Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,
I trust that your 2018 is off to a strong start! Here at the UFT, planning is underway for our first ever UFT Borough of Manhattan Fatherhood Conference in June.
- Date: Saturday, June 23
- Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Location: UFT headquarters at 52 Broadway. Directions »
Save the date, and keep an eye out for more details coming soon.
We're also getting started on plans for the fall Manhattan parent conference. In the meantime, we have some exciting things planned for this school year based on the feedback that many of you provided at this school year's conference. District-level parent trainings on topics you suggested such as "How to Run an Effective Meeting" and "Understanding Title I" will commence in February. I'll be in touch with details and so will your school-based parent coordinators.
I also want to remind you that you can book a free UFT parent training at your school about BRAVE, our anti-bullying initiative, or Dial-A-Teacher, our homework-help service. If you'd like to bring one of these presentations to your school, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a request form. You can also email me if you'd like me to give a training at a parent-teacher association meeting at your school.
Check out more events and resources below.
UFT Parent-Community Liaison
- Friday, Feb. 9: There will be a free toddler dance party at 11 a.m. at Aguilar Library, 174 E. 110th St. Enjoy kids' music and play with scarves and noisemakers while getting some exercise. See the flier »
- Friday, Feb. 9: Schools are invited to kick off Respect for All Week with National No One Eats Alone Day, a nationwide lunchtime event to encourage students to connect and engage with their peers to combat social isolation. Respect For All Week from Feb. 12 to 15 offers schools the opportunity to build on diversity programs. Find out more »
- Monday, Feb. 12: As part of the UFT's Black History Month film series, there will be a free screening of "What Happened, Miss Simone?", a documentary about the life and legend of Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist and civil rights activist. The screening will run from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. It will be followed by a discussion. This is the second of three Black History Month film screenings at UFT headquarters this February. You can also see "Loving" on Feb. 28. Register online » and download the flier »
- Friday, Feb. 16: Children under the age of 5 and their parents and caregivers can come to a family literacy workshop with sensory exploration at 11 a.m. at Aguilar Library, 174 E. 110th St. Encourage literacy through sensory experiences and play. See the flier »
- Wednesday, Feb. 21, and Wednesday, Feb. 28: Kids and their families are invited to a free city-building workshop series titled Designing a Dream at Aguilar Library, 174 E. 110th St., from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Use Lego bricks to create your very own city and learn about city planning. See the flier »
- Monday, March 12: ADAPT Community Network will host a free workshop titled Working with Employees with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) as part of its free ASD workshop series. This event will run from 10 a.m. to noon at 365 Fifth Ave. in Manhattan. Learn about the characteristics of ASD and how to support and collaborate with employees with ASD. RSVP by emailing email@example.com. You can also download and distribute the flier »
- Monday, March 19: You're invited to a UFT parent lobby day in Albany to tell our state legislators to protect public school and support parent voice, special education rights and increased school funding. Buses will leave from each borough in the morning. The Manhattan bus will pick up at 7:30 a.m. from UFT headquarters at 52 Broadway. See the flier » and reserve your seat on the bus »
- Tuesday, March 20: The New York City Poison Control Center invites you to a presentation titled Deadly in a Dose: The Most Toxic Medications and Household Products from 9 a.m. to noon at 455 First Ave. in Manhattan. Breakfast will be served. RSVP by emailing Lauren Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also see the flier »
- Saturday, March 24: Fathers and educators are invited to the 3rd annual UFT Men in Education Symposium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. There will be workshops on mentoring, fatherhood and empowerment. Breakfast and lunch will be served. To learn more and register, see the event listing on the UFT website »
News you can use
- What can you do about cyber-bullying? A lot of bullying happens online, which can make it more abusive or threatening and might feel harder to escape. Find out what parents can do about cyber-bullying »
- Paid internship and job training program: Henry Street Settlement in lower Manhattan has a young adult internship program for people between the ages of 17 and 24 who are not working or in school. The program includes a paid internship, GED training for those who need it, job readiness training and one-on-one meetings with an adviser. Find out more »