November 20, 2020

Thank you to all who participated in our Give to the Max fund drive!  UMA received over $9,000 in donations to support experiential learning through “school to home kits”.  Donations can still be made through the weekend.  A particular shout out to our challenge match donors, and our gratitude to everyone for your commitment in helping UMA create new and different ways to support student learning, engagement, and connectedness during these challenging times.

What's Happening in the Classroom
In Social Studies class, 6th grade students have been learning about early Dakota culture and how their oral traditions shared community values and morals.  
Check out the creativity students used to retell the stories. 
Family Resources
As we continue to see rising COVID-19 case growth in Minnesota, the following are resources that can support families.
  • The Ramsey County Child’s Mental Health Collaborative has many resources for schools to help support children’s mental health. I have attached their Youth Mental Health Crisis Guide to this email for your reference.
  • The MN Black Community COVID-19 Hotline is staffed to support Minnesota’s African American Community Through the Pandemic, 24 hours a day/7 days a week. The hotline is 612-254-1145 and staff are available to provide callers with important info about virus testing sites and resources that support food security, physical and mental health, employment, housing, childcare, legal rights and other COVID-19 related challenges.
  • HACER (Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment Through Research) is staffing a COVID-19 Hotline, providing information in English and Spanish about testing, self-isolating, and resources. The hotline is 651-304-6145 and is answered Weekdays from 8 am – 5:30 pm.
  • Testing remains an important strategy for our fight against COVID-19 and there are more options for testing today than ever before. Those who have symptoms should be tested right away. For those who have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, they should be tested 5-7 days later. You may find local and state testing resources at and the Department of Health website
  • The National Parent Helpline has trained advocates who can provide you emotional support with the goal of helping you feel more empowered and stronger as a parent. National Parent Helpline:Hours: 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.                        1-855-4A PARENT; 1-855 427-2736
  • Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health (MACMH)  MACMH was founded by and for families and is anchored in helping families navigate through the journey raising a child with mental health challenges.  They have a variety of free resources designed to help parents and caregivers support  your child's mental health as well as your own.  To access the Family and Caregiver Resources you will be asked to register for a free account using an email address. Family Support and Caregiver Resources 1-800-528-4511

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;
Heidi Jaeger, Social Worker 612-314-5354
Joclyn Tiedt, Social Worker  612-208-3854 
Anna Walters, School Counselor 612-888-2153
Student Resources
There is a free learning pod in south Minneapolis for students who are struggling with distance learning at home. A good option for students home alone and needing extra adult support during the school day. The following link explains the program and links to an application.

Guided Mindful Breathing
Mindful breathing can make it easier to do difficult things by grounding into the present moment. It can also help reduce anxiety and stress and increase feelings of calm and promote alertness.  Interested in trying some different breathing techniques?  Try the guided breathing videos below:

Triangle breathing - 1 minute
Box Breathing  - 3-1/2 minutes
Breathe Bubble  - 50 seconds
Breath Bubble #2 - 50 second

Senior Photos
UMA 11th grader Thomas Ngono has generously offered his photography skills to take pictures of UMA 12th graders.  UMA seniors and parents can contact Thomas directly to arrange a photo session to capture this special milestone.
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Upcoming Dates
November 23 & 24 - Student Materials Pick-up 9 am-4 pm @ UMA
November 25-27 - No School-Holiday
December 11 - Student Release Day - No School
December 21 - January 1 - Winter Break - No School
January 4 - School resumes
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