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March 7, 2018 | Volume 10, Issue 32

RCSS News & Events

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RAMONA CONVENT IS AN EARLY LEADER IN THE CARING SCHOOLS #COMMONGOOD CAMPAIGN. 


Help us spread the word! It's official! We're an early leader in the Caring Schools #CommonGood campaign, a new national campaign that launched yesterday to mobilize middle and high schools to prepare young people to be constructive community members and citizens who create a better world. Led by Harvard's Making Caring Common project, the campaign aims to motivate schools to take action to help mend our country's fractures and strengthen democracy. You'll see photos and read about what some of our students think about the campaign by visiting our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. Join the campaign and help us spread the word by liking and sharing our posts!

PRAYER FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY - MARCH 8


Let us pray for all women around the world so that they may be blessed with:
The strength to persevere,
The courage to speak out,
The vision to seek a renewed ministry,
The faith to believe in you beyond all systems and institutions,
so that your face on earth may be seen in all its beauty.
We call on the holy and courageous women who went before us. We ask them to
intercede for us so we might be given the grace and vision to follow in their
footsteps, as we work together for the recognition and encouragement of women as
witnesses to the joy of the gospel.

PARKING LOT SAFETY

 

For the safety of our entire school community, we ask that you observe the rules about driving on campus. In recent days we have had a number of near accidents because drivers dropping off students in the morning have stopped in the top parking lot where the curb is clearly painted red. If you drop your daughter off in the top parking lot, please pull as far forward toward the circular stairs as is possible – or pull into a parking place if an extended conversation is necessary. No matter what your daughter tells you, it is not "legal" to stop in the red zone– and it causes unnecessary congestion and potential for accidents. If this disregard for safety continues, we will have no choice but to limit student drop off to the gym parking lot.

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

 

This is just a reminder that the deadline for tuition assistance is this Friday. Your on-line application must be completed by Friday for your daughter to be considered to tuition assistance. FAST has a new feature this year. Taxes may be directly uploaded to FAST; you do not need to mail them in. The three forms – the student questionnaire, the IRS for 4506-T and the signed tuition guidelines, should be turned in to Sister Kathleen's office by Friday. No applications will be considered until all forms and 2017 taxes have been submitted. Missing the deadlines could jeopardize your daughter's chances for tuition assistance.

 

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

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.

COMEDYSPORTZ HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE UPDATES

The ComedySportz High School League® is the largest, most successful improv training program for high school students in the country. The High School League® empowers students to create their own theatre and nourishes their communication skills through improvisational theatre workshops and performances. It encourages their individuality and provides the forum to succeed or fail in a safe environment that combines showmanship and sportsmanship. The League provides an extracurricular activity that goes beyond stage work into everyday situations. And the students just think they're having fun!


This Friday, March 9th, Ramona's own ComedySportz HS League will challenge each other in a match that guarantees laughter and audience participation. On Saturday, March 17th, Ramona Faculty will play with the students! Come see as adults and students battle it out to win... well.. bragging rights! All matches are $8 at the door, 7 p.m., in the Holy Family Room (HFR).

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S WEEK

A special thank you goes out to Mrs. Socorro Rangel, mother of Rachel Rangel '19, who visited during lunch to speak about her engineering work on various NASA projects at JPL. Mrs. Rangel's presentation was part of a student-planned series of workshops offered to all students during lunch for International Women's Week.

 

Today during lunch, Sofia Cerros '18 and Izel Varela '19 will be facilitating a workshop where artists or passionate viewers of art can learn more about Women in Art both current and historic.

 

Tomorrow, in celebration of International Women's Day, Sofia Cerros '18 and Paulina Sanchez '18 will be hosting a discussion entitled "Recognize us? Your country is calling!"

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RAMONA STUDENTS COMPETE AT BRIDGE BUILDING COMPETITION

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This past Saturday, Megan Valadez '19 and Andrea Alveno '19 competed in a Popsicle stick bridge building competition at Cal State LA. The competition consisted of four different catagories: Efficiency (the load the bridge could hold divided by its mass-strongest and lightest), workmanship, an oral presentation with technical report, and an impromptu design competition.


Countless hours were spent preparing their bridge for competition. Maria Esquivel '19 and Vanessa De La Rosa '19 also assisted with the building process. Their bridge was weight tested in front of judges and it was able to hold 34 pounds!

