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Staten Island Parent Newsletter - January 2018

Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,

Don't miss our upcoming UFT Staten Island special education forum on Jan. 26.

  • Date: Friday, Jan. 26
  • Time: 9 a.m. to noon
  • Location: UFT's Staten Island borough office at 4456 Amboy Road. Directions »

RSVP online now »

This is a great chance to network with other parents of children with disabilities while learning about how to access services for your child. Refreshments will be served. Download the flier »

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


Joan McKeever-Thomas
UFT Parent-Community Liaison

Upcoming events

  • Monday, Jan. 22: The New York City Commission on Human Rights will hold a human rights law overview training at 60 Bay St. on the 7th floor at 10 a.m. in English and 11:30 a.m. in Spanish. The workshop will focus on housing, employment and public accommodations rights. To learn more and register, email You can also see the invitation »
  • Tuesday, Jan. 23: The Staten Island Early Childhood Direction Center will host a workshop in Spanish for parents of children with disabilities about the transition to kindergarten from 10 a.m. to noon at 10 Gregg Pl. Learn about the kindergarten application process, special education resources and more. See the flier in English or in Spanish.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 23: Staten Island University Hospital will host a free Babies R Us labor class from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Babies R Us, 2655 Richmond Ave. Learn basic baby skills, labor and breast feeding tips and more. This is just one of several free events the hospital will hold throughout Staten Island in January. For more details, 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. Download the schedule »
  • Wednesday, Jan. 24: ADAPT Community Network will hold a free workshop titled Beginner's Guide to Getting and Modifying Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities from 10 a.m. to noon at 281 Port Richmond Ave. To register, call 718-436-7979, ext. 704, or email This is just one of many free workshops for parents and caregivers of people with disabilities that ADAPT Community Network will offer throughout the boroughs in January and February. For more information, See the calendar »
  • Wednesday, Jan. 24: Parent to Parent of New York State will hold its evening parent group for parents of children with disabilities from 7 to 9 p.m. at 1050 Forest Hill Road. This is an informal group for parents to support each other in navigating their children's special needs. To RSVP, call 718-494-3462 or email Maryalice Fegeley at You can also see the flier »
  • Friday, Jan. 26: 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, Jan. 27: Don't miss the Parent Action Conference 2018: An Action Agenda for Public Schools from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Peck Slip School, 1 Peck Slip in Manhattan. Come to workshops about advocacy, responding to bullying, organizing against privatization and more. Learn more and RSVP »
  • Saturday, Jan. 27: Come to the Staten Island Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Curtis High School, 105 Hamilton Ave. More than 200 colleges will be represented, and there will be on-site admissions and workshops for students and parents. Learn more and register »
  • Sunday, Feb. 18: Come to a Zumba fitness class from noon to 2 p.m. at Fast Break Basketball Center, 236 Richmond Valley Road. The cost of the class is $10 per person and proceeds benefit Person Centered Care Services' efforts to create opportunities for people with disabilities. See the flier »
  • Sunday, March 4: Tickets are on sale for a sensory-friendly performance of Aladdin on Broadway at 1 p.m. at the New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 W. 42nd St. in Manhattan. This is a special performance for people with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental or cognitive disabilities. Tickets cost between $56 and $79. Find out more »
  • Friday, March 16: The Disability Ally Initiative invites you to its fundraiser, a Disability Ally Bowling Night, from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Rab's Country Lanes, 1600 Hylan Blvd. A $20 ticket includes an hour and a half of cosmic bowling and shoe rental. Refreshments will be available to purchase. Proceeds go toward supports, opportunities and inclusive communities for people with disabilities. See the flier »
  • Tuesday, March 20: The New York City Poison Control Center invites you to a training titled Deadly in a Dose: The Most Toxic Medications and Household Products from 9 a.m. to noon at 455 1st Ave. in Manhattan. Breakfast will be served. To RSVP, email Lauren Schwartz at You can also see the flier »

News you can use

  • Businesses needed to table at CareerCon: Staten Island's 4th annual High School CareerCon is seeking interested businesses to table at the event and educate students on possible career choices. If you are a business owner, this is a great chance to recruit high school interns and advertise your business for free. The event is on Monday, Feb. 26, at St. John's University, 300 Howard Ave., from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn more and register »
  • Free webinars for parents and caregivers of children with disabilities: Parent to Parent of New York State offers frequent, free webinars for parents, grandparents and guardians of children with disabilities. Find out more »
  • Summer internships for high school students at the Department of Design and Construction: The New York City Department of Design and Construction is looking for 30 New York City high school students to intern full-time at the department this summer. This is a great opportunity for students interested in architecture, engineering, building trades, public administration, business administration or information technology to gain work and academic experience. The application deadline is Feb. 16. Find out more »
  • Free anger-management classes for parents on Staten Island: Enroll in free anger-management classes to be held on Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m. from Feb. 5 to March 26. The classes are free for Staten Island parents and include MetroCards and refreshments. They will be held at 255 Westwood Ave. To register, email You can also see the flier »
  • Anti-bully support workshops on Staten Island: Play It Forward NY invites kids and teens who are experiencing bullying, and their parents, to connect with each other and get resources and information at anti-bullying support workshops. There will be workshops at 51 Broad St. from 4 to 6 p.m. on Feb. 6 and March 13, and at 584 Bloomingdale Road from 4 to 6 p.m. on Feb. 7 and March 14. Refreshments will be served. See the flier »
  • Free fruits and vegetables for some Staten Island residents: The Mariner's Harbor Mobile Market and the Mobile Market in Stapleton are open-air, bimonthly distributions of fruits and vegetables free of charge by City Harvest for residents who qualify and live in the area. Just bring proof of address and a matching photo I.D.

    The Mariner's Harbor market is open to those living in Mariner's Harbor Houses — NYCHA, Arlington Terrace Apartments and zip codes 10302, 10303, 10310 or 10314. It is located at the basketball court at 22 Roxbury St. and meets every first Wednesday and third Saturday of the month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. For dates and details, see the flier in English and Spanish »

    The Stapleton Mobile Market is open to those who participate in Stapleton Houses Senior Center programs or who live in zip codes 10301, 10304, 10305 or 10310. It is located in the tennis courts behind 75 Hill St. on the first Tuesday and third Saturday of each month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. For dates and details, see the flier in English and Spanish »
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