Eagle's Nest Education

Kwanachigani Pɵˈɵkwatʉ – Eagle’s Nest

Photo Credit: photos courtesy SUIMA

With the hustle and bustle of the season upon us, as well as being in the midst of the flu/RSV/covid illnesses, we are trying to keep the school as clean as possible. Not only do we have a phenomenal Clean Team crew, but our school nurse also sprays the classrooms with disinfectant, and our staff cleans the materials on a daily basis. 

As many schools in our nation are demonstrating, SUIMA is also short on teaching staff. With the school already short on guides/teachers, we are being creative with what needs to be done when guides and teachers have to stay home due to their child being sick or being sick themselves. To help with routine, we may get a substitute to step in for the day, use our aides/assistants, or move students from one room to another.  

Thank you to the parents for being so understanding on days we may need to combine classes.  We will let you know as soon as possible whenever this happens. With the curriculum we have, (the Montessori method), the students are familiar with all the materials so combining them is not a hardship.  

Positions being advertised 

If you are interested in working with children, increasing your Ute language, and having a sense of community, apply for one of SUIMA’s positions.  We have openings in the infant/toddler level, the 3–6-year-old level, and the elementary level.  You can find applications at Southern Ute Indian Tribe Jobs, click on Career Portal – Government, then click on View Current Jobs.  It’s as easy as that! 

Nuu’apaghapi – Ute phrases and sentences 

To help our families continue using Ute language at home, refer to these sentences next week.   

  • Yʉga – come in 
  • Yʉvʉpʉ – Pine tree 
  • Káatisi nʉchiˈnapʉ – candy cane 
  • Núurugwapʉ – gift 
  • Paraˈsi – icy 

Upcoming events 

  • 12/1 – Upper Elementary candy cane sale
  • 12/1-10 – Open enrollment
  • 12/2 – Taste of Christmas event downtown
  • 12/5 and 12/6 – Dental screenings
  • 12/9 – No school – Leonard C. Burch Day
  • 12/17 – Tribal Christmas program
  • 12/19 – Elementary classes skating at Chapman Hill
  • 12/20 – PAG via Zoom at 6:00PM
  • 12/22 – Upper Elementary bake sale
  • 12/23 – 1/6/2023 – Christmas break


SUIMA’s open enrollment take place from December 1- 10.  Space varies depending upon the level, but there is room in all classrooms, in all levels, which includes infants, toddlers, primary, lower elementary, and upper elementary. Registration forms can be found at www.suima.org.   

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