 

Although we don't have the results yet, Ms. Seager received word that the judges were especially impressed with their presentation. Great job, ladies! We look forward to receiving official word of your success.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY SCIENCE OLYMPIAD

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Fifteen students participated in the LA County Science Olympiad held at Rio Hondo College this past Saturday. There were 22 events offered that ranged from topic exams in all different fields of science, build events such as the Towers Strength test, and lab practicals such as the Forensics lab.

 

Mrs. Seager said she was very impressed how well our student competitors performed and how dedicated they were to preparing and studying for their events (while still managing the workload of their 7 academic classes). Mrs. Seager also shared that Ramona placed higher than the other all-girls schools also competing.

 

Great job and congratulations to our competitors!

ATTENTION ALL EAST COAST COLLEGE TOUR PARTICIPANTS

 

There will be a mandatory pre-departure meeting next Wednesday, March 14, at 5:00 p.m. in the Holy Family Room. For more information, please contact Mr. Chavarria (achavarria@ramonaconvent.org).

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COLLEGE TOUR

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The Guidance and College Counseling Department is collaborating with IST Campus tours to offer a 3 day / 2 night trip to Northern California to visit UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Santa Clara University, University of San Francisco, and Dominican University. The trip also includes all meals, travel, room accommodations, and sightseeing opportunities! A non-refundable deposit of $100 is due by Friday, March 9th. Click here for a printable flyer with additional information. Please contact Mr. Chavarria (achavarria@ramonaconvent.org) if you have any additional questions.

PE/HEALTH STUDENTS GET IN THE KITCHEN TO TEST OUT HEALTHY RECIPES

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Ms. Lamas' PE/Health classes recently joined into small groups to share healthy recipes with their peers. Recipes included avocado brownies, smoothies, guacamole, vegan treats, and much more! What a delicious way to share what they know about healthy living....which includes eating, of course.

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MORE EXCITING NEWS FROM THE OFFICE OF ENROLLMENT & PUBLIC RELATIONS

Last week, acceptance notifications were sent out to our new Tigers! Families were delighted to receive an acceptance e-mail with a video produced and directed by Sofia Cerros '19 along with the help of the Digital Multimedia Design Class. Special thanks go out to Briana Dominguez's Dad, Mr. Arvin Dominguez, for the drone clip highlighting the front of the school at the beginning of the video! We are happy to share this video with you since so many Ramona students were the stars. (Click the photo above to see the video)

 

If you helped bring a new family to Ramona, please reach out to them and join us in sharing the excitement! Tomorrow night, we will be celebrating with new students and families at the Welcome Night Rose Ceremony.

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!

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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FREE WORKSHOP AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA "LEARNING THE POWER OF BRANDING"

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USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism invites high school students on campus to learn from the best in the profession, their alumnae! Join them for a FREE 3-hour workshop on Saturday, March 10, to learn best practices, understand the power of branding, and how to launch your personal brand to be a positive influence in a social media world. Be mentored by top professional USC alumni, experience the workshop from the newest, future-focused facility, Wallis Annenberg Hall, and take a tour of the state-of-the art newsroom, Julie Chen/Leslie Moonves and CBS Media Center. To register or to get more information, contact Leticia Lozoya, Director of Alumni Relations, at llozoya@usc.edu or call 213-716-3891. Click here for a printable flyer.

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:

   

Wednesday, March 8
International Women's Day
7:00 - New Student Welcome Night


Friday, March 9
End of the Third Quarter
Tuition Assistance Applications are due
7:00 Comedy Sportz Match (HFR -- $8)


Sunday, March 11
Daylight Savings Time begins – move your clock forward!!!


Monday, March 12
No Classes for students
School offices will be open regular hours
3:00 Track Meet v. Holy Family at Occidental College


Tuesday, March 13
Spirit Week begins
3:30 Softball Game v. St. Paul (away)


Wednesday, March 14
Assembly: Talent Show
Course request forms are due to counselors
3:30 Softball Game v. Notre Dame (home)
1:00 League Swim Meet at Brenda Villa Aquatic Center (Commerce)


Thursday, March 15
Youth Day at LA Religious Ed Congress


Friday, March 16
8:00 - School Dance
3:30 Softball Game v. Mark Keppel (away)


Saturday, March 17
7:00 Comedy Sportz Match (HFR -- $8)

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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