UBMS Weekly Update

Decenber 18, 2015


YAY, Our UBMS Family is Growing Again!

We are super excited to announce THREE wonderful new young ladies to our UBMS Program!

SARAI HERNANDEZ is a Freshmen at Fondy High. Sarai enjoys Volleyball.
ELLE KAHLOW is a Junior at Horace Mann. Elle enjoys Writing.
TRINA SEITZ is a Sophomore at Horace Mann. Trina enjoys Music.

Please be sure to welcome them when you see them!

WOW! Look at all the Birthdays!

SENSAI XIONG turns 16 TODAY, December 18th!
ELLE KAHLOW turns 17 December 22nd!
ELIJAH FERNANDEZ turns 15 December 23rd!
GARRY MOISE turns OLD December 29th!
TYLER SABEL turns 17 January 4th!
VICHAI XIONG turns 17 January 7th!

CHEERS to ALL of you! May your birthday be filled with friends and family, and all of your favorite things!

December Reflection Paper - DUE JANUARY 4, 2015

Reflection papers are to be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on January 4th. Please email to cjdurkin11@marianuniversity.edu AND share with ubms.marian@gmail.com

Please be sure to include the WHO WHERE AND WHAT of what you learned in the Financial Literacy presentation from December 1st, if you haven't already written about it.

If you were absent, your make-up assignment was e-mailed to you on 12/04/2015 (please email Tracy if you need this re-sent). This is to be included in your 2-page reflection and includes developing a budget and researching to demonstrate your knowledge of these THREE subjects covered:
1. Advertised Costs versus Real Costs.
2. Why Budgeting is important AND complete the attached budget that you will need to anticipate for one month while in college.
3. What a credit score is and how one builds good credit

You may use the internet, talk to your parents, a banker, or a friend that was at the presentation.

Already attended the workshop or wrote about it??? In addition to your regular thoughts, please reflect on the GIFTS in your life - either those received or given. Now, we don't mean wrapped gifts in boxes! What are your gifts/talents - things you are good at, things you give? Examples: Time, money, hugs, smiles, advice, etc. Likewise, what are some of the best "gifts" you have received from others - someone has helped you, listened to you, picked you up, etc.

Have fun with this while you are reflecting on the season of Christmas or other holidays you are spending with friends and families.

Holiday Office Hours

The UBMS office at Marian University will be closed from December 22nd at 3:00 p.m. until Monday morning, January 4, 2016.

Garry, Chris and Tracy wish everyone the merriest of holidays. May they be filled with peace, love, and joy as we ring in the new year!

Looking Ahead in 2016

Please mark calendars for these UBMS programs:

  • "Financial Brackets with Chris" - Dates to be determined, but will be at schools the last week of the month during Cardinal Times and Lunch Hours. Please stay tuned! Required for ALL grades.

  • 2/20: College Goal Wisconsin (FAFSA submission) at Marian. Required for Seniors only, unless they can prove that their FAFSA has already been submitted.
  • 2/20: CELEBRATE CommUNITY, FDL County Fairgrounds, 10:30 - 4:30. NOT required, but Tracy is looking for volunteers. Watch for separate email.
  • 2/23: TRIO Day Event (in the evening). Date is tentative. Required for all grades.

  • 3/4: College Tour to UW Madison. Date not yet confirmed. Optional for ALL. Watch for separate email.
  • 3/13: Browser Open at FDL Public Library. NOT required, but Tracy is looking for volunteers. Watch for separate email.
  • "Employ-ability Panel" - Date to be determined. Will be an evening program at Marian, required for all grades.

FDL Works Education Decoder

Important Information for all parents and students!
FDL Works is an excellent website that you will ALL want to become familiar with - you can even post and find jobs here.


FAFSA Videos Presented by the Department of Education


These are videos of informational sessions presented by the Department of Education:

FSA ID - Resources for Assisting Students, Parents, and Borrowers to Create and Use an FSA ID

Session Description: This session shared how to create an FSA ID as well as which sites it could be used. This session covered how to use the self-service feature for common issues, such as locked accounts, forgotten username and passwords; as well addressed common user errors associated with the FSA ID.

FAFSA® Application Processing and Verification Update

Session Description: This session provided an overview of changes to the 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and related application processing updates.


C-SPAN's StudentCam Documentary Competition

This is an annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think seriously about issues that affect our communities and our nation. The competition is open to all students in grades 6-12. Students may compete individually or in teams of either two or three members. To apply, applicants must create a video documentary between five and seven minutes on a topic related to a given theme. See website for more details.


Ayn Rand "The Fountainhead" Essay Contest

This essay contest is for 11th and 12th graders worldwide. Applicants must submit an essay for the book "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand on one of the topics listed on the website. Essays will be judged on whether they are clearly written, articulate, and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of "The Fountainhead." This contest has no citizenship requirements.


Margarian Scholarship

This scholarship is for high school juniors and seniors, college/university students, and graduate school students. Selection will be based on GPA, economic hardship, and commitment to heritage, community, and society.


Hamilton Award

This scholarship is for college-bound high school juniors who are currently attending a high school in the United States. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must have a strong record of community service, show a strong commitment to their academic studies, and demonstrate financial and/or personal need. Applicants must be self-starters. Recipients of this scholarship are automatically enrolled in the Hamilton Leaders Academy (see website for details). US citizenship is not required; however, scholarship winners must be able to provide a US mailing address for award package delivery.


Marine Credit Union

Must be a member of Marine (or have parents that are) and be going to college next year to be eligible for these scholarships.


Facebook Find!

Hey Parents & Students,
There is a ton of wonderful, helpful information that we stumble on once in a while. Here is one example of a page you might chose to follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ItMakesCentsUWL

Fun with Sandi Paws

Dear UBMS'rs,

Join Sandi Paws Rescue at the Forest Mall on Saturday, December 19th from 11-3 for their adoption event.

They will be in a vacant store on the Kohl's end of the mall. They will need help walking dogs since the exit will be a little ways away.

Thank you in advance for your help. UBMS has been a Godsend to Sandi Paws Rescue!

For more details about this or other Sandi Paws news, please contact Dori Easterson at tdddde@gmail.com.

Tutoring Reminders

Tutoring will resume January 7, 2016.

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