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January 24, 2018 | Volume 10, Issue 26

RCSS News & Events

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PLANTING PARTY AND BBQ - THIS SATURDAY, JANUARY 27

All Ramona families are welcome to join us on Saturday, January 27, from 9 a.m. until noon, for a morning of planting, having fun, and enjoying a delicious lunch, sponsored by the Ramona Parent Group. Bring a shovel and gloves to help us spruce up the area in front of the library with lemon trees and white lantana.

 

We are accepting donations of white lantana and assorted succulents. If you prefer to make a cash donation, we're glad to accept it. Plants may be dropped off at the student lunch area any day beginning next week, or they may be brought to campus the morning of the event.

 

If you wold like to make a donation, bring your check or cash donations to the Main Office, in an envelope addressed to Parent Group Planting Party. Students who participate will receive service or work/study hours.

 

To be sure we have enough food, please RSVP to Ms. Mansell at mmansell@ramonaconvent.org. If it rains, the party will be postponed to Saturday, February 3.

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AP COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES COMING TO RAMONA IN THE FALL!

 

We are excited to offer our students a new course next year, AP Computer Science Principles. This course will be open to all students in grades 10 – 12. There are no prerequisites required! This is a rigorous and engaging hands-on course that covers the fundamentals of computing, including problem solving, working with data, understanding the Internet, cybersecurity, and programming.

 

According to research done by the College Board:

 

Computer science is NOT ABOUT posting pictures, searching the internet, being alone in front of a computer or typing code all day. You don't need to be a math whiz to understand computer science.

 

Computer science IS ABOUT using one elaborate tool to solve real-world problems, working in teams to find solutions, and showcasing your creativity.

 

If you would like more information on this class, please contact Mrs. Szymanski (hszymanski@ramonaconvent.org) or Mr. Kays (bkays@ramonaconvent.org).

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK:  LEARN. SERVE. LEAD. SUCCEED!


Monday, January 29 - MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY
Students will wear their favorite college gear to show their motivation to attend the college of their choice!


Tuesday, January 30 - STUDENT APPRECIATION DAY
Students may wear free dress! Come to the SLC at lunch for an ice cream treat! Students can enjoy an evening with no homework!


Wednesday, January 31 - HONORS ASSEMBLY - DRESS UNIFORM

A special honors assembly will celebrate our Catholic school heritage and the faculty and staff whose excellence has made Ramona a leader in the education of young women.


Thursday, February 1 - FACULTY AND STAFF APPRECIATION DAY
Students can dress like a teacher or dress as their favorite teacher at Ramona!
Come to the SLC at break or lunch to write a note of appreciation to a faculty or staff member.


Friday, February 2 - FLASHBACK FRIDAY
Students can wear clothes that represented their "former selves" or things they used to like.

SNJM COMMUNITY CONNECTION: ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER IS A HUMAN RIGHT

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The 9th grade Theology students recently heard a presentation in their Theology classes from three field experts from the City of Alhambra about the importance of water in daily life. Latoya Waters explained the water cycle and discussed how we can better use our rain water. Stacey Roberts talked about waste water and Victor Chu handed out water-related "goodie" bags to everyone. Catherine Castelan '21 shared that "a lot of everyday products we use go down the drain and into the ocean which is very bad and creates pollution." Christina Echeverri '21 added that "everything going down the drain eventually ends up in the ocean." The Sisters of the Holy Names have a Corporate Stand to educate and advocate for clean water as a human right. Alyssa Miranda '21 is eager to take what she learned and apply it to her daily routine and says "our saving water will greatly help and benefit future generations. There are so many things we can do daily to reduce the amount of water we use."

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EXCITING NEWS FROM THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT

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We're thrilled to announce that our Chamber Singers will be performing the world premiere of a new piece, "Lotus Flower," which was commissioned by Ms. Ballenger and composed especially for our Chamber Singers!


The lyrics for the piece were written last year by Ramona senior Analisa Vanegas '18 in Mrs. Barnheiser's AP Language class. The composer, Amy Gordon, selected Analisa's poem from the book which Mrs. Barnheiser's class published. In working with Analisa's text, Ms. Gordon remarked, "I have to say that I have fallen more deeply in love with Analisa's poem the more I worked with it." Chamber Singers are looking forward to presenting this beautiful new choral piece to the entire Ramona community at our Spring Concert.


