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Queens Parent Newsletter - October 2019

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Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,

Have you registered yet for our 10th annual UFT Queens parent conference? It's coming up soon!

  • Date: Saturday, Nov. 23
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Location: UFT Queens borough office at 118-35 Queens Blvd., 7th floor. Directions »

Register now »

This will be a free, fun-filled day of informative workshops, networking, exhibits and giveaways. Choose from workshops including How to Read a School Budget, Math in Our World and Communication 101. Child care is available. Please download and share the brochure in English, Spanish and Chinese.

We made some updates to the parent section on the UFT website, including changes to our page about BRAVE, the UFT anti-bullying initiative. Did you know that you can get a free BRAVE workshop for your parent-teacher association? We have presentations for parents, staff and students. To book one for your school, fill out our new request form.

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

Sincerely,

Delci Rodriguez
UFT Parent-Community Liaison
drodriguez@uft.org


Upcoming events

  • Wednesday, Nov. 6: The Community Education Council for District 29 and the Office of Pupil Transportation invite you to an informational resource forum about school bus transportation from 6 to 7 p.m. at PS 360, 199-10 112th Ave. Get your questions answered about bus transportation, learn how to track your child's location and more. Child care and refreshments will be available. See the flier »
  • Friday, Nov. 8: Come to a college fair for LGBTQ-inclusive colleges from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Center, 208 W. 13th St., in Manhattan. See the flier »
  • Saturday, Nov. 16: High school students and their families are invited to a scholarship event at Briarwood Library, 85-12 Main St., from 4 to 5 p.m. to get some tips and start their search for college scholarships. See the event listing »
  • Tuesday, Nov. 19 The next Queens parent workshop from the UFT and Hey There Beautiful will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the UFT's Queens borough office, 118-35 Queens Blvd. Learn how to communicate effectively with your child. Child care, dinner, coffee and tea will be provided. To register and download the flier, see the event listing »

News you can use

  • Get free help with your Diversity Visa application: Computers and technical assistance will be available until Monday, Nov. 4 to immigrants applying for the Diversity Visa (Green Card) Lottery. For further details, visit the Queens Public Library website »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »

Parent news

  • Parent Teacher conferences in November: Middle schools and District 75 schools are holding their parent teacher conferences on Nov. 6 and 7. Elementary schools and K–8 schools are holding their parent teacher conferences on Nov. 13 and 14. High schools, K–12 schools and 6–12 schools are holding their parent teacher conferences on Nov. 21 and 22. See the DOE 2019–20 school calendar for details. Read the UFT’s guide to Making the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences.
  • Free webinars for parents of children with disabilities: Parent to Parent of New York State will offer free webinars all winter for parents of children with special needs to learn about transition resources, self-care and more. For details and to register, visit the website »
  • 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 »
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