October 12, 2016  Volume 9, Issue 12

RCSS News & Events



With yesterday celebrated as the International Day of the Girl and our recruitment season swinging into high gear, it is natural that there was much talk about the advantages of an all-girls' school.  Like other similar girls' schools, Ramona is a place where girls take center stage.  Whether they want to be astronauts, engineers, teachers or artists, girls need to know that nothing can stand in their way.  This is the message young women at Ramona receive every day.  With no boys, an all-girls' education adds opportunities: girls occupy every role whether it be a seat on student council, a place on an athletics team or a part in a play.  She can follow her goals without worrying about how her male counterparts might perceive her.  Everyday the girls have a wealth of peer role models; alumnae who return to campus for various events reinforce the values of an all-girls' education.  It is not uncommon to hear our alumnae say such things as "Ramona made me the woman I am."  I succeeded because of what I learned at Ramona."  "I can always count on my Ramona sisters to support me."  Thank you for entrusting your daughters to us, giving them the opportunity to develop into strong, faith-filled caring and resilient women.



Father-Daughter tickets are now on sale and selling out quickly.  Fathers, uncles, grandfathers, and/or godfathers are all welcome to attend.  Please see Ms. Cerda in Founder's Hall to purchase tickets or you may purchase onlineThe last day to RSVP and purchase tickets is Monday, October 17th.


Seniors, remember to purchase your tickets by this week, you will be off at Kairos on the RSVP by date.  It's your last year!



Fall Raffle is going on now!

This fundraiser requires 100% participation of each family per the Parent Agreement.


Students are encouraged to sell all 100 tickets to family, friends, and members of the Ramona community.  Or you may support Ramona by simply making a $100 donation in lieu of selling the raffle tickets, it will qualify as a deduction for tax purposes. 


We would be pleased to accept either the donation or the raffle ticket money between now and October 27, 2016. The drawing will be held during our HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL on MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2016.


If your daughter turns it in early she has a chance to win a prize! If turned in by Thursday, October 13th, students will be entered in a drawing.


  • Please follow these directions when preparing returns:
  • Place ticket stubs and money in an envelope with the student's name and grade clearly marked on the front. All tickets must be separated.
  • Make all checks payable to Ramona Convent Secondary School; please be sure the student's name is on the memo line.
  • Please do not staple the tickets together, and remember to seal the envelope.
  • Make sure all tickets have been filled out. Blank ticket stubs will be discarded.
  • The student's name should also be put on the "sold by" line of the ticket stub (there is a $100 cash prize for the student who sells the winning 1st prize ticket).


Please give the money directly to Genevieve Cerda '01 in the Development Office located in Founder's Hall. Do not leave tickets or money in the main office. Remember, this fundraiser is mandatory for all families per the Parent Agreement. Final deadline is Thursday, October 27th.


If you are making a donation, please place the unsold tickets in the envelope along with your check/cash. Indicate on the envelope that you are making a donation so that you can receive verification for your tax records. Donations must be received by Thursday, October 27, 2016.


All 9th,10th and 11th Graders will take the PSAT on October 19th.  Please be at school at 8:00 a.m. and proceed to your assigned classroom.  Classroom assignments were mailed home and will also be posted in Dufresne.  Students are reminded that cell phones must be turned off and turned into the teacher at the beginning of class.  Please bring your social security number, pencils, an eraser, and a calculator with you to the exam.  A cell phone may not be used as calculator, and you may not share a calculator with another student.  Students may use simple, scientific or graphing calculators only.  If you have a question about your calculator please visit the college board website for details about appropriate calculators for this exam. Students will wear their uniforms on this day, and dismissal will be at approximately 12:00.  Below is the link to the College Board page with more information and practice tests for the PSAT.  We have also prepared a flyer for your convenience. Click here for access to a one stop shop for ALL PSAT/SAT resources and practice.  If you have any questions about this exam please feel free to contact Mrs. Szymanski.


It is never too early to begin the college process! On  Oct 17th, Mr. Chavarria will take all 9th grade on a trip to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona aka Cal Poly Pomona.  The purpose of this trip is to introduce students to the Cal State system and to help them see what a Cal State school has to offer.  Students will be required to be in their school uniform and can either bring their own lunch or purchase lunch on campus.  Please note that students will attend their first two blocks before heading off to Cal Poly.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Chavarria at




Mr. Kays and his Physics classes have begun participating in the Adopt-A-Physicist program sponsored by Sigma Pi Sigma, the Physics Honor Society within the American Institute for Physics, American Association of Physics Teachers, funded comPADRE and the National Science Foundation. For 3 weeks students will participate in online forums with 5 female Physicists from around the country. Current adoptees serve in the following capacities; Northrup Grumman Missile Defense Systems, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Nuclear Medicine, Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii, Astronomical Instrumentation at the University of Maryland, 5th year graduate Student at Carnegie Mellon and Researcher at Jefferson Labs Particle accelerator to name a few. 

