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Dear Uncommon New York City 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

Reminder: Meals During Remote Learning

All families and students can go to any DOE school building between 9a.m. and noon on weekdays to pick up three free grab-and-go meals. No identification or registration is necessary. Halal and kosher meals are available at some sites, which are listed at

If a student or family is unable to pick up meals from 9AM to 12PM, they can pick up meals from 3pm to 5pm at several community meal sites throughout the city. Community food sites can be found here. Please note that MOST schools will not be open from 3pm to 5pm for meal pickup, please check this link to find a location near you that will be open during the evening hours.

Spread the word about Uncommon!

We are excited to share that our application for the 2021-2022 school year is live! We are accepting new student applications for the upcoming school year at our Elementary and Middle Schools for our Kindergarten and 5th grade lotteries. If you have other children who you plan on enrolling into an Uncommon School next year, be sure to fill out an application so that they can receive sibling preference. If you know a friend or family member who has a child in Kindergarten through 8th grade please share our contact information with them and encourage them to apply online at Don't wait to share this information with your friends and families encouraging them to apply! The deadline for all lottery applications is Thursday, April 1st, 2021 at 5pm.

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!

Upcoming Local Elections:


Even though we just had a very significant general election, election season is never really over. Please see below for some important NYC voter updates:

  • Ranked-Choice Voting is coming to NYC! It will be utilized in the upcoming special election and in future mayoral, public advocate, comptroller, borough president, and city council elections. Make sure you understand how ranked-choice voting works before you get to the polls! Learn more about it by watching this video and read the information at VOTE NYC.
  • Voter registration dates: Voters have to register by February 21st to vote in upcoming primary races. If you would like to change your party affiliation, you must do so by February 14th. To register to vote or change your party visit

Advocacy in Action - Join Your Local Community Board!

Hello Brooklyn - want to play an active role in shaping your community, join your local community board!. Board members provide invaluable service to their communities such as land use planning, making recommendations for the city’s budget, and granting permits to name a few. The deadline to apply is Friday, February, 12! Anyone 16 years and older that is interested can complete the application HERE. Don’t know your community board number find it using this link.

Civics Engagement for our Youth:

The NYC Charter Center, DOE and NYC Votes are hosting three Tuesday evening sessions geared toward getting our youth civically engaged in voting. Please click here for more details.

Community Resources:

If you or someone you know is in need here are some helpful sites:

Food Assistance:

Helpful Sites:

Join Parent Partners for Advocacy!

It’s 2021 Uncommon families and with all that is going on in the world right now it is clear that we have work to do! Parents are the best advocates for their families and communities. Please sign up if you are interested in learning how to join a powerful group of parents across all 24 of our Brooklyn schools that are plugged in and ready to stand up for the needs of our nation, communities and schools. Sign up HERE to learn more!

Get your flu shot!

If you haven’t already, please get a flu shot for everyone in your family this season. Doctors agree it’s more important than ever. Flu shots can be administered by your primary care physician and many local pharmacies. You can also visit the NYC Health Department’s map of clinics offering free or low-cost flu shots.

Home Energy Assistance Program:

Enrollment is taking place now for New York’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). To determine program eligibility, please see income guidelines here.

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 Uncommon NYC Team
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