P.S. 139 School Safety Reminders

Thank you for your cooperation.


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Procedures on Days with Citywide Emergency Conditions or on Major Storm Days

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About School Leadership Teams

For the NYC Department of Education SLT Overview brochure, please click here

For the NYC Department of Education Division of Family and Community Engagement Parent Leadership web page, please click here

P.S. 139 Organization Sheet for the 2016-2017 School Year


Important Information on School Safety from Principal McDonald

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P.S. 139 Fifth Grade Classroom Updates

Dear Families of Fifth Grade Students,

We hope you are enjoying the summer. Before the year begins, we wanted to make you aware of some changes for the 2016-2017 school year.  On your child’s June report card, there was a label with their new fifth grade classroom.  Due to some staffing and room changes, the room listed may not be correct.  Please see the chart below for classroom and teacher assignments.  We are very excited to welcome Ms. Buchel, Ms. Kwok, and Ms. Boucher to our fifth grade team!

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Ms. Baptiste



Ms. Boucher/Ms. Kwok



Ms. Buchel



Ms. Chan

5-317* 5-317*Stayed the same

Ms. Moshkovich

Should you have any questions, feel free to e-mail JoAnna Spanos, Assistant Principal, at jspanos@ps139.org.

We are looking forward to the new year, and to seeing you and your children in September.



Mary McDonald and JoAnna Spanos

Announcement from Principal Mary McDonald

Dear P.S. 139 families, 

I am excited to share with you that both Sarah Gobin-Darrell and JoAnna Spanos have been appointed as Assistant Principals at P.S. 139.   As you know, they currently serve as our Interim Assistant Principals this year, but have accepted the permanent posts as a demonstration of their dedication and commitment to our school.

The appointment of the Assistant Principal for grades 2-3 is still pending.  Interviews for that position are currently in process and I look forward to sharing news of that appointment with you later this year.

Ms. Gobin-Darrell and Ms. Spanos will be acknowledged by Superintendent Bove at the next Community Education Council (CEC) meeting to be held at 7 P.M. on Thursday, March 10th, at P.S. 255, located at 1866 East 17th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11229. 

P.S. 255 is a short walk from the Kings Highway train stop on the Q or B lines. 

All P.S. 139 students and families are welcome to join us in celebrating their appointment to P.S. 139.


Mary McDonald, Principal

PS 139 teachers at Teachers College Reading and Writing Project’s institute for the Teaching of Reading

Teachers build and strengthen their knowledge and skills in professional development over the summer in programs like Teachers College Reading institute. The Reading Institute is designed for educators, classroom teachers, school administrators, and curriculum specialists who are committed to turning classrooms into richly literate reading and writing workshops.

During this five-day institute, small and large group sections tackle, headfirst, the following topics and much more: the central role of curriculum development and planning in the teaching of reading, units of study in reading workshop, comprehension strategy instruction, the importance of assessment-based instruction, the role of the read-aloud book, methods of holding our students accountable for doing their best work, helping students grow ideas about literature, and classroom structures that support inquiry and collaboration.

The Reading and Writing Project will offer a day long institute at Teachers College for parents on October 14th. Details on how to sign up will be available at the beginning of the school year.
Jessica Conter, Josephine Sinagra, Renee Garitta, Zach Mack, Joanna Lau. Not pictured: Lauren Schirripa
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Timeline made by some of PS 139’s own–focusing on learning about WWI through historical fiction
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Photo of one participant’s diligent notes



Coming Soon.

PS 139 School Leadership Team

What is a School Leadership Team? (From the DOE website)

School Leadership Teams (SLTs) are vehicles for developing school-based educational policies, and ensuring that resources are aligned to implement those policies. SLTs assist in the evaluation and assessment of a school’s educational programs and their effects on student achievement.

SLTs play a significant role in creating a structure for school-based decision making, and shaping the path to a collaborative school culture. New York State Education Law Section 2590-h requires every New York City Public School to have a School Leadership Team. In addition, Chancellor’s Regulation A-655 (CR A-655–See link below) establishes guidelines to ensure the for- mation of effective SLTs in every New York City public school.

What is the role of an SLT?

An SLT is responsible for developing a school’s Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP) (See link below for PS 139’s CEP). The SLT is not responsible for the hiring or firing of school staff. However, consistent with Chancellor’s Regulation C-30, the SLT must be consulted prior to the appointment of a principal or assistant principal candidate to the school.

An SLT provides an annual assessment to the community district or high school super- intendent regarding the principal’s record of developing an effective, shared decision-making relationship with the SLT members during the year.

Who is eligible to serve on an SLT?

There are three members of the school community who are mandatory members of the SLT. They are: (1) Principal (2) Parent Association/Parent-Teacher Association President (3) United Federation of Teachers Chapter Leader. The remainder of the team is comprised of elected parents and staff members. The SLT must have an equal number of parents and staff.

An SLT may also include students (a minimum of two students is required in high school SLTs) and representatives from community based organizations (CBOs) that work with the school. Students and CBO representatives do not count when determining whether a team should have an equal number of parents and staff. The exact composition of a school’s SLT is set forth in the team’s bylaws.

How many people serve on an SLT?

An SLT should have a minimum of 10 members, and a maximum of 17 members. The exact number of members on a school’s SLT is set forth in the team’s bylaws. Regardless of the total number, the SLT must have an equal number of parents and staff members.

How do SLTs make decisions?

SLTs must use consensus-based decision making. In this type of group decision making, all participants contribute to and help shape the final decision. By listening closely to one another, members aim to come up with solutions and proposals that work for the group. This approach is empowering because each member has the opportunity to influence team decisions. When all members are able to voice their opinions and concerns, they are more likely to stay invested in and connected to the work of the team. This sets the stage for greater cooperation and mutual respect.

The SLT meets on a monthly basis, and while consensus in decision-making is only required of the board, the meeting is open to the school community. PS 139 parents and caregivers are welcome to attend. See the monthly calendar or marquee outside the school for meeting dates.

PS 139  Academic year 2013-2014 Comprehensive Education Plan (CEP)

Chancellor’s Regulation A-655 for SLTs

For more information on Parent Leadership see the Family and Community Engagementparent leader website