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Cornelia F. Bradford School PS16 Newsletter

December 17th, 2020

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

In this weeks newsletter we share the words of Rabbi Alter Korf, that were published in The Tampa Bay Times as Hanukkah began.

"The light of Hanukkah couldn’t be more needed now. Hanukkah was made for a year like this. The message of Hanukkah empowers us to realize darkness cannot be driven away with a stick or some type of battle. Darkness is driven away with light. When more than today do we need to be reminded of the need to focus on what is good, what is positive and what we can do to bring more positive goodness and kindness in our surroundings to spread the light? This year is a time to remember all that we are still grateful for and celebrate that freedom, and that freedom to help one another and look out for one another. By making sacrifices in the way we’re living our lives right now, it’s really exercising our freedom to create the kind of world we want to live in.”

Third Grader Elijah Turtel, Room 301, shares the meaning of Hanukkah.

"Hanukkah, or Chanukah, may not be the most holy holiday of Jewish religion, but lots of kids from Jewish families look forward to it.

Chanukah honors the victory against the wicked King Antiochus’s army to worship in freedom. It is called the festival of lights and is observed for eight nights because it celebrates a miracle that a small amount of oil kept a light on for eight days.

Jewish families gather together and have fun. Each night at sundown, they light candles on a menorah. Then, they sing prayers and eat a meal that includes delicious potato pancakes called latkes. After that, kids open presents. Each child opens one present per night. Finally, kids play games with spinners called dreidels and eat coin-shaped chocolates called gelt.

People celebrate Chanukah respecting the religion or just enjoying a fun and interesting holiday."

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Drawing of a Menorah by 3rd Grade student Siya Khandelwal

The CPA is thrilled to host the first ever PS 16 Virtual Holiday Spirit Lip Sync & Dance, a competition designed to raise spirits and money for the CPA.

The Holiday Spirit Lip Sync & Dance is open to all students and faculty. The more people who participate, the merrier we all will be, so enter to be part of the celebration and win some holiday cheer including a $100 gift card to Ani Ramen, a one hour performance coaching session with LUX Performing Arts, a birthday party at GRIT Sports, a month of dance lessons at Kerri Smith Academy of Irish Dance and more. More details can be found on our website www.ps16cpa.net

**The Entry deadline has been extended to Monday, December 21st**


We are delighted to announce that virtual learning will not deter our teachers from ensuring their students are able to participate in the PS16 Spelling Bee 2021. Each year, our school champion represents PS16 at the Hudson County Spelling Bee with the chance to advance to the National Spelling Bee!

In place of our traditional spelling bee program, we will hold the competition through online spelling tests. The first step to spelling bee participation is for parents to register their child(ren) for the Scripps National Spelling Bee's online testing platform by visiting https://online-test.spellingbee.com

Word lists and information on donation pledges can be found on our website

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

Our school will be have an early dismissal on Wednesday December 23rd. Winter break begins December 24th through January 1st. School reopens (virtually) on Monday January 4th 2021. The calendar for the 2020-21 school year can be found here.


Birthday wishes to our staff members who are celebrating this week.

  • Ms. Assatou Barry - December 15th

  • Mrs. Erica Pater Grossbaum - December 16th

  • Mrs. Tiffany Kane - December 18th

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


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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Boxtops for Education is online now! Download the Box Tops app, find your school as “Cornelia Bradford Elementary 16”. After you shop, simply scan your store receipts to find participating products.The app will automatically credit your school's Box Tops earnings online.

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