January 30, 2019 | Volume 11, Issue 28

RCSS News & Events




This past weekend, members of Ramona Rampage Robotics Team made changes to their robot by fine tuning the mecanum wheels, adjusting the frame size, and conducting a test drive. The programming team tested a preliminary code on both the hatch panel and cargo prototypes. Building of the elevator mechanism was completed and mounted on to the frame and can now successfully lift the cargo prototype. A new prototype was designed to climb the habitat and was attached to the frame of the robot prototype. The programming team is currently studying vision processing to connect a camera to the robot. Construction of the practice course has also been completed. Keep it up!




Re-enrollment packets will be mailed out by February 1st. Please be on the lookout for your packet. All completed forms (including parent signatures) and the $600 enrollment fee are due to the tuition office NO later than February 20. If you do not receive your packet by February 4, please see Ms. Castro in the Tuition Office. Thank you.



The portal to apply for tuition assistance for the 2019-2020 academic year is open on Ramona's website. The deadline is March 8 for returning students; however, if you have a daughter who is coming to ninth grade at Ramona, you will need to meet the deadline for new students which is February 8. Click here to visit the Tuition Assistance page.



The first day of school for next year is set! Business Day is Monday, August 12, and the first day of classes is Wednesday, August 14. The full calendar for the 2019-2020 academic year will be available online soon.



Join us at the Diner on Main next Wednesday, February 6, and help us raise money to Light the Field.  The Diner is graciously donating 25% of the evening's proceeds to our cause.  Let's show our gratitude and school spirit by showing up between 3:00 and 9:00 PM.  The Diner is family-friendly and has a very diverse reasonably priced menu.  All orders, whether you eat there or take out will count for our cause. All you have to do is tell them that you are part of the Ramona fundraiser.  If you plan to eat in, they will take reservations but it is not necessary.  The Diner is located at the corner of 2nd and Main in downtown Alhambra – two blocks west of Garfield.  If you are unable to attend and would like to make a donation towards our field project, you can simply go on line to Ramona's website or send a check directly to Sister Kathleen's office.



Students received Hawaii Drawing tickets and information in homeroom last week. 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 ( if you have any questions.


All right's the moment everyone has been waiting for all year!


Are you ready for the Ramona Rumble?


That's right, this years' improvisation match between our Faculty and our students will take place in the Holy Family Room on Friday, February 8th at 7 p.m. Come and see teachers and students duke it out in a fun, exciting, improv show! Who will win the championship belt? There's only one way to find out! Tickets are $5 at the door.




Ramona's new dance program begins February 6 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. in the Junior Living Room and will continue most Mondays and Wednesdays until Arts night, April 4. Permission slips are available from Ms. Averill or Ms. Mansell. Students of any level of experience are welcome. There is no charge for this class.


In honor of Catholic Schools Week, the Hand in Hand Club is hosting a charity drive for the homeless. We are requesting donations of new tube socks, new underwear (boxers), new Women's undergarments (Sports bras and plus sizes), XL-XXXL Men's shirts, pajamas (tops and bottoms), and/or Teen clothing. All donations will be given to the East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless. Let's make a difference in the lives of the homeless in our local communities. Donation boxes can be found in Upper and Lower Dufresne Hallways. Thanks for caring for those most in need!




Ramona Convent concluded Human Trafficking Awareness Month with the biennial Human Trafficking Assembly.  This year, our guest speaker was Kimberly Fitz who is herself a survivor of sex trafficking.  She is currently a case manager for the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children division of the Children's Law Center in Monterey Park.  Ms. Fitz courageously told her harrowing story of human trafficking to a rapt student body while simultaneously giving important safety advice.  Her presentation was followed by a question and answer session and lunch with the Peace and Justice Society in the Parlor. 


The soccer team is starting to wrap up league games and we are currently in second place with a 7 - 2 league record. This week we had the pleasure of placing in the top 10 list for our division of CIF. Our athletes and coaches are excited that we have been ranked this week. Our last home game (which is also Senior Night) is tomorrow against Holy Family. Then, we patiently wait to see who we will play in playoffs.


As the season is coming to an end, our Varsity Basketball athletes are currently in third place with a 5 - 4 league record. Our JV team just wrapped up their season yesterday against Sacred Heart and ended their season with a WIN. Our last league game for Varsity Basketball is this Thursday (against Holy Family) at 4:30 in our Gym. Come cheer on our Tigers as  we hope to clinch the third place position in league.



Tryouts are right around the corner! Softball tryouts will be held February 5 - February 7 from 3:30 to 5:00. Track and Field and Swim will hold tryouts from February 11 - February 14.  More information to come.



Mr. Chavarria is encouraging all juniors to take advantage of the college resources being offered at Ramona Convent. As juniors prepare for the college application season, parents are asked for their support as he finds viable resources that will help your daughter feel better prepared and less overwhelmed with the college process. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact him (


Attention junior parents, Naviance will be hosting an ACT bootcamp, Saturday, February 2,  and Wednesday, February 6. Please encourage your daughters to take advantage of this free resource. Click here to register. For additional information, please contact Mr. Chavarría (




The Johns Hopkins Whiting School of  Engineering is offering an Innovation Summer (EI) Program. This is a great opportunity for students to try college level engineering while still in high school. This is a great way to can help students determine if they want to pursue a course of study in engineering which specific field is of the most interest to them. Programs will be held at Mt. San Antonio College (Walnut) and Pasadena City College. For more information, please contact Mr. Chavarria at or simply click here.



Bonjour! We are so excited to announce the upcoming visit from Friday February 8 - 12 of fourteen new French friends! During their stay, St. Jo's Students (click here to learn more about our partner school) will attend school with their Ramona partners, spend time with their Ramona host families, and explore the Los Angeles area on excursions of their own. We look forward to getting to know them and to sharing our daily life and culture with them. Thank you, Ramona faculty, staff and administrators for your enthusiasm and support, and many thanks to Ramona students and families for offering your hospitality to this lovely group of students! We know many Ramona students will enjoy making some wonderful new international friends! Any students who are not hosting, but would like to help us welcome the group upon their arrival after school on Friday February 8, please contact Ms. Ady (



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.



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.



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!


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!




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.




Thursday, January 31
Soccer v. Holy Family 3:00 (Home) - Senior Night
Basketball v. Holy Family 4:30 (Home) - Senior Night

Admission Interviews - 3:30 - 6:30


Friday, February 1
Homelessness Solidarity Retreat begins


Saturday, February 2
Homelesness Solidarity retreat concludes after serving breakfast at the shelters
Celebration of the Sisters of the Holy Names 150th Anniversary at 

St. Monica's Church in Santa Monica - 5:30 p.m.


Monday, February 4
No Classes for students - Professional Development Day for Faculty


Tuesday, February 5
Lunar New Year
Fair Trade Chocolate Sale ends
Admission Interviews - 3:30 - 6:30
Softball Tryouts begin


Wednesday, February 6
Softball Tryouts
Dine Out to help us Light the Field 3:00 - 9:00 p.m.


Thursday, February 7
Admission Interviews - 3:30 - 6:30

Softball Tryouts


Friday, February 8
1:20 Faculty Meeting
7:00 p.m. -  Ramona Rumble
Tuition Assistance Applications due for new students


Sr. Kathleen Callaway, SNJM, President

Ms. Mary E. Mansell, Principal



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.


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

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