Dear parents, grandparents and education activists,
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UFT Parent-Community Liaison
- Wednesday, March 29: Parent to Parent of New York State invites parents of children with developmental disabilities to a Medicaid waiver workshop from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at 1050 Forest Hill Road on Staten Island. Space is limited. RSVP by calling 718-494–3462 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. See the flier »
- Wednesday, March 29: Parents of children with disabilities are invited to a workshop about sensory integration from 10 a.m. to noon at 281 Port Richmond Ave. on Staten Island. To register, call 718-436-7979, ext. 704 or email email@example.com. Download the March and April calendar of workshops in English and Spanish »
- Monday, April 3: Come to a public hearing about a proposed co-location of IS 2 at 6 p.m. at IS 2, 333 Midland Ave. on Staten Island. Arrive at 5:30 to sign up to speak. You can also submit commentary by phone at 212-374-0208 or email at D31proposals@schools.nyc.gov. See the flier »
- Saturday, April 15: There will be a health and wellness fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at PS 78, 100 Tompkins Ave. on Staten Island. There will be free refreshments, information about resources, and free health screenings including mammograms. See the flier »
- Thursday, April 20: Come to Parent to Parent of New York State's group for parents of children with special needs from 10 a.m. to noon at 1050 Forest Hill Road on Staten Island. Space is limited. To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org. See the flier »
- Tuesday, April 25, and Wednesday, April 26: Families are invited to a free anti-bully support workshop on April 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Stapleton Library, 132 Canal St., or April 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Rossville AME Zion Church lower hall, 584 Bloomingdale Road, both on Staten Island. Refreshments will be served. See the flier »
- Sunday, May 7: Save the date for Port Richmond Community High School's 3rd Annual Kick-Off Forum for Community Resources of Staten Island from 1 to 7 p.m. at the high school.
News you can use
- Summer Youth Employment Program application deadline extended: The application deadline for the Summer Youth Employment Program has been extended to March 31. New York City residents between the ages of 14 and 24 can apply online »
- Free anger management classes for parents on Staten Island: Enroll in free anger management classes to be held on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. from May 2 to June 27. The classes are free for Staten Island parents and include MetroCards and refreshments. They will be held at 358 St. Marks Place, 3rd floor. To register, email email@example.com. See the flier »
- Register for day camp at NYC parks: The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation holds day camp in parks throughout the city for children between the ages of 6 and 13. Camp will run from July 5 to Aug. 18 this summer. It costs $500 per child for seven weeks and includes activities like sports, arts and crafts, computer classes, field trips and more. See the website »
- Spanish Women's Empowerment Support Group on Staten Island: Safe Passage invites Staten Island women to join an empowerment support group that meets on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon at 50 Bay St. on Staten Island. These meetings are conducted in Spanish. Refreshments are served. The support group discusses domestic violence, immigration rights and more. Download the flier in Spanish » or in English »
- School year calendar for 2017-18: The Department of Education has published the calendar for next school year. Take a look »
- BRAVE student video contest: If your child's school is doing something awesome to promote acceptance, tolerance and respect for all students, then students from the school should enter the BRAVE video contest! As part of its campaign to Build Respect, Acceptance and Voice through Education, the UFT’s BRAVE program is holding a video contest to highlight the efforts made by schools to create environments free of discrimination and harassment. The contest is open to all students, who are invited to submit a 3-5 minute video that conveys the contest theme. All video submissions must be received by Tuesday, April 4. For contest requirements and submission information, see the flier*nbsp;»