4/17 – Hat Parade Winners!

Congratulations to everyone who participated in our annual Spring Hat Parade on 4/17. Each classroom had a winner for the best hat! All hats were absolutely wonderful!


PS16 Ranks HIGH in County and State!

We are proud to announce that Cornelia F. Bradford School ranked as the the Highest-Rated elementary school in Hudson county, and 20th in the State of NJ among the elementary and middle schools! Congratulations to our students and staff for their hard work!

We would also like to congratulate one of our teachers – Ms. Jillian Roskin (1st Grade) for being awarded Jersey City Teacher of the Year for P.S.#16!

Well done, PS16 Family! Keep up the excellence!

Key Dates in April

Monday 4/1 – 6PM – CPA Meeting – Budget Report & parent workshop re: parent council operations

Thursday 4/4 – Spring Picture Day (Order before Picture Day at mylifetouch.com, Picture ID: AL408122Q0)

Friday 4/5 – 3-5PM – SPRING Dance for Grades 3-5, (permission slips and admission money must be returned no later than 4/1, to ensure accurate headcount.)

Monday 4/8 – Week of the Young Child activities begin for Grades K-2

Thursday 4/18 – (*Half DAY*) Teacher Appreciation Pot Luck and Ceremony, parents are asked to kindly contribute a dish for staff potluck brunch

4/19 – 4/26 – SPRING BREAK – no school

Monday 4/29 – Schools Reopen

***Cornelia Bradford Summer Camp is continuing registration. We would like to thank everyone who has pre-registered and/or submitted queries re: camp. We are working on addressing all parent queries.

Thank you for your continued support!

CPA Team

Middle School Connection Follow-Up

Dear Parents,

For those of you who have not been able to attend the rescheduled CPA Meeting on March 20, with Academy 1 Principal Ms. Margaret Freeman, please click on the link to view a power point Presentation recapping the meeting: Academy 1 Presentation

The Principal of M.S.#4 has informed us that there will be a special open house presentation held at M.S.# in late May. We will keep you posted.

Teacher Book Fair Wishlists

Dear parents,

A number of teachers have given us their wishlists for books from the book fair. If you would like to purchase a book for a classroom, please send money in an envelope with the teacher and book name on the outside (books listed below).

Alternatively, you may view Ms. Vittal’s wishlist on Scholastic here. If you then click the button “School Wish Lists”, you can view wishlists uploaded by a few other teachers. Scholastic will ship books to the school for free.

Room 101
1. Should I share my ice cream ?
2. Pig the Stinker
3. The Very Impatient Caterpillar
4. Dragons Eat Noodles on Tuesdays
5. What if you had T-Rex Teeth ?
6. The Three Little Super Piggies
7. Thank you Mr Panda
8. I Don’t want to be Big
9. Felippe & Claudette
10. Pete the Cat – The New Guy
Room 105
  1. Pete the Cat
  2. Old Lady Who Swallowed the Fly
  3. Pig Pug
  4. Elephant & Piggie by Mo Willems
Room 201
A Dog’s Porpoise by MC Ross #380587
Shelby’s Story by W Bruce Cameron #381956
Supergifted by Gordon Korman #382855
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown #379422
Feisty Pets: Get Feisty #381430
Say Something by Peter H Reynolds #380609
Dragons Eat Noodles on Tuesdays by Jon Stahl #380626
Magic Treehouse: Warriors in Winter by Mary Pope Osborne #380816
Who Was Series 4-Book Scientist Pack #382453
American Girl Blaire #380624
With the Might of Angels By Andrea Davis Pinkney #378414
She Dared By Jenni Walsh #377964
Room 205
  1. Any book from the Flat Stanley series
  2. Any book from the Who Was series
  3. Any book from the Pete the Cat series
  4. Any book from the A Girl Name series
  5. Any book from the Dog Man series
  6. Disney books: Aladdin, Lion King, Mary Poppins
Room 302
1. Who Was Series—4 pack Scientists
2. She Dared
3. Magic Treehouse : Warriors in Winter
Room 303
1. Geronimo Stilton
2. The Super Life of Ben Braver
3. Magic Treehouse
4. She Dared
5. The Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
6. World Records – Special Forces
7. Supergifted
8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Meltdown
9. The Unteachables
10. Dog Man Brawl of the Wild
Room 304
1. The Unteachable
2. Supergifted
3. With the might of Angels
Room 307
  1. Any “Who Was”
  2. Lives of the Scientists
  3. She Dared – Malala Yousafza
  4. She Dared – Bethany Hamilton
  5. I Survived Pack ($21.99)
  6. They Lost Their Head by Carlyn Beccia
  7. Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing Pack ($15.99)
  8. Great Adventure Stories for Minecrafters
  9. A Wrinkle in Time
  10. Harry Potter
  11. City of Embers
  12. Any graphic novels
Room 308
1. Fly Guy Garbage Recycling
2. Why Fly Guy
3. A Dog’s Purpose
4. National Geography – Wierd but True
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Meltdown
6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Hard Luck
7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Getaway
8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Ugly Truth
9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Long Haul
10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Old School
11. Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Double Down
Mrs. Bigger
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley – 14 copies
Mrs. Hennessey – Library
  1. Any “Who Was”
  2. Any “I Survived”
  3. Any “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”
  4. Serpent’s Secret
  5. Game of Stars
  6. Wings of Fire
  7. Dork Diaries
  8. DC Comics Detention of Doom / Science Fair Crisis
  9. GI Dogs
  10. Any “Captain Underpants”
  11. Any “Dogman”
  12. Ranger in Time
  13. Geronimo Stilton
  14. Magic Tree House
  15. We’re All Wonders
  16. When I Grow Up
  17. How Dinosaurs Learn to Read
  18. Junie B. Jones

