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Brooklyn Parent Newsletter - February 2018

Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,

Register now for a UFT lobby day for public education in Albany on Monday, March 19. This is a chance for parents to tell our state legislators to protect public schools and support parent voice, special education rights and increased school funding. Buses will leave from each borough in the morning. The Brooklyn bus will pick up at 6:30 a.m. from the UFT's Brooklyn borough office, 335 Adams St. Unfortunately, this year's lobby day is for adults only — no children.

Reserve your seat on the bus »
See the flier »

We also want to share with you another upcoming UFT event, the 3rd annual UFT Men in Education Symposium on Saturday, March 24 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.

Register online now »
See the flier »

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


Betty Zohar
UFT Parent-Community Liaison

Upcoming events

  • Saturday, Feb. 10: PS 84 invites families to a summer camp fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at PS 84, 250 Berry St. Learn about camps, after-school programs and enrichment programs in Brooklyn while enjoying games, activities and raffles. Find out more »
  • Monday, Feb. 12: As part of the UFT's Black History Month film series, there will be a free screening of "What Happened, Miss Simone?," a documentary about the life and legend of Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist and civil rights activist. The screening will run from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. It will be followed by a discussion. This is the second of three Black History Month film screenings at UFT headquarters this February. You can also see "Loving" on Feb. 28. Register online » and download the flier »
  • Monday, Feb. 12: Join Parents 4 Parents at a Brooklyn Nets vs. Los Angeles Clippers basketball game at 7:30 p.m. at Barclays Center. Tickets are $28.50, and the first 15 children's tickets sold come with a chance to join the "High Five Line" at center court and receive a free T-shirt. Find out more »
  • Tuesday, Feb. 13: The Office of the Brooklyn Borough President invites you to a free workshop titled Building a Better Parent-Teacher Association from 6 to 8 p.m. at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St. Learn how to work with your school's administration. RSVP by emailing Jeff Lowell at You can also see the flier »
  • Thursday, Feb. 15: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams will host a Black History Month clergy event at 10 a.m. at Billie Holiday Theatre, 1368 Fulton St. To learn more and RSVP, email You can also see the event listing »
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27: Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez invites you to a Black History Month event from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Francis College, 180 Remsen St. There will be refreshments and socializing. RSVP by emailing

News you can use

  • Apply for scholarship money from the UFT: Each year, the UFT awards more than $1 million in college scholarship money to academically excellent and financially eligible public school students. The deadline to apply for a $5,000 scholarship from the UFT Albert Shanker College Scholarship Fund has been extended to Feb. 16. Learn more and apply »
  • Paid internship and job training program: Henry Street Settlement in lower Manhattan has a young adult internship program for people between the ages of 17 and 24 who are not working or in school. The program includes a paid internship, GED training for those who need it, job readiness training and one-on-one meetings with an adviser. Find out more »
  • Parents and community members save a Brownsville school: Brooklyn Collegiate: A College Board School was slated for closure this week until the community spoke up at a hearing and argued that the school deserved more time and investment. Brooklyn Collegiate will get another year to show sustainable improvements. Read the article from Chalkbeat »
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