Nov 6-12— PreK Family Forums ( various locations)

Nov 8—Requests for Gifted and Talented testing deadline


1.      Resources for Parent Teacher Conferences

The remaining fall parent-teacher conferences will be held on the following dates:

November 6, 7: District 75 schools

November 13, 14: elementary schools

November 18, 19: middle schools

Ø  Extended Conversations for Families of Students who Scored a Level 1 or 2

As a reminder, this year through a partnership with the United Federation of Teachers, the Council of School Supervisors & Administrators, and the Coalition for Educational Justice, schools are being asked to engage families of students who earned a Level 1 or 2 on the ELA and/or math 2013 State Common Core tests in an extended one-to-one conference with an educator who knows their child well.  To support these conversations, parents may use the parent conversation notepad that provides a suggested structure for the conversation.  Schools also received a  flyer that you may share with parents to tell them about the opportunity  to schedule an extended  conversation.

Ø  Tips, Worksheets and Guides for Parents

Parents may visit the Parents and Families page where they can download:

2.      Pre-k Family Forums— November 6-12 (Elementary)

“Learning in Pre-K” workshops are being held in each borough in November. These workshops will provide useful information about how young children learn, what children learn in Pre-k and how to support children’s learning in Pre-k.

Parents will learn about DOE protocols and procedures, the new Kindergarten Connect process for applying to Kindergarten and other pertinent information.  Activities, snacks and child care will be provided for children. Parent Coordinators, Pre-k and Kindergarten teachers, Paraprofessionals and Family Assistants are encouraged to attend.

Please contact Nana Ofosu-Amaah with any questions. All sessions run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Please share this flyer in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu which is available at the Office of Early Childhoodwebsite.


3.      Gifted and Talented Requests for Testing ( Elementary)—Nov 8

Testing-Families of students in pre-k through second grade interested in taking the G&T assessment must submit a Request for Testing (RFT) form online or at a borough enrollment office by November 8. Families are encouraged to submit the form online. If they prefer to use a paper form, they should review the Handbook for instructions. Whether parents apply online or in person, they should be sure to get a receipt!

Gifted & Talented Handbooks -Application guidelines and practice tests are available in the Gifted and Talented Handbooks. Handbooks will also be available at Enrollment Offices and public elementary schools in mid-October. For more information, visit the G&T website, which will be continually updated with information and resources, including FAQs, timelines, and announcements.

4.       DREAM–The Specialized High Schools Institute (DREAM–SHSI)— November 12, 19 (Middle)

DREAM-SHSI is an extracurricular program designed to prepare eligible sixth grade students for the Specialized High Schools Admissions    Test (SHSAT). Students selected to participate will receive a full scholarship to the two-year program, including a MetroCard for travel to course sessions, meals during program hours, and all course materials. The NYCDOE determines eligibility based on economic, academic, and attendance requirements. If your school has eligible sixth grade students who will take the SHSAT in 2015, they will receive an application after October 30. Students should return completed applications to their school by November 12.  For more information on DREAM-SHSI’s eligibility requirements, selection process, and program components, see the memo at the bottom of the SHSI page. For questions, contact shsi@schools.nyc.gov.  Encourage eligible families to apply and inform families of students in lower grades about the program.


1.       Grant Application and Information Sessions – November  through January

Citizens Committee hosts grant application information session for participants to learn more about the grant application process and to answer questions. RSVP is required. Sessions will be held citywide from Nov-January. For a full schedule of events download a flyer.  For more information visit their website  or contact Wilfredo at  wflorentino@citizensnyc.org or 212-822-9568.


2.       Free Screening: Insect-themed Animated Shorts for Kids—November 9

NYC Parks will present a free screening of insect-themed animated shorts for children, in conjunction with the Notched Bodies: Insects in Contemporary Art exhibition on view through November 13. The event will be held on Saturday, November 9thfrom 10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m. at Arsenal (in Central Park),Manhattan. Event seating is limited, to RSVP please email: artandantiquities@parks.nyc.gov. Visit NYC Parks and Recreation’s website for a full calendar of events.

