So Why Are Fewer Parents Reading to Their Children?

So Why Are Fewer Parents Reading to Their Children?
Echo News (UK)
October 29, 2008
Reading aloud to children is seen by many as a parent’s duty. But sadly, in today’s time-pressed world it’s one that’s increasingly taking a back seat. New research by the Book Trust found daily reading aloud with children has decreased over the past two years from 43 percent of parents of young children in 2006, to just 33 percent in 2008.




“Yes, I Can be a Health Care Professional!” – Saturday, November 22, 2008

Are You Interested in a Health Career?




Proudly Presents






Yes, I Can be a Health Care Professional!”


Keynote Speaker:  Kenneth B. Morris, Jr.

Great, Great, Great Grandson of Frederick Douglass and Great, Great  Grandson of Booker T. Washington


Date:           **Saturday, November 22, 2008**

Time:           8am-2pm

                   Registration/Continental Breakfast begins at 8:00am

                   Conference begins promptly at 9:00am

Place:          Frederick Douglass Academy I

                   2581 Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard (also 7th Ave.)

                   Between 148th and 150th (free parking in lot)


                        By subway:  #3 to the last stop, “A” train to 145th Street


Who:              Students (3rd grade through 12th grade), College Students,                                          Caregivers, Health Professional Students, Educators, Community                             Members and Practicing Health Professionals


Cost:           FREE 


RSVP:         Register by November 10, 2008


          (Health Professional Volunteers)

                   Call (718)920-6626 Mrs. Perrineau

                   Fax (718)798-0730 Attn:  Dr. Holden


Educational Workshops**Ask the Expert Fair**Prize and Scholarship Giveaway**Lunch with a Health Professional


Mentoring in Medicine is a nonprofit organization dedicated to mentoring, academic enrichment and leadership development in students underrepresented in medicine (Black, Hispanic, and Native American).  Programs have been featured in The New York Times, JET, Essence and the NY Daily News.  All are invited.

Events for Halloween Weekend 2008 – Staten Island, New York

If you can’t make it to the Halloween Parade in NYC, have some fun closer to home in Staten Island. Here are some ideas for you and the children:

Friday, October 31
Rollerjam Presents Halloween Teen Bash. Lasers, bubble/snow machine. Best costume prizes. Ages 12-16.
Rollerjam USA, 718 605-6600
Halloween Extravanza. Family fun at Bloomingdale Park. Sponsored by Borough President, 718 816-2133
Trick or Treating at the Library. All ages. South Beach Library, 718 816-5834
Halloween Stories. Wear your costume. Ages 5-12. Tottenville Library, 718 984-0945
Campfire on the Beach. A family-oriented Halloween evening. Miller Field Beach, GNRA, 718 351-6970
Lantern Tour of Ft. Wadsworth. A tour of the fort by night. Prereg. Ft. Wadsworth Visitor Ctr., 718 354-4500
Family Camping. Greenbelt Recreation Center. Registration 10/27. Urban Park Rangers, 718 967-3542
The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 718 448-2500

  • Haunted Tour at the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum in Rosebank – 420 Tompkins Ave. 7-8:30 p.m. Offered every Friday night during the month of October, the 90-minute candlelit tour of the 160-year-old Gothic revival-style house and grounds is sure to be entertaining, and chilling, for believers and skeptics alike. Learn the story of the house and its past tenants and the role it has played in the history of Staten Island. Learn about other ghost stories in Italian culture, and experience the lives of Antonio Meucci, the true inventor of the telephone, and Giuseppe Garibaldi, the George Washington of Italy, in a way only our Haunted Tour can offer. (718) 442-1608

  • Saturday, November 1
    National Family Literacy Day. Join the S.I. Reading Assoc. & travel through the pages of favorite children’s books. SI Children’s Museum, 718 273-2060
    Streams of Blue Heron. A tour of the park. Blue Heron, 718 967-3542
    Rotary Halloween Party. For adults. Benefits Alzheimer’s Foundation of S.I., 718 667-7110
    Kids Workshop: Leaf Press. Do-it-yourself skills & tool safety. Ages 5-12. Free. Home Depot. Info at Kids Activities
    St. George/Ferry Walking Tour. SI Museum, 718 227-1135
    Concert: Beatlemania Now. A Beatles tribute. St. George Theatre, 718 442-2900
    Dance, Relax or Drum. Red Storm returns to play traditional & original songs. All ages. Clay Pit Ponds, 718 967-1976
    Astronomy Night. A tour of the evening sky. GNRA, Great Kills Park, 718 987-6790

