Weekly Bulletin - 04/09/14
Weekly news, announcements, current events, and look-ahead calendar from the school and PTA.

Parent Coordinator
Find resources from PS 39 Parent Coordinator, Karen Herskowitz, or contact her directly.

School Lunch Menu

Find out what is on the menu today for school lunch

After School Program
Learn about and register for our after-school program for PS 39 families.

PS 39 Yahoo Group
Connect with other PS 39 parents & alumni to discuss topics of interest in our school community.

 The PS 39 Buzz
An online newsletter with articles on a variety of topics, written by PS 39 parent contributors.

 Shop and Help '39
Connect to your Amazon.com account from here and a percentage of your purchase will go to PS 39.

Look-Ahead Schedule

Monday, April 21
No School
Spring Break
Tuesday, April 22
No School
Spring Break
Wednesday, April 23
Kindergarten Armory Fitness Day
Pre-K Application Period Ends
Extended Day
2:40 PM - 3:30 PM
for select students only
Thursday, April 24
Chess Club
after school 2:45-4:45pm
Gr.1 to Botanical Garden
SLT Meeting
7:30 AM - 8:20 AM
Young Composers after school
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday, April 25
Gr. 4 Recorder
Pre-K Trip to Brooklyn Museum
Talent Show Rehearsal for Singers/ Variety
YMCA Swim for Life for 2-208
Safety Meeting
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Monday, April 28
Chess Team
after school 2:45-4:45pm

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Welcome from PS 39 and the PS 39 Parent Association
The Henry Bristow Landmark School in Park Slope, est. 1877, serving Pre-K-5th Grade.

Think Central- Online Math Resource for Families at PS 39
Think Central is an all-in-one learning site that provides families access to a digital version of their child's math book and homework workbook.  It also includes activities, video tutorials and readers for both students and parents to use to help support math learning at home.  Access the Think Central Website HERE.  For more information about how to log in to your child's account, please click HERE.

School Tours for Prospective Families 
PS 39 has completed all of our school tours for this school year.  Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate private tours.  If you have questions about PS 39, please contact our Parent Coordinator, Karen Herskowitz at kherskowitz@ps39.org or (718)330-9310.

NY State Testing Information
All students in grades 3-5 will participate in the NYS tests in English Language Arts(ELA) and Math this spring. The testing dates are as follows:  
  • ELA Test for Gr. 3-5: Tuesday- Thursday, April 1- 3
  • Math Test for Gr. 3-5: Wednesday- Friday, April 30-May 1
Testing will begin as soon as attendance is taken.  Please ensure that your child arrives to school on time and do not make any appointments for these days.  For more information about the NYS testing program, please view the presentation from our parent workshop HERE.  If you have further questions, please contact our Parent Coordinator, Karen Herskowitz.

April Family Friday- Enrichment Share Fair: Friday, April 11th
Our April Family Friday will be dedicated to sharing student enrichment projects in Social Studies for all families in grades 1-5.  Kindergarten will have a normal Family Friday classroom visit, since their share fair is taking place in March.  Please remember to sign in at Camp Friendship between 8:20-8:40 and hear some special announcements from our Parent Coordinator.  Families will be invited to view the amazing Social Studies projects our students have created in their child's classroom from 8:45-9:15 am.  

Applying to Pre-K at PS 39 for the 2014-15 School Year
Children turning four during 2014 are eligible to participate in the Department of Education Pre-K programs in the 2014-15 school year.  PS 39 currently has two, full day Pre-K classes at our school.  Seats in our Pre-K program are offered based on standard NYC Department of Education priority rankings.  Applications are submitted online or at an enrollment office.  Key dates for the Pre-K application process are listed below and more information can be found HERE.
  • March 3- April 23:  Pre-K Application Period (online or at an enrollment office)
  • Early June:  Decision letters sent to families
  • June 9-20:  Pre-registration period for families that receive a spot in a Pre-K program

Applying for Kindergarten for the 2014-2015 School Year
The application period for Kindergarten has closed. Families who applied by the deadline will receive a placement offer in early April.  Families who missed the February 20 deadline can still apply by calling 718-935-2009 or by visiting an Enrollment Office; they should expect to receive a placement offer in May.

The 2013-14 PS 39 Family Handbook
Our PS 39 Family Handbook is a helpful resource that was created jointly by the school and Parent Association to help parents with commonly asked questions about policies, procedures and events.  The 2013-14 handbook is available in pdf format HERE.  It can also always be found in the "Publications Archive" tab at the top of this page. Families that wish to have a paper version of this document provided by the school can request one from our Parent Coordinator.  We ask that all families carefully review the contents of this document and return the handbook receipt that was sent home with your child during the first week of school.