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Staten Island Parent Newsletter - September 2018

Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,

Come to a UFT parent workshop on time management!

  • Date: Thursday, Oct. 18
  • Time: 10 a.m. to noon
  • Location: UFT Staten Island borough office at 4456 Amboy Road. Directions »

Refreshments will be served. Email me at if you have any questions. See the flier »

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


Marie Rodriguez
UFT Parent-Community Liaison

Upcoming events

  • Monday, Oct. 1: See a free demonstration of a new high school search tool from InsideSchools for students, parents and school counselors to identify high schools that fit students' unique needs, taking into account academic record and willingness to travel. The demonstration will be at 55 W. 13th St. on the 2nd floor at 9 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. There will also be a livestream for families that can't attend. See the event listing »
  • Friday, Oct. 5: The Brielle at Seaview and Huguenot Park Library will host a Family Options Resource Event for people with special needs and their families from 9 a.m. to noon at 145 Friendship Lane. Learn about resources for aging adults with special needs, including assistive devices, mobility experts, community housing and more. Refreshments will be served. See the flier »
  • Saturday, Oct. 13: Come to an event titled Parents Making Sustainable Change in NYC Schools from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Teachers College, Columbia University in Manhattan. There will be a panel discussion and mini-workshops on how parents can promote environmental and sustainability initiatives in schools. To learn more and register, see the event listing »
  • Friday, Oct. 19: Come to the Safe Passage Program's "Take Control of Your Health" event and get a free mammogram if you are over the age of 40 and don't have health insurance. For people under the age of 40, all health insurance will be accepted and co-payments will be waived. The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon at 50 Bay St. Call 800-564-6868 to make an appointment.

News you can use

  • Come to Saturday Sessions at Gerard Carter Center: District Attorney Michael E. McMahon invites Staten Island youths between the ages of 11 and 17 to Saturday Sessions every Saturday until Dec. 15 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Gerard Carter Center, 230 Broad St. There will be academic support, basketball, career counseling, hip-hop dancing and recording studio sessions — all free. For more information, email
  • Grief support for Staten Island families: Emma's Place at 1076 Forest Ave. offers grief and loss support from caregiving professionals to families, including education, individual and group counseling, family talk and play, art therapy and events. Find out more »
  • Stay safe from lead poisoning: Lead is a harmful metal that can cause serious health problems. Many residential buildings still have lead paint, and construction sites also put New Yorkers at risk of lead poisoning. To learn more about lead and how to protect your family from lead poisoning, visit the NYC Health website »
  • UFT hotlines 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 Mondays through Thursdays 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 »
  • Free sports instruction in NYC parks: The City Parks Foundation offers tennis, golf, track and field, soccer, hockey and fitness classes in nearly 70 locations citywide for kids between the ages of 6 and 17. There are also fitness classes for seniors. These activities are all free. Learn more »
  • IDNYC now available to kids 10 and up: The city ID is now available to all New Yorkers over the age of 10. In addition to a free, government-issued photo ID, IDNYC benefits include free one-year memberships at museums, discounts on movie tickets, library membership and more. For more information, see the website »
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