March 20, 2019 | Volume 11, Issue 35

RCSS News & Events



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!



This Friday is World Water Day. Let us thank God for the rain which has watered our parched California earth these past few weeks, rejoice in the green hills and the wildflowers that are blooming. May we remember why we use reusable water canteens rather than plastic water bottles here at Ramona:

  • Water is a sacred gift that connects all life.
  • Access to clean water is a basic right of all creation.
  • The value of earth's freshwater to the common good takes priority over any possible commercial value.



Alexandra Montoya '19 and Sister Anna Keim were honored by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for their dedication to Christian Service at the annual Archdiocesan Christian Service Mass this week. 


Alexandra has completed more than 500 hours of service during her time at Ramona. She says, "Volunteering has given me the opportunity to create new connections in my community, especially at the elementary school where I spend most of my time. Seeing the bright smiles on the children's faces when they learn something new always warms my heart."


Sister Anna was recognized for the breadth and depth of the Ramona service program which offers so many options for students and faculty to understand social justice issues and grow in their compassion for others. We are all looking forward to the April 18 all-school service day, which is only one of the many innovations initiated by Sister Anna. This year seniors will serve at the Ronald McDonald House and Habitat for Humanity while the rest of the school works at the Los Angeles Food Bank.



Ramona Rampage advanced to the semifinals at the Los Angeles Regional Robotic Competition this weekend. The robot's ball picking machinery and the skills of drivers Celine and Celeste leading the entire drive team, were exceptional. The team placed 4th out of 36 teams with the challenge of delivering balls into the cargo ship. The team also won the spirit award that recognizes and celebrates extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit through exceptional partnership and teamwork furthering the objectives of FIRST Robotics. The judges determined that the team's spirit was consistent both throughout the team and also throughout the contest in attitude, appearance, originality, and depth. Spirit is a vital part of the teams' success and is apparent in all they do, including at school, in the community, with sponsors, and other teams. Congratulations Team 1159.



The Robotics team is selling Krispy Kreme donuts! Order your conveniently packaged donuts for friends, family and co-workers. Get one dozen for $12.00. We are counting on you for your support! Place your order by March 21st with Mrs. Flagan ( Donuts will be delivered on Tuesday, March 26th, at the gym entrance before and afterschool. Thank you in advance for your support!




On Monday, we were honored to host nine Muslim Imams from Indonesia who were participating in a program on "Promoting Tolerant Messaging." The delegates are participants of the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program of professional and cultural exchanges. They were looking at tolerant messaging in both inter/intra-faith contexts, and modern management of religious institutions and schools in the United States. They were interested in learning about curriculum development, and the challenge of maintaining a core religious curriculum while meeting state-imposed secular standards in other subject matters. With the recent violence in New Zealand, the visit was very timely. After prayer together for an end to racism, prejudice, and religious violence the group had a mutually informative exchange about educational practices. Ramona's participants included Sister Kathleen and Ms. Mansell as well as three theology teachers Sister Daleen Larkin, Amanda Lopez, and Francois Laborie. Students from Sister Daleen's class were able to be present first as observers and then as participants as the Indonesian visitors asked them questions about their education at Ramona.


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 $50 payment are due to Ms. Davidson.

Saturday, March 30th – LA FÊTE! -SOLD OUT
Join us from 6-11 p.m. 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 and $50 to the Hawaii Drawing.

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



The 2018-2019 "Engineer Your World" class has finished constructing an amazing project that they've been working on for about a month -- Cape Cod style lawn chairs. These chairs are similar in shape but each group picked a color to showcase their individuality. One group even customized their chair with heart shaped cupholders on the arms. Students in this class were split into groups and built the chairs starting with just wood and some basic instructions. They cut, sanded, assembled, and painted each piece of wood until their own masterpiece was completed. The end result was five chairs to simulate the colors of the rainbow. These engineers had hands-on experience and learned to use different power-tools while following construction instructions, and most importantly, how to work together as a team. This was a favorite project for the engineering students because they learned, created, and had fun doing it!




