Programs Available at PS 139Q
We also believe that a little healthy competition goes along way. Each month, the students compete in the "Show Your Colors" School Spirit Color Challenge. During these challenges, grades compete against each other in fun team building events to earn points. The points are tallied and combined to show just how awesome this school is when we work together. Throughout the year, once we hit certain point goals, students can "unlock achievements" where we'll gather as a school community to celebrate the goals we've reached. Students can also earn points for their teams by following our Core Values, especially in the lunchrooms and bathrooms. At the end of the year, we will have a school wide party to celebrate the many accomplishments we achieved together through friendship and teamwork.
We invite our families to join us in these events and others like this throughout the school year!
Move-to-Improve adds physical activity to classroom lessons and helps NYC elementary school students stay strong and healthy by supporting physical education (PE). Thousands of classrooms use Move-to-Improve activities for active learning.
Why get moving?
Kids and teens should be physically active for at least 60 minutes every day.
Did you know physical activity helps kids’ minds and bodies?
PBIS is a proactive approach that PS 139 uses to improve school safety and promote positive behavior. The focus of PBIS is prevention. Students are taught positive behavior strategies just like they are taught any other subject such as math or reading. We recognize that students can only meet behavioral expectations if they know what is expected of them in school. Students learn what is considered appropriate behavior in various locations throughout the school environment. We use a common language to get the message across, so that there is consistency in all grades and subject areas. Students are rewarded for demonstrating these expected, positive behaviors, which encourages a safe environment at PS 139.
Harmony SEL, formally known as Sanford Harmony, is a social and emotional learning program used at PS139. The program consists of five units or focus themes: diversity and inclusion, empathy and critical thinking, communication, problem solving, and peer relationships. In the lower grades, lessons include storybooks that focus on the core themes while in the upper grades games are provided. Essential components of Harmony are Meet Up and Buddy Up activities. During Meet Up the entire class comes together to share experiences, monitor classroom goals, solve problems and participate in team building activities using Harmony Quick Connection Cards. During Buddy Up, students are paired with a partner and engage in discussions or activities provided in the Harmony Quick Connection Cards. Buddies are changed weekly so students have the opportunity to get to know others in the class thereby fostering a sense of community within the classroom.
Hour of Code
Hour of Code is celebrated around the globe every December for one week. PS139Q celebrates this event by doing special coding projects during the students' Technology classes. We also hold parent workshops and student live demonstrations during this week. Students lead demonstrations and tutorials for guests and parents showcase just how savvy they are in programming projects such as Scratch and CoSpaces. Stickers and posters help this event become a true reason to celebrate!
The International Festival is an annual PS 139 event that highlights the multicultural uniqueness of our school and students. Students sing, dance and play instrumental music in their culture.
The Jump/Jog-a-thon is an annual Wellness event at PS 139. Every June, students in grades K through 3 jog, jump and skip around the lap lanes of our upper yard. Students in grades 4 and 5 jump rope. The students have a fun day exercising and raise donations for our school. Parents are invited to cheer on their children and this adds to the fun.
Do you have an interest in being an active member of your school community?
We are looking for individuals willing to provide a voice for the students in our school community. This may involve raising an issue of concern as an agenda item or providing an opinion or feedback on an issue being discussed at the meeting. Two students from each grade will serve as representatives for grade 3, 4, and 5 as we continue to move PS139Q forward.
CRITERIA FOR STUDENT COUNCIL MEMBERS:
- Maintains good attendance record (in person and remote)
- Completes and submits class assignments regularly
- Consistently exhibits a high standard of positive behavior
- Ability to lead peers
- Confidence in public settings