Spelling Bee School Championship

Today 16 of our students competed in the final rounds of our school spelling bee championships. These students had already battled their way through their classroom spell off to make it to this point. Going into this final round they all knew that the words they would be expected to spell would be challenging and would consist of words they had never seen before. Every great spelling bee begins with studied words from provided lists but they always end with words that haven’t been studied. We are proud to say that each one of our students more than met the challenge and exceeded all expectations.

Our teachers, Ms. Golombos and Mrs. Destasio, officiated todays spelling bee under very different circumstances than they are accustomed to. We thank them for all their time and effort in helping make the spelling bee a success. Today was a long day, for our officiators and our students. We are proud of you all.

Congratulations to our 2021 PS16 Spelling Bee Champion, 5th grader Shyla Singal (Room 304)! We wish you much luck as your move on to represent PS16 at the Hudson County Spelling Bee.

We also congratulate 2nd place winner, 4th grader Vedant Hamirwasia (Room 307) and 3rd place winner, 4th grader Anshuman Bagaria (Room 306) !

Spelling Bee

Congratulations to all our boys and girls on their amazing performance in our spelling bee. We commend each and every one of you for participating in this years spelling bee which was very different from what you are accustomed to. Despite this, you all excelled and have set a record high for the amount of medals that will be distributed when we are able to have our award ceremony!

Third, fourth and fifth grade students with a perfect score advanced to their classroom championship which took place yesterday. Much appreciation to our teachers for giving these students the opportunity to participate in a traditional style spelling bee! We are extremely proud of our students for all their efforts yesterday. Many of our classrooms exhausted the extensive official Scripps Spelling Bee word lists in the quest to declare a class champion.

Next Wednesday our class champions and runner up will battle it out, via zoom, in our PS16 Cornelia F. Bradford Spelling Bee Championship. We wish you all the very best of luck!

  • 3rd Grade, Room 302: Winner – Gabriel Cheng Runner Up – Ayn Kim
  • 3rd Grade, Room 301: Winner – Aarushi Raju Runner Up – Siya Khandelwal
  • 3rd Grade, Room 309: Winner – Vasilii Negodin Runner Up – Ethan Santosh
  • 4th Grade, Room 308: Winner – Idris Jones Runner Up – Swara Tempalli
  • 4th Grade, Room 307: Winner – Smriti Govind Runner Up – Vedant Hamirwasia
  • 4th Grade, Room 306: Winner – Anshuman Bagaria Runner Up – Avani Musale
  • 5th Grade, Room 303: Winner – Abhinav Swain Runner Up – Nishka Bansal
  • 5th Grade, Room 304: Winner – Shyla Singal Runner Up – Tanmayee Hingmire

Without financial assistance from our parents , the CPA of PS16 would be unable to provide opportunities like the Spelling Bee to our students. We thank you for continuing to support our students. Pledges for students who participated in the Spelling Bee can be made via this link: Spelling Bee Pledges

Holiday Lip Sync Battle Winners

Congratulations to all the participants in our Holiday Lip Sync Battle Contest! You all brought joy to everyone who watched. We are pleased to announce our prize winners:

– The Most Dazzling Duet goes to sisters Aaliya + Zoya Shah winning a prize meant to be shared, a gift certificate to Ani Ramen for $100!

– The Most Dramatic Performance goes to Haley Roca winning a private coaching session with Lux Performing Arts.

– The Best Choreography goes to Ruhaan Gokhale winning a Month of Irish Dance at the Kerri Smith Academy of Irish Dance.

– Most Grit-worthy Performance demonstrating strength of character goes to Vibhav Vijayayraghavan for his rendition of the Reindeer Hokey Pokey earning a birthday party at Grit!

Much appreciation is owed to our esteemed panel of judges and to our sponsors who provided the prizes. You can watch the video here.

Holiday Lip Sync Battle



It’s that time of year to make spirits bright and although we can’t come together as a community in ways we once did, we can use the power of song (and technology) to create a gift for all to enjoy and win some cool prizes too.

The CPA is thrilled to announce the first ever PS 16 Virtual Holiday Spirit Lip Sync & Dance, a competition designed to raise spirits and money for the CPA.

The Holiday Spirit Lip Sync & Dance is open to all students and faculty. The more people who participate, the merrier we all will be, so enter to be part of the celebration and win some holiday cheer including a $100 gift card to Ani Ramen, a one hour performance coaching session with LUX Performing Arts, a birthday party at GRIT Sports, a month of dance lessons at Kerri Smith Academy of Irish Dance and more.

