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February 28, 2018 | Volume 10, Issue 31

RCSS News & Events

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SNJM PUBLIC STATEMENT


The Sisters of the Holy Names who sponsor Ramona Convent Secondary School have made the following public statement regarding the tragedy in Parkland, Florida and the issue of gun control: The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary support the actions of those who seek reasonable regulations on firearms following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. It is morally wrong to remain silent and inactive in the presence of mortal danger to schoolchildren and those who care for them. We extend our heartfelt prayers to those who will never cease to mourn the loss of those 17 precious lives, and we agree with those who cry out that prayers are not enough. We affirm the call by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for a ban on assault weapons. Click here to read the rest of the complete statement.

PARENT GROUP MEETING


The Parent Group Meeting scheduled for Monday, March 5, is cancelled. Our next meeting is Monday, May 7, at 5:30 p.m.

LA FETE

Please join us at La Fete on Saturday, March 24th at the DoubleTree in Rosemead. The night will consist of silent/live auctions, dinner, and dancing. Reservations are $100 a person. Purchasing one or more reservations to the event will fulfill your 2017-2018 auction obligation per the parent contract. La Fete is our largest fundraiser of the year and is attended by many members of the Ramona Community. If you would like to make it a night out, the DoubleTree is offering rooms at a discounted rate of $129. Click here to be directed to their site.

 

You may purchase the $100 La Fete reservations by clicking the button below or purchase directly from Ms. Genevieve Cerda '01 in Founders' Hall. Reservations must be made by Monday, March 19th. If you have any questions regarding La Fete or the mandatory auction obligation please contact Ms. Cerda at gcerda@ramonaconvent.org or 626-282-4151 ext. 113.

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BASKETS NEEDED

 

We are well into our planning of our annual auction,La Fete. We are in need of empty baskets 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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TUITION ASSISTANCE DEADLINE - FRIDAY, MARCH 9

 

Just a reminder that the deadline to apply for tuition assistance for 2018-2019 is Friday, March 9. Your application must be completed and taxes submitted by that date. This year FAST has a new feature; it is possible to upload your taxes directly to FAST. You do not have to mail them. The student questionnaire and the two signed forms (guidelines and IRS form 4506 -T) must also be turned in to Sister Kathleen's office by Friday. Since funds are limited, preference will be given to those who meet the application deadline!

 

Click here to access the Affording Ramona page on our website for additional information regarding the process.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR ATHLETES AND COACHES

 

Last night the Holy Family Room was filled with soccer and basketball players, their families, and their coaches. Thanks to Ms. Drury and Ms. Lamas the room was transformed into an Italian Café which matched the delicious dinner served by our alumnae from El Camino Restaurant in Whittier. The following students received special recognition for their accomplishments during the season.

 

SOCCER:
Coach: Ramiro Virgen

Assistants: Kyrene Beltran '17 and Nicole Vargas '17
Most Improved: Catherine Sanchez '20
Coach's Award: Jordan Amper '21
Best Defensive Player: Samantha Gonzalez '19
Most Valuable Player: Alysa Hurlic '21
All League Team: Arianna Gomez '21
1st Team Horizon League: Alysa Hurlic '21 and Samantha Gonzalez '19

J.V. BASKETBALL:
Coach: Henri Lee
Most Improved: January Nava '21
Coach's Award: Alejandra Arias '20
Best Defensive Player: Haylie Zelaya '19
Most Valuable Player: Maria Esquivel '19

 

VARSITY BASKETBALL:
Coach: Alma Garcia

Assistant: Lori Z.
Most Improved: Katelyn Navarette
Coach's Award: Robin Suarez '18
Best Defensive Player: Alyssa Savala '21
Most Valuable Player: Ariel Velazquez '19
1st Team Horizon League – Katelyn Navarette '18 and Ariel Velazquez '19
2nd Team Horizon League – Alyssa Savala '21 and Natalie Martinez '21

 

Following the presentation of students awards, representatives from each of the three teams thanked their coaches and assistance for their help and support during successful seasons.

CALLING ALL RAMONA ARTISTS


The Visual and Performing Arts Department is NOW sponsoring an Art Competition open to all Ramona students. We are seeking art work to use on the 2018-2019 school agenda cover, various posters, and displays. Top work will also be displayed during the 2018 Student Art Show. Click here for a flyer containing additional information. The deadline for all artwork is March 13, 2018.

GREETINGS FROM FINLAND

 

Mrs. Aulikki Flagan is giving a talk this Friday at the Design Museum in Helsinki to share information about and promote the strong Robotics program at Ramona. The event is organized in collaboration with Fulbright Finland specializing in academic exchanges between Finland and North America. Click here to learn more.

 

Her talk will be highlighted by a video produced by this year's robotics students! Click below to check it out!

EXCITING NEWS FROM THE OFFICE OF ENROLLMENT & PUBLIC RELATIONS

ADMISSION DECISION NOTIFICATION COMING SOON!


The Veronicas in Enrollment have been quite busy preparing golden acceptance tubes and parent packets that will be mailed to our newly accepted Tigers on Friday, March 2.


Please note that we are still accepting applications for transfer students for the 2018 - 2019 school year. If you have any questions please contact the Enrollment Office at ext. 145 or ext. 168.

