The success of our project depends on support from community members and sponsors who can help us defray the cost of shipping; we estimate the backpacks and supplies will weigh 350 pounds. We are hoping that you or your organization can support our project by providing financial support. Please go to https://squareup.com/store/ps39-parent-association to make a contribution. We thank you!
"Without love, there is no reason to know anyone, for love will in the end connect us to our neighbors, our children and our hearts" - Martin Luther King Jr.
Join us this month as we celebrate Black History.
Our Diversity & Inclusion committee is committed to helping our school community promote a culture of respect, social justice, equity and openness.To help our families on this journey, our team of parents and teachers have created a Book of the Month club for both families and adults. We hope this program will spark robust conversations around inclusion and diversity while bringing us together as a community with shared ideals.
Kindergarten & Grade 1: (two selections)
I Am Rosa Parks
by Brad Meltzer
Rosa Parks dared to stand up for herself and other African Americans by staying seated, and as a result she helped end public bus segregation and launch the country’s Civil Rights Movement.
I am Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Brad Meltzer
Even as a child, Martin Luther King, Jr. was shocked by the terrible and unfair way African-American people were treated. When he grew up, he decided to do something about it-peacefully, with powerful words. He helped gather people together for nonviolent protests and marches, and he always spoke up about loving other human beings and doing what’s right. He spoke about the dream of a kinder future, and bravely led the way toward racial equality in America.
View the Family Discussion Guide
Grades 2 & 3:
Martin Rising: Requiem for a King
by Andrea Davis Pinkney & Brian Pinkney
In a rich embroidery of visions, musical cadence, and deep emotion, Andrea and Brian Pinkney convey the final months of Martin Luther King's life -- and of his assassination -- through metaphor, spirituality, and multilayers of meaning.
Andrea's stunning poetic requiem, illustrated with Brian's lyrical and colorful artwork, brings a fresh perspective to Martin Luther King, the Gandhi-like, peace-loving activist whose dream of equality -- and whose courage to make it happen -- changed the course of American history. And even in his death, he continues to transform and inspire all of us who share his dream.
View the Family Discussion Guide
Grades 4 & 5:
Hidden Figures (Young Reader's Edition)
by Margot Lee Shetterly
This edition of Margot Lee Shetterly's acclaimed book is perfect for young readers. It is the powerful story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program.
This book brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, who lived through the Civil Rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country.
View the Family Discussion Guide
TICKETS NOW ON SALE! Early Bird Discount Until 2/16!
PS 39 Annual Gala & Auction, March 17th from 7:00-11pm at The Bell House
THE AUCTION NEEDS YOUR HELP!
Do you have connections that can bring in tickets to sporting events or concerts?
February 12- 15 is Respect for All Week for NYC Public Schools. All classes will be creating a "Respect for All Resolution" to address a topic specific to their classroom community. Classes will participate in discussions and activities related to their resolution.
We will also kick off our Partners in Puerto Rico collection. Help our students provide backpacks full of school supplies for every student at the Domingo Massol School in Adjuntas, PR! Our PS 39 community is working to assist with the recovery efforts of their school community following the effects for the hurricane. Our grade level school supply collection begins next week. Visit www.ps39.org/partners-in-puerto-rico to learn more about the project and the supplies we need. You can sign up to donate a new backpack HERE (sign up is requested to help manage the collection)
Public workshop #1 Sunset Park High School- Tuesday, February 13 6:30 - 8:30 PM
A DOE-led community planning process, as part of the Equity and Excellence for All initiative, aimed at increasing diversity in District 15’s middle schools. The Workshop will introduce community members to this exciting initiative while providing a forum to share insights on school diversity and the middle school admissions process – from Sunset Park to Park Slope to Red Hook and neighborhoods in between! Visit d15diversityplan.com for more information. Please RSVP if you plan to attend at d15plan.eventbrite.com
Check out this month's D&I team January newsletter. Highlights include in a teacher spotlight on Stephanie Reyes, information about our family book club and parent book club, and more.
Hunger by Roxane Gay - Monday, February 12 @ 7pm
We will kick-off our monthly reading group on Monday, February 12th @ 7pm at The Monro . This month's book selection is Roxane Gay's HUNGER, a memoir exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health - and intersections with race, gender and sexuality. RSVP to email@example.com.
If you can't join us in -person, visit our webpage, ps39.org/diversity--inclusion.html, for book links, discussion questions and related content.
Our reading group will met every 2nd Monday of the month at The Monro. If you are interested in suggesting a future months' reading selection and/or facilitating a discussion, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Diversity & Inclusion committee is committed to helping our school community promote a culture of respect, social justice, equity and openness.
To help our families on this journey, our team of parents and teachers have created a Book of the Month club for both families and adults. We hope this program will spark robust conversations around inclusion and diversity while bringing us together as a community with shared ideals.
In an effort to make these books as accessible as possible, books can be purchased off of our Amazon Wish List for your child's classroom, and will be available to "check out" for at home reading.
January's theme is Socioeconomic Diversity
Kindergarten & Grade 1: Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
This book is about Jeremy, a young boy who really wants these cool shoes that many of his other classmates have. His family cannot afford to buy them. He learns an important lesson about balancing needs and wants. More importantly he learns about kindness and generosity.
Grades 2 & 3: As Fast as Words Could Fly by Pamela M. Tuck
A thirteen- year- old African American boy in 1960's Greenville, North Carolina, uses his typing skills to make a statement as part of the Civil Rights Movement. Based on true events.
Grades 4 & 5 (two selections):
Serafina's Promise by Ann Burg
Serafina made a secret promise to go to school and learn to read so she could become a doctor with her best friend, Julie Marie. But following her dream isn't easy- endless chores, little money and stomach-rumbling hunger all test her resolve. When an earthquake hits and separates Serafina from her friends and family, she encounters her biggest test of all. Serafina made a secret promise. Will she survive to keep it?
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
The Hundred Dresses won a Newberry Honor in 1945 and has never been out of print since. At the heart of the story is Wanda Petronski, a Polish girl in a Connecticut school who is ridiculed by her classmates for wearing the same faded blue dress every day. Wanda claims that she has one hundred dresses at home, but everyone knows she doesn't and bullies her mercilessly. The class feels terrible when she is pulled out of school, but by that time it's too late for apologies. Maddie, one of Wanda's classmates, ultimately decides that she is "never going to stand by and say nothing again."
February 4th- 12:00 pm game
Buy tickets here and earn money for our school! Brooklyn Nets vs. Milwaukee Bucks Game.
Family Fitness Friday (7:30 - 8: 10 am at Camp Friendship)- This week's theme is SOCCER!
Starting this Friday, join us for fun and games with Mr. Bacovic and our Wellness Council. THIS IS A FAMILY EVENT. Everyone should come ready to move and dressed to participate. Students must be accompanied by an adult.
Team Spirit Day!
January's Spirit Day is all about the TEAM! Wear your favorite sports gear (shirts, hats, jerseys etc).
Family Friday for Grades K - 2
Families in K, 1 and 2 are invited to visit their child's classroom this Friday, January 5 from 8:35- 9:00 am. Please join our Parent Coordinator & Parent Association at Camp Friendship starting at 8:15 am for special announcements before the classroom visit.