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Dear Rochester 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

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.

Refer a friend or family member and enter to win a new backpack with Rochester Prep Swag!

Please share with families and friends that we are now accepting applications for the 2021-2022! Any student you refer, who submits an application, enters you into a raffle for one of three brand new Jansport backpacks! Each backpack contains a Rochester Prep polo, sweater, craft kit and $25 GrubHub gift card! To refer a student email Heather VanDyne at by 5pm on March 25th! Please include your name, the name of your current student(s) and the name of the child you are referring.

Camp Uncommon is Accepting Applications for Summer 2021!

Calling Rochester Prep 4th through 8th graders! Camp Uncommon is currently accepting applications for Summer 2021! Camp Uncommon is a unique opportunity for Rochester Prep scholars to take part in a 2-week sleepaway summer camp experience while enhancing curiosity, responsibility, independence, and self-confidence. We are optimistically planning for an in-person experience, however if it is unsafe to do so, we will operate a virtual program. Spots are filling up fast, so don't wait! Enroll your scholar today! Head to and for camper registration information.

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.


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!

Become a Rochester Prep Family Champion! 

We have launched a group on Facebook just for you!

Our Rochester Prep Family Champions Facebook Group is private and only open to parents and staff. 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.

Please join our Rochester Prep Family Champions Facebook Group!

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:

Help make sure NY schools are funded!

New York's public schools have faced unprecedented challenges this past school year, including increased costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Cuomo has identified the need for $15 billion in federal aid in order to avoid cuts to education funding. Please join us in supporting the call for federal officials to provide an aid package that provides the necessary funds to stabilize state budgets and Fund NY Schools by clicking and sharing this link! Help support our schools!

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

The Rochester Prep Team
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