APPLICANTS TEA PARTY

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On Sunday​,​ the Holy Family Room was filled to capacity with over 100 prospective members of the Class of 202​2​ and their moms as guests of our Ambassadors and their moms. The "​Mad Hatter Tea​" was​ this year's setting and it was​ perfectly carried out with black and ​red​ table linens with ​colorful Alice in Wonderland themed centerpieces made by our very own talented students ​. Chef Laborie and the Culinary Club came on Saturday -- and very early Sunday morning –- to bake scones, whip the cream for the scones, and make hundreds of delicious tea sandwiches. When their task was done, a cadre of servers, dressed in ​uniformed​ black ​attire​, ​traveled​ around the room pouring tea and waiting on our guests. All in attendance also enjoyed a beautiful mini-performance by our Chamber Singers. Over 2​5​0 guests makes for a huge pile of plates, glasses, cups, and saucers –- all washed by hand by more student and parent volunteers. Special thanks to Veronica Puente-Smith '79 and Veronica Fernandez '00 for planning and preparing for this event​ along​ with the "Ambassador moms," Student Ambassadors, ​Chef Francois Laborie, the Culinary Club, ​and ​Angela Reyes-Gomez '18​, who spoke eloquently ​about the love she and her fellow sisters have for Ramona ​. ​As guests were leaving, they helped themselves to the wide array of yummy sweets at the candy buffet. ​The​ shared​ excitement of the future tigers in the room was palpable –- and it ​is sure to ​grow during the week as they await the letters to be mailed on Friday.

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EAST BAY SISTERS SHARE DINNER AND STORIES WITH HOLY NAMES UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

On February 5, Sisters from the East Bay Mission Centre who are working at or affiliated with Holy Names University invited seven students who attended SNJM schools to dinner at the home of Marcia Frideger, SNJM, Rosemary Delaney, SNJM and Maureen Hester, SNJM. You may recognize Celicia Martinez '17, Jacqueline Gomez '15, and Julisa Galan '15. It was a wonderful evening of sharing stories and learning about what drew these students to HNU.

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ENGINEERING AND ROBOTICS STUDENTS CELEBRATE ENGINEERS DAY AT DON BOSCO TECHNICAL INSTITUTE

Last Wednesday, 12 Ramona engineering and robotics students attended Bosco Tech's Engineers Day Speaker Event. They listened to talks given by Bosco Tech alumnae who currently work in various fields of engineering. Students had the chance to attend the engineering focus series that they were most interested in and listen to the experiences of someone who is actually working in that field. After the talks, students toured the campus to see some of the technology and resources that Bosco Tech has available to their students which they really enjoyed. Overall students had a great time branching out into the professions of engineering and learning about the technology available to engineers today.

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SERVICE THURSDAY IS FAST APPROACHING  

 

Every year, Ramona students and faculty volunteer off campus on Holy Thursday.  This year on Holy Thursday, March 29,  the freshmen, sophomore, and junior classes will serve at the L.A. Regional Food Bank while the seniors will build homes for low income families through Habitat for Humanity.  Seniors will also register online to complete their volunteer orientation.  No personal information will be given online. All students will receive permission slips and liability waivers in their Theology classes this week.  All forms must be signed by parents and returned to theology teachers by Wednesday, March 14th.  Students who do not return their permission slips and liability forms will spend the day in the library.

RAMONA LENTEN LESOTHO DRIVE


The Ramona Lenten Lesotho Drive is upon us!  Every year, the Ramona community is asked to donate funds to the Sisters of the Holy Names' ministries in Lesotho, Africa.  There are close to 100 SNJMs in Lesotho.  The sisters work at health clinics and schools and also work with orphans whose parents have died from AIDS.  Additionally, the sisters run an HIV project where they grow food and raise animals to provide enough nutrition for those taking HIV medications.  We are asking students to donate one to two dollars to the Lesotho Drive.  Thank you for your generosity!

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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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

PRINCETON SUMMER JOURNALISM PROGRAM

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The Princeton University Summer Journalism Program (PUSJP/PSJP) is a free, 10-day, intensive journalism and college prep program hosted on Princeton's campus, during which students learn reporting and media skills from professional journalists at some of the nation's biggest news outlets. After the summer, students are also paired with an individual counselor to guide them through their application process. SJP can drastically improve the post-secondary options for students who have been historically underrepresented on college campuses and newsrooms.

Who: High school juniors living in the United States with an unweighted GPA of 3.5/4.0, who have an interest in journalism. The custodial parent(s)/guardian(s)' combined income (including child support received) must not exceed $45,000 annually (see website for more information about income requirements).

Program dates: Friday, August 3 – Monday, August 13, 2018

Cost: FREE! All program costs, including meals, housing, and transportation to and from campus, are covered by the program.

Applications are due Friday, Mar 23, 2018 at 11:59PM ET. For more information and to apply, visit www.princeton.edu/sjp

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, March 1

Sophomore Theology Field Trip to the Museum of Tolerance


Friday, March 2

Acceptance Letters mailed to the Class of 2022

1:20 Faculty Meeting

1:30 Baby Shower for the Pregnancy Help Center

Softball v. WEBB School (Home) 3:15

Alumnae Social Hour 6:30 - 10:00 JLR


Sunday, March 4

Alumnae Homecoming Celebration

10:30 Mass – JLR

11:30 – Luncheon – HFR


Monday, March 5

3:00 Department Chairs Meeting

Softball v. Alhambra High (away) 3:30


Tuesday, March 6

Lesotho Drive begins

Softball v. Immaculate Heart (home) 3:00

6:30 Midsemester Concert HFR


Wednesday, March 7

Assembly – Class Meetings

Track Meet v. Alverno at Occidental College


Thursday, March 8

7:00 New Student Welcome Night


Friday, March 9

End of the Third Quarter

Tuition Assistance Applications for returning students are 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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