Dear Sovereign families,
We want to keep you updated on school organization and financial assistance opportunities since our last community meeting a couple of weeks ago. Although some of this work isn’t complete, we want to keep you in the loop, as we know you are as excited as we are to continue to build our school and community home.
On Monday, April 20th, the Santa Fe South board met to discuss a partnership with SCS. Our school leadership was also on the call, and we had a good discussion. The SFS board decided to move the partnership decision out a week so they had more time to ask questions and make a more informed decision. Our board answered their questions during this time, and a week later the SFS board unanimously approved a motion to enter negotiations with SCS, allowing us to join SFS. Discussions between SFS and SCS leadership about terms of potential contracts are underway.
We recently found out we have been approved for the Paycheck Protection Program loan program and are excited that these funds will help us as we recover from our financial shortfall. We were approved for a lesser amount than we originally anticipated. The allocations of these funds are currently being discussed.
COVID has hit Indian Country hard and we all are struggling with keeping our loved ones safe, layoffs, reduced hours, paying rent and putting food on the table. We want you to know we are in this together and want to share a couple of great opportunities that have opened up.
NACA (Native American Community Academy) Inspired Schools Network is offering monetary assistance to you, our SCS families, during this time. They are able to provide a one-time monetary award of $500 to Sovereign Community School families who demonstrate need. To fill out an application, please contact our principal at firstname.lastname@example.org or send him a text at 208-252-0536.
The Auntie Project, a local, indigenous nonprofit organization, has raised funds to provide each SCS family and staff with a food box that should feed a family of 4 for a week. They have partnered with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to make this possible and there are NO restrictions or qualifications to receive a box. You just have to show up to the school on distribution day to pick up your box. We will have a drive-through, low-contact method in place to keep us all safe. We will reach out to you soon when we have a distribution day and time established.
Finally, we thank you for being a wonderfully supportive, involved and loving community. As we wrap up our final week of distance learning we want to thank Ms. Maria, Ms. Candace, Mr. Matt, Ms. Stacie, our students and you, their dedicated families for adapting so beautifully to a difficult situation. Our teachers have organized a celebration via Google Hangout this Friday, May 8th, at 11 a.m. to celebrate our students. More details can be found on our Facebook page.
We look forward to welcoming your students back this fall for our second year. Have a safe summer, and we will be in touch again next month.
Sovereign Community School Board of Directors
Kate Sultuska, President (Absentee Shawnee)
Sarah Adams-Cornell, Vice President (Choctaw)
Jacob Tsotigh, Treasurer (Kiowa)
Kyla Molina (Chickasaw)