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Brooklyn Parent Newsletter - April 2019

Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,

We hope your families enjoyed the spring break.

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


Betty Zohar
UFT Parent-Community Liaison

Upcoming events

  • Monday, May 6: Come to a free Microsoft Office computer lab at 10 a.m. at 197 East Broadway in Manhattan and work with a tutor one-on-one to improve your Word, Excel and PowerPoint skills. This is part of a series of employment-readiness workshops that will continue on May 13 and 20. Learn more and register »
  • Tuesday, May 14: Education Week will host a free online summit about the Every Student Succeeds Act from 1 to 3 p.m. Learn about the new legislation and how states and districts are implementing it. Learn more and register »
  • Tuesday, May 14: The District 1 Community Education Council will host a prom dress giveaway event from 4 to 7 p.m. at Up and Down Lounge, 244 W. 14th St. in Manhattan. See the flier »
  • Saturday, May 18: Brooklyn Community Board 8 invites you to its urban agricultural gathering from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Walt L. Shamel Community Garden on Dean Street, near the intersection of Bedford and Rogers avenues. Learn about food canning, beekeeping, hydroponics and more. See the flier »
  • Saturday, May 18: New York State Sen. Roxanne Persaud will host a college resource fair from noon to 3 p.m. at 400 Pennsylvania Ave. Hear from colleges and vocational and technical schools and learn about financial aid and admissions. See the flier »
  • Saturday, May 25: Walt Whitman Middle School will host its community carnival from 1 to 6 p.m. The school is at 72 Veronica Place. There will be carnival games, information, community organizations and more. See the flier »
  • Wednesday, May 29: The Brooklyn Public Library will host an early childhood symposium about how immigration policy affects young children from 10 a.m. to noon at Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza. Find out more »

News and resources

  • Brooklyn parent-teacher association (PTA) gave "a wonderful gift" to teachers: At PS 705 in Brooklyn, the PTA gave each teacher $750 to use at their discretion during the school year. Read the story on the UFT website »
  • Family events at the East 43rd Street Community Garden: The East 43rd Street Community Garden will host kids' planting days every Saturday, garden story time, movie nights and other events all summer. The garden is at 1087 E. 43rd St. For details about spring events and volunteer opportunities, see the spring calendar »
  • Free homework help from the UFT: The UFT's 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 »
  • School breakfast in New York: Hunger Solutions New York released a report about expanded school breakfast programs and the link between school breakfast and test scores, attendance, graduation rates and student health. The report is a powerful tool to advocate for breakfast programs. Read the report online »

Summer programs

  • NYPD Summer Youth Police Academy: The New York Police Department (NYPD) invites students between the ages of 10 and 16 to apply for its Summer Youth Police Academy before the deadline of May 31. Five days a week, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., from July 1 through Aug. 9, students will attend classes, go on field trips, have military drills and more. The program includes lunch, uniform shirts and field trips. Learn more and apply »
  • Free summer program for current 3rd-graders: Children born in 2010 who will enter 4th grade in the 2019-20 school year and still struggle with basic reading skills are eligible for Catching Up and Getting Ahead, a free three-week summer collaboration between Everyone Reading and the Museum of the City of New York. This program helps 30 rising 4th-grade students with basic reading skills and provides a jump-start on the 4th-grade social studies curriculum. Download the application »
  • Summer writing workshop for teens YCteen invites NYC youth between the ages of 15 and 20 to apply for its summer workshop, which runs Mondays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. between July 8 and Aug. 15 at 242 W. 38th St. in Manhattan. This is a chance for young writers to get published in a magazine, explore their experiences with injustice and earn a $600 stipend. The application deadline is May 17. Learn more and apply »
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