Ramsey Weekly Update

Week 24

Dates to Remember:

February

Black History Month

February 15- NO SCHOOL- Holiday

February 22- On-Site Support Begins

February 25- PTO Meeting 6:00pm-7:30pm

March- National Women's History Month

March 5- NO SCHOOL

March 8- National Women's History Day

Attention Ramsey Families: If your are participating in On-Site Support please view all updates below

Message from the Principal

Dear Ramsey Families:


Thank you for your support as we continue the school year in distance learning. We are excited to be starting in-person academic support at our school on Monday, February 22.


Prior to students arriving on Monday, February 22, our Ramsey teachers will be teaching students the expectations for On-Site Support. Please look for the presentation that we will be using with students in the Ramsey Weekly Update.


Here are a few important details about what to expect when in-person support begins:


Schedule

On-site support at Ramsey will be Monday - Thursdays. Students will come to school on their assigned day from 8:30- 11:00 a.m. Students will have breakfast and then get academic support in their Foundations class with 5-8 other students and learn collaboratively with this small group of peers. Students will be in their Foundations class for the 2.5 hours and have access to staff as resources as needed. As students are dismissed, they will also be able to grab a lunch to go! Synchronous classes will be offered afternoons Monday - Thursdays, following a similar schedule to Semester 1, but shortened. You may access this schedule on our website spps.org/ramsey or request this from your student’s foundation’s teacher.


Attendance

In-person support is optional and does not affect attendance. All students will remain in distance learning as their primary learning model. In-person time will be used to support distance learning, not to teach new material.


Transportation

Students at 6-8 schools will receive a postcard in the mail with bus information before February 22. If you do not receive your postcard, check your Campus account or email transportation@spps.org.


Building Access for Families

Students must be dropped off outside school entrances. Students cannot be escorted by family members to their classrooms or anywhere else inside the building. In addition, families will not be allowed to have lunch, observe a class, volunteer, or engage in any other activities in school buildings.


COVID-19 Student and Family Guidelines

Families returning to school should familiarize themselves with these guidelines, which are updated regularly and cover prevention strategies, health screening and monitoring, exclusion guidance, and the SPPS COVID-19 Reporting System.

Health Screening

Families should conduct a health screening every morning before sending their student to school or the bus stop. School staff will also monitor for symptoms throughout the school day. If your child is exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, do not send them to school. Report the absence to your child’s school and submit a report to the COVID-19 Reporting System the same day for next steps.


Face Coverings

K-12 students, staff and visitors are required to wear a face covering unless medically exempt. Everyone should provide their own face coverings whenever possible. However, masks will be available at school and on the bus for anyone who needs them.

Sick Students

Students who become sick during the school day will be isolated (under supervision) until they can be picked up. It is important that sick students are picked up as soon as possible to limit the risk to other students and staff. Please make sure your contact information is up to date in Campus.

Meal Service

Free meals will be provided to all students during in-person support. Meal boxes will still be available for pickup at schools across Saint Paul. Home delivery is available for students who are medically fragile or cannot leave their home to pick up meals.


Staff and students will be adhering to the guidelines of masks, social distancing and handwashing to ensure their safety while participating in on-site support. Please feel free to contact me at 651-276-0038 or email me at teresa.vibar@spps.org with any questions you have.


Sincerely,

Teresa Vibar

Principal Ramsey MS

In Preparation for On-Site Support

Families participating in On-Site Support please take time to review the following expectations with your student(s). This information will also be reviewed in Foundation's classes this week.


Find books to read on iPads or borrow from the library:

https://search.follettsoftware.com/metasearch/ui/44741

Grow your home library and support your readers! RMS Library is hosting an online bookfair Feb 22-March 7. Take a peek here: https://bookfairsfiles.scholastic.com/flippingbooks/S21-Virtual-Booklist/S21-Virtual-Booklist.html#p=12

Classroom Updates:

Mr. B's ELA:

Quarter Three Week Two ELA7 Review!

Digital Media Explorations Update:

Students are currently working on the step between coming up with an idea for an app and coding. Last week we starting sketching out screens and talking about flow. This week we will think about colors and button designs using shapes in Keynote.

Ramsey Newspaper

Debate Team Update:

Our Ramsey Debate Team will compete in our second tournament of the year this Wednesday, February 17.


Debaters will meet in our team’s Google Meet room at 3:15 and debates will begin at 4:15. We will finish by 6:30 pm. Family and friends who wish to view the debate are welcome to reach out to Ms. Hart at melissa.hart@spps.org for debate room links! Good luck to all of our debaters!


Finally, if your child is enrolled in the Ramsey Debate program, you are invited to complete this registration form (https://www.tfaforms.com/4761335) with the MN Urban Debate League. This ensures that you will receive communication from the league about summer debate camp and other exciting opportunities! Thank you for supporting your debate student!

Ramsey Resiliency:

More on Anxiety...


Peace is already within you. Many people think peace is something you have to look for outside of ourselves or work very hard to create within ourselves. Actually, peace is a natural state of being that is already within us; it is just hidden by all of the stress and tension we take in and focus on. You simply need to regularly peel off the layers of anxiety that are covering it up. You cover up your peace every time you dwell on a stressful thought. As you go through your week be aware of the times that you hamper your relaxation by allowing in negative or stressful thoughts. So much of what we think about is in our control..

Ramsey Food Pantry:

Please see the 2020-2021 Ramsey Food Pantry Information PDF (below)


If your family is in need:

Please fill out this Google Form https://forms.gle/9a7X5VhGoErnAqAr5


If you would like to make donations- We are always seeking donations of food, diapers, personal hygiene products, and cleaning supplies. Please drop these items off on Thursdays between 7am-11am at Ramsey.


If you would like to volunteer to help pack and sort out items on Thursday mornings, please email Alicia.Ekegren@spps.org.



If you have questions, please email Alicia.Ekegren@spps.org

Free Virtual Tutoring

The Native non-profit community group MIGIZI is offering free virtual tutoring services in partnership with the UMN Twin cities for 8th-12th grade native students in the Twin Cities. Here is the link to MIGIZI website (https://www.migizi.org/about). If you are interested, please contact MIGIZI at Tutoring@migizi.org

Technology Support:

If you need support for your iPad during Distance Learning, iPad teacher Mrs. Hagen is available each day 1:30-2:00 at RMShage in Meet. You can also email cara.hagen@spps.org or call/text 612-568-2358 for help during school hours. Glad to help!

Please complete the required iUpdate for 20-21

https://www.spps.org/Page/31224


Click here to complete the free/reduced lunch application for 20-21

https://www.spps.org/Page/34308


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Ramsey Homepage

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