Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Dear Families,

I want to thank you all for celebrating my birthday. I received a lovely bouquet of flowers and a heartfelt card, lots of hugs and words of thanks. This was a total surprise for me. The writing on the card made me cry.  They were tears of appreciation and love.  I am truly honored to have a wonderful group of loving parents who care about the future of our children and the programs we service.  Also, I  want to thank you for the wonderful Christmas presents and lovely cards I have been receiving. I am truly blessed to have each one of you in my life.

 I want to take this time to wish you and your families a Happy Holiday Season; may the New Year bring a new found wisdom of hope, happiness, love and peace. This is a time of celebration, appreciation and spreading love with
loved ones.  Happy Holidays!

Love Diadel

Friday, December 19, 2014

Session 3 programs

Hot off the Press!

Session 3 programs and Activity Forms for grades 2-5th.

1st graders have a New Program starting on  January 5, 2015.
1st Grade Parents must confirm their child will continue to attend Community Connections or fill out the Activity Form payment side.
Check out the forms on the Page Section of the Blog.

All Forms must be in by Tuesday, December 23, 2014. (to secure your spot)
Payment for Session 3 is due on January 9, 2015.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

1st grade Program starting in January 2015

Dear Parents,
  Welcome to one of the most incredible years your child will have in his/her school career!  First grade is an exciting time as children embark upon new adventures in the world of learning. This is a year of important transitions, as well as acquiring  new skills.  First graders develop fundamental work habits, appropriate social behavior, problem solving and decision making skills and of course academic skills.  This is why,I have decided to design a fun and learning program for CC first grade students.
Starting in January, we will offer our own 1st grade program in conjunction with project based learning.  This program will be held in a classroom with extra time for fun and educational benefits.  We will be based in a classroom with two wonderful new teachers who have a background in early education.
I will be working closely with them on designing a program that will benefit and support students learning. Your child will grow and develop learning skills through art, dance, music, science, and interacting in new activities. Mostly, your child will be learning to become an effective learner, develop and extend their minds. These projects are inspired and driven by children’s interests and natural curiosities. Project-Based Leaning immerses youth in valuable team-building, problem solving, and community engagement experiences. By going on neighborhood field trips, having special guests and collaborating with community partners, these projects evolve as youth explore the connections between different aspects of the project. Each project culminates in an event that invites participation from families and friends to create an authentic community experience.
For the first week in January, student will walk up directly to the classroom assigned to CC first graders. Each day we will embark on a new skill to improve learning while having fun. CC time and schedule will change just a bit to acquire some skill building time. They will continue to have recess, snack and program time. The cost does not change. This will be a wonderful program for 1st grade students.

We look forward to working with your child and making this program a great learning and fun place to be. If you have any questions or concerns email me or call my office phone.
Diadel Ortiz
Community Connections
Program Director

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Bullying Lesson

What is Bullying?
Dear Parents or Guardians:

Last month we talked about what is bullying?
Bullying is when someone does something on purpose to make you feel bad or hurts you and it’s hard to make them stop.

  •  Students asked questions to clarify information about the story and the situation.
  • Students examined the details of the situation. We reviewed the facts with them.
  • Encouraged the exploration of different perspectives(the bullied students and the students who bullies).
  • Encouraged discussion by asking open-ended questions. Questions that will help them develop sensitivity, empathy and encourage them to treat others the way they would want to be treated.
  • Help students explore possible solutions. Facilitate their effort to select the best solution (s). Ask them to select and rank the top three or four preferred solutions
  • Role played.
At the end of each lesson, we review major points and decisions made during the session.

Books we have read:
  1. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day- by Judith Viost
  2. The brand New Kid-by Katie Couric
  3. The secret Bully- by Trudy Ludwig
After reading each book, I asked the children the following questions:
  1. Was there bullying?
  2. Who was bullied?
  3. Who was the bully?
  4. What happen? (What type of bullying is there?)
  5. How did the person being bullied feel?
  6. What did they do in the book to stop the bullying?
Here is a helpful chart to review with your child.

