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Cornelia F. Bradford School PS16 Newsletter

October 18, 2020

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We are now more than half way through the first marking period!! Our students and teachers continue to amaze us with how well they have adapted to virtual learning. Each week brings greater understanding and positivity. Our boys and girls are working hard and continue to learn, despite these challenging times. As we move closer to the anticipated return date and phase 2 of the district reopening plan, we can be assured that our staff are hard at work getting our school ready for in-person learning.

With many of our traditional fundraising efforts having to be cancelled this year, we have to explore new ways. Fundraising helps us to provide opportunities for our students. Please consider decorating a pumpkin. and supporting our school.


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. There will be a box placed outside our school each morning between 9am and 11am.The final day for donations is Wednesday October 21st. 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 the week of November 2nd through November 6th. The calendar for the 2020-21 school year can be found here.

Navratri is celebrated by the Hindu community over a span of nine days where the triumph of good over bad is celebrated. As the festival of Navratri begins, we wish a joyous celebration and a greater wish for light to always triumph over darkness.


Birthday Wishes to our staff members who are celebrating this week

  • Mrs. Terri Gauch - October 19th

  • Ms. Marie Nolan - October 23rd

National Hispanic Heritage Month began on September 15 and continued 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. Our teachers have been busy incorporating Hispanic Heritage Month into their lesson plans. Students have spent the past few weeks learning about influential people including Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and astronaut Ellen Ochoa. Our students have shared a wealth of knowledge of their Hispanic heritage with their fellow classmates.

Melanie Trinidad Room 202

Second grader, Melanie Trinidad, is extremely proud of her Dominican Republic heritage. Melanie shares with us the unique traditional dress of the Dominican Republic. She explained that her dress is a symbol of the old lifestyle and is worn nowadays for carnivals and festive events. The colors of her dress represent the flag of the Dominican Republic. Melanie loves to share her culture with little sister Madison, who is a PreK student at PS16.

Madison Trinidad, PreK 3

Our PS16 Girl Scout Troop recently earned their badges for baking! The girls participated in an online class with Bambino Chef. Under the watchful eye of their parents, our girls made delicious apple cinnamon scones. Troop leader, Annette Stewart, shared that the event was a very rewarding and positive experience for the girls. Not only did they learn to bake but they also enjoyed sharing the experience with their parents. Congratulations Troop!!

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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!

Shaheen Yadav is the Interim Treasurer of the CPA. Shaheen is a Chartered Accountant (US equivalent-CPA) and lawyer; has a masters degree specializing in Income Tax. Right now she is focused on raising her daughter Eva and wearing many hats trying to establish herself as an Artist. Volunteering to be a treasurer keeps her itch to constantly learn and be involved with the parent- school community while contributing in a small way.

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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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