February 15, 2017 | Volume 9, Issue 28

RCSS News & Events




FACULTY  & STAFF HONORED:  Ramona's Honors Assembly began with special recognition for their years of service  for some special faculty members, who reached significant milestones this year.

Five years: Judy Alvarez, Veronica Smith, Halina Szymanski, and David Velasco

Ten years: Sylvia Garcia, John Phan, Oliver Truong

Fifteen years: Angelica Seager

Twenty years: Laura Dumas

Twenty-five years: Saloman Bahena and Tracy Clavin

Forty-five years: Mary Anne Barnheiser


SERVICE AWARDS:  Students in all grades were recognized for their commitment to service to improve the lives of others. 


The Archdiocesan Christian Service Award was given to Carolina Barbosa '17 in recognition of the 960 recorded hours of service over her four years here.  This award will be officially presented at the cathedral by Archbishop Gomez at a special ceremony in March. 


Also honored for their outstanding service as Remarkable Women for 2017 are Kyrene Beltran '17, Sophia Reyes '18, and Alexandra Montoya '19. 


Star Service Award Pins were presented to Jing Huang '17 for 200 hours of service, and to the following students for 100 hours:

2017: Alexa Gomez, Samantha Rose Gonzalez, Tiffany Guzman, Valeria Sanchez, and Erica Smith

2018: Ariadna Calva, Aminah Chavez, Haoqin (Eva) Chen, Taylor Cobian, Jiayu Liu, and Blanca Sanchez

2019: Monique Rios, Sabrina Solis, and Madelyn Williams.


Congratulations – we are proud of you!

Click here to see the full Honors Assembly Program.



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. 



Looking for a way to fulfill your auction obligation?  Purchase $100 or more from our Amazon Wish List, found here:  We will be notified that you have purchased from our list and the items will be sent directly to us.  There is nothing more for you to do!  These items will be used to make amazing silent auction baskets. Please keep in mind that every family is required to fulfill the auction obligation.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Cerda at 626-282-4151 ext. 113 or



Both soccer and basketball teams advanced to CIF playoffs, reigning victorious in both first-round games yesterday.  In the soccer game against Hillcrest Christian, our determined Tigers tied the game in the last five minutes, played through two overtimes with the score still tied; they finally won on penalty kicks.  Their next game is tomorrow, Thursday, February 16th,  against Pomona High School at 3:00 p.m. (Location TBD).


The basketball team, on the other hand, took an early lead in their game against Capistrano Christian and never relinquished it.  They will also play an away game tomorrow against Rolling Hills Prep at 7:00 p.m. at Harbor College in Wilmington.


Congratulations, Tigers, we are proud of you!


On Wednesday, February 8th, Ramona welcomed members of Vox Femina, an award-winning women's choral ensemble based in Los Angeles.  The entire Ramona community was invited to Vox Femina's lunchtime presentation, and then the Vox singers and their Associate Director, Desiree Balfour, came to our Chamber Singers class that day.  We sang for them, they sang for us, and then we sang together. At the end of class, we performed a song together called "Telling the Truth";  Vox Femina then tweeted the video of that performance!  That's right, Chamber Singers went viral! (See the video link above)


As senior Tiffany Guzman said, "The highlight of my day happened when Chamber Singers finally got to work with Vox Femina.  Warming up with their conductor was a new experience that taught me new techniques in order to achieve certain vowels and to bring us out of our comfort zones.  As we rehearsed 'Laudate Pueri' with them, I had the opportunity to introduce myself to some members.  I can honestly say that they are some of the most harmonious and friendliest folks out there, performing with unwavering confidence by taking pride in their singing skills."


We are so grateful that Vox Femina was able to come share their amazing gifts with the Ramona community!




On Saturday, February 11, Ramona was honored to host Archbishop Jose Gomez, Bishop David O'Connell, and delegates from the five Regional Pastoral Councils for their annual gathering. These leaders spent the day praying, listening to wonderful speakers, and participating in panel discussions designed to strengthen Catholic marriages and families.


The event began with Ramona's own Chamber Singers, who offered three musical selections designed to bring the community into an attitude of prayer.  The entire Ramona community should be very proud of how beautifully they were represented by their Chamber Singers!  We had many lovely comments about our students' beautiful singing, respectful demeanor, and gracious attitude.  Congratulations, Chamber Singers!


We are down to the last few days to complete the robot.  Ladies of the Ramona Rampage and their dedicated mentors have been putting in long hours for the last few weeks designing a robot that is required to do multiple tasks – including climbing a rope in the last 20 seconds of the match.  They have also planned one more fundraiser.




A Fundraiser To Support Ramona Rampage


Is Coming to Azul in Alhambra!

Ramona Rampage, Ramona Convent's Robotics, 

would like to invite you to a night of comedy and laughs 

on Saturday, March 4th @ 7:00pm


Adults 21 years and older only

 Tickets are only $10!


Veronica De La Rosa - (626) 673-4704

Martha Sanchez - (323) 353-8141

or see Mrs. Flagan, Science Building, Room 5



On February 17th, right after school, the Interact Club is sponsoring a baby shower for Holy Family Adoption Services.  This is not a shower for one child, but rather a way to collect items that can be used to help birth parents, adoptive parents, and foster parents – particularly for newborns.  Those who attend will be invited to bring an item to donate to Holy Family Services: onesies, baby wipes, pampers, receiving blankets, etc.  Besides bringing an item, those who attend will enjoy refreshments and play some fun baby shower games.  Donations are also welcome, even if you don't plan to attend the shower—maybe you have some brand new baby things that were never used.  If so, feel free to send them in.



