School year 2018-2019

Hello, and welcome to another School Year here at UAU, PS55. Whether you were here at our Wizarding World of UAU, or off enjoying the summer on your own I hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable summer break.

As we move into the school year, please note that our program will begin on Wednesday, September 12.  Notices will be going home on that day regarding Yom Kippur and the Parent Orientation so please keep your eye out for those.

Here is the list of open and closed holidays dates for the upcoming year:


Open Holidays:

Sept 19 (Yom Kippur)
Oct 8 (Columbus Day)
Nov 12 (Veterans Day)
Jan 21 (MLK)
Feb 5 (Lunar New Year)
Feb 19-22 (Midwinter break)
April 22 – 26 (Spring Break)
Closed Dates:
Nov 6 (Election Day)
Nov 15 (Parent Teacher Conferences)
Nov 22-23 (Thanksgiving)
Dec 24-Jan 1 (Winter Break)
Feb 18 (Presidents Day)
March 14 (Parent Teacher Conferences)
April 19 (Good Friday)
May 27 (Memorial Day)
June 4 (Eid al-Fitr)
June 6 (Chancellors Day)
June 11 (Clerical Day)
Our last day of program for the year will be June 14.  Please pay attention to the signs at the dismissal desk and the notices coming home for permission slips and more information about holiday dates.


Our theme for the year is Media: Past Present and Future.  We have a number of activities throughout the year that will give us ways to explore Media through both Literacy and Stem.  Please keep an eye on our family message board across from room 109 for information about our current activities.  Also, if you have any magazines at home that are no longer in use we would love any donations you can provide!

The working phone number for our program is (917)831-8773.  Please use this number and not the school number if you need to reach us, although email is always easier as sometimes the cell service in the building is spotty.

Thank you for joining our UAU family – we look forward to a fun and exciting school year!



Michele Clark

SYEP paperwork packet

UAU participants – please ignore this post


SYEP participants – please print the attached packet and return the completed paperwork to our orientation on June 20 at 4:00.


SYEP packet Summer 2018

Important Upcoming Dates

Hello UAU families!  As we wind down the year I’d like to thank you all for all of the fun we’ve had together this year.  Please note the following important dates for the coming month:

June 4: Lion King Encore performance, 3:00 – all are welcome to come and see our scene from the DYCD on Broadway show and enjoy some light refreshments.

June 5: 6:00 – Summer orientation for all parents.  You will receive activity calendars, handbooks, and have the opportunity to ask questions.

June 7, June 11, June 15 – Schools are closed and there is NO UAU on these days.

June 18 – Yearbooks will be distributed to every participant.

June 22 – Last day of UAU.  We will celebrate with an Ice Cream Sundae party!

Looking ahead:

Summer program runs from July 5 – August 17, every day from 8:00 – 5:45.

Fall program begins on September 12.

If you are on the wait list for fall please try not to worry until we start to hear about expansion money in late July.  If we don’t hear anything by then we will rally together and start writing letters!

Thank you again for a great year and whether you are here, home, or away I wish you a wonderful summer!

Take Action for Summer Camp

 While the Mayor has begun the funding progress for elementary programs, he has yet to secure the Summer Programming for Middle Schools.  Please see the information below and help however you can!
Tuesday, April 24th and Wednesday, April 25th
We need YOU to call City leaders and tell them children and families need summer camp programs this summer and they must restore summer programming for 34,000 middle school children in the Executive Budget

STEP 1: Make the Call to 311
         STEP 2: Tweet about it!
On Tuesday, April 24th and Wednesday, April 25th between 9am and 5pm, program staff, parents, concerned New Yorkers and YOU must take action by calling City leaders
Call 311 to let our City leaders know that we are paying attention!
Use this script as a guide for your call (and please be polite):
Hi, my name is ________ and I am calling with a message for the Mayor:
The Preliminary Budget eliminates summer camp for 34,000 middle school children.  I am calling to urge the Mayor to ensure the upcoming Executive Budget includes funding so that these middle school students have a safe and stimulating place to be while their parents are working this summer.  Children who need a safe place after school, also need a program in July and August.
Note: You can also TEXT 311 at 311-692 
SAMPLE TEXT: Mayor de Blasio – Please restore summer camp programs for at least 34,000 children.  These children and their families are counting on you.
After you call or text, tweet about it to @NYCMayorsOffice
SAMPLE TWEET: I just called @nyc311 @NYCMayorsOffice to say restore funding for 34,000 children to go to summer camp.  #SaveSummer #Campaign4Children

UAU Unity Walk!

Team UAU,
We are excited to invite all UAU participants to the first Fun Day and UAU Unity Walk! 
Date: Saturday, May 5th 2018
Time: 9:30am-1:00pm
Event Location: Clove Lakes Park (by the Field House on Clove Rd)
Attire: Comfortable Clothing and our IS72 Assigned color- Yellow!  (sneakers are suggested) 
Refreshments: Water, Cotton Candy & Popcorn!
We will have the following activities in addition to the walk:
-NYPD Rock climbing wall
-Face paint
-Carnival Booths
-Inflatable Games
-Life size Jenga
-Potato Sack Races
-Egg balancing races
-Soccer and More!
Please view the attachments to this post. Complete the registration form and return to the staff, ASAP! We will be decorating our assigned color -pink- T-shirts to wear the day of the event! But we need to know who is coming so I can order enough pink shirts and we need your registration form! All UAU programs are invited, it is going to be awesome! 

Fall and summer registration – 2018 edition

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 9). 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 2018-19 plus medical


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 grades 1-5 on Thursday, May 17 at 3:00 at the front entrance near the security desk. Completed applications will be accepted in the order in which they are received, and they will not be accepted early. No application will be accepted unless it has been completed in full – INCLUDING THE IDENTIFICATION AND THE MEDICAL FORM. No exceptions.  Please note that Kindergarten registration will not be held on May 17 – we will hold kindergarten registration on Buddy Day (the day before the first day of school) in September.  The kindergarten slots are held separately until this day.


STUDENTS WHO ARE CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN THE UAU PROGRAM may return their application for the SUMMER PROGRAM on Wednesday, May 9.   Please do not send in the applications earlier than this day. ALL OTHER APPLICANTS may return their applications on Thursday, May 10 at 3:00 in the same location. Again, completed applications will be accepted in the order in which they are received and they will not be accepted early. No application will be accepted unless it has been completed in full – INCLUDING THE IDENTIFICATION AND THE MEDICAL FORM. No exceptions.


Please keep in mind that we do have a limited number of slots as a whole in the program, as well as a limited number of slots PER GRADE. Both will 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 Monday May 21.


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

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)



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