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February 1, 2017 | Volume 9, Issue 26

RCSS News & Events

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Lord Jesus, today you call us to welcome the members of God's family who come to our land to escape oppression, poverty, persecution, violence, and war. Like your disciples, we too are filled with fear and doubt and even suspicion. We build barriers in our hearts and in our minds.  Lord Jesus, help us by your grace,

  • To banish fear from our hearts, that we may embrace each of your children as our own brother and sister;
  • To welcome migrants and refugees with joy and generosity, while responding to their many needs;
  • To realize that you call all people to learn the ways of peace and justice;
  • To share of our abundance;
  • To give witness to your love for all people, as we celebrate the many gifts they bring.

We praise you and give you thanks for the family you have called together from so many people.

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2017-2018 RE-ENROLLMENT

 

Re-enrollment packets were mailed out February 1st. Please be on the lookout for your packet. All completed forms (including parent signatures) and the $600 enrollment fee are due to the tuition office NO LATER than February 21st. If you do not receive your packet by February 8th, please see Ms. Castro. Thank you. 

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DUROCHER HOUSE


Since 1924 this little house has stood at the center of Ramona's campus.  Though not too many have been inside in recent years, it was originally built as a residence for the men who worked in the kitchen and on the grounds at Ramona.  In the intervening years it has served as a residence, a faculty workroom, a Suzuki violin studio, a student life center, a campus ministry center, and as an office for our facilities manager. In the interests of safety and enhancing the "curb appeal" of our campus, Durocher House is about to be torn down.   The first phase, which encompasses asbestos removal, will begin tomorrow.  On Thursday and Friday, February 2nd

 and 3rd parents are asked to drop off your daughters in the gym parking lot or on Glendon Way.  The upper campus will be closed to vehicle traffic.

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RAMONA FAMILIES HAVE SOME

FUN IN THE SUN!


Ramona families dug deep on Saturday, planting roses, lantana and succulents, refreshing the entrance of Rose Heath. Many thanks to all the moms, dads and students whose hands made the work light.  Thanks also to everyone who donated plants, food, cash, and barbequing expertise, helping make the day a huge success. Special thanks to Mr. Marvin Sosa, whose vision inspired us, and to master gardener Ms. Deb Drury, who taught us  the best way to plant roses. We're already looking forward to another project next year!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD RECIPIENT

 

Ali Soto '19, celebrated the completion of her Girl Scout Gold Award project at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Ramona Farm Saturday afternoon. With the help of her fellow girl scouts, her parents, and the Ramona community, Ali spent several months revitalizing the Farm.  She led efforts to repair the greenhouse, re-build planting areas, install new irrigation, build benches from recycled wood, and plant a variety of citrus trees.

 

According to Mr. Laborie, "Ali was a tremendous help in the garden through her very well organized efforts and her call for Ramona Convent volunteers.  Her vision for the farm has moved the farm project forward with not only rehabilitated structures and new plantings but also has demonstrated to potential stakeholders that the Ramona Convent community has made a firm commitment to reestablishing a farming heritage left to us by our founding Holy Names Sisters.  Potentially, this farm could feed and nourish so many members of our local community and continue to make Ramona Convent a beacon of hope.  Every time I step onto the farm and see the amazing work Ali and our students have accomplished I'm always reminded of the scripture passage from Ecclesiastes which reminds us that There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.... a time to plant and a time to uproot."

 

Any students who wish to complete a Gold Award project on Ramona's campus are welcome to contact Ms. Mansell.

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SPEECH TEAM PREPS WITH NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED COACH


The Speech Team recently enjoyed a workshop with nationally recognized coach, Iain Lampert, whose interactive style got everyone thinking on their feet and forming powerful arguments. A graduate of UCLA, where he was on two National Championship Mock Trial teams, Mr. Lampert was the California State High School Speech Association Impromptu champion in 2010. The Speech Team will compete at a their first novice tournament in February.

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AMAZON SMILE


With Valentine's Day around the corner, you may be doing some shopping.  If Amazon is the way you go…remember to shop at smile.amazon.com and make Ramona Convent Secondary School your charity.

HAWAII RAFFLE

 

Once again, thanks to the generosity of the William H. Hannon Foundation Ramona is able to offer our Hawaii raffle.  Your daughter received tickets in homeroom today.  Each sheet contains twelve tickets – ten to sell and two free ones for you the seller – or you can but the ten for $50 and have a bonus of two free ones.  Per our parent contract each parent is required to sell $50 worth of tickets.  The letter accompanying the tickets has all the details.  Sell now! Don't wait till the last minute!

TUITION ASSISTANCE

 

The tuition assistance portal is now open!  While returning students' applications are not due until March, if you have an eighth grader applying for next year, please meet the earlier deadline (February 10) and we will consider both girls at the same time. Click here to access the "Affording Ramona" page on our website.

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MR. GALLEGOS TO STAR IN

THE SECRET GARDEN

 

Mr. Richard Gallegos, Theatre Program Director, lights up the stage in the MainStreet Theatre (Rancho Cucamonga) production of the classic play, The Secret Garden, showing weekends, February 4-12.  The cantankerous and orphaned Mary Lennox is taken away from her home in India to live with her reclusive uncle in the Yorkshire Moors. This award-winning adaptation stays true to the cherished book as Mary discovers a garden that changes her life, and that of those around her.

Click here for ticket information!

UPDATES FROM THE COLLEGE COUNSELING DEPARTMENT

 

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS: There are still a few spots left on the East Coast College Tour.  This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to learn what colleges outside of California have to offer.  For more information, please contact Mr. Chavarria.

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DATES TO REMEMBER:

 

Thursday, February 2nd

Basketball at San Gabriel Mission 4:00/5:30


Friday, February 3rd

Homelessness Solidarity Retreat

Soccer v. Alverno 3:00


Monday, February 6th

Faculty In-service – no classes for students


Tuesday, February 7th

Fair trade Chocolate Sale ends

3:30 - 6:30 Admissions Interviews

Basketball at Holy Family


Wednesday, February 8th

Assembly – Honors

Soccer at Holy Family


Thursday, February 9th

3:30 - 6:30 Admissions Interviews


Friday, February 10th

1:20 Faculty Meeting

Tuition Assistance Applications for new students are due

Basketball (Varsity) at Webb 

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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