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Dear Camden Prep Families, 

Earlier this week, leaders, teachers, and scholars at Troy Prep arrived at school ready for their first day of in-person learning. This “first” day of school looked unlike any other before – with social distancing markers and temperature checks alongside the usual back-to-school excitement – and it was an important reminder of who we are across all of our Uncommon cities.  
As an Uncommon community we:

  • We focus on the most important work. In today’s world, that means health and safety. We are implementing best-in-class measures in order to make our schools as safe as possible.
  • We are stronger together. Our families and teachers are doing incredible work to make remote instruction possible, but we know that being together in person, interacting (at a safe distance) with our scholars, and getting back into our classrooms is where we thrive and can best support students. 
  • We are One Uncommon. Getting to this day would truly not have been possible without the entire Uncommon team – families, students, teachers, leaders, operations, nurses, Home Office team members; every one of you played a crucial role in this work.
  • We stay true to who we are. Uncommon’s mission is to support our scholars to and through college. As always, the teachers and leaders in Troy created the joyful, rigorous, and safe learning environment you and your family have come to expect of us. Despite a global pandemic and all we have weathered these last 6 months, we will always deliver on our promise to our students.

We continue to plan for a safe, hybrid reopening in our other regions and look forward to welcoming students back to campus across our regions in the weeks to come.

School Updates

Remote Learning Meal Distribution:

Camden Prep will continue to provide meals to students during remote learning. All Camden Prep students will be eligible to receive meals. Food service pick up will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 12 pm at the Mt. Ephraim campus (1575 Mt. Ephraim Ave).

  • Students who come on Tuesday will pick up meals for Wednesday & Thursday
  • Students who come on Thursday will pick up meals for Friday – Monday 

The meals may be picked up by the student, parent, or other household member. Please note that this service will be provided for the duration of 100% remote learning. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to your school.


Wellness Corner: It’s Intellectual Wellness Month at Uncommon!

Every month, Uncommon will be celebrating a wellness theme. The month of October’s theme is Intellectual wellness. Intellectual wellness is when you think about and understand your talents. It includes doing activities that help grow your mind. You can take care of your mind by being creative, trying new things, and learning new things. Intellectual wellness involves having an open mind when you encounter new ideas and continuing to expand your knowledge. It encourages active participation in scholastic, cultural, and community activities.

This month, we encourage you and your family to complete the October Wellness Challenge below to practice and incorporate Intellectual Wellness into your day! October Wellness Challenge

Vote to Make Your Voice Heard:

The State of New Jersey has provided vote-by-mail (VBM) drop boxes for each county in advance of the general election on Nov. 3. The Camden City VBM drop box will be located in the Administration Building, 600 Market Street (former entrance for Surrogate’s Office on Market Street). This location will be available 24 hours each day through the close of polls on election day. Each location is well-lit, secured and monitored by video surveillance cameras. Be sure to vote and make your voice heard!

To help support you during this election year, we are excited to offer our Uncommon votes page as a resource! Please use this page to find info on voting deadlines and links to look up your registration status, register to vote, and request your absentee/vote-by-mail ballots. Use this site to make a voting plan to ensure that your voice is heard!

COVID-19 Testing Sites:

All Camden families are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 even if you do not have any symptoms. Please see below for local opportunities provided by CAMcare Health Corporation from 1:00PM TO 4:00PM. To make an appointment, please call (856) 583-2400.

Mondays - Thursdays
Gateway Health Center
817 Federal Street
Camden, NJ 08102

Tuesdays only
CAMcare East
2610 Federal Street

Family Meal Assistance:

If you or someone you know is in need of food, please check out the Food Bank of South Jersey or Touch New Jersey websites to find food distributions in your area. Upcoming events are listed below and find additional information here:

  • The SSJ Neighborhood Center Food Pantry: Every 3rd Wednesday from 2:30-6:30 PM out of the lower level of Christus Church located at 26th Street and Hayes Street, Camden, NJ 08105
  • Puerto Rican Unity for Progress (PRUP) & Cathedral Kitchen Drive-up: Every Wednesday from 1-3 pm located 818 S. Broadway Camden NJ, 08103
  • Heart of Camden FREE Food Distribution: We are continuing our mission of helping the families of Camden during this pandemic. Please share and let families know they are continuing our food distribution up through Thanksgiving on Thursdays from 11:30 am to 3pm, 1840 Broadway Ave, Camden, NJ, 08104. Call (856) 966-7011 for information.
  • Virtual Mobile Market: We will be returning to a retail model, with socially distanced walk-up—Camden schedule as follows:
    • Tuesdays, 12pm to 1:30pm - Roosevelt Plaza Park, 520 Market Street, Camden
    • Wednesdays, Camden 2:30pm to 4pm, Virtua Camden- Health & Wellness Center- Emergency Dept. Parking Lot (Enter from Mt. Ephraim Avenue), 1000 Atlantic Avenue, Camden

Community Resources:

  • Food Bank of South Jersey Invites You to a FREE Interactive Online Nutrition and Cooking Class Spots are filling up fast! SIGN UP TODAY simply with your e-mail address or cell phone number below and ***Receive a FREE Cooking Gadget for Attending*** SIGN UP HERE!
  • Registration is now open for Hopeworks 2020 Fall Code Day - 10/24, 9 am to 12 pm
    • Want to learn about technology or coding or improve your coding skills? We have a workshop for you! We can offer something for anyone who wants to learn about Tech or coding! Join us for this year's (all virtual) Code Day! Technology volunteers from across the region will work with you to build your tech skills!
  • Promise Neighborhood Family Success Center is now offering ESL Classes in partnership with Cooper Medical School! If you, or someone you know, is interested in FREE ESL classes please reach out to us! Our online classes will be starting the week of October 12th! Call to register: 856-964-8096.

Community Events:

  • Parents for Great Camden Schools is co-sponsoring Camden Appreciation Day with Committeeman Samir Nichols & Still Enterprise to recognize essential workers during COVID as well as show gratitude to community leaders hosting peaceful protests during these trying times. Register here!
    • When: On Saturday, October 10, 2020, 12:00 PM  8:00 PM
  • The Masked Melanin Market takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays at Wiggins Waterfront Park, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden. Food trucks and Vendors will be present. Face masks required.

Learn How to Apply to State and Local Jobs:

The New Jersey Civil Service Commission (CSC) is scheduling virtual information sessions to promote careers in State and local government. All New Jersey residents are encouraged to attend these free presentations. Each visit will include an hour overview on how to apply for State and local jobs, and provide resource materials. Questions pertaining to the application process will also be answered. Sign up:

  • Wednesday October 14, 2020 from 11:00AM to 12:30PM
  • Friday October 23, 2020 from 11:00AM to 12:30PM
  • Wednesday October 28, 2020 from 3:00PM to 4:30PM
If you have any questions, please contact your school leaders.

Cynthia Leger
Managing Director of Operations, Camden Prep
We are still accepting applications for the 2020-2021 School Year!
Did you know that Camden Prep High School will welcome its founding class this year? Tell us about a family you know looking for a great school! 
Apply for the 2020-2021 School Year
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