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April 3, 2019 | Volume 11, Issue 37

RCSS News & Events

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PARENT GROUP MEETING - MONDAY, APRIL 8

 

All parents are invited to join us for our Parent Group Meeting Monday, April 8, at 5:30 p.m. in the Faculty Dining Room. Sister Daleen, Theology Department Chairperson, will guide us through the steps in adolescent faith development. All are welcome!

AP EXAM FEE REMINDER FROM THE BUSINESS OFFICE


To the parents of students taking AP Exam in May, your exam fee(s) will be automatically debited from your bank account on Thursday, April 11th. If you have any concerns, please contact Ms. Castro at 626-282-4151 ext. 120 or via email at lcastro@ramonaconvent.org.

TREE MOVING

Thank you for avoiding Glendon Way yesterday. While it took almost all day to prepare, putting the tree in place actually only took a few minutes—thanks to four semi trucks and one crane. The tree is estimated to be over 80 years old and weighed 147,000 pounds (147 tons). Hopefully it will continue to flourish in its new home at the edge of our softball/soccer field. If you have been on campus lately, you will see that the crepe myrtle trees moved earlier have begun to get leaves – and soon blossoms. About eight more crepe myrtle trees need to be moved to the campus area where the girls eat lunch. This "gift" of trees was part of the developers' agreement with the city of Alhambra giving him the permit to raze the former Episcopal Home and build 124 town homes. Both demolition and construction at the site are in process.

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LA FETE

 

Our celebration was the best ever: a sold out banquet room, many wonderful gift baskets and experiences, and a generous group of attendees. As soon as everything has been counted and bills paid, we will share the financial results with you; however, we already know that we did significantly better than last year. Thanks to the parents who helped plan and prepare, those who transported gift baskets from Ramona to the hotel, and those who helped that evening. Special thanks to Kelsey Davidson '02 and Julie Huntley '72 for their leadership in every aspect of the event. Everyone in attendance had a wonderful time and enjoyed meeting and hearing from our three honorees: Dr. Monica Yoshinaga '65, Marcy Cassidy Keith '75, and Danielle Cendejas '00. If you wondered if it was worth buying the raffle tickets – again it was a school family who won. Elizabeth Gonzalez, older sister of Emily Gonzales '20 was the lucky winner of the Hawaii Trip. What fun to call her and surprise her with the good news.

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DIRECTOR OF INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT

We are happy to welcome Yulanda Quarrie-Davis to our Ramona family as our new Director of Institutional Advancement. Yulanda comes to us with fundraising experience at school, hospital, and foundation venues and will be a wonderful leader in the Development Department. You will have the opportunity to meet her at upcoming events or when you come to take care of business in the Development Office.

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HIGH SCHOOL IS A TIME FOR DEVELOPING YOUR FAITH

Congratulations to our Campus Ministry team that assisted with the completion of a video project with Juan Arambul, Youth Development Consultant for ANEW Project and ALUMNEW FILMS. It beautifully shares the beauty of our expansive Campus Ministry program and shows how our dedicated Campus Ministry team guides and empowers student leaders. Click the photo above to watch the video.

MULTI-CULTURAL ASSEMBLY

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Ramona Dance teachers Frit and Frat Fuller brought their award winning Kin Dance Company to Ramona for our multi-cultural assembly. African, break, and contemporary dance and music were showcased in a rousing performance. The assembly also showed students the musical theater and contemp-hop dance available in Ramona's new summer school dance program. After the assembly, students enjoyed a multi-cultural lunch organized by the International Cultural Society.

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RAMONA LEADER APPOINTED TO ALHAMBRA YOUTH COMMISSION

Andrea Gutierrez '22 was recently appointed to the Alhambra Youth Commission by City Council Member Ross Maza. Andrea attended a City Council meeting a few weeks ago and expressed her opinion regarding the SR 710 North freeway discussion. Her testimony was to encourage that the City of Alhambra look into improving traffic signals in and around Fremont/Altantic/Valley and I-10 because she noted the three schools that are in the area (Ramona, Marguerita and Fremont) and how it is astounding that it takes over 15 minutes just to get into the community. She questioned whether closing the freeway stub between the I-10 and Valley was wise because traffic would only divert into the neighborhoods surrounding the school. Her testimony got the attention of Mayor Andrade-Stadler who asked her if she was on the youth commission. She applied and was nominated by Ambar Gutierrez '18 who also served as a Youth Commissioner (she recently resigned since she is away at school). Congratulations, Andrea! We look forward to seeing you further develop as a leader in the community.

