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Manhattan Parent Newsletter - December 2017

Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,

I hope you are having a safe and joyous holiday season and are gearing up for a smooth end to the fall semester. I'm looking forward to continuing our work together in 2018!

We had a breakfast with 20 community-based organizations here at the UFT on Nov. 28. Directors or representatives of organizations like Advocates for Justice, Dominicanos USA, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Center for Arts Education met with UFT parent leaders and representatives to exchange ideas. Many of these community-based organizations would love to have their representatives visit Manhattan schools to explain how their organizations can offer resources to parents and families. If you want to discuss bringing a presenter to your school, email me at

Please save the dates for these exciting UFT events coming up in the spring:

  • UFT Lobby Day in Albany
    Date: Monday, March 19, 2018
    Details: The parent bus will leave from 52 Broadway at 6 a.m. and pick up volunteers from Harlem at 7 a.m. I'll be in touch soon with information on how to reserve your seat.
  • UFT Manhattan Fatherhood Conference
    Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018
    Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Location: UFT headquarters at 52 Broadway
    I'll be in touch with registration information in the spring.

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


Rob Robinson
UFT Parent-Community Liaison

Upcoming events

  • Saturday, Dec. 16: Mayor Bill de Blasio and first lady Chirlane McCray invite New Yorkers to the Gracie Mansion Conservancy Family and Community Holiday Open House from 2 to 5 p.m. at Gracie Mansion at the intersection of 88th Street and East End Avenue. Learn about New York history, see the New York 1942 art installation and enjoy the holiday decorations. Register online now »
  • Tuesday, Dec. 26: The Museum of the City of New York will host a Kwanzaa Family Celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The museum is at 1220 Fifth Ave. Learn how to make a mkeka placemat and enjoy a seasonal snack. This event is geared toward families with children from 6 to 12 years old. For more details, see the event listing »
  • Thursday, Dec. 28: Sinergia Inc. will host a job fair for careers supporting people with disabilities from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 to 5 p.m. at 2082 Lexington Ave., 4th floor. Sinergia Inc. will accept applications for various positions with weekday, weekend and overnight hours, including Community Habilitation Specialist and In-Home Respite Specialist. Bring a resume, photo I.D. and pen. For more details or to apply online, email

News you can use

  • Kindergarten admissions are open until Jan. 12: To apply for your first choice of kindergarten programs, families with children born in 2013 should apply online, by phone or in person by Friday, Jan. 12. Find out more »
  • Resource guides for food assistance: If your family is struggling to keep food on the table, help is available. Download a free food assistance guide for your neighborhood in one of five languages. Find out more »
  • Register for a free masonry-restoration technician training program: Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow and other sponsors are accepting applications for a spring course in stone-masonry, restoration and construction. Students will earn certification and do paid work on landmark restoration projects. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 27, have a high school diploma or equivalent and live within the five boroughs. See the flier »
  • Free security guard certification courses: The Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC) invites job seekers to register for free security-guard training courses that include earning a New York State Security License, CPR training, employment readiness training and more. Sign up by phone or at the office at 45 Wadsworth Ave. See the flier »
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