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February 14, 2018 | Volume 10, Issue 29

RCSS News & Events

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A rare date coincidence has us in a bit of a conundrum this Valentine's Day. Today also happens to be Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. The two haven't fallen on the same day since 1945. While Valentine's Day is typically a day of romance and indulgence, Ash Wednesday is a day of repentance and sacrifice. Historically, it's a day of fasting. Catholics are urged to abstain from meat. So what is a good Christian to do? It's a lovely convergence this year because the season of Lent is not really meant to be six weeks of suffering but really a time of reflection that we've received God's love. Receiving ashes is a call to return to God with all our hearts! Both days contain the message of love.

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HOMELESSNESS SOLIDARITY RETREAT

 

Eighteen Ramona students recently spent the night in cardboard boxes on the Ramona campus in solidarity with the homeless for the Homelessness Solidarity Retreat. They also heard the testimony of Sister Judy Vaughn, CSJ, founder and director of Alexandria House, a shelter for women and children in Los Angeles. Sister Judy brought a guest with her who told her own story of homelessness and presented her poem she wrote of her experience as spoken word. Students woke up at 5:00 a.m. the next morning to serve breakfast to the homeless at the Midnight Mission on Skid Row with Sister Anna, Mrs. Alvarez, and SNJM Associate Sharon Corbitt. Everyone walked away from the experience with new eyes and a deeper understanding of the issue of homelessness.

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TIGER SPORTS NEWS: CIF PLAYOFFS

 

Congratulations to the coaches and athletes of our basketball and soccer teams. Both have made it to the first round of playoffs and both play on Thursday. Soccer will travel to Temecula to meet Calvary Murietta High School at 3:00 p.m. Basketball drew the home game so they will play here at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday. Since it is a CIF playoff, adult tickets and $10, and student tickets are $5. Please come and cheer for our Tigers.

ATTENTION PARENTS OF SPRING ATHLETES

 

All students who are selected for a spring team (softball, track, or swim) have an athletic fee of $175. This fee will be automatically debited on Thursday, February 22nd from the bank account we have on file. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Castro at 626-282-4151 ext. 120 or via email at lcastro@ramonaconvent.org.

MRS. SZYMANSKI AND MS. MANSELL LEAD CONFERENCE SESSION

 

As leaders in education in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Ms. Mansell and Mrs. Szymanski recently led a workshop at the first Archdiocese Data Symposium. Their presentation highlighted the intentional ways Ramona uses data to analyze student progress and continually evaluate and improve our program. 

SEEKING THREE-TIERED TRAYS OR STANDS

The Office of Enrollment & Public Relations is in need of three-tiered trays or stands (similar to the sample shown) for the Applicant's Tea Party to be held on Sunday, February 25th. If you own one (or more), we would like to borrow it for the event. Please bring trays or stands labeled with your name to the Office of Enrollment & Public Relations by Thursday, February 22. This is much appreciated!

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RAMONA GOES TO WORK LUNCHTIME SERIES WELCOMES BACK CYNTHIA ZEPEDA '08

 

Cynthia Zepeda graduated from Ramona in 2008. After Ramona, she attended California State University, Fullerton and declared as a Business Major with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. She admits that her decision to pursue a career that relied solely on her hard work, motivation, and ability to take risks provided her with a lot of ups and downs. Now, years later, she is achieving her dream as an entrepreneur in the health and fitness industry.

SOMETHING BIG IS HAPPENING - AT RAMONA AND BEYOND

We're going to share how incredible Ramona and others in the Archdiocese of LA are. But before that happens, we need some feedback (and there are great prizes).

 

First - we need to hear from YOU. The goal of the survey is to better understand what you value the most in your daughter's education, and the results will be used to help understand why you chose Ramona and to make improvements for the future.

 

Second - we need to hear from your friends, especially your peer parents with school-aged children who do not​ attend a
Catholic School. We need to understand what they value in the education of their children. Please text and email this survey to your friends, and share it on your social media channels.

 

If our school is one of the top 3 schools to have the most Catholic parents in the LA, Santa Barbara, or Ventura counties
complete the survey - we could win a grant up to $3,000. So, please share with any Catholic parent in our area you can
think of!

 

We greatly appreciate your support!

 

P.S. One family will receive a $500 Amazon Gift card for completing the full survey - that could be you! Thank you for your feedback!

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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 have not received your packet, please see Ms. Castro in the Main Office.

TUITION ASSISTANCE

 

The tuition assistance portal is now open.  Applications for RETURNING students, including all supporting documents are due Friday, March 9.

LA FETE

Looking for a way to fulfill your auction obligation? Purchase $100 or more from our Amazon Wish List. Please forward your confirmation email to gcerda@ramonaconvent.org. We will be notified that you have purchased from our list and the items will be sent directly to us. There is nothing more for you to do! These items will be used to make amazing silent auction baskets. Please keep in mind that every family is required to fulfill the auction obligation. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Cerda at 626-282-4151 ext. 113 or gcerda@ramonaconvent.org.

 

Baskets Needed
We are well into our planning of our annual auction, La Fete. We are in need of empty baskets (similar to the sample shown) that can be used for the silent auction gift baskets. Baskets can be delivered to the Development Office in Founder's Hall.

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UPDATES FROM THE GUIDANCE & COLLEGE COUNSELING DEPARTMENT

ATTENTION ALL SENIORS

 

Please do not forget to apply for the Soroptimist Service Award Scholarship. You can find more information through the family connection link on Naviance.

 

ATTENTION JUNIOR PARENTS
Last week, juniors completed an assignment on family connection via Naviance. Game Plan's purpose is to develop a strategic plan in order for the counselor to better understand your daughter's next steps in life after Ramona. This includes: college choices and extracurriculars, career interests, and references. It is important that every junior completes this assignment as it allows Mr. Chavarría to best support your daughter.

 

UPCOMING TEST DATES:

ACT - April 14th (registration deadline is March 9th)

 

FREE SAT PREP COURSES:

The Puente Learning Center is offering free SAT Prep courses, courtesy of Kaplan. 

Spaces fill up quickly, so be sure to register as soon as possible.

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 quickly!

 

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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CKW

UNIFORM

SALE


February 14 - 16

 

10% OFF In-Stock Items Only.

Exclusions:

Collegiate Sweatshirt & Blazers

 

Online Promo Code: FEB18

Shop in-store, online, or place a phone order.

 

www.ckwuniforms.com

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DATES TO REMEMBER:

   

Thursday, February 15
Lunch – Lunar New Year celebration for International students
Comedy Sportz Season opens 7:00 (HFR)
Basketball Playoff game v. Xavier Prep from Palm Desert 7:00 (home)
Soccer Playoff Game v. Calvary Murietta 3:00 (Temecula)

 

Friday, February 16
Lunar New Year – Year of the Dog
Admission File Reading

 

Monday, February 19
Presidents' Day – School Holiday

 

Tuesday, February 20
Enrollment fee for returning students is due

 

Wednesday, February 21

Lunchtime: Ramona Goes to Work

Assembly – Lunar New Year
Harvard Model Congress Group leaves

 

Thursday, February 22
Harvard Model Congress
Athletic Fees debit

 

Friday, February 23
Harvard Model Congress

 

Saturday, February 24
Harvard Model Congress

 

Sunday, February 25
Harvard Model Congress returns
Applicant's Tea Party

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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