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Bronx Parent Newsletter - February 2018

Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,

I'm excited to share with you the details for our two-day UFT Bronx College Fair and Career and Technical Education (CTE) Expo on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24.

The college fair will be on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the UFT Bronx borough office, 2500 Halsey St. Representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities will be on hand to offer admissions support and information. If you're attending with your child, there's no need to register in advance — we'll sign you in when you arrive. Schools bringing groups of students must register online. For more details, see the event listing on the UFT website »

The CTE Expo on Saturday is geared toward students of all ages. It will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the UFT’s Bronx borough office, 2500 Halsey St. Learn about CTE high schools in New York City and careers in CTE fields. Speakers will include UFT President Michael Mulgrew and Sterling Roberson, the UFT vice president for CTE high schools. Learn more and register »

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

Sincerely,

Nicholas Cruz
UFT Parent-Community Liaison


Upcoming events

  • Monday, Feb. 5: Come to an open forum of the NYC Suicide Council from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Metropolitan College of New York Bronx Campus, 463 E. 149th St., 2nd floor. Health and human services providers, counselors, caregivers, clergy leaders, educators, law enforcement professionals and anyone else who works with vulnerable populations are invited to join and strategize on building better crisis response, awareness, training and prevention. Learn more and RSVP »
  • Tuesday, Feb. 6: As part of the UFT's Black History Month film series, there will be a free screening of I Am Not Your Negro, a film that tells the story of race in modern America through the lens of writer James Baldwin's unfinished novel, Remember This House. The screening will run from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway in Manhattan. It will be followed by a discussion. This is the first of three Black History Month film screenings at UFT headquarters this February. You can also see What Happened, Miss Simone? on Feb. 12 and Loving on Feb. 28. Register online » and download the flier »
  • Friday, Feb. 9: Schools are invited to kick off Respect for All Week with National No One Eats Alone Day, a nationwide lunchtime event to encourage students to connect and engage with their peers to combat social isolation. Respect For All Week from Feb. 12 to 15 offers schools the opportunity to build on ongoing diversity programs. Find out more »
  • Saturday, Feb. 10: City Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson and ThriveNYC will host a mental health first aid training from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1370 Inwood Ave. Learn to identify signs of anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses and how to respond if you see these signs in others. Participants will receive a Mental Health First Aid Responder Certificate. Call 718-588-7500 for more information.
  • Monday, March 12: ADAPT Community Network will host a free workshop titled Working with Employees with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) as part of its free ASD workshop series. This event will run from 10 a.m. to noon at 365 Fifth Ave. in Manhattan. Learn about the characteristics of ASD and how to support and collaborate with employees with ASD. RSVP by emailing familyconnect@adaptcommunitynetwork.org. You can also download and distribute the flier »
  • Monday, March 19: You're invited to a UFT parent lobby day in Albany to tell our state legislators to support parent voice, special education rights, increased school funding and protecting public schools. Buses will leave from each borough in the morning. The Bronx bus will pick up at 7 a.m. from the UFT's Bronx borough office, 2500 Halsey St. See the flier » and reserve your seat on the bus »
  • Tuesday, March 20: The New York City Poison Control Center invites you to a presentation titled Deadly in a Dose: The Most Toxic Medications and Household Products from 9 a.m. to noon at 455 First Ave. in Manhattan. Breakfast will be served. RSVP by emailing Lauren Schwartz at lschwar1@health.nyc.gov. You can also see the flier »
  • Wednesday, March 21: The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will host a free healthy homes workshop from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in English and 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Spanish at 555 Bergen St., 4th floor. The workshop will cover lead poisoning, how to prevent and get rid of bedbugs, and how to safely control pests. See the flier »
  • Saturday, March 24: Fathers and educators are invited to the 3rd annual UFT Men in Education Symposium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway in Manhattan. There will be workshops on mentoring, fatherhood and empowerment. Breakfast and lunch will be served. To learn more and register, see the event listing on the UFT website »
  • Monday, April 9: ADAPT Community Network will host a free workshop titled Building Communication Skills in Children with Autism as part of its free Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) workshop series. This event will run from 10 a.m. to noon at 365 Fifth Ave. in Manhattan. Learn techniques from Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), an evidence-based intervention that can help build communication skills. RSVP by emailing familyconnect@adaptcommunitynetwork.org. You can also download and distribute 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 »

News you can use

  • Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute: High school students of Hispanic descent are invited to apply for the Department of Education's Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute. The program meets after school hours and teaches writing, debating, leadership skills and state legislative processes. It culminates in a visit to Albany to be part of a mock New York State Assembly on March 10-12. To learn more and apply, contact James F. Rodriguez at jrodrig32@schools.nyc.gov.
  • You might be eligible for NYC Free Tax Prep: Free tax preparation is available to NYC parents who make $54,000 or less a year. Services are available at tax preparation sites all over the city and begin this month. Learn more and find a site near you »
  • Tuition-free academic and career training in the Bronx: The State University of New York's (SUNY) 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 »
  • Summer internships for high school students at the Department of Design and Construction: The New York City Department of Design and Construction is looking for 30 New York City high school students to intern full-time at the department this summer. This is a great opportunity for students interested in architecture, engineering, building trades, public administration, business administration or information technology to gain work and academic experience. The application deadline is Feb. 16. Find out more »
  • Online directory of health and social services: The Health Information Tool for Empowerment (HITE) easily connects low-income, uninsured and underinsured people in New York state to more than 5,000 health and social services. Check it out »
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