December 18, 2020
Winter Break Message from Amy Erickson - Executive Director
What's Happening in the Classroom
Sixth grade students have started a service project of knitting hats. Their goal is to knit 45 hats to be given away to people in need of a hat this winter. Each 6th grade student has been given a set of Circle Looms and several skeins of yarn to start this project. After only two weeks, student already have many hats completed. Even some of the family pets have been knitted something warm to wear!

If you or someone else you know has yarn idly sitting in storage, consider donating to UMA students. The class would prefer bulky, extra bulky or jumbo yarn in order to knit a tightly knitted hat. Feel free to contact UMA teacher Bryon Adams with any questions and donation questions.
Winter Break Activity Recommendation
Cozy up inside for with an informative and inspiration TED Talk.  If you are not familiar with TED, they are short, less than 18 minute talks/presentations on a variety of topics.  For a list of the best TED talks on the power of gratitude check out this website.

Interested in knitting your own hat?  Check out this Amazon link for the looms UMA students are using.  Don't forget to designate UMA as your Amazon Smile charity.
Family Resources

Mental Health Crisis Text Line Available 24/7
Minnesota’s suicide prevention and mental health crisis texting services are now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People who text “MN” to 741-741 will be connected to Crisis Text Line.

Holiday Meal boxes for adults through Minneapolis Public Schools
Families that pick-up student meals from Minneapolis Public Schools will be able to pick-up a free holiday meal box for adults over the two weeks of winter break.

Unemployment for high school students
COVID has impacted high school students in the workforce too.  Minnesota does not allow high school students to collect unemployment but the courts ordered DEED to pay federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance to high school students who lost their jobs. This must be done by December 25!   Instructions on how impacted students can complete an application at this website or or more information visit YouthPrise

Free Webinar
Packing Your Backpack with Coping Tools:  Supporting Students & Building Family Resilience During the Pandemic
Offered by Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health
In this 1 1/2 hour webinar, Lauren MarlottePsyD, covers the importance of family resilience and coping skills to support student success and wellbeing. Caregivers and educators will learn strategies they can use to promote their own wellness and be responsive to children, both in and out of school.

Free Drop-in Grief Support Group
This is a grief support group that is open to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one, no matter the relationship. This is a virtual group and will meet using the platform Zoom. You can attend by telephone only and/or with video. The group will incorporate education and information about grief, opportunities to learn how to engage with your grief, and provide a supportive setting to share your grief experience and meet others who are navigating loss.

This group is free and open to the public. Registration is required to obtain the access information for Zoom. Once registered, participants will be provided with a meeting number and password. For more information click here, contact Melissa Schmidt at or call 763-581-4265.

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
Upcoming Dates
December 21 - January 1 - Winter Break - No School
January 4 - Welcome back - school resumes
January 15 - No School for Students-Teacher Work Day
January 18 - No School - Holiday
January 22 - End of Qtr 2 & First Semester
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