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Bronx Parent Newsletter - September 2018

fourth-grade students wave at the camera in a classroom. some hold gift bags.

Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,

I'm excited to start another great year of working with you for public school families!

Thank you to the wonderful parent volunteers and UFT members who donated much-needed school supplies to our brother and sister schools in Puerto Rico. As educators in Puerto Rico work to make the best of what is still a very bad situation, your support means a lot. The pencils, notebooks and highly sought-after highlighters we delivered in August courtesy of the UFT anti-bullying BRAVE and Dial-a-Teacher programs were hugely appreciated at schools in Vega Alta, Vega Baja and Morovis on the island.

At Urbana Elemental in Vega Alta, we were welcomed with open arms. The principal, 4th-grade teacher Mrs. Rosado and her students sent a big thank-you to students from Luis Muños Rivera School in District 10 for their kind and thoughtful letters.

Check out the upcoming events and resources below.


Nicholas Cruz
UFT Parent-Community Liaison

Upcoming events

  • Thursday, Sept. 20-Thursday, Oct. 18: Come to a Bronx bus network redesign workshop to offer your input on the MTA's redesign of Bronx bus service. There will be six workshops, all at locations accessible to people using mobility aids. The first will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at Community Board 12, 4101 White Plains Road, on Thursday, Sept. 20. For details about the rest, visit the MTA website »
  • Monday, Oct. 1-Saturday, Oct. 6: High school and community college students are invited to open houses about an opportunity to study in Puerto Rico. Representatives from six colleges and universities in Puerto Rico will visit different schools throughout the Bronx all week to present and answer questions about how Latino students from the metropolitan New York area can come to Puerto Rico to study Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math (STEAM) curricula in Spanish.

    This tour will culminate with the UFT College Fair at Fordham University on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Further details are forthcoming, but if you have questions in the meantime, contact Nick Cruz at
  • Thursday, Oct. 25: There will be a K-12 English Language Learner (ELL) symposium from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at New York University. Parents and educators alike are invited to meet and find resources to support ELLs as they work toward high school graduation, college and careers. For details and to register, see the online registration form »

News you can use

  • Fitness classes, crib giveaways and more: The Tremont Neighborhood Health Action Center at 1826 Arthur Ave. in the Bronx offers free events and programs every week for Bronx families. There are free crib distribution events for families with infants, fitness classes for adults and children, overdose prevention training, mental health support and more. For full details, see the fall calendar »
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