Dear parents, grandparents and education activists,
I hope you can come to our next UFT Queens parent workshop on Feb. 15.
- Date: Wednesday, Feb. 15
- Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- Location: UFT Queens borough office at 97-77 Queens Blvd. Directions »
This workshop, entitled "The Love Value," will discuss how to empower your child through love. Refreshments and child care will be available. To register, email email@example.com with your name, phone number, address and how many children you will be bringing. See the event listing on the UFT website »
The U.S. Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos on Tuesday as education secretary, approving her only with the help of a historic tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. No other Cabinet nominee has generated such an outcry from the public. In her Senate confirmation hearing, DeVos demonstrated her lack of knowledge and utter disdain for public schools. Read our news story »
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Join the UFT, parents and community activists at the New York State Black and Puerto Rican Caucus in Albany on Saturday, Feb. 18. Buses will depart from three New York City locations, including the Fresh Meadows shopping center, at 6 a.m. and return at 6 p.m. There will be workshops about immigration, funding, civil rights, transparency and more. Let’s remind our state legislators that public schools matter! Download the flier » and reserve your seat on the bus »
Check out the upcoming events and news you can use below.
UFT Queens Parent-Community Liaison
- Monday, Feb. 13: You’re invited to a free screening of 13th, a documentary by Ava DuVernay which explores the nation’s history of racial inequality through the lens of the criminal justice system. The film’s title refers to the 13th Amendment of the constitution. The screening, which will be followed by a discussion, is part of the UFT’s Black History film series. The event will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at union headquarters at 52 Broadway. Register online now »
- Monday, Feb. 13: Community District Education Council 30 invites Queens parents to a presentation about your rights and the open meetings law at 6 p.m. in the PS 234 auditorium at 30-15 29th St. in Long Island City. Spanish interpretation will be available. Learn about your right to information at your child's school. See the flier in English » and in Spanish »
- Saturday, March 25: Calling all men! Come to the second annual UFT Men in Education Symposium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway in Manhattan. There will be workshops about empowerment, fatherhood and mentoring. Breakfast and lunch will be served. To find out more and register, see the event listing »
- $100 food stipend for child care providers: If you care for children while their parents are working, you may be eligible for a $100 stipend to cover the cost of the meals you serve. Queens Community House can help you enroll in this program. You can reach them at 718-592-8255. See the flier »
- National Puerto Rican Day Parade scholarships: Every year, the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, Inc. awards $2,000 scholarships to 100 Puerto Rican high school seniors who are getting ready to attend college. Applications must be submitted by Feb. 20. Download the application »
- 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 across the city. This is a great chance to make your voice heard in the school system. You may submit an application starting on Feb. 9. Find out more »
- Apply for a paid community development fellowship: Neighborhood 360° is a full-time, paid fellowship that pairs community-based organizations with community developers and organizers to complete a revitalization project. The program runs from June 2017 to March 2018 and includes a $33,000 stipend. The application deadline is March 12. See the flier »
News you can use
- Social justice reading list for middle-graders: Is your child taking an interest in social justice and political activism? Check out this list of eight novels with social justice themes for middle-graders »
You can also find some great book recommendations on this reading list of children's books about refugees »
- DOE is accepting pre-K applications: Parents can apply for a pre-K spot for their child for the 2017-18 school year until Feb. 24. To learn more and apply, visit the admissions website »
- A newspaper for kids: If you want to help your child follow the news, but he or she has trouble reading adult newspapers, check out Time for kids »
- Talking to kids about racism: Racial tensions are running high in the United States. To learn more about the forms that racial bias can take in children, check out this blog post about talking to children about racism »