 zip code in the search box.

To double your donation amount, enter the promotion code “JUMPSTART” when checking out.  The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match contributions up to $1,000 per donor, “while funding lasts” so the match is a limited time offer.  Take advantage today!

Happy giving!


Classroom Organization for 2015-2016

Classroom Organization 2015-2016
Pre-K Team:

Pre-K 113 – Ms. Marcus

Pre-K –Ms. Kelly

Pre-K 112 – Ms. Greenwood

Kindergarten Team:

K-101 – Ms. Zafra (Dual Language)

K-104 – Ms. Gioia

K-102 – Ms. Moise

K-105 – Ms. Grassi

K-103 – Ms. DeCostole/Ms. Oricchio

K-107 – Ms. Keck

K-108 – Ms. A. Rodriguez

First Grade Team:
1-201 – Ms. M. Rodriguez

1-204- Ms. Colina (Dual Language)

1-202 – Ms. Faisaly

1-205-Ms. Small/Ms.Daniele

1-203 – Ms. Albanese 1/2 -Ms. Taunton

Second Grade Team:
2-301 – Ms. Garitta

2-304 – Ms. Willeford (SOAR)

2-302- Ms. Bayewitch (BI)

2-305 – Ms. Gibbs/Ms. Conter

2-303 – Ms. Schirripa/Ms. Wojtas

2-306 – Ms. Richards (FA)


Third Grade Team:
3-401 – Ms. Salzman (FA)

3-404 – Ms. Becker (SOAR)

3-402 – Ms. Sproul

3-405 – Ms. Regensburger/Ms. B. Lynch

3-403 – Ms. Halpern (BI)

3-406 – Ms. Coven

Fourth Grade Team:
4-212 – Ms. Heo (SOAR)

4-213 – Ms. Ingrassia

4-214 – Ms. Cannarella (FA)

4-215 – Ms.Zappia/Ms. Lee

4-217 – Ms. Sinagra (BI)

Fifth Grade Team:
5-312 – Mr. Mack

5-315 – Ms. Lau (FA)

5-313– Ms. Chan/Ms. Sutcliffe

5-317 – Ms. Moshkovich (SOAR)

5-314– Ms. Baptiste  (BI)



PS 139 Kindergarten Families


It gives me great pleasure to welcome you and your child to the P.S. 139 family.  A separate letter is being mailed to your home indicating your child’s classroom teacher and room number.

During this transition, we want to make your child feel as comfortable as possible, so we will introduce him/her to morning arrival at P.S. 139 gradually.

Please follow the schedule below:

September 9th           Shortened Day 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Kindergarten students and their families will line up along the gate outside the main entrance. Kindergarten teachers will join you outside the main entrance to welcome you and your child beginning at 8:10 a.m.

At 8:30 a.m., kindergarten families will enter through the Main Entrance and go to the auditorium for a meet and greet with the administration.  Afterwards, parents/guardians will bring  their children to their classrooms where Kindergarten orientation will be held.   All Kindergarten parents/guardians are encouraged to attend this important meeting.  This meeting will take about 45 minutes.

September 10th          Full day with delayed arrival time              8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Kindergarten students arrive at 8:30 a.m. and are dismissed at 2:30 p.m. Parents will bring their child to and pick their child up from their classrooms.  Please enter and exit using the Cortelyou playground door (Exit D) on this day.

September 11th   through September 18th    Full day                     8:10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Kindergarten students arrive at 8:10 a.m. and are dismissed at 2:30 p.m. Parents will bring their child to and pick their child up from their classrooms.  Please enter and exit using the Cortelyou playground door (Exit D) on this day.

Beginning on September 21st                                                        8:10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Now that your child has become familiar with our staff and school building, students will enter through the Breakfast Door (Exit C on Rugby Road near the flag pole) at 8:10 a.m. If your child would like a school breakfast, they may enter Exit C as early as 7:30 a.m. Your child will be picked up in his/her classroom at 2:30 p.m. using the Cortelyou playground door (Exit D) for the remainder of the school year.

Please note:

Name tags will be distributed on the first day of school. Please have your child wear it for the first two weeks of school so staff can direct your child to his/her classroom efficiently.

The supply list for your child is posted on our website. Please bring your child’s supplies directly to the classroom when you attend orientation or when dropping your child off in the classroom. After that, please send supplies gradually, only in quantities that your child can comfortably carry.

We look forward to a very successful school year.

Mary McDonald, Principal

Pre-K information

Important Information for Pre-K Families

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to P.S. 139. We want to make your child feel as comfortable as possible with this new transition.

Please follow the schedule below:

September 9th:

Individual student letters were mailed out on August 17th. These letters include the name of your child’s teacher and the session you have been assigned to attend for the 1st day of school. You have either been assigned 8:45-10:15 A.M. or 10:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.  We will first meet together in the auditorium. You will then accompany your child and his/her teacher to their classroom for an orientation.

September 10th session hours: 9:00-11:30 A.M.

Arrival and dismissal locations will be discussed at orientation on September 9th.

September 11th session hours: 9:00-11:30 A.M.

September 16th full-day session hours begin: 8:10-2:30 P.M.

September 17th: Please join us for Family Curriculum Night 4:30-7:30 P.M.

