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Cornelia F. Bradford School PS16 Newsletter

September 20, 2020

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Each week, the Superintendent, Mr. Franklin Walker, shares his message with the Jersey City Public Schools community. This past week he said;

" During a traditional school year, the first few days of classes are full of questions and uncertainties as parents get to know their children's class expectations and as teaches get to know their students. This year the difference is that parents get to see the process and, at times, expect perfection. It takes time to build routines and set achievable expectations. Your children will be able to do all that you wish, but it wont happen overnight."

The first full week of remote learning at PS16 has been positive. Our children are getting to know their new homeroom teachers and classmates. We all agree that virtual learning is a challenge. However, with clear channels of communication between parents, teachers and students, we will succeed.

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The words heard most often at PS16, delivered by Mrs. Watkins-Williams, are:

"Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until you good is your better and your better is your best!"

With tremendous pride, we share that Greatschools.org have confirmed what we all already know! PS16 has been rated a 10/10!!!! Our school is currently ranked 8th in the entire state of New Jersey for elementary schools! "You are an amazing community of educators and parents committed to academic excellence. Your love and dedication for your students shines through everyday." - Dr. Galano (Director of Division B Schools) Without a doubt, the commitment of our administrators and teachers to their students, allows us all to relish in such a beautiful recognition. Hard work, dedication, and going the extra mile always pay off!

Applications for free and reduced lunches can be completed online. Please click here. Even if you do not think you are eligible, you should still complete a form because, in addition to funding for the school lunch program, responses on these forms are also used for other funding initiatives that may help pay for additional programs.

Free meals for ALL children has been extended through December. Beginning Monday September 14th, meals will be distributed twice weekly. The nearest collection site for PS16 students is from MS4 (107 Bright Street). More information is available from this flyer on the district website.

"Back to School Night" will be held virtually on Tuesday September 22nd. Your child's teacher will reach out to you with an invitation to participate.

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg passed away this week. She was a Supreme Court Justice who became an American Icon. She paved the way for women's rights and inspired generations of young women to become leaders who can make a difference. May her memory be a blessing.

The students at Cornelia F. Bradford originate from many different countries and cultures. Our diverse population helps our families develop an understanding of the perspectives of children from different backgrounds. Throughout the year, our students get the opportunity to discover and learn about many holidays celebrated by their classmates. This weekend Rosh Hashanah is being celebrated by many of our families. Rosh Hashanah means "head of the year" and is commonly known as the Jewish New Year.

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If your family celebrate a special holiday that your child would like to share in our newsletter please reach out to ps16cpa@gmail.com

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Calling all our budding artists! While this contest is not an official school district sponsored event, it is open to all Jersey City children in grades 1st through 12th. Entries can be submitted here.

Our first monthly CPA meeting will be held, via Zoom, on Monday October 5th. Guest speakers will include Mrs. Watkins-Williams and a representative from NJCAP Bullying Prevention Program. Sign up information will be shared in next week's newsletter.

Interim President - Jessica Smith

1st Vice President - Shweta Bhatia

2nd Vice President - Karthee Lakshmanan

Interim Secretary - Maeghan Robertson

Recording Secretary - Leanne Kerr

Interim Treasurer - Shaheen Yadav

Interim Ass. Treasurer - Shaili Marwaha


Please support Concerned Parents Association of PS16, a 501(c)(3) organization, through your Amazon account. Login to Amazon Smile, link your account and select “CPA of Ps16 - Cornelia F Bradford” as your charitable organization. Through Amazon Smile, 0.5% of every purchase will be donated to CPA of PS16.

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