April 29, 2022

Call to Action
Minnesota has a severe and persistent shortage of teachers of color and American Indian teachers. This is a major contributing factor to why the state continues to have one of the nation's worst education gaps. Seeking to bridge this gap, the Increase Teachers of Color Act (ITCA) aims to attract, prepare and retain more teachers of color and American Indian teachers. 

You can help support ITCA by contacting the Chair of the Senate Education Finance and Policy Committee, Senator Roger Chamberlain (District 38), using the automatic generated email below. If you live/work in Senator Chamberlain’s District 38 (Lexington, Blaine, Lino Lakes, Circle Pine, Centerville, North Oaks, White Bear Township, White Bear Lake, Dellwood, and Hugo) please click here to generate a message to Sen. Chamberlain. You just have to add your city and name at the bottom of the email, and click the send button.

If you don’t live/work in Senator Chamberlain’s district, please click here, add your name, and click send. You can also support this bill by sharing this email with 5 other people. Please send between now and May 6.

UMA Courtyard ROMP - May 20!
Save the date - UMA’s first ROMP is in the process of being planned. Volunteers and interested parties are encouraged to join us as we create a fun filled, inclusive of all,  community building event. The ROMP will be on May 20 with the tentative time frame being 3:00-6:30 PM.
What's Happening at School

6th graders are having fun assemblying Lego components to make a robotic vehicle. Once the vehicle is ready, students put together a sequence of coding that directs the robotic vehicle around an outline on the floor.  Working with a robot kit is a way of improving creative thinking, problem-solving, and computer programming skills.  UMA students will use more advanced robotic kits by Arduino in 8th grade and high school.  

The Breakfast Club, a classic movie from 1985 is providing discussion topics for high school students in the Sociology class taught by Mr. Kevin Coughlin. The central message of the film centers on friendship across peer groups and how this impacts our own social identity and inner psyche.  With popcorn and breakfast cereal to snack on, students will use the film to learn more about social structure, social action, power, culture, social interaction, roles, role set/strain/conflict/exit, the Looking-Glass Self theory, the stages of the life course, adolescence, deviance,  and the labeling theory.  The movie can be found on Amazon & Apple TV!  
School Yearbooks
UMA yearbook staff have been hard at work putting together a yearbook!  To order a copy for your student, go directly to the yearbook supplier Tree Ring using the instructions below.  Cost is $23, orders placed online now will need yearbooks to be sent directly to home addresses.  

Go to, click on BUY YEARBOOK on the top toolbar (if you have ordered a yearbook in the past, you will already have an account),  type in this passcode:  1014411217082259, fill out information, pay online!
Please contact Ms. Jurewicz directly with any questions!
Family Resources
Looking for summer activities?  Check out the links below for a variety of youth programs and camps.
Ultimate Guide to 2022 Twin Cities Summer Camps
Three Rivers Park District  includes summer job listings 
Saint Paul Youth Mountain Bike Team
Sprockets St. Paul
Summer Youth Corps ages 15-18, deadline May 15
Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Youth Programs
St. Paul Parks & Recreation Youth Programs

Literacy Minnesota, operates an Adult Literacy Hotline where anyone in Minnesota can get information about English, GED, citizenship, computer skills, and math and reading classes in their area.  There are both in person and virtual options available. To reach the hotline:

They have an interpreter service to communicate class information in 200+ languages such as Spanish, Somali, Karen, and Vietnamese.

Mall of America Nickelodeon Universe – Mystery Points Passes with Your COVID-19 Vaccine

Minnesotans who get their COVID-19 vaccine (first, second or booster) at the Mall of America between now and May 31, 2022 are eligible to receive a Nickelodeon Universe Mystery Points Ticket. 

It’s easy and convenient to get the shots your family needs through the community vaccination site at Bloomington’s Mall of America. It is open weekly, Wednesday through Friday 1–8 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. This location has Pfizer vaccines for 5- to 11-year-olds; Pfizer vaccines for people 12 and older; and Pfizer boosters for people 12 and older. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are also welcome.

Go to Community Vaccination Program–Mall of America sign-up to make an appointment for yourself or someone else in your household. On-line sign-up is available in English, Hmong, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Call 855-612-0677 to make your appointment over the phone. 

Mystery Points Tickets will be distributed following vaccination while supplies lasts beginning April 13, 2022 till May 30, 2022.

We are excited to announce that the CHARTER SCHOOL DAY at the St. Paul Saints baseball game will be Sunday, June 12th.  If you have never had the opportunity to attend a St. Paul Saints Game you have missed a wonderful experience – not only good baseball, but a lot of interesting on field events and entertainment.

TICKETS for the June 12th St. Paul Saints vs the Rochester Red Wings (Rochester New Your) are only $17 each – which also includes a St. Paul Saints Baseball Cap.

All charter school families are invited to participate in this fun event.  Click here for the flyer or go to and use the password: charter2022
2022-2023 Enrollment
UMA is looking for new students wanting to be an OTTER.  Current UMA families are the school's best marketing tool, we often see on enrollment forms a new student heard about UMA from a current family. If you see our social media posts on Facebook or Instagram, please share to your network.  Interested families can find enrollment information on our website.

Upcoming Dates
May 6 - Student Release Day No School
May 20 - UMA ROMP & Student Art Fair
June 4 - HS Commencement Ceremony
June 9 - Last Day of School
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