Parents Association Elections

Hello PS 139 Families

Elections for the Parents Association executive board are Thursday, June 15 at 5:45pm in the auditorium. Voting will be the first order of business for this meeting, so those observing Ramadan can vote and have enough time to get home for iftar.

Please come and cast a vote for next year’s board.

The nominees are:

Co-President: Jessica Dowshen and Kelly Lisman

Co-Recording Secretary: Malika Green and Jessica Byrne

Co-Treasurer: Megan Leese and Richard LaMarita

Vice President: Zilla Huma

Co-VP of Event Planning: Natalee Stephens and Lourdes Mancilla

VP of Technology and Communications: Felipe Flores

VP of Fundraising: Liliana Vasquez

VP of Development: Josh Lerner

VP of Family Engagement: NONE

We will also be voting to fill seven (7) School Leadership Team (SLT) seats. If you want to run for those, please attend this meeting and vote.


Jennifer Lutton
VP Technology and Communications

June 5th SLT meeting postponed to June 19th

Please note that the June School Leadership Team (SLT) meeting has been rescheduled to June 19th, at 4:30pm, in the school library.  Thank you

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

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