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Queens Parent Newsletter - Jan. 11, 2017

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Dear parents, grandparents and education activists,

I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday season, and I wish you a happy new year.

Don't forget to come to one of our two upcoming Queens parent workshops on Jan. 12 and 17.

I hope to see you at one of our upcoming workshops. In the meantime, take a look at more events and news you can use below.


Delci Rodriguez
UFT Parent-Community Liaison

Upcoming events

  • Saturday, Jan. 21: The New York Hall of Science invites children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families to a free sensory-friendly science workshop about wheels and vehicles from 10:30 a.m. to noon. This is the first in a series of four free workshops the museum will offer from January to February. Workshops will be held at the museum at 47-01 111th St. in Queens. Find out more »
  • Tuesday, Feb. 7: The UFT and Sunnyside Community Center invite you to a workshop about caring for a person with dementia from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the UFT Queens borough office, 97-77 Queens Blvd. Child care is available. RSVP by emailing with your name, phone number and whether children will be with you. See the event listing »

Political action

  • Speak out against Betsy DeVos and defend public schools: On Tuesday, Jan. 17, the Senate is holding its confirmation hearing for education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos, a billionaire fundraiser with no educational experience. DeVos has spent her life and vast fortune trying to turn public education into a private marketplace. She could do genuine harm to our schools.

    That's why we're asking you to join our social media thunderclap. The way it works is you sign up to have a tweet sent or Facebook post made on your behalf at the exact same time as scores of other public school parents and educators. Just as the public is focused on DeVos and her confirmation hearing, these social media posts will declare that public school parents and educators believe Betsy DeVos is the wrong choice.

    Join the thunderclap now »

News you can use

  • Free citizenship information sessions at Queens libraries: Throughout January, February and March, Queens libraries will hold free citizenship information sessions. Drop in to learn about the benefits of citizenship, the process of applying and more. Find the event near you »
  • Get your free IDNYC card at an enrollment center in Queens: With a free New York City ID card, you'll get all the benefits of a government-issued photo ID, plus access to government buildings, museums and libraries. Find the enrollment center near you »
  • Free English classes in Queens: Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens offers free English classes for all levels out of its Astoria office at 23-40 Astoria Blvd. Classes cover English as a second language, advanced English for career preparation and even financial literacy. They are open to anyone between the ages of 16 and 31. Find out more »
  • Free writing classes for kids and teens in Queens: Newtown Literary is partnering with the Queens Library to offer a series of free writing workshops for kids and teens this spring. There are workshops for students ages 8 to 12 and 13 to 17. They cover topics like poetry basics and using metaphors. The first workshop will be on Jan. 21 in Ridgewood. Find out more »
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