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Dear Uncommon New York City 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.

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.

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 or for more information, contact RISC directly at or 310-913-2684.


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.

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:

  • There’s a special election coming up in the Queens’ 24th Council District. This district includes Kew Gardens Hills, Pomonok, Electchester, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, Jamaica Estates, Briarwood, Parkway Village, Jamaica Hills, and Jamaica. If you live in this district make sure you get to the polls for this important local election. The early voting period is from January 23rd-January 31st, and Election Day is Tuesday, February 2nd. Learn more about the race here.
  • 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

Where do Potential Mayors Stand on Education?

Would you like to know where potential candidates for our next Mayor stand on education? Join this Forum on Sunday, 1/31 @ 6pm to find out. Register and submit your questions using the link below:

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.

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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