What is bullying?

• Acts that hurt someone.
• Acts that are done on purpose.
• It’s hard to make the bully stop.

What does bullying look like?

Physical (hitting, kicking, biting, throwing things, etc.)
Verbal (name calling, teasing, taunting, insulting, etc.)
Relational (gossip, exclusion or leaving people out, telling people not to be your friends, not letting you play).
• Cyber-bullying (mean text-messages or internet activity)

How does bullying make people feel?

• Bad.
• Sad.
• Mad.
• Anxious
• Afraid
• Hopeless
• Like no one likes them
• Like they don’t want to come to school.

Classroom rules against bullying.
*You don’t need to include all of the rules, you should have 3-6 rules that you can post in your classroom.

• Don’t bully other students. Don't tease, call each other names or put downs. Don't shove, kick, punch or hit. Help others that are being bullied by speaking out or getting adult help. Try to include all classmates in our activities. Listen to other's opinions and respect differences.
• Treat each other with respect and kindness.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thanksgiving Break

Hello Everyone,

We will have Community Connections Monday, Nov.24  & Tuesday, Nov.25, 2014.

We are closed for Thanksgiving break Nov. 26 - Nov. 28, 2014.

We want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving

CC will begin with Session 2 on December 1, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

New Session 2 Information

Hello Everyone,

Our Session 2  Program Activities for students in 1st - 5th grades only are available.
Please check them out on the page section - Session 2 Activity Forms  
 Session 2 Activity Description 

*Activity forms needs to be filled out and return with payment By Tuesday, November 25, 2014.* We need the activity form to place your child in a program activity. Also have your child pick 1st and 2nd choice.

PROGRAM TIME 4:00-5:00 for students in grade 1st - 5th grade.
All program activities are part of the CC Program. Pricing is already included in the CC Package, unless  noticed.


Again,  please make sure we receive the form with payment on time.

If you have any further questions contact  Program Director: Diadel Ortiz

Friday, November 14, 2014

Dear Parents /Guardians,

As I look back on my school days, I remember times when students were mistreated almost every day, bullied.  You probably did too. Bulling has become an important topic for parents and schools to address because it is different today.  It is more prevalent and more intense.  It is now understood to be very destructive to the well-being of students, creates unsafe school and generates a school climate that hinders learning.

We are committed to doing something about bullying.  If it’s not a problem, we want to make sure it doesn't start  That is called prevention.  If it is a problem, we’re determined to stop it.  That is called intervention.

As your child’s after school teacher, I am committed to prevention and intervention in the CC classroom. That is why I will be teaching several lessons this year about bullying starting Nov.17, 2014.  These lessons are designed to create a positive environment where everyone feels safe, accepted and have a sense of belonging and valued.  They also provide students with information to help them develop empathy, self-control and skills to cope with bullying and to become bystanders who take a stand against bullying.

From time to time, I will send home a Parent Chat handout related to our Bully Free lesson.  You are asked to discuss with your child what is on the Parent Chat handout.  We believe this is important information for you and your child to share.

If you have questions or concerns, I hope you will contact me personally.

Thank you,
Diadel Ortiz

Friday, October 31, 2014

CC Star Student of the Week!

Dear Parents or Guardians,

Community Connections will choose a pupil to be the Star Student of the week!

The student chosen, will demonstrate C.A.R.E.S.!  You will receive a Congratulation letter and the agenda of the week. We will honor your child during the afternoon greeting and several times during the day. We ask for permission to take your child's photo which will be displayed on the Super Star Poster and on the CC Blog. Please fill out a Photo Release Form, if you wish. Also, check out our Star Student Page for all the wonderful participates.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this exciting venture.  We are delighted to be honoring your child as the Star Student of the Week.

