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Queens Parent Newsletter - June 23, 2017

Part of the UFT contingent at last year's Puerto Rican Day Parade.

Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,

We've made it through another school year! This will be my last newsletter until the fall. I want to thank you for all the hard work you've done. I look forward to continuing our work in September. Until then, have a safe and fun summer!

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


Delci Rodriguez
UFT Parent-Community Liaison

Upcoming events

  • Now until Friday, June 30: Students in kindergarten through college can get free ride credits for good grades at Coney Island's Luna Park. Bring your child's report card to Luna Park at Coney Island and get credits for rides at the park. Find out more »
  • Sunday, July 2: Come to a free movie screening of The Outsiders at Paul Athens Square in Queens. The movie will start at 8:30 p.m., but the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation suggests that families arrive around 7:30 p.m. to get a seat.

    This is just one of many free movie screenings in Queens parks this summer. See a full schedule »
  • Sunday, July 9: The DOE invites people with disabilities and their families, friends and allies to the 2017 New York City Disability Pride Parade starting at 10 a.m. in Union Square. Enjoy food, music and speakers as we celebrate inclusion, diversity and the disability rights movement. See the flier »

News you can use

  • Share your child’s college graduation photo: As Education Secretary Betsy DeVos pushes school vouchers as an alternative to “failing” public schools, we want to showcase how New York City public schools have graduated students who were ready to take on the challenges of college. Do you have a child who graduated from college or is completing a graduate or professional degree this spring? Did that child previously attend a NYC public high school? Please use our #PublicSchoolProud college grad online form to share a photo of the new college grad in his or her cap and gown.
  • Tell Betsy DeVos not to rob schools of needed funds: The Trump-DeVos budget unveiled on May 23 is cruel to children and catastrophic for public schools. New York State alone stands to lose $433 million in education funding. The Trump-DeVos budget seeks to eliminate federal funding that helps public schools lower class sizes. It eliminates funding for all current federal programs that keep millions of poor children safe and well-fed in after-school and summer programs. It cuts one-quarter of the Medicaid funding that now pays for essential school-based services for students with disabilities. And it eliminates the loan-forgiveness program that helps students pursue teaching careers and guts most other programs that alleviate student debt or make college affordable. The budget redirects funding for expanded charter schools and private-school vouchers. Please send a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos telling her that our children deserve better. Send a letter of protest to Betsy DeVos »
  • Free summer meals for kids: From June 29 to Sept. 1, participating schools, pools, parks and libraries will offer free breakfast and lunch to anyone under the age of 18. No registration or documentation is required. Find a summer meal site near you »
  • Cool off in free outdoor pools in Queens this summer: Free outdoor pools run by the city Department of Parks and Recreation open their doors on June 29 and will remain open through Labor Day. There are eight pools in Queens, many of which are accessible to wheelchair users. Most pools open at 11 a.m. and close at 7 p.m., seven days a week. Find out more »
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