Community & School News March 2018

Important School Dates
March 7 – Registration Day for Catholic High Schools
March 13 – Catholic School Touring Tuesdays
March 30 – April 6 – Spring Recess (Public Schools closed; Catholic Schools may be closed)

Staten Island Parent is on TV!
Staten Island Parent is beyond excited to team up with Spectrum NY1 News in a bimonthly segment on their program, This Week on Staten Island. The segment will cover hot topics from the latest issue of our publication, as well as highlight exciting, upcoming family events on the Island. Click here to see all of our latest segments from the show and be sure to tune in to This Week on Staten Island on Spectrum NY1 every Friday at 6:30pm, Saturday at 1:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm.

Need a Summer Job?
Is your son or daughter looking for a summer work? Staten Island teenagers and young adults who wish to work over the summer break can apply through the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). Qualified youths, ages 14-24, will be placed in paid, entry-level summer job programs for six weeks throughout July and August. SYEP also provides workshops on job readiness, career exploration, financial literacy, and opportunities to continue education and social growth. The programs are located in community-based organizations in all five boroughs of New York City. Applicants can apply online or at a community-based organization during the application period and will be selected via lottery. The deadline to apply is March 16, 2018. Go to to link to an application.

Spring Ahead!
Is winter over yet??? Almost! And lighter, brighter days are on the horizon, too. Daylight Saving Time begins at 2am on Sunday, March 11, so don’t forget to set those trusty wall clocks ahead an hour. Not to be confused with when we “fall back” an hour in autumn, Daylight Saving Time provides some much-needed relief from the dark days of winter when the sun sets before many people leave work. Sure, you’ll lose an hour of sleep and your kids will be a little grumpy for a few days, but the good news is that spring is on the way!

SI Teens Combat Tobacco Use
Local youth from Reality Check of Tobacco Free Staten Island, housed at the Jewish Community Center, recently attended Albany with one message for lawmakers: Tobacco Control Saves Lives and Money. Staten Island teens spoke to several politicians about the toll of tobacco in Staten Island and what they are doing to create changes within their community. The group focused on new data showing that, while adult smoking rates are dropping, New Yorkers with a mental illness, with low level of education, and those earning less than $15,000 per year are much more likely to smoke.

“Today we celebrate the adult smoking rate dropping to an all-time low of 14.2 percent.” said Ashley Zanatta, Community Engagement Manager of Tobacco-Free Staten Island. “However, while this is great news the fight isn’t over. We need to ensure that all New Yorkers regardless of income, education, race or mental health status, are given the help they need to quit tobacco use and, more importantly, to live in an environment that makes it less likely they will become addicted to the single leading cause of preventable death and disease in our state.”

Also alarming is increasing e-cigarette use in young people. While youth smoking rates have significantly declined, electronic cigarette use among the state’s middle and high schoolers has doubled from 2014-2016, and studies show e-cigarettes can be a precursor to cigarette smoking in youth, even those who were not likely to smoke cigarettes. “I see classmates using electronic cigarettes much more frequently than regular cigarettes.” said Christopher Becker, Reality Check participant. “As a Reality Check youth this is alarming as my peers don’t realize that using these products are harmful.”

New Digs for SIYSL
The Staten Island Youth Soccer League (SIYSL) will soon have a home of its own. SIYSL Vice President and Field Committee Chairperson recently announced SIYSL will build its fields on almost 10 acres in the area of Oakwood Beach. Depending on the size of the fields, SIYSL President Bill Smith is hoping to have room for three full-size fields and possibly two small-sided natural-grass fields. More than 5,200 players currently play in the SIYSL, the southernmost league in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA).

“We’ve been working on this with Senator Lanza for more than a year as well as the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery,” said Libertelli. “The state wanted to give the land to the city, but someone told the state about the Staten Island Youth Soccer League and that we have no official home and when they found out we were a non-for-profit organization, they thought it would be a good idea to see if we can work something out. Having our own fields will help us with scheduling and not waiting for other fields to open up for the season. We have the luxury of doing some things we wouldn’t have been able to do before.”

Michael’s Cause
Michael Capalongo is a little boy who deserves what every little boy does – a normal life. But he’s fighting Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a fatal genetic disorder which causes muscle degeneration. His parents are fully dedicated to fighting the disease and ensuring a future for Michael and others who are also living with it. That’s why they started Michael’s Cause, an organization whose mission is to raise awareness and find a cure for Duchenne’s.

On Saturday, March 10, Michael’s Cause is hosting their 7th annual Dinner Dance fundraiser at the Hilton Garden Inn. The event will include raffles, open bar, cocktail hour, sit-down dinner, photo booth, silent auction, 50/50 and more. To purchase your tickets or learn more, go to

CareerCon 2018
On Monday, February 26, hundreds of Staten Island high school students gathered at CareerCon 2018 in preparation of their possible future career paths. The event was hosted by the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce and took place at Saint John’s University. Industry professionals from over 85 businesses and organizations offered their expertise, and some offered internships and part-time positions as well. Students from every public high school on the island were in attendance.

Springtime Basket Auctions
Holiday Fair season seems like a distant memory by now, but Spring Basket Auctions are right around the corner! Head to for a list of auctions held in Staten Island this spring. Feeling generous? Be sure to contact the schools in your area if you are interested in donating a basket of your own. If you would like your school’s auction to be added to the list, please email the details to [email protected] with the subject line: Basket Auctions.