February 27, 2019 | Volume 11, Issue 32

RCSS News & Events


Monday, February 25th

Gift Items and Gift Cards Due - Please visit our Amazon Wish List to send gift basket items directly to Ramona.


Friday, March 1st

Parent Offer Reservations Due - We'd love to see you at La Fête ! Make your reservations now to receive 2 tickets to La Fête for $175, that's a $25 discount off your second ticket!


Monday, March 18th

Full Priced Reservations Due - Reservations made after March 1st are $100 each.


Monday, March 25th

Cash or Check Donations Due - Cash or checks (made payable to Ramona Convent) are due to Ms. Davidson.


Monday, March 25th

Hawaii Drawing Tickets Due - Completed Drawing Tickets and payments are due to Ms. Davidson


Saturday, March 30th

LA FÊTE! - Join us from 6-11 pm at the DoubleTree in Rosemead, for a night filled with
dinner, dancing, and both live and silent auctions!


Please remember that each family is required, per the Parent Agreement, to contribute $100 to La Fête either through item, gift card, cash, or check donation or by purchasing a ticket to attend.


Contact Kelsey Davidson with any questions or (626) 282-4151 ext. 130



Our summer program is growing! The summer booklet will be online soon and registration will begin March 1st. Summer school will begin June 24th. We have some amazing new classes this year open to our own Ramona students: SAT Math prep class, Honors Geometry,  Trigonometry, Visual Arts, Dance, Basketball, a one-week Pre-College bootcamp, and Softball Camp!


Returning again this summer are: Volleyball, Archery, Baking, Cooking, Reading, Writing, Study Skills, Digital Design, and Arts


Space is limited, and some classes will fill up quickly. Please contact Mrs. Szymanski with any questions at




Congratulations to Laurencia Botts '21 who was awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award granted by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. This award recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their countries. Thank you, Laurencia, for all you do for the Ramona community and the outside community as well!




The Veronicas in Enrollment have been quite busy preparing golden acceptance tubes and parent packets that will be mailed to our newly accepted Tigers on Friday, March 1st.


Please note that we are still accepting applications for transfer students for the 2018 - 2019 school year. If you have any questions please contact the Enrollment Office at ext. 145 or ext. 168.



On Sunday, the Holy Family Room was filled to capacity with prospective members of the Class of 2023 and their "remarkable women" as guests of our Ambassadors and their AMAZING moms. The "Come Fly With Us" theme was perfectly carried out with our moms decked out as airplane pilots and ambassadors as flight attendants. Table centerpieces and décor were created and set-up by tea party committee members. Chef Laborie and his team of mini-chefs came early Sunday morning to bake scones, whip the cream for the scones, and make hundreds of delicious tea sandwiches. When their task was done, a cadre of servers, dressed flight attendant attire, traveled around the room pouring tea and waiting on our guests. All in attendance also enjoyed a beautiful mini-performance by our Chamber Singers and continuous piano serenades by Wendy Cao '21. Over 250 guests makes for a huge pile of plates, glasses, cups, and saucers –- all washed by hand by more student and parent volunteers. Special thanks to Veronica Puente-Smith '79 and Veronica Fernandez '00 for planning and preparing for this event along with the "Ambassador moms," student ambassadors, Chef Francois Laborie, student and parent volunteers, and Monique Rios '19, who spoke eloquently about her love for Ramona as she has "traveled" through high school. As guests were leaving, they helped themselves to the wide array of yummy sweets at the extravagant candy buffet table. The shared excitement of the future tigers in the room was palpable and it is sure to grow during the week as they await the decision letters to be mailed this Friday.




Our outstanding basketball and soccer teams were recognized for their accomplishments last night at the Winter Sports Awards Banquet. After a delicious dinner in a full to capacity Holy Family Room, each Coach came forward to summarize the high points (and "coachable" moments) of their respective seasons and to recognize each girl. Since almost every athlete was able to attend, it was impressive to see the number of our students who are involved in the sports program. Most of these girls have already started a new spring sports season!


JV Basketball: Coach Robert Lee
Most Improved Player: Daryanna Ductoc
Coach's Award: Alejandra Arias Rosas
Best Defensive Player: January Nava
Most Valuable Player: Getsemani Alcantar


Varsity Basketball: Coaches Alma Garcia and Lorrie Zuczek
Most Improved Player: Ashley Garibay Monje
Coach's Award: Calista Rugama
Best Defensive Player: Kimberly Rivera
Most Valuable Player: Ariel Velazquez
Bishop Conaty Tournament: Second Place - Ramona Tigers
All-Tournament Team - Kimberly Rivera
La Puente Tournament: All-Tournament Team - Alyssa Savala
Horizon League:

All League Team - Ashley Garibay Monje, Alyssa Savala, Ariel Velazquez, and Kimberly Rivera


Varsity Soccer: Coahces Ramiro Virgen and Kellee Murayama
Most Improved Player: Nathalie Castanos
Coach's Award: Christina Echeverri
Best Defensive Player: Clarissa Govea
Most Valuable Player: Ariana Gomez
Horizon League:

All League Team – Arianna Gomez, Alysa Hurlic, Jordan Amper, and Christina Echeverri



Here's your chance to be featured in the yearbook! The yearbook staff is looking for photos you took during the Father Daughter Dinner Dance earlier this year. Look through those phones and digital files! Please send photos to Mrs. Fernandez ( by Monday, March 4, and they may be used in the yearbook!



There are only a few spots left for our upcoming East Coast College Tour. Schools that we plan to visit are Boston College, Lasell College, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke, Brown University, Trinity College, Fairfield College, and Pace University. This tour is scheduled to take place October 27 - November 1. We encourage all students to take advantage of this opportunity. A $250.00 deposit is required to guarantee a spot. For more information, please contact Mr. Chavarría (


Soroptimist's Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls helps girls grow up to be strong, successful, happy adults. The program provides girls, like you, with access to professional role models, career education and the resources to live their dreams. Are you ready to work toward achieving your goals? By participating in this program you will learn about career opportunities, setting and achieving goals, overcoming obstacles to success, and moving forward after setbacks. Sign up today and get on track to making your career dreams become reality.





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. The submission deadline is March 8th. Click here to learn more.



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, February 28
Softball away at Pasadena Poly - 3:30


Friday, March 1
Last Day to purchase discount parent tickets for La Fete
Admission Decision Letters mailed
6:30 - 9:00 Alumnae Happy Hour (Science building)

Saturday, March 2
Homecoming Day
10:30 Mass (JLR)
11:45 Lunch (HFR)


Monday, March 3
12:30 NHS Meeting


Tuesday, March 5
Softball vs Victor Valley (Home)


Wednesday, March 6
Ash Wednesday - 11:25 Liturgy
3:30 Softball vs. Mark Keppel (Home)
2:00 - 5:00 Track League Meet at Occidental


Thursday, March 7
3:30 Softball vs South Pasadena (Home)
7:00 New Student Welcome/Rose Ceremony


Friday, March 8
End of the Third Quarter
Tuition Assistance Applications due for returning students
1:20 Faculty Meeting


Saturday, March 9
SAT Test


Sunday, March 10
Daylight Savings Time begins
Choir Tour


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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