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Dear Camden Prep Families, 

Happy Holidays! As we head into the final weeks of 2020, we want to take a moment to acknowledge that despite the tremendous challenges we’ve faced this year, a true bright spot has been your partnership and support. Together, we have navigated this unprecedented year of remote and hybrid learning and together, we have helped our children embrace change and learn resilience. We are continually inspired by your dedication and we are so grateful for your continued trust and investment in our school community. From our entire team to you and your families, we wish you a restful, joyful, and healthy holiday season and a new year filled with hope.

School Updates

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan: Update on our commitments

As we draw to the end of the calendar year, we want to share an update on our progress in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion commitments we made at the start of the school year. You can read our update here.

Reminder: Parent/Guardian Survey Coming in January!

In early January, we will launch a brief survey for all parents and guardians. This is an opportunity for you to share your thoughts and feedback directly with us as we work to provide the highest quality schools for your child(ren) . The survey will open on Monday, January 4th and close on Sunday, January 17th. You will receive a link to the survey via email once it opens. We look forward to hearing from you!

Meal Delivery

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 delivered meals, you must complete this survey -> click HERE.  Aramark will call you to confirm the information provided- you must confirm via phone to complete your request. Please be on the lookout for their follow up call! Once your information is confirmed, you will receive meals weekly.

Resources

Winter Break Wellness:

As we head out into break, we are sharing resources for Winter Break Wellness! 

COVID-19 Testing Sites:

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.

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
  • Virtua 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. Questions, feel free to email us at VirtuaMFM@virtua.org
  • Cathedral Kitchen Providing Meals and Groceries, located @ 1514 Federal Street, Camden 856 964.6771 – No paperwork needed!
    • Mondays, 2:30-5pm: Personal Care-choice of toiletries needed
    • Wednesdays, 3:15-5pm: Market stand-choice of groceries available & Pop Up Library - free books
    • Weekdays, 3:15-5pm and Sat, noon -1pm: We serve hot "to go" meals at the door, plus take-away bags of food and bottles of water.
  • Center for Family Services highlights Food Resources in Camden. More information on local sites here.
  • 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. Visit www.camdenkroccenter.org for more information. Click here and here for more information.

Community Resources:

  • 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! Call to register: 856-964-8096. For more information click here, lea en Español.
  • 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.
  • Kroc Center's Winter Wonderland is scheduled for DEC 22 AT 5 PM – DEC 23 AT 9 PM. This will be a drive through version of Winter Wonderland. Pack the family in the car and get a little taste of Christmas on December 22 and 23 while driving through our back lot. More Info 
  • Dare Academy is hosting a Holiday Giveback on December 27th from 11am-1pm. Food, toiletries and coats will be provided. Location: 1656 Kaighn Ave, Camden. NJ 08103.

Reminder: Child Care Tuition Assistance Program:

The applications for the COVID-19 Child Care Tuition Assistance Program are still open until funds are exhausted and assistance will be available until December 2020. Eligible families in need of child care for their school age children as schools have opened remotely can apply online at www.childcarenj.gov/COVID19. The tuition assistance is part of a $250 million plan announced last month by Governor Murphy to support working families and child care. This new program will provide tuition assistance to New Jersey families with incomes up to $75,000 in need of either full or part-time childcare depending on their school’s remote learning schedule. The department will consider applications until funding is exhausted. Below you will find fliers with more information and details about the program including a Spanish version.

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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