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May 10, 2017 | Volume 9, Issue 39

RCSS News & Events

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Today, as always,

      we are grateful to you, loving God,

               for strawberries and roses,

                         for community and friends,

                                 and for the many blessing you send

                                               into our lives.

 

In May of 1868, having traveled from Montreal by ship and rail, down the Atlantic Coast and across the Isthmus of Panama and up the Pacific Coast, six young pioneer Sisters of the Holy Names arrived in California.  The Sisters Chronicles from that day report that after their ship landed in San Francisco the Sisters of Mercy met them and took them to their convent to await the arrival of Father Michael King who would take them across the bay to their new home in Oakland.  To their amazement, the Sisters were served fresh strawberries – and to this day, the Sisters of the Holy Names in California commemorate the arrival of the first SNJM's here with strawberries.  Today all of us at Ramona enjoyed a treat of strawberry ice cream at our schoolwide picnic.

 

REMINDERS FROM THE BUSINESS OFFICE


The last day to pay any outstanding obligations to Ramona with a personal check was Friday, May 5th.  All payments now need to be made via cash, cashier's check, or money order.

 

Warning slips are starting to be prepared so please take care of any financial obligations by today. Payments received after May 10th may still result in the student's receiving a warning slip. All tuition, parent pledges, etc. must be taken care of before students take final exams.  For the seniors, all accounts must be cleared by May 19th.  Graduation practices begin on May 22nd.

 

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

SPRING CONCERT TONIGHT

You are invited to join us for a music concert on TONIGHT at

7 p.m.  Come support our Fuoca Choir, Chamber Singers, and Handbell Ringers at the San Marino Community Church!  The Music Department has worked so hard to arrange a lovely panoply of voices and instruments that will literally be music to your ears. You may even win a cake prepared especially for you by Ms. Ballenger!  You're getting amazing music and the possibility of winning a free cake, so why not come?  Doors open at 6:30 PM; tickets are $10.  San Marino Community Church is located at 1750 Virginia Road, San Marino.

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEWLY ELECTED 17 - 18 CLASS OFFICERS:

 

Class of 2018: President (shown below): Angela Reyes-Gomez, Vice Presidents: Josephine Vargas, Analisa Vanegas, Marie Gatchalian, and Christine Nguyen, Treasurer: Vanessa Gomez, Secretary: Paulina Sanchez. They aren't afraid to get their feet wet in a new position!

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Class of 2019 (shown below): President: Vanessa De La Rosa, Vice Presidents: Dana Do, Annie Deusch, and Isabella Rea, Treasurer: Roseline Duong, Secretary: Sabrina Solis

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Class of 2020 (shown below): President: Celeste Vazquez, Vice Presidents: Mia Fierros, Claire Sauter, and Olivia Virgen, Treasurer: Cassandra Bonada, Secretary: Leslie Carrillo

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FRENCH CLASSES ENJOY FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL AND FRENCH LUNCH 

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On Thursday, April 27th, Ramona French students headed to Hollywood to attend the 21st annual COLCOA French Film Festival. The film we viewed, "Un sac de billes" (A Bag of Marbles) was very well received by both teachers and students.  The audience was treated to a 30-minute Q & A with the main actor, Patrick Bruel.  After the film, the group enjoyed a delicious French lunch at Figaro Bistro.  While some students opted for more familiar menu items, others were brave and even sampled escargot (snails)!  They are already looking forward to next year's outing!

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RAMONA SOPHOMORE WINS SCHOLASTIC SCOPE MAGAZINE ESSAY CONTEST

Several of our sophomores recently entered a contest sponsored by Scholastic Scope magazine.  Students read an article in the magazine about Jen Bricker, an American acrobat and aerialist who was born without legs; they then read an accompanying poem entitled "I Can."

 

Students were challenged to write an essay showing how Jen Bricker's life related to the themes of the poem. Sophomore Jacqueline Huerta was chosen as a winner of the "I Can" Contest.  In the words of Kristin Lewis, the Executive Editor of Scope magazine, Jacqueline's essay "showed us that you CAN accomplish anything as long as you put in the effort."

 

As  tangible prizes, Jacqueline was awarded a certificate and a copy of Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith, by Gabrielle Douglas, an Olympic gymnast. 

 

Congratulations, Jacqueline!

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SOFTBALL TEAM SENIOR NIGHT

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As yet another spring sports season comes to a close, our senior softball athletes prepare to say farewell to Ramona.  Yesterday, the entire softball team and their family and friends celebrated with a bittersweet senior night.  Tears were flowing as our seniors were each recognized front and center. Congratulations to the softball team on a successful season. Now they prepare for playoffs!

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR TRACK & FIELD ATHLETES: 

 

The softball team finished second in the Horizon League and will be advancing to CIF playoffs.  Watch our website for the playoff schedule.  In swimming the JV Team finished in 2nd place and the Varsity finished in 5th place of the 12 teams in the Del Rey League.  Four members of the track team will be advancing to the CIF state meet in Carpenteria on Saturday.

 

400 M Relay:

Daniela Salatino, Amber Mercado, Lydia Perzyna, and Nathalie Castanos 

(Alternates: Catherine Sanchez and Olivia Virgen)

 

100 M Hurdles:

Nathalie Castanos

 

300 M Hurdles:

Nathalie Castanos

 

SENIOR PORTRAIT INFORMATION - CLASS OF 2018

 

Earlier today, information was distributed to juniors regarding senior portrait appointments. The purpose of senior portrait appointments is for the yearbook and the senior composite that will be on display at graduation and in the library where all composites are stored. Senior portraits will be taken at Ramona on Monday & Tuesday, June 5 & 6, 2017 in the Student Life Center (SLC) from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Specific information regarding appointment times will be sent by Sanford Studios within the next few weeks. Please refer to the flyer given to your daughter for additional details.

