Quick January updates

Just a reminder that we will be open for Martin Luther King Day (January 21) and we will also be hosting our second Family Knit Night on January 17 from 6:00 – 8:00.  Slips for both are available at the dismissal desk.

Looking forward, we will be open on Lunar New Year (February 5) and President’s Week from February 19-22 (but CLOSED on President’s Day, February 18).  Slips for those dates will be going home shortly!

Afterschool programming CLOSED Friday November 16

Hello UAU families.  Due to yesterday’s storm and expected high winds today the Department of Education has closed all after school programming.  Dismissal will be at 2:20.  We will be calling all families now, but please call 917-831-8773 with any questions.  Thank you!

PS55 Gives Thanks

Once again UAU will be joining the PS55 family to celebrate Thanksgiving with a feast for all.  We will have plenty of UAU staff on hand and we would love to see you all there as well!  The school has sent the forms home and we have copies at our sign out desk, or you can print it here. We hope you can join us!

Knit Night Success and Lights on Afterschool

Thank you all that came to our first ever Family Knit Night!  There were over 50 of you in attendance and the kids really enjoyed it, so we will definitely be planning more in the future.

For those that need the reminder, remember you can visit http://www.knittinghelp.com for free videos that can teach you step by step.

As we mentioned, we are also calling to mind the importance of supporting Lights on Afterschool, an initiative that works with our policy makers to remind them of why Afterschool Funding is so important, and the impact it has on so many lives.  If you have a minute, please head over and sign the petition letting people know that you are in support of public Afterschool Funding:


Thank you!

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 mclark@unitedactivities.org or call (917) 831-8773. Thank you.



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