August 23, 2021
Back-to-School Open House - Thursday, August 26 from 5-8 pm

Students and families are welcome to reaquaint themselves with the school building again and meet teachers in-person. Students can pick-up their schedules, meet their Advisor, drop-off community use school supplies, complete health forms and drop-off medications with our nurse consultant, pick-up a bus pass if using Metro Transit and resolve technology issues.  

Discounted parking for $5 is available at the municipal parking Ramp 7A on Exchange Street, next to the Scientology Building.  

Food Service Program
UMA has a new school lunch vendor this school year!  CKC Good Food prepares tasty items for numerous charter schools in the metro area.  For the first month of school, the lunch menu will be limited to a cold sandwich and/or a salad, along with fruit and vegetables sides.  The menu has been posted to our website so students can determine if they want to eat lunch that day.  There is no need to preorder as in the past, an alternate lunch maybe provided if the featured item is no longer available.  Students wanting to start their day with breakfast can do so with a grab-n-go meal in the school's main lobby area.

We encourage all families to complete the educational benefits form which qualifies students for free or reduced meals.  The form can be found here on our website, it is a fillable pdf that enables parents to complete, save and email back to the school.  This form will be available for completion at the back-to-school Open House as well.
Back to School News & Resources

Zero Hour (before school care)
Middle school students may arrive to school as early as 7:30 am and be supervised by school staff for $5 per day in a classroom until 9:00 am.  Students will sign-in each morning they arrive early and a zero hour invoice will be sent to parents each month for this service.

High school students may arrive to school as early as 7:30 am and remain unsupervised in the 2nd floor flex space until 9:00 am.  

School Supply Lists 
Lists for grade levels can be found on the school's website here.
Advisory and optional classroom supplies should be gathered by student's advisory teacher.

School Year Calendar & Start Time
The school day begins at 9:20 am, the day ends at 4:30 pm. The online website calendar is a good source of information for school special events, meetings and student clubs & activities.  A 2021-2022 calendar with vacation dates, student release days and conferences can be found here. First day of school is Monday, August 30.

Materials Return
Families that still have borrowed technology, reading books or other items used during distance learning can return items at the Open House or have students bring back to school next week.

Shopping with Amazon
An easy way to support our school is to designate Upper Mississippi Academy as your designated charitable organization with AmazonSmile program.  Shop at and .5% of eligible purchases will be donated directly to the school.
What's Happening at School
Our courtyard received some attention this summer with removal of several diseased elm and cottonwood trees.  Once the large root balls were dug up, the grassy area near Cedar Avenue was leveled and sodded with grass.  Now the area is ready for student use and many forms of recreation.
Hiring Opportunity
UMA is seeking applicants for the role of Paraprofessional.  Staff in this role work directly to support teachers and students in the classroom. Competitive pay, benefits and summers off.  Complete job description and how to apply instructions can be found on the school's website.

Monarch Bus Service is hiring school bus drivers. This is a perfect job for college students, retirees or someone who just loves to drive!  No day care, no problem, bring your kids to work.  Free training, good pay & benefits. Any new hire that was referred by UMA will result in a $1,000 school credit for field trip buses.  Contact 651-829-4112 to learn more or apply online at Monarch Bus Service. 
Family Resources

The latest COVID-19 updates can be found on the Minnesota Dept. of Health website. This includes vaccine and testing locations.

Upcoming Dates
Thursday, August 26 - Back to School Open House - 5-8 pm
Monday, August 30 - First Day of School
September 6 & & 7 - No School Holiday Break
October 21 & 22 - No School for Students
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