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Brooklyn Parent Newsletter - March 8, 2017

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Dear parents, grandparents and education activists,

Every year, New York City public school parents and educators travel to Albany for a lobby day for public education. Join the UFT on Tuesday, March 14, to help tell state legislators to increase funding for public schools, renew the millionaire’s tax, support community learning schools and more. Buses will depart from each UFT borough office at 6 a.m. Download the flier »

Reserve your seat on the bus »

Did you know the UFT has a free homework help line open to public school students? The UFT Dial-a-Teacher program offers free homework help to elementary and middle school students Monday through Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Classroom teachers are available to assist students in Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese and Fukanese), English, French, Haitian-Creole, Russian, Slovak and Spanish. You can reach Dial-a-Teacher at 212-777-3380. Find out more »

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


Betty Zohar
UFT Parent-Community Liaison

Upcoming events

  • Wednesday, March 8 — Saturday, March 11: The New York City Fire Department will hold smoke and carbon monoxide alarm giveaways from noon to 4 p.m. The events will be held from Wednesday to Saturday this week at locations throughout all five boroughs. There will be at least one Brooklyn location each day. For more details, see the flier »
  • Thursdays, March 9, 16, 23 and 30: There will be a workshop series for parents of preschool-age children with autism spectrum disorders from 10 a.m. to noon every Thursday this month starting this week. The workshops will be held at 2082 Lexington Ave. in Manhattan. Breakfast, transportation reimbursement and limited child care will be provided. To register, contact Alicia Barry at 212-754-7003. See the flier »
  • Wednesday, March 15: Brooklyn youth between the ages of 12 and 21 are invited to the Community Board 14 Youth Conference from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Flatbush YMCA, 1401 Flatbush Ave. Learn about job and internship opportunities, attend workshops, go to a practice job interview and more. Visit the website »
  • Saturday, March 25: The Child Development Support Corporation invites families to a free summer camp fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 352-358 Classon Ave. in Brooklyn. Get your child's summer plans squared away while enjoying activities, giveaways and refreshments. See the flier »
  • Friday, March 31: There will be a parent-teacher organization expo for parent organizers and parent-teacher association members at the New Jersey Convention and Expo Center in Edison, New Jersey. A bus will leave from 1 Remsen Ave. in Brooklyn at 8:30 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. For a $50 fee, the expo includes workshops and presentations, transportation, breakfast and a T-shirt. Register online now »

News you can use

  • Free three-week camp for children with cerebral palsy: Children between the ages of 5 and 17 who have cerebral palsy are invited to a free day camp this summer at the Teachers College at Columbia University in Manhattan. Children will learn techniques to improve their speech communication through singing, games and dramatic play. To find out if your child might qualify, email See the flier »
  • College scholarship for immigrant students: Making the Impossible Possible, Inc. invites immigrant students to apply for an academic scholarship.The deadline is April 15. Eligible students have been in the U.S. for fewer than 10 years, can demonstrate financial need and academic merit, are involved in their communities and will be enrolling in a two- or four-year college or university for the first time in fall of 2017. For more information, see the website »
  • Deadline extended to run for an education council: The city government invites parents to run for one of 325 seats available on Community Education Councils and Citywide Education Councils. This is a great chance to make your voice heard in the school system. The deadline to run has been extended to March 10. Apply online now »
  • Check out the city's Growing Up NYC resource: The Growing Up NYC website shows parents events, information and resources based on the age range of their children. Check it out »
  • What makes parenting successful? Harvard psychologists have been conducting research on what parents who raise well-adjusted children do differently. Read about their findings »
  • Focus group for Chinese immigrant mothers caring for children with autism spectrum disorders: Researchers at the City University of New York are looking for Chinese immigrant mothers between the ages of 18 and 45 who are the primary caregivers of children under the age of 6 with autism spectrum disorders. These mothers are invited to participate in a 90-minute focus group. To sign up, call Dr. Wong at 917-863-1591. See the flier in English and Chinese »
  • Limitations on immigration enforcement at certain locations: Did you know the Department of Homeland Security is limited in its immigration enforcement actions at schools and other sensitive locations? Find out more »
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