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Dear Camden Prep Families, 

Across our schools, every month is black history month and we honor black excellence every day. And, throughout the month of February, we are excited to have the opportunity to celebrate and honor all the changemakers and trailblazers who’ve come before us. We salute legends who recently passed like Hank Aaron, Cicely Tyson, and John Lewis –powerful influencers who paved the way for future actors, athletes, activists, and public servants. And we also honor the new generation of changemakers, like Madam Vice President Kamala Harris, who inspires children everywhere to strive for their dreams, and Amanda Gorman, who has captivated the nation with her elegant, poignant words. These figures continue to be beacons of hope in these trying times. They remind us that it is always worthwhile to look to the future and strive for more.

Thank you as always for your support and partnership. As a reminder, these emails will now be monthly, so expect to hear from us again in March.

School Updates

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.

Reminder: 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.

Introducing Uncommon's First Ever Instructional Blog: Uncommon Sense

We are so excited to be launching our first ever K-8 instructional blog on Tuesday, February 16th! The blog will consist of monthly posts written by Uncommon educators across our regions focused on topics such as remote learning techniques, community building, culturally responsive teaching, and more. If you would like to receive email updates each time a new entry is posted, please sign up here, and feel free to also share the link with your family and friends.

Camden Prep is now accepting K-10 new student applications for the 2021-22 school year!

  • Families who want to enroll a sibling into Camden Prep must submit an application. All siblings of current Camden Prep students receive priority for any available seats – submit your application today!

  • We need your help to spread the word in our community! If you know of any families in search of a great school for next school year, let them know that Camden Prep is currently accepting applications and they should apply today! You can also fill out the "refer a friend" survey and our Recruitment Team will follow up with them. We thank you in advance for your partnership and support.
As in previous years, current Camden Prep students do not need apply again. All current students are automatically enrolled into their next grade level and/or school.

Resources

February is Social Wellness Month at Uncommon!

Social wellness is the ability to relate and connect with other people, while valuing others and acting respectfully. It encourages us to work together as a community and to find connection with others and the world around us. When we practice social wellness we strengthen relationships by interacting with others in positive and productive ways! Below are resources for you and your family to practice social wellness throughout the month!

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 here. Learn more.
  • CAMcare Health Corporation is able and ready to administer COVID Vaccines to the community! Please call (856) 583-2400 to schedule your appointment today! We can answer any of your questions concerning the vaccine -- let's do everything we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones! Link to more information: #CAMcareWeCare

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:

  • Touch New Jersey Food Pantry in Camden: Our pantry is open every Tues and Wed from 10:30am–12pm, at 549 State St in Camden (plus limited options on Fridays). There are no eligibility or ID requirements during the pandemic. You do not need to live in Camden to receive food. For a more immediate response, please contact our Executive Director, Gerald Davis: 856-803-3030 or gerald@touchnewjersey.org
  • PRUP Drive-Up Food Distribution (FREE): Wednesdays, 1 to 3 pm, 818 S. Broadway, Camden - Pick-up on Ramona Gonzalez St (side fenced entrance) and please bring your own shopping bag!
  • 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 3:30pm
    • 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, 3:15-5pm and Sat, noon -1pm. For Market Stand (bags of groceries): Wed, 2:30-4:30, from our café
  • 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.
  • Heart of Camden is hosting Distribution Thursdays, 11:30-2:30pm. They will be giving away canned and fresh food, face masks, hand sanitizers, and other supplies at 1840 Broadway, Camden
  • Food Bank of South Jersey is offering Cooking Matters at Home! It’s a 5-week cooking class for families. And it comes with free groceries! Sign up Here  Familias: se ofrece un curso de 5 semanas de cocina para familias! Se incluyen comestibles gratis al final de cada mes para practicar recetas en casa. Registrar en

Community Resources:

  • 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 EventThe Masked Melanin Market takes place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays at Wiggins Waterfront Park, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden (weather permitting). Food trucks and Vendors will be present. Face masks required. For more info: call 856 426.8674.
  • Pop-up Libraries has FREE Books @ Several Camden Locations. For more info Contact: Tom Martin, kennedyper@aol.com  (856) 308-6992. See locations and days here: https://camdencountypopuplibrary.org/programs/
  • The Camden Kroc Center is excited to present a series of videos in celebration of Black History month. Check out the Facebook Link. New videos will be shown on this channel at 3pm this month on the dates shown on the flyer.
If you have any questions, please contact your school leaders.

Sincerely,
The Camden Prep Team
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