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January 9, 2019 | Volume 11, Issue 25

RCSS News & Events

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PARENT GROUP MEETING - MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 5:30 P.M.

 

Please join us for our first Parent Group meeting of 2019. Keep informed on school events, give input, and build friendships. Everyone is welcome!

LIGHT THE FIELD

 

We have reached 62% of our goal; however, we have another $100,000 to go. Join us this afternoon at 5:30 for a parent meeting to plan other fundraising event. Bring your ideas and your energy. All parents are welcome.

GOLD AND WHITE REUNITE

 

Saturday our alumnae/varsity games were a grand success with a great turn out of alumnae to challenge our varsity and a great group of spectators to cheer them on. The rain held off till after the soccer game ended and most people had moved to the gym for the basketball game. The Alumnae won both games!

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APPLY NOW FOR THE CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP FEDERATION

As we begin the second semester, students are encouraged to apply for membership into the California Scholarship Federation (CSF). This organization recognizes a student's academic accomplishments based on each semester's grades. Membership in CSF is based on a point system, giving students points for earned grades of A's and B's. Applications are available in Mrs. Szymanski's office. Please print out a copy of semester 1 grades from PowerSchool and attach them to the application. These are due back Wednesday January 16th. Students that earn membership this semester will be recognized at the Honors Assembly on January 30th. Seniors that have earned Life and/or 100% Membership are also recognized at the Senior Assembly and Graduation!

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RAMONA RAMPAGE ROBOTICS SEASON BEGINS

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This past weekend Ramona Rampage kicked off their 2019 competition season at Foshay Learning Center in Los Angeles. Team members were able to view this year's challenge of Space Innovation at this kickoff ceremony along with all of the other teams participating in the FIRST Robotics competition. The kickoff ceremony is the start of the six week build competition for this year's robotics team. The weekend was spent strategizing on how to tackle this year's challenge. Thanks to Ms. Flagan and the other team mentors, participants have the support and guidance needed to make this season a success!

WINTER FORMAL 2019

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The senior class is sponsoring the winter formal "Once Upon A Dream" on Saturday, January 26, at the Double Tree Hotel in Rosemead. The price of your ticket will include a dinner, dessert, soda and drink station, music, dancing, and decorations. Seniors may purchase tickets beginning on Wednesday, January 9, in the SLC at lunch. Grades 9 - 12 may purchase tickets at lunch in the SLC beginning Thursday, January 10. The last day to purchase tickets is Tuesday, January 22. Tickets are $65 each. Students must have a permission slip and the payment in cash or check in order to purchase a ticket and reserve their spots. Tickets will only be sold Monday - Thursday at lunch in the Student Life Center. If you have any questions please email Ms. Dumas at ldumas@ramonaconvent.org.

CONGRATS DR. LAU!

Congratulations to Spanish teacher, Victoria Lau, on successfully defending her dissertation and earning her PhD. in Spanish from U.C. Irvine. Her dissertation focused on the work of three modern Spanish women writers: Carmen Laforet, Carmen Martin Gaite, and Almundena Grandes.

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RAMONA AMBASSADORS TAKE OVER OUR INSTAGRAM

Ramona Ambassadors are taking over our Instagram account for the month of January. A new student each day will share what a "day in the life" of a student is like. If you don't follow us already, make sure to follow us @RamonaConvent.

Isabella Brown '21 started us off on Monday, Kirsten Chau '21 kept the enthusiasm going yesterday, and Kiley Kraft '20 is running the show today. Check our our stories to see if you can guess who's taking over tomorrow. 

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RAMONA SET TO WELCOME DISTINGUISHED AUTHOR

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We look forward to welcoming author, immigrant rights advocate, and former Wall Street executive Julissa Arce as a guest speaker on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. She will be signing copies of her books after her presentation. Books can be purchased via Vroman's, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Skylight Books, and other booksellers.Click here to learn more about our guest speaker.

OPEN CALL FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

Las Fotos Project, a community-based nonprofit organization that inspires teenage girls through photography, mentorship, and self-expression, is excited to present an open call for photos with a theme of "Our past, our future." All Los Angeles county girls ages 13 – 18 are invited to share photos and stories of influential elders in their lives. Submissions are due by January 13. Click here to participate and learn more about Los Photos Project. Photos do not have to be taken on a professional camera nor do you have to be a professional photographer. 

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ARCHDIOCESE SPONSORS PARENT REFERRAL PROGRAM

 

In an effort to increase enrollment in Catholic Schools across the Archdiocese, you are invited to participate by referring a student to Ramona or a younger child to your neighborhood Catholic School. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is excited to announce a new Parent Referral Program sponsored by the Department of Catholic Schools. Effective immediately, any referrals submitted through the referral portal below will get you one step closer to winning some great incentives.

 

  • Tuition Discount: If your referral enrolls, both you and your referral will receive $100 off tuition, up to the first 100 referred enrollments
  • iPad Raffle: Every referral submitted through the referral portal counts as 1 entry into the raffle, 5 winners will be randomly selected

 

Also, the school whose parents submit the most referrals based on the student population will receive a $3,000 technology grant — so let's do this together!

 

A qualified referral counts as a friend, family member, or other acquaintance who has expressed interest in Catholic education. Once you submit a referral, both you and the referral will receive an email confirmation with the next steps.

 

I encourage you to participate as actively as possible, and please spread the word! Let's help keep our schools strong and our faith alive. Here's a special message from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and thank you for all you do!

SHOW YOUR SOCCER SPIRIT!

Just in…soccer scarves for your favorite Ramona soccer player (or just for yourself)! The Tiger For Life soccer scarf is made of a soft knit material woven with Ramona's colors and motto on both sides. The cost per scarf is $30.00. You can purchase scarves through this link. The scarves can be picked up in Ms. Huntley's office in Founder's Hall.

 

Varsity soccer players Megan Valadez '19, Olivia Virgen '20, and Alysa Hurlic '21 had fun modeling  these adorable soccer scarves!

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RAMONA FAN GEAR

 

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.

 

DATES TO REMEMBER:

 

Wednesday, January 9
Young Alumnae Reunion
Soccer v. San Gabriel Mission (Home)
5:30 - Light the Field Parent Meeting

 

Thursday, January 10
Dollars for Scholars begins
Varsity Basketball at Holy Family (Pacific Park)
JV Basketball at Sacred Heart (Salesian High School)

 

Friday, January 11
International Human Trafficking Awareness Day
1:20 Faculty Meeting
Soccer at Holy Family (Glendale Sports Complex)

 

Saturday, January 12

HSPT Boot Camp (8:00 - 12:00)
L.A. Freedom Walk 9:00-10:30

 

Monday, January 14
12:30 National Honor Society meeting
5:30 Parent Group Meeting

 

Tuesday, January 15
Half Day Visit for Prospective Students - R.S.V.P. Required
JV/Varsity - Basketball at Sacred Heart (Salesian)

 

Wednesday, January 16
Assembly – Liturgy - Dress Uniform required
CSF Applications are due
Soccer vs Sacred Heart (home)

 

Thursday, January 17
AP/Honors Workshop at Lunch – SLC
JV/Varsity Basketball at Bishop Conaty

 

Friday, January 18
Faculty In-Service – No school for students
Varsity Basketball @ Santa Clarita Christian

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.

RAMONA CONVENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

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

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