    Saturday & Sunday, November 1 & 2
    Native American Dream Catcher. SI Children’s Museum, 718 2273-2060

    Saturdays Nov 1 & 15
    Fresh Kills Tour. See the transformation of the former Fresh Kills Landfill. Bus tour is 1-1/2 hours. To register visit or call 212 788-8277

    Sunday, November 2
    Beginning Backpacking. Learn the basics of this enjoyable outdoor sport. UPR, Blue Heron Park, 718 967-3542
    Snakes, Slugs, Worms and Bugs. Search for creepy crawlers. UPR, Blue Heron Park,718 967-3542
    Greenbelt Book Club. Adults. Prereg. Greenbelt Nature Center, 718 351-3450
    Mickey Rooney/Jan Rooney. Evening of songs, reminiscences & jazz. St. George Theatre, 718 442-2900
    Educational Reptile & Amphibian Expo. Speakers, displays of various reptile & amphibian species. Metropolitan Herpetological Society. Blue Heron Park Nature Center, 917 992-1847

Meet & Greet at the Petrides “J” Building – November 18, 2008 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

If you are the parent of a child at Petrides, please come and learn about the curriculum and the Power of Choice Program. You may also meet the therapists! This meeting will be facilitated by Assistant Principal Danielle Simeoli.

Questions? Call Parent Coordinator Kirsten Rorke (718) 816-8897 ext. 210

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 (Parent/Teacher Conference Day) Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Petrides “J” Building

New York State Education Department (NYSED) Public Hearing About Changes to the IEP Forms


New York State Education Department (NYSED) is planning to make changes to the forms used across New York State for Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).  They are required by law to hold public meetings to receive public comments, and they have scheduled 3 meetings in early November, including one in New York City on the afternoon of November 6, 2008.   These changes could profoundly affect future IEPs, and therefore the delivery of special education supports and services for students with disabilities in New York City.   Some proposed changes that may be of interest or concern to ARISE Coalition supporters are:

  • The proposed IEP no longer includes the section that asks what type of diploma the student is on track to receive.
  • The proposed IEP no longer includes a place to specify group size for SETSS or related services.
  • The proposed IEP does not indicate the language needs of the parent/guardian or provide a place for indicating the language of a child who needs bilingual services.
  • For children who need a Behavior Intervention Plan, the proposed IEP provides a “drop down menu” of options, which includes only two options:  use of a time-out room and “other.”

NYSED will also accept written comments until November 14, 2008.  The proposed forms, address and fax number for written comments, and details regarding the hearing dates and locations can be found at .

Transition Options for Special Needs Students Graduating from the D.O.E.

                 When School is Finished………

                                              What Happens Next?


Learn About Options for Your Son or Daughter


Healthy Transitions: Collaboration Among Families, Youth, Service Providers and the Medical Community

Join us on

Saturday, November 15, 2008

9:00 AM-1:30 PM

Institute for Basic Research

1050 Forest Hill Road, Staten Island


How can I use the remaining school years to create a positive

plan for transition and next steps?

HEALTHY Transitions– and Healthy Skills Checklist

Transition from pediatric to adult medical care

Emotional support—recognizing and validating the emotions

faced in transition


RSVP by 11/08/2008

Parent to Parent of New York State

718-494-3462- leave a message or


Refreshments will be served

National Down Syndrome Society’s Education Series: An Evening with William I. Cohen, M.D.

Please join us for
an evening with
William I. Cohen, M.D.
Director, Down Syndrome Center
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

as part of the National Down Syndrome Society’s
Education Series

Thursday, December 11, 2008  ~  7:00 – 9:00 pm
Helen Mills Theater, 137-139 West 26th Street, New York City

Reservations required. Please reply to to confirm your attendance
or call 212.763.4367. Space is limited. There will be no solicitation of funds.

For more information please visit