Tonight’s City Council Meeting on the Payroll Tax/School Funding

Dear PS16 Parents,

If you are planning to attend tonight’s City Council meeting about the Payroll Tax, that will take place at 6PM at City Hall, please find some helpful instructions and background information below.

For those coming with kids tonight (from Brigid D’Souza on Facebook):

  • We’ve got some amazing community support to help keep the kids engaged in what might be (for some at least) their first civic action! Check out the signs that Amy Wilson (local resident, artist, and art professor in NYC) is contributing – pictures are below! There is a “Thanksgiving” theme but kids will also be able to make their own signs, and write letters to Council about what their schools mean to them.
  • A core parent team will be onsite at 5:45pm – keep an eye out for us when you arrive. We’ll help direct you to the Kid Friendly Zone where there’ll be opportunity to do arts & crafts, create their own signs, and get some onsite lessons in civics. Kids are encouraged to participate in the Council Chambers, but just be forewarned: the Council President & City Clerk will not permit running or lots of noise — so parents/caregivers just FYI.
  • The meeting will officially begin between 6pm and 6:15pm. The public speaking portion related to the payroll tax may not begin until 6:45 at the earliest. So — there may be a wait time. Lots of listening opportunity for kids & adults alike.
  • When the ordinance comes up, it’s a “wait in line” process. It’ll be evident once it starts. No need to call ahead to speak.

Below is the background information about the Payroll Tax, and the dialogue around it – compiled by https://jerseycityed.com/

Jersey City Council Meeting – Tuesday, November 20, 2018 – Payroll

Tonight at the Jersey City Council meeting, the Payroll Tax proposal is on the agenda and open to public comment. There is no doubt that there will be both strong support and opposition to this new proposed tax on all private employers’ payrolls of non-Jersey City residents (the tax is not levied on individual employee’s wages). The tax revenues are intended to support the budget gap that Jersey City Public Schools face as the State of New Jersey begins to withdraw the funding that has long supported the city’s public schools.

For more information, check out the following links:

Mayor Steven Fulop has expressed his support on social media, saying:

  • 1% is a small tax, which will be shouldered by large companies like Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan
  • Newark and NYC have payroll taxes, which would mitigate any negative impact to Jersey City’s competitiveness
  • Small businesses hire locally, and there is an exemption for businesses that have Jersey City resident employees
  • Jersey City schools are underfunded by $150m
  • The payroll tax would help to avoid a 35% increase in property taxes
  • The payroll tax would help to avoid significant layoffs of Jersey City Public Schools faculty and staff

First Monthly CPA Meeting TONIGHT, 6-7pm

We hope you will be able to join us for our first official montly meeting tonight, in the auditorium, at 6pm.

On the agenda:

  • NJ Child Assault Prevention Presentation for parents & guardians
  • Upcoming events (Fall Fundraiser, Spelling Bee, Halloween, etc)
  • Updates on public school funding issues


Movie Night!

Dear parents, guardians, and friends,

We hope you will join us this Friday, for an evening of fun with our PS16 family. We will be selling uniforms in the courtyard before the movie, and snacks during the movie.

Feel free to bring your picnic blankets, or even folding chairs (but place them in the back so everyone can see, please!), and your dinner.

New Lunch Payments System

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The district has moved the school’s lunch payment system from payforit.net to www.myschoolbucks.com. Registration is simple, and adding your child to your account can be done either with their student ID or with their full name and birth date. Once you have added your child to your account on MySchoolBucks, their balance from the old system will transfer over.