Diadel Ortiz

Monday, October 6, 2014

October Camp Days

Hello Everyone,

 Camp Day Registration  for Oct. 23 & 24

Hello Everyone,

If you are interested in Union Community Connections  Camp Days on Oct. 23 & 24, click on the page! We are excepting registrations until Friday, Oct. 17,2014. Make sure you fill out the registration form at the bottom of the flyer along with a check. On the memo make sure you put Camp Day and child's name.

If you are a new parent and haven't registered with Community Connection before, please make sure you also fill out a CC Registration form along with Camp registration. You will find all documents on the page section.

Camp Days start at 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
We have two fun themes and lots of interesting projects!

Space is limited!

Kinder Creation- New Schedule

Kinder Creation - New Schedule

2:35 Students will be picked up from K classroom

2:35-2:55 Recess time – Location 1st Floor

·         Small Playground
·         Small Gym
·         Library

2:55-3:15 Snack (Cafeteria) - Location 1st Floor

3:15-3:30 (Skill Building 1)
·         Small Playground
·         Small Gym
·         Library

3:30-4:00 (Skill Building 2) - Location 1st Floor

 Music Room
Location- makes a left when coming in through the main doors, last classroom on the left. Music room will be a permanent location for the students.

4:00-5:00 Program Time design for all kindergartners Location 1st Floor
·          Small Playground
·         Small Gym
·         Library

5:00-5:30 Pick-up- Location (second floor)
·         M,T,F  Art room
·         W,Th Fit room

At Pick-up time, Parents will pick-up their child’s backpack in the cubbies by their classroom! Please make sure you sign your child out of the program.

**Please give the children 5 to 10 minutes for transition time. Remember they are walking to destination and stopping along the way to the bathrooms/water breaks. **

Thursday, October 2, 2014

 Session 1 will start on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014

I want to remind parents/guardians Activity Forms are due tomorrow. Friday, Oct. 3, 2014!
I am still missing quite a few forms. We need the forms to place your child in a program he/she choices. Make sure you and your child have 1st and 2nd choices.Forms need to be filled out completely. 

*Right now, Thursday, Autumn Explorer with Peter is full.*

In-Service Day Camp Registrations need to be in by Oct. 17, 2014 along with payment to hold your spot. Space is limited for Camp Days. Check out the page!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Register for CC In-Service Day Camp

Don't forget to register for October- In-Service Day Camp grades K-6th.
Check out the October In-Service Page for a Flyer and Registration form.
All forms and payment must be in Oct. 17, 2014.

Space fills up quickly!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Hello Everyone
I want to take this opportunity to redirect the Kindergarten Parents on where the Kinder Creation Program will be at certain times during the day. This is a new schedule which will start today Sept. 9, 2014. It seems many parents are having trouble locating their children at pick-up time.   We want to make sure this transition is easy for you and your child. Thank you all for your feedbacks.  I do take them serious and will work with you to make this program work.
New Schedule
2:35 pick up from K classroom (children will drop- off their backpacks in the cafeteria)

2:35-2:55 Recess time (when weather permits Small Playground otherwise Small Gym)

2:55-3:15 Snack (Cafeteria)

3:15-3:30 Skill Building (when weather permits Small Playground otherwise small Gym) (could also be in the Library)

3:30-4:00 Skill Building (Mrs. Koch Classroom)

4:00-5:00 Program Time design for all Kindergarteners (Small gym or Library)

5:00-5:30 CC room/ Pick up

Please remember during transition, we will have a bathroom breaks. If the children are not in the classroom, please give them a few extra minutes for bathroom time.
There will be a sheet in the Cafeteria with the program schedule.  On the program schedule, you will see the room the children will be, it will be in circled.  This schedule will be easy to ready and everyone will know where to find their child.
If you have any questions or concerns feel free to call or email me directly. I am hoping this schedule will be easier for all of us.

Thank you all for your patience. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Latest Updates on Enrollment

Hello Everyone,
This is our 1st week at Union Community Connections and we are getting to know the new staff and students. We are thrilled to be bringing fun programs this year. We have lots of changes and will continue to provide good, quality programs.
We are now on a waiting list process, due to the popularity of the programs.  

