Dec 2017 - Vol. 7 Issue 1
Thinking BIG For Our Children
Tis' the season! Our holiday party was a great way to end a long and exciting year at CYCSI. We spent the last day of after school, preceding Winter Break, watching performances, eating food, and dancing with our students. They were all seated in the gymnasium where they were given snacks and watched their fellow students perform. Our kids worked diligently to prepare for this event, and showcased their projects worked on to date. We were blessed to see a spectacular singing performance by the Kindergarteners, and multiple step and dance performances. Afterwards, everyone was served food and students were able to dance for the remainder of the party. Before they left, each student received their long awaited secret santa gift in front of the backdrop. Everyone had a blast and seemed to love giving gifts just as much as receiving them.
Costume Party 2017
This year’s costume party was as frightening as it could be, in the best way possible of course. Our yearly event took place in the gym which was transformed into a spooky playground for the students. They were given an opportunity to dress up in costumes of their choice, although the theme for the event was superheroes. There were a large variety of costumes and hope we captured them all.
The CYCSI after school program is underway at PS 176. Beginning at 2:30pm, Monday through Friday, students come down to the cafeteria to enjoy snack and socialize with friends. After snack they clean up and relocate to their classrooms or spaces. They use the remaining time to complete homework and request any assistance they may need. After a student’s homework assignment is complete, it is checked by a staff member and corrected if necessary. After their homework is completed and checked, the students work on their multiplication tables, read and reflect, or complete a project of the staff member's choice. The program concludes at 6:00pm so parents should plan to arrive by then to pick up their children.
CS & Tech
“I plan on teaching them basic computer science and the fundamentals of using computers. I would like to expose them to coding and the growing technology field as much as I can.” -Darrien Hunt, Computer Science & Tech Club Activity Specialist
“I love this club because we complete fun and challenging activities and it helps me learn about computers and also tests our prior knowledge." -Noah Saloman, 5th Grade
- “I plan on teaching them various forms of Engineering such as chemical engineering and working with simple machines.” -Christele Felix, Engineering Activity Specialist
“Ms. Christele is a great engineering teacher and she allows us to complete cool projects. I like science and engineering a fun type of science.” -Katiya Thompson, 5th Grade
- "I hope to teach my students that discipline is the bridge between though and accomplishment, and that you need discipline in order to succeed. I like to teach step because it's a way of expressing myself through the Arts." -Xeria Davis, Step Club Activity Specialist
- "I like step because it helps me to exert energy and I enjoy being active and jumping around." -Aaliyah King, 5th Grade
"I plan on focusing more on Soccer as the students really enjoy this sport. I like to teach sports because I'm an active person and I like seeing kids learn and progress."
-Baruch, Sports Club Activity Specialist
"I like sports club because it's educational even thought some think it's not. It teaches you about new sports and how to play them." -Huntley Swaby, 5th Grade
Our Children…Truly Amazing
2016/17 marks our 8th year of operation! In September 2009 we launched PS 176 Afterschool Program. As I reflect on the past seven years, the capabilities of the children continue to inspire me in Thinking BIG. Whether they are acting, dancing, painting, sewing, playing a game, coding, building a robot or proudly showcasing their completed science projects, they are truly amazing.
I am appreciative of the many hours the community expended developing quality programs exposing students to new experiences. As a result, our service offering expanded to include Spring/Winter Break programs, Summer Camp and Community Service Learning/Job Readiness programs enabling us to continue “Thinking BIG for Our Children”.
Last year we introduced our documentary "We're Going to College Phase 1: Early Career Discovery" as part of our Five Year Jobs of the Future Initiative. We focused on the importance of assessing interests and skill sets of children at the elementary age to determine possible career options. This year, Phase II, the documentary highlighted Career Readiness and Alternatives to College.
Kennedy International Tour Sponsored by The FAA
The FAA, Federal Aviation Administration sponsored students to tour Kennedy International Airport. Students experienced the panorama of planes arriving and departing from the Control Tower. Then they tested their piloting skills via the flight simulator. After experimenting with the flight simulator students visited the Emergency Division and saw the big yellow emergency vehicles and met a member of the Canine Unit. They witnessed a demo of the canine detection dog at work, searching and finding narcotics. The students enjoyed being exposed to careers such as Airport Traffic Controllers, Administrative positions in the Air Traffic Control Department and K9 Trainer.
Google CS First
CYCSI Employee Awards
At our early September staff training, as we do on a yearly basis, we awarded our best summer staff performers for their excellence. Our awards were divided into two categories, Best Booth and Creative Concepts. The Culminating Event gives our staff a chance to showcase what they’ve worked on with the students during the Summer Program. Their efforts are displayed through their booth design, decorated with all their completed projects, in addition to any performances that may wish to conduct. This year’s winners truly showed brilliance in the eyes of fellow staff members and the management team.
Best Booth Award: Engineering Club w/ Christelle Felix & Gedler Jean-Pierre
Creative Concepts Award: Music Club w/ Taj Johnson
We also treasure our community partners: Mrs. Bartlett and P.S. 176 staff, UPS, Home Depot, Girls Scout, NYPD, NAACP, FAA, Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, La Guardia College, Queensborough Community College, Cambria Heights Academy, Institute for Health Professionals High School, Saint Frances Prep High School and Youth & Tennis Academy for providing funding, human resources and programs that enhanced our Out of School Time Service Menu.
Senator Leroy Comrie, District 14, Councilman Daneek Miller, District 27, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, 5th District, we look forward to your continued support!
P.S. 176 Out of School Program
Community Youth Care Services, Inc.
Quality Out of School Programs
120-45 235th Street, Cambria Heights, NY 11411
Telephone no: (718) 276-8140• Fax no: 775 459-4359