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UMA Update July 24

An update on information shared with us this week: 1. Governor's Executive Order 20-81 was issued requiring Minnesotans to Wear a Face Covering in Certain Settings to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 starting on Saturday, July 25 2020. We have been notified by MDE and the MN Commissioner of Education that this does include schools. UMA Response:  UMA will provide two (2) cotton cloth face masks (4 ply w/ adjustable ear loops) for each staff member and each student. In addition, we are [...]

UMA Update July 21

UMA Students and Families – As we move closer to the end of July, I wanted to take an opportunity to thank you for all of the greetings and well wishes that have come forward to me as your new Executive Director.  It has been an honor to meet students and to hear about their experiences at UMA and within the larger community. Thanks so much for completing the Family Survey sent earlier in the summer.  While we understand that some information [...]

Family Pandemic Resource

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) can provide families with children up to $325 for groceries. The Minnesota Department of Human Services says as many as 150,000 families may be eligible for these additional food assistance benefits. The application is available in Hmong, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese. The deadline has been extended to July 31.  Families can apply at https://mn.p-ebt.org For help applying, families can call 651-431-4050 or 800-657-3698, Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.​​

End of Year Item Return

Last day of school today, Wednesday, June 11!  Thank you all for an adventurous school year, relax and rejuvenate over the summer.  We look forward to a new school year starting Monday, August 31.  Any borrowed computers, hotspots and books can be returned to UMA any day this week and next between 9 am -3 pm.  Families can park their vehicle along Wabasha Avenue for a short time and bring items into the school lobby.  This is a good time [...]

Virtual Graduation Ceremony

UMA Graduation Ceremony-Saturday, June 6 at 2:00 pm with a live virtual watch party.  To watch use this YouTube Premiere (Virtual) link: https://youtu.be/Bv8t4CxSoLw The ceremony will remain available for viewing at any time. Many of the students graduating were the first sixth graders enrolled at UMA seven years ago.  They were trailblazers, taking a chance on a new experiential charter school.  Along the way they welcomed new classmates, some joining the class just this year.  Our Seniors have an adventurous and caring spirit that will serve them well as [...]

Message from MN Dept. of Educ

The Department of Education has asked all schools to urge students and their families to stay at home this evening and abide by any local curfews that your communities may have put in place to keep Minnesotans safe. We care about the health and safety of all of you and encourage you to follow the guidelines set forth by the State. Please be safe and well.  

UMA Gala 2020: Connections Count! Auction Open

To launch this year’s Gala, a CHALLENGE DONATION of $4500 has been made to encourage everyone to GIVE as they are able to support this year’s FUND-A-Need. The silent auction runs until Saturday, May 30 at 8 p.m.  View auction items at https://www.32auctions.com/umagala2020, a great time to pick-up a stay-cation, graduation and Father's Day gifts.

School Yearbook Orders

Last chance to order a yearbook that commemorates this unique and special school year. Order now to get started on your personal pages! Deadline to order: May 25, 2020 Delivery to homes: no later than June 29, 2020 Go to treering.com/validate Use code: 1014411217082259 Cost: $21.37 + $2.99 shipping = $24.36 If you have any questions, please contact Denise Goldman at denise.goldman@umissacademy.org

Locker Items Pick-up Monday, May 4

Did your student use a locker at school? Since there is no school on Monday, May 4, this day has been designated to pick-up locker items. All items left in the assigned students locker will be bagged up and ready for pick up on Monday, May 4th.  This will be curbside service, parents and students will not be allowed to enter the building.  In order to keep the congestion to a minimum we would like our families to arrive for pick up at the designated time [...]