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Bronx Parent Newsletter - April 2018

Bronx parent activists who got on the bus to Albany to lobby for public schools in March.

Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,

Every year, parents from all the boroughs join the UFT on a bus trip to Albany to speak with our elected officials, voice our support for public schools and speak as one community. I want to thank those of you who came with us this year. It was an inspiring day.

Your effort made a difference. State lawmakers passed a budget on March 31 that includes nearly $900 million in additional funding for schools statewide, $334 million of which will go toward New York City public schools. In the face of a presidential administration that poses a serious threat to public education, this is an even more impressive victory. Read the story on the UFT website »

Check out more upcoming events and news you can use below.


Nicholas Cruz
UFT Parent-Community Liaison

Upcoming events

  • Saturday, April 14: Come to an information session about specialized high school admissions for 4th- through 7th-graders and their parents. It will be at 1 p.m. at Belmont Library, 610 E. 186th St. This is one of 24 information sessions, including three in the Bronx, that will be held throughout the city between March and May. For full details, see the flier »
  • Saturday, April 21: The YMCA invites families to a free Safety Around Water Day with classes and activities for different age groups throughout the day. The Bronx YMCA is at 2 Castle Hill Ave. See the flier »

    On the same day, the Bronx YMCA also invites you to Family Olympic Games from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy Summer Olympic-themed games. These activities, like the water safety classes, are free. See the flier »
  • Saturday, May 5: There will be a free citizenship workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UFT's Bronx borough office, 2500 Halsey St. Get help with the N-400 Application for Naturalization. For more information, see the flier in English and Spanish »
  • Wednesday, May 9: The State University of New York's (SUNY) Bronx Educational Opportunity Center will host a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1666 Bathgate Ave. Learn about job opportunities in healthcare, direct support, technology, civil service, security, education and more. Learn more and register »
  • Saturday, May 12: Save the date Family Day Olympiad, presented by Bronx Fathers Taking Action,  Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and NYC Parks at Williamsbridge Oval Park, 3225 Reservoir Oval E. See the flier »


  • Tuition-free academic and career training in the Bronx: SUNY's Bronx Educational Opportunity Center offers courses in English language instruction, college preparation and high school equivalency, and vocational programs including barber certification, medical career certifications and more. Classes are held at 1666 Bathgate Ave. To learn more, visit the website »
  • Free teacher assistant training program: The CUNY CareerPATH program offers a free Child Development Associate Credential (C.D.A.) program free of charge to unemployed individuals between the ages of 18 and 24 who live in the Bronx. The next class starts on April 28. To register, call 718-289-5691. See the flier »

    The same program is also available to high school seniors. See the flier for high school students »
  • Apply for a scholarship from the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition: High school seniors attending college or vocational school in the fall of 2018 are welcome to apply for a $1,000 scholarship from the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition before the deadline of May 1. Find out more »

News you can use

  • Download an app to navigate high school admissions: Choosing a high school in New York City is an experience unlike anywhere else in the country. While the average student has little choice of which school to attend, NYC eighth-graders must rank their top 12 choices from more than 700 options in a multi-step matching process. The NYC High School App is a tremendous help. You can download it in the Apple App Store and Android Play Store or find it online »
  • Registration is available for Summer in the City programs: Registration is open for Summer in the City programs, which offer free, full-day summer programming for students in grades 2 through 12. Programs include STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) classes, internships, test prep, visits to cultural sites around the city and more. For details, see the DOE press release »
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