Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,
I want to thank those of you who came out to the Bronx college fair at Fordham University on Oct. 6. It was an especially exciting event for me because we were able to bring representatives from six colleges and universities in Puerto Rico to tour Bronx high schools, culminating in a presentation at Fordham.
Did you know that the UFT can bring free parent workshops to your school community? The UFT offers anti-bullying workshops as part of its BRAVE program, study skills workshops for parents as part of its Dial-a-Teacher program, and I'm always happy to present on topics like organizing, running PTA meetings and political action. If you're interested in booking a free workshop for your school, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out more upcoming events and news you can use below.
UFT Parent-Community Liaison
- Saturday, Oct. 27: Come to a haunted funhouse at Holy Family School, 2169 Blackrock Ave., between noon and 4 p.m. Admission is $3 per person. Children are welcome to come in costume and receive a goodie bag. See the flier »
- Saturday, Nov. 3: The UFT Bronx parent summit will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the UFT's Bronx borough office, 2500 Halsey St. There will be informative workshops, neworking, exhibitors and giveaways at this free event. For more information, including an online registration form and mail-in registration forms in English and Spanish, see the event listing on the UFT website »
- Take a coding class online for free: 190 universities just launched 600 free online courses in programming, computer science and more. To get the full list and start studying, check out this article »
- Use your library card for free museum admissions: The Culture Pass program grants library card holders free admission to NYC museums and attractions. Find out more »
- Apply for a $1,000 grant to improve your block: The Citizens Committee for a Clean New York City and NYC Service invite you to apply for a $1,000 grant for a block clean-up or improvement project. Applications are due by Nov. 7. For more information, visit the website »
- UFT resources for homework and bullying help: Don't forget that help is always available to you from two UFT programs: Dial-A-Teacher and BRAVE.
- The Dial-A-Teacher hotline, 212-777-3380, provides homework help to elementary and middle school students on Mondays through Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. when school is in session. Learn more about Dial-A-Teacher on the UFT website »
- The UFT's BRAVE Campaign (Building Respect, Acceptance and Voice through Education) works to create safe spaces for children who are the victims of bullying or who are themselves bullying other students. BRAVE's help hotline, 212-709-3222, is just one resource the campaign offers. You can also text "BRAVE" to 43961 to get support via text, and there are anti-bullying workshops you can bring to your parent-teacher association. Learn more about BRAVE on the UFT website »
- Parent-teacher association election results are due Oct. 31: Your school principal should submit all parent-teacher association election results and school leadership team members to the DOE by Wednesday, Oct. 31. If your PTA hasn't yet held elections, check with members.
- Apply for a seat on the Community Education Council (CEC) for District 7: Bronx District 7's CEC has two vacancies open to public school parents who want to raise their voices and help decide policy that affects public schools. The application deadline is Nov. 26. If you have any questions, you can email CEC7@schools.nyc.gov. Download the application in English » or in Spanish »