October 26, 2016  Volume 9, Issue 14

RCSS News & Events



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. 


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. 


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 three sports have qualified for CIF competition! Tennis placed 4th in the Del Rey League.

Volleyball placed 3rd in the Horizon League.  Cross-country placed 2nd for Horizon League.

CIF competitions will begin next week for Tennis and Volleyball and Cross-country will run on November 12th in Riverside.




Tickets are on sale now for our Theatre Department's presentation of Thornton Wilder's iconic and American classic about life, love, and death, Our Town, for November 4th and 5th.  All performances will be in the Holy Family Room.  Admission is $10.


Online ticket purchase will be available until Thursday, November 3rd.


Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.





In an effort to enjoy and celebrate Halloween at Ramona appropriately, respectfully, and in accordance with school rules, please remember this is a school -- what may be appropriate in pop culture or the media may not be appropriate for a place of learning. We are a community, and we want students to think about how their costume choice may impact others within this community. We ask that students use the following guidelines when selecting a costume:


1. No head coverings unless it is part of the costume. For safety reasons, masks may only be worn during the costume contest.


2. Costumes that are provocative, revealing, sexual in nature, or employ questionable props are not permitted. 


3. Costumes that depict violence, alcohol, or drugs are not permitted. Fake weapons are not allowed.


4. Costumes that could be offensive or perpetuate a stereotype of someone's culture, gender, heritage, or religion are not permitted.


5. No clown costumes.


6. Costumes should not hinder your ability to participate in your classes, including P.E. Costumes may not disrupt or impede traffic or present issues of safety in the hallway. Students wearing questionable costumes will be asked to change into normal school attire and will be issued school consequences. If you have any questions regarding the appropriateness of your costume idea, we encourage you to speak with Ms. Green.


7. If a student chooses not to wear a costume, she must come in her Ramona uniform.  You may not dress as a "public school student" in jeans and a t-shirt.


Thank you for taking the time to help our students understand these guidelines.



Last Saturday, October 22nd, Sister Anna, Christine Nguyen, Mrs. Garcia, and her daughter Karina '11 participated in the Homeboy 5K Run/Walk.  The Garcias dominated with their athleticism as they ran the course, while Sister Anna and Christine enjoyed a good walk while taking in all the sights and sounds.  Raising money to stop gang violence has never been more fun as Team Ramona enjoyed different booths, got free massages, watched people climb the rock wall, and ate amazing baked goods from Homeboy Bakery. All in all, a great time was had by our "Ramona Girls."




October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and includes an annual campaign to increase awareness of Breast Cancer.  This worldwide annual campaign involves thousands of organizations that highlight the importance of breast cancer awareness, education, and research. All of us probably know someone who has had breast cancer; the survival rate of breast cancer is much higher than that for other cancers; and breast cancer survivors are often in the forefront of those advocating early detection, education, and support services. This week, our Ramona community joined the Wear it Pink campaign with a variety of scheduled activities.  Today's assembly was dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness.  Tomorrow is Pink Tee Shirt Day.  Ms. Drury has special pink shirts for sale; however, the students may wear any pink tee shirt; and Friday at break there will be pink snacks and pink lemonade for sale. The freshmen are working on breast cancer awareness multimedia presentations in Fitness for Life.  All proceeds from the week's various fundraisers will be given to City of Hope to provide mammograms for disadvantaged women.



Join our Ramona parents and students on Saturday, January 21, for a Rose Planting Project and BBQ lunch sponsored by our Ramona Parent Group. More information to come.



Next week for Ramona Goes to Work  we are happy to present Dr. Sofia Sawitz, DPT who  graduated from Ramona in 2001. She earned her Associates in Arts from Pasadena City College in 2003, her Bachelors in Psychology in 2005, and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2010. For two years, she worked as the Director of Rehab at the Rehab Institute of Southern California treating patients zero to 90 years old diagnosed with congenital or post-traumatic neurologic or orthopedic disorders. During that time she also worked per diem on weekends at Hoag Hospital in Irvine, CA.   Over the summer of 2016, she implemented a research study at UC Irvine testing the efficacy of a ballet class that she designed specifically for children with cerebral palsy to improve their overall posture, gait, and balance. Other psychological factors were also tested, such as executive function. 


Dr. Sawitz became a Physical Therapist because she wanted to help others and she wanted to give someone the ability to move on their own without pain is an empowering gift.  She is very excited to share with you all the fun ways to build a flexible and fulfilling career as a Physical Therapist.



  • GPA's for seniors have already been submitted to the California Student Aid Commission to see if the student qualifies for a Cal Grant.  Parents must also submit the FAFSA online.
  • A workshop for the Cal State application will be held in the computer lab from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2nd.  Seniors are invited.
  • An application workshop for the UC's will be held in the computer lab from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9th.  Seniors are invited.
  • Last Monday, October 17th, freshmen visited Cal Poly Pomona for a campus tour.
  • Last Thursday, October 20th, sophomores visited the University of La Verne and UC Riverside for campus tours.
  • There is a possibility of a Mt. St. Mary's representative's visiting Ramona early in December to conduct on-site application interviews for seniors who plan to apply.  Students must have all their application materials completed, including SAT or ACT test scores and a teacher recommendation, in order to participate.  We need a minimum of seven applying seniors to qualify for this service.  If students participate, their application fee will be waived.  Please discuss this with your daughter if she is interested in Mt. St. Mary's.



Join Andrea Ramirez '00 for yoga every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month (next session November 8th) 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 November 8th!



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.



Thursday, October 27th

     Breast Cancer Awareness Week

     Pink T-Shirt Day

     3:00 - Academic Review

     3:00 - 7:00 Tech Week for Our Town


Friday, October 28th

     Breast Cancer Awareness Week

     Pink Snacks and Pink Lemonade for sale at Break

     1:00 - 5:00 Tech Week for Our Town


Saturday, October 29th

     10:00-1:00 Tiger Play Day


Monday, October 31st

     Hallowe'en - Special Schedule

     Dismissal at 1:30


Tuesday, November 1st

     All Saints Day

     Wednesday Schedule - Dress Uniform

     Assembly - All Saints Day Liturgy

     12:00 Ramona Goes to Work

     3:00 - 7:00 Our Town practice


Wednesday, November 2nd

     All Souls Day

     Tuesday Schedule

     3:00-7:00 Our Town practice


Thursday, November 3rd

     Half Day Visit Day

     4:00 Final Dress Rehearsal for Our Town


Friday, November 4th

     1:20 Faculty Meeting

     7:00 Our Town


Saturday, November 5th

     12:00 Reunion of Ramona Alumnae living in the Seattle area

     3:00 - Our  Town

     7:00 - Our  Town



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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