This program is important to Mr. Kays' mission as an advocate for Girls in STEM. Current research supports the fact that to close the leaky pipeline of girls leaving or not engaging in the STEM fields that girls need mentors and role model. This is an example of "If she can do it, so can I', or the philosophy of making it possible in the eyes of another. A similar analogy would be the story of how Roger Bannister broke the 4 minute mile in 1954. Before that time it was believed that is physiologically impossible to run a sub 4 minute mile, but the moment he did it, it became possible. His record stood for 2 weeks before being broken and now 17000 people have run a sub 4 minute mile which includes high school students. The goal of this program is to show our students that they can "conquer the impawssible," "do it, "and "be there" if they so choose.  Mr. Kayes is granting our students the tools and the opportunities to grow as young women in the fields of science.



Congratulations to Mrs. Flagan and Ramona Rampage, our robotics team, who have received a $3,500 grant from Boeing that will go towards their 2017 competition registration. Last year, Ramona Rampage went all the way to the National Championships in St. Louis. We're looking forward to seeing what they'll accomplish this year!  



10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Check-in begins at 9:45 a.m.



Guests will spend the morning with us and learn what it's like to be a Ramona girl, experience engaged learning with Ramona teachers and students, and enjoy, games, music, and lunch with the Ramona Student Ambassadors!

Space is limited so don't be left out. RSVP NOW by using the button below!




On Monday, October 24th, we are kicking the week off with a home volleyball game against Holy Family. The girls will be "Getting Their Pink On" and taking donations for points scored in the game. "Paradise" will have a food truck and an ice cream truck on campus starting at 2:30 pm. We will be selling bracelets, T-shirts and key chains with BC slogans. Admission to the game will be $3.00 for adults and a $1.00 for students. All proceeds from the event will be donated to City of Hope for use in mammography for low income women.



Join Andrea Ramirez '00 for yoga every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month (next session October 24th) for only $5 per session.  All levels are welcome, including beginners. Classes will be held in the ​Fitness Center​ from 3:15-4:15​ p.m.


This one-hour class focuses on connecting breath to movement as we strengthen our core, stretch our muscles, and calm our minds. Bring your yoga mat and water, wear comfortable clothing, and give yourself some well deserved "me time."  You can sign up ahead of time via email,, and feel free to contact Andrea with any questions or comments. See you all on October 10th!



Ramona t-shirts for sale!  White shirts come in Ladies Large and X-Large.  Men's sizes come in Medium, Large, XL and some 2XL.


Black parent t-shirts have the same logo, just smaller, over the heart with the word "parent" underneath. 


Please download the order form and send to the office with $15 cash or check.  Your t-shirt will be sent home with your daughter.



Purchase a dedication page and the memories will last forever! A limited number of full, half, and quarter memory pages are available for purchase. Pages are reserved on a first-come first-served basis and the deadline for reserving pages is Friday, October 14th. An order form can be downloaded here. Please contact Mrs. Fernandez ( if you have any additional questions.


Thursday, October 13th

     Music Department Picnic at lunch

     Volleyball at Alverno Heights

Friday, October 14th

     Faculty Meeting (1:20)

     Volleyball at Holy Family

Saturday, October 15th

     JV Volleyball at the Gabrielino Tournament

Monday, October 17th

     Seniors leave for KAIROS Retreat

     9th Grade College Tour

     Turn in Raffle Tickets by today to be eligible for special prizes

Wednesday, October 19th

     PSAT Testing

     Early Dismissal

Thursday, October 20th

     Seniors return from KAIROS

     10th grade College Tour      

Friday, October 21st

     End of the First Quarter

     No classes for students; school offices will be open   

     9:00-4:00 Play Practice

     7:00 Father Daughter Dinner Dance - Almansor Court

Saturday, October 22nd

     Homeboy 5KRun'/Walk

     Frosh Volleyball - Gabrielino Tournament



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.

Ramona Convent Secondary School

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