News & Announcements

  • Kindergarten Registration 2021-2022

    Kindergarten Registration is underway for the 2021-2022 school year!

    This year everything with go through a new system called Operoo.

    The school will needs a valid email address or cell phone number in order to use the Operoo system.

    You don’t need to do anything else until you receive an email invitation from P.S. 139 asking you to sign up for your Operoo account. After that, you’ll receive notifications whenever there is an electronic form to complete or a backpack letter to view for P.S. 139.

    For more info, view the Letter that was sent to incoming Kindergarten families HERE.

  • Announcing the PS 139 College Scholarship!

    The Parent Association of PS 139 is starting an annual $1,000 college scholarship! All college-bound High School Seniors or current college students who are former students of PS 139 are eligible to apply. View/Download the application below. Deadline is May 7. Spread the word to any great candidates you may know!

  • PS 139 Virtual School Tours!

    Interested in applying to PS 139 for the 2021-2022 School Year?

    Join us for a Tuesday Tour of the Early Childhood Program at PS 139. Meet our leadership team. See our faculty in action. Hear from students. Learn about our curriculum, school culture & values. Hosted by Principal Mary McDonald and AP Maggie Moon via ZOOM.

    Tuesdays: January 12, 19 & 26 at 5:00pm

    Interpretation available by request!  Questions? Email Parent Coordinator Megan Demarkis at


  • Composting in the School Garden Is Back!

    The Garden Committee is excited to announce the restart of compost collection! You can drop your green scraps for composting in our garden’s 3 bin composter on Saturdays between 10 am – 2pm.  The drop-off bins are located in the area near the Garden Shed by Door ‘C’ on Rugby Road.
    What Can I Compost?
    –All uncooked fruit and vegetable scraps
    –Coffee and Tea filters & grinds
    –NO Bags please!

    Thank you to the 502 parents, students, teachers, and staff who voted in participatory budgeting (PB) this year! Everything is a bit harder during COVID, so we appreciate you showing up to make your voice heard.

    The PA is committing now to include the top four projects in its budget for next year:

    • Free Food Pantry
    • Race & Equity Library
    • Lego Building Club
    • Student Green Team

    We will reassess with the school administration later in the summer to determine if we can fund additional projects, once we know more about the school budget and the school reopening plans. If you’re able to, please donate to the Parent Association, to help us fund school and family needs during these uncertain times. 

    The full vote results are below, and you can read more about all of the projects here.

    Special thank you to Megan Jonynas, Megan Demarkis, Irene Varon, and Principal McDonald for supporting PB and embracing democracy at PS 139! And thank you to the team of parent volunteers who helped develop the projects and engage families – Josh Lerner, Itzy Garay, Haymme Marin, Maria Duran, and the amazing school language liaisons!

  • Participatory Budgeting 2020- VOTE NOW

    Dear PS 139 families,

    We hope you are safe and healthy. It’s a difficult time to be a parent, during the dual pandemics of coronavirus and police violence. Black lives matter and black students matter. We stand with black families, and the Parent Association is still here to support all of you. 

    We want the city budget to address the greatest community needs, and we want the same for our school budget. So we’re asking all PS 139 families to help decide how we spend our money. The Parent Association and Principal McDonald are committing $15,000 to projects that support PS 139 kids and families, and we want you to decide what we fund, through participatory budgeting. 

    Students, parents, staff, and teachers developed 12 amazing proposals for the PS 139 community – to provide food, language support, clubs, and activities for kids and families. You decide which ones to fund! 

    PLEASE VOTE HERE by June 19. The Parent Association will fund the projects with the most votes, at least $15,000. Each student, staff member, and teacher can vote once, and each family gets one vote per child at the school. Choose your top 4 projects.

    If you’re able to, you can also donate to the Parent Association, to help fund these projects. We know many families are not able to donate. If you can donate, the funds will support PS 139 families.

    **Also, save the date for a virtual PA general meeting June 17th at 8pm to learn more about school plans and share your ideas. More details to come soon. 

    Thank You!

    The PS 139 Parent Association

    Donations are deductible to the extent allowed by law. Parent Association of PS 139 is a tax exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

  • Remote Learning – Resources for PS 139 Families

    2020-2021 School Year Updates from the DOE website

    Helpful Remote Learning Links from the DOE:
    In-Person Tech Help for iPADs

    Monday-Friday, 12:00-1:30pm
    PS 139’s Technology Coordinator, Frank Sinagra, is now available to help with iPAD issues in person during his daily office hours for families. Email Megan Demarkis at to make an appointment during this time.  Walk-in help can also be provided if time and space allow, but appointments are preferred.  Families who need more advanced DOE tech support can call 718-935-5100 or complete a Tech Support Ticket for Families. Staff can also complete a ticket for a family. DOE iPAD settings and updates can be found here: Setting up your iPAD

    Volunteer Parent Tech Help TEXT Line

    Send a text to 718-673-2430 a member of the multi-lingual volunteer tech team will contact you.

    Grab and Go Meals

    The New York City Department of Education is committed to making three free meals available daily for all NYC children. Beginning March 23, meals will be distributed at more than 400 sites across the city. Three meals a day, including breakfast, will be available to all NYC children
    Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 1:30 pm at locations across the city including PS 139.
    Use the site lookup tool to find all locations:

    District 22 Resources Page

    District 22 has an ongoing list of resources & links that they are updating daily for assistance in student log on, remote learning portal, free wifi, google classroom, mental health/social health services & more. Click HERE.

