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Dear Uncommon New York City Families, 

March is Women’s History Month. Every day at our schools, we honor the women that have blazed a path for all of our students, but we are excited to have an opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous contributions that women leaders have made to our nation and our schools. We celebrate inspirational figures like Isabel Allende, who has constructed magical worlds and paid homage to women in all of her novels, and Rebecca Lee Crumpler, who was the first black woman in the U.S. to earn a medical degree. And we salute our community of women who support our schools, our families, and our students every day – our leaders, teachers, social workers and ops team members are the backbone of Uncommon. These everyday heroes and historical figures remind us that our work, our accomplishments, and our success cannot be achieved without the women who have and continue to shape and change history.

As a reminder, this newsletter is now monthly. We look forward to sharing more updates with you all in April.

School Updates

Student Coding Opportunity, Deadline 4/4

Calling all young women and non-binary individuals, ages 13-18! Kode With Klossy is working in partnership with Uncommon Schools to identify young women and non-binary people, ages 13 - 18, who are curious about code, to join our free two-week virtual code camps. Best part? No former coding experience required! Participants join a supportive, diverse, and inclusive environment where they will learn to build a website, a mobile app, or data visualization. See this flyer with more information and visit kodewithklossy.com/apply to apply! Applications close April 4.

Reminder: Meals During Remote Learning

All families and students can go to any DOE school building between 9a.m. and noon on weekdays to pick up three free grab-and-go meals. No identification or registration is necessary. Halal and kosher meals are available at some sites, which are listed at schools.nyc.gov/freemeals.

If a student or family is unable to pick up meals from 9AM to 12PM, they can pick up meals from 3pm to 5pm at several community meal sites throughout the city. Community food sites can be found here. Please note that MOST schools will not be open from 3pm to 5pm for meal pickup, please check this link to find a location near you that will be open during the evening hours.

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 www.uncommonschools.org/enrollnyc. 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.

Introducing Uncommon's First Ever Instructional Blog: Uncommon Sense

We are so excited to share the first two posts from our first ever K-8 instructional blog, which you can find here! Written by Uncommon educators across our regions, the posts discuss the importance of building community in schools and helping students to improve their writing by finding their own voice. If you would like to receive email updates each time a new entry is posted, please sign up here, and feel free to also share the link with your family and friends.

Resources

March is Spiritual Wellness Month at Uncommon!

Spiritual wellness is when individuals feel a sense of meaning and choose to live by their own personal beliefs. It is a personal matter that allows us to know what we want, need and believe, while also empowering us to learn more about others! Spiritual wellness empowers us to search for meaning and purpose in our daily lives. It also allows us to learn how to balance our needs with the needs of others. Exercising the soul helps keep us balance, motivated, and excited about learning and about life. Below are a few resources to help you practice your spiritual wellness!

Voting Updates:

  • Ranked-Choice Voting is coming to NYC! It will be utilized in the upcoming special election and in future mayoral, public advocate, comptroller, borough president, and city council elections. Make sure you understand how ranked-choice voting works before you get to the polls! Learn more about it by watching this video and read the information at VOTE NYC.
  • Please share this video with 10 other community members to help get our city ready for ranked choice voting!

Community Resources:

If you or someone you know is in need here are some helpful sites:

Food Assistance:

Helpful Sites:

Join Parent Partners for Advocacy!

It’s 2021 Uncommon families and with all that is going on in the world right now it is clear that we have work to do! Parents are the best advocates for their families and communities. Please sign up if you are interested in learning how to join a powerful group of parents across all 24 of our Brooklyn schools that are plugged in and ready to stand up for the needs of our nation, communities and schools. Sign up HERE to learn more!

Upcoming PPFA Events:

  • Wellness Wednesday: RSVP here to join us on March 21st to register our neighbors to vote and inform them about ranked choice voting.
  • Treats with Tash: RSVP here to join us on March 19th to bake treats with Natasha from our team. This will be a great event for our scholars!
If you have any questions, please contact your school leaders.

Sincerely,
The Uncommon NYC Team
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