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January 23, 2019 | Volume 11, Issue 27

RCSS News & Events

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PARENT PLANTING PARTY UPDATE

 

Because of the date change for the Winter Formal, our Parent Planting Party on Saturday has been cancelled.

NATIONAL DAY OF GIVING

 

As part of the national Catholic Schools Week celebration, Thursday has been designated as a "Day of Giving" for Catholic Schools. You are invited to participate by make a donation to Ramona's Light the Field campaign. This may be done by making a donation in any amount either on-line through Ramona's website or by sending cash or a check to the Development Department.

DINE OUT TO LIGHT THE FIELD

 

The Diner on Main in Alhambra (corner of 2nd and Main) is joining us for a fundraiser to light our field! You, your family, and your friends are invited to participate on Wednesday, February 6, from 3:00-9:00 p.m. 25% of the proceeds from "eat in" or "take out" orders will be given to Ramona. The restaurant does take reservations.

HAWAII RAFFLE TICKETS

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Students received Hawaii Drawing tickets and information in homeroom yesterday. If you haven't received this information please ask your daughter for it. Tickets or tax-deductible donations are due on March 25. Please contact Kelsey Davidson '02 (kdavidson@ramonaconvent.org) if you have any questions.

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 tomorrow, January 24, at 5 p.m. in the Conference Room of Founder's Hall. 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 SUPPORT OUR TIGERS! Our soccer team will face San Gabriel Mission High School this Friday on their field in an exciting league match. This game will help determine if we will tie for first in league or follow in second. We were defeated by the Pioneers by only one goal when we played against them at home but we are ready to face them again with our Tiger fans supporting us. The game begins at 3:00 p.m. Hope to see you there!

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 tomorrow, 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

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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Today is the admission application deadline for all incoming 9th graders. The High School Placement Test (HSPT) will be administered this Saturday, January 26, to our future Tigers. Say a prayer for our testers on Saturday! Call your friends to make sure they've applied! Applications for transfer and international students are accepted on an ongoing basis. 

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 24
Dollars for Scholars ends
JV Basketball v. Sacred Heart (home) 4:30
Varsity basketball at Mission 5:00

 

Friday, January 25
2:30-5:00 Chamber Singers Mini Retreat
Soccer at Mission 3:00

 

Saturday, January 26
HSPT Exam for incoming Freshmen

 

Monday, January 28
Catholic Schools Week
3:00 Department Chairs Meeting
4:30 Board of Trustees Meeting
Soccer v. Sacred Heart at Salesian High School 6:00

 

Tuesday, January 29
Catholic Schools Week
Basketball v. Sacred Heart at Salesian High School 6:00/7:30

Soccer v. Sacred Heart (home) 3:00

 

Wednesday, January 30
Catholic Schools Week
Assembly: Honors – Dress Uniform required
Soccer vs Holy Family (home) 3:00

 

Thursday, January 31
Catholic Schools Week
National Day of Giving for Catholic Schools
Varsity BB vs Holy Family (Home) 4:30

 

Friday, February 1
Catholic Schools Week
Homelessness Solidarity Retreat

 

Saturday, February 2
Homelessness Solidarity Retreat

 

 

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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