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Queens Parent Newsletter - March 2019

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Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,

Our next Queens parent workshop from the UFT and Hey There Beautiful is coming up. This month's subject is growth.

  • Date: Tuesday, March 26
  • Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Location: UFT Queens borough office at 97-77 Queens Blvd. Directions »

Register online now »

Learn how to propel your personal development for yourself and your child. Child care, dinner, coffee and tea will be available. See the flier »

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


Delci Rodriguez
UFT Parent-Community Liaison

Upcoming events

  • Saturday, March 9: Come to a free film screening of "Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.," a biographical documentary film about the inspiring life of British-Sri Lankan musician and political activist Matangi Arulpragasam. The film will run from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37th Ave. Admission is $10, or $7 for students and seniors. See the event listing »

    For more free and low-cost events in Queens parks that go on every day, visit the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation calendar »
  • Monday, March 11: Queens Borough President Melinda Katz invites you to a school budget overview workshop from 10 a.m. to noon at Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., in room 213. The workshop is geared toward school leadership team members and reviews how to manage the school's budget in alignment with the Comprehensive Education Plan. Breakfast will be served. To RSVP, email
  • Monday, March 18: Every year, hundreds of parents join the UFT to raise their collective voice on the steps of the state capitol and inside the offices of their state legislators. Please get on the UFT bus to Albany for this year's lobby day. We'll be meeting with state legislators to ask them to protect public education by increasing school funding and supporting programs like community schools. The Queens bus boards at 6:30 a.m. at the UFT's Queens borough office, 97-77 Queens Blvd. Reserve your seat on the bus »

News you can use

  • Free homework help in Queens libraries: Queens public libraries offer a free after-school program called STACKS to children ages 6 to 14. STACKS runs from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on weekday afternoons and is designed to enhance children's learning experiences through structured and unstructured, age-appropriate activities. To learn more, fill out the contact form »
  • UFT Be BRAVE Against Bullying video contest: NYC public school students are invited to submit a three- to five-minute video about bullying and intolerance by Tuesday, April 9. The winning videos will be featured on the UFT BRAVE Facebook page and at UFT events, and winners will be invited to an awards ceremony on Friday, May 17. See the flier »
  • Join the NYC Parks Experience Summer Day Camp lottery: The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation runs day camps throughout the city for $500 per child for seven weeks. Children between the ages of 6 and 13 are eligible, and campers enjoy sports, outdoor adventures and educational programs. Since the day camps are so popular, campers are chosen through a lottery that is open until Sunday, March 10. To learn how to register for the lottery, visit the parks department website »
  • Learn to swim for free this spring: The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation offers free swimming lessons for New Yorkers of all ages at indoors pools. The lottery registration for spring swimming lessons opens on Monday, March 11. Find out more »
  • Pre-K applications are open: All families with children born in 2015 are welcome to apply for pre-K for the 2019–20 school year by Friday, March 15. You can apply online with the MySchools tool, by phone at 718-935-2009 or in person at your closest DOE Family Welcome Center.
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