Ramsey Weekly Update

Week 35

Dates to Remember:

April 12-May 12 Ramadan

May- Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month

May 5- Cinco de Mayo

May 20- PTO Meeting 6:00-7:30pm

May 31- NO SCHOOL- Holiday

What's Inside?

  • Ramsey Resiliency
  • MCA Testing Update for VLS & In-Person
  • Counseling Corner News: 2021-22 Course Selection for Current Eighth-Graders

Positive Affirmations

It is our job as parents and teachers to help our middle-schoolers feel more secure in themselves, to keep encouraging them, and to help them make positive growth. Affirmations are a great way to offer a little boost and help your teen find confidence in their abilities to navigate the world. Positive affirmations provide emotional support, can put you in a better frame of mind, can be used as reminders or even as a mantra. They are quick and concise, and can be said quietly or out loud. Here are some affirmations to have your student try:

I am enough, I do not have to change myself to be enough.

I believe in me and what I am capable of doing.

I am smart and clever and am willing to learn.

I am strong and steadfast and can overcome adversity.

I am safe and loved. I am important and my presence is important.

I don't have to be perfect all the time, I can let my guard down.

Being scared doesn't make me less, it doesn't make me weak.

I am kind and compassionate.

I am generous and grateful for what I have.

I am a good friend.

I have the courage to share my thoughts and feelings.

It's ok to ask for help.


VLS Testing

Dear Virtual Learning Student families,

MCA testing for VLS students who have not opted out will be on three Fridays from 8:30-11:30 a.m.:

May 7 - Reading

May 14 - Math

May 21 – Science (Grade 8 only)

Students will be tested in spaces that allow for social distancing. If you are uncomfortable with your student testing in person, you will need to follow the district OPT OUT requirements:

If you would like your student to be opted-out of the MCA exams this year, you can fill out of the opt-out form and send it to elisabeth.fontana@spps.org.

Here are links to opt-out forms drafted by the Minnesota Department of Education and translated into multiple languages: Here are links to opt-out forms drafted by the Minnesota Department of Education and translated into multiple languages: English, Arabic, Chinese, Hmong, Karen, Khmer, Laotian, Oromo, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese

We are asking all VLS families to complete this survey by 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Monday, April 26th so we can plan accordingly:


Thank you in advance for completing this survey and working with Ramsey MS during these very unique times.

IN Person Testing

Math MCA testing will be May 3-6,

and 8th grade science MCA testing will be May 10-13.

Please encourage your students to get a good night’s rest and eat a healthy breakfast so that they are able to focus.

MCA tests will be given using students’ iPads, so please help them remember to have their iPads charged every night so that they are ready for testing the following day.

Please reach out to Elisabeth.fontana@spps.org with any questions.

Counseling Corner News

2021-22 Course Selection for Current Eighth-Graders Has Begun

The 2021-2022 9th grade course selection for current 8th graders opened the week of April 19.

Current 8th grade students should attend their assigned High School Course Selection Event to select courses for next school year. Please follow the steps highlighted for your high school’s course selection process.

If you have questions, join a Drop in Google Meets session with your assigned high school.