If you are still interested in enrolling your child(s) at Union Community Connections fill out all the necessary paperwork and return it to Union Elementary School(Attn: Diadel Ortiz). To find a list of what you need to enroll your child(s),click on Registration. Once space in the program is available, the waiting list process will commence. Contact me if you have any questions.
We look forward to a great year at Union CC.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Kinder Creation Program

To participate in the Kinder Creation programs children must be enrolled and a letter of confirmation must be received.

CC Kinder Creation program schedule:
Starts September 2, 2014

CC Teachers- Andrea D. and Jessica M will lead this group.
2:35- Students will be picked up from their K classroom and brought to Cafeteria
2:35-2:55 Recess time (Lower Playground when weather permits otherwise Small Gym)
2:55-3:15 Snack (Cafeteria)
3:15-3:30 Skill Building > (in Ms. Koch Classroom)
3:30-4:00 Skill Building> (in Ms. Koch Classroom)
4:00-5:00 Program Time design for all Kindergartners (Please check White Board in the CC room for classroom location)
5:00-5:30 CC room/ Pick up

Call us if there is a change in schedule, early pick-up or if the child is absent.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Union CC-First Day Procedures for grades 1-5

All Everyone,

We are so excited for our first day at Union CC. Here are a few procedures for the first couple of week.

1st- 5th graders will walk up to the Community Connections room(which is on the 2nd floor)  right next to the Art-room, after class dismissal at 2:45.

2:45-3:00              Arrival-followed by a short activity
3:00-3:15              1st group snack/ recess (outdoor recess/weather permits)
3:15-3:30              2nd groups snack/recess (outdoor recess/weather permits)
3:30-4:00              Afternoon greeting/ Group Activity (CC room)
4:00-5:00              Program Transition (Gym, outside playgrounds, CC room, Art-room)
5:00-5:30              Team building /Games (CC room)
5:30                        Pick-up

*There will be a white board on the table with group names and location of students.*

Please keep in mind this schedule will change as we settle in. If you are picking up your child early please let us know by email or phone call.

Sign out form will be on a clip-board by the first table.
All parents must sign their child out of Community Connections! There is a $2.00 charge for unsigned signatures.

I am available Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00

Monday, August 25, 2014

UES Chores

Hello Parents,
Unfortunately, we will not be partnering with Summit- UES Chorus this year. Union Community Connections is making lots of changes in staff, schedules and new programs. We are transitioning into a new phase of quality after school programming for your students.

What this means, your child will not be dismissed from CC to attend UES Chorus, if your child is registered with us. You can however, register your child for UES Chorus only, on those days preferred.  Please plan accordingly. Sorry for an inconvenience this may cause on your after school schedule. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me.

Thank you,
Diadel Ortiz
Program Director
Union Community Connections

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the 2014-15 school year at Union Community Connections after School Program.  I am delighted to have your child attend Community Connections this year and look forward to sharing the school year together with him/her.  As a teacher, I will strive to create an educational partnership with you and your student that will foster courage, determination, and passion for knowledge.  In addition to this, my commitment as an educator will be to provide your student with nurturing and challenging programs that will ensure his/her creativity here at CC.

Since attendance and appropriate behavior at school are crucial to the learning process, it is imperative that your son/daughter attends Community Connection with a positive and responsible attitude.  During the first week of school, I will be working together with students to develop a set of classroom rules, rewards and consequences.  Here at CC we offer fun, enriching, academically oriented and recreational activities that help promote confidence, self-esteem and responsibility. We provide children with a safe and secure environment staffed by warm, friendly child care professionals.

I am looking forward to having your child attend Community Connections.  Their enthusiasm and energy offers great challenges and I look forward to my year with them and with you too! If you have any questions or concerns you can always contact me by phone or by e-mailing. I will return your message as soon as I can. I am here to help you and your child have a positive learning experience at Union Community Connections. Thank you for your support and look forward to meeting you.

Diadel Ortiz
Program Director
Community Connections