Scenes from The Lion King – DYCD on Broadway

Over the past few weeks, a group of students from our fourth and fifth grade had the opportunity to participate in the DYCD on Broadway competition.  They were asked to perform two skits and two songs and submit an audition tape.  Prizes include the opportunity to perform on a Broadway stage, tickets to The Lion King, a workshop with the cast, and an 11-session curriculum that explores fundamentals of theater-making including: Acting, Design, Playwriting, Choreography, Directing, and a 30-minute adaptation created especially for the strengths and skill level of elementary school students.

Many thanks to Miss Brown and Miss Victoria who worked so hard to complete this project in only a week!  Thank you as well to the parents who came out to watch the performance this afternoon.  For those who missed it, here are the links to the videos we submitted.  Keep your fingers crossed and we will announce the results when they arrive!

Happy December!

Hello Parents!  I hope your Holiday Season has gotten off to a good start.  We’ve had a lot going on here at UAU recently!  Thanks to all who joined us to participate in the PS55 Gives Thanks and the Drop and Shop event with the school community.  We are busy making Holiday Cards for our troops, getting ready to create another amazing Gingerbread Village, and our 5th grade will be creating an audition video for a DYCD on Broadway competition with amazing prizes – including tickets to the Lion King and a chance to perform their scene in a Broadway theater!

A reminder that we will not be open for the December break.  The remaining dates we will be open when the school is closed are as follows:

January 15 (MLK Day)

February 20-23

April 2-6

Permission slips for those dates will be going home as the dates approach.  We are also scheduling a number of trips and events for those dates.  The February break will see programs coming in to visit our site each day and the April break so far has three AMAZING off site trips scheduled.  More information on those will follow.  Unfortunately in order to buy tickets and arrange bussing and staff in advance we will need to limit the number of participants eligible to attend these trips.  Once the permission slips go home seats for trips will be given on a first come, first served basis so please pay attention to your child’s folder for UAU notices.

Thanks to our high ratings, excellent attendance rates, and long waiting list we were lucky enough to secure more additional funding from the Department of Youth and Community Development for our program starting in January.  (Yay DYCD!)  We were thrilled to finally be able to offer the families on our wait list seats in our program!  Please continue to do your part to help our program by remembering that attendance is required EVERY DAY and that dismissal DOES NOT BEGIN UNTIL 5PM.  Early pick ups are very disruptive to the wonderful literacy and STEM programming we work so hard to provide every day.

Thanks so much for being part of our UAU family and have a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!


Mrs. Clark

Fall updates, PS55 Gives Thanks

Hello everyone! I hope you are enjoying the beautiful fall weather.  Just a few updates as we approach the busy fall season.

Our Halloween party will be held on Tuesday October 31 for all children in attendance.  If you choose to keep your child home that day to trick or treat, have fun and be safe!  We won’t be counting the attendance for that day.

There is no program on Election Day (November 7), the day of Parent Teacher Conferences (November 16), or Thanksgiving (November 23 and 24).  There will be regular program on November 10 (in advance of Veteran’s Day).

Finally, we will once again be participating in the PS55 Gives Thanks event.  Last year there was a great turnout and it was a wonderful time.  I hope to see you all there this year!

Welcome back!

September 11, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to another school year at U.A.U.! Whether you spent it here with us or not I hope you had a wonderful and restful summer. Here are just a few announcements and reminders to get the year going:
*Mandatory Parent Orientation will take place this Wednesday from 6:00 – 7:00 in the cafeteria. Please make sure to attend.
*Permission slips are going home for attending UAU during Rosh Hashanah (September 21 and 22). If you are interested please return this form as soon as possible so that we may schedule staff appropriately.
*Please visit our website at for the full list of open holidays and other periodic updates throughout the year.
*We have moved within the building to a new office – room 109! We now have a Daily News bulletin board as well where you can learn about what’s going on here at UAU. Make sure to stop by and say hello! Also, be aware that we are still figuring out the phone situation. The best way to reach me would be to email or call the cell at (917) 831-8773 – although the cell service in the office is spotty at best. I’d recommend emailing!
*As always, please be mindful that dismissal does not begin until 5:00, and the latest pick up possible is 5:45. Please plan your schedule accordingly.

Thank you so much for your participation in our program! We have a lot of great things planned and I am sure we will have a wonderful year!

All the best,
Michele Clark
Program Director, PS55
(718) 697 – 5200, ext. 5242 (UAU desk)
(917) 831-8773 (cell)

End of summer updates

Hello Parents! I can’t believe the summer went by so quickly! I hope your children had as much fun as we did. We had a ton of great activities over the summer and now we are setting our sights on September and the upcoming school year. Here are the list of dates for the school year as they currently stand:

September 6 – Buddy Day/ UAU Kindergarten Registration
September 7 – First day of school
September 11 – First day of UAU
September 13 – Parent Orientation, 6 pm
September 21,22 – Rosh Hashanah – No School – UAU OPEN
October 9 – Columbus Day – No school – UAU OPEN
November 7 – Election Day – No school – UAU CLOSED
November 10 – Veteran’s Day – School open – UAU OPEN
November 16 – 1/2 day – UAU CLOSED
November 23,24 – No school – UAU CLOSED
December 25 – January 1 – No school – UAU CLOSED
January 15 – MLK Day – No school – UAU OPEN
February 16,19 – No school – UAU CLOSED
February 20-23 – No school – UAU OPEN
March 15 – 1/2 day – UAU CLOSED
March 30 – Good Friday – No school – UAU CLOSED
April 2 – 6 – No school – UAU OPEN
May 28 – Memorial Day – No school – UAU CLOSED
June 7 – No school – UAU CLOSED
June 11 – No school – UAU CLOSED
June 15 – Eid al-Fitr – No school – UAU CLOSED
June 22 – Last day of UAU
June 26 – Last day of school

Thanks so much – we will see you in September!!

