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Staten Island Parent Newsletter - Feb. 16, 2017

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Dear parents, grandparents and education activists,

The U.S. Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos 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. To stay informed and engaged in the fight ahead to protect our public schools, join our #PublicSchoolProud campaign »

Join the UFT, parents and community activists at the New York State Black and Puerto Rican Caucus in Albany this Saturday, Feb. 18. Buses will depart from New York City 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 more upcoming events and news you can use below.


Joan McKeever-Thomas
UFT Parent-Community Liaison

Upcoming events

  • Tuesday, Feb. 21: Staten Island University Hospital invites parents to a Baby Basics workshop from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at 2655 Richmond Ave. on Staten Island. This is just one of many workshops and meetings the hospital will host in February. Download the calendar »

    The hospital also hosts support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous, Alzheimer's Support and more. See the support group schedule »
  • Monday, Feb. 27: Come to a Know Your Rights workshop for parents of children with disabilities from 10 a.m. to noon at 1050 Forest Hill Road on Staten Island and learn how to advocate for your child's educational rights. To RSVP, email See the flier »
  • Tuesday, Feb. 28: Come to a free workshop about home buying from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the St. George Library, 5 Central Ave. on Staten Island. This is the second in a series of free monthly workshops at the library this spring that will focus on financial literacy. Refreshments will be served. Learn more and RSVP »
  • Saturday, March 4: Parent to Parent of New York, Inc. invites you to a free seminar about understanding and responding to social and emotional changes in children with disabilities. The seminar will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1050 Forest Hill Road on Staten Island. Lunch will be served. To register, email See the flier »
  • Saturday, March 11: Come to the American Diabetes Association's free annual expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. There will be free health screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations and activities for kids. Learn more and register »


  • Free youth development program for high school girls: PowerPlay NYC invites high school girls to apply for its SuperSTARS Leadership Academy, a free yearlong youth development program that kicks off with an intensive summer session. The program includes sports, internships with Wells Fargo or Google, career development and college application assistance. Learn more and apply »
  • Free career training and job placement program for young adults on Staten Island: If you are between the ages of 18 and 24, live on Staten Island's North Shore and have a high school diploma, you are eligible for READY, a free continuing education program offered by the City University of New York's College of Staten Island. The program includes job training for positions like pharmacy technician and computer technician, internships and job placement assistance. Find out more »
  • Apply for the Summer Youth Employment Program: The city's Summer Youth Employment program invites young adults between the ages of 14 and 24 to apply by March 17 for paid employment over the summer. Learn more and apply »

    The Summer Youth Employment Program also is seeking local businesses to employ young adults this summer. The city will pay employees' salaries. Find out more »
  • Enter the Speak Truth to Power video contest: The American Federation of Teachers and other sponsors invite middle and high school student filmmakers to enter the Speak Truth to Power video contest. Submissions should be three to five minutes long and talk about a human rights activist. The deadline to enter is March 20. Visit the website »
  • 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 »

News you can use

  • Enroll in a free "Circle of Security" parenting class: Starting on March 1, the JCCA will offer a free 8-12 week parenting class at 858 E. 29th St. in Brooklyn. Participants may attend morning sessions from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or evening sessions from 5 to 7 p.m. Child care and MetroCards will be provided. To register, call 347-394-5186. See the flier »
  • Free homework help line from the UFT: 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 through Dial-A-Teacher 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 »
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