3.       Saving for College: Presentation on New York’s 529 College Savings Plan – Nov 12

Learn how to save for college with New York’s 529 College Savings Program Direct Plan. This event will be held on November 12th at the New York Public Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL), Conference Room 018, 188 Madison Ave at 34th St, Manhattan from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. The venue is fully accessible to wheelchairs. Click here for Map and directions or visit the NYPL’s website for more information about this and upcoming free programs.

4.       Ask The Psychiatrist, Spanish Public Education Event —November 14

Conducted in Spanish, this forum will give participants an opportunity to ask questions  as well as obtain valuable information about NAMI’s programs and other resources. The event will be held on Thursday, November 14, from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Russ Berrie Building, Columbia University Medical Center, located at 1150 St. Nicholas Avenue. Share the Spanish flyer with families. To reserve a seat, contact the NAMI helpline at 212-684-3264The event is sponsored by National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City with guests Dr. Dragatsi and Dr. Caraballo from the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

5.       Strategies for Challenging Behaviors—November 15

This workshop will help participants to recognize the roots and triggers of challenging behaviors and learn strategies to encourage and sustain positive behavior both in school and at home. The workshop will be held on Friday, November 15, from10:00 am to 12:00 pm at 415 89th Street, 4th Floor Conference Rm., Brooklyn, NY. See the attached flyer for more information. The workshop is sponsored by Community Education Council 20. Registration required by Nov 8. Register by email: CEC20@schools.nyc.gov or phone, 718-759-3921. If translation is required, please indicate in which language.

6.       Multi-Consulate ID event: Services and Resources for Immigrant Families—November 17

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office of Immigrant Affairs is hosting a workshop for immigrant families on Sunday, November 17, from 9 am to 3 pm at PS 128 Audobon, 560 169th St, New York, NY 10069. The Consulates of the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Ecuador and El Salvador will be providing passports, consular ids and passport certifications for the November 17 event.  Also offered: services and workshops on Deferred Action for Childhood(DACA), adult education referrals, fraud prevention, college readiness and more.

See flyers below for more information or visit the New York Immigration Coalition’s website .

o   Multi-Consulate ID Event: Anti-Fraud, DACA and Parent Workshops @ PS 128 in Washington Heights (Spanish and English)

o   El Salvador Consulate at PS 128 in Washington Heights (Spanish)

o   Mexican Consulate at PS 128 in Washington Heights, Manhattan ( Spanish and English)

7.       Bedtime Strategies: Helping Children Sleep Better (Elementary ) – December 4

Parents are invited  to attend the Children Museum of Manhattan’s Lecture Series for  a discussion on your child’s sleep patterns. The event will be held on December 4th from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, The Tisch Building, 212 West 83rd Street, New York, NY 10024. The discussion will be led by Dr. Judith Owens, Director of Sleep Medicine at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC and an internationally recognized authority on children and sleep. Children

RSVP to Susan Lim by December 2nd at slim@cmom.org or 212-721-1223 ext. 225. For more information visitwww.cmom.org.  View the museum’s calendar for a list of upcoming events sortable by age. CMOM Members Free / Non-Members $5.


8.       Student Application for the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute –Dec 20 (High Schools)

Applications for the 2014 Angelo del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute (PR/HYLY) program are now available online.  Apply here.  The institute begins in January and is open to juniors and seniors of any Hispanic background. The program provides students with the opportunity to learn how a bill is passed in the State Assembly and culminates in a weekend trip to Albany. Students also learn resume writing, debating, and leadership skills. Please encourage all eligible students to participate in this exceptional program. Applicants must submit a 400-word essay on a historic example of bullying and how they, as Hispanic/Latino leaders, can take active roles to end bullying in their schools and communities. Contact: Miguel Cordero

9.       Grants for Community Improvement Projects—January 27th

Citizens Committee awards micro-grants of up to $3,000 to resident-led groups to work on community and school improvement projects throughout the city, through the Neighborhood Grants project. They prioritize groups based in low income neighborhoods and Title I public schools.   Recent awards have enabled neighbors to come together to make healthy food available in their communities, transform empty lots into community gardens, organize tenants to advocate for better housing conditions, and start school recycling drives. Applications are due January 27, 2014. Visit their website for more information, grant guidelines, and a copy of the application.  For information in Spanish, contact Wilfredo: 212-822-9568 at wflorentino@citizensnyc.org.