What's Happening at Ramirez!
Sunday, October 2
Happy Sunday Families!
Happy first few days of October!
I don't know about you, but I spent the weekend fully embracing fall. My Halloween decorations are out, my sweaters are hung nicely in my closet, and I watched Hocus Pocus 2 (which I thought was great!). This is my favorite time of the year.
One thing I love most about this time of year is the change we begin to see around us. The time changes, the trees begin to color (slightly), the drink options at Starbucks change (yum), and the weather changes (hopefully). Change happens whether we want it to or not. I was once reminded that the only thing we can always count on is change. To some, change is about new beginnings and starting over. A refresh, if you will. Others see change as daunting, intimating, and uncertain. This month will bring many changes to our Ramirez family. We are hoping to welcome new staff members that I will soon introduce to you in our upcoming newsletters.
On that mysterious note...I'm going to leave you with the following quote "Change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end." May you enjoy and embrace the change, always.
Please keep reading to learn more about our two intentional areas of focus for October:
October is Bullying Prevention Month. We are committed to providing a safe and welcoming learning environment for all students. For bullying prevention resources and more, please visit www.cnusd.k12.ca.us/cnusdiskind. This month on social media we will be highlighting resources and support, follow us with the #BullyingPreventionMonth on our Instagram @ramirezintermediate and Facebook Pages.
October is a focus on ATTENDANCE:
We have noticed a decline in our attendance. As a result of this, we are making it our focus for October to improve our overall attendance rates. This means, both full days at school and getting to class on time. Please partner with us to encourage students to get to class everyday on time. I understand that passing periods are short and students need to use the restroom, but we have a lot of students taking the long way around to get to and from class. This month we will be celebrating students and classes that have the best attendance. Remember, students with excessive tardies will be placed on the No Go list. Thank you for your support!
No Go List...STARTS IN OCTOBER!
On way we ensure that all student are following our PACK expectations is through the No Go List. This list was designed to encourage students to be Proactive, Accountable, a positive member of the Community, and Kind. If students are on the No Go List, they cannot participate in extra curricular activities and field trips. This list captures 7th and 8th grade students who have the following infractions:
2 or more Fs
Excessive Tardies: 10+ tardies in periods 2-7
Behavior: 10 minors, 2 majors, and/or any ed. code violation.
All students received a presentation regarding the No Go list in their science classes. The data will begin to be collected starting on October 1st and the first list will be published on October 17th. All students begin with a FRESH start on October 1st. The list will be updated bi-weekly and displayed in all their classes.
If a student is on the list, they will have an opportunity to work their way off the list through one of the following methods:
- Attending a Saturday school
- Community Service
- Improving behavior
To petition off of the list, students will submit a request to the Dean of Students. The Dean will review the request, and respond to student emails with next steps. Students can petition off of the list TWICE per semester.
Rainbow Fentanyl: As you may know, the fentanyl epidemic has been of concern for many schools and communities. Recently the CDPH released a warning of a new "rainbow fentanyl" that has been discovered. This product looks remarkable like candy and is designed to attract the attention of our young people. The fentanyl comes in a pill and powder form.
Please talk with your children to NEVER eat anything they find or they are given by a friend or classmate. Fentanyl is not only highly addictive, but it is also potentially deadly.
You can read more from the CDPH HERE.
For more information, please join CNUSD for the Safety Symposium on October 12, 2022. The symposium will be located at Corona High School and will take place from 5-7pm. There will be a Fentanyl presentation for families.
Social Media Updates
We would like to make families aware of students using Snapchat on their Chromebooks at school. Snapchat now allows anyone to use their app from any web browser. We encourage families to speak to their child about NOT using social media during class and to strictly use their CNUSD Chromebook for school related matters.
We thank you for your help in keeping our students digitally safe and focused on learning.
New Trends to Watch for on TikTok!
Parents, it is always our goal to partner with you to protect our youth. Recently, we have been made aware that there are two concerning trends that are making their way from TikTok and into our school community. By sharing these trends with you, we hope you will be vigilant at home and talk with your children. #ItTakesAVilliage
- Trend #1: Body Checking. This is the act of seeking reassurance and information about the size, appearance or look of one's body or specific body. This trend mainly hyper focuses on the bodies of young females who post images of their bodies for public comment. You can learn more about this trend from the New York Post HERE.
- Trend #2: Slap Boxing. This trend is where friends engaging in a boxing match where they take turns slapping one another. Please know, any physical contact between students is an ed. code violation and subject to suspension for both parties.
We know our young people are heavily influenced by social media. It is our hope that we can work together to ensure that these trends to not make their way onto our campus. It is always our goal to keep you informed and ensure that all students are safe.
Thank you for your cooperation in keeping your student accountable.
Community Events and Opportunities
Chick Fil A Night!
JFK Recruitment Night
Eighth Grade Announcement
Hello 8th Grade Families,
We want to invite you to John F. Kennedy Middle College High School prospective parent and student information night on October 27, 2022 beginning at 6pm on the JFK campus!
