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January 16, 2019 | Volume 11, Issue 26

RCSS News & Events

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LA FREEDOM WALK

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Eleven Ramona students, five parents, three Holy Names Sisters, and two Holy Names Associates sloshed through the rain at this year's L.A. Freedom Walk against human trafficking. Kamila Campos '20 and Alyssa Macias-Orgaz '21 addressed the crowd and spoke about the importance of working as a modern day abolitionist. Their speeches were very well received and will be featured in an upcoming article in the Global Sister's Report written by march organizer Sister Kathleen Bryant.

ROBOTICS TEAM PREPS FOR COMPETITION WITH PROTOTYPES

This past weekend Ramona Rampage began collaborating on ideas regarding this year's robot design. In order for the robot to perform well on the playing field, members on the design and build team are testing out possible designs and prototypes that will best assist the team during competition day. In addition to focusing on the robot's performance, the media team is working hard on coming up with strategies on how the team members' performance can promote not only their dedication and spirit but also how women empowerment is essential to the future of their generation. (Click the photo above to see them in action!)

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JOIN US AT THE DINER AND LET'S LIGHT THE FIELD!

 

Join us for dinner at the Diner on Main in Alhambra on Tuesday, February 6th. All orders, whether you eat there or take out from 3:00 to 9:00, will help us raise money to Light the Field. More information will be provided as the date gets closer. Donations for our lighting project can also be made by sending a check to Sister Kathleen or by credit card through Ramona's website. Every donation helps. Alumnae and alumnae parents have contributed $100,000; the Ahmanson Foundation has given us $75,000 – we're at 65% of our goal. Let's make it happen!

CALLING ALL LA FETE 2019 VOLUNTEERS

Planning is underway for La Fête 2019 anyone interested in being a part of the Planning Committee is welcome to join us for our first meeting on Thursday, January 24, at 5 p.m. Please let Ms. Davidson know if you're planning to attend (kdavidson@ramonaconvent.org)

 

Save the Date
La Fête 2019 will take place on Saturday, March 30th at the DoubleTree in Montebello

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COME DANCE WITH US

 

Any student interested in dance is invited to join our new after school dance program. Esteemed dance instructors Frit and Frat Fuller will offer contemp/hop dance Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. beginning February 6 and concluding with an exciting performance on Arts Night on April 5. Contemp/Hop is an exciting dance form infusing Contemporary Dance and Hip Hop, creating different moods in movement, dynamics and style including some floor work and leaps. Interested students are invited to a meeting next Thursday, January 24, in Ms. Averill's room at lunch. There is no cost for this class, and every student, whether a beginner or an experienced dancer, is invited to participate.

HOMELESSNESS SOLIDARITY RETREAT

 

The Homelessness Solidarity Retreat will be February 1st and 2nd. Students will earn 10 hours of service on this retreat and will experience sleeping outside in a cardboard box on campus, hearing the testimony of someone who has been homeless, and serving meals to the homeless. Permission slip packets are on the campus ministry box outside room 103 and are due back to Sister Anna by Thursday, January 24th. There are only 20 spots on this retreat and they fill up fast. It is recommended students turn in their packets before the due date. Preference will be given to seniors and those who have not experienced the retreat before.

UPDATES FROM THE GUIDANCE AND COLLEGE COUNSELING DEPARTMENT

 

Ms. Tappan is meeting with all freshmen in small groups to discuss classes for next school year.  Once every student has been met with, each will receive a copy of the tentative schedule made with Ms. Tappan during homeroom on Thursday, January 24th.  If you have any questions, please email Ms. Tappan at ktappan@ramonaconvent.org

WINTER FORMAL 2019

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.

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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.

PHOTO REQUEST FROM THE YEARBOOK STAFF

 

We'd love to know what our students did over Christmas break. Did you travel? Volunteer? Visit with friends and family? If you have any pictures and would like to be featured in the yearbook, please e-mail them with a short caption by January 31st to vfernandez@ramonaconvent.org. Thank you!

NOMINATE AN OUTSTANDING HISTORY TEACHER

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Help The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History find outstanding K-12 teachers for the
2019 History Teacher of the Year Award. Each year they recognize first-rate K-12 teachers who find creative ways to bring history alive in their classrooms. Winners are selected from each state and US territory, and become finalists for the national award. State winners receive $1,000, an invitation to a 2019 Teacher Seminar, and free classroom materials. The national winner receives $10,000 and is honored at a ceremony in New York City. The deadline for 2019 nominations is March 31, 2019. Click here to learn more.

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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:

 

Thursday, January 17
AP/Honors Workshop at Lunch – SLC
JV/Varsity Basketball at Bishop Conaty 5:30 (Away)

 

Friday, January 18
Faculty In-Service – No school for students
Varsity Basketball @ Santa Clarita Christian 6:00 (Away)
Soccer v. Bishop Conaty 3:00 (away)

 

Saturday, January 19
Final HSPT Bootcamp

 

Monday, January 21
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

 

Tuesday, January 22
AP/Honors Workshop at Lunch

Fair Trade Chocolate Sale begins
Basketball v. Alverno 4:30 (Home)

 

Wednesday, January 23
Assembly – Human Trafficking
12:00 - Ramona Goes to Work
New Student applications due
Soccer v. Alverno 3:00 (Home)

 

Thursday, January 24
Dollars for Scholars ends
Basketball v. San Gabriel Mission 4:00 (Away)

 

Friday, January 25
1:30 Faculty Meeting
2:00-6:00 Chamber Singers Mini Retreat
Soccer at San Gabriel Mission 3:00 (Away)

 

Saturday, January 26
HSPT Exam
Winter Formal

 

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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