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Archive for May, 2015

The Lantern Shines at P.S. 119: Glow and Grow Mrs. Berretta

Dear Friends,

The Lantern is shining at P.S. 119. I would appreciate it if you could possibly leave some “Glow and Grow” comments. What did I do well in publishing The Lantern and what do I need to work on. What shines/glows and what needs to shine/grow more. Please post to this and let me know.

Again, I so appreciate your response to this. Your opinion counts. Let your voice be heard.


Mrs. Berretta

NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña Visits PS 119s Magnet Expo!!

Lisa Fernandez (Principal) , Barbara Snow (Assistant Principal), Alana Todd (Magnet Expo Escort), NYC Schools Chancellor, Carmen Fariña – Photo by Frank H. Jump, Instructional Technology Specialist

Thank You Video from Paw Project Founder – Dr. Jennifer Conrad, DVM

Senior Service Monitors Remember Their Pre-K Buddies: Lessons by Mrs. Berretta

Dear Mohammed,

Know you have this personality that makes me optimistic, joyful and happy. So basically if you weren’t here, I wouldn’t be me.

You know me! I will always would want to take your Oreos to keep, but it’s for a good cause. The rules of the lunchroom apply to your daily life when you get older. Sugary snacks are not healthy. I watch you, to see what you’re going to do next. But hey, that’s what I’m for. Like last time, when Ethan took your Oreos, you cried. But I tried to cheer you up. You’re one smile changed my day.

When we are together we’re like a team, just like your Transformers or your Ninja Turtle. Your talk makes me laugh and your actions make me tear up because it is really funny to watch a kid like you.



Nicholas St. Fleurant


Between Me and You There’s We

By: Mykai Kwesi


Between you and me

I learned responsibility

You have a tendency to run

And you’ll learn to have no fun


You’re always being sly

But the teachers will catch you

You should learn your lesson

So you can repel trouble


I know there’s good in you

And you should know too

Take responsibility

And fill adults with glee


I can’t take you any farther

Through I’ve acted as a father

Find your inner heaven

And let it run free


Remember all I’ve told you

So you can do the same

Learn responsibility

Because between me and you…

There’s we

Dear Addis

It’s me Kevin. I was your Senior monitor a long time ago. Remember back when we played basketball and I taught you how to play? You might not remember because you were in Pre-K, but we had some ups and we had some downs. One of the ups that I remember we had together was when you made your first shot on the “big hoops.” You made me learn more about myself than I knew before. If it weren’t for you I wouldn’t be as focused as I am today. Taking care of you and Ethan took a lot of hard work and focus. Thank you for everything.

Your Mentor,

Kevin Belance

Dear Jasmine,

You are a very distinctive child. You know how to carry your lunch and play recess respectfully. You are sometimes sad when you want your mommy or daddy, but I always find a way to cheer you up. Like today, you wanted to play jump rope and at first, I let you try it out on your own then I taught you how to do it the right way. You are a very intelligent child. You know what is right from wrong and I admire that!



Nicahya Eaton


Dear Aysha,

In between you and me there is WE. You are the smartest four year old I have ever met. I am impressed by how you do things on your own. We make a great team side-by-side. So I hope that we never break our friendship that we have developed. I will always remember you even when you grow up and you will possibly forget me. Whenever you were sad, I tried to cheer you up and bring you an orange at lunch. I hope that our love and friendship never break. Remember in between you and I there is a WE.

Yours truly,

Sana Ahmad


Dear Fritzabelle,

You may not remember me, but when you were in Pre-K I was your Senior monitor. You were always so playful. Although you were in your own world, tuning everything out that wasn’t important to you, you always listened to me.

Through the school year, you made me realize a lot about me. I learned about my care level that went from 10 to 10,000. My personality has changed so much thanks to you. I feel so loving now. Together we have been through a lot. Today, as I was writing this letter to you something special happened, you were sitting alone crying and I asked you why and you said “ my mommy won’t let me stop going to after school.” I quickly went to Ms. Fernandez to see if I could do anything to cheer you up. Just know mommies work hard for us kids and so she needs people to take care of you while she works.

Fritzabelle St. Surin I will never forget you. I hope you never forget me!



Jahfia Horsford


Dear Atifah,

I was your Senior monitor. You always used to smile even when you were upset. Always so energetic wanting to have fun.

I remember there were days when you didn’t want me to be your monitor; then a minute later you were jumping into my arms. One thing you definitely gave me was a sense of humor. I always laughed around you, mostly because you used to stare me in the face and squint your eyes. I absolutely learned to loosen up.

People come and go in your life, but I want you to know that I will always be here for you. Atifah you have a spark in you keep it there.

Your Monitor,

Jahfia Horsford


Dear Malika, Sophie, and Ellie,

I hope you still remember me when you grow up. I was your Pre-K Senior monitor. You meant the world to me. You taught me so much like responsibility, how to care, the feeling of joy that you can get from a child.

Ellie, remember when I first watched you? You never stopped crying. I tried my best to cheer you up. It went like that for three days. But, for the fourth day you stopped crying. In fact, you were happy. I said, “What happened” and you said, “You happened”. That touched my heart so deeply. We were best friends ever since then.

Sophie remember Banana? Banana used to be our thing. You used to say banana and then I would say banana repeatedly. You were a really funny little girl. It was really funny playing with you.

Malika remember our head thing? I used to put my hand on your hand and we would close our eyes. Then, I would say “good talk”, like we had psychic ability.


Alana Todd

Dear Moses,

You might not remember, but I do. Remember all the good times we had.

From the day Hira introduced me to you, I saw hope. I saw all that potential in one smile. You don’t ask for much but before you did not have a monitor. You went on the lunch line alone. You have taught me so much.

You have taught me so much. I never knew I could be responsible this much. My responsibility bar went from ten to ten thousand! My happiness bar went from one hundred to ten thousand!

You might not remember. But I do. I will never forget the memories. Between you and me is WE.


Kiara Melo

Dear Arayal,

“Between me and you there is we”! I enjoy coming to service everyday. I love watching over you. I learned so many things about you that I will never forget. We share a lot of good memories.

The first time I took care of you, I did not know much about you! After two weeks we knew each other really well. I will never forget the times that I played your favorite hopscotch game. I never really minded watching over you, since you were so well behaved. You were very independent and never asked for much. We always sat together and ate lunch. You were very independent and very understanding. When I had to watch several kids you understood. Even though you would be in your own world, I learned that I was actually very caring and you made me realize that!

I hope you don forget me. We shared amazing memories that I will never forget. I hope you remember those memories too. I will never forget you!

Your friend,

Hira Nasir




















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