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Dear Uncommon New York City Families, 

Happy Holidays! As we head into the final weeks of 2020, we want to take a moment to acknowledge that despite the tremendous challenges we’ve faced this year, a true bright spot has been your partnership and support. Together, we have navigated this unprecedented year of remote and hybrid learning and together, we have helped our children embrace change and learn resilience. We are continually inspired by your dedication and we are so grateful for your continued trust and investment in our school community. From our entire team to you and your families, we wish you a restful, joyful, and healthy holiday season and a new year filled with hope.

School Updates

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan: Update on our commitments

As we draw to the end of the calendar year, we want to share an update on our progress in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion commitments we made at the start of the school year. You can read our update here.

Reminder: Parent/Guardian Survey Coming in January!

In early January, we will launch a brief survey for all parents and guardians. This is an opportunity for you to share your thoughts and feedback directly with us as we work to provide the highest quality schools for your child(ren). The survey will open on Monday, January 4th and close on Sunday, January 17th. You will receive a link to the survey via email once it opens. We look forward to hearing from you!

ULC’s Winter Read Aloud:

Uncommon Leadership Charter High School is excited to share our first “Winter Read Aloud” initiative with all Uncommon families. High school students at ULC volunteered their time after school to record themselves reading videos for elementary school students, and we are happy to share these with our Uncommon community. This initiative was launched and created with the idea that our high schoolers can use a video platform to read exciting and engaging books to our younger grade levels as well as encourage reading as a whole. This event was sponsored by the ULC Senior Class Committee and National Honor Society.

You can find all of the read-alouds to share with your children here.

Spread the word about Uncommon!

We are excited to share that our application for the 2021-2022 school year is live! We are accepting new student applications for the upcoming school year at our Elementary and Middle Schools for our Kindergarten and 5th grade lotteries. If you have other children who you plan on enrolling into an Uncommon School next year, be sure to fill out an application so that they can receive sibling preference. If you know a friend or family member who has a child in Kindergarten through 8th grade please share our contact information with them and encourage them to apply online at Don't wait to share this information with your friends and families encouraging them to apply! The deadline for all lottery applications is Thursday, April 1st, 2021 at 5pm.


Winter Break Wellness:

As we head out into break, we are sharing resources for Winter Break Wellness! 

Parent Partners for Advocacy Upcoming Events:

Our PPFA is still meeting regularly to keep our families connected to each other and our communities! If you would like to stay connected to our community or just take a break from your normal routine, sign up to stay plugged into our virtual events. Interested in becoming a part of the Parent Partners for Advocacy (PPFA)? Sign up here.

Home Energy Assistance Program:

Enrollment is taking place now for New York’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). To determine program eligibility, please see income guidelines here.

Get your flu shot!

If you haven’t already, please get a flu shot for everyone in your family this season. Doctors agree it’s more important than ever. Flu shots can be administered by your primary care physician and many local pharmacies. You can also visit the NYC Health Department’s map of clinics offering free or low-cost flu shots.

If you have any questions, please contact your school leaders.

Michael Blake
Managing Director of Operations, Uncommon New York
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