Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,
I want to thank those of you who joined us at the UFT Queens parent conference on Nov. 23 for making the day such a success! Hundreds of parents, guardians and education activists came out to enjoy a day of workshops and camaraderie. See photos from the conference »
Have a very happy holiday season! I look forward to seeing you at more UFT Queens parent events after the winter break.
Check out the upcoming events and news below.
UFT Parent-Community Liaison
- Sunday, Dec. 15: Come to a holiday tinker festival and tree lighting from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Lewis H. Latimer House, 34-41 137th St. There will be music, artist-led tinkering activities, hot cocoa and a tree lighting. Registration is required. See the event listing »
- Monday, Dec. 16: The Community Education Council for District 27 will host a presentation from the Revolution Robotics Foundation as part of the council's monthly meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at PS 123, 145-01 119th Ave. See the flier »
- Tuesday, Jan. 7: There will be a kindergarten open house at PS 222 at 9 a.m. for families with children zoned for the school. Please RSVP to Ms. Wally, the PS 222 parent coordinator, by calling 718-429-2563.
News you can use
- Tell the DOE not to share your contact information: The UFT worked with parent activists to win parents the right to protect their children's privacy. Now, if you don't want charter schools to have your mailing address, name, child's name and child's grade level, you can withhold this information. In December, schools will send home a paper opt-out form that you can fill out and return to your child's school. You also can opt out by completing an online form. You'll need your child's student ID number. If you don't have your child's student ID number, you can call your child's school to get it. Fill out the online opt-out form »
- Help the effort to have a full-time counselor in every elementary school: Most public elementary schools in the city have a school counselor only part time or don't have a counselor at all. If you want to be part of a UFT campaign to get a full-time school counselor in every elementary school to assist with bullying, anxiety, concerns about school work or other issues, please fill out the UFT’s short survey and sign up for the campaign. Take the survey »
- Get a free anti-bullying workshop from the UFT: The UFT BRAVE Campaign offers a wealth of anti-bullying resources to parents, students and educators. Those resources include free anti-bullying workshops for PTAs, students or staff. Request a BRAVE workshop now »
- College help for undocumented students: The New York State Dream Act allows undocumented and immigrant students to apply for state-funded financial aid and in-state tuition at SUNY and CUNY schools. To learn about eligibility and how to apply, see the flier in English and Spanish »
- Apply for scholarship money from the UFT: The UFT 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 Friday, Jan. 10. Download the application »
- Summer law internship for high school students: The Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program is accepting applications from public high school students until Friday, Jan. 3, for its paid summer law internships. Learn more and apply »
The national 2020 Census starts in March, and there's a lot at stake for New Yorkers. Using data derived from the Census, the federal government distributes billions of dollars in education and school food programs. What's more, if New York doesn't get better at getting its residents counted, we could lose as many as two seats in Congress, giving other states a stronger say in national policy and a stronger voice in the dispersal of federal funds. To learn more about why the Census matters, read and share a UFT Census fact sheet »
Here are more ways you can get involved in the fight to make New York count!
- Volunteer to get the word out: Help get out the word about the 2020 Census by volunteering as a Census ambassador in your neighborhood. Find out more »
- Apply for a job: The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for employees to assist with the 2020 Census count, including Census takers making $25 per hour. These are temporary jobs with flexible hours. Learn more and apply »