Dear parents, grandparent, guardians and education activists,
I hope to see you at Saturday's UFT Queens parent conference.
- Date: Saturday, Nov. 23
- Time: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Location: UFT Queens borough office at 118-35 Queens Blvd., seventh floor. Directions »
This will be a free, fun-filled day of informative workshops, networking, exhibits and giveaways. Online registration is full, but we'll welcome walk-ins the day of the conference.
If you can't make it, I hope you'll come out to one of the many other UFT parent workshops we offer every month! Our next workshop will be on Tuesday, Dec. 10. You can find details in the events section below.
Have a great Thanksgiving!
UFT Parent-Community Liaison
- Thursday, Nov. 21: There will be a Community District Education Council (CDEC) 29 meeting at 6:30 p.m. at PS 195, 253-50 149th Ave. The agenda includes a public hearing about Contracts for Excellence. Refreshments will be served. See the flier »
If you can't make it this Thursday, the next CDEC 29 meeting will be on Thursday, Dec. 19, at PS 192, 109-89 204th St. For details about all monthly meetings and other District 29 events this school year, see the full 2019-20 schedule »
- Monday, Nov. 25: The Queens Public Library invites you to Shape Up NYC: Perfect Form Bodyweight Boot Camp at 5:30 p.m. at 14-01 Astoria Blvd. This is just one of many free fitness and nutrition classes the library will offer all over Queens this month. See the full schedule »
- Tuesday, Dec. 10: Come to a free parent workshop about confidence from the UFT and the Hey There Beautiful Foundation from 6 to 8 p.m. at the UFT's Queens borough office, 118-35 Queens Blvd. Child care, dinner, coffee and tea will be provided. For registration and a flier, see the event listing »
- Saturday, April 4: The UFT will host our 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 »
- Census grants and organizing: Help get out the word about the 2020 Census! The Census will "determine how hundreds of billions of federal dollars are distributed for basic services, including for hospitals, schools, roads, affordable housing, nutrition programs and more," according to City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. That's why there's a massive effort underway to make every New Yorker count.
The New York City Complete Count Fund is allocating $19 million in grants for community efforts to educate and mobilize around the 2020 Census. Find out more »
The city is also looking for volunteer Census ambassadors to do community outreach and improve the city's response rate. Find out more »
- 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 you can fill out and return to your child's school. You also can opt out by filling out 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 many 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 »
- Student MetroCard time extension survey: Student MetroCards are only valid for use between 5:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. State AssemblymanHarvey Epstein's Youth Council is partnering with the Campaign for Student Transportation Justice in an effort to extend student MetroCard time limits. Please help the campaign by filling out an online survey »
- 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 »
- 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, including Census takers making $25 per hour. These are temporary jobs with flexible hours. Learn more and apply »
- 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 »
- 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 »