Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,
Our 10th annual UFT Staten Island parent conference is coming up fast! There's still time to register.
- Date: Saturday, Nov. 2
- Time: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Location: IS 2 at 333 Midland Ave. Directions »
This will be a free, fun-filled day of informative workshops, neworking, exhibitors and giveaways. Come learn about Navigating the NYC Educational System, Understanding the IEP, Mindful Movement and more. Free flu shots and health screenings will be available courtesy of Gotham Health. Spanish translation and child care are available. Download the brochure in English or Spanish for further details.
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.
UFT Parent-Community Liaison
- Saturday, Oct. 26: There will be a voting expo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Port Richmond High School, 85 St. Joseph's Ave. Register to vote, learn about civic engagement opportunities and connect with government resources. Register now »
- Saturday, Nov. 9: The Staten Island Children's Museum will host a kids science workshop about radio waves from noon to 1 p.m. Learn how two-way radios work and experiment with different kinds of radios. The workshop is free with museum admission ($8). The museum is located at 1000 Richmond Terrace. See the event listing »
- Thursday, Nov. 14: Parent to Parent of New York State invites you to an informal group for parents of children with disabilities from 10 a.m. to noon at 1050 Forest Hill Road. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com or call 718-494-3462.
- Saturday, Dec. 14: The Staten Island Children's Museum will host a kids science workshop titled Doodlebots from noon to 1 p.m. Build mini-robot artists who can draw intricate doodles. The workshop is free with museum admission ($8). The museum is located at 1000 Richmond Terrace. See the event listing »
News you can use
- 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: The 2020 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 »
- Microsoft Office Specialist certification for people with disabilities: AHRC invites adults with developmental disabilities to enroll in its TechnoStart program, a 12-week educational program that teaches Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and other programs. Participants prepare for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exam and receive job development and placement support. Find out more »
- 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 »
- Middle and high school applications are open: If your child is starting middle or high school next year, it's time to start exploring the options. Applications are open until Dec. 2. To learn more and get started, visit the DOE's middle school enrollment website » or high school enrollment 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 »