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Manhattan Parent Newsletter - December 2018

Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,

I want to send a warm thank you to the parent leaders who attended our second annual community-based organization (CBO) breakfast on Nov. 27. Representatives from 15 fantastic New York CBOs including the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, enAct, YearUP and Big Brothers Big Sisters joined us, along with more than 80 parents representing Department of Education parent groups, and UFT Manhattan district representatives. We met for four powerful hours of networking, sharing and dialogue.

We generated some exceptional ideas including a joint UFT-DOE special education conference in March. It was a great and very productive day!

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


Rob Robinson
UFT Parent-Community Liaison

Upcoming events

  • Friday, Dec. 21—Friday, Dec. 28: Nolen Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts free toddler storytime from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on weekday mornings. For details, visit the website »
  • Saturday, Dec. 29: The American Museum of Natural History will host a Kwanzaa festival at noon. Enjoy a local artisan marketplace, a live-drawing performance inspired by the seven principles of Nguzo Saba, live music and more. The event is free with museum admission. Find out more »
  • Saturday, Jan. 12: Come to the UFT Manhattan parent health fair from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, on the third floor. There will be vendors providing a wealth of health-related information, plus health screenings including heart, eye and blood pressure exams and mammograms. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Register online now »
  • Saturday, Feb. 9: Save the date for the UFT Manhattan parents STEM/STEAM fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway.
  • Saturday, March 2: Save the date for the UFT Men in Education Symposium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. There will be workshops on mentoring, fatherhood and empowerment. See the flier »
  • Saturday, March 16: Save the date for the Latino College Expo at New York University's Kimmel Center. For details, visit the website »
  • Saturday, March 23: Save the date for the UFT/DOE Manhattan parents special education conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway on the 19th floor.

News you can use

  • UFT Be BRAVE Against Bullying video contest: NYC public school students are invited to submit a three- to five-minute video about bullying and intolerance before the deadline of April 9. The winning videos will be featured on the UFT BRAVE Facebook page and at UFT events, and winners will be invited to an awards ceremony on Friday, May 17. See the flier »
  • Apply for scholarship money from the UFT: Each year, the UFT awards more than $1 million in college scholarship money to academically excellent and financially eligible public school students. Apply for a $5,000 scholarship from the UFT Albert Shanker College Scholarship Fund before the deadline of Jan. 31, 2019. Learn more and apply »

    The UFT also invites students to apply for the Armando Blasse Scholarship, spearheaded by the UFT African Heritage Committee. High school students are eligible to earn a $1,000 college scholarship. Elementary and middle school students can win funding for their schools. Applications must include a letter of recommendation, an essay and, for high school students, a report card. The deadline is Jan. 8, 2019. Download the application »
  • UFT resources for homework and bullying help: Don't forget that help is always available 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 Monday through Thursday 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 »
  • Snow removal employment: You can register with the city as a temporary snow laborer at any sanitation garage on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Pay is $15 per hour and increases to $22.50 after working 40 hours a week. For details and criteria, visit the City of New York website »
  • Municipal Credit Union scholarships: College-bound children and grandchildren of Municipal Credit Union members are invited to apply for scholarships of up to $5,000 before the deadline of Jan. 4, 2019. Learn more and apply »
  • 2019 Kids’ Night on Broadway on Tuesday, Feb. 26: The Broadway League has announced that Kids' Night on Broadway tickets are on sale now. Kids 18 and under can see a participating show, including The Lion King, My Fair Lady and Wicked, for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. A Kids' Night on Broadway ticket also includes restaurant discounts, parking discounts, and more. Select shows will offer in-theater activities for kids including talkbacks and activity books. Get your tickets now »
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