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February 13, 2019 | Volume 11, Issue 30

RCSS News & Events

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RAMONA RUMBLE

Congratulations to the participants in the Ramona Rumble last Friday evening. Student Rumblers were Kirsten Chau, Angeline Chavez, Aelena Gillies, Emily Leyva, Laura Ortiz, and Caitlyn Oxford. Joining them were the fearless Faculty Rumblers: Matthew Carrillo-Vincent, Tracy Clavin, Richard Gallegos, Annie Green, Robert Lee, Amanda Lopez and Kellee Murayama. The true winners were the members of the audience who enjoyed a hilarious show. Thanks also to the sound designer, Thaies Quezada.

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FRENCH-AMERICAN FRIENDSHIP EXCHANGE

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Bonjour! We are so excited to announce that our new French friends arrived last Friday! During their stay, St. Jo's Students have been attending school with their Ramona partners, spent some time with their Ramona host families, and explored the Los Angeles area on excursions of their own. We are having so much fun getting to know them and sharing our daily life and culture. Many thanks to Ramona students and families for offering your hospitality to this lovely group of students!

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RAMONA RAMPAGE UPDATES

 

This past weekend, the robotics team finished constructing the competition prototype and are practicing to drive with it. The ball mechanism is fully functioning. The elevator mechanism was fixed and is now working. The media team is working on publishing an official website. Ramona Rampage has also been featured in Alhambra Chamber's community newspaper, Around Alhambra.

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VARSITY BASKETBALL TEAM HONORS SENIOR PLAYERS

Our varsity basketball team honored five seniors last week with a win against Holy Family. The senior night game was followed by a beautiful ceremony with all their family and friends in attendance. There were hugs, cheers, and tears as they played their last league game. Congratulations to seniors Calista Rugama, Ariel Velasquez, Vanessa De La Rosa, Maria Esquivel, and Ashley Garibay. At the conclusion of Horizon League play, our team ended in 3rd place and entered CIF Playoffs with a first round game against La Puente High School.  Even though we lost with a final score of 53-48, it was a close, exciting, and well-played game. Our girls played every minute with heart and passion.  Congratulations to all varsity basketball team members on a fine season!

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SPRING SPORTS


Next Tuesday, February 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Gym there will be mandatory parent meeting for all who have a daughter participating in a spring sport (softball, track, or swim).

SPRING SPORTS ATHLETIC FEE


All students who are selected for a spring team have an athletic fee of $200. This fee will be automatically debited on Friday, February 22, from the bank account we have on file. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Castro at 626-282-4151 ext. 120 or via email at lcastro@ramonaconvent.org

DINE OUT TO LIGHT THE FIELD

 

Thank you to those who joined us for our fundraiser at the Diner on Main lasts week. You helped us raise $355.32. Thanks to other donations made from those who could not attend but supported the event, out total is now $460.32. We're almost there! You can still make a donation by sending in cash or a check or through Ramona's website.

RE-ENROLLMENT

 

Re-enrollment packets have been mailed out. All completed forms (including parent signatures) and the $600 enrollment fee are due to the tuition office NO later than February 20. If you have not received your packet, please see Ms. Castro in the Tuition Office.

LA FETE

 

Ramona's major fundraiser is fast approaching, and your help is needed. Sell your raffle tickets – the last few years a parent has been the winner of the Hawaii Trip. Your donations are also welcome; however, we would really like you to attend the event – that's why the committee decided to offer the special discount price to parents. Buy one ticket at the regular price of $100 and get the second one for $75. This discounted rate is only available to parents until March 1. Take advantage of this price and join us for an evening of fun: silent and live auction, delicious dinner, dancing and other surprises.

CALLING ALL ARTISTS

 

We are currently in search of art work to use on the agenda cover, posters, and various displays. Top work will be displayed during the 18 - 19 Student Art Show. One piece of artwork will be chosen for the 2019-2020 agenda cover. The theme of artwork submissions should reflect and celebrate your experience or something you love about Ramona. Images that all community members can relate to are best. Click here to learn more.

CONGRATULATIONS, MRS. TEGTMEIER!

Congratulations to Mrs. Aniko Tegtmeier on her appointment to the Board of the California State Library Association Southern Region. As a leader in the Library Association, Ms. Tegtmeier is looking forward to learning and growing as she helps carry out the CSLA mission of ensuring that all California students and educators are effective users of ideas and information.

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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.

SUMMER ENGINEERING OPPORTUNITY FOR JUNIORS

 

The Johns Hopkins Whiting School of  Engineering is offering an Innovation Summer (EI) Program. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to try college level engineering while still in high school. This is also a great way to help students determine if they want to pursue a course of study in engineering and 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 achavarria@ramonaconvent.org or simply click here.

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.

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, February 14
Valentine's Day

 

Friday, February 15
Holiday for students - Offices will be open regular hours

 

Monday, February 18
Presidents' Day - School Holiday – offices closed

 

Tuesday, February 19
Spring Sports Parent Meeting – 6:30 (Gym)

 

Wednesday, February 20
Assembly: Author Julissa Arce
Enrollment Fee for 2019-2020 due
Harvard Model Congress

 

Thursday, February 21
Harvard Model Congress

 

Friday, February 22
Harvard Model Congress
Athletic Fees will be debited

 

Saturday, February 23
Harvard Model Congress

 

Sunday, February 24
Harvard Model Congress
Applicants Tea Party

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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