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Manhattan Parent Newsletter - May 2018

Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,

I'm excited to announce that early registration is now open for next school year's UFT Manhattan parent conference on Oct. 27!

  • Date: Saturday, Oct. 27
  • Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Location: UFT headquarters at 52 Broadway. Directions »

Mail-in registration forms in English and Spanish will be available to download soon. We'll also mail them last year's attendees and anyone who requests them.

This year's theme is Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion in Education. We've had a series of successful planning meetings since January with an exceptional group of parents who serve on the planning committee. Thanks to their hard work and the great suggestions many of you emailed me, we're looking forward to 15 incredible choices of workshops with speakers leading their fields, offered in two sessions.

There will also be a child support clinic and a health fair with free health screenings such as blood pressure, heart and vision health. And, we'll have a host of vendors with a wealth of beneficial information for parents and families, live entertainment including spoken word, a keynote speaker, food, giveaways and raffles prizes.

Check out more resources and events below.


Rob Robinson
UFT Parent-Community Liaison

Upcoming events

  • Tuesday, May 15: Harlem Renaissance Education Pipeline, Inc. invites parents to a "Parenting Journey" workshop series from 6 to 8 p.m. at 225 W. 123rd St. The workshops will be held every Tuesday until June 26, but this session on May 15 is the last day for new attendees to register. To learn more, contact Ocynthia Williams at 646-442-6565 or
  • Saturday, June 23: Parents 4 Parents invites you to a School Vacation Book Giveaway from noon to 4 p.m. at 130 E. 101st St. Bring a book and take a book. See the event listing »
  • Sunday, July 15: Parents 4 Parents invites you to Making Chaos Look Pretty: The Creative Planner Workshop from noon to 2 p.m. at Michael's on 675 Sixth Ave. Learn how to get organized creatively and get free craft materials. See the event listing »

Parent news

  • Free art festival in Upper Manhattan this June: For the entire month of June, the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance will host events, exhibitions and open studios in spaces above 135th Street for its annual Uptown Arts Stroll. They're still inviting artists to participate. To see a schedule or host an event, visit the website »
  • Sign the petition to save public schools in Puerto Rico: Following the devastation in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria, the public school system on the island now faces potential manmade devastation: the closure of almost 350 public schools. This wrecking-ball approach would disrupt the education of thousands of students and the livelihoods of more than 7,000 educators while dismantling workers' rights. Check out the conversation online by following the Twitter hastag #BastaYa. Then, sign the American Federation of Teachers petition »
  • UFT help hotlines: The UFT offers two help hotlines for students. One is run by the UFT BRAVE Campaign (Building Respect, Acceptance and Voice through Education) and serves as a safe space for students who are the victims of bullying or who are themselves bullying other students. The help hotline, 212-709-3222, is just one resource the BRAVE campaign offers. Learn more about UFT BRAVE »
    Another UFT hotline is Dial-A-Teacher, 212-777-3380, a homework help hotline where classroom teachers offer assistance to elementary and middle school students in 10 languages. Learn more about Dial-A-Teacher »
  • Youth services from the New York Police Department (NYPD): NYPD officers visit schools and community organizations to present on topics like bullying, gang awareness, internet safety and more. The department also has mentoring programs for young adults. Find out more »
  • Summer resource guide: Whether you're looking for events, programs or resources, the Growing Up NYC summer resource guide has information in English and Spanish appropriate for every age from babies and toddlers to teens and young adults. Check it out »


  • Win a $250,000 scholarship by making a STEM video: The Breakthrough Junior Challenge invites students between the ages of 13 and 18 to make a three-minute video explaining a theory, concept or principle in physics, life sciences or mathematics before the July 1 deadline for a chance to win a $250,000 scholarship. Find out more »
  • Writing internship for teens: YCTeen Magazine is accepting applications until Friday, May 18, for its summer writing workshop. Interns will write articles for the magazine, get mentoring from a professional editor and receive a $1,000 stipend. Learn more and apply »
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