North Metro Flex Academy

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Principal Update

May 29, 2022

Dear Families,

Happy Memorial Week-end!

As we have been trying to wrap up our school year at NMFA, with educational, fun and engaging activities, we have been surrounded by tragic news stories. It is so hard for any of us to know what we should say and what not to say to our students, your children. I will share below letters I have received from the Executive Director, Wendy Swanson-Choi, (from our Authorizer, NEO) and the Commissioner of Education, Heather Mueller. I am also including resources for parents and children.

From the Executive Director, Wendy Swanson-Choi, of NEO...

"As information unfolds about the horrific school shooting we are all reminded how precious our students and teachers are and to never take a moment for granted.

We are also reminded of the importance of your leadership, whether you serve a school as an MDE official, board member, leader, teacher, mentor, other staff member, and/or as a volunteer.

When we visit the schools that your work supports, we observe firsthand how through your leadership and work you help prevent bullying and support all children to find acceptance and recognition in a safe and supportive, nurturing school environment where they can learn and grow toward meeting their hopes and dreams.

NEO Advisor Willie Jackson forwarded these resources that the MESPA sent out yesterday and I am passing them along in case they are helpful.

Thank you for all you do and for your precious leadership impacting the lives of so many children in ways we will never be able to measure.

From the Commissioner of Education, Heather Mueller...

May 25, 2022

"School Leaders,

My heart is broken. Students should not go to school and lose their lives. No family should send their loved one to school and fear they won’t return. While this tragedy occurred in Texas yesterday, the loss of life of any student or educator in a school is felt in every school across the country. Yesterday, we may have lost the person who cures Alzheimer’s, a future Nobel Prize winner, or a person who would have lived and worked in our community. All of our trajectories have changed forever.

I am weary of the sorrow, and I am mad. “Sorry” isn’t enough. Our students, families, staff, and communities deserve better. Schools are more than the building. Schools are the people who are there every day to build relationships, learn, and teach. The safety, health, and wellness of our students and staff should be our utmost priority. We need to meet these moments with action. The lives of our children are not political games or strategies. We need to provide support to our schools.

The mental health of our students is not ancillary to our students’ learning. It is of equal importance to academic learning. There was a time in education where the only focus of what happened in schools could be summed up in a song – “reading, writing, and arithmetic”. We used to believe that what happened outside of the school building had little to no impact on what happened inside the school building. The hub of support for families and students was the community, and community-based resources were the first to know and respond to students and families in need, and the school was a support to that response.

Today, our schools have become the hub of support. They tend to be the first to know when students and families are in need, provide immediate supports when possible, and connect families and students to community-based resources. Everything that we have learned, everything that we know, about education through research and evidence-based practices clearly articulates that what happens outside of the school building has an impact on what happens inside the school building. While the content of the “reading, writing, and arithmetic” song is still true, the time of siloing and isolating the academic learning of students from their mental health no longer exists. Frankly, siloing and isolating students’ academic learning from their mental health is a relic practice that has no place in education.

My commitment to action to all of our students, families, educators, and communities is to continue to do my job and center our students by working to build an education system and structure that meet their needs. When we know better, we must do better. We shouldn’t be sorry, we should be better. We should expect better. We have known better for a very long time, and our students can’t wait any longer for us to figure this out.

As always, I know that this work is not done alone. It is in partnership with all of you. I continue to be deeply grateful that you show-up every day and lead on behalf of your students, families, staff, and communities."


Heather Mueller, Ed.D.
Commissioner of Education

Resources for Coping with Tragedy
Support for students:

· Helping Children Cope with Tragedy (pdf) Spanish version here.

· How to talk to your kids about the Uvalde school shooting (article)

· Texas School Shooting: How to help kids get through unspeakable horror (article)

· Helping Children Cope with Terrorism (infographic)

· Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers (article)

· Empowering Young People in the Aftermath of Hate (article)

Support for adults:

· Coping in the aftermath of a shooting (article)

· Coping with reactions to school shootings (article)

Be safe, kind, responsible and practice GRATITUDE!

Mrs. Kranz


No School- May 30th- Memorial day

Uniforms are optional this week.

May 31 Virtual Music Concert Grades k-8 (We will record this and send out the link for you to watch at home) All School Awards and ice cream treats!

June 1 8th Grade Graduation AM and Kindergarten Graduation PM (more details to come from teachers), 8th Grade Dinner @ Applebee's

June 2 Track and Field Day, Last day with students

Retirement Luncheon with our Board Chair, Pam Albrecht

June 3 Last day for staff

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The State of Minnesota Community Vaccination Site at the Mall of America has Pfizer vaccines for 5- to 11-year-olds; Pfizer vaccines for people 12 and older; and Pfizer boosters for people 12 and older.

Vaccination Site Hours:

  • Wednesday from 1-8 p.m.
  • Thursday from 1-8 p.m.
  • Friday from 1-8 p.m.
  • Saturday from 9-4 p.m.

Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are also welcome.

Vaccination appointments can be made online 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 last or until May 31, 2022.

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  • On 3/21 NMFA mask policy had been updated for all students and staff.
  • Student Expectations:

    We ask that you have a conversation with your child about your expectations of masking at school and prepare your children for other families making different decisions. It is important to know that no matter the decision, please know that families will make different decisions that are different from other family decisions.

    Staff Masking:

    Staff will be making their own decisions as well. Please know that teaching in a mask has been incredibly different for the past two years. It is important that we also withhold judgment of staff deciding to continue to mask or unmask. Optional is optional and personal reasons are to be respected for all.

  • Starting March 21st masks are optional for all students and staff at NMFA and on transportation.

We understand that your student(s) may be vaccinated - but classrooms may transition to distance learning due to number of cases and staffing.

Covid At-Home Test Link

Parents/Guardians should complete the form in link to request a free take-home COVID test to be sent home with their student.

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The Science of Gratitude


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Kindergarten pictures including:

Fancy dress up day, Fun on the playground, and Mismatch day!

Science is fun!



Families can help donate money to our school when purchasing from Amazon by just using their account in these simple steps:

Sign up for Amazon Smiles in a web browser:

  1. Visit
  2. Sign into their account they use for
  3. Select North Metro Flex Academy
  4. Start shopping! They must then always use to generate donations for the school.

Sign up for Amazon Smile in the Amazon app on their mobile phone.

  1. Open the amazon app
  2. Navigate to main menu
  3. Tap settings and then select AmazonSmile
  4. Select North Metro Flex Academy and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on
  5. Once activated in the app, all future app purchases will generate donations when eligible.

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