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Manhattan Parent Newsletter - October 2019

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Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,

We are just two weeks away from our 10th annual UFT Manhattan parent conference! Workshops are filling up quickly, so please register now if you want to secure your spots.

  • Date: Saturday, Oct. 26
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Location: UFT headquarters at 52 Broadway. Directions »

Register online »

This conference will feature two workshop sessions during which you'll have a choice of 16 workshops. Topics include Special Education 101: Understanding the IEP, Grant Writing, Stress Management for Parents. There will also be CPR training, an immigration advocacy event and a special workshop about social media for parents. See the full list of choices »

I'm also excited to tell you that this year's conference will include our first-ever STEM/STEAM fair. There will be exhibits and representatives from some of the top STEM and STEAM programs in the city for both middle and high school students.

There will also be a continental breakfast, hot lunch, raffles and giveaways, entertainment and some surprises. Please download and share the flier in English and Spanish. The flier includes a QR code which you can scan on your smartphone to get right to the registration form.

I hope to see you there!

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


Rob Robinson
UFT Parent-Community Liaison

Upcoming events

  • Wednesday, Oct. 16: Come to a free puppet show titled Bessie's Big Shot from 11 to 11:45 a.m. at Hammarskjold Plaza on East 47th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues. See the event listing »

    If you can't make it on Oct. 16, there will be more free puppet shows around Manhattan on Oct. 17, 18, 21 and 24. Visit the online calendar »
  • Saturday, Oct. 19: The DOE's citywide Career and Technical Education (CTE) High School Fair will be at George Westinghouse High School, 105 Tech Place in Brooklyn, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. See the flier »
  • Saturday, Oct. 19: Don't miss a fall festival from noon to 4 p.m. on East 106th Street between Madison and Park Avenues. There will be multicultural performances, a bouncy house, cupcake decorating and more family-friendly activities. See the flier »
  • Monday, Oct. 21: The UFT will host a "Meet the President" event for parent leaders at 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, on the 3rd floor. Come meet UFT President Michael Mulgrew and network with fellow public school parent activists. Register online »
  • Thursday, Nov. 7: Come to a free screening of the film "Backpack full of Cash," followed by a discussion from 3 to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. Refreshments will be served. RSVP online »
  • Saturday, Nov. 19: The UFT's 3rd annual community-based organizations (CBO) breakfast will run from 8 a.m. to noon at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. Come meet with UFT representatives and representatives from community-based organizations to discuss the support that's available to you and your family. RSVP online »
  • Saturday, April 4: Save the date for the 5th annual UFT Men in Education symposium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, 2nd floor. There will be workshops about mentoring, fatherhood and empowerment. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. For the flier and registration, visit the UFT calendar »

News you can use

  • Get free homework help from the UFT: Dial-A-Teacher, the UFT's award-winning homework helpline, is open for the school year. Call 212-777-3380 on Monday through Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. to get free help in reading, writing, math and science from a teacher. Dial-A-Teacher offers help in Armenian, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese and Fukanese), English, French, Haitian-creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Tagalog. Visit the Dial-A-Teacher website »
  • Free STEM after-school programs: STEM Kids NYC offers STEM activities for existing after-school programs to visit and for students attend individually. Find out more »
  • Adult education classes in Manhattan: Borough of Manhattan Community College's Center for Continuing Education offers hands-on training for adults considering changing careers or seeking professional development. 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 »
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