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August 4, 2021
 
From the NDA Office

Tonight's Feed My Starving Children - Last Minute Openings!
We had 30 spots reserved for our upcoming Feed My Starving Children service project and now received a few last minute cancelations. Please let us know if you'd like to join us, by emailing jmeyer@nda-mn.org.

Please remove all jewelry before coming and wear closed toed shoes.

In order to ensure the safety of volunteers and staff amid the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteering will look a little different than in the past. Please carefully review the following changes:

  • If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 please stay home.
  • FMSC will continue to follow CDC guidelines related to masks. If you are fully vaccinated you are not required to wear a mask in any of our facilities. If you are not fully vaccinated, we highly recommend you wear a mask. FMSC will not ask for proof of vaccination and trusts that all volunteers will operate in a way that honors and protects the safety of all of our staff and volunteers.
  • All volunteers will go through a verbal symptom screening upon arrival.
  • Social distancing: Members of a group will not be socially distanced from each other, but will be socially distanced from other groups. However, larger groups will be split into smaller subgroups that will be socially distanced from each other.
  • If you or anyone in your group develops symptoms while packing, you and your entire group will be asked to leave immediately.
  • According to our regular operating guidelines, children under the age of 5 are not allowed into the packing room.
  • If you are in a high risk category, please stay home.
  • A reservation is required to pack. No walk-ins can be accepted.
  • You may read more about FMSC's COVID-19 Safety Measures here.


Pre-Owned Uniforms
The office is accepting appointments for one family at a time to shop, please make your appointments early so be sure to have what your need for your family.

School Supplies
School supply lists can be found for K-8 on our Parent Resource Page. This year we will again ask all students to bring their own water bottles to school. We will unfortunately not be able to have the regular water fountains open, we will only offer the bottle fillers.

Spirit Wear Sale
Spirit wear from Big Athletics is now on sale until August 15th. On Fridays, K-8 students are invited to wear spirit wear instead of their uniform. To learn more about our spirit wear policy or our uniform policy click here. To order new gear from Big, please go to this website and use the code NDA21.

Women's Weekend
We are looking forward to another great NDA Women’s Weekend on November 12, 13 & 14 - at Grandview Lodge. Women's Weekend is a longtime tradition that all the women here at NDA are invited to. This is an opportunity to meet other women, enjoy a weekend away, relax, and have some fun together! As it gets closer, we'll organize a potluck for Friday night, and then the time is really up to you! In years past women will go to a movie, Nisswa, Grandview Spa, long walks, hang-out at cabin, grab drinks and dinner. 

Reserved this year is an 8 bedroom cabin + 4 bedroom cabin + 3 bedroom cabin. Most of the rooms have 2 beds, and we are looking for people to share a room as comfortable (not share a bed - own bed in shared room). If you're interested in your own bedroom we will look to accommodate (4 available in group cabins), but please note it may be in a different part of the resort. 

Registration: This year you'll have to sign-up on our Registration form - Group reservation closes on October 15. Anything after we may not be able to guarantee being in a group cabin. They are not taking individual reservations any longer, and everything is reserved under Sheila Bothwell. Once committed and signed-up on the Registration form, and we have final headcount (Oct. 15), Sheila will request payment. 

Cost will be ~$160-$200 per person - depending on the # of people that attend.
Contact Sheila, #612-298-6953, with any questions.
We hope to see you there!

 

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