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Cornelia F. Bradford School PS16 Newsletter

October 4, 2020

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Currently, JCPS are preparing to bring students for in-person instruction, using phase 1 of the hybrid reopening plan, on November 17th. Sneeze guards/shields for the students desks should be received in the next few weeks. Superintendent Mr. Walker plans to release photos to show how classrooms will look with the COVID-19 precautions in place. Every Sunday evening Mr. Walker addresses the school community through a robocall. His messages can also be viewed on the school district Facebook page.

New Jerseys annual 'Week of Respect' begins tomorrow. This week is designed to bring attention to the ongoing problem of bullying and cyberbullying. During this week our children will be encouraged to spread positivity and kindness. Students have been participating in SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) with our guidance counsellor, Mr. Sigler during virtual learning.


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. We welcome all parents to attend. Please sign up in advance via this link. Zoom link will be emailed prior to the meeting.

Each year, our school community comes together to help organize and distribute food hampers to those in need. This year is one like no other and there is more of a need than in previous years. Beginning Monday, October 5th, there will be a box placed outside our school each morning between 9am and 11am. Please consider donating dry food items like rice, pasta, canned goods, and non-perishables.

Food Hampers will be distributed on October 23rd. We will send out more information in coming newsletters. We understand the financial situation of many in our community has changed and some may want privacy about their situation. If your family or someone you know in our neighborhood would benefit from receiving a food hamper and does not want to come pick one up at the October 23rd distribution, please complete this form. We will make arrangements with you for a pick up that works for you.

As always, we depend on the generosity of our parents and we thank you in advance for all your donations.

Schools will be CLOSED this Wednesday October 7th, for Professional Development. Schools will also be closed on Monday October 12th for Columbus Day. The calendar for the 2020-21 school year can be found here.

Chuseok (추석) is one of the biggest holidays in Korea. It is sometimes referred to as “Korean Thanksgiving” because it’s a special time for family, friends, and food. To our families who celebrate Chuseok, we hope your holiday was filled with love, cheer and hope.

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Through the state of New Jersey, families are able to apply for financial assistance to help offset childcare costs incurred due to children who having remote learning schedules. Online applications are available from www.ChildcareNJ.gov

***UPDATE*** The maximum household gross income criteria has been increased from $75,000 to $150,000 as of October 1st. If you previously applied and were denied because of income, someone from the state department will be reaching out to you shortly.


Birthday Wishes to our staff members who are celebrating this week

  • Mrs. Sylvia Hennessey - October 7th

  • Nurse Kristen Brennan - October 8th

National Hispanic Heritage Month began on September 15 and continues through October 15. This year's theme is, Hispanics: Be Proud of Your Past, Embrace the Future. At PS16, students are strongly encouraged to be proud of who they are and where they came from. Our diverse population is what makes us so special. The CPA invites our students to share with us a drawing, poem or story celebrating Hispanic Heritage month, for publication in our newsletter. You can submit via email to ps16cpa@gmail.com

Taking the plunge to become a CPA board member usually comes after spending time volunteering for other school activities. Just like chaperoning a class of kindergarteners to Jenkinson's Aquarium, it isn't always easy but it is rewarding. Over the next few issues of our newsletter we will continue to introduce the executive board of the CPA. You will read about the numerous ways parents are able to contribute to PS16. You may even be encouraged!

Karthee Lakshmanan is our 2nd Vice President. More importantly, she is Mom to 5th grader Raghav. Raghav has been a PS16 student since Kindergarten, encouraging his Mom to be involved in school activities from day one! Over the years, Karthee has served in several capacities; she has been a Class Parent, CPA committee director and a CPA board member. Behind the scenes at the CPA, Karthee is influential in keeping us all on track. She plays a huge role in organizing uniform sales and facilitating after school activities. Karthee has volunteered to chaperone field trips, organized class parties and prepared/presented in class activities. She has assisted with various school assemblies, Halloween and Spring dances, Holiday sing-a-longs and much much more. According to Karthee; "They have all been a fun and rewarding way to be involved with the school".

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


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