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Cornelia F. Bradford School PS16 Newsletter

February 9th, 2021

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the Third Marking period! Despite not being in our school building we are managing to make things happen and bring a sense of normalcy to our students. Recently, Mrs. Watkins Williams decided to restart the "Student of the Month" award. The practice of displaying the student of the month photographs is a long honored tradition at PS16. If the students are unable to view the wall of fame in person then we will bring it to them!

February marks Black History Month, a tribute to African American men and women who have made significant contributions throughout the world in many different fields and across all genres of talent and ability. It is a time to acknowledge and celebrate those whose successes have been overlooked or received too little recognition. During Black History Month our students learn about the achievements of many people who persevered despite the obstacles and injustices they faced. This year we will not have the opportunity to enjoy listening to our children sing on stage but rest assured that Dr. Manes and Mr. Stroh are in full swing teaching these great songs via Zoom.

Great things are still happening at PS16! Thank you for updating our sign!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported our after school enrichment program and offer our sincere apologies for the technical challenges we experienced. We owe a huge thank you to 4th grade parent Pravin Rasquinha for helping troubleshoot! Information on available classes and registration links can be found at www.ps16cpa.net

We know how much our students benefit from the enrichment opportunities at PS16. Our parent council, spear headed by Mrs. Bigger, have worked with our teachers to create a 5 week online virtual program filled with a multitude of fun learning activities. We are truly appreciative of all the time and effort Mrs. Bigger has put in to creating our enrichment program.

Classes will begin on Monday February 22nd and run through Friday March 26th.


The 'Student of the Month' noticeboard is one which every visitor to PS16 will see on their way to the office. Our students and teachers walk by it each day and our Principal, Mrs. Watkins Williams, has the perfect view from her office. Being selected as 'Student of the Month' is a badge of honor for those whose photograph graces this wall. It is also an incentive for our students that one day they too will earn this recognition.

'Student of the Month' isn't related to grades. The student of the month is one who brings that little bit extra to their class. They have a positive attitude towards learning and with their fellow classmates. They are kind and compassionate. Their actions and words help make our school a better place. They are a great role model to their class mates and school community.

Congratulations to Urja Patankar (Fourth Grade) and Artharv Kharbanda (Third Grade) who are moving on to represent PS 16 at the Annual Jersey City Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Contest. The event will be held on Wednesday February 24th at 2pm. Our school community wish them both the very best of luck as they prepare to compete against schools from all over Jersey City.

Much appreciation to Mrs. Hennessey and Mrs. Martino for continuing to encourage our students to improve their public speaking. Together they help our students gain the confidence and skills required for when they will compete in the Oratory Contest. Thank you to Mrs. Watkins Williams and Mr. Salgado for supporting both our teachers and our students.

Second grade student Reyansh Sharhare was recognized at the recent Board of Education meeting the art work he created for 'No name calling week'. Fantastic job Reyansh!

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It’s been hard that we can’t go out.
Walking through my school used to bring me joy every morning!
Life has changed so much in a year!
I’m not happy, I’m so sad and sometimes super mad!
I’m hoping all this will be gone!
Real soon is my wish!

School days have changed a lot!
I wake up, get dressed, have my breakfast!
Then log in to see virtual faces behind laptops, learning without contact, without physical faces, …. without making new friends :(
I feel lonely at school, even though my school now is my home!
It’s my 5th grade school ending like this?
I’m hoping all this will be gone soon!
Real soon is my wish!

I’m doing my best, but I need my best teachers in front of me. :) Cheering me up!
Google Classroom here, Google Classroom there!
Logging here, Logging there!
I’m hoping this will be gone soon!
Real soon is my WISH!
“REAL LIFE IS ALL WE NEED” Hugs, kisses and lots of fresh air!

By Emiliano I. Padierna

"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, will kicked off our Middle School Connection Program at our CPA meeting on February 1st. At our next CPA meeting we will welcome Dr. Treniere Dobson, Principal of Infinity Institute.

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

School will be CLOSED on Monday February 15th in recognition of Presidents Day. There will be early dismissal (12:45) on Wednesday February 17th due to parent conferences. The calendar for the 2020-21 school year can be found here.


Wishing our staff members who are celebrating this week a very happy birthday!

  • Ms. Candice Nolan - February 7th

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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