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Dear Rochester 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!

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.

Rochester Prep is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year!

Current students do not need to re-apply. If your Rochester Prep student has a sibling entering Kindergarten, make sure you apply before the application deadline of April 1st, 2021 to get preference in our lottery! If you have any family or friends who would like to join one of the highest performing charter schools in Rochester, have them apply at!


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!

Rochester Prep Family Champion Meeting:

Join us for our next Rochester Prep Family Champions meeting on December 15th at 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. We’ll be joined by Director of Special Education Lisa Krempa who will share activities and resources that our families could use during Winter Recess. Please register for this informative and engaging session here ASAP. Feel free to contact Shanai Lee ( if you have any questions or concerns.

Family Champions who attend 3 consecutive meetings will receive a  gift card as a token of appreciation for partnership when you fill out the feedback forms after each meeting.

Community Resources:

Our community is so rich with resources, below is a brief listing of programs and initiatives.

  • Foodlink is partnering with various community partners to distribute emergency food supply boxes, for the next two weeks are now posted on our website at:
  • Enrollment is taking place now for New York’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). To determine program eligibility, please see income guidelines here.
  • MicroCollege, a unique college-pathway program designed for graduating seniors who are college-bound, but not yet college-ready, is hosting an information session about an innovative college pathway program that enables high school seniors to attend college for one or more years at no cost. More information is available here.
  • Join City of Rochester officials 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.
  • A Virtual Biz Kid$ Camp will be held on December 14th through December 18th, this online adaptation of the Biz Kid$ curriculum, will provide youth ages 10-18 with an opportunity to engage with program graduates and instructors. More details are available here.
  • 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:
If you have any questions, please contact your school leaders.

Michael Blake
Managing Director of Operations, New York State
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