January happenings… Lots of them!

Happy New Year 839 Families and Friends!

We hope you all were able to share some time with family and celebrate the start of a new decade.

We have a busy January ahead with lots of great activities for our students and grown-ups, too! 

January 15 – Don’t Stop Believin’ Karaoke & Korean BBQ fundraiser, 6:30 -10 PM @ INSA | BUY TICKETS HERE (LIMITED AVAILABILITY!)

January 17 – Kids’ Movie Night at MS 839, 6-8 PM | VOLUNTEER or DONATE HERE!!!

January 21 – PTA Executive Board Meeting 6:15 PM, Library | Everyone’s welcome!

January 22 – Winter Arts Share Night at MS 839, 4:30-7 PM | VOLUNTEER HERE

January 28 – PTA General Meeting 6 PM, Library | Everyone’s welcome! Michael or Lauren along with math teachers will discuss MS839’s Math Curriculum. 

January 29 – MS 839 @ Brooklyn Nets vs. Detroit Pistons, 7:30 PM Barclay’s Center | BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE!!!

February 7 – Winter Dance at MS 839, Time TBD | DONATE HERE to help us transform the Gym! 

April 3 – *SAVE THE DATE* 4th Annual MS 839 Spring Auction at ShapeShifter Lab 

Thank you to all of you who participated in our end-of-year fundraising drive and Giving Tuesday – we raised over $15,000 in the month of December!

You can always DONATE ONLINE, or set up a monthly donation with our Fundraising Team.

NYC Winter Activities

Hello MS839 Families!

Wondering what to do over the holiday break? Here is a list of NYC Winter Activities that might help you plan a fun-filled holiday:

UPCOMING HOLIDAY EVENTS


  • Heard of The Skint? It’s a mailing list and website that prides itself on being cheap or free. skint is British slang meaning lacking funds, broke, or bust, and their motto is that you don’t need to be rich to enjoy the best of the city.  
  • Screen Slate Daily is a website and mailing list that just does one thing: film. It lists every movie house in NYC that isn’t first-run features, and it’s wonderfully simple. If you want to see old, independent or foreign films, this is the only resource you’ll need.
  • Nifty NYC, where every activity listed is under $20.
  • Brokelyn, not just events, but also how to make life in Brooklyn more affordable.
  • TDF is a nonprofit organization that bills itself as “bringing the power of the performing arts to everyone”. For an annual fee of $35, TDF members get special access to deeply discounted tickets available online and in advance for hundreds of Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway theatre shows, dance performances and music concerts. Tickets cost between $11-$49. You need to qualify to join (non-profit workers, teachers, and union members are some of those eligible, but they make the process simple) and the list of shows changes weekly!
  • Oh My Rockness is a website/mailing list of every concert happening in NYC, and it has a cost scale filter so that you can search based on your budget. Myfreeconcert is another good option.

Enjoy the Holidays!

It’s Giving Tuesday!!!

Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that inspires people to support the causes they believe in.

At MS839, we believe in the remarkable teachers and staff who make a difference in our school every day, along with our wonderful after-school programs, sports teams, field trips, arts programs, cultural presentations and school-wide events that enrich each student’s experience in many ways.

We know you believe in MS839, so show your support this Giving Tuesday by making a donation to the annual fund today. Gifts of any amount will have a great impact on the programs below and much more.

Here is an example of what your donation can do:
$5 will buy a case of seltzer for bake sales, which we will sell for $12!
$17 will buy a pizza for student activities including musical rehearsals, set builds, and show nights
$25 will pay for two students to attend a field trip like the 8th grade trip to Ellis Island
$30 will provide one uniform for a student on the MS 839 Volleyball, Basketball, or Soccer teams
$55 will pay for a seat on the bus to the Outward Bound grade trips for a student or teacher
$150 will fund one 1½ hour practice session for a team
$200 will go toward set materials for the Spring Musical
$300 will fund balls for Volleyball, Basketball, and Soccer
$600 will fund half a year of an after-school program such as Black Student Union, Safe Space (Gay-Straight Alliance), Choir, Multicultural Club, Slam Poetry Club or Math Tutoring
$650 will fund league and referee fees for boys’ and girls’ basketball
$800 will fund uniforms for the entire MS 839 STEP team
$1200 will fund a full year of an after-school program

You can give online here or email pta.fundraising@ms839.org to set up monthly donations.

Also, does your company offer corporate matching for your donation?

Many companies have a corporate matching gift program. If yours does, your donation may be doubled at no additional cost to you! Any money you donated in 2019 can count towards corporate matching. Please check with your HR department to see if your company will match your donation to MS 839 PTA. To do so, you’ll likely need the PA’s tax ID number (EIN), which is # 47-5076855.

Thank you so much for your support.

With gratitude,
MS 839 PTA