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March 13, 2019 | Volume 11, Issue 34

RCSS News & Events

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2019 READERS CHOICE AWARDS

It's time again to vote for us as THE BEST in the San Gabriel Valley! 

Vote NOW through March 24th for RAMONA CONVENT as BEST CATHOLIC SCHOOL in the PLACES category.

 

You know we're the best so please also share with friends and family to help us win....again!

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Do you have baskets to donate to La Fete? The auction committee is in need of more baskets to fill with the amazing items that will be available in the silent auction at La Fete. Please bring any baskets you're willing to donate to Founder's Hall.

 

Monday, March 18th – Reservations Due

Reservations are $100 each. They can be made online, or by cash or check (payable to Ramona Convent) to Ms. Davidson.

 

Monday, March 25th– Cash or Check Donations Due

If you have not already made your $100 contribution towards La Fete, 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.

 

Please contact Kelsey Davidson with any questions at kdavidson@ramonaconvent.org or (626) 282-4151 ext. 130.

RAMONA FRESHMAN WINS FIRST PLACE IN SPEECH COMPETITION

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Congratulations to Dominique Ruedaflores who competed in the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Speech Trek competition in January. She she won first place and $500 for her speech on the topic "How can we eliminate violence aimed at our schools?" Dominique represented the Poway-Peñasquitos branch at the California AAUW semifinals this month where the top three students from the semis will compete at a statewide convention on April 6th. She is one of three invited to San Diego to compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

SPRING SERVICE PROJECT DEADLINE APPROACHING

 

The due date for spring service projects in theology classes is fast approaching! All students are required to complete a service project. Freshmen must complete 5 hours of service, while sophomores, juniors, and seniors must complete 10 hours. All students except freshmen must do at least part of their service off campus. Students should be halfway done with their projects. Please check with your daughter to see how many hours she has completed so far and where. Service projects are due Wednesday, May 1st.

SUMMER SCHOOL AT RAMONA

 

Our summer program is growing! The summer booklet is NOW online and registration has begun. Summer school will start on 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 hszymanski@ramonaconvent.org.

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EAST COAST COLLEGE TOUR

 

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 (achavarria@ramonaconvent.org).

RAMONA GOES TO WORK

 

We are happy to welcome back for next week's Ramona Goes to Work speaker series, Alessandra Del Rio '02. Alessandra is a licensed Architect who has helped designed spaces for Rio Hondo College, USC, and Fuse TV. Following classes in photography and science while at Ramona, Alessandra attended the USC School of Architecture 5-year program to learn drafting, drawing, design concepts, urban development, materials, and sustainability. Beyond the fundamentals, she also learned that architecture is a powerful player in the communities in which we live and work – from the position of a single wall to the layout of an entire city. Alessandra is currently an Architect and Project Manager at ShubinDonaldson Architects in Culver City, CA.

LATINA PUBLIC SERVICE ACADEMY 2019

This program is designed for young Latina women in grades 9 – 12 and aims to ensure that women are represented fairly and equally in the workforce. Through leadership and empowerment workshops, and partnerships, the academy equips Latinas to embrace their identity and represent the community in all industries, beginning with Public Service. The deadline to apply is March 30th.  Click here to download an application.

 

The Academy location is USC, and dates are:
Academy Day 1 Saturday, April 6, 2019 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Field Trip Tuesday, April 9, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Academy Day 3 Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

THE DREAM IT, BE IT PROGRAM CAN HELP YOU PLAN YOUR FUTURE!

The conference put on by the Soroptimists is this Saturday at Ramona. If you plan to attend, you must register ahead of time so that they can plan for accurate numbers. It is a wonderful chance to hear how some women have set goals and taken steps to reach them. Two of the speakers are Ramona alums: Vicki Still Dominguez '77 and Marina Dominguez '08.

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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, March 14
Spirit Week
Los Angeles North Regional Robotics Competition
Softball vs. Alverno at the Glendale Sports Complex (Away 3:30)

 

Friday, March 15
Spirit Week
Los Angeles North Regional Robotics Competition
School Dance 8:00-11:00

 

Saturday, March 16
Los Angeles North Regional Robotics Competition
Dream It, Be It Workshop 9:30-3:00

 

Sunday, March 17
Saint Patrick's Day
Los Angeles North Regional Robotics Competition

 

Monday, March 18

Softball v. Mark Keppel (Home) 3:30

 

Tuesday, March 19
Archdiocesan Christian Service Mass
Softball v. Mission (Home) 3:30
6:30 Mid-Semester Concert

 

Wednesday, March 20
Ramona Goes to Work

Track Meet at Occidental College 2:00
Swim Meet 1:00
Course Request Forms due online by 8:00 p.m.

 

Thursday, March 21
Youth Day at the Religious Education Congress

 

Friday, March 22
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress

 

Saturday, March 23
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress
Handbell Invitation Festival and Concert

 

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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