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Brooklyn Parent Newsletter - September 2019

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Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,

Save the date for our 10th annual UFT Brooklyn parent conference on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at PS 140, 141 Macon St. There will be informative workshops, networking, exhibitors and giveaways. Registration will be available later this month, but for now, please download and share the flier.

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


Betty Zohar
UFT Parent-Community Liaison

Upcoming events

  • Saturday, Sept. 21: Families with children under the age of 5 are invited to Saturday storytime from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at McKinley Park Library, 6802 Fort Hamilton Parkway. See the event listing »

    Saturday storytime is just one of many free and family-friendly events in Brooklyn Public Libraries. To find an event near you, visit the online calendar »
  • Saturday, Sept. 21: The Brooklyn Book Festival's Children's Day will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MetroTech Commons. There will be author readings, art projects and workshops. This is just one of several events around Brooklyn that the festival will host until Sept. 23. Visit the website »
  • Tuesday, Sept. 24: Civic and faith leaders, students, activists and community members are invited to Taking on Hate: Building a Shared Society from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St. Join for discussions on class, race and human rights. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Learn more and register »
  • Wednesday, Sept. 25: Chalkbeat New York wants to hear from parents of children with disabilities about navigating special education in New York. The event will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Advocates for Children of New York, 151 W. 30th St., 4th floor, in midtown Manhattan. Learn more and register »
  • Saturday, Sept. 28: Come to an event titled "Finish Free!," a conversation about student loan debt, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 279 Lafayette Ave. Learn about repayment solutions for existing student loan debt, how to borrow responsibly and how to advocate for affordable education. Learn more and register »
  • Saturday, Oct. 5: Come to a free parent leadership empowerment conference to learn how to organize with your parent-teacher association. The conference will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Clara Barton High School, 901 Classon Ave. Register now »
  • Saturday, Oct. 5: The 6th annual walk to end domestic violence will start at noon at the intersection of Dumont and Pennsylvania avenues. Help raise awareness and fight domestic violence. RSVP by emailing
  • Tuesday, Oct. 8: Come to a free parent workshop making the transition to post-secondary life for children with disabilities from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kurt Hahn Expeditionary Learning School, 5800 Tilden Ave., on the second floor. Hatian-Creole interpretation is available for this workshop. Register online »
  • Sunday, Oct. 13: Don't miss the United Way's march for public schools and family festival. Assembly and registration will be at Foley Square in lower Manhattan between 7 and 10 a.m. The march will proceed across the Brooklyn Bridge to Brooklyn Borough Hall, where there will be a festival from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. showcasing public school students' talents. The march will raise money for United Way of NYC's long-term public education programs, and the festival will feature music, dance, art and food. For details and registration, visit the website »

News you can use

  • Changes to the DOE's discipline code: As of September 2019, students cannot be suspended for longer than 20 school days except when required by law or for Level 5 infractions that involve seriously dangerous or violent behavior. For details on this and other changes to the discipline code, visit the DOE website »
  • Resources and programs for single parents: The Single Parent Resource Center, Inc., which is headquartered in midtown Manhattan, offers an array of support programs for single parents and their children. Find out more »
  • Free bike education program for after-school groups: Established after-school programs can request a free program from Bike New York that teaches students the mechanics of riding a bike, the rules of the road and more. The program is available in Linden Park, McCarren Park, and several other locations in the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens. Find out more »
  • Apply for a job with the U.S. Census Bureau: The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for employees to assist with the 2020 Census count. These are temporary jobs with flexible hours. Learn more and apply »
  • Free webinars about learning and attention issues: offers free webinars and expert chats about issues pertinent to parents of children with ADHD and other attention issues. Check it out »
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