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May 2, 2018 | Volume 10, Issue 39

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. The Ramona community will have special strawberry treats next Thursday to celebrate this anniversary.

 

The Sisters' 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. Ramona student have a special part in the celebration: The girls will be singing during the Mass –- and several students have worked in the MakerDen to create special memento gifts for our guests. 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.  Hope to see you there!

SPECIAL SCHEDULE FOR RAMONA CHALLENGE - FRIDAY, May 4, 2018


8:15-8:50: E + Announcements
8:55-9:25 B Block
9:30-10:00:  G Block
10:00-10:20: BREAK
10:25-10:55: C Block
11:00-11:30: D Block

11:30: Dismissal

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.

AUTHOR OF TIPS, TALES, & TRUTHS FOR TEENS VISITS RAMONA

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Last Friday, all junior English classes received a special visit from Dr. Cynthia Colon, author of Tips, Tales, & Truths for Teens. She shared powerful strategies to engage students in preparing a stronger more effective college statement. Students walked away feeling more confident and ready to begin drafting their personal essay. Dr. Colon also invited Ramona students to attend her college essay boot camp being held in the summer where students will be guided to walk away with four completed essays. Click here to learn more or contact Mr. Chavarria (achavarria@ramonaconvent.org)

SAT SUBJECT TEST DEADLINE APPROACHING


The registration deadline for the June 2nd SAT Subject Test is May 3rd. Students who are considering applying to elite colleges should consider taking the SAT Subject Test. Remember, they are not required, but recommended. For more information, please contact Mr. Chavarria (achavarria@ramonaconvent.org).

NHS PUTS IN HARD WORK FOR DOLLARS 4 SCHOLARS

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On Saturday, April 14, several members of the National Honor Society (NHS) worked at Longo Toyota as part of Longo's Saturday Fundraiser program. For their hard earned "work experience," they earned money that will go towards the NHS student scholarship initiative better known as "Dollars 4 Scholars."

TWO RAMONA FRESHMEN EARN GIRLS SCOUT SILVER AWARD

Congratulations to Gracie Salinas '21 and Gaby Deusch '21 who recently completed their project titled "TLC" (tender loving care) for the East Los Angeles Pregnancy Center. The center is pro-life and they volunteered by cleaning and keeping baby items organized. They also held fundraisers to help beautify the counseling office and donated baby clothes and diapers. The counselors and clients are very grateful for their generosity and the girls are very happy that they were able to have a positive impact on their community.

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DID YOU KNOW?

 

The Archdiocese continues helping survivors of sexual abuse and their families during National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Archdiocese wants to reiterate that it remains committed to helping survivors and their families heal and find peace. If you, or someone you know, is a victim of sexual abuse by a Church employee or volunteer, please contact the Archdiocesan Victims Assistance Coordinator at (213) 637-7650 or www.archla.org/vam for help and support.

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.

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

The Enrollment team and student Ambassadors, Alessandra Soto '19, Carolina Pimentel '19, and Mikayla Medina '20 participated in the Los Angeles Girls' School Advantage event on Sunday. The event was held at Occidental College and brought in over 180 attendees. It was an informative day with a program that exceeded all expectations about learning the effectiveness and unique environment of attending an all girls' high school. Alessandra Soto sat on the panel of student representatives and proudly represented Ramona with confidence, eloquence, and poise.

 

While leaving the event, a mom shared, "Thank you! We drove a very long way to be here today. Thanks so much for making it worth our while." Another mother shared "I wanted to thank you all for putting on the event on Sunday at Occidental College. My daughter and I found it very informative and a great resource."

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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, May 3
3:30 Softball v. San Gabriel Mission
6:30 Robotics Team Celebratory Dinner

 

Friday, May 4
Last day to pay by check
Ramona Challenge - 11:30 dismissal for Ramona students

 

Monday, May 7
Morning -- AP Spanish Literature Exam
Afternoon -- AP Psychology Exam
5:30 Parent group Meeting

 

Tuesday, May 8
Morning -- AP Spanish Language Exam

 

Wednesday, May 9
Morning – AP English Lit Exam
Special Schedule – Spirit Attire
Schoolwide picnic

 

Thursday, May 10
Strawberry Day
Morning – AP US Gov't and Politics Exam
Afternoon – AP Environmental Science Exam
6:30 New Family Orientation

 

Friday, May 11
Morning AP US History Exam
AP Studio Art Portfolios due
CIF Swim Qualifiers

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

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