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April 25, 2018 | Volume 10, Issue 38

RCSS News & Events

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SNJM ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

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On May 10, 1858, after a strenuous journey by ship and train, six young Sisters of the Holy Names (SNJMs) arrived in San Francisco from Canada. They were met by the Sisters of Mercy, who treated them to strawberries and cream. Since then, the Sisters celebrate May 10th as Strawberry Day. May 10, 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of their arrival, and the beginning of a year-long celebration of SNJM ministry in California. Our theme for this year of celebration is Remember, Rejoice, and Renew. We invite you to join us for our Southern California anniversary celebration on Saturday, May 19 at 2:00 PM at St. Anthony Church in San Gabriel. To help us plan appropriately, please RSVP through the event website or email Sr. Kathleen (callaway@ramonaconvent.org) and she will add your name and number of guests to the count. All are welcome! Some of you may have been taught by Sisters of the Holy Names in one of the parish schools we staffed – or have friends who were. Please invite them to join us. For more information about the early days in California, click here to read the article in the Oakland Catholic Voice.

PARENT GROUP MEETING - MONDAY, MAY 7


We need your input! Please join us for our final Parent Group meeting of the year, Monday, May 7, at 5:30 p.m. in the Faculty Staff Dining Room.  Our special guest is Mr. John Phan, Director of Technology, who is seeking your feedback on the initial design for the new Parent Portal he is developing for our school website. Also on the agenda: an update on the gym renovation. Even if you have not been able to join us earlier in the year, you are most welcome!

PARKING FOR GRADUATION


If you need a special handicap space reserved near Rose Heath for our graduation program please contact Mrs. Szymanski to make arrangements.

SENIOR ASSEMBLY


Senior parents and families, we are proud of all your daughters have accomplished at Ramona and we are excited to honor them at this year's Senior Assembly.  Please join us on Wednesday, May 23rd, at 1:00 p.m. in the Gym for this special event.

END OF THE YEAR PAYMENTS

 

This is a reminder to all Parents with outstanding financial obligations. The last day to pay any school-related items by check is Friday, May 4th. After May 4th, please remit any payments to Ramona via cash, cashier's check, or money order. Thank you for your cooperation.

RAMONA CONVENT MUSIC DEPARTMENT PRESENTS:

"ONE WORLD, MANY MELODIES"

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Please plan to join our wonderful Ramona musicians for our Spring Concert on Thursday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m. You'll hear Bach, Broadway, and Disney tunes, along with a world premiere, composed especially for our Chamber Singers!  Our handbell ringers and singers have amazing music to perform for you...we promise you'll find something to LOVE. Tickets are $10, available online and at the door. We hope you'll join us!

APPLY NOW FOR A SCIENCE EXPLORATION OPPORTUNITY AT THE CATALINA ISLAND MARINE INSTITUTE

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Science means investigation and exploration! Ramona will be participating in the CIMI outdoor education program from September 28 - 30. Participants will take part in various water activities, labs, and island ecology at Toyon Bay on Catalina Island. The fees for the Toyon Bay program is $275 per student for the 3-day program. These prices include the boat ride to and from Long Beach and Catalina Island, as well as 7 meals, marine biology and oceanography labs, all snorkel equipment, 3-piece wetsuits, and climbing wall equipment. Applications are due on Friday, May 11 with a $100 deposit.  Click here to download an information flyer and application form.

MS. CLAVIN EARNS SUMMER SCHOLAR GRANT

Ms. Tracy Clavin has been awarded a National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Scholar Grant to study "literary adaptation and its role in recirculating and popularizing the literary canon." The institute, Remaking Monsters and Heroines: Adapting Classic Literature for Contemporary Audiences, will focus specifically on the study of Frankenstein and Cinderella, both in their original forms and in contemporary adaptations such as young adult novels, film, and graphic novels. Held at the University of Arkansas, the Institute design team states that the "primary principle guiding the work" emphasizes the idea "that planning and producing adaptations is as important as the process of reading and understanding literature." Ms. Clavin credits the class of 2018 for their encouragement to apply to the institute, and her English, Speech, and Drama students for their particular interpretations and retelling of stories. Click here for more information about the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institutes.

