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February 21, 2018 | Volume 10, Issue 30

RCSS News & Events

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A MESSAGE FROM MS. MANSELL REGARDING SCHOOL SAFETY

 

Only a week ago today, we all heard the news about another senseless and tragic school shooting—this time at a high school in Parkland, Florida. As we pray for the students, teachers, coaches, and families impacted by this violence, we feel as though we know them. And, of course, we also think of our own school community where your daughter's safety is our highest priority.

 

Ms. Drury and I have participated in an Active Shooter Response Training with the LAPD which incorporated material from the Department of Homeland Security, the Secret Service, and the US Department of Education. During the training, Ramona's safety procedures were confirmed as outstanding, meeting or surpassing all government school safety recommendations. We continue to analyze and revise our procedures based on current recommendations from the LAPD.

 

  • We are a close and connected community with a full-time security officer who identifies all guests on campus. We recognize and know each student by name, and we promote a culture of kindness and compassion, with no tolerance for bullying.
  • We have surveillance cameras at both the front and back gates. These cameras allow us to see who's coming on to the campus any time of day or night.
  • We regularly conduct lockdown drills.
  • We have more than one communication system. In addition to emergency bells, all faculty and staff are connected to an electronic alert system, similar to what's used on college campuses.
  • Teachers keep classroom doors locked at all times, so the classroom can be quickly locked down in an emergency.

 

At Ramona, your daughters are empowered to make a difference. Today I met with our students and asked them to be alert to any rumors they might see or hear in person or on social media. If your daughter becomes aware of a rumor involving a safety issue—whether the warning comes from a person who goes to Ramona or to another school—please insist that she report the information to you and an adult here on campus. A recent study showed that 88% of school shooters shared their intentions with at least one person ahead of time. Our staff is trained to follow through on concerns quickly and appropriately.

 

As a Holy Names school and as a member of the Caring Schools Initiative, a project of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, we are proud to be a community that promotes sisterhood, compassion, and respect. I hope you will join with all in our community to pray for safety of all people and an end to violence everywhere.

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.

THE INTERNATIONAL CULTURE SOCIETY HOSTS ANOTHER EXCITING SEASON OF THE AMAZING RACE

On Friday, January 29, the International Culture Society sponsored the second season of Ramona's Amazing Race. On this tour, teams competing in the race traveled to France, Greece, Mexico, China and South Korea without even stepping off the Ramona campus. The event was great fun and spotlighted the imagination and leadership of those who led the day and participated in the race. Click the photo to see a recap with thanks to all who participated! Stay tuned for the third season of this event to be held in the fall of 2018!

HEAL THE BAY

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On Saturday, February 17, National Honor Society students from Ramona Convent, San Gabriel Mission, Don Bosco Technical Institute, Cathedral and Salesian High participated in a Heal the Bay event at Santa Monica Beach. The student leaders coordinated this outreach project to highlight their shared commitment to service and to foster collaboration and friendship between local chapters. Over 90 student leaders, with their adult advisers, participated in the beach cleanup, which was followed by lunch and fun activities on the beach. We look forward to more opportunities to work together in the coming year!

BABY SHOWER

 

For the third year in a row, Ramona's Interact Club will be sponsoring a baby shower to benefit the Pregnancy Help Center. The center is always in need of items to help new moms who may not be able to afford the necessities such as diapers, onesies, lotions, baby shampoo, etc. These items, donated by individuals, are given without charge to moms who need them. The Interact Club will provide lunch and traditional shower games. Student who attend are asked to bring a donation of at least one item for an infant.

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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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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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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USC SUMMER ENGINEERING PROGRAMS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

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SUMMER HIGH SCHOOL ENGINEERING PROGRAMS WEBINAR

 

The University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering is excited to share engineering summer program opportunities, designed specifically for high school students. Join course faculty members and representatives of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering for an overview and highlights of the following programs designed for high school students.


Thursday, March 1, 2018
6:00pm - 7:00pm PST

REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR NOW

 

4-WEEK ENGINEERING ACADEMIC CREDIT PROGRAM
June 17 - July 14, 2018

 

  • Earn 3 units of USC elective credit upon successful course completion
  • Gain hands-on engineering experience
  • Preview college life as a residential or commuter student

 

All programs are taught by USC faculty and experienced professionals who create an engaging academic experience by combining lectures, interactive workshops and labs, guest speakers, and academic field trips.

3 Engineering Courses Include:

 

  • 3D Design and Prototyping
  • Discover Engineering
  • Introduction to Video Game Design

 

Learn More & Apply for USC Summer Programs: summer.usc.edu

SCIHI SUMMER COMMERCIALIZATION AND INNOVATION HIGH SCHOOL INSTITUTE
July 9 - July 26, 2018

 

  • Experience the fast-paced world of a technology startup
  • Learn how to think like an entrepreneur!
  • Develop a commercialization plan for an invention of your own design!


Students will participate in a highly experiential course teaching key concepts of engineering entrepreneurship. Students will study cases similar to those of undergraduate and graduate courses. Topics covered include: entrepreneurial team dynamics; technology and strategic assessments; creativity and business model development; communication to investors and technology managers; and technology plan development.

Learn More & Apply for SCIHI:
viterbiinnovation.usc.edu/scihi

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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DATES TO REMEMBER:

   

Thursday, February 22
Athletic Fees for Spring Sports will be debited
Harvard Model Congress


Friday, February 23
Harvard Model Congress


Saturday, February 24
Harvard Model Congress


Sunday, February 25
Applicants' Tea Party
Harvard Model Congress group returns


Monday, February 26
Lunch National Honor Society meeting


Tuesday, February 27
Winter Sports Award Banquet (6:30)


Wednesday, February 28
Assembly: Scheduling for 2018-2019


Thursday, March 1
Sophomore Field Trip to the Museum of Tolerance


Friday, March 2
Baby Shower for the Pregnancy Help Center 1:30
Alumnae Weekend
6:30 -10:00 Ramona Happy Hour (JLR)


Saturday, March 3 
Honor Class Reunions


Sunday March 4
10:30 Mass
11:30 Luncheon

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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