P.S.123 Irving Avenue and Suydam Stre...

P.S.123 Irving Avenue and Suydam Street, Bushwick

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BeBe1271

Anniston, AL

#1 May 23, 2009
Wow! P.S. 123, my old elemetary school. Miss Corrialli was tough, but she as all of the other teachers taught me so much at a time when we were actually bused there in during the third grade.
MsK

AOL

#2 Jul 2, 2009
Jayar--thanks for posting the pictures of our school. I've never seen the Brooklyn Eagle postcard picture, and I'm wondering if it is a picture of the school before the "new" wing was added in 1903-04.

I am the "unofficial" school historian, and am always on the lookout for pics of the "olden" days at 123. The oldest pictures I have are from the 1905 school photo album. The pictures themselves are in great shape, considering that the covers are literally falling apart. One of my projects this summer is to digitize the album, and reprint them in a photo book. That way the pictures can be enjoyed without harming the originals.

In that 1905 album, the rooms were numbered differently--e.g. Rooms 1-54, instead of by floor e.g 101-115; 201-215, etc.. I am trying to figure out which rooms were which--an intersting task.. I would like to put a copy of the 1905 picture in each corresponding classroom..

BTW, Ms. Correale was one of our longest serving teachers--acccording to the plaque in the hallway by the main office, she served over 44 years--quite an accomplishment. One of her nieces actually taught in the school for about 15 years, also.
cristian

Iguala, Mexico

#3 Jul 14, 2009
do you remember missis morales
MsK

AOL

#4 Jul 14, 2009
We have 2 Mrs. Morales on staff right now.
Mrs. Y. Morales has taught bilingual classes, the last few years in special education and Mrs. L. Morales has taught monolingual and ESL classes. Both are wonderful teachers.
Paul

Astoria, NY

#5 Jul 24, 2009
It's great to see my old school again, almost for the first time. Anybody up for a longshot? I'm looking for information on school class photos; would anyone know where I can find copies or whatever of my old class pictures? Specifically, class 501 back in 1973 or '74? Ms. Lynch, Evans and Romano are the few teachers I remember from back then. My email is [email protected] m and thank you.
MsK

AOL

#6 Jul 25, 2009
Paul wrote:
It's great to see my old school again, almost for the first time. Anybody up for a longshot? I'm looking for information on school class photos; would anyone know where I can find copies or whatever of my old class pictures? Specifically, class 501 back in 1973 or '74? Ms. Lynch, Evans and Romano are the few teachers I remember from back then. My email is [email protected] m and thank you.
Paul:

I would be happy to look for those pictures for you when school resumes in September. Who was your fifth grade teacher? That would make it easier for me to find the picture...

Ms. Lynch is the best....It was sad when she retired, but I know she fills her days now with lots of travel and fun.
Paul

Astoria, NY

#7 Jul 26, 2009
It's funny; I remember Ms. Lynch as always having a smile but she wasn't my teacher. I'm enjoying the flow of recollections now just looking at these pics; the handrails, the seemingly awkwardly placed exits from the lower level, the smell of the lunchroom.
Thank you for offering to look for me but can I get back to you on that? If you're going to look for me, I'd like to be certain of details. Would you know of a site perhaps where I might find that info? Thirty years later I've lost a few details.
MsK

AOL

#8 Jul 26, 2009
[ Paul:

I became the "keeper" of all the old photo albums when the library was remodeled this past spring (half books, the other part is now a media lab). When our school celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2001, I was the 'historian' who went and looked up everything, so the librarian gave me everything--the current principal didn't seem to see the historic and sentimental values of these old photos.

My eventual goal is to digitize everything, but that is a long way off. I will start this summer with the 1905 school photo album. If I put up a site, I will let you know.

If you can let me know the year you graduated, that would be helpful. If I am correct, the school went to the 6th grade then. I can scan and send you the pictures that I think you might be in. It may take me a while, but I promise I will look when school resumes in September.

