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Brooklyn Parent Newsletter - April 2018

Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,

We want to thank those of you who came to Albany in March to speak with elected officials and voice your support for public schools. 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 the upcoming events and news you can use below.

Sincerely,

Betty Zohar
UFT Parent-Community Liaison


Upcoming events

  • Saturday, April 14: Black Girls Code invites girls between the ages of 9 and 13 to Coloring and Coding the Universe from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Crispus Attucks Elementary School, 180 Chauncey St. Admission is $35 and includes lunch. Learn how astronomers use computers to create images of the universe in 2D and 3D formats. Learn more and register »
  • Wednesday, April 18: Come to an Overdose Prevention Training from 10 a.m. to noon at the Brooklyn Public Library at 10 Grand Army Plaza. Learn how and when to administer the life-saving antidote that can reverse the fatal effects of an opioid overdose. All participants will receive free antidote kits after completing the training. There will be seven trainings at Brooklyn public libraries during April and May. Learn more and register »
  • Saturday, April 21: Parents, grandparents and guardians are invited to The Joy of Parenting Conference from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Boys and Girls High School, 1700 Fulton St. This free conference offers informative workshops, resources and more. Learn more and register »
  • Monday, April 23: Come to a Sexual Assault Awareness Symposium for fathers from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at 492 First Ave. in Manhattan. Learn about the causes of men's violence against women and how you can be part of the solution. Learn more and register »
  • Friday, May 25: NYC public school students in third- through fifth-grade are invited to apply for the Youth Service Summit from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Students will assist with high school projects addressing issues like homelessness, hunger, the environment, health and animal welfare. To apply, talk to your child's teacher before the application deadline of April 16. See the flier »

News you can use

  • Congressional Art Competition for high school students: Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke invites students in grades 9 through 12 who live in her district, the 9th Congressional District, to enter this year's Congressional Art Competition before the May 2deadline. The winner's art will be displayed in Washington, D.C., for a year, and all contestants will be honored at a ceremony in Brooklyn. Find out more »
  • Go to college for free at the Brooklyn Public Library: Bard Microcollege invites New Yorkers with a high school diploma or its equivalent to apply to attend college at the Brooklyn Public Library. This program offers a liberal arts undergraduate education at no cost and is now enrolling students for the 2018-19 school year. The first step is to attend an information session at the Brooklyn Public Library. Find out more »
  • Summer internship for high school students at the Apollo Theater: Students who are in the 11th grade and will enter the 12th grade in the fall are invited to apply for a paid internship in arts administration and production at the Apollo Theater this summer. Learn more and apply »
  • 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, visit the DOE website »
  • Workshops for parents and caregivers of children with disabilities: Gary Shulman, M.S. Ed., offers special needs consulting and training to caregiving professionals and family members of people with disabilities. Workshop topics include Communicating with Professionals, Transition to Adult Services, Recreation and Socialization, and more. Book a workshop for your organization »
  • 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 May 1 deadline. Find out more »
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