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Dear Camden Prep Families, 

We hope you all had a restful and healthy Thanksgiving holiday. In this season of gratitude, we are so thankful and grateful for our Roxbury Prep team opening their doors for select students this past Monday! We are proud to celebrate this major milestone for our students, families, and the entire Uncommon community as we welcome students back to our Boston schools. This would not be possible without the continued support of every portion of our Uncommon community – and especially you, families! Thank you for your support as we continue to navigate this school year as we drive towards reopening in January.

School Updates

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!

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.

Resources

December is Emotional Wellness Month 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 help our students learn the names of their feelings and how to express them in appropriate ways we are supporting their 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 resources to help you and your family practice emotional 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 is additional testing information:

  • Cooper University Health Care in conjunction with the Camden County Freeholder Board and Camden County Department of Health offers COVID-19 Drive Up Testing at Camden County College, 1889 Marlton Pike East in Cherry Hill. Information can be found at this link. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 856-968-7100 or email covid19swabsite@cooperhealth.edu
  • 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.

  • 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 more information.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Center for Family Services highlights Food Resources in Camden. More information on local sites here.

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
  • The Heart of Camden Inc. is providing FREE cleaning supplies and personal products for the whole family every Thursday from 11:30am to 2:30pm at 1840 Broadway Ave, Camden, NJ, 08104. Call (856) 966-1212 for more information.
  • 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.
  • Mighty Writers Camden, located at 1801 Broadway Camden, NJ 08104, is providing necessities and books this Fall, Mondays-Thursdays, from 12pm-1pm. Mighty Writers Camden is also offering online workshops. Questions: Call (856) 295-1048 or email cbuck@mightywriters.org. See here for more information.
  • FCHS Camden County Rutgers Cooperative Extension is hosting a Facebook LIVE Series every Friday at 2pm for a cooking demonstration using affordable ingredients found in many Corner Stores. Learn how to identify healthy options in stores and learn ideas for quick meals, snacks, and beverages for families and people of all ages! For More Info https://fb.me/e/1a3hKcTf3 or see this flyer.

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! 
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