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!

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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 http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/loaPetition2016.cfm 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!

Registration – Kindergarten and additional slots

August 30, 2016

Hello Parents! I hope you have had a restful and enjoyable summer. As we approach the school year, we are getting ready to register our new kindergarteners, as well as the additional slots that were provided by the Dept. of Youth and Community Development and the extra funding we received. Kindergarten slots will be increasing from 10 to 20 and the remaining slots will be distributed among the grades.

Registration will be held on Wednesday September 7 at 12:30 (immediately following Kindergarten Buddy Day). You can print the application at this link:

COMPASS Application

or you can pick one up at the security desk at any time. Anyone can drop off the completed applications (including the copy of the birth certificate, social security card, or passport AND the completed medical form). The applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Once the remaining slots have been filled, any additional applicants will be placed on a wait list and accepted in the order in which they applied.

As always if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at mclark@unitedactivities.org. Thank you, and I look forward to a great year!

Michele Clark

Carnival update

Due to the rain tomorrow we will be rescheduling the carnival for either Tuesday or Thursday of next week.

Color War day remains Wednesday, rain or shine.

Video game day, which was announced to the children last week and originally scheduled for next Thursday will now be either Tuesday or Thursday (whichever day we don’t do the carnival.) They can bring in iPads, phones, DS, etc. and we will also set up Minecraft and the Wii. There will be no WIFI codes available, however.

Parent orientation dates and reopened student registration for fall will be announced as soon as the dates are set. Thank you!

Looking ahead to the school year…

Hello Parents!

As we are winding down the summer, we are beginning to look ahead to our new school year. Here is a schedule of the open and closed dates for UAU for the school year to help you plan ahead:

9/8/16 – First day of School
9/9, 9/10 – NO PROGRAM, dismissal at 2:20
9/12/16 – Eid al Adha – Program CLOSED
9/13/16 – First day of Program
9/22/16 – Parent Orientation 6:00 EVENT
10/3/16 – Rosh Hashanah – Program OPEN
10/4/16 – Rosh Hashanah – Program OPEN
10/10/16 – Columbus Day – Program OPEN
10/12/16 – Yom Kippur – Program OPEN
10/20/16 – Lights On Afterschool 4:00 – 5:30 EVENT
10/31/16 – Halloween Party EVENT
11/8/16 – Election Day – Program CLOSED
11/11/16 – Veterans Day – Program OPEN
11/24/16 – Thanksgiving – Program CLOSED
11/25/16 – Thanksgiving – Program CLOSED
12/23/16 – Christmas – Program CLOSED (This may change…)
12/26 – 12/30 – Christmas – Program CLOSED
1/2/17 – New Years – Program CLOSED
1/16/17 – MLK Day – Program CLOSED
2/20/17 – Presidents Day – Program CLOSED
2/21 – 2/24 – Presidents Week – Program OPEN
4/10 – 4/13 – Spring Break – Program OPEN
4/14/17 – Good Friday – Program CLOSED
4/17 – 4/18 – End of Spring Break – Program CLOSED
5/29/17 – Memorial Day – Program CLOSED
6/8/17 – DoE Clerical Day – Program CLOSED
6/12/17 – DoE Clerical Day – Program CLOSED
6/23/17 – Last day of Program
6/26/17 – Eid al Fitr – Program CLOSED
6/28/17 – Last day of School

Dates for Parent Orientation and for the reopened registration will be announced shortly.

Exciting news regarding Fall Program!

Hello Parents!

I hope you have been having as much fun this summer as we are having here at Camp. Our Olympic theme has been a big hit and the students are doing a great job at showing their team spirit! Code.org has also been a tremendous success. Feel free to register at home and play along with us (it is a free program…).

We received an email yesterday from the Department of Youth and Community Development (who provide our funding) letting us that they are generously offering us enough funding to provide slots for an additional 22 students for the fall program! This is news we have been hoping for for a long time. and I thank everyone who wrote an email, signed a petition, or submitted an application knowing that there was no room for them so we could show them that the size of our wait list was just too large. They have heard us! We will release the additional registration information in September and the school administration will help us spread the word to everyone. It will continue to be on a first come, first served basis so please keep your eyes and ears open for information.

Remember, our funding continues to be based on attendance. The best way you can show your support for our program is to make sure that your child comes to camp, (or to fall program) every day. We had a 95% attendance rate this past school year, and I think that is one of the reasons they decided to provide us with the additional funding. Let’s see if we can continue our excellent attendance!

Thanks so much for all of your support for our program. It is a privilege to be able to help so many families in the community. Enjoy the rest of your summer!!

Michele Clark
July 22,2016

SYEP appplication packet and SCR sample

**This post is for SYEP employees, not parents**

July 5, 2016

Dear SYEP applicants,

Thank you again for your patience as we sorted through this morning. I apologize for the chaotic manner in which your hiring process has been handled prior to arriving to our site. It seems that you were supposed to have received an application packet to fill out weeks ago, and this should have been handled by your SYEP site mentor. Unfortunately, we only just received an SYEP site mentor Friday and your names today here at P.S. 55 and so you were never given the information you needed.

This morning we told you that you needed both the SCR form and the fingerprinting, but we have just been notified that you need to complete the entire application packet which we will be uploading to our website at www.uaups55.org and return it to the site (P.S.55) ASAP. ** The ORI number and the Agency ID number for the fingerprints is on page 10 of the packet on the page discussing Fingerprinting.**

The SCR is included in the packet, and there is a sample for you to follow. Please make sure to follow the instructions and the sample very carefully or it will need to be redone. The request for fingerprinting services is also included in the packet and the link to make an appointment for the fingerprints is www.identogo.com . The three required reference letters have simple forms that just need to be filled in.

Please do your best to return all of this paperwork as quickly as you can. You may not return to the worksite until you have complete AT LEAST the SCR and had your fingerprints taken.

Thank you for your attention and again, for your patience.

SYEP Hire Packet

SCR Sample

Michele Clark
mclark@unitedactivities.org
(718) 697 – 5200, ext. 5242 (UAU desk)
(917) 831-8773 (cell)

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