Idiom of the Week: Stick in the Mud

Meaning: Someone who stops other people from having fun.

Examples:

Come on and dance! Don’t be a stick in the mud!

My dad was a stick in the mud at the beach. He wouldn’t let us go in the water above our knees.

I’m kind of a stick in the mud. I don’t like parties or loud music.

 

Pop Quiz:

Which of the following is an example of being a stick in the mud?

A.  Wanting to stay inside on a beautiful day while your family wants to go outside.

B.  Laughing and talking a lot at a party.

C.  Participating a lot in class.

To see the correct answer, click on “Continue reading”:

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Adult Literacy Means…

From the New York City Coalition for Adult Literacy (NYCCAL):

Please participate in a city advocacy effort today in anticipation of the release of the upcoming city budget! This week’s messaging will be directed towards the Mayor’s Office and agencies to support the refunding of the $12M we achieved last year, including for DYCD expansion funding that is at risk of expiring on June 30th. Please add it to your calendars and spread the word to your staff and students so that calls, tweets and messages are sent this Thursday!

Once the budget is released we will follow up with additional advocacy plans for city council members as well.

What: NYCCAL City Advocacy Alert Day of Action

When:  Thursday, April 20, 2017 (all day)

Why:

  • The NYC budget will be released this month and it’s imperative that services for adult literacy students and their families are maintained and expanded, especially now during NYC Immigrant Heritage Week!
  • If the City doesn’t re-fund last year’s adult literacy investment, 5,700 current students will lose their seats in city-funded English language (ESOL) or High School Equivalency (HSE) classes onJuly 1st.
  • 15,000 additional applicants are still on waiting lists right now to enter classes.

How: Call, tweet or email the city to make sure that no classes are cut from the budget! Make sure that NYC stands up for adult learners and their right to education. Talk about how important English and high school equivalency classes are for you, your family and your neighborhood.

Call:

Use the template at https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1YIxzzuFzCKZEpHRHVBWnBvVGM to take a picture of yourself and send Tweets to: 

  • @NYCMayor
  • @nycgob (Spanish NYC account)
  • @NYCYouth (DYCD account)

Send a message:

http://www.nyc.gov/html/static/pages/officeofthemayor/contact.shtml

 

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Resources for Immigrants

From UniversitySettlement.org:

*Please note that University Settlement is not endorsing any organization or service, nor are we responsible for the content of websites that we link to that are not controlled by University Settlement.

Following the recent executive orders on immigration, we have seen a rise in fear and anxiety from our immigrant clients. We have stepped up efforts to provide legal guidance, testified at City Council meetings, and reaffirmed that we are a welcoming and safe space for all.

Below, we’ve put together a list of resources for individuals and families that have questions or concerns about immigration rights and need additional assistance. Please share this with those in need. Together, we will make a difference in the lives of the people we work with throughout New York City.

ActionNYC
Free, safe immigration legal help, including resources and information on DACA
To make an appointment: (800) 354-0365 or call 311 and say ActionNYC

Black Immigration Network
A Guide for Visiting Immigrant Detainees

City of New York Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
City Resources for New York City Immigrants in English, Español, Français, 中文, and العربية

Immigrant Defense Project
Know Your Rights Flyer when faced with immigration agents in English, Español, Français, 中文, and العربية

Legal Aid Society
Emergency Plan in Case of the Detention or Deportation of Family Members in English and Español, and 中文
Immigration Hotline: (844) 955-3425 – Fridays from 9:30am to 12:30pm EST

New York Immigration Coalition
Know Your Rights Community Toolkit in English, Español, and 中文

New York State Office for New Americans
Immigration Hotline: (800) 566-7636 – Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 12:00pm EST

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Online Detainee Locator

Hate Crime Reporting
NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force: (646) 610-5267
New York City Public Advocate: (212) 669-7250
New York State Attorney General: (866) 390-2992
New York State Division of Human Rights: (888) 392-3644

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More Health Stories

Our 3A and 3P students recently wrote about their encounters with doctors, hospitals, and ill health. Enjoy one below and then take the quiz to test your understanding.

 

Noelia Cardoso

The Scorpion

When I was ten years old, I was in my bed at midnight when I felt a bite. I started to cry a lot because it hurt. My mom came to me and asked what happened, and I said a scorpion stung me. Then she tried to find the scorpion. It was in my blanket.

My leg started to hurt. My mouth and my throat started itching and then I started to throw up. I continued crying and my dad said we had to go to the hospital immediately because I looked so bad. My father tried to find a car to take us to the hospital because it was so far away. I can remember it was so difficult for my father to find a car. Finally one neighbor wanted to do the favor and took us to the hospital.

In the middle of the ride I could not breathe. It was so difficult for me to breathe. It took more than ten minutes to arrive at the hospital. My mom tried to talk to me but I couldn’t speak. I think moms are so brave most of the time. We pass through many troubles in our lifetime.

Finally I needed six antibiotics because my body didn’t respond to the first antibiotics. My mom thought that day I was born again because I almost died that day.

In my town it’s normal to see scorpions everywhere, especially when the wind is strong. We have to take care in the house, especially in the bed. You don’t know if you can find a scorpion when you use the bed to take a nap. That’s why I love New York because we don’t have to worry about scorpions in the bed.

To read more, click here.

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Let the Cat Out of the Bag Revisited

Here are some fun images from the internet using our latest Idiom of the Week:

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Health Stories

Classes 3A and 3P have penned more stories, this time about health and health problems and going to the hospital and the doctor. Read one below and then take the quiz afterwards to test your comprehension.

Shu Fang Chen

Hospital

When I was pregnant with my son in 1995, I was in a clothing shop one day when I got a stomachache. I called my husband to take me to the hospital. After an hour I saw my doctor. She said my son was almost coming out. But after one day my son did not come out, so the whole night my stomach hurt.

The next morning the doctors said I needed to have surgery. When I was in the operating room, the doctors got everything ready, but then there was a power outage. I was lying on the operating table and it was very cold. Nobody cared about me. After an hour the doctors told me there wouldn’t be surgery now, so I needed to give birth by myself.

When I heard the news, I was sad. I was unlucky. I was in the operating room for three hours giving birth to my son. Afterwards I felt very cold. When I went back to my hospital room, my mother gave me two quilts, but I still felt cold and very tired. The nurse told me not to go to sleep, but I couldn’t keep my eyes open because I hadn’t slept for two days. My mother sat next to me and kept talking. Now I know mother is the greatest.

To read more, click here.

 

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Write a Letter to Support Adult Education!

From CQ Roll Call:

NO CUTS IN ADULT EDUCATION FUNDING

The Trump administration’s initial budget proposal, which was released last Thursday, proposed a budget cut of 13.5% in the U.S. Department of Education for FY2018. While adult education was not specifically mentioned in this proposal, we anticipate that the complete budget, which will be released in mid-May, will include the cut of 13.5% for adult education along with most other education programs.

Given the tremendous harm that a cut of this size would cause to adult education programs and students across the country, the National Council of State Directors and COABE (Coalition on Adult Basic Education) are launching a national advocacy campaign to ensure that members of Congress do not approve this devastating cut.

The message for this campaign is NO CUTS IN ADULT EDUCATION. Each of us as adult educators, students, and friends of adult education have the responsibility to take swift and decisive action to ensure that the proposed cut is not enacted.

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