On March 11 and 12, Ramona's Chamber Singers went out into the greater Los Angeles area for a two-day tour which included exchanges and clinics at five different schools. We visited two public high schools (La Habra and Glendale), and three colleges (Orange Coast College, Cal State LA, and Whittier College). At each stop, Chamber Singers got to warm up with the other choirs, observe their rehearsals, and sing for the other ensembles. We participated in clinics and feedback sessions with several of the choir directors, helping us to focus on diction, tone, phrasing, and interpretation.


Along the way, we got to observe a rehearsal which took place in an art gallery; the acoustics were amazing in the space! We shared some meals together, discussed what we'd seen and heard as we drove from one location to the next, and even got to observe a conductor running a rehearsal while holding his two-month-old baby. At Whittier College, we ran into several alums; two recent Ramona grads, Rachel Rangel '18 and Samantha Salazar '18, even joined Chamber Singers to sing with us!


We all learned so much by observing other choirs, and by working with their conductors. Junior Desiree Nuñez reflected: "I loved seeing how other schools work. I learned a lot, not just about music, but about different colleges, people, programs, environments, and other students experiences in music." Senior Emily Stevenson echoed those thoughts, adding "Tour was a really great opportunity to hear what other choirs are doing and to improve our sound. Tour helped us form deeper bonds with each other and even make new friends along the way."


Going on tour was a wonderful way to learn from others and refresh our own work as we head into the final quarter of the year. Congratulations to the Chamber Singers for being such terrific ambassadors for Ramona with their beautiful music and joyous spirits!




Ramona students who participated in the "Dream It, Be It" workshop sponsored by the Soroptimist Club had a wonderful experience. The excellent mixture of lecture, interchange, creative activities and a panel discussion awakened new ways of looking at life experiences, dealing with obstacles and setting goals. The Soroptimists invited two Ramona alums to be part of the panel who shared their journeys to their current occupations and the challenges they faced along the way: Vicki Still Dominguez '77 and her daughter Marina Dominguez '08, a college professor and a pharmacist respectively, along with the other panelists (a grad student, a police officer and a therapist) encouraged the students to think about obstacles and set-backs as learning experiences, stressing that the obstacle is not what is important but rather how they deal with it. Various raffles during the day added to the excitement; the big winner was Dominique Ruedaflores who won the promised chromebook. Hopefully we will be able to collaborate with the Soroptimists again next year so that more girls can benefit from this opportunity.


Join us on Thursday, April 4th, for a celebration of the creative spirit that flows throughout our campus. The evening, which is hosted by our Visual & Performing Arts Department, begins at 6:00 p.m. with music, dance, and theatre in the open. The art show and gallery walk will officially open at 6:45 p.m. where you can view a variety of art work created by our students. A food truck and bake sale with delicious snacks will be available throughout the evening. All are welcome! Click here for a flyer to share with friends and family.



The due date for spring service projects in theology classes is fast approaching! All students are required to complete a service project. Freshmen AND SOPHOMORES (this is a change to what was previously stated) must complete 5 hours of service while 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.



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




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 (



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.



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, March 21
Youth Day at the Religious education Congress


Friday, March 22
World Water Day
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress


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


Monday, March 25
Department Chairs Meeting 3:00
Board of Trustees Meeting 4:30


Tuesday, March 26
Softball v. Holy Family (away) 3:30


Wednesday, March 27
Multicultural Festival
Track v. Sacred Heart at Occidental College 2:00


Thursday, March 28
Softball v. Sacred Heart (Home) 3:30
Swim v. Gladstone High School 3:00 - Richard Alatorre Pool (4721 Klamath St, Los Angeles)
Senior Sunset/Luau


Friday, March 29
Faculty Meeting/WASC In-Service
No Class for students


Saturday, March 30
La Fete 6:00 - Doubletree Hotel, Rosemead


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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