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Staten Island Parent Newsletter - February 2018

Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,

Register now for a 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. The Staten Island bus will pick up from Staten Island Blvd., located above the Petrides Educational Complex. Unfortunately, this year's lobby day is for adults only — no children.

Reserve your seat on the bus »
See the flier »

I also want to share with you another upcoming UFT event, the third annual UFT Men in Education Symposium on Saturday, March 24, 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.

Register online now »
See the flier »

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


Joan McKeever-Thomas
UFT Parent-Community Liaoson

Upcoming events

  • Thursday, Feb. 22: Staten Island University Hospital invites you to a workshop about how to live a healthy life from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at ShopRite, 985 Richmond Ave. Learn about cancer screening, nutrition, healthy aging and more. This is just one of several free events the hospital will hold throughout Staten Island in February. See the calendar »

    Staten Island University Hospital also hosts support groups every month. The support groups include Alcoholics Anonymous, an Alzheimer's support group and more. See the schedule »
  • Thursday, Feb. 22: Come to a job fair from 2 to 5 p.m. at Carter Community Center, 230 Broad St. This event is open to young adults between the ages of 16 and 24. See the flier »
  • Friday, Feb. 23: Come to an Overdose Prevention Training from 11 a.m. to noon at 126 Stuyvesant Place. Learn how and when to administer the life-saving antidote that can reverse the fatal effects of an opioid overdose. All participants will receive free antidote kits after completing the training. Register online now »
  • Saturday, Feb. 24: The Universal Temple of the Arts will host a Black History Month event from 2 to 4 p.m. at PS 18, 221 Broadway. There will be spoken word, music, dance and gospel performances. Clothing, books and toys will be distributed to those who need them. For details, see the flier »
  • Thursday, March 15: There will be a free workshop for parents and caregivers of children with disabilities titled Communicating Without Words from 10 a.m. to noon at 281 Port Richmond Ave. Learn about how to use visual aids to improve communication and behavior. To learn more and register, email
  • Friday, March 23: Person-Centered Care Services invites families of children with disabilities to an information session about Self-Direction, a method of coordinating supports and services. This information session will run from 10 a.m. to noon at 150 Granite Ave. There will also be information sessions on April 9 and 26, and May 11 and 29. Learn more and register »
  • Saturday, March 24: Parent to Parent of New York, Inc. will host a free full-day seminar for parents of children with disabilities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1050 Forest Hill Road. Learn about brain differences, behavior management, emotional supports and more. Lunch will be served. See the flier »
  • Wednesday, April 25: 1199 SEIU Employment Center invites job-seekers over the age of 18 to an interview event from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at New Dorp Moravian Church, 2205 Richmond Road. Bring your resume and apply for jobs in food service and hospitality, clerical work, medical assistance, social work and more. See the flier »

News you can use

  • Mid-winter recess at the Staten Island Children's Museum: The Staten Island Children's Museum invites families to events celebrating Black History Month and Lunar New Year during the school break next week. There will be art workshops, dance activities, cooking classes and more. See the schedule »

    The Staten Island Children's Museum will also have free days this spring between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday, April 2 and Friday, June 15, all days when school will not be in session. See the flier »
  • Join a reading practice group at St. George Library: St. George Library at 5 Central Ave. invites English speakers looking to improve their basic reading skills to join a class that meets on Fridays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. See the flier »
  • Essay contest for 6th-, 7th- and 8th-graders on Staten Island: The Staten Island Democratic Association invites students to enter the Loretta and Gene Prisco Memorial Essay Competition by Feb. 28. Essays should be between 300 and 500 words in response to the prompt, "What does freedom of speech mean to me?" Winners will receive $100 and a certificate. See the flier »
  • You might be eligible for NYC Free Tax Prep: Free tax preparation is available to NYC parents who make $54,000 or less a year. Services are available at tax preparation sites all over the city. Learn more and find a site near you »
  • Get a free crib: If you are a parent of a childer 6 months old or younger, you can receive a free crib from the Comunity Health Center of Richmond, Inc. at 135 Canal St. through the Cribs for Kids program. The program hands out cribs on Tuesday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m,, and Thursday between noon and 4 p.m. Call 917-830-1200 to make an appointment. See the flier »
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