Please note the following non-attendance days for pre-k during the 2015-2016 school

–October 22nd

–December 3rd

–January 28th

–April 21st

Please look for the letter that was mailed out August 17th.

We are excited about having you join the P.S. 139 family!

Staff changes at PS 139–Letter from Principal McDonald

Dear PS 139 Community,

I want to share some news with the school community. This year, two of our assistant principals have been presented with exciting opportunities. I hope you will join me in congratulating Yocasta Miller and Chris Colarossi as they take on new leadership positions. Ms. Miller has been a part of the PS 139 school community for many years, starting as a bilingual teacher. After working here as an Assistant Principal for 11 years, she was offered a position as a principal in our district. Mr. Colarossi, who has been a staff member at PS 139 since the start of his career and an assistant principal for nine years, was offered a position as an administrator on Long Island, in a district just a few minutes from his house. I am so proud of them and wish them all the best as they take these next steps in their careers.  Please join me in thanking them for the many contributions they have made to our school community throughout their tenure at PS 139. We would like them to know that we are very happy for their success, wish them well, and will miss them.

I would also like to take this time to introduce two of our new interim acting assistant principals.

Sarah Gobin-Darrell grew up in Brooklyn, New York and has lived in District 22 for over 20 years. Her parents came to this country as immigrants and made sure they provided their five children with quality education. Ms. Darrell held on to that dream and vision throughout her life. She is a product of the New York City Public School System, graduating from Brooklyn Tech High School. It has been her goal to give back to her community. She has been an educator for over 15 years: she has worked as a paraprofessional, YMCA /DOE after-school director, Breakaway Camp DOE Director,  gifted and talented teacher, special education teacher, general education teacher, intervention teacher, testing coordinator, gifted and talented liaison, teacher leader, literacy coach, and resident principal. During her career, she has taught pre-kindergarten through seventh grade, as well as high school students. Ms. Darrell has a B.A. from Hunter College, an M.S. in Special Education, and a M.A. from New York University in Early Childhood/Elementary Education.


Ms. Darrell was one of ten teachers in New York City that received the Revson/Starr scholarship from NYU which enabled a select number of New York City’s dedicated teachers to partner with the university to enhance student achievement across the five boroughs. She is trained in Teachers College Reading and Writing Curriculum, in addition, to Renzulli’s Schoolwide Enrichment Model, Orton Gillingham’s Reading Reform, Wilson, and Fundations. She worked with educators citywide on enhancing math practices in elementary schools through partnerships across the city with Districts 2, 13, 15, 16, and 22. During the 2013-2014 school year, she was a member of the Leaders in Education Apprenticeship Program. Ms. Darrell was selected as a participant in the New Leaders Aspiring Principals Program.


Ms. Darrell is committed to serving the children in the New York City school system and believes that “all children can and will learn” if they are surrounded by people with high expectations that truly love and nurture them. She believes that children should learn through exploration, inquiry and the multiple intelligences. She loves to write books for children and is a published author. Ms. Darrell volunteers in a transfer high school, helping underprivileged young girls enter college. In addition, she works on a local community board, advocating for education equity in all neighborhoods. Ms. Darrell feels that it is her lifelong charge/responsibility to give back what was given to her.

She served as the resident principal at P.S.139 from September 2014 through June 2015. Ms. Darrell is a vital part of the school and collaborated with the entire community, though she works closely with the pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grades, including English language learners and special education families. Ms. Darrell helped to launch the dual language program, which is the first in District 22. She also assisted in the expansion of our pre-kindergarten program. She is overjoyed about continuing on as a part of the administrative team here at PS 139.
Alyna Jacobs lived in Ditmas Park for seven years, and now lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children. She has been a teacher for ten years, and has worked at PS 139 for eight years as a third grade teacher, new teacher mentor and a math coach. She has a B.A. from Rutgers College in Art History, an M.A. from NYU in International Education, and an M.S.Ed from Brooklyn College through the NYC Teaching Fellows Program. Ms. Jacobs is also a National Board Certified Teacher, and, in 2011, was one of only156 teachers in New York State to earn this prestigious certification. Ms. Jacobs wanted to have a wider impact on the school community, and decided to pursue a leadership path. She was one of forty teachers across the city to be selected to participate in the Leadership Advancement Program through the NYC Leadership Academy.


As an educator, Ms. Jacobs believes that play is an essential part of learning and is committed to carving out time for kids to be kids. She is extremely excited about our partnership with Teacher’s College and the never-ending journey of refining the craft of teaching. As a math coach, Ms. Jacobs was committed to developing young mathematicians who persevered in the face of challenge and wanted our students to get excited about solving really tough math problems! Currently, she is learning about how the subtleties of our language choices can affect the way children see themselves and the ways children learn. Right now, she is reading Ivy and Bean and Immortal Cells of Henrietta Lacks. She is conversational in French and Spanish, loves to eat delicious food, pick out paint colors, and listen to her children giggle. She is beyond excited to continue her work with the students, staff and families of PS 139.
Please join me in welcoming both Ms. Darrell and Ms. Jacobs as our newest school leaders. We look forward to our continuing partnership with you during the upcoming school year.

Best wishes,
Mary McDonald, Principal