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Brooklyn Parent Newsletter - September 2018

Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,

We're excited to invite you to this year's free UFT Brooklyn parent conference and teen summit on Nov. 17!

  • Date: Saturday, Nov. 17
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: PS 140K at 141 Macon St. in Brooklyn Directions »

As always, the conference will include workshops, speakers, exhibits, raffle prizes, food and networking for Brooklyn parents. This year's conference will also feature a teen summit for young people between the ages of 12 and 18 to talk about their future, bullying, mental health and more. For details, see the conference brochure and teen summit flier.

Spanish translation will be available. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide child care.

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


Betty Zohar
UFT Parent-Community Liaison

Upcoming events

  • Monday, Oct. 1: See a free demonstration of a new high school search tool from InsideSchools for students, parents and school counselors to identify high schools that fit students' unique needs, taking into account academic record and willingness to travel. The demonstration will be at 55 W. 13th St. on the 2nd floor at 9 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. There will also be a livestream for families that can't attend. See the event listing »
  • Wednesday, Oct. 3: SUNY's Brooklyn Educational Opportunity Center will hold an enrollment session for a new Direct Support Professional (DSP) program at 4:30 p.m. at 111 Livingston St. If you're interested in working with people with physical and intellectual disabilities, this eight-week program is a great opportunity. There will also be enrollment sessions on Oct. 15 and 16. For more details, see the flier »
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9: The Hispanic Education Summit will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 365 Fifth Ave. in Manhattan. Latino community leaders, educators, and community advocates and members will meet to discuss ways of improving the access and success pipeline for Latino students in grades K-12 and college. The event is free. Learn more and register »
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10: The Brooklyn Public Library invites parents and caregivers to a free healthy homes workshop from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Brownsville Library, 61 Glenmore Ave. These workshops cover how to safely control pests, prevent bed bugs, child safety and injuries in the home, and more. Raffles, prizes and certificates will be available. There will be a second healthy homes workshop at Bedford Library on Oct. 15. See the flier in English and Spanish »
  • Saturday, Oct. 13: Come to an event titled Parents Making Sustainable Change in NYC Schools from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Teachers College, Columbia University in Manhattan. There will be a panel discussion and mini-workshops on how parents can promote environmental and sustainability initiatives in schools. To learn more and register, see the event listing »


  • Don't miss Ready, Set, Kindergarten at Brooklyn libraries this fall: Starting in October, Brooklyn Public Libraries will host weekly learning sessions for children between the ages of 3 and 5 and their caregivers. The workshops explore literacy, science and math through music, stories, art and play. They are a great opportunity to get ready for kindergarten and receive free materials to continue the fun and learning at home. See the schedule »

    You can find more free, family-friendly events and classes on the Brooklyn Public Library calendar »
  • Community leadership course for high school students: The Citizens' Committee for Children invites high school students to join its YouthAction Community Leadership course, a free, 10-week course, which meets on Monday afternoons from 4 to 7 p.m. at 14 Wall St. in Manhattan. Participants will learn how to advocate for change in their schools and communities by conducting hands-on research, meeting government officials, developing public speaking skills and more. The application is due by Oct. 5. Learn more and apply »
  • High school students can apply to be a Disney Dreamer: The Disney Dreamer program brings 100 high school students between the ages of 13 and 19 and their parents to Disney World for four days of career workshops, celebrity speakers, networking and inspiration. The program includes complimentary airfare, hotel accommodations and park tickets for all participants and their parents or guardians. This year, it runs from March 21 to 24, and applications are due by Oct. 31. Learn more and apply »
  • Education advocacy workshop series for parents of children with disabilities: There will be a free workshop series in Uptown Manhattan for parents of special education students. Workshops will cover topics that will help parents navigate special education services and advocate for their children. These events are on Oct. 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 and 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2082 Lexington Ave. Spanish interpretation and refreshments will be available. To register, email For more details, See the flier in Spanish and English »


  • UFT hotlines 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 »
  • Free sports instruction in NYC parks: The City Parks Foundation offers tennis, golf, track and field, soccer, hockey and fitness classes in nearly 70 locations citywide for kids between the ages of 6 and 17. There are also fitness classes for seniors. These activities are all free. Learn more »
  • IDNYC now available to kids 10 and up: The city ID is now available to all New Yorkers over the age of 10. In addition to a free, government-issued photo ID, IDNYC benefits include free one-year memberships at museums, discounts on movie tickets, library membership and more. For more information, see the website »
  • Support for caregivers of people with dementia: Are you a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease, another form of dementia or any long-term disability? Care NYC provides support to caregivers in every borough, from in-home care to long-term planning. To learn more about the services Care NYC provides, call a caregiver support specialist at 877-577-9337 or visit the website »
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