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Cornelia F. Bradford School PS16 Newsletter

November 15, 2020

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Congratulations! Together we have made it through the first marking period! Nothing about remote learning is normal but our students, teachers and parents have stepped up and worked diligently to ensure that our children continue to meet and exceed grade-level standards. Thank you to our teachers and staff who always have their students best interests at heart. Thank you for motivating our children to reach their full potential and thank you for noticing the students who need that little bit of extra encouragement.

We are beyond proud of our students, who join Zoom each day with a positive attitude, even when they would much rather be in the school building with their friends. We are equally proud of our parents, who are juggling each day to try to find a balance with home, work and school. Many of our teachers are parents too. As we begin the second marking period virtually, we do so with greater confidence that we will succeed. We are all on this journey together. #PS16STRONG


Our school prides itself on the diversity of our student body. At PS16 over 100 nationalities are represented. Our children are able to learn more about other cultures from their classmates. Diwali is among the popular holidays celebrated at our school. In the past parents have given presentations in class, lanterns have been made and diya's decorated. This year, many of our classrooms celebrated Diwali via Zoom. Much appreciation is owed to the students and parents who shared the beautiful festival of lights with their classmates.

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Aayushi, Arth, Naisha, Samaira, Dhaanvi, Zayn and Laya from Room 201 celebrating Diwali wearing their traditional Indian attire

Fourth Grade student Sheel Chauhan writes about Diwali, the traditional Indian holiday, which he celebrates with his family.

Diwali also known as Deepavali means festival of lights. It signifies the victory of good over evil. It is celebrated on a New Moon Day. This year Diwali was celebrated on November 14, 2020. On this day Prince Ram along with his wife Sita and brother Laxman returned to Ayodhya after exile of 14 years. It is believed that the people lit oil lamps all along the way to light the royal family’s path and distributed sweets among their friends to celebrate the return of the king. This custom is followed to this day all over India, especially in the North. The spirit of Diwali also signifies the good qualities fighting away the bad ones inside us and thus lighting the diya of victory within us. On this day, people clean their homes, light Diyas (lamps) all over their houses and decorate their homes with flowers and colorful Rangoli (pretty patterns drawn on the floor with colored powders). People also burn firecrackers to celebrate. The night looks so bright and the sky looks as if covered with thousands of golden stars because of the firecrackers. People wear new traditional clothes and share yummy sweets with friends and neighbors.

This year Diwali has been different because we could not meet our friends and neighbors to greet them, or gather in groups to light firecrackers. But I celebrated it in a special way with my family at home and prayed for safety, happiness, love and peace for everyone. 😍I will look forward to the next Diwali though, to celebrate it with my friends in person.

A Diya arrangement, made by Sheel, to wish the PS16 community a Happy Diwali!

Our next CPA monthly meeting will take place, via Zoom, on Monday December 5th at 6pm. Please sign up in advance by completing this Google Form

The Director of City Planning has asked if we could kindly share information regarding the Master Plan Survey for Jersey City. The Master Plan is used as the basis for all our zoning – including schools, recreation spaces, parks, public facilities, residential/office/commercial development, etc. Please click on this link to complete the survey by November 20th.

On Wednesday November 25th schools will have an early dismissal. Schools will be CLOSED on November 26th and 27th to celebrate Thanksgiving. The calendar for the 2020-21 school year can be found here.

Open House is scheduled to be held, via Zoom on November 23rd at 6:30pm. More details will follow. Student's grades can be found on Infinite Campus, with their final marking period grades available by November 23rd.


Birthday Wishes to our staff members who are celebrating

  • Ms. Megan Mulcahy - November 9th

  • Ms. Vidya Vittal - November 10th

  • Senor Jose Atencio - November 14th

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 Treasurer - Shaheen Yadav

Interim Ass. Treasurer - Shaili Marwaha


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