Monthly Archives: August 2013

Welcome Back, Everybody!

The University Settlement Adult Literacy Program 2013-2014 school year has officially begun. This week, students attended orientation, meeting their teachers and getting their books. See the video below:


Idiom of the Week: Hit the Books


Meaning: To study hard.


I’ve got a test tomorrow, so I’m going to hit the books tonight.

I was surprised when I saw her at the bar – she said she was going to hit the books.

It’s September – time to hit the books!


Pop Quiz:

You would probably hit the books if you…

1. were on summer vacation.

2. graduated from college.

3. had a big examination coming up.

For the correct answer, click on “Continue reading”:

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And So It Begins…

The 2013-2014 school year is set to begin. This week, there is orientation for daytime students. At orientation, students will receive their books, meet their teachers, learn about school policies, and see their classroom. Here’s the orientation schedule:

Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 9:00 am: Class 0A, Class 2A, & Class 4.5

Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 11:00 am: Class 3P

Thursday, August 29, 2013, 9:00 am: Class 1A & Class 3A

Thursday, August 29, 2013, 11:00 am: Class 0P, Class 1P, & Class 2P

All Evening Classes (Class E0, Class, E1, Class E2, & Class E3) will meet on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 6:30 pm.

All Weekend Classes will meet on Saturday, September 7, 2013Classes W1 & W2 at 9:30 am, and Classes W3 & W4 at 1:30 pm.

All orientation sessions will be at 175 Eldridge St. – the same place where you first registered.

One more thing: remember to bring $10 for your book deposit! No hundreds, please!

If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 212-533-6306.


Idiom of the Week: Farmer Tan


Meaning: A tan that doesn’t cover the whole body; a tan with a distinct line made by clothing.


Hey, nice farmer tan!

I was working outside all day yesterday in the sun, so I got a farmer tan.

People started laughing when they saw that the bikini model had a farmer tan.


Pop Quiz:

Farmer tans happen…

A. only to farmers.

B. when people don’t wear sunscreen.

C. every fall.

To see the correct answer, click on “Continue reading”:

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Are You Prepared for Hurricane Season?

Click on the pictures below to learn more about how to prepare for hurricane season:




To get even more information about preparing for emergencies, visit NYC’s Office of Emergency Management by clicking here.


read, read, read


We all know reading is important. It is also very important for children to learn and enjoy reading and for parents to spend time reading with their children. Reading to your children helps build a better relationship, improve their education and academic performance (grades), and many other reasons. You can read a short list of some of the benefits of reading HERE and HERE.

To help you spend more time reading with your children we are sharing a list of some of the most popular children’s books. Some of these you may know, some of them may be new, but all of them are valuable and worth reading.


You can get most of these books cheap if you buy them used on Even better, you can get them for free at your local library.

Let us know if you know any of these books or have any suggestions of your own. Share in the comments section.

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