Wednesday, November 19th: Emergency Town Hall


On Thursday, October 9th 2014, 20-30 unsupervised students from local schools began a terrifying brawl outside a quiet Coffee shop on Vanderbilt Avenue b/t DeKalb and Lafayette Avenues (after school hours). Local business owners tried, desperately, to intervene but were met with profane language from students. 911 was called.

Come and join the conversation and help us to keep our neighborhood safe.

When: Wednesday, November 19th from 6:30pm-8:00pm
Where: P.S 20, 225 Adelphi St Brooklyn, NY 11205

Guests will include:

  • Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
  • City Council Member Laurie Cumbo
  • Kicey Motley of the NYC Mayor’s Office
  • Local School Principals.

For more information, call (917) 353-2990

Back 2 School Bookbag Swag


From now until Saturday, August 30th donate at least 1 new book bag and new school supplies to give away to children from pre-school to high school.

Sponsor: Rev. Anthony L. Trufant & Emmanuel Baptist Church
Drop-off Location: Emmanuel Baptist Church (36 St. James Place @ Lafayette Ave.)

For questions contact Jocelyn Mann.
Phone: 718-622.1107

A message from Brooklyn Pitbulls Youth Football program…


Registration for the ‘Brooklyn Pitbulls Youth Football’ program in progress since April 2014. Are you interested in playing football? If you are Age 8-15, it is not too late, but time is running out!

Commodore Barry Park Avenue and Navy Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Saturday from 10:30am – 1:00pm

We are a 501 (c) 3 organization that has been servicing the Fort Greene and Clinton Hill area for the last 10 years. We are reaching out for the support of the community. If you are interested in supporting our program, we are trying to raise $10,000. We are asking for 250 people to donate $40. Each donation will be mentioned on our website, unless instructed otherwise. All donations are tax deductible.

Checks should be made payable to: Brooklyn Pitbulls Youth Football, and mailed to: Brooklyn Pitbulls Youth Football, Inc., P.O. Box , Brooklyn, NY 11215. You can also make donations at our website:

In advance, we thank you for your support.

Lloyd Rodriguez, Director

Phone/Fax: 718-756-2194

“Doing our part in keeping the youth off the streets and doing something positive!”

Free 4-Week Summer Arts Camp


Sponsored by NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

Free Summer Arts Camp

Theater, Dance/Fitness, Visual Arts, Photography, Music, Storytelling, Recreational & Educational Trips

*Activities subject to change

Monday, July 7th 2014 – Thursday July 31, 2014
Monday-Thursday 9AM-4PM (4 Weeks Only)

P.S. 329 The Surfside School
2929 West 30th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224


• Only NYC-DOE enrolled 6th, 7th, & 8th graders Eligible

• Priority Given to I.S.239 -Mark Twain Students

• Free Lunches Provided by NYC DOE

Space is limited-To Enroll Your Child, Call or E-mail:

212.575.7676 ext.203 or

Brittany Gilligan, Program Coordinator

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for an enrollment form.



Community Forum – Parent Advocacy


The Center for Law and Social Justice and the MEC Pipeline Present:

The Parent Advocacy Workshop Series

Thursday, May 29th 6pm – 8 pm
Special Education — “What Every Parent Needs to Know”
Tuesday, June 10th 6pm – 8pm
“The Common Core and Your Child’s Academic Success”
Thursday, June 12th 6pm – 8pm
“Parents and the Community: Partners for School Success”

All Workshops will be held at
1534 Bedford Avenue, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11216

Light refreshments will be served at each workshop.
RSVP: CLSJ 718-804-8893 OR Dale @ 718-804-8263

Pre-K: Family Info Sessions Next Week AND Deadline Extended to Apply to Provide Pre-K


Attached find flyers for information sessions being offered March 20-22 in each borough to inform families about how to find and apply for pre-K in Community Based Early Childhood Centers.
  • Tuesday, May 20, 5:00 pm-7:00pm, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Public Library, Dweck Auditorium, 10 Grand Army Plaza , Brooklyn, NY 11238
  • Tuesday, May 20, 5:00 pm-7:00pm, Queens, Queens Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11432
  • Wednesday, May 21, 5:30pm-7:00pm, Staten Island, St. George’s Library, 5 Central Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301
  • Thursday, May 22, 5:00-pm-7:00pm, Bronx, Bronx Library Center, 310 East Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, NY 10458
  • Thursday, May 22, 6:00-pm-8:00pm, Manhattan, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016
The Department of Education has extended the deadline by which Community-Based Early Childhood Centers (CBECCs) must submit an application to provide full-day Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) in September, 2014.
Applications are due via email to the appropriate field office by:  
5 p.m. Monday, May 19th.

Eligible organizations such as daycare centers, private schools, preschools and group family daycare providers with a DOHMH permit and others including libraries and museums may apply to provide UPK instruction daily, Monday through Friday, for 6 hours and 20 minutes per day, for 180 days between September 4, 2014, and June 30, 2015. The DOE will carefully screen all applicants to ensure safe, secure, high-quality options for parents.

