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Dear Camden Prep Families, 

In the last two weeks, we have been filled with hope: our nation witnessed a historic presidential Inauguration, the Biden-Harris administration has taken immediate actions to support our communities, and our schools in NYC, Boston, Rochester, and Troy have welcomed students back for in person learning. In Brooklyn, this is the first time our students have entered our buildings this school year. We are so excited for our students to have the option to be physically in school and we are so grateful to our leaders, teachers, ops and regional teams for making this possible. We continue to find hope in all of you – our 20,000 Uncommon families across our six regions – as you continue to parent through the pandemic and run along side our team as we support our students together. Thank you for continuing to persevere and inspire our Uncommon community.

On a different note, this newsletter will move from being bi-weekly to monthly start with the February 12th edition. Please continue to reach out to your school leaders.

School Updates

Parent/Guardian Survey Thanks:

Thank you so much for completing our mid-year Parent/Guardian survey! We value your feedback on what is working well and what can be even better, and your survey input will help shape our ongoing work and plans for next year.

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.

Free Middle School Online Math Program – deadline to apply is 2/1:

The RISC Math Accelerator is offering all Uncommon middle school students a free, online after-school math program to get your child caught up and ahead in math. 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. Parents receive weekly updates on student progress. Students work at their own pace on topics at their level and can contact tutors any time they need help. Deadline for signing up is February 1st – learn more at https://www.mathaccelerator.org/ or for more information, contact RISC directly at info@mathaccelerator.org or 310-913-2684.

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.

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

Wellness Corner:

Please visit the Uncommon Virtual Calming Room to explore tools and strategies for managing emotions and feelings - all while having fun. We hope these tools will provide helpful outlets and practices for when life gets tough.

Get informed on COVID-19 Vaccine:

ABC7 NY’s Darla Miles hosted “COVID-19 and the Vaccine” webinar this past Sunday. Dr. Karma Warren, Dr. Pierre Vigilance, and Dr. Wayne Riley answered audience questions about the COVID-19 and communities of color, how to stay safe, and the different vaccine options. Take some time to watch and get informed about the COVID-19 vaccine.

North Star Camden Prep Social Work Website:

Please visit the North Star Camden Prep Social Work Website for various community and wellness resources!

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 hereLearn 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: +1 856-803-3030 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 4 pm
    • 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, 3:30-5pm 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. Click here for more information.

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 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.
If you have any questions, please contact your school leaders.

Sincerely,
The Camden Prep Team
We are accepting applications for the 2021-2022 School Year! Tell us about a family you know looking for a great school! 
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