P.S. 119 Amersfort School of Social Awareness

P.S. 119 Amersfort School of Social Awareness

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Dr. Farkas Invitation By Keshon Blackman

Dear Dr. Farkas,

I would like to invite you to the Legacy Award interviews on Tuesday May 27th.

It would be an honor for you to come.

Fellow students including myself of P.S.119 wrote essay’s for the “Legacy Awards”.  We had to write about community service work that we have performed. For  instance, I wrote about community service work such as the “At your Service Crew” and Rockademics. The AYS crew is a lunch time service crew that give up their recess to help teachers. Rockademics is a program that write’s educational songs to teach children through music. We will be interviewed on Tuesday May 27th about our essay’s. Also it might be nice for you to meet the class of  1950 alumni who sponsor the community service legacy essays for nine years running.

It will be very nice if you can come. The students will be excited. Mirror Mirror on the wall who’s the best superintendent of all them all? “Dr. Farkas”



Keshon Blackman

What is Memorial Day? By Keshon Blackman

What is Memorial Day?

Memorial day is held every year on the last Monday of May Memorial Day is a Day of memory. A day to remember the troops that died for our country. Before this day was called “Decoration Day”. That holiday was to remember all troops that died during the “Civil War”. But now this day is to remember all american troops.

Things people do on this day:

  • Have a BBQ
  • Gravestones AT Arlington National Cemetery are decorated with american flags.
  • flag of united sates is raised to top of pole then lowered to half of pole until noon
  • Have a parade
  • Concert on west lawn of U.S. Capitol

Events relating to this day:

  • Indy 500 an auto race that is held. the Sunday before Memorial Day
  • Coca-Cola 600 an auto race held later  the day of the Indy 500





Dear Ms. McCray by Amaya Mayers typed by Furqan Khan 5-305

Dear Ms. McCray,

Our school would like to have Pre-K kids in our school because it would help them.  Our school will guide them and teach them right from wrong.

I love it here because all of the teachers and the principals help you with your problems.  They guide you through life. For example, all the teachers guide me now so when I go to 6th grade I can get guided from the other teachers. Did I mention, “that P.S.119 is like a mother to me”?  P.S.119 is a mother to me because it helps me like a mother does. Also the teachers are caring. They are like a friend. We will welcome the children here in P.S.119. Also I like this school because of the programs and fun. All the fifth graders have an opportunity to perform community service. Therefore, we can help grades K-3.

So please listen to what I just told you. I know you like it when people are happy so make our hopes come true by making our school happy and prosperous with Pre-Kindergarden. 


Bold words are revisions by Furqan.



List of Brazils Food By Khushpreet Kaur 5-303

      Hey do you guys know the taste of Brazilian food?Brazilian cuisine was developed from indigenousEuropean, and African influences.That means it was a mix of different regions.


Brazils food

*Empanada –   (The traditional Spanish empanada is not at all typical in Brazil or even known by that name, but variations of it are heavily present in different shapes, recipes and names.) 

Empanada - Stu Spivack.jpg


*Pacoca –    (It’s the name of two very different Brazilian foods. In Northeastern Brazil, especially in FortalezaCeará, and in Rio Grande do Norte, paçoca is the name of a dish made of carne de sol (sun-dried beef), cassava flour and red onions, ground together in a mortar (pilão). In other regions of Brazil, paçoca is actually a candy made of ground peanuts and sugar pressed together.)


* Salgado –   (Many different kinds of finger food which can be small (for parties) or bigger (for bakeries, as snacks and even replacing meals), usually consisting of dough wrapped around chopped meat, chicken, ham and/or cheese.)


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* Beijinho – (Beijinho is a typical Brazilian birthday party candy prepared with condensed milk, grated desiccated coconut, rolled over caster sugar or grated coconut and topped with a clove. It’s the coconut version of the Brazilian brigadeiro. When rolled, it can be covered with granulated sugar or grated coconut. Traditionally a single dried clove is stuck in the top of the candy)


*Brigadeiro – ( Brigadeiro is a simple Brazilian chocolate bonbon usually served at birthday parties and also as dessert, made by mixing sweetened condensed milk, butter and cocoa powder together, covered in granulated chocolate.)

Delicious right?Well maybe you can search up the recipe and enjoy it.



Magnet Exposition 2014 – Part II

Chocolate Fudge Truffles – Brigadeiros ( Brazilian Dish ) By Khushpreet Kaur 5-303

Chocolate Fudge Truffles - Brigadeiros

Like so many South American treats, these little fudge truffle balls have a story in Brazil – they were named after a famous 1940’s Brigadier General named Eduardo Gomes, who apparently loved chocolate. They have a caramel and chocolate flavor that’s unusual and good. Kids will enjoy helping to make these, and it’s traditional to serve them in little paper cups. Store these chocolates in the refrigerator.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Chocolate sprinkles for decoration



  1. Pour the condensed milk into your heaviest pot. Stir in the cocoa powder and the salt.
  2. Cook, stirring constantly, over low heat. Keep the mixture barely at a boil to prevent burning and sticking.
  3. Cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring, until mixture becomes very thick and shiny and starts to pull away from the bottom and sides of the pan.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in the butter and the vanilla.
  5. Chill in the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes. With buttered hands, roll the mixture into 1 inch balls.
  6. Roll each ball in the chocolate sprinkles, and place in a paper liner.
  7. Chill until ready to serve.


 Source: http://southamericanfood.about.com/od/desserts/r/brigadeiros.htm


Magnet Expo 2014 Part:1 by Jessica Verly Class 5-305

Part 1 of the Magnet Expo was wow with a capital W! A lot of people came parents, and Dr.Farkas even came! As this Magnet Expo experience will be told on, many,many details will be told and it will be exciting.

