Cornelia F. Bradford School PS16 Newsletter

October 18th, 2021

This week US News published an article ranking all of the schools in NJ and across the country and named Cornelia F. Bradford PS 16 as the fifth-best elementary school in the state of New Jersey!!! The hard work, dedication and effort of our students, staff and parents is what makes our school a success. We could not be prouder! Thank you to our principal Mrs. Watkins Williams, our assistant principal Mr. Salgado and our division director Dr. Galano for your leadership and dedication to our beloved PS16 community.

Read more here!


Preparations are well underway to celebrate Halloween at PS16. Random scarecrows and spooky pumpkins are gathering in our hallways! Our class parents are currently preparing to participate in a Trunk or Treat event for our students. They are also coordinating pizza parties with their teachers. These events would not be able to happen without your contributions for which we are beyond appreciative.

Kindergarten Room 109 (Ms. Nicholas and Mrs. Tapia) display their book reports

This week we will be sharing more information on our Halloween Dance and our Third Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Keep an eye on Google Classroom! The next two weeks promise to be crazy, spooky, and fun filled!

Raffle Baskets are back!! Students can purchase raffle tickets from their teacher starting today. This is not a CPA fundraiser but a school wide effort to help fund fun activities!

Second Grader Aaliya Vakharkar (Room 103) writes "Long ago, goddess fought with evil power and defeated evils after nine long nights war. Today to respect that victory we celebrate Navratri. NAV means nine and RATRI means nights. We wear colorful Indian clothes "chaniya choli" and do traditional dance called Garba for nine nights. I love Navratri because it is musical, colorful and full of energetic dance - Garba."

Aaliya Vakharkar (Room 103) wears her colorful chaniya choli
Artharv Shah (Room 103)
Arhaan Bhatia (Room 102)
Vatsal Tanna (Room 306)

Dussehra is an important Hindu festival signifying the good over evil. It is celebrated on the final day of Navratri. The annual festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm across the world. Fifth grade students Kaira and Kabir Shah, explain; "Dusshera also known as Dashahara. ‘Dasha’ means 10 and ‘Hara’ means 'defeated'. It is the defeat of the negative qualities within us which are represented by the ten headed Demon King Ravana. Prince Rama killed Ravana. The message of this celebration is that good always wins over evil."

Clay Raavan by Kaira and Kabir Shah
This school year we are trying to continue with our weekly CPA hour on Tuesdays between 9am and 10am. Weather permitting we have been outside the main building to address your concerns and assist with uniform purchases. Tomorrow we will hold our CPA hour outside the Annex building between 9am and 10am.

Due to the pandemic the USDA has extended the use of the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) which will allow all students to eat for free during the 2021-2022 school year. Later, when we get a la carte items for purchase, 'My School Bucks' will be used for students to keep money on their accounts. We encourage all parents to complete the Lunch Application as it helps our district receive much needed federal funding.

The breakfast and lunch menu for October can be found here.

The district calendar for the school year can be found here. School will be closed from Monday November 1st through Friday November 5th.

At this time both gates to Paulus Hook Park remain unlocked during the school day. Our staff are being extremely vigilant while overseeing outdoor recess. However we also need parent cooperation during drop off and dismissal times. Please close the Grand Street gate when you enter and exit. We ask that you allow our teachers to safely assemble our children at dismissal and refrain from permitting younger siblings to use the equipment until our security guard (assisted by CPA volunteers) opens the Washington Street gate at 2:45pm. Our students safety is always our number one priority. We must work together to ensure this.

Please also note that a Jersey City ordinance (Ord. No. 16-167) prohibits ALL dogs, whether leashed or unleashed, from Paulus Hook Park.


Birthday Wishes to our staff members who are celebrating this week

  • Mrs. Terri Gauch - October 19th

  • Ms. Marie Nolan - October 23rd

The CPA Executive Team for 2021-22:

President - Leanne Kerr

1st Vice President - Shweta Bhatia

2nd Vice President - Jackie Cox

Secretary - Angela Park

Recording Secretary - Maeghan Robertson

Treasurer - Priya Rasquinha

Ass. Treasurer - Didi Roca


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.

**UPDATE** You can now participate in Amazon Smile through the Amazon App on your phone! Update to the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app on your phone. Under 'Settings' tap on 'AmazonSmile" and follow the onscreen instructions.

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