P.S. 119 Amersfort School of Social Awareness

P.S. 119 Amersfort School of Social Awareness

Magnet School of Global & Ethical Studies – 3829 Avenue K, Brooklyn NY 11210 (718) 377-7696

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Argentina: What We Know & Need To Know

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What we already know about Argentina:

  • Argentina is in South America
  • Argentina has had many dictators
  • The capital city is Bueños Aires
  • Aconcagua is the name of the highest mountain in Argentina at 22,838 ft above sea level
  • Argentina lies south of the equator

What we want to know about Argentina:

  • What kind of dances do they do in Argentina? (tango)
  • What type of foods do they eat in Argentina?
  • What kind of toys do kids play with in Argentina?
  • What types of transportation do they use in Argentina?
  • How are their wedding rituals different than ours?
  • What kind of clothes do they wear in Argentina?
  • What kind of music is considered Argentinian?
  • What sports are popular in Argentina? (soccer)

The Tango (dance) – The Milonga (place or event where Tangos are danced)

Milonga is a term for a place or an event where tango is danced. People who frequently go to milongas are sometimes called milongueros. The term “milonga” can also refer to a musical genre or a style of dance related to tango.

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image taken from The Towers of Narragansett RI – www.thetowersri.com/

The music played is mainly tango, vals and milonga (as the musical genre). Most milongas are held on a regular basis (usually weekly), and they often begin with dancing classes and sometimes demonstration dances. Usually, three to five songs of a kind are played in a row (this is called tanda) followed by a short musical break (called cortina) to clear the dancefloor and facilitate partner changes. There are a number of informal rules that dictate how dancers should choose their dancing partners and navigate the floor. – Wikipedia

Códigos (Codes)

Códigos (codes) are the dance etiquette that developed over the years in the milongas of Buenos Aires. To people seeing the códigos for the first time, it may seem like a frustrating, long list of rules to be memorized. But those that take to time to review them will find that they are all common sense and will help dancers through unfamiliar situations with ease.

The Milonga

As milongas (tango dance parties) transitioned from live orchestras to music played by a DJ, a tradition evolved of playing music in sets, called tandas, separated by cortinas (literally “curtain,” like the closing of the curtain between acts of a theatrical play). Tandas are sets of 3 or 4 songs played by milongaone orchestra. Tango tandas are usually 4 songs, while Vals and Milonga tandas are 3 songs. Tandas normally consist of music from the same orchestra, in the same era, and the same singer if there is one. This gives the dancers assurance of what music will play throughout the tanda. The cortina between tandas is a short piece of non-tango music. – Siempre Milonguero

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A Letter of Thanks From Joshua & the Chery Family

Dear Ms. Fernandez, Ms. Snow and entire P.S. 119 Staff:

I would just like to start off by saying thank you for all that you’ve done for me and my family. You have helped us grow in a great way. You taught us about loving ourselves, each other and the people around us. I remember every morning everyone in the school would have to say the peace builders pledge.

I am a peace builder
I pledge to praise people
To give up putdowns
To seek wise people
To notice and speak up about hurts I have caused
To right wrongs
To help other
I will build peace at home, in school and in my community each day

This pledge is what made me who I am today believe it or not. I would often think that it was corny and wouldn’t really help me in life but I was wrong. I still remember it till this day and it has taught me to be a kinder person and to go to an adult rather than to take things in my own hands. The peace builders pledge has taught me so much on how to be a better person without me even noticing.
The peace builders pledge wouldn’t have made such an impact without the great and wonderful duo Ms. Fernandez and Ms. Snow! Ms. Lisa Fernandez and Ms. Barbra Snow is by far the best principal and Asst. Principal that I’ve ever had to be completely honest. These two beautiful women are amazing. They are both so engaged in their students’ lives. They know every single one of their students by both face and name. Now that’s impressive! Ms. Fernandez and Ms. Snow are always working hard to give us the best education we can get as well as making the school year fun with cool fundraisers and trips.

Let’s not forget the teachers in the school as well. Alongside of Ms. Fernandez and Ms. Snow the teachers in this school are a great help as well. The teachers care for their students and only want the best for them. They teach advanced work to get the students ready for the next year and to prepare them for the New York State Test. My teachers helped me and gave me strategies that would help me in years to come. For example I was taught little songs to learn my multiplication tables. For my 7 times table I was taught with the song “London Bridge Is Falling Down”.