At the Magnet Expo, there were tour guides to guide the visitors through the first and second floor. Everybody was so excited about the Expo that many people were interested to see what every kid in the school did. Class 5-305 had written animal poems about the animals of the Brazilian Rainforest. Parts of Brazil were broken up. Carnaval and the rainforest.

Also at the Expo kids took turns explaining what kids in their classes and there were many theaters as well and many of the theaters were about famous peoples lifes.For example, Nelson Mandela and etc.It was an amazing experience this year for Expo.

In conclusion, Magnet Expo was amazing just wait for part 2!


Legacy Award By Keshon Blackman

Andrew Shue once said:”Community service has taught me all kinds of skills and increased my confidence. You go out there and think on your feet, work with others and create something from nothing. That’s what life’s all about.” Doing community service taught the benefits of helping others. I have done many Community service work.

At PS119  I was a member of the “At your service Crew”. This was a group of students that gave up their recess to help teachers. I have helped many teachers. I have  helped teachers organize work. For example, I helped Ms. Saby of PS119 put her childrens work in order. I have also helped students in these classes. I helped a student in Ms. Mann’s write down their vocabulary words.These task were very helpful to both the students and teachers. For instance, while helping those two teachers it took some things of their plate.

Another community service project that I have done is make snowflakes for Sandy Hook Elementary. There was a shooting at the school. Many lives were taken. The school was being recovered from the shooting. So my school  decided to make snowflakes. Every class did this task. It was very helpful. Many students were sad and down after this tragedy. So when we made the snowflakes for them it cheered them up.

My class and I also  made cards for veterans. They have risked and lost their lives for us. We wrote a motivating note  inside. We also decorated the outside. These veterans had done a lot for us. Some soldiers go to war everyday thinking they’re doing it for nothing.This gave them confidence.

Another community service project I have done was RockAdemics. That  is a program by Ms. Larossa of PS119 and Pauly z a musician. We made songs and videos. Not just any songs. These songs were educational. Our goal was to teach children around the world through music. We have made songs about multiplication the American Revolution and more.

All of these projects  were very helpful. Not only to the people we did it for but for me too. It made me feel like a better person on the inside. If community service helps people I will continue to do it.Like Andrew Shue said: ”Community service has taught me all kinds of skills and increased my confidence”.

EXPO 2014!! By Keshon Blackman

Today was  Friday at Ps119. Not an ordinary Friday. It was  Expo Friday!  Today was the first day of magnet expo. It was amazing!!

First there was the Netherlands. There were delicious treats from donuts to crackers. Then we had a powerpoint presentation of Vincent Van Gogh. It  told us about his life and what he did. Across from that were students painting in front of a background of The Starry Night. There was also a place where visitors can draw art. I witnessed Ms. Snow the Assistant Principal draw a wonderful tree.

Then there was Brazil. There was the ‘Wall of Fame” which showed the essays made  by Fifth Grade students about a Famous Brazilian. Then there was “Carnival”. Student’s from Ms. Larossa’s class were dancing and singing to Brazilian music. After that was a powerpoint presentation by Zuri Kwesi about The rainforest and chocolate. Then there was the rain forest where students explained what goes on. Finally, there was “The Chocolate Project”!! There were chocolate bars with wrappers on them made by students. Across from that was a picture of the global value chain of the chocolate industry.

Then there was Australia. There were pictures of the “Sydney Opera House” made by students. Across from that, there was pictures of Australian animals. They had animals such as Koalas ,Squirrels, and birds. After that there was the Coral Reef.  There were many beautiful pictures of Sea Creatures. There was a picture of a mermaid sitting on a rock next to a goldfish that jumped out of the water. There were pictures of fish bodies with student’s faces instead of the fish’s face. And  the students also made books about Australia.

After, there was the second floor. There was South Africa and Tibet. These countries were the most interesting to me.  In South Africa I saw and learned many things. First there was Pictures about South African Civil Rights leader “Nelson Mandela”.  There were also quotes about him too. There were Ndeble houses and instruments. Then,there was South African bead art. I learned that South African Bead Art is important to many South African tribes. There was also the South African safari. there were animals from Lions to Zebras.

Finally, there was Tibet. The first thing in “Tibet was Haiku Through The Savannah”. Hawa of 4-206 was kind enough to tell be about the exhibit. She told me about The Savannah. I learned from her that there are not many trees. I learned that there is tall grass. The most interesting thing she told me was about the Baobab Tree. It  is the strongest and oldest tree in  The Savannah. After that there were Tibet brochures and dioramas.Also, there were these beautiful Malala Bracelets.

There was also a bulletin board about famous Tibetans. There was Pema Cholaron and Dalai Lami. I saw Mandala making. I learned about Tibet prayer flags. I learned that they are hung outside. And  when the wind Blows the blessings are sent to heaven. Isn’t that cool?

To sum it up, The  Expo was F-A-N-T-A-S-T-C!! Unfortunately there was nothing on the third floor but the expo still came out good. I hope it is like this every year.

The Invisible Boa (Poem) By Keshon Blackman 5-305

The Invisible Boa


A glide and  glide

through the night sky

hissing at one minute

digesting a mouse the next

wiping the environment clean of pest

When there is no pest in the house that is best


Never received a thank you

Never had a reason to thank you

I’m not only hunting them for food

I’m doing it for you too

No one seems to recognize me


Am I just a monster?

Or a helpful creature?

You just run from me

I want to be friends


Can’t you see?

I’m not asking for a bowl of ice cream

I just  want you to recognize me

– Keshon Blackman


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