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Staten Island Parent Newsletter - February 2019

Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,

Every year, hundreds of parents join the UFT to raise their collective voice on the steps of the state capitol and inside the offices of their state legislators. Please get on the UFT bus to Albany for this year's lobby day in March and experience firsthand our democracy in action.

  • Date: Monday, March 18
  • Time: Staten Island bus boards at 6:30 a.m.
  • Location: UFT Staten Island borough office at 4456 Amboy Road. Directions »

Reserve your seat on the bus »

We'll be meeting with state legislators to ask them to protect public education by increasing school funding and supporting programs like community schools. When we work together, we can make change happen!

Please also download and share the flier with parent-teacher association members, activists and leaders across the boroughs.

Check out more events and news below.


Marie Rodriguez
UFT Parent-Community Liaison

Upcoming events

  • Monday, Feb. 18: The Staten Island Children's Museum will host "Pay with a President!" day with special $5 admission. There will also be a Presidents' Day art workshop from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For details and other Black History Month events at the museum, visit the website »
  • Tuesday, Feb. 26: Don't forget to vote in the special election for New York City public advocate between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. at your local polling place. If you need to register to vote or to update your existing registration, you have until Feb. 16. Find out more »

News you can use

  • Join a New York City Community Emergency Response Team (CERT): The city is looking for volunteers to join an emergency response team (CERT) on Staten Island. CERT volunteers support the city's first responders when disaster strikes. They're trained to help with crowd control, escort residents out of evacuated buildings, staff assistance centers for New Yorkers affected by emergencies and more. To learn more and register, visit the website »
  • How to request an IEP meeting: If your child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP), you're entitled to meet with your child's IEP team at least once a year. To find out how to set up a meeting, read this article »
  • Find free city events on The official website of the City of New York includes a calendar of free and low-cost events around the city. Check it out »


  • UFT Be BRAVE Against Bullying video contest: NYC public school students are invited to submit a three- to five-minute video about bullying and intolerance by April 9. The winning videos will be featured on the UFT BRAVE Facebook page and at UFT events, and winners will be invited to an awards ceremony on Friday, May 17. See the flier »
  • College internships at the comptroller's office: Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply to summer internships at the Comptroller's Office before the deadline of Friday, March 8. These paid internships run from June 10 to Aug. 8. Learn more and apply »
  • Paid internship and job training program: Henry Street Settlement in lower Manhattan has an internship program for young adults between the ages of 17 and 24 who are not working or in school. The program includes a paid internship, GED training for those who need it, job readiness training and one-on-one meetings with an adviser. The next cohort begins on March 18. Find out more »
  • Optometry internship for college students: The SUNY College of Optometry invites full-time college students from historically underrepresented minority groups and/or economically disadvantaged backgrounds to apply for a spring internship program and summer academic program. Both programs are free and offer a stipend. These are great opportunities to learn about optometry and meet with professionals in the field. The application deadline for both programs is Monday, April 15. Learn more and apply »
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