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 Application

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

PS55 Gives Thanks

Hello Parents! UAU is working together with the staff of PS55 to host a Thanksgiving celebration for our community. We hope you will join us there!


Lights On Afterschool event tomorrow!

Just a reminder that we are celebrating Lights on Afterschool tomorrow with Afterschool Programs from all across the country. The goal is to increase awareness of the importance of Afterschool Programs for our children, and to ensure that we continue to receive adequate funding to provide these programs.

Please join us from 4:15 – 5:15 on October 20 to take a peek into some of the activities that are happening here every day, and to join in on the fun! Light refreshments will be served.

If you can’t make it, but would still like to be involved, please head over and sign the petition to show your support for funding our Afterschool Programs. Thank you!!

October updates

Happy October everyone! There are a lot of exciting things happening here at UAU.

On October 20 at 4:15 we will be celebrating Lights On Afterschool. It is a national initiative to raise awareness about the great things happening in after school programs and the need to preserve funding from our supporters. We will be showcasing some of the wonderful activities that happen here every day and parents are invited to stroll through, ask questions, and join in on the fun.

Many of your children are learning how to knit in order to donate squares to Michael’s Warm Up America program. Many more are interested in learning, but since we can only teach a small handful at a time it is difficult to get to everyone. If you or someone in your family knits, ask your child if they are interested in learning at home so they can join in and participate in this heartwarming charity project. If you have yarn or needles that are sitting unused, we are happy to accept donations!

On October 31 we are offering an optional early dismissal at 4:15 for the students who want to leave early to trick or treat. For those choosing to stay we will host a Halloween party in each grade. A notice will go home today.

Another notice will go home regarding the November holidays. There will be no program on November 3 (half day for parent teacher conferences), November 8 (Election Day), or November 24 & 25 (Thanksgiving recess). We will be open for program on November 11 (Veteran’s Day).

Please make sure to sign and return both notices as soon as possible. Also, please remember that dismissal time is from 5:15 – 5:45. Our early dismissals have improved (thank you!!!!), but we still have far too many students being picked up before 5:15. We have fun and engaging activities planned every day. It is very disruptive for students to leave early, and they are always disappointed to be pulled out of a great activity!

Thanks so much. I hope you are enjoying the cool weather. Have a great October!!

Michele Clark

Correction to October Holiday Permission Slip

Hello Parents! I hope everyone had a good first day of U.A.U.! I just wanted to point out an error on the October Holiday form. The correct dates should be October 3 and 4, and October 10 and 12. Please disregard the April date – I was copying and pasting from an older form and this slipped by me – it should have been deleted. The forms should be handed in by September 30. I’m so sorry for any confusion – please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Michele Clark

Parent Orientation

Hello Parents! We have scheduled Parent Orientation for Thursday September 22 at 6:00, directly following UAU dismissal. Please make every effort to attend. Thank you!