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Queens Parent Newsletter - January 2020

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Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,

I hope your year is off to a wonderful start! Our next Queens parent workshop from the UFT and Hey There Beautiful will help you set a vision for 2020 as we create vision boards for ourselves and our children.

  • Date: Tuesday, Jan. 28
  • Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Location: UFT Queens borough office at 118-35 Queens Blvd., 7th floor. Directions »

Child care, dinner, coffee and tea will be provided. You can also download and share the flier. I hope to see you there!

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


Delci Rodriguez
UFT Queens Parent-Community Liaison

Upcoming events

  • Tuesday, Jan. 21: The MTA invites Queens residents to a public meeting about a proposed bus network redesign that would eliminate or cut service on bus routes including the Q49, Q66, Q33 and Q32. Under the draft plan, Jackson Heights and East Elmhurst would lose vital buses that take commuters to the Roosevelt Ave./74th St. station. The MTA has scheduled meetings between Jan. 21 and Feb. 5 in locations all over Queens to hear from the public about the plan. The first meeting on Jan. 21 will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at 59-03 Summerfield St. in Ridgewood. For the full schedule and more information, visit the MTA website »
  • Monday, Feb. 10: There will be a meet and greet with UFT President Michael Mulgrew for parent leaders at 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway in Manhattan. Come have dinner, network with other parent education activists and learn about UFT campaigns. Register now »
  • Saturday, April 4: The UFT will host its fifth annual Men in Education Symposium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway in Manhattan. There will be workshops about mentoring, fatherhood and empowerment. For a flier and to register, see the event listing »

Queens news and resources

  • Free high school equivalency program for fathers in Queens: The CUNY Fatherhood Academy is a free program for fathers between the ages of 18 and 30 who are unemployed or underemployed. Participants earn a high school equivalency diploma, get work experience through a job or internship, and learn about parenting, health and financial literacy. The program is run out of LaGuardia Community College. Learn more and apply »
  • Adult education classes at Queens Public Libraries: English as a second language, high school equivalency and job training classes are all available at New York Public Library locations all over Queens. Find a class near you »
  • Support group for women veterans: St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church at 138-59 Lloyd Road in Jamaica, NY holds a support group for women veterans on the first and third Saturday of every month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, email Detrel Howell at

Department of Education news

  • Tuesday, Jan. 21 is the deadline to apply for kindergarten: If your child is attending kindergarten next year, the deadline for applications is coming up. To apply online and explore kindergarten programs, visit MySchools »

Opportunities for students

  • Time is running out to apply for the UFT’s Albert Shanker college scholarship: High school seniors are invited to apply for a $5,000 Albert Shanker college scholarship before the Jan. 31 deadline. Each year, the UFT awards $1 million in scholarships to academically excellent and financially eligible city public high school seniors through the Albert Shanker College Scholarship Fund. To receive a $5,000 scholarship, candidates must be accepted in a full-time, matriculated, degree-granting program at an accredited college or university. Get more information on the scholarship and application materials »
  • Internship in media and tech industry for seniors: The Emma Bowen Foundation seeks to foster a diverse workforce within the media and tech industry. Graduating seniors of color who are interested in these fields are invited to apply for a paid Emma Bowen Foundation internship this summer. Applicants should apply ASAP as about 70 companies are involved and each has specific deadlines. Placements will be made by March 31. Apply now »
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