  • How Would You Spend $15,000 to Improve PS 139?

    Participatory Budgeting at PS 139 – 2020!

    The Parent Association and Principal Mary McDonald want you to decide how to spend $15,000 to improve the school, through participatory budgeting (PB)! 

    How it works:

    • February 1 – March 6: Share your ideas for how to make the school better. 
    • March 9 – April 26: We work with you to turn your ideas into projects for a ballot.
    • April 27 – May 15: Vote to decide which projects to fund.
    • June 2020 – June 2021: We spend the funds on the winning projects.

    Please complete this survey by March 6th, to share the issues you think are most important, and a specific idea or project. You can also view and print the survey in Spanish, Urdu, and other languages hereEveryone who completes the survey will be entered in a raffle to win a $50 gift certificate!

    Last year you voted to fund a nature playground, library makeover, and art, running, and soccer clubs – see the full results here. If you have any questions or are available to help out this year, please let us know at Thank you!

  • 2019 Participatory Budgeting Results!

    AT PS 139, your voice matters! We believe in democracy and want everyone in our community to become an active citizen, so we invite you to decide how to spend part of the Parent Association budget.

    This Spring the school and Parent Association asked for your ideas for what would improve the school, and students, parents, staff and teachers proposed hundreds of ideas! In May and June, 1,121 of you voted to decide which of the 12 finalists to fund! THANK YOU!

    The Parent Association originally set aside $10,000 each for your ideas, and the PA was so impressed with your participation that we’re investing more money in your priorities. The PA will commit $11,100 to fund the top four projects, and will also fund two additional projects that we can fit in the budget, for $14,200 total.

    Here are the winning projects that will happen next year:

    Nature Playground – A new space that will be created in front of the school to nature exploration, climbing and free play

    Artist Club (Grades 3-5) – Advanced instruction for artists with opportunities to learn new techniques and have a safe space to be creative

    Library Makeover – Comfy chairs, learning games, soft lighting and (of course) BOOKS that kids will LOVE!

    Roadrunners Club -Students can join a running club in the spring and fall to learn about the joys of running. Runners will also receive a special water bottle!

    Soccer Club – America Scores to brings in a soccer coach to implement a day of soccer and a day of Team Building activities for the earlier grades.

    Family Room (partial funding) – Fix up our Family Room with a laptop station, mini-fridge, shelving, a color printer, and a coffee maker so that families may have a home in the school for workshops and meetings

    See the full results below. Thank you to the students, parents, teachers, and staff who voted, proposed ideas, or donated to make PB possible! Special thanks to Megan Jonynas and Megan Demarkis for leading PB this year, and Laurie Davidson and Josh Lerner for supporting PA involvement – and to Principal McDonald, Irene Varon, and the other school staff and teachers for embracing democracy at PS 139!

    If your idea didn’t win, please bring it and other new ideas back next year, and get involved in the PA to help make your ideas happen. Stay tuned for more updates on next steps, and thank you everyone!

  • Chess Ninjas Elementary Chess National Results 2019!

    After three days and seven hard fought chess matches in Nashville Tennessee, the Ninjas persevere with some impressive results.
    2019 PS 139 Nationals Team:
    K-3 Under 700 — finished tied 2nd out of 56 teams
    • Caitlin Adams (5.5, 22nd individual out of 310 kids)
    • Miles Dowshen Flores (6.0, 4th individual)
    • Miro Lerner
    • Jordy Puebla (6.0, 11th individual)
    K-5 Under 900 — finished 2nd out of 58 teams
    • Ariam Daniel
    • Abyl Dowshen Flores (7.0, 1st place national champion individual)
    • Leo Winawer-Stein
    • Esmeralda Lopez
    • Marvin Rodriguez
    • Naira Gonzales
    • Lia Barros
    K-6 Under 1000:
    • Sophie Schechter
    K-6 Under 1400 — finished 9th out 98 teams
    • Kalsang Nangchung
    • Ruby Pearce
    • Lata Bhattarai
    • Aida Zareie
    • Benjamin Brown
    • Jonas Flores-Zeledon
    Thanks to all the parents for a knockout job! And to the kids for all their perseverance and hard work! And to the coaches for their dedication!
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Arrival & Dismissal Locations

Early Arrivals:  7:30am-7:50am  (Cafeteria)

Morning Line-up: 7:50am-8:10am

  • Grades 2, 3, 4 and 5 in the Argyle Yard  

  • Kindergarten and Grade 1 in the Cafeteria  (enter through Exit C)

  • Pre-K in classrooms (Rm 113 and Rm 115) (enter through Exit D)

Dismissal: Dismissal begins 2:25PM FOR:  1st, 2nd,3rd, 4th and 5th Grade (Argyle Road-School yard)

  • Kindergarten ( Exit D-near Cortelyou Playground) at  2:25pm

  • Pre-K in classrooms (Rm 113 and Rm 115) near Rugby Rd. at 2;20pm

  • Grade 1 (Exit C) inclement weather ONLY

  • Grades 2 & 3 (Exit B) inclement weather ONLY

  • Grades 4  & 5 (Exit A) inclement weather ONLY