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Manhattan Parent Newsletter - October 2017

Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,

We are just 9 days away from the UFT Manhattan parent conference! I'm very excited about the wonderful things we have planned: 16 choices of workshops offered in two back-to-back sessions, 21 special exhibitors and a scholarship fair with 18 organizations that offer scholarships to high school seniors preparing for college.

  • Date: Saturday, Oct. 21
  • Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Location: UFT headquarters at 52 Broadway. Directions »

If you haven't already, register for the conference soon, before the workshops fill up. The quickest way is to register online. The deadline for online registration is Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Mail- or fax-in registration brochures are also available. The deadline to register using a brochure is Thursday, Oct. 19. Registration brochures are available in English, Spanish and Mandarin.

This is a free event. The conference is adults-only, and unfortunately, childcare is not available. I can't wait to see you there!

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


Rob Robinson
UFT Parent-Community Liaison

Upcoming events

  • Monday, Oct. 16: District 5 parents are invited to a Community Education Council 5 Legal Roundtable from 6 to 8 p.m. at Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Ave., suite 1244. Attorneys, advocates and parents will be there to help you navigate the Department of Education and New York State Education Department's "legalese" so you can advocate for your kids and their schools. Dinner will be served, and child care will be provided. If you have any questions, contact or Register online now »
  • Tuesday, Oct. 24: The New York State Education Department will host a Parent Academy for NYC Parents of English Language Learners from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at New York University. Breakfast and lunch will be served. For more details, call 212-992-9434. Register online now »
  • Saturday, Oct. 28: The Department of Education will hold a Parent-Teacher Association Executive Board Orientation and Conference from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the High School of Fashion Industries, 255 W. 24th St. in Manhattan. The conference is open to all parent-teacher association and parent association executive board members. Translation services, child care, breakfast and lunch will be provided. You can see a flier in 10 languages » and register online »
  • Saturday, Oct. 28: Students between the ages of 11 and 16 are invited to a Kids Entrepreneur Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon at PS 129, 425 W. 130th St. Learn how to write a business plan and get help with your business ideas. This workshop is free, and lunch will be provided. Register online now »
  • Thursday, Nov. 9: Come to a Health Education Forum for parents of children with disabilities from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 42-09 28th St., conference room 14B, in Queens. Learn about guardianship laws and how they can protect your family, how to prepare for your child's future, how to prepare for medical emergencies and contingency plans for independent living. To RSVP, call 347‐396‐4600 or email

News you can use

  • Get affordable psychological services from the Teachers College at Columbia University: The Dean Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services at Teachers College of Columbia University offers mental health and educational services for low fees on a sliding scale. Graduate students at the center, who are supervised by experienced practitioners, are seeking new clients for a parenting group, emotional skills therapy, child psychotherapy, short-term career counseling, interpersonal therapy for clients with depression symptoms and emotional regulation therapy for clients with anxiety symptoms. Find out more »
  • Help public schools in Puerto Rico: The UFT Disaster Relief Fund is accepting donations to support public schools and public school educators recovering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Make a donation »
  • Overview of parent-teacher associations: Are you interested in getting more involved at your child's school? Joining the parent-teacher association or parent association is a great way to do so. Check out this brochure from the Department of Education »
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