September 1, 2016 | Volume 9, Issue 6

RCSS News & Events


Creator God, 

You made the heavens and the earth and your work was Good and we praise you. May we continue your good work through our own labor – helping to create your kingdom on earth as in heaven.  We pray on this Labor Day for all those who work.  Whether in the school, the factory, the mines,  the armed services, the business office, government or on the farm, may all workers carry themselves with honor, know the respect of their managers, be kept safe from harm, and be well paid for hard work so that they might provide for their family and loved ones.  


Help us not to pit workers of one nation against those of another nation; rather help us to create work in concert so that workers of all nations might mutually prosper with decent wages for decent work.  Today we also pray for those who are unemployed or underemployed.  May they not become discouraged.   Help us as a nation to continue to provide for those who are suffering from unemployment;.  May they experience tangible evidence of our support and may meaningful work come quickly. 


May all the labors of our lives benefit your creation so that we might be co-creators of your world filled with peace and enough for all.





Tonight, September 1st, is Back to School Night.  We look forward to welcoming you back to campus as you get the chance to meet your daughter's teachers and learn about each of her courses.  The evening will start with a reception in the Pavilion from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.  Refreshments and light appetizers will be served as we gather together to welcome each other back.  The first class will begin at 7:05 p.m.  Don't forget to bring your daughter's class schedule with you, she should have brought this home to you last night.  Physical Education classes will meet in the Library on this night.  If you have any questions please call or email Mrs. Szymanski at


If Ramona students or younger students need to come with parents, please drop them off in the Holy Family Room; they should not go to the classrooms.  Ramona students will have plenty of homework; however, if you are bringing younger children, please have them bring something to do/play.



Show your Ramona pride by putting a Ramona license plate frame on your car.  They are only $10 each and are available from Sister Kathleen’s office or tonight at Back to School Night.



All school parents are invited to our Ramona Parent Group meeting Monday, September 12, at 5:30 pm in the Faculty Staff Dining Room. New school families are especially encouraged to join Ms. Mansell and veteran parents for school updates and community building. Our guest this month is Sister Anna Keim who will discuss Ramona's social justice programs. All are welcome!



The $175 athletic fee will be debited from your accounts on Thursday, September 8th. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Castro at 626-282-4151 ext. 120 or via email at



Ramona welcomes Mr. Brian Kays as Director of Innovation and Technology Integration. Mr. Kays teaches Physics, Honors Physics, and Computer Programming and runs the “Maker Den,” one of the first maker spaces at an all girls’ school in Southern California. ​


Under Mr. Kays’ leadership, the Maker Den is a place for design thinking, tinkering and exploring, collaborating and creating. It has been expanded with the addition of three tool wall stations for builds, flexible seating and desks for the ever-changing needs of a creative, collaborative space, and four new computers to aid in 3D printing and programming.


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Guidance Assembly


Last week, Mr. Chavarria (9th & 11th) and Mrs. Bonn (10th & 12th) hosted their annual beginning-of-the-year Guidance Assembly.  This was an opportunity for the counselors to introduce, or reintroduce, themselves to the students; however, more importantly, the counselors took time to outline available resources for your daughters in addition to listing goals and expectations they would like your daughters to meet.  Please take the time to have a family conversation regarding information shared at today's assembly.  Also, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors will receive a copy of their transcript.  Please take a minute to review all of the information. For your convenience, Mr. Chavarria will provide links to his presentation. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Chavarria ( or Mrs. Bonn (



Thursday, September 1st

          6:30 Back to School Night


Friday, September 2nd

          School Holiday

          No classes – office will be open regular hours


Monday, September 5th

          Labor Day – School Holiday


Wednesday, September 7th

          Fall Pep Rally - Students may wear spirit attire


Thursday, September 8th

          Fall athletic fees will be debited


Friday, September 9th

          1:30 Faculty Meeting

          3:00-7:00 Chamber Singers Retreat


Monday, September 12th

          5:30 Parent Group Meeting



Sr. Kathleen Callaway, SNJM, President


Ms. Mary E. Mansell, Principal



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.

Ramona Convent Secondary School

1701 West Ramona Road • Alhambra, CA  91803 • (626) 282-4151