Thanks for sharing your memories of PS123K!
Paul

Astoria, NY

#9 Aug 27, 2009
Hello, MsK; I can't find any more information on my years at 123. I hate to just give you a general year (I'm only fairly sure of being there third grade to fifth from 1973 to 1975, classes 3-1, 4-1 and 5-2) and leave you to forage through so many years of pics. If you don't mind my suggesting it, would you like a hand? I would gladly spare the time as those pictures are important to me and the junior archeologist in me would love to uncover such a cache of real history.
MsK

AOL

#10 Aug 27, 2009
Paul:

I am almost certain that we have photo albums from the years in question--1973-1975. They are not 'yearbooks' as such, but photo albums put together by a staff member who seemed to have an artistic bent.

When I go back to school in less than 2 weeks, I will look for the years in question.I can then scan the pictures and send them to you.

Thanks for your offer of help--I am sure I can use it. It seems a shame to let all of that history just get stored in the back of a closet. It really should be "out there". I will contact you--perhaps we can arrange a time for you to come in and look at the albums. Naturally, I will have to clear it with the principal, but I am sure she wouldn't mind.

Once again, thanks for your interest in PS123K!

Ms K
Paul

Astoria, NY

#11 Aug 27, 2009
Thank you very much. I don't know who's doing who the favor here, I'd love to my old class pics but I too hate to see history lost. Maybe you'll get a boost when you find Jackie Gleason's class pic.
Paul

Astoria, NY

#12 Aug 27, 2009
By the way; I believe I had Mrs. Evans as my fourth grade teacher if that helps (she loved my ties).
MsK

AOL

#13 Aug 27, 2009
Paul:

Actually, I don't think Jackie Gleason ever went to PS123K. He lived on Chauncey Street, which is closer to Eastern Parkway. However, if he ever did attend PS123K, I would love to find his class picture.

I think our most "famous" student was Mae West. I'll just have to check my internet resources and find out when she would have been at 123.

Also BTW, I just spoke with the principal this evening. She said that eventually, she would love to have a PS123K "museum" if we could dedicate an empty room to that purpose. She said she would like to make sure that the artifacts and stuff were properly housed. I didn't think she was interested in that stuff at all. Of course, that would take $$$, which is in short supply right now.

Who knows, perhaps I can write a grant to get the $$ we would need for such a "museum". Of course, i would like to enlist the help of former students..It could be very interesting--I envision the website now...a virtual museum....

Actually, for some reason, the class pictures from that era don't have the teacher's names--just the class (4-1, 5-1, and the room number, e.g 407) on them. A number of years ago, we switched to call each class by the grade and room number--e.g. 5-407, K-111, etc.

Thanks again!

Ms K
Paul

Astoria, NY

#14 Aug 28, 2009
I recall seeing the picture of Jackie Gleason, a judge and other supposedly famous pupils (don't know which one) on display by an office door, presumably the principal's or main office but he could have been a visitor. I didn't know about Mae West. Good luck with your project, it sounds really wonderful if massive.
Esther

New York, NY

#15 Oct 21, 2009
does anyone remember the principal ms. spatola
Janay Gordon

Abingdon, VA

#16 Oct 21, 2009
I attended PS123K from 1995 to 1999? I really waant to find all my old classmates but cant seem to do that can you Help MS K?
MsK

AOL

#17 Oct 22, 2009
Janay:

Have you tried Classmates.com or Facebook? Some of your friends may be on those sites.

I was your kindergarten teacher--hope you are doing well. I remember you, and how much you loved reading.
Rachel

Landenberg, PA

#18 Dec 3, 2009
I attended PS 123 from 1976-1979... I always remember the school appearing soooo HUGE...
Paul

New York, NY

#19 Dec 4, 2009
It's funny, Rachel; it's the same for me. The stairs seemed so large to me, it seemed dangerous to trip and fall down them.
Angela

AOL

#20 Apr 18, 2010
Yes i remember the principal ms. spatola .She was very nice to me. A month ago i did my income tax. and the man who did my taxes had been a teacher at 123 ack in the 70's ans 80's , So we started talking and he knew all my teachers.He told me that some of my teachers were still there. And that Ms Spatola had past away. I'm going to look for my class pictures.. and next month i'm going back to brooklyn to vist my old teachers... 123 was a cool school to go to back in the 70's and 80's......

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