Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,
Save the date for our 10th annual UFT Queens parent conference on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UFT's new Queens borough office. This will be a free, fun-filled day of informative workshops, opportunities to meet with other parents, exhibits and giveaways. I'll be in touch soon with registration, but for now, please download and share the flier.
Check out more upcoming events and news you can use below.
UFT Parent-Community Liaison
- Wednesday, Oct. 2: The Community Education Council for District 25 invites you to a District 25 high school showcase at 6 p.m. at World Journalism Preparatory School, 34-65 192nd St. Prospective students and their families can meet with principals, students and faculty. See the flier »
- Sunday, Oct. 13: Don't miss the United Way's march for public schools and family festival. Assembly and registration will be at Foley Square in lower Manhattan at 9 a.m. The march will proceed across the Brooklyn Bridge to Brooklyn Borough Hall, where there will be a festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring student performances, Big Apple Circus performers, a bubble garden, panel discussions, an art tent for kids, a story-time tent and more. The march will raise money for United Way of NYC's long-term public education programs. For details and registration, visit the United Way website »
- Tuesday, Oct. 22: There will be a conference for parents of English language learners from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at New York University in Manhattan. Learn how to advocate for your child's success. For details, see the flier in English » or in Spanish »
- Tuesday, Oct. 29: Our next UFT Queens parent workshop will be about self-care. We'll meet from 6 to 8 p.m. at the UFT Queens borough office, 118-35 Queens Blvd. Child care, dinner, coffee and tea will be provided. For details and registration, see the event listing »
- 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 in Manhattan. Refreshments will be served. RSVP online »
- Tuesday, Nov. 19: There will be a UFT Queens parent workshop about communication from 6 to 8 p.m. at the UFT Queens borough office, 118-35 Queens Blvd. Child care, dinner, coffee and tea will be provided. For details and registration, see the event listing »
News you can use
- Changes to the DOE's student discipline code: As of September 2019, students cannot be suspended for longer than 20 school days except when required by law or for infractions that involve seriously dangerous or violent behavior. For details on this and other changes to the discipline code, visit the DOE website »
- Free bike education program for after-school groups: Established after-school programs can request a free program from Bike New York that teaches students the mechanics of riding a bike, the rules of the road and more. The program is available in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and Forest Park. Find out more »
- Free medical care for former 9/11 students: The Department of Education is attempting to contact 19,000 former New York City public school students who attended schools near Ground Zero during the 9/11 attack. These former students may qualify for free medical care under the federal government's Victims Compensation Fund. 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 »
- Free webinars about learning and attention issues: Understood.org offers free webinars and expert chats about information of interest to parents of children with ADHD and other attention issues. Check it out »