 

CLASS OF 2017 COMMENCEMENT INFORMATION

PARKING FOR GRADUATION

 

If you need a special handicap space reserved near Rose Heath for our graduation program please contact Mrs. Szymanski (hszymanski@ramonaconvent.org) to make arrangements.

SENIOR ASSEMBLY

 

Senior parents and families, we are proud of all your daughters have accomplished at Ramona and are excited to honor them at this years Senior Assembly.  Please join us on May 24th, at 1:00, in the Gym for this special event. 

 

RECENT COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES: NEW SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN ADDED! 


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 4-year 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 University

Babson College

Bard College

Benedictine University at Mesa

Biola College

California Lutheran University

Cal Poly - Pomona

Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo

Cal State - Channel Islands

Cal State - Chico

Cal State - East Bay

Cal State - Fullerton

Cal State - Long Beach

Cal State - Los Angeles

Cal State - Northridge

Cal State - San Bernardino

Cal State - San Marcos

Cal State - Stanislaus

Chapman University

Clark Atlanta University

Creighton University

DePaul University

Emerson College

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Fordham University

Grand Canyon University

Hawaii Pacific University

Hofstra University

Holy Names University

Humboldt State University

Iowa State University

Lafayette College

Lewis and Clark College 

Loyola Marymount University

Loyola University - Chicago

Loyola University - New Orleans

Manhattan College

Marist College

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Marymount California University

Merrimack College

Mills College

Mount Saint Joseph University

Mount Saint Mary's University

New York University

The New School

Northeastern University

Northern Arizona University

University of Northern Colorado

Northern Oregon University

Notre Dame de Namur University

Pace University New York

Pennsylvania State University

Purdue University

Regis University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rhode Island School of Design

Saint Louis University

Saint Mary's College of California

San Diego State University

San Francisco State University

San Jose State University

Seattle University

Southern Utah University

Southern Vermont College

Spelman College

Springfield College

University of Arizona

UC Davis
UC Irvine
UCLA
UC Merced
UC San Diego
UC Santa Barbara
UC Santa Cruz
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Denver
University of Idaho
University of La Verne
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Miami School of Business
University of Minnesota (Twin Cities)
University of Nevada, Reno
University of New Mexico
University of Northern Colorado
University of Oregon
University of the Pacific
University of Redlands
University of Rochester
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California
University of Washington
Vanguard University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Western Oregon University
Whittier College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Xavier University of Louisiana
 

EAST COAST COLLEGE TOUR UPDATES 

 

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS! THERE IS ONLY ONE SPOT LEFT for the East Coast College Tour.  This is a wonderful opportunity for your daughter to learn what colleges outside of California have to offer.  For more information, please contact Mr. Chavarria (achavarria@ramonaconvent.org)

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INNOVATE! CREATE! COLLABORATE! 

Our Summer Session curriculum is designed to prepare students for junior high and high school as well as to provide opportunities for enrichment for all students.  Over the summer, students can be found throughout our 19-acre campus, engaged and learning in our garden, our kitchen, our arts studios, science labs, and classrooms.


  • Read a novel through the eyes of a young scholar
  • Join other incoming freshmen as you delve into your 9th grade summer reading
  • Sharpen your math skills and learn something new
  • Make new friends that you will cherish
  • Explore our campus
  • Cook in our kitchen
  • Plant and harvest in our farm
  • Create in our Art Studio
  • Play and compete in sports


Ramona's summer session is available to young women and men who are entering grades 5 - 12 and is a co-educational summer school.  Click here to learn more about the Summer Session Curriculum or contact Mrs. Szymanski at hszymanski@ramonaconvent.org or ext. 137. You may also visit our summer session website for additional information.

Click the photo above for the full catalog.

 

BASKETBALL CAMP FOR GIRLS AND BOYS

MONDAY, JUNE 19 - FRIDAY, JUNE 23RD

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

COST: $150

 

Open to girls and boys, entering 6th - 9th grades. Campers will be taught the fundamental skills in basketball: ball handling, dribbling, passing, shooting, and defense in small groups, with plenty of opportunity for repetition. Groups will be rotated to various stations to practice skills and will have the opportunity to play challenging and fun games which will re-enforce each day's skills and concepts. Each camp day will end with a refreshing open swim session in our sparkling pool!

 

Instructors are our own Ramona Varsity coaches: Ms. Garcia and Ms. Zuczek

 

CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE FLYER

Click the photo to register.

 

SHOW YOUR RAMONA PRIDE WITH A NEW T-SHIRT DESIGN

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Our parent group has been hard at work designing a new t-shirt for you to wear with Tiger pride! Various sizes are available for only $15. Don't wait! We WILL sell out!

 

Limited sizes of other designs are also available.


SALE! SALE! SALE!

Last year's t-shirt's are NOW on SALE (the white and the black "parent" t-shirt). They are only $5! What a deal!

  

Click here for an order form!

 

DATES TO REMEMBER:

  

Wednesday, May 10th

Strawberry Day

Spring Concert – 7:00 PM San Marino Community Church


Thursday, May 11th

6:30 New Family Orientation


Friday, May 12th

AP European History Exam

Prom 7:00-11:30 PM

No School for Seniors


Sunday, May 14th

Mothers' Day


Monday, May 15th

3:00 Department Chairs Meeting

4:30 Board of Trustees Meeting


Tuesday, May 16th

Warning Slips will be issued


Wednesday, May 17th

11:25 Liturgy

Lunch – International Student Farewell


Thursday, May 18th

6:30 Student Leadership Banquet


Friday, May 19th

Warning slips due

12:00 Ramona Challenge

 

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.

 
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