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Dear Uncommon New York City Families, 

Two weeks ago, we celebrated the first day of in-person learning at Troy Prep. Today, we are so excited to share another milestone in our comeback as our schools in Newark and Camden opened their doors for a calm, safe, and inspiring “first day” of school this Monday! The reopening of North Star and Camden Prep could not have been accomplished without our Uncommon community – our teachers, staff, leaders, nurses, students, and families made this step forward possible.

We are so thankful to have this community of Uncommon families like you who continue to place their faith and trust in our schools and serve as essential partners in this work. Stay tuned for additional information as we remain incredibly excited to continue to welcome our students for their “first day” across our regions in the weeks to come.

School Updates

Update on Hybrid Learning Launch:

At Uncommon Schools NYC, we remain deeply committed to providing you, our families, with an in-person Hybrid learning option. We know that our scholars learn best when they are in-person with their teachers, and we know that many of you have asked us to provide you with this learning option.

After further consideration, we have decided to take a phased-in approach to re-opening our Uncommon NYC schools. While several of our Uncommon NYC high schools will still open on the current timeline, we will be delaying our in-person launch at most of our schools until January 20, 2021.

While our buildings are ready to safely welcome your scholar back, and we have met all of our Health & Safety criteria, we have made the decision to slow down and learn from the handful of schools that will be opening at the end of this month. We are confident that this additional time will allow us to further refine our routines & systems and our academic approach to Hybrid instruction. 

Please know that our goal remains to honor the choice of our hybrid families and open in-person in all of our NYC schools this January, as long as the public health conditions allow us to do so.

In the meantime, we are committed to providing your student with a world-class remote learning experience. Please refer to the information shared by your child’s school last week for their school-specific re-opening timeline. If you have any questions, please reach out directly to your school leaders.

Meals During Remote Learning:

Remote students or parents/guardians may pick up meals at most DOE school buildings. Meals for students will be available on school days only from 9AM - 12PM. Families can visit the take-out meals page to find a take-out meal location near them. 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.


Wellness Corner:

As we continue through the month of October, we are learning and identifying ways to practice Intellectual Wellness! While you might know that you need to exercise your body, did you know that it is also important to exercise your mind? One of the best ways to exercise our minds is to learn new things. So, instead of sitting down and watching television at the end of the day, opt for a good book or puzzle! We have provided a few resources to help you and your family grow your brain and practice Intellectual Wellness.

  1. Libby - a free website or app that allows you to borrow and read ebooks and audiobooks from your local public library
  2. Sudoku - free puzzles to sharpen your logic with numbers
  3. Braingle - a free website with over 15,000 brain teasers and puzzles

Vote to Make Your Voice Heard!

Election season is officially upon us, and it’s more important than ever to make your voices heard! Millions of people around the country have already casted their votes, and the time has come for New Yorkers to cast their ballots too. Please keep reading for important election information and updates.

  • Early voting begins this Saturday, October 24th. Your early voting location will be different from your regular polling place. Find your early and regular polling places at: The early voting poll schedule is outlined in the chart below.

  • Absentee Voting: If you rather not vote in person, there’s still time to apply for your absentee ballot. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, October 27th. Apply here. Once you receive and complete your absentee ballot, you can either mail it or drop it off at any polling place. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, November 3rd. Uncommon PPFA put together a guide on how to properly fill out your ballot to ensure it will be counted. Watch here
  • Make a voting plan: This is one of the most important elections in generations. Make sure that you’re informed about the candidates and the offices they seek to hold. You can research the candidates on your ballot here and here. In addition to researching the candidates, make sure to make a plan for how you’re going to vote and when. Check out to make your plan today.
  • Getting to the polls: Curb is giving New Yorkers $5 off their Curb yellow and green cab rides to Vote Early. Use Promo Code: VoteEarly between 10/24-11/1 and book a ride to your assigned early voting site in NYC. Learn more here. If biking is more your speed; you’re in luck! Citi Bike will be offering free rides on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3rd, for all New Yorkers. Use the code 2020VOTE to get your free ride, and we’ll see you at the polls!

Uncommon Parent Partners for Advocacy:

Even though we can’t be together physically, the PPFA is still meeting regularly to keep our families connected! 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.
Upcoming events:

  • Early Voting – Please join us on Saturday, October 24th between the hours of 12 pm - 3 pm at Bed-Stuy Restoration on the Black Lives Mural during Councilmember Cornegy’s HCBU Battle of the Bands to share information about early voting. To volunteer to help RSVP HERE here for more information.
  • Book-O-Ween: We are hosting our annual Book-O-Ween event on Saturday, 10/31 from 12pm - 3pm in the Brownsville and Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhoods. During this event our recruitment team will share information about our schools and Early Voting. Since our event is on Halloween it’s only right that we give away free books, candy, and have fun activities and music during this festive event. Please register here to attend and/or volunteer
  • Join us for our first virtual PPFA meeting on Thursday, November 19th @ 5:30 pm, on the heels of one of the biggest elections of our lifetimes to share the results and what’s at stake for our schools and communities. RSVP HERE to join us.
If you have any questions, please contact your school leaders.

Michael Blake
Managing Director of Operations, Uncommon New York
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