During the school year, the French club meets to enjoy different aspects of French and Francophone language and culture, such as films, French cuisine, Mardi Gras, etc.  Recently, members joined in celebration of Valentines Day and designed and decorated greeting cards and sugar cookies for their loved ones. Many of them showed love for themselves by enjoying the leftover frosting and cookies after the decorating party! Many students in French Club are not studying French, but since all are welcome and the club is a ton of fun and very relaxed, other students enjoy attending and participating in French Club events.



The Enrollment team is in need of tiered serving trays similar to the one photographed on the right. They do not need to look exactly like the photograph since they will all be displayed on different tables. They will be used for the Applicants Tea Party next Sunday. If you are willing to let us borrow one or more, please drop them off in the Enrollment Office by Wednesday, February 22nd. Please make sure they are labeled with your name. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Fernandez at Thank you!




As a follow up to our anti- trafficking assembly and our participation in the LA Freedom Walk, the Peace and Justice Society is having a drive to collect items for donation to Saving Innocence, a program which helps children and teens who have been trafficked.  They are victims – not criminals!  If you would like to help, they need the following items:


Gift cards to any of the following: Forever 21, Rainbow, DD's Discount, Target, Starbucks, Wal-Mart, and any fast food restaurants.


In addition they can use the follow clothing items (new and in all sizes): socks, underwear, sports bras, leggings, adult coloring books and pencils or crayons, lip gloss/lip balm, picture frames, and make up kits. 


Students may bring these items to Sister Anna's classroom (201).



Helie Lee is the author of the bestseller Still Life With Rice and In the Absence of Sun, memoirs in which she chronicles her family's experience in war-torn Korea from the 1930s to 1997. In the Absence of Sun specifically details her risky attempt to rescue her uncle from North Korea.

Born in Seoul, Korea, Lee's family immigrated to America when she was four. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Political Science. After college, she traveled back to her birth country to rediscover her roots. After returning to the U.S., Lee began writing her first book while working on such shows as In Living Color, Saved by the Bell, and The Martin Lawrence Show.

As a bestselling author, Lee has been featured on CNN, NPR, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, People Magazine, Today Show, and Oprah. She has spoken as a guest lecturer at Stanford, Yale, Harvard, Princeton, the Korean American Coalition, The Museum of Tolerance, and many other venues. Lee lectures around the country on her bi-cultural heritage and human rights issues for North Korea refugees.


Lee's recent project, Macho Like Me, details her six-and-a-half month journey living life as a man. The one-woman performance piece, which weaves Lee's monologue with interactive documentary footage, explores the dynamics of how society treats men and women differently."--


Stop by the Ramona Library and buy your books now and have them ready to be signed by the author on Feb. 22nd! Click here to learn more!



The college preparation and selection process is a personal four-year journey of exploration, self-discovery, hard work, and growth.  The mission of our College Counseling team is to empower our students to prepare for and select the college that's the best fit for them.  They make sure that students have the information and support they need for success.

In recent years, Ramona students have been accepted to more than 135 colleges and universities across the United States, each student finding the school that's the best fit for her.

Our seniors are beginning to receive decision letters from various schools and we are excited to share that our Ramona girls have been accepted to the following. Pennsylvania State University has been recently added to the list!

Azusa Pacific U.

Biola College

California Lutheran U.

CSU Channel Islands

CSU Fullerton

CSU Los Angeles

CSU Stanislaus

Chapman University

Clark Atlanta U.

Creighton U.

Fairleigh Dickinson U.

Fordham U.

Grand Canyon U.

Hawaii Pacific U.

Holy Names U.

Humboldt State U.

Iowa State U.

Loyola New Orleans U.

Marymount California U.

Merrimack College

Mount St. Joseph University

Mount St. Mary's U.

New York U.

Northern Arizona University

Northern Oregon University

Pace University New York

Pennsylvania State U.

Regis U.

Rhode Island School of Design

Saint Mary's College of California

San Francisco State U.

Southern Utah U.

Southern Vermont C.

Spelman College

Springfield College


University of Arizona

University of Cincinnati

University of Idaho

University of La Verne

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

University of Minnesota (Twin Cities)

University of Nevada (Reno)

University of New Mexico

University of Northern Colorado

University of San Francisco

Vanguard U.

Virginia Commonwealth U.

Western Oregon U.

Whittier College

Xavier University

Note: Pennsylvania State University is a recent addition.



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.



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.




The asbestos abatement has been completed with minimal interruption on our school lives; the next step will be relocating the electrical lines and capping a gas line.  We anticipate that this will be completed within the next couple of weeks (again depending on contractors).  Further information will be given as it becomes available.



Thursday, February 16th

Sophomore Retreat at Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center

Spring Sports Tryouts

Soccer Playoff Game

Basketball Playoff Game

Friday, February 17th

1:30 – Baby Shower for Holy Family Adoption Services, sponsored by the Interact Club

Monday, February 20th

President's Day -- School holiday; all offices will be closed

Tuesday, February 21st

Re-enrollment for returning students is due

Wednesday, February 22nd

Assembly – Author Helie Lee

Students leave for Harvard Model Congress

Thursday, February 23rd

Youth Day – Archdiocesan Religious Ed Congress

Harvard Model Congress

Friday, February 24th

Harvard Model Congress


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.


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