Sunday, August 27th Reminder: Join the PS139 PA for our Back-to-School Social for New and Current Families

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Community School District 22 February Newsletter

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Back to School Basics from the NYC Department of Education

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Rugby Road Reporter Special Issue: Studio in a School

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Educational resources for students and families

ARIS Parent Link

Brain Pop

Engage NY

Growth Mindset

Khan Academy

NYC Department of Education

NYC Department of Education Guides and Documents for Special Education Services and Students with Disabilities

NYC Department of Education IEP Process

NYC Department of Education Department of English Language Learners and Student Support

NYC Department of Education Pre-K for All

NYC Department of Education School Wellness Program

NYC Department of Education STEM

NYC Department of Education Translation & Interpretation Unit

PBS Kids

Reading Plus

Responsive Classroom

Scholastic

Starfall

Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

P.S. 139 Alexine A. Fenty Elementary School

P.S. 139 is located in the vibrant community of Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. The school is an anchor in the neighborhood where area families and children meet and play in its playgrounds and or visit the abutting Cortelyou branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. PS 139 is noted for its dedicated faculty and staff, its special programs, like band, chess, and art, it active parent volunteers (parent volunteers built and maintain this website!) and its openness to the broader neighborhood.

Our Mission Statement:

P.S. 139 is dedicated to creating a nurturing environment,
a community where all children strive for high standards,
develop a love for learning, and respect for themselves and others.

Our Vision Statement:
P.S. 139 is a unique and vibrant elementary school; it lives and breathes warmth and learning. It exemplifies a true collaborative school community. Our students come from every continent and background, and speak many languages. Parents, staff, administrators, and community members work together so that all our students not only succeed at P.S. 139, but also go on to have wonderful, productive lives.

Curriculum

Mathematics

 kidsrugStudents at PS 139 are immersed in common-core aligned math experiencesthat are designed to develop a love of mathematics and the belief that math is an authentic experience. Math classrooms are full of discussions, questions and a lot of excitement! Our primary curriculum is Investigations, a program that emphasizes the way the students construct meaning in mathematics. In addition to Investigations, we do open ended problem solving, where students are pushed to collaborate with classmates in order to make sense of complex problems and persevere through solving them. We are seeking to develop flexible thinkers through daily mental math problems using Number Talks by Sherry Parrish. Our classroom teachers are supported by a full time math coach, Alyna Jacobs, and a math leadership team, who work closely with a math consultant from Metamorphosis and Southern Cross Consultancy.

Literacy

P.S. 139 is a Teachers College Reading and Writing Project school. We believe that it is our responsibility to build lifelong learners who not only can read and write, but choose and love to do so. Our students benefit from a literacy-rich environment that includes authentic reading and writing experiences as well as explicit instruction. Students engage in read aloud, discussion, reading workshop, and writing workshop daily.

* For more information on Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, visit: http://readingandwritingproject.com/

* For videos of TCRWP classrooms, visit: http://vimeo.com/tcrwp

Science

The Science Team at P.S. 139 aims to Prepare and Inspire: K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education for America’s Future. It is our goal to support and encourage every young scientist by making science accessible to and achievable for each and every student. The science program incorporates resources and ideas from Delta Foss and Harcourt School Publishers which are aligned with New York State Standards for Science Instruction and Curriculum. We emphasize a hands-on, inquiry-based approach to learning. Our goal is to make science fun and relevant in the classroom.

Social and Emotional Learning

Behavior leadership is a priority at PS 139. Our goal is to ensure that all students are being respectful, responsible, and safe. Expectations are clearly defined and a common language is used throughout the school environment in order to support positive behavior. Each month our school focuses on a different behavioral skill that is explicitly taught in the classroom. Being an active listener, sharing and taking turns, and understanding another’s point of view, are examples of social skills that are explored.

Youth Development coordinates student government and service projects which provide opportunities for students to exercise leadership and support student social emotional growth. Examples include: students raising money for Muscular Dystrophy by participating in a Pajama Hop, The Penny Harvest, and creating Valentine’s cards for people at community senior centers.

Our goal is to have an environment where courtesy and kindness prevail and where there is a genuine respect for all. When problems arise, we work positively to find solutions. We believe each student has the final responsibility for the consequences of his/her own behavior.