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January 31, 2018 | Volume 10, Issue 27

RCSS News & Events

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CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK

 

Along with our colleagues throughout the United States, we at Ramona are celebrating Catholic Schools Week. Sponsored by NCEA, CSW is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Schools typically observe the week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to Church, local communities and the nation. This year's theme, Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed., closely mirrors our own philosophy and mission here at Ramona. While the students have had fun with special activities and also enjoyed a night without homework, they have also had time to reflect on the gift that their parents are giving and the sacrifices they are making to provide a Catholic Education. FOR LIFE.

 

Here's the schedule for the rest of the week:

 

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.

SURVEY COMING SOON


Ramona families, we need your help. We're working with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to share how incredible Ramona and other Catholic schools in the Archdiocese are. Later this week, you'll receive an email with a link to a brief survey allowing you to give your feedback about what you value most in your daughter's education. The results will be used to help understand why you chose Ramona and make improvements for the future. Please be sure to participate when you receive the link and feel free to share it with your friends.

PLANTING PARTY AND BBQ WAS A SUCCESS!

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Thank you to the Ramona families that spent their Saturday morning with us for some gardening, socializing, fun in the sun, and a delicious lunch during our 2nd annual planting party.


Thank you also to the Ramona Parent Group for sponsoring the event. The front of our library looks even more beautiful than ever with freshly planted lemon trees and white lantana.

What a great way to head into Catholic Schools Week! We love our Ramona families!

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RE-ENROLLMENT

 

Re-enrollment packets were mailed out January 30th. Please be on the lookout for your packet. All completed forms (including parent signatures) and the $600 enrollment fee are due to the tuition office NO later than February 20th. If you do not receive your packet by February 5th, please see Ms. Castro. Thank you.

TUITION ASSISTANCE


The tuition assistance portal is now open.  Applications for NEW students, including all supporting documents are due next Friday, February 9. Applications for RETURNING students, including all supporting documents are due Friday, March 9. If you have a daughter already at Ramona and a Freshman coming in, please apply by next Friday for both students.

STUDENTS LEARN ONLINE SAFETY


At a recent assembly, LAPD Detective Gil Escontrias, from ICAC, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, shared powerful and helpful inside information about the methods predators use to identify and target students online. His presentation empowered Ramona students to think about how, when and with whom they have contact online. Ask your daughter to tell you what she learned!

INTERACT CLUB HOSTS RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE

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Thank you to those parents, friends, faculty, and students who supported our Red Cross Blood Drive. While some potential donors were deferred for very valid reasons, we appreciate their willingness to give the gift of life. Our goal was 33 units of blood and we collected 39! The Red Cross workers went home very happy with their day's work and were very generous with their compliments to our school community and the organization of the event. Special thanks for the organization of the Blood Drive goes to our Interact Club Co-Presidents, Victoria Romero and Monique Rios.

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SERVICE. FOR LIFE.

 

Service is a vital part of a Ramona education. Today at the honors assembly we recognized these students for outstanding community service.

 

Star Service Award: 200 Hours
2018: Kayla Carrillo, Amber Mercado, Stephanie Varghese
2019: Hailey Barrientos-Gonzalez, Nathalie Castanos, Roseline Duong

2020: Leslie Carrillo

 

Star Service Award: 100 Hours

2018: Breeana Gallardo, Kala Mock, Paulina Sanchez, Analisa Vanegas, Josephine Vargas
2019: Andrea Alveno, Christina Au, Alexis Chin, Emily Covarrubias, Jessica
Quintanilla, Alessandra, Soto, Izel Varela
2020: Bryanna Lopez, Gwendolyn Rath


Archdiocesan Christian Service Award:

Marie Therese Gatchalian '18 (850 hours of service)

EXCITING STUDENT NEWS

Congratulations to Lidia Perzyna '20! Her Synchronized Skating Team won First Place in the US Figure Skating Pacific Coast/Midwest Championships. Lidia is shown with her proud sister Natalia Perzyna '08. Great job, Lidia!

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POETRY CAFÉ 


Wednesday, February 7th @ Lunch in the Library


ALL students are invited! Recite a poem or just sit back, relax with your friends, and enjoy the creative vibe of the Poetry Café! (Participation is encouraged but not required.)

Bring your lunch and join the fun! 

 

Students: Please sign up ASAP and submit a copy of the poem you would like to perform to Mrs. Tegtmeier by Tuesday, February 6th.  All participants will receive a small gift!

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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).

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 work 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!

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!

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.

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, February 1
FACULTY AND STAFF APPRECIATION DAY
Students can dress like a teacher or dress as their favorite teacher at Ramona!


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


Monday, February 5
Admissions Interviews 3:30 - 6:30


Tuesday, February 6
Fair Trade Chocolate Sale ends
Basketball v. San Gabriel Mission (home) 4:00/5:30 - Senior Night
Admissions Interviews 3:30 - 6:30


Wednesday, February 7
Assembly: Poetry Café
Soccer v. San Gabriel Mission (home) 3:00 - Senior Night


Thursday, February 8
Admissions Interviews 3:30 - 6:30


Friday, February 9
Faculty Professional Development Day
No Classes for students
School offices will be open regular hours
Tuition Assistance Applications for new students due

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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RAMONA CONVENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

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

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