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Cornelia F. Bradford School PS16 Newsletter

March 20, 2020

Happy Friday everyone!

A full week away from school and learning remotely! Was it easy? No.

We all had to deal with up and downs each and every day this past week, but guess what, we all did it! And we will get through this together!

To reflect on back to this week, a few thank-you's are in order!


Kudos to all our amazing teachers! They all went beyond their comfort levels of teaching and kept the excellency in their teaching during this uncharted journey! In less than a couple of days, they learned how to connect with their students online and met with their students, not in their physical classrooms this time, but in their newly formed virtual classrooms! They made sure that their students get the needed help and guidance when they are doing their math, language arts, music, gym and art coursework! Besides, our teachers not only communicated with their students but also with the parents and patiently answered all our questions and concerns! Virtual hugs to our teachers and staff!


Kudos to all our hard-working, unstoppable students! They worked hard this week to get used to their new normal but they made sure to keep up with their work and projects! They asked questions, helped their fellow friends and motivated each other by complimenting on their works! They might be away from their teachers but this didn't stop them helping their teachers. For instance, Cora Kerr, a 5th grader from the student council, helped various teachers to set up their online tools so that they can meet with their students virtually. As this situation had put a burden on all of us, we all had to admit that, it is our children who are the most affected of all! They are missing their teachers, their friends, their classrooms, their courtyard, basically everything they are used to! Nonetheless, they are doing an amazing job!!!


Kudos to all our parents/caregivers for their cooperation and patience! Working from home might be probably new to us all! While we were all trying to adjust to this new working schedule, we also had to help our kids with their coursework! Some of us helped our teachers as well with their set ups! We not only supported our kids and our teachers, but also motivated other parents when they needed a little encouragement! It was hard, overwhelming but we all tried our best to manage and we will keep trying!

In order to make the most of this situation, we are kindly asking you to fill the survey regarding Remote/Virtual Learning at your earliest convenience. The purpose of this survey is to provide feedback to our staff on the use of the various new video tools to enhance teacher - student communication. Your answers will be anonymous! Please submit one form per family!

*** Just a reminder that our teachers will be conducting virtual lessons starting Monday. Please expect a schedule from your classroom teachers by Monday!


Please find below the letter Principal Watkins-Williams sent our teachers regarding scheduling a virtual teaching lesson daily with their respective students:

"""" Hello everyone,

Now that we have gotten a crash course this week in “Technological Resources 101” (myself included), it’s time for us to move on to the next level. First of all, I would like to thank each of you for finding ways to enhance learning during this time and sharing what you found with your colleagues. You all were open to trying something new, applauding your successes and challenging yourselves to learn what you didn’t know. If one resource didn’t work, you tried another and you didn’t give up. Kudos to you for practicing what you teach!! Your students would be proud!

As you know, we have parents working from home who are now teachers by default needing reprieve away from assisting the child(ren) so they can work. In some cases, this even applies to you. Also, the home computer or laptop might be shared. Therefore, I would like for each classroom teacher to create a schedule (times indicated) whereby you are engaging students in a live virtual teaching lesson, daily. This schedule needs to be sent to me or my designee as well as the parents so that they can work around your schedule. If you are departmentalized, kindly work with your partner so that you are not engaging the same kids at the same time. There may be times when you want to meet with the entire class and at other times with small groups. Remember, to include assessments in this process. Who knows how long this containment will last so let’s be prepared.

Special Education, ELL and Reading Recovery students should be given additional meeting times with those teachers.

I would like for everyone to use ZOOM when meeting. This will allow Mr. Salgado and I to visit in your classrooms when you’re teaching. Most of you are using it anyway and it makes it easier for us to have everyone on the same meeting platform. You should also use ZOOM when meeting in your PLCs and with other colleagues. You don’t have to download the app. You can go to zoom.com.

Please have all schedules submitted to the following designees no later than 2:00 this afternoon to begin on Monday (most of you have already started this process..kudos).

Mr. Salgado---PK

Mrs. Watkins-Williams---K, Sp.Ed, ELL and Reading Recovery

Ms. Martino—1st gr.

Mr. Stroh—2nd gr.

Ms. Golombos—3rd, 4th, 5th

Congratulations to Ms. Vittal’s class (29 students) for having 100% attendance on ZOOM for the past 2 days and their W.O.W is “hygiene”. I owe your class Bradford Bear Bucks when we get back!!

So many of you have been doing a GREAT JOB with your students! Continue sharing the stories, videos, etc. Again, PS#16----YOU ROCK!!!!


Ms Gauch

From Ms. Gauch to all the PS16 students and parents:

"""I love gardening along with teaching. Since we are doing remote learning I still wanted to connect with my students where we have the opportunity to learn and have fun during this stressful time. Gardening and teaching are connected plants and children need nurturing and positive environment to grown in and adapt and eventually blossom. I tend to my garden with love and enthusiasm the same way I teach."""

Planting Shamrocks with Mrs. Gauch

Planting Lavender and Rosemary Seeds with Mrs. Gauch

mr stroh

Join Mr. and Mrs. Stroh's Virtual Music Classroom to play your favorite instrument! Also sing along "Read Across America"!

Mr. and Mrs. Stroh's Virtual Music Classroom

Read Across America with Mr. and Mrs. Stroh

Amara Shah at LSC -1

Congratulations to Amara Shah, our 5th grader, for becoming a Silver Medalist in Elementary / Middle level at the Hudson County Stem Showcase! More than 380 students competed at the fair earlier this month! Amara, thank you for your hard work and dedication to represent PS16!!!

NJ.Com: Hudson County STEM Showcase medalists announced


Jersey City Public Schools Early Childhood Department

Parent Resources

"""The use of technology for preschoolers offers many learning opportunities in the areas of language and literacy, math, decoding skills, problem-solving, etc. As in any active learning situation, your support is essential for computer activities. The Early Childhood Department encourages families to use technology as an interactive tool to enhance children's learning. As children explore appropriate activities, families can use this time to have conversations and extend learning. The appropriate time usage recommended for preschoolers is 20 minutes per day, which is the same time allocation in our Pre-K classrooms."""

Academic Content Websites:

Go Noodle: GoNoodle: Home
Starfall: Welcome to Starfall PreK & Kindergarten
Reading Rockets: Reading Rockets | Launching Young Readers
Peep in the Big Wide World (Science):Preschool science and math games, activities, and videos | PEEP

English Language Learners:

Colorin Colorado: Colorín Colorado | A bilingual site for educators and families of English language learners
Language Castle:Language Castle: Home

Digital Library:

Epic.com: Educators Resources

Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes by Eric Litwin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twwz9MOEzq4

Pete the Cat and the Treasure Map by Eric Litwin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4U9bz_Vj4U

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WST-B8zQleM

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! by Eric Carle:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DG9cSehiXeI

An Elephant & Piggie Book, We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ng_iJYGaI8Q

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btFCtMhF3iI

The Three Little Pigs by Dara Goldman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN-73zQtNC0

The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNMBhGPU1_U

Family Support:
Classroom teachers and Early Childhood Support Staff will continue to be available via email should you have questions.


All Jersey City children under the age of 18, regardless of the school they attend, can pick up free meal at a school nearest their home between 9:00am and 12:00pm.

Important Dates

Main Building & Annex at Danforth

  • March 23-30: Schools Closed / Remote+Virtual Learning is in effect


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