RMS NEWSLETTER

Week of October 4 - 8, 2021

What's Inside the Newsletter

  • Office Reminder
  • Picture Day Information
  • MDE Report Card
  • Student of the Month
  • 6th grade Classroom Update
  • PTO Fundraising
  • Fall Sports - Contact Info

Weekly Reminders

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Wednesday, Oct. 6 - Picture Day


Thurs. & Tues., Oct. 14 & 19 - Mid Q1 Conferences

Thurs. & Fri., Oct. 21 & 22 - MEA Break (No School)

Principal's Corner

Hello Ramsey Ramilies!


We are already into October, I want to thank you again for your patience during the start of the school year. Your support has made the transition back into full in-person learning as seamless as possible.


October brings Mid-Quarter 1 Conferences, which will be virtual to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. Mid-Quarter 1 Conferences will be held on Thursday, Oct 14th and Tuesday, October 19th from 4:00-7:00pm. More information about Fall Conferences will be sent out soon.


Again, please feel free to reach out to me with questions and concerns via email teresa.vibar@spps.org.


Teresa Vibar

School Information

Information from the office

Parent pickup during the school day: If you are picking up your student early please call the school office and let us know so we can sign your student out. All students must check out through the office if leaving before the end of the school day.


Lunch delivery for students: If your student requires a lunch, please send it with them in the morning. Food delivered from restaurants, Uber eats, Doordash, etc. will not be allowed. We have limited office staff who are not able to support this. Thank you for your understanding.


Afterschool reminder:

  • Students who need school bus transportation home, should immediately board buses on the Summit Avenue. Students should not be crossing Grand Avenue for snacks and beverages as they are to MASK UP on buses and eating/drinking on school buses is not allowed.
  • Students staying after school for athletics and FLIPSIDE also need to remain on site and go directly to their activity location. Students should not be crossing Grand Avenue to visit local businesses for snacks and beverages. Students who leave the Ramsey school campus are not eligible to participate that afternoon.

Your student's safety is extremely important and when students leave the school grounds, we cannot ensure their safety. Please make sure your student understands the importance of remaining on school grounds.

Transportation

Buses have been running more smoothly each day, thank you again for your understanding.

REMINDER: All students riding a bus to and from school must wear a mask over their mouth and nose while on the school bus.

September Student of the Month - Caring

Classroom Updates

MN Studies

In Minnesota Studies, 6th graders have been learning about map skills, Minnesota's geography, and the biomes of our state. We'll continue to learn about the state symbols and major cities, rivers, and lakes this coming week. We'll end this unit on Friday with a test on the geography unit. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Walter at kathrine.walter@spps.org

EDL / Flipside

Flipside afterschool has once again planned a fabulous program for all our students and will be back with in-person classes this fall! We do have a new significant challenge we are facing this Fall. Due to the national bus driver shortage, we were informed that the District is NOT able to secure enough drivers to run afterschool routes. This challenge has impacted not only Flipside but the Extended Day Learning program and Middle School sports. The District is currently checking in with their transportation vendors to see when and how many drivers could start afterschool routes. We will keep you posted as the situation changes. In the meantime, we will begin in-person programming starting on October 11th without bus transportation home. Be on the look out for an email with your students schedule as well as a link to answer a few more transportation questions to ensure the safety of your child when picking up. We realize this is a significant inconvenience and will do our best to make the pick up as smooth and quick as possible. Please reach out with questions. Darcy.holle@spps.org


Click here to register https://forms.gle/Zbeerq9PfCkRLPx98

Congrats to our Head Engineer on Retirement!

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Updates

PTO Fundraising

We are all Stronger when We Work Together!


It’s October and this means we are starting our formal push for donations. We want our fundraising done before the end of the month!. We want to dedicate our focus, time, energy and resources on engaging and supporting our community, the real work! Help us reach our goals so we can stop asking you for money this year.


We need your help if we are going to reach our goals. We can not do this without your support.

Our Goals:

  • 500 Total Donations

  • Average $25/student for the year (< $3 a month for the school year)

  • Only 1 fundraising campaign (this one) for the entire year!

Every penny helps, there are no minimum donations so please give what you can. If we all participate, we can share the load together.

Click Here To Go to Our GiveMN Donation Page


If you are unable to donate, please share our campaign with your network and help us reach more people!


All Donations are Tax Deductible and they allow us to provide:

  • Counseling and Nursing office Supplies (Tissues, Band-aids, etc...)

  • Books for the Library

  • Student Programs (AVID, WEB, Dare 2 Be Real and more)

  • Field Trips (8th Grade Valley Fair trip, Bus expenses and other participation costs)

  • Volunteer Background Checks

  • Community Engagement (Yearbooks, Student T-Shirts, Childcare and Food at PTO Meetings, Staff Appreciation)

  • Community (Staff, Student and/or Parent) Requests for supplies or events to enrich our students' experiences.

We know you have a lot of demands for where you spend your money. We hope you invest in our Ramsey Community by donating and asking your network to support you with a small donation as well.


Please join the conversations on our Ramsey Facebook Group and visit us at our Monthly PTO meeting.


We can't thank you enough for your support, it means everything. We cannot do this without you. Thank you for being an active participant of our PTO and our Ramsey Community.


Stay safe and stay healthy,

Ramsey PTO

Literacy Corner

Thanks to the help from our community, Mr. Sheridan recently received a Donor's Choose Grant to get more manga series into the hands of our students. Thanks to all who donated!


As partners in your child's literacy development, we are excited to update you as students are building community & relationships in their classes AND building their reading lives across the school day. Your scholars have been choosing texts/books to read with their identity in mind, setting reading goals, and beginning to build reading stamina and volume. You might ask your child what texts/books they have been reading both in school and outside of school and how they chose what to read.

Tech Time

Security on New iPads

SPPS iPads have additional WiFi security settings this year. This is great news for parents, students, and staff. Websites like Facebook, Instagram and other non-academic websites cannot be accessed from SPPS WiFi. These websites will also be blocked on WIFI networks outside of school.

If you find your student needs additional limitations such as time limits or blocking types of sites, please let me know. I can send you the directions to set up Screen Time on the iPad.


Please note that many staff members use YouTube videos as part of teaching and learning. For that reason, YouTube should not be blocked on the student iPads.


If you have any questions, please email cara.hagen@spps.org.

Athletics - Fall season: Sept. 27th-Nov.12th.

Fall athletic coaches contact info:

Flag Football: Ayoub Nigatu - Ayoub.nigatu@spps.org

Soccer: Alicia Ekegren - Alicia.ekegren@spps.org & Matthew Stern - Matthew.stern@spps.org Volleyball: Kari Bronson - Kari.bronson@spps.org


Reminder: All student athletes need to have a SPORTS PHYSICAL on file, at Ramsey, in order to participate.

Ultimate Frisbee

If your student athlete is interested in joining the Ramsey Ultimate Frisbee team, please connect with Ms. Ekegren to get on the email list for more updates about practices, times and dates! Alicia.Ekegren@spps.org or 651-744-7397