Attention SYEP applicants!

This post is only for SYEP applicants who will be working for PS55 over the summer. (Parents – you can disregard this post!)

Thank you to all of the applicants who came out to meet with us at IS34 yesterday. If you were unable to make it to IS34 there will be a make up Job Fair at IS2 on Tuesday May 30th from 4-7.

All applicants will be called for a separate Orientation with SYEP and then you will attend our orientation here at PS55 on Tuesday June 27 from 3-5 pm. On that day we will go through the application packet and make sure that everything is complete, INCLUDING YOUR MEDICAL FORM. As a reminder, no one will be allowed to work on site without a valid medical form dated within the past year. We will also be giving schedules on that day. Camp begins on July 5 and runs through August 18. Shifts will be from 8-1 or 1-6. I know everyone wants the morning, but we do need to cover our afternoon shift as well so please try your best to be flexible.

If you missed it, or if you need a new one, here is a copy of both the Worksite Referral and the SYEP Application that need to be completed and submitted to us on that day:

SYEP application 2017

SYEP Worksite referral 2017

If you have any questions going forward please contact our SYEP Program Coordinator for PS55 – Brittany Chadwick – at or Megan Chadwick our SYEP Site Monitor for PS55 – Megan Chadwick – at .

Thank you so much, and I look forward to working with you all this summer!


Michele Clark
Program Director, PS55

2017/2018 Registration information

Good afternoon parents! It’s the information you have been waiting for – Fall and Summer registration dates! Thank you for your patience as we put all of this information together. We have a new paper application this year, but the process should be similar to last year.

Applications and medical forms for both fall and summer programs will be sent home with all current UAU students today (April 19). There will be no need to pick up an application if you are a current UAU student. I will have blank applications and medical forms available at the security desk and in the main office, or you can download them here:

COMPASS_SONYC Universal Participant Intake Form

There is NO NEED to wait on line for an application. The order in which you receive your application has NO BEARING on whether or not you will be accepted into either program.

We will begin accepting applications for the FALL PROGRAM on Tuesday, May 9 at 4:00 at the front entrance near the security desk. Completed applications will be accepted in the order in which they are received. No application will be accepted unless it has been completed in full – INCLUDING THE IDENTIFICATION (birth certificate, social security card, or passport) AND THE MEDICAL FORM. No exceptions. We will not be making copies of old documents on site.

STUDENTS WHO ARE CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN THE UAU PROGRAM may return their application for the SUMMER PROGRAM on Thursday, May 11 at 4:00. ALL OTHER APPLICANTS may return their applications on Friday, May 12 at 4:00 in the same location. Again, completed applications will be accepted in the order in which they are received. No application will be accepted unless it has been completed in full – INCLUDING THE IDENTIFICATION (birth certificate, social security card, or passport) AND THE MEDICAL FORM. No exceptions. We will not be making copies of old documents on site.

Please keep in mind that we do have a limited number of slots PER GRADE and that will also determine whether or not you are accepted into the program. I will notify each applicant whether they have been accepted into the program or if they have been placed on the wait list no later than Thursday, May 18.

Regarding kindergarten: You must have completed kindergarten in June 2017 to be eligible for a kindergarten slot in the summer program. If you are entering kindergarten in the fall, you can register for the fall program in September, on a date to be announced later. No incoming kindergarten applications will be accepted in May.

As always, you can email with any questions at or call (917) 831-8773. Thank you.

UAU Easter Egg Hunt

For many years Gemma Caramante, a former long time Board Member of UAU helped children celebrate spring with an Easter Egg Hunt at Pouch Camp. Since she passed away, to honor her we keep it going in her tradition. Please join UAU with your families to celebrate Spring at this free event at Pouch Camp this Sunday at noon!

3rd Gemma Caramante Easter Egg Hunt

Summer and fall registration updates

Hello! The school year has passed so quickly, it’s tough to believe it is time to start thinking about summer registration yet again.

Many people have begun asking questions about the process for summer and fall registration this year. Our goal is to announce the registration dates in mid-April and hold the application process in the beginning of May. A few days ago, however, DYCD (the Department of Youth and Community Development, the agency that provides our funding) introduced a new online registration system that will (eventually) replace the paper applications. We are waiting to get more information on the process before we announce our plan for registration. As soon as we have a plan in place I will post it here, and I will have the PS55 office send out the information as well.

On a separate note, I would like to congratulate our entire UAU staff on receiving the highest possible rating on our most recent DYCD inspection! I am so proud of all of the hard work taking place here on a daily basis to make this program a fun and safe educational environment for your children!

United Activities Prevention Services website

As many of you know we have the good fortune to work with our wonderful Prevention Services team. We have Miss Ally here on site every day working with our students to encourage them in life skills, developing goals, positive communication and so much more.

The Prevention Services team has just launched a new website so that the parents can be better connected to what they do here every day. Take a moment to check it out!

UAU Prevention Services