London Bridge is falling down
Falling down, falling down
London Bridge is falling down
My fair lady

This was translated to:

7, 14, 21
28, 35
42 & 49
56, 63

[70 was added on its own by the students]

This helped me remember the tables faster, easier, and funnier. I learned this from my second grade teacher Mrs. Heym.

The working staff at this school is outstanding. For instance, the officers are great at their jobs. They protect their students and teachers as well as themselves. They make sure that no one without an ID can get into the school. We can’t forget about the janitors. They may seem like an unimportant part of the school but in reality they are what keeps the school going. If they don’t clean the school then it would have rodents and insects crawling in the school and kids would get sick with diseases. The school would then get shut down for being unclean and P.S.119 would no longer exist. So thank you janitors for keeping 119 still here. The Cafeteria ladies are a big help as well. Studies show that kids who eat breakfast have better concentration during school hours than kids who skip the morning meal. If it wasn’t for the lunch ladies we wouldn’t be able to do our very best in class. Of course there are many other staff working and helping the school but it would take forever to explain their jobs and how their jobs affect 119.
If I were to keep going on about 119 you would be reading for hours…no days…no years!! I love P.S.119 so much because it’s such a great school that supports and cares for their students and their family. 119 is and will always be my family.

LOVE YOU P.S.119!!!
From the Chery family

Magnet Country Destinations for 2016-2017

PK – K   Greater Antilles – Where are these island nations? 

Did you know that the word Antilles originated in the period before the European conquest of the New World – Europeans used the term Antilia as one of the mysterious lands featured on medieval charts- Wikipedia

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CLICK FOR LARGER MAP – Which island is missing from this map?

1 & 2    France

France may be known for its great artists, but did you know that some of the oldest art in human history can be found in the Lascaux Caves in the Dordogne region?

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3        Saudi Arabia

Did you know that the Islamic prophet, Muhammad, was born in Mecca in about 571 A.D.

Scene from Siyer-i Nebi, Hamza and Ali leading the Muslim armies at Badr. The writing is Ottoman Naskh. Date13 March 624 CE/17 Ramadan, 2 AH

Scene from Siyer-i Nebi, Hamza and Ali leading the Muslim armies at Badr. The writing is Ottoman Naskh.
Date 13 March 624 CE/17 Ramadan, 2 AH

4        Madagascar

Did you know that Madagascar is a biodiversity hotspot; over 90% of its wildlife is found nowhere else on Earth?

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5        Argentina

Did you know that Argentina is the eighth largest country in the world?

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Human Trafficking By Sara Qureshi

Hello, to whom ever in the world that’s reading this paragraph. This paragraph is not ordinary, but teaches you a message. It reaches over to you, out in the world. My name is Sara B Qureshi. I am from Pakistan and so is my family. Today I want to talk about human Trafficking. This happens in Pakistan as well. If you don’t know what human trafficking is, well human trafficking is modern day slavery. You ‘re probably thinking isn’t slavery over yet. Well not to many people. This happens to men, women , children and even babies. This impacts many. Kids cant go to school while we are. They harvest us chocolate, manufacture our shoes and clothing and much more. Why is it that they can’t go to school and we could? Is it because they’re poor or are at risk?

We are not different at all. We are all the same. So why not let them go to school and let them fulfill their dreams. Do you want to help these kids? I don’t care if you’re small or big, everyone can make a difference. We can help these people by doing marches and standing up for them. We can get the police to help us. If politicians can’t do anything, kick them out. We can provide kids homes and shelters, food and water and free education so that their parents wont send them out to work. So stand up for their rights now. Thank you for your time. Time is precious.

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Paw Project by Joshua Chery

Hello my name is Joshua Chery and I come from a school that has a lot of different people from around the world. Today I would like to talk about the Paw Project. The Paw Project is about saving the lives of the cat claws because if they don’t have their claws they don’t have a life. Declawing is an amputation of the cat’s first toe bone. Unlike us, they grow the claw from the bone. Cats can get sick from this and even die from this. The question is why would you do this to a cat?

An answer to this question is for the money .Declawing is very lucrative for the vets. Let’s be honest, if the price went down for declawing- no vet would do it. Am I right? I know so.

So let’s try to make a difference for the cats. One way to fix this problem is to get soft paws.

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Another way to stop this problem is to clip their nails regularly. Hey! Keep the claws in the paws!

Team Paco Receives Award from UNICEF

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Team Up Tuesday – NYPD Visits PS 119 with K-9 Patrol Dog!

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