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Bronx Parent Newsletter - October 2021

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Dear parents and caregivers,

Happy autumn! I hope you and your family are settling into a successful school year and enjoying the wonderful weather.

Remember to save the date for our UFT Virtual Bronx parent conference on Saturday, Nov. 13. We’ll have workshops, speakers, giveaways and surprises. The conference will be held online. I’ll be in touch soon with registration information and further details.

See more upcoming events and news you can use below.


Maria Morales
UFT Bronx Parent and Community Liaison

Upcoming events

  • Wednesday, Oct. 27: Come to a UFT information session about Election Day ballot proposals from 6 to 8 p.m. via Zoom. This fall, voters must decide on five proposed changes to the state constitution. The proposed amendments concern the future of political representation in Albany, environmental protections, voter registration and absentee balloting, and how New York's civil courts function. For instructions on how to join the meeting, visit the UFT website.
  • Multiple dates until Oct. 28: The Urban Justice Center will host free online workshops about domestic violence for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Tune in to various Facebook Live or Zoom sessions to learn about topics such as domestic violence and immigrant rights, how to change your name, and financial abuse. For the full schedule and instructions on how to join, see the website.
  • Multiple dates until Oct. 29: The New York City Department of Health will host free online Healthy Homes workshops about topics including medicine safety, poison prevention and lead poisoning. The workshops will be held in English, Spanish and Mandarin. For further details and registration information, see the schedule.
  • Multiple dates until Nov. 8: Come to an information session about a new savings program that this fall will automatically award $100 in college savings for every kindergartner. Information sessions will be in English, Spanish, Arabic and Mandarin. Find an event and learn more about the college savings benefit by visiting the website.
  • Starting in November: The city Department for the Aging will host an online Grandparent Empowerment Series of workshops that will meet online every week. The schedule and other details will be available soon, but you can learn more, including how to reserve your spot, by checking out the flier.

News you can use

  • Virtual NYC experiences: NYC attractions, cultural institutions and entertainment venues are constantly holding online events you can enjoy from home. Find out more »
  • Get a $50 monthly internet credit: All families with children in New York City public schools are eligible to receive up to a $50 monthly discount on broadband service and equipment and a one-time discount of up to $100 on a computer. This is part of a federal Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. Learn how to apply »

    The federal program is just one of many free Wi-Fi services available to NYC families. For a more exhaustive list, check out this resource guide from Gotham Professional Arts Academy »
  • Apply for a $5,000 UFT scholarship: Each year, the UFT awards $1 million in scholarships to academically excellent and financially eligible New York City public high school seniors through our Albert Shanker Scholarship Fund. The deadline this school year to apply for a $5,000 scholarship is Saturday, Jan. 15. Learn more and apply »

Citywide general election: Tuesday, Nov. 2

There will be a citywide general election on Tuesday, Nov. 2. Here are some other important dates leading up to the election:

  • Saturday, Oct. 23, is when early voting begins.
  • Sunday, Oct. 31, is the last day of early voting.
  • Monday, Nov. 1, is the last day to apply for an absentee ballot in person at your borough's Board of Elections office.

On Election Day, polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

To find more information on voting, visit To find your poll site, visit Remember: Your early voting site will be different from your Election Day site!

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