Urban Park Rangers – Fun, Free Outdoor Programs – Summer 2011


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The Urban Park Rangers offer a slew of free outdoor programs for kids. Their jam-packed online calendar includes hiking, orienteering, canoeing, birding, and fishing activities for families. You can also subscribe to their quarterly Outdoors in New York newsletter.

The Explorer Programs feature family canoeing, birding or hiking clubs. Developed in conjunction with the National Geographic Society, these programs invite you to examine New York City’s 28,000 acres of parkland as you never have before. You’ll forget you’re in the city entirely! Sessions last about an hour and a half, unless otherwise noted.

Starting in May, families can join the Urban Park Rangers for Family Camp Outs at various city parks. Each evening starts with a cookout, followed by activities like stargazing and night hikes, and finally slumber.

How to register: There are just 30 spaces per outing and registration only stays open for 24 hours. The lucky families are selected via lottery.

The Urban Park Rangers even run an inexpensive Junior Ranger Day Camp, which is open to kids ages 8-11. The camp runs in Manhattan’s Inwood Hill Park, Brooklyn’s Marine Park, the Bronx’s Crotona Park and Staten Island’s Blue Heron Park from July 5-August 19, and costs $65 a week!

How to register: Since registration began in February, space is
currently extremely limited. Call 212-360-2776 for more info.


Free Summer Outdoor Programs in NYC – 2011






Here is a listing of several free summer outdoor sports programs to provide the families with. Lots of fun and interesting activities!

CityParks Sports – Free Lessons in the Park

GO TO: http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/

The City Parks Foundation runs free tennis, golf, and track & field
programs for kids in all five boroughs. All equipment is provided.

CityParks Tennis offers three levels of instruction for children ages 5 to 16. One-hour lessons are held in the morning and afternoon in more
than 36 city parks from Tuesday, July 5-Tuesday, August 16.

How to register: Once you pick a location, parents can sign up their  kids for the six-week session at the first lesson, no advance
registration required. According to the staff, no one is ever turned away. Call 718-760-6999 for more information or go to: http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/

Parent to Parent NY, Inc. Workshop – “The New IEP Document”





TIME: 11:00 AM TO 1:00 PM 


If you have any questions, please call 718-494-4872.

Department of Education to Re-Open Parent Voting in the 2011 Community and Citywide Education Council Elections


Parents will have an opportunity to Participate in the CEC Elections

Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott today announced that the Department of Education will open a new Parent Advisory Voting Period, to be held May 18th to May 25th. Parents will vote again for CEC candidates running for one of the 36 Councils: the 32 Community Education Councils, Citywide Council on High Schools, Citywide Council on English Language Learners, Citywide Council on Special Education, or District 75 Council.  The results of the prior advisory vote held from May 1st to May 7th will be invalidated. The Selector’s Voting Period will now take place May 27th through June 3rd.  All Community and Citywide Education Council members will be seated by July 1st.

“We place tremendous value on parent involvement in our schools and recognize that we should have done a better job managing the Community and Citywide Education Councils Elections,” said Chancellor Walcott. “We believe that holding the advisory vote again and pushing back the Selector’s vote will ensure that the elections are fair to our parents and that we meet our responsibility to seat CEC Members by July 1st.”

The Community Education Councils (CEC) – The CECs participate in shaping educational policies in their districts.  Their responsibilities include reviewing and evaluating schools’ instructional programs, approving school zoning lines, holding public hearings on annual capacity plans, and providing input on other important policy issues. Each CEC has nine parent members selected by the Presidents, Treasurers, and Recording Secretaries of Parent Associations/Parent-Teacher Associations in every district.

The Citywide Council on High Schools (CCHS) – The CCHS advises and comments on educational or instructional policy involving students attending public high schools. There are ten elected members on the Citywide Council on High Schools, two from each borough. Each member must be the parent of a student attending public high school.

The Citywide Council on English Language Learners (CCELL) – The CCELL advises and comments on policy involving students enrolled in English Language Learner (ELL) programs. There are nine elected members on the Citywide Council on English Language Learners. Each member must be the parent of a student receiving ELL instruction.

The Citywide Council on Special Education (CCSE) – The CCSE advises and comments on services for students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). There are nine elected members on the Citywide Council on Special Education. Each member must be the parent of a student with an IEP.

The District 75 Citywide Council (D75 Council) – The Council advises and comments on educational policies that affect students with disabilities who attend D75 schools. There are nine elected members on the D75 Council. Each member must be the parent of a student enrolled in a D75 program.

Community and Citywide Council Members are elected to a two-year term. The election schedule for the 32 Community Education Councils, Citywide Council on High Schools, Citywide Council on English Language Learners, Citywide Council on Special Education, and District 75 Council will be as follows:

  • May 18, 2011 through May 25, 2011 – All NYC public school parents can cast online advisory votes for Community and Citywide Education Council Candidates, by entering their child’s mailing zip code and OSIS number, which can be obtained from their child’s report card, ARIS, and parent coordinator, at http://www.powertotheparents.org/ .
  • May 27, 2011 through June 3, 2011– Presidents, Treasurers, and Recording Secretaries of Parent Associations and Parent Teacher Associations will vote to select the new Community and Citywide Education Council Members for 2011-2013.
  • July 1, 2011 – Community and Citywide Education Council Members for 2011-2013 will be seated.  The parent self-nomination period closed on April 22, 2011 for parents interested in running for a seat on a Council.

For more information on Community and Citywide Education Councils, visit http://www.powertotheparents.org/ , call OFIA at 212-374-4118, or call 311.

UFT Update of Special Education Topics – Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at 9a.m.

Please come join the UFT for an update of Special Education topics on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at 9AM. It will be held at the UFT office at 4456 Amboy Rd. (across from the Eltingville Post Office)- cross street is Richmond Ave.

It is a free forum and refreshments will be served.

Our distinguished guest speakers will be Carmen Alvarez, VP of UFT for
Special Education and Emma Mendez, UFT Special Education Liaison

Please let me know if you will attend or not. Any questions please call 718-605-1400

Joan McKeever-Thomas

UFT Parent and Community Outreach Liaison for SI

GRACE Foundation Fundraiser “Touch a Truck” May 22, 2011 from 12 – 5p.m.

Come support the Staten Island Children’s campaign on May 22nd at the Touch-A-Truck event from 12pm-5pm at Richmond County Bank Ballpark! Every dollar raised will benefit the Staten Island Children’s Campaign, a charitable trust sponsored by the Staten Island Advance to raise funds for programs serving 60,000 borough children through 17 non-profit groups. Invest in a child – it’s the best investment you’ll ever make. If you haven’t already purchased your tickets, please visit TOUCHATRUCK and order today! Tickets are also available at the door. We hope to see you there!

Date: May 22, 2011

Admission: $5

Rain date: June 5, 2011

Click here for more details: Touch-A-Truck Event Information

Hosted by: The Staten Island Advance and the Staten Island Yankees

Where: Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George – 75 Richmond Terrace – Staten Island,NY 10301

Some of the Trucks presented:

Fire Truck         Ice Cream Truck

Cement Truck    Cherry Picker

SWAT vehicle    Garbage Truck

Ambulance        Advance Delivery Truck

Bull Dozer         Dump Truck

School Bus         Steamroller


Tug-of-War *   Balloon Toss * Face Painting  *  Music * Arts and Crafts  *  Refreshments * Inflatable’s