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Brooklyn Parent Newsletter - March 2018

Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,

Don't forget about the 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.

We'll gather for the Brooklyn bus at 6:30 a.m. at the UFT's Brooklyn borough office, 335 Adams St. There may be some open seats. Email if you'd like to try to reserve a seat. Unfortunately, this year's lobby day is for adults only — no children.

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


Betty Zohar
UFT Parent-Community Liaison

Upcoming events

  • Thursday, March 22: The Brooklyn South Field Support Center will hold a parent seminar from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St. Learn how to navigate Department of Education policies and procedures to advocate for your kids, practical skills to improve school outcomes and more. See the event listing »
  • Saturday, March 24: Fathers and educators are invited to the third 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 to register, see the event listing on the UFT website »
  • Thursday, March 29: There will be a vendor event for women- and minority-owned businesses from 4 to 7 p.m. at Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd. If you own a business, this is a great chance to learn about contracting opportunities with the city. RSVP by emailing You can also see the flier »
  • Tuesday, April 10: Come to a free workshop titled Healthy Relationships: Strong Families for parents from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at 1833 Lexington Ave. in Manhattan. Light refreshments will be served. See the flier »

News you can use

  • Free nutrition and zumba classes in Brooklyn: Join Healthy Village at Brownsville, a free program offering nutrition classes and cooking demonstrations, zumba and cardio classes and healthy snacks. Drop into Van Dyke Community Center, 392 Blake Ave. in Brooklyn, on Wednesdays for nutrition from 6:30 to 7 p.m. and exercise from 7 to 8 p.m.; and on Saturdays for nutrition from 11 to 11:30 a.m. and exercise from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. See the flier »
  • Disability Pride Parade visual art contest: To gear up for the Disability Pride Parade in July, the Department of Education is accepting visual art by pre-K through 12th-grade students inspired by the theme "Nothing about us without us." The deadline to submit artwork to is this Friday, March 16. For more details, see the submissions guidelines »
  • Paid internship and job training program: Henry Street Settlement in lower Manhattan has a young adult internship program for people between the ages of 18 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 »
  • Opportunity for Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) students: BMCC students are invited to enroll in BMCC Learning Academy, a success program that includes weekly seminars, mentorship, transfer and scholarship assistance, trips to colleges and cultural attractions, free tutoring and more. To learn more and find out how to register, see the flier »
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