Here’s what you need to know

– We are looking for fun creative videos of students lip syncing or dancing to their favorite holiday tunes (see example below) – You may use an app (such as Dubsmash, etc.) to create your video or play your tune on another device and record in landscape mode on your smartphone – Students can select ANY song they feel has holiday spirit (whatever that means to them) – Please aim for a video that is 90 seconds to 2 minutes – Submissions can be sent to ps16cpa@gmail.com – Deadline for submission is Friday, December 18th  –  $5 minimum for submission. https://paypal.me/cpaofps16?locale.x=en_US

We would appreciate any donation to the CPA in excess of $5.

**All entries will be posted on an unpublished link on YouTube for two weeks (December 18th thru December 31st)  following adjudication. By making a submission, you are consenting that the video may be shared online.

Cornelia Bradford 2020 Virtual Summer Camp

Dear Parents and Caregivers, 

These past few months have been challenging for our PS16 family.  As a result of the COVID-19 health crisis, our families struggled to remain healthy, many fell on economic hardship and lost loved ones in unprecedented and tragic circumstances. Throughout all of this we had to stay strong for our children, keeping them learning, active and engaged. We applaud all of you. 
Unfortunately, due to our school building being closed, we are unable to conduct our regular Cornelia Bradford Summer Camp. All parents who submitted $100 deposits to pre-register for camp will be refunded. 
In the meantime – our parent council has worked with our teachers and local instructors to create a 5 – week online virtual summer program filled with a multitude of fun learning activities. Understanding that these are challenging times for all of us, the parent council has chosen not to apply the typical surcharge normally included in the running of these programs to cover our administrative costs. All class fees listed on the schedule reflect instructor and supplies fees only. We sincerely hope that this will help our PS16 families keep the children engaged with their favorite instructors, as many of us continue to work from home and adjust to the new normal. 
* Please find the offered classes and prices below. For your convenience the clubs offered have been broken down by grade level. Our classes will run for 45 minutes.
* Please register your children according to their 2019-2020 grade level.

Camp Duration: Mon-Fri / June 29 – July 31 (5 weeks)

Registration will begin Sunday, June 14 at 7pm on https://registration.ps16cpa.net/



PS16 Updates Regarding School Closing and After School Classes

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

As Jersey City Public Schools will be closed next week, please read the important updates regarding PS16:

  • All After School Classes (Friday-Basketball, Relaxation&Meditation, Cheerleading, Engineering Adventures, Friday-Fundamentals of Art) that are scheduled for today, March 13, 2020 are cancelled. We will add a make-up class at the end of the semester for these cancelled classes.
  • CASPER operates as scheduled today.
  • Play Auditions are still on today.
  • All our After School Classes with outside vendors are postponed until further notice.
  • Progress Reports will be posted on Infinite Campus by Tuesday, March 17th. Please log into parent portal for viewing your child’s grades. If you have any questions, reach out to your classroom teachers.
  • The teachers will be available from 8:00am until 2:45pm (excluding prep and lunch times) to answer any concerns you may have regarding assignments. Please feel free to reach out to them. Log into Google Classroom, Class Dojo, or the Remind App daily for instructional updates. Please see Principal Watkins-Williams letter to the parents here.

In this time of uncertainty, we hope everyone remains healthy and safe. With warmest wishes to our PS16 families in Jersey City and all our loved ones across the US and the world.

Best regards,

CPA Team

Jersey City Public Schools Health Update + PS16 Annex Bring Your Parent to School Day Postponed

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Jersey City Public School Superintendent Franklin Walker posted a health update today, on March 11, 2020. There will be some changes that will be implemented beginning this Friday, March 13, 2020. Following up on these recommendations:

  • PS16 Annex at Danforth “Bring Your Parent to School Day” and “Parent Breakfast”, originally scheduled for March 18, 2020, is now postponed to a later date. Once the date is confirmed, we will share that information.
  • At this time we are continuing our After School Program as planned until the district advises otherwise.

Please see Superintendent Franklin Walker’s health update here: 

“In order to maintain a safe and healthy environment for our students, we continue to review and update our COVID-19 prevention protocols.  As a result, the following changes will be implemented beginning this Friday.

  • – All visitors to our schools including parents must have an appointment;

– Early Childhood registration will be placed on hold until further notice;

– Students that are ill must continue to remain home;

During this health emergency, all students coming from another country will be required to have a 14-day self-quarantine period before registration;

We will continue to review the recommendations from the Health Department and that may require that we ask scheduled visitors a series of health-related questions before entering the building.

Thank you for your patience and support as we continue to implement safety procedures that will minimize everyone’s exposure to potentially unsafe conditions.”

Please visit JCBOE website for this health update.

Best regards,

CPA Team