Tickets are available to purchase on showtix4u.com by entering ‘ps16’ into the search box. $10 for adults, $5 for children.
Snacks will be available for purchase inside the auditorium.
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Today at 6PM, please join us for the last CPA meeting of the school year (in school auditorium) to discuss the following:
Hope to see you there!
Ms. Jillian Roskin (Grade 1) was recognized as PS16 Teacher of the Year
PS16 Team of Principal, Teachers, Staff, Students and Parents recognized for taking our school to the top.
Principal Acceptance Speech (click to view)
Dear PS16 Families,
Last night Acting Superintendent Franklin Walker has sent out a robocall with a notification that the district has begun rescinding the Reduction in Force letters.
While this is great news and a step in the right direction, it does not guarantee that PS16 non-tenured teachers will be among the re-hired. Therefore we must continue to be vigilant and if our teachers do not receive RIF reversals by the May 31 BOE meeting, we shall prepare our public comments for that day accordingly.
In the meantime, TOMORROW we have a great opportunity to join in the SOS Rally / Parent Protest along with other JCPS parent groups, teachers and students. See instructions below:
Speaking Points, based on what we know:
Please let us know if you have any questions and thank you again for your amazing advocacy throughout this ordeal.
Dear PS16 Families,
We would like to share with you a heartfelt note from the teachers thanking you for your incredible advocacy efforts on their behalf. LINK- From Teachers to Parents – A Note of Thanks
We also would like to report to you on the following:
In addition to coming out and speaking at the Special BOE meeting this Monday, PS16 parent council has:
Parents, it is our firm belief that it was YOUR dedication that helped expedite the resolution efforts. From day one you emailed the Mayor, city council, BOE members, came out to meetings and protests in multitudes and showed everyone that PS16 is united and strong as a school family, and a force to be reckoned with. Even as we plan to continue holding the defense line until every PS16 “pink slip” is reversed, we are confident that we will prevail, because of You.
We have never been so proud to be a part of this Family. You guys rock.
We would like to express our deepest gratitude for the overwhelming turnout at Monday’s Special BOE Meeting on the Budget. PS16 was the largest combined group, comprised of our teachers, parents and students and our Assistant Principal Mr. Salgado. PS16 has really made it known to the BOE members and the people present that we are a Family that stands up for each other. Thank you all so much!
There were some great photos and videos from the meeting by Jersey Journal and Hudson County View live stream. (Livestream shows PS16 parents Tugce Yalt & Natalia Ioffe speaking at [47:50] & [2:17:10] respectively). You can also find the individual videos on FB: Tugce Yalt & Natalia Ioffe.
At the end of the meeting the Board of Education has voted to approve the budget that included the proposed layoffs, however with a promise from Board of Education Sudhan Thomas that the district will not fire hundreds of teachers who received layoff warnings.
Yesterday Channel 12 News reached out to us for comment on the fact that Mayor Fulop has pledged $27 million in payroll tax proceeds to the school district to help save jobs.
While this brings obvious relief, we do not plan to rest until the Reduction in Force Notices are reversed.
“We are hoping that these numbers can translate into our saved jobs of our teachers, If they don’t hear something positive within the next month or so, they are going to go out looking for other jobs. We are going to lose them to the private sector,” (N.I.)
NEXT STEP: BOE Caucus (5/20) and General Board Meetings (5/23). We plan to attend one or both, with one simple message:
We need our PS16 staff to know that they will ALL still have jobs in September and we would like the BOE to be proactive in getting this information out to the RIF recipients as soon as possible.
We would NEVER get this far if it weren’t for PS16 Parent Community’s (YOURS) immediate, targeted, and tireless activism from day one! You guys have accomplished the impossible, and we are confident that we can see this through to the end, for the sake of our kids and their beloved teachers.
From the bottom of our hearts – THANK YOU!
Dear Families of PS16,
First we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for coming out in Full Force to the City Council Meeting on 5/8 and for a discussion with the BOE President on 5/9. Your presence and voices have made a GREAT IMPACT, drawing the attention from the media, the BOE and the City administration.
Some great examples of PS16 trending in the media last week:
Our Principal Ms. Watkins-Williams has asked us to express her heartfelt gratitude to you all on behalf of the staff! You guys have truly held the frontline, and showed our teachers and the rest of the world that PS16 families care and are willing for fight for their teachers.
To us they are so much more than just education professionals, they are extended family, people who help raise our children and help them achieve their best potential. We cannot allow them to be arbitrarily cut from our children’s lives. Our school would never be the same without them.
RECAP and STRATEGY for coming days:
On 5/8 we asked the City Council to release the revenues for the Payroll Tax to help our schools stop the teacher layoffs. (Our district is anticipating $27 million in state cuts this year, which is why hundreds of teachers across the district have received “Reduction in Force Notices” (RIF). PS16 is set to lose at least 9-10 teachers which comprises 25% of our entire instructional staff. (While we cannot disclose their names, feel free to reach out to your teacher and inquire if they are being laid off.)
On 5/9 Mayor Fulop sent out a Tweet followed by an Email (Mayor’s Email Re- Our Schools), announcing the Payroll Tax proceeds of $13.7 million to be allocated to the schools. Our parents have made a verbal request to the BOE President to prioritize these funds toward reversing the “Reduction in Force” actions and keeping our teachers where they are. We need to continue reinforcing this request.
By being PRESENT, and holding up Signs and Posters in Support of our teachers/kids (Like we did in City Hall). We need to show strength in NUMBERS and show that PS16 stands up for our own! (If possible, wear Navy or Royal Blue tops, we will have a number of youth XL PS16 uniform shirts to hand our to our parents so we can stand out in the crowd.)
By signing up for PUBLIC COMMENT (instructions here) and speaking on the following points:
Please let us know if you have any questions. We will continue to update you on direct action opportunities that we can engage in.
Thank you all so much!