Ramsey Weekly Update

Week 29

Dates to Remember:

March- National Women's History Month

March 22- In-Person and VL Community Meeting 6:00-7:00pm

April- Celebrate Diversity Month

April 1- End of Quarter 3

April 2- NO SCHOOL

April 5-9 - NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)

April 12-May 12 Ramadan

April 12 & 13-NO SCHOOL


First day of Quarter 4

In-Person Begins

A message from the School Nurse:

Now that kids are preparing to return to school in April, we encourage every family to get tested for COVID-19. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommends that children and teens who spend time near people outside their immediate household get tested every two weeks through the end of the school year.

For kids involved in any extracurricular activities or sports, MDH recommends getting tested every week. This will help limit the spread so we can keep our schools and sports open! Variants of COVID-19, like B.1.1.7, are a new version of the virus and often more contagious. There is also concern that the B.1.1.7 variant may make people sicker than usual. The B.1.1.7 variant has spread to more than a dozen counties across the state. Many of the cases are among people who attend school and participate in youth sports. Cases have also occurred in child care centers, gyms and fitness centers, and other social settings.

There are many options to get tested and each option is available to you at no cost. You can even schedule appointments for the whole family at the same time. You can visit a community testing site, order an at-home test, or get tested through your regular health care provider. If someone in your family prefers to speak in another language besides English, in-person or language line assistance is available. Test sites are doing everything they can to make sure sites are safe and comfortable for everyone.

Teachers, school staff, and coaches are already getting tested regularly. We owe it to them to do the same. By wearing a mask and getting tested regularly, we can help limit the spread of COVID-19. Visit mn.gov/covid19/get-tested/index.jsp or contact your health care provider to schedule an appointment.

Please call if you have any questions,

Nurse Maureen

Summer School Registration is OPEN!

WHO: Ramsey Families

WHAT: Summer school is available for students in grades K-12.

WHEN: Summer 2021

WHERE: Various Sites

WHY: Students will learn new things AND work on their current academic skills.

Summer school will help prepare students for the next school year through fun, hands-on activities. ALL SUMMER SESSIONS ARE FREE!

Registration is open and can be done online via Campus Parent or the downloadable registration "Application" form linked on the right side of the website:


*If you need help signing up for summer school contact RMS counselors below by clicking on their name:

Barbie Woodruff

Ayoub Nigatu

Ramsey Newspaper is looking for your Poetry!

April is National Poetry Month and Ramsey Newspaper would like to showcase Ramsey Student poetry. If you have a poem (or drawing, comic, short story, or anything) that you would like seen in the upcoming Ramsey Newspaper, please send it to Ms. Johnson at Josephine.Johnson@stpaul.k12.mn.us include your name and grade!
Ramsey Middle School will be holding their second Virtual Learning and In-Person family meeting on Monday, March 22nd. Join us as we review the plans for the upcoming transition.

Ramsey MS is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Ramsey MS Informational Meeting

Time: Mar 22, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


Presentation slides are linked below.

*Meeting recording will be available on the RMS homepage on 3/23.

Please view the presentation above for updated Ramsey specific VL and in-person information.

AVID at Ramsey!

On Friday, March 19, four guest speakers from the University of MN Carlson School of Management visited the AVID class to share their college experiences and educate and engage students in the college process. A HUGE thank you to the 26 AVID students who chose to join for this event. You asked great questions, engaged, and represented Ramsey well. Students participated in breakout room games and conversations for an hour, and our guest speakers were so impressed with the level of engagement and energy. Thank you, AVID family! You're the BEST! It's not too late to join Ramsey AVID for the 21-22 school year. Interested students who are currently in 6th or 7th grade should apply at https://forms.gle/XE2CdfoVUAjdvUqx8 by the end of March. AVID is an elective class at Ramsey that prepares students for college readiness. We focus on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading while exposing students to as many real-life college and career opportunities as possible (field trips, guest speakers). AVID is designed for motivated students, and priority is given to students who may face barriers to attending college.

Please reach out to AVID Coordinator Melissa Hart at melissa.hart@spps.org if you have any questions.

Classroom Updates:

Mr. B's ELA:

Week 7 in review

Science 8 Update:

All missing/incomplete Science 8 work is due Monday March 29th. That is also the week of the chapter test and the end of the 3rd quarter!

Mr. Kowalski

Technology Support:


Please remember to bring student iPads to school each day. They are needed for Onsite Support and April 14th for In-Person Learning. The iPad remains the basis of the district’s Personalized Learning plan.

iPads should be fully charged each day. If iPads are not at school and fully charged, students’ access to learning is limited. The case and keyboard should be attached to protect the iPad. Having a full keyboard definitely helps with middle school writing, but it is also keeping the screen from breaking.

If you need a charger, case, or keyboard, we can get you one during Onsite Support, In-Person Learning, or Virtual Learning. Please contact your Foundations teacher or me for help.

Thank you,

Cara Hagen (She/Her/Hers)

iPad Teacher


Call or Text ‪(612) 568-2358

If you need support for your iPad during Distance Learning, iPad teacher Mrs. Hagen is available Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30-3:00pm 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!

Ramsey Resiliency:

Worrying is Worthless

It's common to worry about things you already feel anxious about. However, all the time and energy spent worrying is wasted. When you try to alleviate anxiety by worrying, you make the anxiety grow stronger. Most people don't know why they worry, or think worrying is just something that happens, or that they "have to" worry. When we feel anxious about something and want to do something to prevent a negative outcome, but feel helpless, we begin to worry. We feel like we are doing something to control the situation. If worrying was useful we would have books and classes on how to do it! What worrying does is drain you, both emotionally and physically, leaving you with less energy to tackle the issue. Then your anxiety goes up again because you feel even more helpless.

Try this: Rate your Anxiety on a 10-point scale. Think of a situation that is bringing up lots of anxiety. Set a timer for 5 minutes and focus on the situation, using all your skills and past experience in worrying, to worry about the situation. Think of all the negative things that could happen or go wrong. Put as much physical and emotional energy into worrying. Imagine you will be tested on how well you worry. When 5 minutes is up, rate your anxiety level again. Observe how things might have changed- What was it like to spend 5 minutes purposely worrying? Did it affect your level of anxiety?

Food Pantry Update:

Since we are moving to On-Site Support at Ramsey we are going to be moving our Pantry Day to Friday instead of Thursdays. Please see the updated Poster as well! 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 5/6, personal hygiene products, and cleaning supplies. Please drop these items off on Friday's between 7am-12pm at Ramsey. If you would like to volunteer to help pack and sort out items on Friday mornings, please email Alicia.Ekegren@spps.org. If you have questions, please call 651-744-7397 or email Alicia.Ekegren@spps.org

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Spring Review

Ramsey Middle School needs your help!

We will be reviewing the current SCIP and FEP (School Continuous Improvement Plan and Family Engagement Plan) this spring.

Please take some time to look at the documents linked below and write feedback or questions on the attached survey.

Your feedback will help guide our discussion at the May 20th PTO SCIP Review meeting from 6:00-7:30pm.

More details and meeting link will be shared in the upcoming weeks.


SCIP/FEP Feedback

Questions available in English, Spanish and Hmong

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