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March 1, 2017 | Volume 9, Issue 30

RCSS News & Events

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PRAYER FOR LENT 

Create in me a clean heart, O God,

And put a new and right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)


Create in me a clean heart, open and receptive, so that I may embrace the many ways you choose to visit my life.


Create in me a clean heart, freed from the clutter of cultural enticements, so that I can enjoy the beauty of life's simple things and relish the gifts I easily take for granted.


Create in me a clean heart, scrubbed of racism and prejudice, drawing me toward all as my sisters and brothers.


Create in me a clean heart, brushed free of frantic busyness, so that I will have time to dwell with you in the listening space of solitude and silence.

(Adapted from Out of the Ordinary, Joyce Rupp, p115)

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PARENT GROUP MEETING NEXT MONDAY 


Our  Ramona Parent Group will meet Monday, March 6, at 5:30 p.m. in the Faculty Staff Dining Room. Everyone is welcome!

EXCITING NEWS FROM THE OFFICE OF ENROLLMENT & PUBLIC RELATIONS 

 

The Veronicas in Enrollment have been quite busy preparing golden acceptance tubes and parent packets that will be mailed to our newly accepted Tigers on Friday, March 3rd. 

 

Please note that we are still accepting applications for transfer students for the 2017-2018 school year. If you have any questions please contact the Enrollment Office at ext. 145 or ext. 168.

LA FETE: ANNUAL AUCTION DINNER DANCE

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Looking for a way to fulfill your auction obligation?  How about taking a trip with us "Around the World in 80 Days?"  One way to fulfill your mandatory auction obligation is to attend the event on Saturday, April 29, 2017.  Tickets are $100 a person and include dinner, dancing, and auctions.  Tickets may be purchased directly from the Development Office with Ms. Cerda or online at ramonaconvent.org/lafete.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Cerda at 626-282-4151 ext. 113 or gcerda@ramonaconvent.org.

TO PARENTS OF SPRING ATHLETES:


The athletic fee of $175 for spring sports will be debited on Monday, March 6th, from the bank account we have on file.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Castro at 626-282-4151 ext. 120 or via email at lcastro@ramonaconvent.org. Thank you!

TUITION ASSISTANCE APPLICATION DEADLINE RAPIDLY APPROACHING


TUITION ASSISTANCE APPLICATIONS ARE DUE NEXT FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017


1.       The application must be completed on FAST

2.       Student resume must be turned in to Sr. Kathleen's office

3.       IRS Form 4506-T must be turned in to Sister Kathleen's office

4.       Signed tuition guidelines form must be turned in to Sister Kathleen's office

5.       2016 Taxes (state and federal and all schedules), W-2's must be mailed to FAST.


DO NOT JEOPARDIZE YOUR DAUGHTER'S CHANCES OF RECEIVING TUITION ASSISTANCE BY NOT MEETING THE DEADLINE.

LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED ONLY IF FUNDS ARE STILL AVAILABLE!

HARVARD MODEL CONGRESS

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Last week, Ramona girls traveled across the U.S. to get a taste of what our American government is like.  Harvard Model Congress AKA HMC is the largest congressional simulation conference in the world where our future leaders can join to participate in a real government simulation....and experience what East Coast life is like.

 

Senior Reanna Salvador shared, "Harvard Model Congress encourages students to start conversations about current affairs and gives students the opportunity to propose solutions as delegates within the American government. As a part of the Presidential Cabinet, I worked with twenty-three other high school students within my program to author, sign, amend, and vote on bills written by those participating in the conference. Being exposed to different cultures, both through touring Boston and meeting people from other states and even from around the world, was perhaps the greatest part of the HMC experience. I think it is important that events like HMC exist, so that young people are able to learn about how America functions and understand it is their opinions that will bring about a better, more unified tomorrow."

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ICE SKATING "FUN"DRAISER

 

This Saturday, March 4th, student council will be sponsoring a fundraiser at the Pasadena Ice Skating Rink.  As part of student council's goals this year, we will be raising money for the organization She's the First. This organization provides scholarships to girls in low-income countries, fostering first-generation graduates and cultivating the next generation of global leaders.  Tickets can be purchased at school during lunch in the SLC or at the door on Saturday.  Tickets are $15 which includes the skate rental.  Any questions, please email Laura Dumas at ldumas@ramonaconvent.org

 

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CONGRATULATIONS RAMONA MUSICIANS

 

Our Ramona musicians outdid themselves with their mini concert last night.  Both the ensembles and the soloists performed beautifully to a most appreciative audience of parents and friends.  With music from Disney's Beauty and the Beast to sacred music such as Adoramus Te, and the contemporary music performed by the soloists, there was something for even the most eclectic tastes.  It was a wonderful preview of things to come with the spring concert in April.

