School Garden Clean Up this Sunday, May 21st, from 10am to 2pm. Enjoy the sunshine day with our terrific Garden Committee families and friends!

Volunteers will also have the opportunity to meet with Farmer Kate of Nature Based, who has brought their outdoor gardening and environmental literacy curriculum to our preK and kindergarten classes this Spring.  Thank you, Farmer Kate and Nature Based!


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Sunday, April 30, Reminder: Don’t miss our P.S. 139 Chess Ninjas Rummage Sale Fundraiser from 10:00am to 3:00pm!

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Congratulations to our P.S. 139 Chess Ninjas on their performance at the March 11-12, 2017 NY State Scholastic Chess Championship!

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Sign up for Cookshop at P.S. 139!



Rugby Road Reporter Special Issue: Grow to Learn, Garden to Cafe, and Our P.A. Gardening Committee



Dance Clubs at P.S. 139


Studio in a School at P.S. 139


Music Clubs at P.S. 139


After School Programs at PS 139–CAMBA and Kids Orbit

P.S. 139 is pleased to announce that it will host two after-school programs during the 2016 – 2017 academic school year.  In addition to continuing its partnership with CAMBA to provide the CAMBA Creative Kids @ P.S. 139 after-school program which currently serves 215 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.

CAMBA Creative Kids @ P.S. 139 information: 

Currently, applications are being offered to our 2015 – 2016 children and their siblings only. For general public inquires and information about CAMBA Creative Kids @ P.S. 139, please contact Alicia Frank, Site Coordinator: Phone numbers: 718-693-3825 or 347-351-6092; Email: The CAMBA office will be open again starting Tuesday, September 6th, 2016.

For information on Kids Orbit, please call 718-768-4432, visit, or refer to the flyer that will be distributed by the P.S. 139 Parents Association when school begins.

Studio In a School– Third Grade Tempera Painting Project

Our five-weeklong Tempera Painting Project with the 3rd graders at the Studio was a richly rewarding experience/activity. The teachers also participated enthusiastically in this exploratory project.  Initially, we looked at the beautiful Victorian type houses through pictures from our Rugby Road Neighborhood. In the beginning, we learned vocabulary words such as Victorian, neighborhood and architecture, and a lot more once the project unfolded. We also looked at American painter Edward Hopper’s famous ‘House by the Railroad’ (1925). Through this painting, we learned background, middle ground and foreground.
On the first day, we drew the neighborhood houses of our choice by selecting one from 30 different house pictures. We used a pencil to do this exercise.
In the second week, like professional artists, with brown tempera paint we traced the outline using a round brush. We also understood through Hopper’s painting how artists painted a ‘foundation color’ before starting their painting. We painted a ‘yellow tint’ as a foundation color, like Hopper, by mixing yellow and white.
In the third week, we learned three different kinds of blues: turquoise, cerulean and cobalt. By mixing white paint with these blues individually we painted our beautiful background/sky. We also added yellow with these blues and created different kinds of greens to paint our foreground, trees, plants, bushes and lawns.
The fourth week focused on understanding the middle ground, the building. We mixed red, yellow and white to make the peach color to paint our buildings. Once peach was done, we added blue to it and got ‘payne’s grey’ to overlap the peach color.
The fifth week was devoted to highlighting and going back to the outline. This time we added white to our greens, blues and peach color to paint the highlight. We also used dark brown (mixture of black and red) to outline once again so that our painting is complete.
In all the five weeks we learned a lot of vocabulary words.  We had plenty of demo to look at and lot of reflection sessions to discuss the work we did.
Since we did still life paintings at the beginning of the semester using watercolor, the students had an easy transition to tempera painting methods.
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Erick from Ms. Salzman’s Class is painting the middle ground.
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 ​Wyona from Ms. Lynch’s class                            Dana from Ms. Becker’s class
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 Aayushma from Ms. Becker’s class
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                                                                                           Naba’s house (this one is diagonal from PS 139)
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 Aayushma’s house.                                                    Dana’s house