13 Aug

LSA Beats Summer Slide

Children in our summer program beat the summer slide with science, reading, and fun field trips!

The program for children in K-3rd grades, wrapped up in early August.  Over the course of the program, activities helps prevent learning loss or the “summer slide”– a loss in several months of academic gains that can happen over the summer school holiday.

The best way to prevent the summer slide is by reading, and kids in our program did a lot of that!  The overall theme for the summer curriculum was water, and the children read and wrote about a number of topics related to the environment.  Trips and activities helped to reinforce what they learned in the classroom.  For example,  on a trip to Randall’s Island, children explored a salt water marsh and learned about wetland conservation.  They used binoculars, magnifying glasses, fish nets, and traps to find animals in the wetlands, and they did writing and drawing activities to describe what they learned.

On another trip to the Harlem Meer, the children measured water quality and learned about native plants.  They also learned all about giant pandas, with help from guest volunteers from JP Morgan.

Parent engagement was an important part of the program.  Once a week, parents accompanied children for workshops and activities to help them support the academic development of their children at home.  One activity included a trip to the neighborhood library.

The summer program was run by a combination of trained educators and volunteers.  We extend our thanks to the teachers, volunteers and interns from Make the Road and Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) who help make this program so successful for the kids and their families!


It wouldn’t be summer camp without tie-dying!


Children learned about the dying process, hands-on.

Randall's Island

On a trip to Randall’s Island, children learned about wetlands.

Randall's Island

On Randall’s Island, discovering wildlife

Parents and children reading together

Parents and children read together in our classroom.

Library trip

Parents joined children for a field trip to the library.



20 Jul

Field Trips Keep Kids Learning

Students in the k-3 grade summer program are beating the summer slide by exploring the theme of ‘water’ in books, writing and field trips.

On a recent trip to the Harlem Meer at Central Park, the children used scientific methods to examine water quality and the surrounding environment. They kept track of their observations in field journals.

The children sampled the water for E. coli, bacteria, lead, pesticides, nitrates and nitrites, chlorine, hardness and pH.  They observed the temperature change in the meer using digital thermometers. And they also identified animals and trees around the park (oak, beech, ginkgo, bald cypress, black locust).

Throughout the summer program, children will continue learning about the environment and about different bodies of water.  By keeping children engaged in learning, our program combats the “summer slide,” the tendency to lose some achievement gains students made the previous year.   In 2017, 93% of children in our summer program gained at least one reading level.

Thank you to the great team of teachers, volunteers and interns from Make the Road and Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) who make trips like these possible!

Children took a field trip to the Harlem Meer

Children took a field trip to the Harlem Meer

Measuring water qualities

The children had the chance to measure different water properties.

A magnifying glass helps students see particles in the water.

A magnifying glass helps students see particles in the water.

Children keep track of their observations in field journals

Children keep track of their observations in field journals


05 Jul

Summer Youth Program Begins!

Summer Poetry Workshop

Our Summer Youth Program for children in grades K-3 will run from July 5th – August 11th. For more details, contact us at (646) 672-5200.

Nuestro Programa de Verano para niños en los grados K-3 tendrá lugar del 5 de julio al 11 de agosto. Para más detalles, contáctenos al (646) 672-5200.

08 Aug

Summer Fun & Learning

Summer Poetry Workshop

While schools took a summer break, we kept children and parents learning this summer with a variety of programs and activities.  Here are some of the fun (and educational) things that have been happening at LSA this summer:

  • 36 children participated in the summer youth program at LSA.  The goal of this 4-week program is to prevent the summer slide – learning loss that can occur when children don’t continue reading throughout the summer months.  The program included both math and reading instruction, a poetry workshop by local poet Alex Greenberg, and other enrichment activities.
  • Parents enrolled in our Parenting and Child Development program attended a 4-week workshop on the 5 developmental priorities of our early childhood program: attachment and healthy separation, language and literacy, exploration and learning, self-regulation and emotional development, and connection to outside resources.
  • Families in the Parenting and Child Development program enjoyed two trips to the beach and a picnic.
  • Families in our Preventive Services program enjoyed a trip to Coney Island.
  • 36 children participated in the H.E.A.R.T. Camp and H.E.A.R.T. Prep summer programs at Convent of the Sacred Heart.  Children attended fun classes, including swimming, sports, dance, debate, math and reading.  Middle school students in the Prep program toured high schools to prepare for the high school application process.
  • 9 children from LSA families participated in a 1 week dance class with the Revolucion Latina Dance Company
  • Families participated in a 4-week Community CookShop class, to learn how to prepare nutritious and cost-friendly meals.
  • Our own Lucia Russet offered yoga lessons to parents and teens.
  • Families made use of Cool Culture passes to visit city museums.

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Summer Beach Trip

Fun in the sun on a beach trip with the Parenting and Child Development families

Community CookShop

Cooking together during a Community CookShop class


Our Preventive Services team gets ready for a trip to Coney Island

Yoga class

Lucia Russett leads teens in a yoga lesson

18 Jul

Summer Youth Program


LSA’s summer youth program offers reading and math classes for children in grades  K-3 who need extra support.  The program prepares children for the upcoming school year and helps prevent summer learning loss.