Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,
I hope you're enjoying the warm weather! With just about two weeks left of school, I want to say congratulations to all of you whose children are graduating or moving up a grade! As your children move onward and upwards, it's in large part thanks to you.
Save the date for our UFT Manhattan parent conference on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway.
We'll offer 16 workshops in both our morning and afternoon workshop sessions. The parent committee is preparing exciting new workshops this year, including Transitioning After High School, Special Education and Alternatives to College, which will focus on vocational training. Some favorite options from last year will be on offer again, too, including Social Media Engagement for Parents and the Immigration Clinic. There will be a STEM/STEAM Fair, breakfast, lunch, interpretation services and representatives from community-based organizations to offer information about resources.
It will be an exciting day! I'll be in touch soon with more details and registration.
Check out these upcoming events and news you can use below.
UFT Parent-Community Liaison
- Saturday, June 15: Come to a free screening of A Dog's Way Home from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at Playground 89, 116 W. 89th St. There will be activities for kids before the film. See the event listing »
- Wednesday, June 19: Henry Street Settlement's Intern & Earn program invites young adults between the ages of 17 and 24 who are not working or in school to an information session and hiring event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 99 Essex St. Get a $15/hr paid internship with job training, connections to high school equivalency classes and more. Learn more and register »
- Thursday, June 20: The NYC Parks Department invites you to Summer on the Hudson: Locomotive Lawn Live from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at Locomotive Lawn in Riverside Park South. This story-telling and sing-along event is recommended for kids aged five and under. See the event listing »
This is just one of many free and low-cost, family-friendly events in NYC parks that will be happening all summer. To find more, visit the online calendar »
- Friday, Aug. 9: Come to a Power for Healing Puerto Rico event from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at El Barrio's Artspace at PS 109, 215 E. 99th St. There will be art and a silent auction. Tickets are $10. Learn more and register »
News you can use
- Summer literacy programs: Studies show that children who read during the summer come back to school in the fall on solid academic footing for the next grade. See a list of summer reading programs in NYC »
- Free summer meals at Manhattan libraries: Kids and teens are welcome to get free breakfasts and lunches Monday through Friday all summer long at 1,200 sites across the city, including Manhattan libraries and parks. There is no enrollment, documentation or ID required. This service will start on Thursday, June 27, and run through Friday, Aug. 30. Find a location near you »
- Grief support group for kids: A Caring Hand runs weekly support groups in English and Spanish in Harlem and Midtown Manhattan for children, teens and caregivers experiencing grief and loss. Dinner, activities and support are provided. To enroll, email email@example.com. For more information, see the flier »