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Dear Camden Prep Families, 

Happy New Year! We hope the Winter Break offered your family a chance to rest and recharge. The start of 2021 continues to be a challenging time for our nation and reminds us once again about the work that needs to be done to create a better world and better future for our children. We hope that you have been able to take solace in our Uncommon community – be it connecting with other families virtually, catching up with your teachers and school leaders, or having your student share their excitement about the book they are reading or a science project that is in the works. We remain incredibly grateful for the joy of our students, the dedication of our teachers and your partnership as we continue to navigate remote and hybrid learning. Our hope is that 2021 brings peace and a renewed sense of optimism as we continue to work together as a Camden Prep community.

School Updates

Camden Prep Remote Learning Extension Until Monday, 2/22/21:

Since our last update in November, we have been monitoring data and consulting with local officials to guide our in-person and remote learning decisions. Sadly, metrics have not improved to a point where we can restart full in-person instruction on our originally slated date of January 20th. As a result of these developments, all Camden Prep schools will extend 100% remote instruction until at least Monday, February 22nd. 

  • On February 22nd, Camden Prep plans to begin a phased re-opening with select students. 
  • We look forward to sharing additional details about this in the coming weeks.

As we named before, we do not make or implement these decisions lightly. Our priority remains that we protect the health of our entire community as much as possible, but we are also eager to get back to in-person instruction where and when we can do so safely. In that spirit, we will continue to evaluate all state and local COVID-19-related data and communicate with you on our progress towards reopening as we approach February 22nd.

Parent/Guardian Survey is Now Live:

The mid-year Parent/Guardian survey is now live. All parents/guardians should have received an email with a link to the survey on January 4th. If you have not yet responded, there is still time to do so. The survey will remain open through Monday January 18th. If you did not receive the survey and believe you should have, please fill out this brief form and we will work to get a copy to you as soon as possible. And, to those who have already responded, thank you so much for your input! We greatly value hearing from you!

Opt in for Aramark Meal Deliveries:

Our commitment to providing meals remains the same as we shift to a new model and close our doors for distribution. Rather than picking up meals, Aramark will deliver them to you! They have shifted to solely deliveries based on zip code to better serve our community as the weather changes. Since Aramark serves the city of Camden, you will be able to receive meals for all your Camden school-age children. We hope this is more convenient for you! To receive free delivered meals, you must complete this survey and you must respond to Aramark’s confirmation email to complete your request. Please be on the lookout for their follow up email! Once your information is confirmed, within 7 days you will begin to receive meals weekly.

Free Middle School Online Math Program – deadline to apply is 2/1:

An outside non-profit organization called the RISC Math Accelerator is offering all Uncommon middle school students access to a free, online afterschool math program to complement your child’s current learning and provide additional, targeted support. Your middle school child will receive a free membership to an online math platform that creates a personalized curriculum and free access to live, on-call experienced math tutors available every weekday for homework help. Students work at their own pace on topics at their level and can contact tutors any time they need assistance. Deadline for signing up is February 1st – RISC is not connected to Uncommon so you can learn more at https://www.mathaccelerator.org/ or for more information, contact RISC directly at info@mathaccelerator.org or 310-913-2684.

Black History Month T-Shirts:

We are so excited to celebrate Black History Month as a Camden Prep community during the month of February. Although our celebration may look a bit different, we will continue the tradition of selling a themed Black History Month t-shirt!  

This year’s t-shirts will represent the 2021 Black History Month theme: Celebrating Black Voices. The t-shirt design celebrates the historic election of Vice President Kamala Harris, and features powerful words from her victory speech in November: “Dream with ambition, lead with conviction, and see yourselves in a way that others may not simply because they’ve never seen it before.” 

If you are interested in purchasing the 2021 Black History Month t-shirt, please click on the link below to order directly from the vendor. Each t-shirt will remain $10 plus the cost of shipping, and will be shipped directly to your home.

  • T-Shirt Shop Link: https://stores.inksoft.com/black_history_month_tees/shop/home
  • The t-shirt shop is open now and will remain open well into the month of February.  
  • Given a processing time of 14 days and added shipping time, we encourage you to order t-shirts as soon as possible in order to receive your shirt in time for Black History Month.

Resources

January is Emotional Wellness Month:

We are continuing Emotional Wellness Month through January at Uncommon! Emotional Wellness is the ability to deal with challenges in life, build positive relationships with others, and encourage the use of healthy coping skills. When we learn the names of feelings and how to express them in appropriate ways we are supporting emotional wellness. By practicing emotional wellness we are reducing our stress, getting quality sleep, using healthy coping skills, and choosing a brighter outlook on life!

Below are a few family friendly resources to practice emotional wellness!

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.

Additional Family Meal assistance listed below:

  • 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. 
  • Virtua Mobile Market: We will be returning to a retail model, with socially distanced walk-up—Camden schedule as follows. Questions, feel free to email us at VirtuaMFM@virtua.org
    • Tuesdays
      • Roosevelt Plaza Park, 520 Market Street, Camden: Noon to 1:30 pm
      • Heart of Camden, 1820-26 Broadway, Camden: 2:30 to 4 pm
    • Wednesdays
      • Osborn Family Health Center, 1601 Haddon Avenue, Camden: Noon to 1:30 pm
      • Virtua Camden Health & Wellness Center, Emergency Dept. Parking Lot (Enter from Mt. Ephraim Ave.) 1000 Atlantic Ave.: 2:30 to 4 pm
  • Center for Family Services highlights Food Resources in Camden. More information on local sites here
  • Cathedral Kitchen Providing Meals and Groceries, located @ 1514 Federal Street, Camden 856 964.6771 – No paperwork needed!
    • Weekdays, 3:30-5pm and Sat, noon -1pm: We serve hot "to go" meals at the door, plus take-away bags of food and bottles of water.
  • The Kroc Center in Camden is offering a "Drive Thru" pantry as well as a Walk-Up. Call 856-379-4871 to schedule an appointment. Click here for more information.

Community Resources:

  • New Jersey Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission Youth Conference Presented by Novartis will be held on Monday, January 18th from 9am-2pm. Youth We Hear You! Make it a Day Online with Us. There will be Celebrity guests, DJs, and Giveaways! *Any youth under the age of 16 years of age will need an adult to register you to attend the event. Register here!
  • New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) Equity Alliance is hosting its Premier Social Justice Event, the Equity Alliance Conference, on January 15 and January 16. Register online here.
  • 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: http://bit.ly/JSYES 
  • Fun Community Event: 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.

COVID-19 Testing Sites and Vaccine Information:

All Camden families are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 even if you do not have any symptoms. Please click this link to find testing site information. Below are additional, testing information:

  • Project H.O.P.E provides Daily COVID-19 Testing in Camden and helps with COVID Testing FAQs at 519 West Street, Camden, NJ. Information here.
  • For more testing sites, including CAMcare Health Corporation, Cathedral Kitchen, CVS and more, please click this link.
COVID-19 vaccines will be available WITHOUT cost sharing barriers to ALL New Jerseyans. Pre-register for the vaccine hereLearn more.
If you have any questions, please contact your school leaders.

Cynthia Leger
Managing Director of Operations, Camden Prep
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