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BOSCO TECH CHEER NEWS

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Congratulations to ten of our spirited Ramona students who have been selected for the 2018-2019 Bosco Tech cheer team. Returning team members: Juliana Alvarez '19, Veronica Duarte '19, Emily Escobar '19, Alyssa Miranda '21, and Gwen Rath '20; New team members: Olivia Diaz '21, Starla Martinez '20, Liliana Romo '20, Sheccid Vazquez '21, and Isabel Vidrio '21
Go Tigers!

ARTS NIGHT ARTWORK PRINTS FOR SALE

 

Postcard size prints of of several pieces of artwork displayed in the Arts Night Gallery are for sale. A limited quantity of prints are available for only $2 from Ms. Averill (maverill@ramonaconvent.org). Get your prints now before they sell out!

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JOIN US FOR SUMMER SCHOOL - TAKE ARCHERY, VISUAL ARTS, OR TRIGONOMETRY

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Become an archer this summer!

 

Archery Champs is bringing their program to our campus. Each day every student will learn and practice a new archery skill and then finish the day off with an exciting game like Exploding Balloons and Archery Tic Tac Toe. Bring your friends and learn a new skill! This class is open to both junior high and high school students.

Are you entering PreCalculus next year?

 

Join our summer trigonometry class to improve your critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities. This class will meet only three times per week, giving you plenty of free time to continue to enjoy summer vacation! Be a more confident math student next year by continuing to strengthen your skills.

Would you like to take visual arts this summer to satisfy one semester of your arts requirement?

 

Take Visual Arts and develop your drawing skills and techniques. Most of the assignments focus on drawing from observation. Students will be able to express their creativity with projects using a variety of media including pencil, charcoal, pastel, ink, and prisma color. The extended class time enables students to maintain their focus and work through an assignment in one or two classes rather than having to start, stop, and clean up at short intervals.


Students who have taken VA I and II may enroll for a single semester of VA III in the summer.

 

Click here to learn more about these classes

and the rest of our summer program

 

Please contact Mrs. Szymanski (hszymanski@ramonaconvent.org) if you have any questions or would like to register for a class.

RAMONA CONVENT: THE GIRLS' SCHOOL ADVANTAGE

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Ramona has been invited by the National Coalition of Girls' Schools (NCGS) to participate in an advocacy outreach event where prospective families will learn about the effectiveness and unique environment of all-girls schools. The program will take place at Occidental College and will feature a school fair and moderated panel of students from Ramona and other local girls schools.


Do you know a family that wants to learn what all-girls' schools do best? Invite them to join us and find out!


The Girls' School Advantage
April 29, 2018
1:00 to 3:00 PM
Occidental College

Click here to register to attend this free information session.


SUMMER FINANCIAL LITERACY BOOTCAMP AT LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY (LMU)

Financial Literacy is the ability to understand how money works in the world: how someone manages to earn it or make it, how that person manages it, how he/she invests it (turn it into more), and how that person donates it to help others. The Save it Forward Initiative at LMU will be offering a four-day educational program introducing students to the fundamentals of saving, budgeting, and investing money. Four different sessions held in June, July, and August are offered. Their mission is to build a happier and more prosperous world through financial literacy education! Click here to learn more and register.

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EMBRACE A GREENER LIFESTYLE ECO FAIR

 

The City of Alhambra will be hosting an ECO Fair to encourage the community to commit to a greener way of living. There be an information booth to provide direction and answer questions, as well as offer free materials and giveaways to encourage attendees to be ecologically-minded. Several vendors will provide information regarding tools, resources, and samples to the community to encourage recycling, reusing materials where possible, and reducing the overall contribution to the waste stream. In addition, the City will host games and crafts. There will be a seven-piece band, the Boxcar Seven, for all to enjoy. This event will provide a fun and relaxing environment for the community while encouraging a 'greener' way of life. The ECO Fair is scheduled for Sunday, May 20, 2018, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, and will be held alongside the Farmer's Market, at 100 S. 2nd Street, in Alhambra.

 

Click here for a printable flyer.

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, April 26 
Thrift Shop Opens
3:30 Softball at Bishop Conaty
Art Show closes
7:00 Spring concert – San Marino Community Church


Friday, April 27
Prom
No school for Seniors


Tuesday, May 1
3:30 Softball v. Sacred heart (Home)


Wednesday, May 2
Alumnae Induction Luncheon
3:00 Track League Finals at Occidental College


Thursday, May 3
3:30 Softball at San Gabriel Mission
6:30 Robotics Banquet (HFR)


Friday, May 4
Ramona Challenge
Last day to pay by check

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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