Please visit: to download an application and obtain information and answers to frequently asked questions.

Feed The Kids!


Beginning Saturday, May 17th through Sunday, June 15Stork will proudly support the 2014 City Harvest Feed the Kids Initiative!

Every year, hundreds of New York City schools, organizations, companies, and Fire/Police Departments come together to collect non-perishable food donations for children in need. Drop off your donation at Stork, and receive 10% off any non-sale item. *(excluding Stokke and Micro Kickboard). The below items are suggested, however any donation is appreciated!

  • Fruit & Vegetables (canned)
  • Peanut Butter (plastic jars)
  • Mac & Cheese (packaged)
  • Hot/Cold Cereal (packaged)

District 17 College Conference


Community School District 17 Resource & College Conference

When: Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 10am to 2pm.

Where: Middle School 61, 400 Empire Boulevard

Join us as we help you jumpstart your child’s future!

Workshops and Panel Discussions on:

  • Transitioning from Elementary to Middle School and High School to College
  • College and Career Planning
  • Parents’ Guide to Understanding the Process
  • Resources and Services: Scholastic, Inc., Financial Planners, College and Career Advisors, and many more.

Register TODAY Online OR call District 17 Main Office at 718-221-4372.

Find the college that is the right fit for your child. Workshops are geared to ALL grade levels, Pre-K-12.

Everyone Is Welcome!

Press Release: Mayor de Blasio Outlines Major School Reforms


More parent-teacher time each week, $4.4 billion to ease school overcrowding, pre-K for over 50,000 children, after-school for 100,000 more middle schoolers

NEW YORK—Visiting parents and students at P.S. 69 in Queens today, Mayor Bill de Blasio outlined major reforms coming to city schools. The sweeping changes were put forward by the administration in the executive budget and its contract with the United Federation of Teachers, and will fundamentally improve the education of hundreds of thousands of students.

The reforms address some of the most vital needs in our schools, from devoting 40 minutes each week to dedicated parent-teacher interaction, to $4.4 billion in capital funds to ease overcrowding, to fulfilling the Mayor’s pledge to dramatically expand pre-K and after-school programs.

Mayor de Blasio, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and City Council Education Committee Chair Daniel Dromm emphasized these fundamental changes would improve public education across the whole school system.

“These aren’t pilot programs that help a lucky few; they are foundational changes that will lift up schools in every neighborhood,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “The strategic investments we are making recognize parents as true stakeholders, empower our educators and help students succeed.”

“We are making unprecedented investments in our children through an historic expansion of universal pre-K, and ensuring that from early education through high school, our focus is on preparing students for the future. The teachers’ contract and the reforms embedded in the Mayor’s executive budget reflect tremendous progress to restore dignity, opportunity and empower our city’s parents, schoolchildren, teachers and principals,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña.

“By instituting these reforms, Mayor de Blasio has demonstrated his commitment to ensuring that all of the students in our city’s public school system receive a high-quality education,” said Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. “I commend the Mayor, Chancellor Fariña, and the United Federation of Teachers for working together to implement reforms that are in the best interest of our kids.”

“I’m glad to see the administration making the necessary investments to help every New York City student reach their full potential,” said Congressman Joe Crowley. “Smaller classroom sizes, increased parental involvement, and a well-rounded education that embraces the arts are the things that will put our children on a path to success. We owe it to them to make the one opportunity they have at a great education the best it can be.”

“Mayor de Blasio has quickly brought important reform to our public schools,” said City Council Education Committee Chairperson Daniel Dromm. “Instituting universal pre-kindergarten, expanding middle school after-school programs, and dedicating $20 million to increase arts programs are all things that will help ensure that this generation of public school students will succeed. I am most pleased that educators and parents were included in the decision making process. As a former New York City public school teacher for 25 years, I can’t stress enough how important this is to guaranteeing the success of these reforms.”

The reforms discussed today include:

A Greater Voice for Parents: The UFT contract dedicates 40 minutes every Tuesday for teachers to reach out to parents by email, letter, telephone, or face-to-face meetings. The contract also doubles the number of evening parent-teacher conferences from two to four each school year.

Alleviating Overcrowding: This budget will start to address space conditions in the city’s schools, reducing overcrowding and the use of trailers as classrooms with $4.4 billion capital investment in new space, including class size reduction. In addition, the Department of Education will devote $480 million to remove temporary classroom units and rehabilitate the play yards where they had been located.

High-Quality, Universal, Full-Day Pre-K: The executive budget launches a major expansion of full-day universal pre-K to ensure that all 4-year-olds are set up for long-term success, including $300 million for 53,000 seats in FY 2015 and $340 million for 73,000 seats in FY 2016.

More Middle School After-School Programs: The executive budget includes an unprecedented investment of $145 million in FY 2015 to fund 34,000 new seats to serve nearly 100,000 middle school children.

More Arts Education: The executive budget also allocates $20 million in FY 2015 for arts education, which will be used to expand a range of art programs in schools across the city, improve art facilities, and increase partnerships with art institutions