May Update

Better late than never — see what we’ve been working on in our most recent newsletter. May included a visit from the new DOE Chancellor, Richard Carranza; a feature in El Diario about our parent organizing group’s campaign to end race-based bullying in local schools; and gearing up for summer!

Masa is recruiting volunteers for Children’s Day!

Día del Niño (Children’s Day) is a celebration that originated in Mexico, and now is observed in many Latin American countries. Día del Niño focuses on the importance of loving, accepting and appreciating children. Come join us as we celebrate! We will be hosting activities such as early literacy, science, art, and a raffle with prizes!

Saturday, April 28th
2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Neumann Hall
601 Melrose Avenue, Bronx, NY

This is a free event that is open to the community.  Want to volunteer? Please fill out this form to be considered.

Pre-K Enrollment Workshop / Workshop to apply to Pre-K

If your child was born in 2014 and resides in the following area codes:10454, 10459, 10474, 10032, 10033, 10040

Would like to enroll them in school for September 2018?

We can help!

When: Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Where: Tlanezcalli Community Center: 2770 Third Avenue, Bronx NY 10455 (Between 146th and 147th street)

To schedule an appointment please call (917) 900-2343 and ask for Yhilda

We look forward to hearing from you!

Start the New Year right — help with tax prep at Masa!

On February 17th, Masa will be hosting a free tax prep day in partnership with Ariva.

If you’re interested in supporting this and other free tax preparation events during the upcoming tax season, helping families avoid expensive tax prep fees, *especially* if you speak Spanish, you can apply to become a volunteer with Ariva — you’ll get free, IRS-certified tax training and the opportunity to help out with 4 free tax prep days from January-April!

If you apply, don’t forget to mention you want to volunteer at Masa on February 17th!

We’re having a toy drive!

Do you want to bring holiday cheer to the kids at Masa? We’re having a holiday toy drive! We even created an Amazon wish list with a bunch of fun toys that Masa kids are sure to love: http://a.co/6t0x9yx

If you’d like to donate a toy, you can take or ship unwrapped toys (please no fake weapons or war-themed toys) — whether from the wish list or not — to our offices through December 22nd:

Tlanezcalli Community Center
2770 Third Avenue, 1st Floor
Bronx, NY 10455
Between 146th & 147th

In addition, if you’d like to donate funds specifically for this purpose, you can do so here: http://masany.org/2017toydrive

Questions? Please e-mail education@masany.org — thank you for your support!

A big thanks to Masa’s volunteer committee!

Here at Masa, we’d like to share a huge congratulations and an enormous THANK YOU to Masa’s incredible Volunteer Committee, who ran a 5K/10K in late October (in the rain, no less) and fundraised $3,700 for Masa! We are so grateful for their efforts and proud to have them as part of #TeamMasa! You can see some pictures here.

Masa’s Family Fair for Hate-Free Schools is Tomorrow!

Masa Parents in Action (MPIA) is a committee of local parent leaders dedicated to improving the educational experiences of underserved families in the South Bronx, especially Latino and immigrant families.

Tomorrow, MPIA will host a Family Fair for Hate-Free Schools, an event to launch our campaign against race-based bullying, discrimination, and violence in our public schools. City-level trends show a rise in bullying in our schools: in 2016, 71% of students in grades 6-12 reported in the annual School Climate Survey that students harass and bully their peers; in 2017, that figure jumped to 81%. Similarly, in 2016, 51% of respondents said students bullied each other because of “race or ethnicity”; in 2017, 65% of students said kids bullied each other at school over “race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, or citizenship/ immigration status” – a 14-point jump.

MPIA recognizes that schools must be safe havens for all students and families, and is demanding that schools have the resources and support they need to create such an environment. Key event details appear below:

Date: Saturday, October 14th
Time: 1-4 PM
Location: Brook Park, 494 East 141st Street, Bronx, NY 10454 (at Brook Avenue)

 

We hope to see you tomorrow!