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RAMONA RUNNER FINISHES 4TH LOS ANGELES MARATHON

Congratulations to Tiger Cross Country and Track runner Gloria Fernandez '20 who ran the Los Angeles Marathon for the 4th time! She ran 26.2 miles in 4 hours and 26 minutes! She was even back in her tennis shoes within just a few days to continue with the Track season. Gloria is looking forward to running her 5th LA Marathon in 2020. Way to run like a Tiger! 

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RAMONA SENIOR HONORED WITH SOROPTIMIST AWARD

Congratulations to Megan Valadez '19 who has earned the second place Soroptimist Veronica Thee Service Award. The Veronica Thee Service Award honors young women for volunteer Service and recognizes young women who make the community and world a better place through volunteer efforts. Megan has been awarded a monetary award and has been invited to attend a special award reception. Since Megan is a volunteer for Camp Ramona, a donation will be made from the Soroptimists toward Camp Ramona, LLC. 

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CONGRATULATIONS TO TWO OF OUR TALENTED TEACHERS

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Mr. Kays has been selected as a 2019 STEP UP 4 Women Ambassador. Ambassadors are volunteer high school physics teachers that train others on how to effectively reduce barriers for women in physics by using STEP UP 4 Women lesson materials in their classroom. The goal of the Ambassador Program is to create a community of physics teachers dedicated to improving inclusive practices in the classroom by propagating research-based lesson plans to physics teachers in order to encourage more women to pursue a physics degree.

 

Mr. Kays and his fellow educators will introduce hundreds of teachers to the STEP UP resources throughout the year, reflect as a cohort, and provide vital feedback to the STEP UP program partners. Mr. Kays will also have the opportunity to attend an Ambassador Cohort Summit at the AAPT Summer 2019 meeting in Provo, Utah.

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Ms. Green has been selected to participate in the National Endowment of the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop: "Movement, Mobilization, and Militarization: World War II and the Home Front" at UC Berkeley in June.

 

In addition to engaging in lectures and "intellectual discussion to spark curriculum development" on campus, Ms. Green will join educators from across the country to visit Bay Area sites such as shipyards and the nuclear labs where some of the A-bomb research was conducted to better understand how WW II transformed California and the nation.

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HELP US RAISE SOME DOUGH - DEADLINE EXTENDED

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 April 4th with Mrs. Flagan (aflagan@ramonaconvent.org) Donuts will be delivered on Tuesday, April 9th, at the gym entrance before and afterschool. Thank you in advance for your support!

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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.

SPRING SERVICE PROJECT DEADLINE APPROACHING - UPDATED

 

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.

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).

LATINA PUBLIC SERVICE ACADEMY 2019 - DEADLINE EXTENDED

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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 has been extended to April 20th.  Click here to download an application.

 

The Academy location is USC, and dates are:
Academy Day 1 Saturday, April 27, 2019 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Field Trip Tuesday, April 30, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Academy Day 3 Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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, April 4
Algebra/Spanish Proficiency Test & Blazer Fitting (incoming 9th)
Softball v. Alverno (Home) - 3:30
Arts Night 6:00 p.m. - Art Show Opens

Spring Play Tech Week
Campus Ministry Meetings

Friday, April 5
Spring Play Tech Week
Art Show


Saturday, April 6
St. Paul Invitational Track Meet

 

Monday, April 8
Spring Play Tech Week
5:30 Parent Group Meeting

 

Tuesday, April 9
Spring Play Tech Week
Softball v. Mission 3:30 (away)

 

Wednesday, April 10
Speeches for ASB Officers for '19-'20 School Year
Algebra/Spanish Proficiency Test & Blazer Fitting (Incoming 9th)
Tech Week continues
Track League Finals 2:00 Occidental College

 

Thursday. April 11
AP Exam Fees will be debited
Spring Play – Dress Rehearsal
Softball v. Holy Family 3:30 (Home)

 

Friday, April 12
1:20 Faculty Meeting
Softball v. Sacred Heart 3:30 (Away)
7:00 Spring Play – Macbeth

 

Saturday, April 13
ACT Test
2:00 Spring Play – Macbeth
7:00 Spring Play – Macbeth

 

Sunday, April 14
Palm Sunday

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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