RBERN for Parents

April 2021 Parent Newsletter

RBERN is funded through a contract with the New York State Education Department.

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Welcome parents!

Please check out all the information that we have for the month of April!

April is....

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PR/HYLI 2021 Virtual Conference was a Success!

Students from the Capital District were phenomenal during the virtual Angelo del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute conference! Despite all unpredictable circumstances and PR/HYLI going virtual for the first time ever, students did an extravagant job.

This year’s PR/HYLI topic was Civic Readiness. Students spent some of their Saturdays mornings and Wednesdays afternoons for about three months learning about “the ability to make a positive difference in the public life of our communities through the combination of civic knowledge, skills and actions, mindsets, and experiences” (NYSED, 2020). They also studied and prepared for the debate of fours Bills:

  • Warm-up Bill - A10433 Relates to providing eligibility for state or local public benefits regardless of immigration status

  • Bill #1 - A9586 Prohibits and regulates the discovery and disclosure of immigration status

  • Bill #2 - A10319 Relates to establishing the office of racial equity and social justice

  • Bill # 3 - A4615 Prohibits police officers from using racial and ethnic profiling

The institute weekend included students from 15 districts whom five of the Seniors won scholarships. Congratulations Capital District Delegates! You did it!

Districts/Schools represented in our local delegation and at the 2021 PR/HYLI Leadership Institute Weekend event 2021:

  • Amsterdam

  • Cohoes

  • Gloversville

  • Guilderland

  • Hudson

  • Ichabod/ Crane/Kinderhook

  • Lansingburgh

  • Niskayuna

  • Ravena-Coeymans- Selkirk

  • Schenectady

  • Stillwater

  • Taconic Hills

  • Tech Valley

  • Troy

  • Waterford-Halfmoon

Capital District Scholarship Winners 2021:

  • Amanda A. Thrasher - Angelo Del Toro Scholarship

  • Mayra G. Morales - Angelo Del Toro Scholarship

  • Melissa A. Ochoa - Angelo Del Toro Scholarship

  • Jenifer C. Martinez Peraza - Angelo Del Toro Scholarship

  • Cruz C. Rios – Yesenia Valle Scholarship

  • Sara E. Nava - Yesenia Valle Scholarship

You're Invited!

to our Virtual Family Reunion Night on April 14th from 5-7 PM

Family Reunion Night

Wednesday, April 14th, 5-7pm

This is an online event.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Plan Your Vaccine

Everything you need to know about getting a Covid-19 vaccination as the rollout extends across the U.S. Information available in Spanish and Mandarin.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to common questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

latest documents from NYSDOH in relation to the travel quarantine updates. The NYS Travel Advisory website has also been updated to reflect the new changes–


Conocer sus derechos como padre y cómo comunicarse con su escuela

Taller Virtual - 3 de mayo del 2021 - 4pm ET

Conocer sus derechos como padre y cómo comunicarse con su escuela
Zoom link: https://mville-edu.zoom.us/j/98506474899

Presentadores Marcia Soares, especialista en recursos, y Yulissa Gomez, especialista en apoyo al programa
Red Regional de Recursos de Educación Bilingüe de Capital Region

En este taller discutiremos sobre los derechos que usted tiene como padre multilingüe en el estado de Nueva York. También discutiremos de las diferentes formas de comunicación con los maestros de sus hijos. Al final del taller, hablaremos sobre los derechos que le otorga el estado de Nueva York para que sus hijos reciban servicios de educación especial de ser necesario

Columbia County Sanctuary Movement

El Movimiento Santuario del Condado de Columbia organiza con inmigrantes y aliados para apoyar, empoderar y defender colectivamente nuestras comunidades.

Comuníquese con nosotros si necesita apoyo legal en caso de una multa de transito, cita con la corte, cita para registro de inmigración, o necesidad de evaluar su estado migratorio.

United Immigrants of New York

¿Qué es United Immigrants of New York?

United Immigrants of New York es un grupo de apasionados inmigrantes de primera generación que se ofrecen como voluntarios para informar a las comunidades inmigrantes de Nueva York. Brindamos a las comunidades hispanohablantes información de calidad sobre una variedad de temas, utilizando videos, mensajes sociales y otras plataformas tecnológicas para garantizar el máximo alcance. Para nosotros, información de calidad es relevante, de fácil acceso, comprensible, personable, y disponible de forma gratuita. ¡Infórmese y comparten!

What is United Immigrants of New York?

United Immigrants of New York is a group of passionate first-generation immigrants volunteering to inform immigrant communities of New York. We provide Spanish speaking communities with quality information on a range of topics, using video, social messaging and other technology platforms to ensure maximum reach. For us, quality information is relevant, easily accessible, understandable, relatable, and made available for free. Be informed and spread the word!

FAFSA-TAP & Dream Act PowerPoints Presentations - Spanish Versions

Welcome Families of Emergent Multilingual Learners to Prekindergarten in New York State

Resource for the parents of our Emergent Multilingual Learners. This resource was created in collaboration with Lehman College and Translated by our Language RBERN. This parent brochure answers four critical questions concerning the use of the home language. You can access the English and other languages here.

New York State Education Department

Parent Guide to Understanding the NYSESLAT Score Report

This document is intended to help families, students, educators, and the public to better understand the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT), and interpret the 2017 NYSESLAT Score Report for each English Language Learner (ELL) / Multilingual Learner (MLL).

PARENT DASHBOARD: The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is committed to making data available and easy to use. This site provides a first step so families can be better informed as they work to advance student achievement.



National Domestic Workers Alliance


Work Safely

  • Events and trainings
  • Tips on how to work safely

Get Support

  • Need Emotional Support?
  • Looking for Relief Resources
  • Coronavirus Care Fund

Take Action

PBS KIDS for Parents

Celebrating Black Leaders

Read books celebrating Black culture — picture books show the joys and challenges that kids of all races, ethnicities, and cultures can relate to as they learn and grow.

Unity for Literacy

Unity for Literacy is a site that offers a variety of digital books for children, guides about COVID-19 for adults and resources for teachers to use in classrooms. The best part is that it contains books narrated in 45 languages!

Translation Services

Capital District RBERN displays a translation services list on their website. This list contains more than 80 language assistants offering about 19 or more languages.

The Capital Region RBERN offers this list as a reference and does not endorse any particular entity.

**Your student’s school is required to provide you an interpreter for pertinent meetings and should also provide key information translated into your preferred native language.

La escuela de su hijo/a debe proporcionarle un intérprete para las reuniones pertinentes y también debe proporcionar información clave traducida a su idioma nativo preferido.

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The Golden Door Program

Descripción general del proyecto de ley de inmigración del presidente desde que asumió el cargo en 2021.

Overview of the president's immigration bill since he took office in 2021.

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Who, What & Where is CD RBERN? - Informational Webinar

ENL Family 1-sheet regarding Summer/Fall changes

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