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Brooklyn Parent Newsletter - April 6, 2017

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Dear parents, grandparents and education activists,

In response to the federal government's crackdown on undocumented immigrants, Mayor Bill de Blasio has set a policy to protect undocumented students in New York City schools. Among other protections, the policy bars immigration agents from entry into schools unless they have a signed warrant. Read the story on the UFT website »

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


Betty Zohar
UFT Parent-Community Liaison

Upcoming events

  • Thursday, April 6 — Monday, April 17: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams will offer free tax preparation help at Brooklyn borough hall, 209 Joralemon St. You are eligible if you have dependents and your income is under $55,000, if you do not have dependents and your income is under $30,000;], or if you are self-employed and your expenses are less than $5,000. To make an appointment, call 347-682-5606. For more information, see the website »
  • Saturday, April 8: New York State Sen. Roxanne J. Persaud invites families to an Easter egg hunt in Canarsie Park at the East 88th Street entrance on Seaview Avenue from noon to 2 p.m. There will be games, giveaways, refreshments and a visit from the Easter Bunny. See the event listing »
  • Saturday, April 8: Come to the East 43rd Street Community Garden's orientation day from 1 to 5 p.m. and learn how you can become a member of the garden. The garden is at 1087 E. 43rd St. in Brooklyn. Anyone over the age of 9 is welcome to become a member. See the flier »
  • Saturday, April 8: There will be auditions for the School of American Ballet for children ages 6 to 10 at 375 Pearl St. in Brooklyn starting at 2:30 p.m. Find out more »
  • Tuesday, April 11: There will be a job fair for formerly incarcerated job-seekers from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 238 Thompson St. in Manhattan on the 5th floor. Come in your best business attire with copies of your resume. If you have any questions, email
  • Tuesday, April 11: Brooklyn teens are invited to Safer Than Sorry, a free event focused on teen dating, sex, drugs and consent from 4 to 6 p.m. at 1474 Gates Ave. in Brooklyn. There will be food, raffle prizes, safer sex kits and information from Planned Parenthood and other organizations. Register online now »
  • Wednesday, April 12: There will be an information session about how to volunteer with Legal Hand, an organization that provides free legal help to community members in Brooklyn. Volunteering is a great way to learn how to navigate legal issues while helping your neighbors. The information session will run from 6 to 7 p.m. at 250 Kingston Ave. in Brooklyn. For more information, email Marlies Talay at See the flier »
  • Thursday, April 13: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams will host The Financially Savvy Youth Expo from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Brooklyn College Student Center at the intersection of Campus Road and East 27th Street. This event is geared toward students in 8th grade and above who want to learn about financial topics. Register online now »
  • Thursday, April 20: IS 240, The Andries Hudde School invites families to a family science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) night from 5 to 8 p.m. This event will be held at the school at 2500 Nostrand Ave. in Brooklyn. Learn about what it's like to attend a STEM magnet school and how you can enroll. See the flier »
  • Wednesday, April 26: The ADAPT Community Network (formerly called United Cerebral Palsy of New York City) will hold a Family Connect summit for parents and caregivers of children with disabilities from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 5th Ave. in Manhattan. The summit is free for parents and individuals and $30 for professionals. Parents will be provided with MetroCards. Register online now »

News you can use

  • Free legal help for family court matters: Legal Information for Families Today, or LIFT, provides free legal support services to parents for family law matters including child support, custody and visitation. LIFT has a location in each borough, including its Brooklyn office at 330 Jay St. on the 5th floor. Find out more »
  • Free and low-cost health clinics: The New York City Department of Health has free and low-cost health clinics throughout the city that offer services like STD testing, immunizations and more, regardless of immigration status. Find out more »
  • Spring and summer soccer in Crown Heights: Crown Heights Youth Spring Soccer invites children between the ages of 3 and 12, and their families, to weekend soccer clinics on Saturdays and Sundays at Hamilton Metz Field in the Wingate section of Brooklyn starting on April 22. There is also training available for adults who would like to coach. Find out more »
  • Paid summer program for young adults: The West Harlem Development Corporation invites young adults between the ages of 14 and 18 to apply for ARISE! in West Harlem. Along with paid employment, ARISE! offers workshops on job readiness, financial literacy and more. It is a great way to make money over the summer while enhancing proficiency in math and language arts. The application deadline is April 14. See the flier in English and Spanish »
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