Parent Coordinator Connections
Vol. 5 October 31st 2014
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  • Get Ready for Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Fall 2014 Parent Conferences are a hot ticket! 
  • News and upcoming events for you and your families
November is Parent-Teacher Conference Month
Citywide Parent-Teacher Conferences provide a great opportunity for Parent Coordinators to catch up with parents and help them get the most from these valuable meetings with teachers.

Click here for a list of PTC resources and click here for the 2014-2015 Parent-Teacher Conference Calendar.


STEM 101 Professional Development

Join us in December for awesome workshops by Urban Advantage and NYU PolyTech to help you connect families to Science,Technology,Engineering and Math. Register early as seating is limited. Look out for more information next week. 

December 4th - NYU Brooklyn
December 18th- Museum of Natural History


Thanks for making the Arts and Culture PD a success! Complete the survey and let us know what you liked and how we can improve.

We're grateful to our museum partners for hosting the Arts & Culture PCPDs. Be sure to visit with your families! Bookmark their websites below for events and ideas to engage families in the arts. Other resources:
List of New York City's museums 

NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
Materials for the Arts
Parent's Guide: Tips for a Successful Museum Visit
High Five:
All the arts, all the time, all for $5

Special thanks also go out to the NYCDOE Office of Arts and Special Projects and our facilitators.For more information about Arts Education and resources for your school, visit their website or contact 212-356-8574 or


Fall 2014
Parent Conferences
Great job parent coordinators!
11/1 - Elementary School Parents (SOLD OUT!)
11/15 - High School Parents*
12/6 - Middle School Parents* 

*Registration is currently closed, but more seats may be added. Check the registration page on Tuesday,November 4th for updates.
DOE Deadlines and Events

Let the City Know What a Great Job Your Doing! Complete the PCAR.
A snapshot of activities from July 2014-Oct 2014 will be submitted to the Mayor's Office for the Preliminary Mayor's Management Report. Ensure that missing parent coordinator activity reports are submitted here by November 15.Contact with questions.


Opportunities for Families & Students
iHelp: Sandy Stress Relief gives you access to free, confidential and effective, online programs that use cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT for short, to help you regain a sense of emotional well-being. CBT is a tried, tested and effective way for people to learn new skills that help to overcome the distress that arises after a disaster. 
  • Most programs completed in 4 to 10 weeks 
  • Shown to be as effective as face-to-face therapy
  • Confidential and secure 
  • Available in English and Spanish
  • Available anytime, anywhere 
  • 24/7/365 support through telephone, text and chat
Anyone can enroll @ or by calling 1(866) 793-2765. If you would like to learn more about how you can become a referral site or would like a presentation about iHelp contact:
Melany Avrut
"I have an important question to ask you...Did you or someone you love grow up living with domestic violence?" 

INVINCIBLE by Brian F. Martin shares some key truths and simple steps that can be taken to help promote resiliency for any young person who is growing up with domestic violence. 

The Office of Guidance and School Counseling and the Division of Family and Community Engagement have partnered with CDV-Children of Domestic Violence ( This October, CDV has generously offered to send a free copy of INVINCIBLE and the corresponding Discussion Guide to the guidance team at each NYC public school. One additional copy may be sent to Parent Coordinators this November. A sampler is available here. You can also download the Discussion Guide using the password CDVInvincibleBook.  

The following book discussion groups are also available: 

1. Join the social media book launch: Please follow CDV founder and author of INVINCIBLE, Brian F. Martin, on Twitter at @brianfmartin. CDV will automatically follow you if you use the hashtag #InvincibleTheBook as this will allow them to identify those who are part of the launch. Alternatively, you can join the conversation on Facebook here. 

2. Watch and share this powerful video book trailer featuring Tony Robbins: here


November 4

Election Day (Non attendance day for students)
November 5 & 7 High School Parent-Teacher Conference
November 12-13 Elementary School Parent-Teacher Conference
November 15 Chancellor's High School Parent Conference
November 11 Veterans Day (No School)
November 17-18 D75 Parent-Teacher Conference
November 19-20 Middle School Parent-Teacher Conference
November 25 Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) Meeting
November 27-28 Thanksgiving Recess (No School)
various dates High School Information Sessions
various dates Middle School Open Houses
Want to Host an Exciting Workshop?

The parent coordinator community page  has great ideas for workshops that you can host for your parents. Not registered yet? Find out how with this flyer.
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