P.S. 196 The Williamsburg Bridge

Magnet School

For Communication & Mixed Media Arts




A cozy neighborhood school in trendy East Williamsburg - PS 196K The Williamsburg Bridge Magnet School for Communication and Media Arts is a warm and friendly place where students receive a well-rounded education and individualized attention from their teachers. The school has the feel of a close-knit community where everyone works diligently to infuse learning with a sense of fun.  Through the magnet program, students have access to hands on project based learning experiences that include technology, the arts, cooking and more!




We invite you to join us for these special upcoming events for an inside look at our enriching educational programs and close knit school community. 



Parent Teacher Conferences   



Magnet Open House @ 8:30am  

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Colon's Corner

Principal Janine Colon's Newsletter

Welcome Back! 

Hello everyone! I want to welcome back all of you this Fall- returning students and parents as well as new families that have joined our WBMS school community! As always, the summer seems to have flown by. I hope that you had a fun and restful summer and are filled with good energy to begin the new school year ahead.

I was thrilled to see all of your smiling faces on the 1st day and am looking forward to an exciting and successful year filled with new learning experiences! 

We'll be continuing our very popular free Pre-K after-school program to help serve both our students and parents needs. As well, we will continue our wonderful partnership with Rosie's Theater Kids that trains our fifth graders to be performing artists, as well as offering them the opportunity to audition for placement in their school in Manhattan after graduating from our school. Our youngest students in Kindergarten and first grade will once again have the benefit of a Salvadori teaching artist who will come into their classroom and engage them in special hands-on learning projects. 

There are a  couple of new additions to our academic program that we feel will enhance our students' learning experience that I want to make you aware of: we are beginning an Algebra for All program for our fifth graders. This will help them to be prepared for moving on to Middle School math. Also, we have departmentalized instruction for our fourth and fifth graders. What this means is that each of their subjects will be taught by a teacher who is an expert in that subject area.

I'm happy to tell you that our students scores in both Math and English Language Arts have increased over this past year. Also, our 5th Grade Dual Language students will be the first graduating class from this program in June of next year.

Our PTA will be hosting a variety of fun parent and student events throughout the year, beginning with Zumba Night on October 1st, from 5:30 to 7:30. I hope you can make it to shake it!

As we look forward to this new year of learning, I welcome your suggestions and involvement with our school as we partner to give our children the best possible education!

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” 

Stephen Covey

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Ps 196
The williamsburg
bridge magnet school

Phone: 718-497-0139 

Fax: 718-628-5134

207 Bushwick Ave 

Brooklyn, NY 11206

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