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UMA WEEKLY UPDATE
May 10, 2021

Starting at noon on Thursday, May 20th, the UMA Virtual Auction will be live, ready for bidding on a variety of items that will support the purchase of lunchroom tables to be used on the 3rd floor of the school. The virtual auction will close at 8:00 pm on Saturday, May 22.  In addition, during the auction UMA supporters can directly donate through the Fund-A-Need option.

Links to the auction website, along with  instructions on how to register, how to bid on items and how to donate to the fund-a-need will be sent closer to the event date! Check out the school's website for a preview of auction items: https://umissacademy.org/gala-2021/

The Gala goal is to raise $22,222 for the purchase of tables and a few extra pieces for the 3rd floor cafeteria space.

  • 8-seat tables, Quantity 10 at a cost of $1400+ each

  • 4-seat tables, Quantity 8 at a cost of $700+ each

Tables will include attached seats as well as open spaces to accommodate the needs of all students.  Can we count on you to "Get a Seat at the Table"?

What's Happening in the Classroom
In response to the racial injustices occurring in our community, UMA staff called upon the school to do something. UMA’s first step in creating a space for our students and staff to learn about power, privilege, and how to effect change in a democratic society was a Racial Justice Teach-In on April 22, 2021.

With sessions hosted by staff, students and staff were able to hear and learn from amazing and impactful guest speakers on a variety of topics throughout the day.  Some session speakers shared their personal experiences of being an activist on the front lines for racial justice, and the day even included speakers from California and Louisiana.  
School Staff Appreciation 
UMA certainly felt the love and support of our school families this week. An amazing spread of coffee and treats from two UMA families awaited us on Thursday morning.  This was followed by a yummy lunch from Afro Deli compliments of the UMA PTO.  Our hearts and bellies were literally and figuratively full.

Thank you, thank you! The generosity truly made our day.
Summer Activities
  • St. Paul/Highland Mountain Biking Club  Get moving outside riding on nearby trails.  Recommended by UMA HS student as challenging but exhilarating at the same time.
  • Poetry Speaks!, free program in July that helps students master public speaking skills
Family Resources
Roll up your sleeves, Minnesota - Vaccine ConnectorAs of Tuesday, March 30, 2021 every Minnesotan 16 years of age and older is eligible to get vaccinated.  All Minnesotans ages 16 and up are encouraged to sign up for the Vaccine Connector, to get updates on vaccination opportunities in your area and be entered into the random selection process for the state’s Community Vaccination Program sites. You can register for the Vaccine Connector in your preferred language. Use the link at the top right corner to switch to Spanish, Hmong, or Somali.How to get your shot

Sign up at Vaccine Connector. It is easy, safe, and secure.



Families encouraged to get tested every two weeks

Youth and their families regularly involved in activities outside of the home are strongly encouraged to participate in testing every other week, and more frequently (weekly) if distancing cannot be maintained in extracurricular activities. Maintain situational awareness and be alert to unusual patterns of illness or COVID activity in your school buildings, activities, district and county. If you are seeing rapid spread and high attack rates (both among exposed persons and their household members/close contacts) please reach out to your regional team to discuss.

The state is offering free saliva testing at Roy WSaliva testingilkins Auditorium in Saint Paul. Testing is available seven days a week and free to all Minnesotans who believe they need a COVID-19 test, including those who are asymptomatic. 

View testing sites in Ramsey County.

No-cost at-home COVID-19 saliva testing is also available. 

View test at home information.

Photo courtesy of Minnesota Department of Health

PSEO Webinar
Minnesota high school students have the opportunity to attend college for free. Learn how by attending a free informational webinar hosted by People for PSEO on May 10th, 2021.

With the student loan debt crisis on the rise, many are looking for opportunities that will allow them to save on college costs. If you are interested in learning how to save thousands of dollars on college, this is the webinar for you. On May 10th at 5:00 pm, the nonprofit organization People for PSEO is hosting a free informational webinar for high school students and families to learn about PSEO and other programs that allow Minnesota students to earn free college credits.

PSEO is a state-run program that enables 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students to enroll in college courses and earn college credits at no cost to the student or family. Participants can save thousands of dollars in college costs by enrolling in the PSEO program.  

Attend the free informational webinar on Monday, May 10th to learn about dual credit options in Minnesota, how PSEO works, hear from a panel of current and alumni PSEO students, and ask any additional questions you may have.

Registration Link: https://forms.gle/m9UeTADkHaucRTtz8 


If you have a specific need and would like help finding resources please feel free to contact the following staff, we would like to talk with you;

Joclyn Tiedt, Social Worker joclyn.tiedt@umissacademy.org  612-208-3854 
Elizabeth Sullivan, Social Worker elizebeth.sullivan@umissacademy.org  612-466-0446
Anna Walters, School Counselor anna.walters@umissacademy.org  612-888-2153
Upcoming Dates
May 10-13 - MCA Testing
Thursday, May 20 - Saturday, May 22 - Virtual Gala Auction
Friday, May 21 - No School for Students - Staff Planning Day
Monday, May 31 - No School - Holiday
Thursday, June 10 - Last Day of School
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