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APPLICANTS' TEA PARTY

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On Sunday the Holy Family Room was filled to capacity with over 100 prospective members of the Class of 2021 and their moms as guests of our Ambassadors and their moms.  The "Tiffany's" theme was perfectly carried out with the black and white table linens with teal blue accents. Chef Laborie and the Culinary Club came on Saturday -- and very early Sunday morning –- to bake scones, whip the cream for the scones, and make hundreds of delicious tea sandwiches.  When their task was done, a cadre of servers, dressed in elegant black dresses, moved around the room pouring tea and waiting on our guests.  All in attendance also enjoyed a beautiful mini-performance by our Chamber Singers.  Over 200 guests makes for a huge pile of plates, glasses, cups, and saucers –- all washed by hand by more student and parent volunteers.  Special thanks to Veronica Puente-Smith '79 and Veronica Fernandez '00 for planning and preparing for this event with the "Ambassador moms," Student Ambassadors, and Nicole Vargas '17, who spoke eloquently on behalf of the current students.  The excitement of the future tigers in the room was palpable –- and it will only grow during the week as they await the letters to be mailed on Friday.

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JUNIORS COMPETE IN SPEECH TOURNAMENT

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Juniors Ariadna Calva, Marie Gatchalian, Karla Gochi, and Christine Nguyen participated in the San Gabriel Valley Speech and Debate League Spring Novice Tournament last Saturday. At her first tournament, Karla Gochi earned a first place in the first round of Impromptu. Christine Ngyuen, an experienced debater, served as a judge. 

CHAMBER SINGERS PARTICIPATE IN HONOR CHOIR

Over the weekend of February 10 & 11, two of Ramona's own Chamber Singers participate in the Honor Choir weekend at Cal State Los Angeles.  CSULA hosts this weekend for choral musicians from all over southern California; an intense rehearsal schedule culminates in a wonderful concert.  This year, Chamber Singers Emma Frias '17 and Rachel Rangel '18 were selected to participate, and they represented Ramona with dedication and class.

 

As Rachel said, "The CSULA Honor Choir was an amazing experience that I was honored to be a part of.  It featured a vocal class that taught me vocal techniques I can and will apply to any singing I will do in the future.  I also have many amazing memories, even though it was stressful trying to learn Beethoven AND Mozart for a concert in a day and a half!"
 
Emma added, "Singing in Chamber Singers is such a privilege, and it was honestly so refreshing to be able to experience singing in a choir in such a different environment.  It reminds me that no matter what's happening in the world there are people who want to bring light and happiness through music.  Also, working with Dr. John St. Marie and Dr. Gravis has given me the opportunity to become a better singer and learn things about myself and singing that I never knew. "

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ROBOTICS NEWS

 

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.

 

COMEDY CALIENTE

 

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!

Contact:

Veronica De La Rosa - (626) 673-4704

Martha Sanchez - (323) 353-8141

or see Mrs. Flagan, Science Building, Room 5

HELPING GIRLS WHO HAVE BEEN TRAFFICKED

 

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 following 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).

RECENT COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES 


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:

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

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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FREE COMMUNITY EVENT: 626 GOLDEN STREETS

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ABOUT 626 GOLDEN STREETS Presented by Metro: On Sunday March 5th, 2017 ‐ the one year anniversary of the Foothill Gold Line Extension grand opening ‐ the Metro Open Streets Program presents 626 Golden Streets, a once‐in‐a‐lifetime opportunity to walk, bike, run, skate, scoot, dance, and play on over 18 miles of car‐free open streets (www.626goldenstreets.com). The FREE, family‐friendly event will touch much of the (626) area code, linking 7 Foothill cities and 6 Gold Line stations for the first time.  Start & stop anywhere along the 18+ mile route and check out 7 activity zones where you can enjoy live music, free fitness & dance classes, pop‐up art installations, food, kids play zones, & more!

 

·  WHAT: 626 Golden Streets presented by Metro ‐ FREE Community Event! 

·  WHEN: Sunday March 5th, 2017 (9am‐3pm)

·  WHO: All ages & Family Friendly!

·  WHERE: South Pasadena, San Marino, LA County, Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale, Azusa

·  #626GoldenStreets #GabetheSasquatch @BikeSGV

·  Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/769357946502120/

DATES TO REMEMBER:

 

Thursday, March 2nd

Sophomore Theology Field Trip

6:30 Winter Sports Awards Banquet (HFR)


Friday, March 3rd

Acceptance Letters mailed to the Class of 2021

1:30 Faculty Meeting

6:30 Alumnae Happy Hour and Social (JLR)


Saturday, March 4th

1:00 Alumnae Forum


Sunday, March 5th

10:30 Alumnae Mass, followed by lunch


Monday, March 6th

3:00 Department chairs Meeting

5:30 Parent Group Meeting

Athletic Fees for Spring Sports will be debited


Tuesday, March 7th

Lesotho Drive begins


Wednesday, March 8th

International Women's Day

Course Request forms are Due


Thursday, March 9th

7:00 Welcome Night Rose Ceremony – Class of 2021 (HFR)


Friday, March 10th

End of the Third Quarter

Junior Retreat

Tuition Assistance applications due for returning students


Saturday, March 11th

Junior Retreat


Sunday, March 12th

Daylight Savings Time begins

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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