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Staten Island Parent Newsletter - November 2018

Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Check out the upcoming events and news you can use below.


Marie Rodriguez
UFT Parent-Community Liaison

Upcoming events

  • Thursday, Nov. 29: The Staten Island Children's Museum will host a sensory-friendly family fun night from 5 to 7 p.m. for children with autism spectrum disorders and their families. There will be art art, a special tactile activity, sensory-friendly exhibits and dinner. Tickets are $6 and must be purchased in advance. To reserve your ticket, contact Jami Kilichowski at 718-273-2060, ext. 137, or
  • Wednesday, Dec. 5: Parent to Parent of New York State and Northwell Health invite you to a free workshop about pediatric rehabilitation from noon to 2 p.m. at 1050 Forest Hill Road. To register, email For more details, see the flier »
  • Thursday, Dec. 6: Parent to Parent of New York State will host a free workshop about organizing education records for parents of children with special needs from 10 a.m. to noon at 1050 Forst Hill Road. You'll be provided with a binder, divider and other supplies — just bring records such as IEPs and report cards. To RSVP, email For more details, see the flier »

News you can use

  • Summer internships at Chalkbeat: Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply for paid internships this summer at Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization specializing in education issues. Find out more »
  • Apply for a $20,000 scholarship from Foot Locker: Student athletes are invited to apply for a $20,000 to be awarded to 20 scholars. The application deadline is Dec. 14. Learn more and apply »
  • 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 before the deadline of 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 »
  • UFT resources for homework and bullying help: Don't forget that help is always available to you from two UFT programs: Dial-A-Teacher and BRAVE.
    • The Dial-A-Teacher hotline, 212-777-3380, provides homework help to elementary and middle school students on Monday through Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. when school is in session. Learn more about Dial-A-Teacher on the UFT website »
    • The UFT's BRAVE Campaign (Building Respect, Acceptance and Voice through Education) works to create safe spaces for children who are the victims of bullying or who are themselves bullying other students. BRAVE's help hotline, 212-709-3222, is just one resource the campaign offers. You can also text "BRAVE" to 43961 to get support via text, and there are anti-bullying workshops you can bring to your parent-teacher association. Learn more about BRAVE on the UFT website »

Classes and workshops

  • Take a coding class online for free: 190 universities just launched 600 free online courses in programming, computer science and more. To get the full list and start studying, check out this article »
  • Spinning Your Sound DJ course: Aspiring DJs between the ages of 16 and 24 are invited to enroll in Projectivity's Spinning Your Sound DJ course, which will run on Tuesdays from Dec. 11 to March 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Project Lab, 51 Broad St. Participants will receive food, MetroCards and stipends. To enroll, you must attend an information session on Dec. 5 from 5 to 6 p.m. at 59 Wright St. To learn more, email
  • Free professional development on domestic abuse: If you are a service provider, community leader or work for a city agency, you're invited to free professional development trainings about intimate partner violence, sex trafficking and elder abuse. All trainings take place at 126 Stuyvesant Place. There will be four training sessions in January. For details and to register, visit the RSVP form »
  • 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 »
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