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Dear Rochester 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 Rochester Prep community.

School Updates

Meal Pick-up for Remote Learning Families:

Remote Learning Families can pick up meals for the following week at any one of our student meal locations. There will no longer be a Monday pickup. Meals are available from 9AM-1PM at: Brooks Campus - 630 Brooks Avenue (pickup on Ernestine St.), SJS - 85 St. Jacob Street (pickup on Bernard St.), and RPHS - 305 Andrews St. PPE is required.

Rochester Prep is still accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year!

Current students do not need to re-apply. If your Rochester Prep student has a sibling entering Kindergarten, make sure you apply before the application deadline of April 1st, 2021 to get preference in our lottery! If you have any family or friends who would like to join one of the highest performing charter schools in Rochester, have them apply at!

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!

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 or for more information, contact RISC directly at or 310-913-2684.


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!

Rochester Prep Family Champions Facebook Group:

We have launched a group on Facebook just for you. We will still maintain our public Facebook page and we encourage you to “like” it if you haven’t already. We will continue to post items about our school that are of interest to the general public. Our parents’ group is private and only open to parents. It will provide timely and accurate information specifically for Rochester Prep parents, such as announcements about school re-openings, COVID-19 testing availability and upcoming Family Champion meetings. As we continue to deal with the pandemic, it’s important for us to share information with you in as many ways as possible. We encourage you to join the group so that you can stay informed.


 Click here to join.

After you click on the link, you will be taken to a page on Facebook where you can request to join the group. You will be asked one question: whether you are a parent of a Rochester Prep student. Once you answer that, we’ll get notified and let you into the group.

Looking forward to seeing you on Facebook.

Rochester Prep Family Champions Meeting January 27th:

Our next Family Champions meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 27th at 5:30PM via Zoom, we’ll be joined by ESL Financial Wellness Manager Malik Evans who will facilitate a session on the fundamentals of financial literacy. Interested families can register here.

Feel free to contact Shanai Lee ( if you have any questions or concerns. Family Champions meet on a monthly basis, and you are encouraged to attend as many meetings as possible to stay abreast of current news and hear about resources and opportunities available throughout our community.

Family Champions who attend 3 consecutive meetings will receive a  gift card as a token of appreciation for partnership when you fill out the feedback forms after each meeting.

Community Resources:

Our community is so rich with resources, below is a brief listing of programs and initiatives.

  • Enrollment is taking place now for New York’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). To determine program eligibility, please see income guidelines here.
  • Join City of Rochester officials at 6:30 on Thursdays to learn how we are coming together as a community to create jobs, build safe and vibrant neighborhoods and generate educational opportunities for all.
  • College students seeking a summer internship for 2021, please don’t miss this excellent opportunity! Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has started the recruitment process for their 2021 Summer College Internship Program.
  • Visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Center for regular updates and notifications.
  • Financial Assistance for Renters & Landlords: For your consideration, if you are a renter or landlord in need of financial assistance, or you want to learn about efforts to restart the Rochester economy, please click on the JumpstartingROC link:
If you have any questions, please contact your school leaders.

Michael Blake
Managing Director of Operations, New York State
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