To the entire Lower Lab community.
Thank you for all your thoughtful cards and emails. It has been a joy to collaborate with all of you over the last six years.
Wishing you all a wonderful summer!
Dr. Mara Koetke
Learn Tennis for Free
CityParks Tennis offers free tennis lessons for youths aged 6 – 16 in parks throughout the five boroughs from July 1 through August 8. Lessons are offered at all skill levels, including beginners. Additional opportunities include tournaments, leagues, excellence programs and special events. More information is available at CityParks Foundation.
Visit the City’s Large Urban Farm in Queens
Owned by the NYC Dept. of Parks, the Queens County Farm Museum, located on 47 acres, includes livestock, historic farm buildings, heritage breed pigs, laying hens, honey bees and much more. Younger students can take a hay ride. Food to feed sheep and goats can be purchased at the gift shop. Weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; weekends 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The farm is located at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, Queens. For more information, see here, or call 718-347-3276.
Catch-and-release fishing in Central Park
Catch and then release fish at the Harlem Meer–an aquatic ecosystem at 110th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues–in Central Park. Free for families and individuals. Fishing poles are available to borrow. Picture ID required; instruction and bait (corn kernels) are provided with the poles. Fish varieties include bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, bluegill sunfish, carp, and chain pickerel. For more information, click here.
Free Lacrosse Program in Brooklyn—Late June through August
Saturday program is designed to spark interest in Lacrosse in new players while keeping current players engaged. At Pier 5, Brooklyn Bridge Park. Sticks provided for clinics. Girls’ sessions: All ages, free clinic and open play on June 28, July 12, July 26 and August 9th, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Boys’ sessions: All ages: free clinic July 19, August 2nd and August 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; open play from 11:a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information call 917-715-2524, or click here.
Free Summer Academic Camps for Middle & HS students
Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation offers free half-day academic camps in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens for middle and high school students. Programs in tutoring, study skills improvement, high school and college entrance exam prep, character development, and community service learning projects as well as sports and arts activities. Sports instruction is provided by professionally trained specialist and the summer arts curriculum includes sessions on geometric art, environmental collage, story-telling and banner design. For more information, click here\
Ballet Hispanico at SummerStage – July 11 (Bronx) Ballet Hispanico’s second company, BHdos, will perform at St. Mary’s Park in the South Bronx on July 11, as part of SummerStage’s performing arts jamboree. Performance starts at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free. For additional information, click here. Ecology Seminars— July 16 and August 3 The Lower East Side Ecology Center, celebrating its 20th year, will offer troubleshooting tips at two seminars at Pier 46, Hudson River Park at Charles Street, Manhattan, on July 16th and August 3rd. Admission is $5. For more ecology-related events at the Center, click here.
It’s not too late to have your child tested for Gifted and Talented (G&T) program placement in the 2014-2015 school year!
We offer a round of summer testing for students entering Kindergarten or Grade 1 (birthdates in 2008 and 2009 only) who moved to New York City after the original Request for Testing deadline of November 8, 2013. You must be able to provide documentation of your current NYC address and relocation date.
If your child meets these criteria, you can request testing this summer. To register for testing, you must complete the Summer Request for Testing form and submit it in person to your local Enrollment Office by Friday, June 20, 2014. Testing will take place in early July and results will be available in August. At that time, eligible students will be invited to apply for available G&T seats.
Gifted & Talented Admissions Team