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Cornelia F. Bradford School PS16 Newsletter

February 22nd, 2021

Dear Parents,

Welcome to a special CPA Newsletter-Kindergarten edition! We wanted to take this time to highlight our Kindergarten students and dedicate this newsletter not only to our Kindergartners, but also to our wonderful and hardworking Kindergarten Teachers and Aides. They have truly gone above and beyond to make this a fun and exciting virtual learning experience. We would also like to dedicate this newsletter to the Parents of our Kindergarteners. We know this has not been an easy time, but we truly are grateful for all of you and all that you do.

We are very proud of our Kindergarten students and how much they have grown since logging on to their first Zoom class in September. And here we wanted to highlight each of our Kindergarten classes and show the PS 16 community what they have been working on.


The students in Room 101 have been very busy this month! We had a presentation on Lunar New Year by Vivian Bi’s mom , and learned that this is the year of the Ox! We also had a presentation on Black History Month and heard a story called “Tar Beach.” We had a special guest speaker, Milo DeRocco’s Mom, explain what the month means to her. We also learned about Harriet Tubman and what made her so brave. Did you know that Garrett Morgan perfected the traffic signal? We will be making a traffic light craft to celebrate his accomplishment! As a yummy ending to the fun, we had a Valentine’s Day ice cream sundae party complete with freeze dance!


We've done lots of great things in Room 102. Our parents put together a slideshow about the Lunar New Year. The students are going to work on a STEAM science project to build an environmentally friendly vehicle and then film a commercial to advertise their creation. The winning video will be submitted to the JCBOE STEAM challenge for 2021! PS 16 won last year, so hopefully we will win again this year! We also have lots of fun watching Cornelia F. Bradford's Masterpiece Theatre on YouTube. Every week there is a new story that goes along with our curriculum!

Click on the links below to watch our very own, Mr. Bacher on Cornelia F. Bradford's Masterpiece Theatre and see what our Kindergartner's have been reading.

George Washington Visits

Farfallina and Marcel

Then and Now

One Little Mouse

For Black History Month, Arjun Ravindran gave an excellent reading of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Gautam Ghosh hosted a Guess Who? game for Black History Month. It was very informative and lots of fun. Aarohi Sawant did a fantastic job putting together this presentation on Black History Month and sharing with the class. Check out his presentation below. Awesome job Aarohi!


The boys and girls of Room 103 are always hard at work. Everyday they join Zoom with the brightest smiles and eagerness to learn new things. Ms. Nicholas and Mrs. Tapia are amazed by how much this group of students always want to do their best. They both loved that they were able to see so many of 'their' kids when they met up to exchange Valentine's treats last Saturday.

Room 103 spent time researching their favorite animals. Then they made posters to share with their classmates. They learnt all about elephants and tigers ,dolphins and hedgehogs, and cats and dogs. They discovered these animals characteristics and appearances. They even learnt about their habitats. The boys and girls in Room 103 most definitly have some future vets, zookeepers and wildlife explorers among them!


This month Room 103 also learnt about Chinese New Year. They were able to decorate lanterns. Room 103 would like to wish our PS16 community: Gong Hai Fat Choi (lots of good fortune and good luck), Sun Neen Fai Lok (a happy New Year), Sun Tai Geen Hong (good health) and lung ma Ching sun (lots of power and forward upward momentum)!!


Room 103 are also learning all about science. Despite virtual learning they were able to enjoy a hands on experiment with celery. The kids had to pose an argument about which characters had more fun, the characters in their weekly story or themselves, engaging in the celery experiment. They had the opportunity to be scientists and see how the water travels through the roots to get to the rest of the celery using food coloring. They were able to effectively prove their case!


Learning about the four seasons has been one of Room 103 favorite activities. They each shared the reasons why they prefer one season. Its always fun to see the seasons through the eyes of a five year old.


The best part about the students in Room 103 is that they love to have FUN!!!!!!


The students of room 209 researched and created a poster of their favorite animal in nature for their science project. Also, we explored the different seasons of the year for socials studies. As a cumulative activity, the students created a poster explaining what their favorite season is and why. This month we are learning about the significance of Black History month in U.S History, and we will be celebrating the 100th day of school.


Room 210 has worked hard on creating these beautiful Science and Social Studies projects. We also had fun working on these Chinese Lanterns to celebrate the Year of the Ox. We also can’t forget some of us creating memories while enjoying our time in the snow! Some activities/lessons we look forward to celebrating in class is learning about African American history and our 100th Day of school!


This week we have no birthdays to celebrate but we would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our kindergarten teachers who celebrate their special days during the summer break!

  • Mrs. Sharon Tapia - July 21st

  • Mr. Josh Bacher - August 22nd

  • Mr. Thomas Cappoli - August 24th


"To help our parents and students bridge the gap between elementary and middle school, and learn about the acceptance processes involved, Principal Watkins-Williams and the CPA Team launched the Middle School Connection, inviting principals of various middle schools, as well as academic program supervisors, to our monthly CPA meetings, to speak to our parents about their schools and programs available."

Our Middle School Connection Program has been very successful the past few years, providing a valuable resource to our 5th grade parents as they prepare to transition their children to sixth grade and beyond. This program, and the series of guest speakers, is also of great assistance to parents of younger students as they begin to make plans for the future. It is never too early to start educating yourself about your child’s options for the future.

Principal Stellato, from MS4, kicked off our Middle School Connection Program at our CPA meeting on February 1st. At our next CPA meeting on March 1st, we will welcome Dr. Treniere Dobson, Principal of Infinity Institute. Please sign up in advance via this link. A Zoom link will be sent to join our meeting.

Meals continue to be distributed at MS4 on Bright Street. JCPS are also operating a "Meals on the Bus" program where meals are available to be picked up from set locations. Bus 6 Route is the closest for our school. Meals can be picked up on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:20pm from the bus at our school corner.


If your child will be absent from school you should email your child's teacher AND our school Community Aide. Ms. Claudia can be reached at croyster@jcboe.org

The calendar for the 2020-21 school year can be found here.

Interim President - Jessica Smith

Interim 1st Vice President - Jackie Cox

Interim 2nd Vice President - Angela Park

Interim Secretary - Maeghan Robertson

Recording Secretary - Leanne Kerr

Interim Ass. Treasurer - Shaili Marwaha


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