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March 21, 2018 | Volume 10, Issue 34

RCSS News & Events

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GOOD LUCK TO OUR RAMONA RAMPAGE ROBOTICS TEAM

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Team 1159, Ramona's FIRST robotics team, will be competing at the Orange County  Regional from Thursday, March 22, through Saturday, March 24. They have worked very hard the past couple months and are ready to show off what their robot, "The Flaganator" (named after Mrs. Aulikki Flagan) can do. If you would like to come out and support them, they will be competing at the University of California - Irvine in the Bren Events Center. More information on the event can be found at http://www.firstoc.org/ If you have any questions about the competition, please email Ms. Yip at cyip@ramonaconvent.org. In case you can't make it out, but still want to see what is going on at the competition, the matches will be streaming live throughout the competition at https://www.twitch.tv/firstinspires11

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WORLD WATER DAY

Today, World Water Day, our Peace and Justice Club students presented a special assembly on the topic of water. Their assembly was animated by the Corporate Stand of the Sisters of the Holy Names on the right to water. Click here for more information about the SNJM Corporate Stand on Water.  Ask your daughters about it!

 

Today, on World Water Day, let us lift our voices in prayer for all persons who are on the margins, especially those who do not have access to safe water sources.

  • We pray for the 663 million people who lack access to safe water.
  • We pray for the women and children who spend hours each day walking to collect water.
  • We pray for the 800,000 deaths per year attributable to unsafe water supply, poor sanitation, and hygiene.
  • We pray for a reduction in the 38 billion plastic water bottles that end up in landfills every year.
  • We pray for greater accountability and transparency when public water systems are threatened.
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EXCITING TIMES AT RAMONA

The gym will be getting a new floor and the construction started last Saturday! The gym will be off limits to all students, faculty, and guests through May 1st. Arrangements have been made with gym classes, and scheduled assemblies have already been moved to various locations.

Students that stay after school, we ask that you stay away from the gym and the construction crews. We do not want any interference with the work being done, and we certainly do not want anyone to get hurt by any of the equipment. Restrooms can be accessed through the side locker room entrance (the one used for the Swim Team or use the restrooms near the lunch tables) or in the administration building (after school only).

The tables will be moved away from the gym lobby entrance, closer to the landscaping and the guard shack. If you do not wish to sit in the new location, you are more than welcome to sit in the faculty dining room where it is warm and dry.

Again, please understand that no one is allowed to enter the gym. We want the new floor to properly cure, and it will need all of this time to look amazing!

RAMONA RUNNER CONQUERS HER THIRD LOS ANGELES MARATHON

This past Sunday, over 24,000 athletes from all 50 states and more than 63 countries set out from Dodger Stadium to accomplish a personal dream by reaching the Finish Line in Santa Monica. On Sunday, sophomore Gloria Fernandez ran her third.....that's right.....her third Los Angeles Marathon. Friends and family supporters that weren't able to be at the finish line sent messages of support and positive words through social media and anxiously awaited notification from her proud mom that she had finished the race. In true Ramona girl style, Gloria updated us by sharing she was "proud to say I finished and am currently on my way to get pizza." Congratulations, Gloria! We are so proud of you. The big question is...who's running with her next year?

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RAMONA JUNIOR HONORED AS CARSON SCHOLAR

Congratulations to Anneliese Deusch '19 who has been named a 2018 Carson Scholar for her academic achievements and service to her community. With this honor, Annie will receive a $1,000 award from the Carson Scholars Fund that will be invested for her college education. Congratulations, Annie! Click here to learn more about the Carson Scholarship program.

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RAMONA FRESHMAN NAMED MISS LOI KRATHONG IN LOCAL PAGEANT

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Congratulations to Miss Chiranan "Pear" Kongfan (center) who was named Miss Loi Krathong during a festive cultural celebration at her temple. Loi Krathong is a Siamese festival celebrated annually throughout the Kingdom of Thailand and in nearby countries with significant southwestern Thai cultures. The name could be translated as "to float a basket" and comes from the tradition of making krathong or buoyant, decorated baskets, which are then floated on a river. After completing an interview on stage, Pear was selected based on her intelligence, poise, communication, and appearance. Pear shared that she was excited to participate in the pageant to make new friends and was honored to be presented a trophy by a member of the Thai Embassy. Congratulations, Pear!

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Join us on Thursday, April 12, for a celebration of the creative spirit that flows throughout our campus. The evening, which is hosted by our Visual & Performing Arts Department, begins at 6:00 p.m. with music and dance on the stairs followed by theater under the stars. The art show and gallery walk will officially open at 6:45 where you can view a variety of art work created by our students. An food truck and bake sale with delicious snacks will be available throughout the evening. All are welcome!

THE MAKING CARING COMMON CAMPAIGN HITS THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

The Angelus News recently received word about the kick-off of our the Making Caring Common Campaign at Ramona and is helping us spread the good news with their readers on how Ramona Convent is taking steps to promote the common good. Click here to read the full story!

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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!

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY NEWS GROUP READERS CHOICE POLL: HELP US WIN!

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It's time to choose the BEST of the BEST and we know Ramona fits that category! Some of the world's best people, places and things are found right in our own community. This is why the San Gabriel Valley News Group is asking readers to choose their favorite in a number of categories. All entries must be received by Sunday, March 25, 2018.


  • Entrants must be at least 18 years of age. 
  • You must vote on a minimum of 5 categories for your vote to be counted and only one entry per household is allowed. 
  • You can vote for Ramona in two separate categories under "Places" as "Best Catholic School" and "Best Private School."
  • Don't forget to follow the instructions in your e-mail confirmation in order for your vote to be counted.


The Valley's first place and runner-up winners in each category will be announced on April 6, 2018.

 

Vote now through any of the following links: 
sgvtribune.com/readerschoice
pasadenastarnews.com/readerschoice
whittierdailynews.com/readerschoice

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 22
World Water Day 
3:30 Softball v. Alverno (Away)


Friday, March 23
3: 30 Softball v. Mayfield (Brookside)


Saturday, March 24
6:00 - La Fete


Sunday, March 25
Palm Sunday


Monday, March 26
12:15 NHS Meeting
4:30 Board of Trustees Meeting


Tuesday, March 27
World Religions Field Trip
3:30 Softball V. Rio Hondo Prep (Away)


Wednesday, March 28
Assembly: Pep Rally


Thursday, March 29
Holy Thursday
Service Day


Friday, March 30
Good Friday
No school – school offices will be closed
Spring Break begins


Saturday, March 31
Holy Saturday


Sunday, April 1
Easter Sunday

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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