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May 9, 2018 | Volume 10, Issue 40

RCSS News & Events

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STRAWBERRY DAY

Tomorrow is our annual celebration of Strawberry Day.  Our school community will celebrate with strawberry ice cream at break.  Though we celebrate every year, this anniversary is very special because it marks 150 years since the first Sisters of the Holy Names arrived in California – having traveled down the east coast from Canada by ship, across the Isthmus of Panama, and then on another ship up the west coast.  When the Sisters of Mercy met the new arrivals and took them to their convent to rest a bit before they continued the journey (on another ship) across San Francisco Bay to Oakland, they served them fresh strawberries.  A treat never heard of in May in Canada!  Since then the Sisters have always celebrated May 10 with strawberries – a tradition that has continued in most of our schools and other ministries.  

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We invite you to join us next Saturday, May 19, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Anthony's for our Southern California celebration. All are welcome for the Mass and reception. To help us prepare please RSVP at www.snjmCA150.org. Our Ramona girls have a special part in this celebration: the Chamber Singers will be singing during the Mass; the students in the MakerDen have made the mementos of the occasion to be distributed to our guests.

TIGER SPORTS REPORT

 

Our softball team has made it to playoffs; several of our swimmers and runners have made it to the preliminary round of the CIF championships.  Good Luck, Tigers!!!  Stay tuned for more athletic news after the Sports Award dinner next week.

 

SWIM NEWS

Congratulations to the following swimmers, who have qualified for the CIF Division 4 Championships in Riverside:

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Seniors:

Blanca Sanchez, Katelyn Navarette, Bree Gallardo, 400 free relay, 200 Med relay

Sophomores:

Winnie Wen - 400 free relay, alternate 100 butterfly, 200 med relay

Frosh:

Flor Sanchez - 400 free relay, 200 Individual medley, 100 freestyle, 200 med relay

Kennedy Mendoza - 400 relay, 200 med relay

 

TRACK & FIELD NEWS

Congratulations to team members (photographed below) who placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in Horizon League Finals last week.

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This weekend we will compete in the 4 x 100, 100, 100 High Hurdles, 300 Low Hurdles, 4 x 400, and Long Jump for CIF competition. Congrats to a great season and congrats to those that will be competing this weekend in Carpinteria:

100 - Lidia Perzyna

100 High Hurdles - Nathalie Castanos

300 Low Hurdles - Nathalie Castanos

Long Jump - Lidia Perzyna

4 x 400 - Catie Sanchez, Lauren Knapp, Megan Valadez,

and Jordan Amper (Alternate Nadia Ramos)

4 x 100- Nathalie Castanos, Olivia Virgen, Lidia Perzyna,

and Daniela Salatino (Alternate Catie Sanchez)

"DREAM IT, BE IT" CAREER SUPPORT FOR GIRLS

Congratulations to Thaies Quezada who was selected as an alumni speaker for the Soroptimist's "Dream It, Be It" panel at the 40th Annual Soroptimist Women's Conference. As a mentor, Thaies helps younger students with career and college exploration. Alhambra Mayor Stephen Sham congratulated her for her efforts to"inspire through her leadership as a mentor and for her outstanding service to the community."

 

Students can sign up now to attend the "Dream It, Be It" FREE one-day conference for incoming freshmen and High School girls. Meet women from a variety of occupations and learn their stories. The conference will be held on May 19 from 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Cal State L.A. Register by May 16 for a chance to WIN a CHROMEBOOK! Click here for more information.

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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.

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.

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 10

STRAWBERRY DAY

Morning: AP US Government and Politics Exam

Afternoon AP Environmental Science Exam

6:30 PM New Family Orientation


Friday, May 11

Morning: AP US History Exam

AP Studio Art Portfolios due


Sunday, May 13

Mothers' Day


Monday, May 14

Morning: AP Biology Exam

12:15 National Honor Society Meeting

3:00 Department Chairs Meeting


Tuesday, May 15

Morning: AP Calculus AB Exam

Morning: AP Calculus BC Exam

Afternoon: AP French Language Exam

Semester exam warning slips distributed


Wednesday, May 16

Morning: AP English Language Exam

Assembly: Liturgy – Dress uniform required

6:30 PM spring Sports Awards Dinner


Friday, May 18

Afternoon: AP European History Exam

Warning Slips are due

1:20 Faculty Meeting

Grad Night for Seniors – Universal Studios

No school for Seniors


Saturday, May 19

SNJM 150th Anniversary Celebration

2:00 PM Saint Anthony's in San Gabriel

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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