Survey Results – PS 139’s Top Priorities and Ideas

Thank you to everyone who completed the Participatory Budgeting survey, to share your top priorities and ideas for improving the school!

Last year, 16 people submitted ideas. This year, 559 people completed the surveys, sharing 202 specific ideas! This includes 426 students, 103 parents, 19 teachers, and 10 staff. Congratulations to Adriana Galicia for being the lucky raffle winner of a $50 gift certificate to the Flatbush Food Coop!

Here are the top five priorities:

Issue Votes
Field trips and performances 253
School and classroom technology 181
Cafeteria food and space 178
Outdoor play spaces 173
After-school clubs 131

For more details, see this survey report. The Parent Association will use this input to guide our activities for the next year, to better serve and support the school community.

In February and March, a PB Committee of parents, teachers, and staff is reviewing the ideas and turning the top ones into proposals for a ballot. Then in April, all students, parents, teachers, and staff will be invited to vote to decide which projects we fund.

This work at PS 139 has also inspired bigger change at the City and State. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced that he will be launching PB at all public high schools, and in April officials from across the state will visit PS 139 to prepare for a new statewide PB initiative for schools. Thank you for being part of a community that’s showing students and parents that we can all have a voice in our democracy!

Ayude a sus niños – Done a la Asociación de Padres de PS 139

La Asociación de Padres (AP) ayuda a nuestros niños, financiando programas importantes fuera del presupuesto de la escuela. Por favor, haga una donación antes del 31 de diciembre para apoyar estos programas.

La Asociación de Padres financia increíbles programas escolares, actividades extracurriculares y eventos especiales. También, La Asociación de Padres provee materiales escolares a los maestros y estudiantes para sus salones de clases. Uds., como padres, pueden decidir lo que hacemos, por el proceso del presupuesto participativo. ¡El año pasado, los padres y estudiantes votaron para financiar nuevos juguetes para el recreo, un jardín de mariposas, instrumentos musicales, computadoras portátiles, materiales para enseñar y un club de ecología.

Su contribución ayudará a financiar programas y eventos como estos. Si cada familia dona $25, tendremos más de $25,000.  Si puede donar más o pedir donaciones de otra familia o amigos, ¡aun mejor!

PS 139 es un lugar especial. Es un lugar donde las personas de diferentes orígenes comen juntos, juegan juntos y aprenden juntos. PS 139 ofrece una educación excelente a casi mil niños que representan más de 20 idiomas y culturas. Una donación a PS139 es una inversión en nuestros niños, vecinos y comunidad.

Por favor done hoy para apoyar a nuestros hijos, escuela y comunidad. ¡Gracias!

Pueden donar por el internet, en efectivo o por cheque personal. Haga los cheques a “Parent Association of PS 139”, ponga su cheque o su efectivo en un sobre con esta carta y déjelos en la oficina de la escuela o envíalos por correo a: Parent Association PS 139, 330 Rugby Road, Brooklyn NY 11226.  

Sí, mostraré mi apoyo para PS 139 uniéndome a la asociación de padres y donando:


Kelly Lisman & Jessica Dowshen

Presidentes de la Asociación de Padres


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Educational resources for students and families

ARIS Parent Link

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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

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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.



 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.


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:

* For videos of TCRWP classrooms, visit:


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.