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June 27, 2018 | Volume 10, Issue 45

RCSS News & Events

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SUMMER PACKET


Summer packets will be mailed early next week. This packet contains all start of school year information that you will need to review prior to Business Day on Monday, August 13.  If you don't receive it by Monday, July 9, please contact the school office.

RAMONA FAN GEAR NOW AVAILABLE!

 

Ramona families may now purchase high quality Ramona-branded fan wear, including hats, sweatshirts, tee shirts, and polos in a variety of styles and prices from an online company through our website. Purchases will be shipped directly to your home. These items are not part of the school uniform but are a great way to show school spirit.

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USED BOOKS AND UNIFORM SALE


Used books and uniforms are available through other students and Campus Ministry.  The gym will be available on July 11 from 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. for students who wish to sell or purchase used books.  Campus Ministry sponsors a used uniform sale at the same time.


On July 11, all used book sales, including prearranged agreements between students, must take place in the gym.  No change will be available; buyers should bring small bills.  All sales are student-to-student.  The student seller will determine if she will accept checks or not.  Ramona is not responsible for returned checks.  Copy down the ISBN numbers for the books you wish to purchase so that you can be sure to purchase the correct book.  If you look up the book prices ahead of time, you will know that a used book should be sold for at least half of the original price.

BOOKLIST FOR THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR

 

Before you buy or sell a textbook please click here to check the booklist.  The new books are noted with red text. Schedules will be available by July 1st, and the K12 online bookstore will open July 8th.  If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Szymanski (hszymanski@ramonaconvent.org). Have a wonderful summer!

SERVICE DAY UPDATE: WE'VE MADE A DIFFERENCE

Back in March our student body and faculty left campus to hit the streets as a community to participate in service activities. Seniors went to Pasadena to paint houses for Habitat for Humanity and helped paint nine houses! Pasadena Now has reported that nine happy families have moved into these homes!

 

-CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL STORY

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SNJM YOUTH JUSTICE FORUM

From July 17 - 22, teams of students from the seven schools in the SNJM Network (including Ramona Convent) as well as three other teams from schools administered by SNJMs or closely connected to the SNJMs will gather to probe together the issue of social justice. Participants will learn about the SNJM charism and corporate stands. Students will share their experiences of justice work in their own school community or hometowns and will also have the opportunity to participate in shared service projects. It is hoped that the 5-day experience will be one of solidarity and fellowship among members of the extended SNJM community.

 

This year's Youth Justice Forum is being held at Holy Names University in Oakland, California. We invite you to join us in praying for open hearts and fruitful friendship during their week together. Ask that they may be given the inspiration to see how they might contribute further to the work of justice upon their return to each their little corner of the world!

 

Thank you to all who have supported the participants in their preparation for this event!

 

Remember to follow the Youth Justice Forum on Facebook starting July 17!

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THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND THE SISTERS OF THE HOLY NAMES OF JESUS AND MARY HAVE TAKEN A STRONG STAND REGARDING THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT POLICIES ON IMMIGRATION AT THE BORDER

 

Here is a message from Archbishop Gomez:

 

"Love is the measure by which we are judged. Every one of us. This is the law of God and no one is exempt. Our nation is judged finally by how it treats the weakest and most vulnerable among us. Our leaders have a solemn duty to secure our national borders and enforce our immigration laws. No one questions this. But we must find a better way. What we are doing now is wrong—on the borders, in the cruel partisanship and self-interested political calculations of our immigration debates."


And a Message from Sister Daleen Larkin, SNJM, Ramona Theology Department Chairperson:

 

"The administration's policy of separating families and removing children from their parents at the United States border violates one of Ramona's core values: Concern for Women and Children. We encourage the Ramona community to take action to protest the separation of children from their parents and to reunite the children that are in custody with their parents.


For those interested in making their opinions/voices public and taking action for justice, there are marches on Saturday, June 30. Students who participate in a march can receive 3 service hours for the fall semester Theology service requirement. Just take a photo of yourself at the event that shows the activities that are going on around you. Your theology teacher or I will sign your Service Form in the fall after we see the photo(s) of your participation.


Students may log into their Ramona email to learn more about how to participate.

Taking a stand, speaking your voice, being in solidarity with others for justice for children and families is at the heart of our Ramona commitment to liberating action and the full development of all people. Join with others to 'go forth, cast fire, and liberate life!'"

ADVANCED PLACEMENT ART STUDENT PRESENTS ARTWORK PIECE

At the end of the school year, a temporary artwork piece was installed in the hallway of the lower Dufrense building, right outside Mrs. Averill's classroom. If you did not get a chance to see the piece in person, you should know that it included an element of viewer interactivity; students were encouraged to leave short messages addressed to our graduating senior class.

 

A message from the artist, Stephanie Varghese '18:
As you can see in the photo, many of our Ramona sisters have kind words to say about us. High school has been a long journey, but we are lucky to have had one another to lean on and experience this journey together. As each one of you goes off to college to impact the world in your own unique way, never forget where it all started: the gym during pep rallies, the tense Dufrense hallways during finals week, the well-deserved lunches at Pine Terrace, and just recently, Rose Heath when we convened for our bittersweet graduation ceremony.

Within each one of us lies the resilient spirit of a Ramona tiger -- a part of ourselves that should never be forgotten. As we leave the comforts of the convent we called home to enter the adult world, let us go forth, cast fire, and liberate life.

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ROBOTICS TEAM INVITED TO LOCAL STEAM EXPO

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Ramona Rampage Robotics team members recently took their robot to the 5k/10k STEAM expo, "Space Race Mission Possible," at the Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena. The goal of the expo was to address the race and gender gap in STEAM fields. Event organizer and Ramona alumna, Carly Lopez, invited Ramona Rampage to be one of the exhibitors and talk about their experience as females in robotics. The team set up a booth displaying their robot and robotics gear and were available to answer participants' questions about the robotics team and the season. Everyone who stopped at the Ramona table was impressed and had many positive things to say about Ramona Rampage!

RAMONA CONVENT ARTS MAGAZINE NOW AVAILABLE

We are very excited to announce the official release of this year's Ramona Convent Arts Magazine - featuring our Annual Ramona Convent Writing Contest winners Araceli Seager '19, Celine Vazquez '20, and Stephanie Varghese '18!


With well over one hundred submissions, this year's competition was as fierce and compelling as ever, and work in poetry in particular seemed to dominate the field.


The Arts Magazine features a selection of the best of the overall submissions, along with excellent photography and comics, and is now live online! Click here to check it out!

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DATES TO REMEMBER:

 

Thursday, June 28

Class of 2019 Senior Portraits - 10:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Student Life Center

 

Friday, June 29

Class of 2019 Senior Portraits - 10:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Student Life Center

 

Wednesday, July 11

Used Book and Used Uniform Sale

 

Friday, July 20

Summer School Ends

Camp Ramona Ends

 

Monday, August 13

Business Day for ALL grade levels (required for all students)

 

Tuesday, August 14

New Student Orientation

 

Wednesday, August 15

First Day of Classes

 

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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