Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy

For Parents

Academy School Calendar

We encourage all parents to stay up to date on upcoming events and important information during the school year by visiting our Events Calendar and News Section.

Below you will find the 2018-2019 school calendar in pdf format for download.

Admissions and Enrollment

The Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy (SUIMA) welcomes all enrolled Southern Ute Tribal Children and First Generation Descendant Children of Southern Ute Tribal Members.

All applications submitted to the Academy are screened for eligibility and enrollment.  Enrollment is defined as the official acceptance into the Academy upon the submission of the completed packet and approval by the Education Director.  Eligible students are placed on a waiting list and notified when openings are available.

School Schedule

School starts for all levels at 8:00 a.m.  Children are encouraged to be in their classrooms before the Flag Song at 8:10 a.m.  Any time after this is tardy.

Dismissal:

Infant/Toddler3:30 p.m.
Primary3:15 p.m.
Elementary3:30 p.m.

Early Release

Wednesdays are early release days with all children dismissed at 2:00 p.m. so all staff can attend meetings.  The first Wednesday of every month is a full staff meeting.  The second Wednesday is for level meetings followed by cross-level meetings on the third Wednesday.  All staff members participate in Ute Language and Culture on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

Student Morning Drop Off

The drop off area is in the parking lot by the Dining Hall.  There is no parking in the front of that lot with the exception of designated Handicap areas.  Staff utilizes the last row of that parking lot.  Parents/Guardians use that parking lot like a drive through—dropping off their kids and then leaving.  Parents that need to speak to their child’s teacher(s) or who would like to continue to walk their child/children to their class may still do so.  However, you will need to use visitor parking along the street.  Please see the attached map.

There will be a SUIMA Staff member standing outside helping students out of their vehicles.  As students are dropped off, they are escorted by SUIMA Staff to their appropriate classroom where attendance will be taken and breakfast will be available to those students whose families choose to purchase breakfast.

Drop off will end at 8:00 a.m.  Last Breakfast is served at 8:00 a.m.  ALL STUDENTS SHOULD BE IN THEIR CLASSROOMS NO LATER THAN 8:10 a.m. for the Flag Song.

This procedure is part of our security and safety plan for our students and families.  In the event of an early morning incident, this will help us ensure that your child is accounted for and safe.

Safety

While we hope that a natural disaster or other serious event never occurs, our goal is to be prepared. We actively practice fire drills as well as lockdown drills monthly.

In order for our emergency response plans to be effective we depend on the cooperation and assistance of many people. We depend on parents/guardians to support our disaster-response efforts. Your cooperation is vital to helping us protect the safety and welfare of all children and staff.

After School Programs

The Infant/Toddler After School Program is set up to accommodate working parents or those parents actively enrolled in an educational program.  A separate enrollment application must be filled out for this program and documentation for work/school must be provided.  The program runs from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  (Wednesday is early release; so there are no after-school programs.)

The After School Program for Primary and Elementary students is designed as an “Enrichment Program”.  Students must sign up for this program.  It is offered four days a week (Wednesday excluded for early release) from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Fees for the After School Programs are $4.00 per day.  A late fee is charged if the student is not picked up by 5:40 p.m.

Health and Nutrition Information

Meals

Since nutrition plays a vital role in your child’s health, meal times serve as an important time to establish healthy eating habits.  A menu is provided on a monthly basis.  The Academy will provide an assortment of foods to encourage your child to accept a greater variety of flavors and increase the nutritional value of meals at the following rates: Breakfast – $1.25 and Lunch – $1.50.

Ute Language and Culture

The Ute Language Curriculum consists of conversational Ute and lessons that teach how the Ute Language grammar works.  During instruction, students work on mastering conversational phrases and simple and complex sentences.

Fridays are Ute Culture days in which all students learn traditional native dances, Ute tales, basketry, beading, and singing.

The entire Academy staff participates in Ute Language and Culture classes.

Volunteer Opportunities

The success of the Academy relies in part on parents/guardians.  We encourage you to play an active role in your child’s education.  Become involved by offering your talents, skills, and time to create the caring, learning environment we all want for our children.  Please contact your child’s teacher or the office for information regarding the arrangements of your visit.