Congratulations to Analisa Vanegas for having her words set to music, and to Chamber Singers for taking on a world premiere!

HOMELESSNESS SOLIDARITY RETREAT


The Homelessness Solidarity Retreat will be February 2nd and 3rd. Students will have the opportunity to sleep overnight in cardboard boxes on the Ramona campus, hear guest speakers, watch a movie, and serve breakfast to the homeless the next day. This retreat is worth 10 service hours. Permission slips are outside room 103 and are due back to Sister Anna by January 25th.

LET'S RAISE SOME DOUGH

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Ramona Rampage is having a Krispy Kreme fundraiser for you to order Valentine's Day donuts. The donuts will be sold for $12 per dozen. To order, see any robotics team member or talk to Ms. Yip (cyip@ramonaconvent.org) in Room 5 of the Science Center. The deadline to place your order is February 8.

 

Do you want to see what Robotics is up to? Stay updated on their Robotics Team social media accounts:

YouTube: Ramona Rampage

Snapchat @ramonarampage
Twitch @rampage1159
Twitter @Ramona_Rampage
And Instagram @ramonarampage1159


Go and check out what Robotics is all about!

BLOOD DRIVE

 

Ramona's Interact Club is sponsoring a Blood Drive here in the Holy Family Room on this Monday, January 29 from 8:30 - 2:30. Students have already been signing up – parents, relatives, and friends are also welcome to come donate. The news is filled with stories about the need for blood. This is your chance to help! You may make an appointment ahead of time by going to www.redcrossblood.org and entering the sponsor code RCSS – or simply come in that day and we will give you a "Fast Pass." (Note; Students who are 17 may sign up on their own; those who are 16 need parental permission.)

UPDATES FROM THE GUIDANCE & COLLEGE COUNSELING DEPARTMENT

PRINCETON PRIZE IN RACE RELATIONS SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY 

 

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations (PPRR) recognizes and rewards high school students who have had a significant positive impact through volunteerism on race relations in their schools or communities. Prize recipients receive a cash award of $1,000 and an all-expenses-paid weekend to a national symposium on race at Princeton University. They and recipients of Certificates of Recognition are also honored at a regional ceremonies and, if possible, at their schools. Applications are due by January 31, 2018. Click here to learn more and apply.

YEARBOOK PERSONALIZATION

 

PUT A NAME ON THE COVER! ADD SOME FUN ICONS! Make your daughter's yearbook special and unique by giving her the opportunity to have her name and up to four affiliation icons stamped in foil on her yearbook cover. Complete the order form by January 31, 2018.

SHOW YOUR TIGER PRIDE!

Get your Ramona spirit shirts and show that Tiger pride. The black t-shirts are now available in all sizes and limited sizes are available in white. Don't miss out on the opportunity to spread Tiger spirit wherever you go. These will sell out quick!

 

SALE! SALE! SALE! The white t-shirts are on clearance and priced to sell for only $5! What a deal!

 

Click here for an order form.

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DATES TO REMEMBER:

   

Thursday, January 25
Basketball v. Holy Family at Maple Park 3:00 Varsity only
Dollars for Scholars ends

 

Friday, January 26
7:30 Leadership Symposium
Soccer v. Holy Family (Home) 3:00

 

Saturday, January 27
8:30 High School Placement Test
9:00 Parent Gardening Party and BBQ
9:00 Tuition Assistance Workshop (HFR)

 

Monday, January 29
Catholic Schools Week begins
Soccer v. Sacred Heart at Salesian 6:00 PM

 

Tuesday, January 30
Basketball v. Alverno (Home) 4:00/5:30

 

Wednesday, January 31
Assembly: First semester Honors
Dress Uniform required

 

Friday, February 2
1:20 Faculty Meeting
Homelessness Solidarity Retreat
Soccer v. Alverno (Home) 3:00

 

Saturday, February 3
Homelessness Solidarity Retreat
Basketball V. Sacred Heart at Salesian 4:00/5:30

Sincerely,

Sr. Kathleen Callaway, SNJM, President

Ms. Mary E. Mansell, Principal

MISSION STATEMENT

 

Ramona Convent, a welcoming and inclusive Catholic college-preparatory high school sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, graduates young women characterized by academic excellence and spiritual depth, open to the wisdom of other cultures and prepared to lead and serve in an evolving, interdependent world.

 
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1701 West Ramona Road • Alhambra, CA  91803 • (626) 282-4151

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