We will have 2 tour times for you to sign up for as well, led by our JFK Student Ambassadors. You may sign up for your desired tour time before or after the General Session, which begins at 6pm.
Please sign up for your desired tour time and learn more about how your student can take college courses at Norco College all while completing a high school diploma - FOR FREE!
We would love to meet you and your student, so join in to learn more!
Small School. Big Opportunity.
Questions? 951-738-2200 or check us out on Facebook @jfkmiddlecollege or instagram and twitter @jfkmchs.
International Walk to School Day
Everyone will walk together at 7:15am on the dot!
Free Online Tutoring
Does your child want to learn more about math or language arts, but they're struggling to make sense of the subject on their own?
Good news: every Californian can now access free online tutoring at any hour of the day, thanks to a new initiative offering educational resources to K-12 students and adult learners.
The resource is part of an investment in public libraries announced Monday by California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Learn more about the HelpNow tutoring program here.
-U.S. Department of Education
What's Happening on Campus
After School Clubs
See the updated flyer below to view the days and times of clubs.
Does your child need extra time to complete work? Do they need to bring up their grade? Have them join Catchup Saturday!
Saturday Catch-Up is from 8-12. If you sign up to attend, you must come for the entire 4 hours. During this time, you can work on missing/incomplete assignments for most of your classes. Often, a teacher will only accept a missing assignment for full credit, after a Saturday Catch-Up is attended. We will have teachers available to help you as needed.
All students must be picked up NO LATER than 12PM.
A link will be sent out a week before to let students sign-up from their CNUSD account.
See the dates below:
- 22-Catch Up Saturday
- 5-Catch Up Saturday
- 3-Catch Up Saturday
- 10-Catch Up Saturday
- 4-Catch Up Saturday
- 25-Catch Up Saturday
- 11-Catch Up Saturday
- 25-Catch Up Saturday
- 15-Catch Up
- 29-Catch Up Saturday
- 13-Catch Up Saturday
- 20 Catch Up Saturday
Reflections Art Program
Spirit Wear and Yearbook Information
Want to place a dedication to your 8th grade student? Information is available on the attached PDF. Space is limited. Early bird specials are available for those who complete their dedication before November 10, 2022.
Safety and Health
Parent Drop-offs in the front office
- Our office will not be accepting money to give to students.
- Students are not to have fast food lunches dropped off on campus.
- Food from Doordash, UberEats and other delivery services are not accepted.
- Students will not be called out of class to pick-up items.
- No Cellphone Drop-offs.
Safety Concern: Please do not ask your child to meet you in the front office during passing period and/or their lunch time. We ask all visitors to check-in in the front office with their ID before seeing students.
Thank you for your cooperation in minimizing disruptions to the school day and following our safety guidelines.
Checking Out Students Early and Visitor Information
- Any individual picking a child up early from school needs to be an emergency contact and have an ID to sign-out a child. (Students will not be released to anyone that is not on the emergency list and/or do not have an ID.).
- Our office staff will not be accepting over the phone verification of emergency contact updates.
- All visitors need to check-in with our front office staff, scan their ID and wear the given visitor badge.
- Students are not be picked up after 2:00pm on regular schools day and not after 1:10pm on early release Wednesdays.
*Please ensure the emergency contact information in Parent Connect is updated to avoid delay when picking up your child early.
Update your Parent Connect Emergency Contact Information:
All students need to wear the ID before entering campus. Student IDs will eventually be printed in the library. Students who come to school without their ID are given lunch detention.
Students can only access their cell phone outside of the school building.
Daily At Home Screening
Please continue to screen your student(s) for COVID symptoms before they leave home.
If your student is sick, please keep them home.
- Phones are to be put away at all times while in the buildings including: the classroom, passing periods, library, gym, and going to the restroom
CNUSD School Safety Update
What type of communication can you expect in an emergency?
In the event of a major emergency on a school campus, school site administrators, law enforcement, and district administration will work together to first and foremost secure our campuses and ensure student and staff safety. In addition, parent communication will be a top priority. Parents can expect to receive information via text, phone calls, and email in a timely manner. Please be sure to check your Parent Connect account to ensure your contact information is accurate and up to date.
We know that information spreads rapidly and rumors often hit home, prior to official messaging and we would like to remind families that the first priority is student safety, followed closely by quick and accurate communication. We encourage parents to also follow the District and our local law enforcement partners on social media for the latest news.
Mental Health Resources
CNUSD is here to support you.
Your family can access our free tele-health and virtual therapy resources made available through our partner Care Solace. Those in need of support may contact Care Solace 24/7 at 888-515-0595, email email@example.com, or access our district’s unique page: www.Caresolace.com/cnusdfamilies.
By purchasing a PTSA membership, you help support Ramirez students, teachers, staff and the community. Past activities have included blood drives, food drives and on campus festivities like dances, assemblies, ice cream socials and more! Please join PTSA by visiting Dr. Augustine Ramirez Intermediate School PTSA
Memberships are $10. Please buy one for every member of your family. Funds support Ramirez Intermediate and its students!