Ramsey Weekly Update

Week 9

Dates to Remember:

October 31-Nov. 2: Day of the Dead- Dia de Muertos

November 3: Election Day

November 12: PTO Meeting: 6-7:30pm

November 13: End of Q1

November 16: Q2 Begins

November 20: NO SCHOOL- Professional Day for Teachers

November 26-27: NO SCHOOL- Thanksgiving Break

Message from the Principal:

Hello Ramsey Parents!

I hope conferences went well and your student(s) are working hard to complete daily assignments and participate in Synchronous classes. Ramsey MS is a Title 1 school. We benefit from additional funding to support your student's academics and learning. This week's update has a link to the first of three short videos that explain: Title 1; the specifics at Ramsey; and the significance of parent involvement and engagement for the success of your student(s). I hope you take time to watch the video. We are providing a link to a form for any questions or comments. I hope you have a great week - Ms. Vibar

Ramsey Middle School Annual Title 1 meeting part I
Title 1 Questions/Comments

Click the button above to submit questions and/or comments regarding Title 1.

Tuesday, November 3 is Election Day:

This summer, the Board of Education adjusted the SPPS schedule

to make Election Day a distance learning day. This means all students will learn from home on Election Day, including students in Stage 1 hybrid learning. Distance Learning lessons should be prepared as usual by teachers. This is not a no-contact day with students. The right to vote is one we strongly support as a District, and observing these simple guidelines makes the process more manageable for everyone.

Ramsey teachers may or may not be present in synchronous classes on Tuesday to exercise their right to vote. Please make sure your student is completing asynchronous lessons in Schoology on Election day.

Student of the Month


Ramsey is an International Baccalaureate (IB) school. Each month three students, one per grade, are recognized for one of the IB learner profiles. For the month of October students were recognized for the learner profile of Balanced.

The learner profile for November is COMMUNICATOR.

School Counselor Updates:

Hello from the Ramsey School Counseling Team,

Hopefully this communication finds you in a safe, healthy, secure place. As we move into the month of November, we wanted to clarify grading deadlines that are approaching as the Quarter 1 comes to an end:

o The last day of Quarter 1 is Friday November 13th, 2020. REMINDER: Students WILL receive a letter grade for classes this year.

o All tasks, projects, assignments, quizzes and tests need to be completed by this date in order to receive credit for work completed.

o Refer to Schoology for missing assignments, upcoming assignments and tasks.

o Please have your Ramsey student connect with teachers via Google Meets or email to receive support for the content that teachers are delivering.

**The first day of Quarter 2 is Monday November 16th, 2020.

Ramsey Resiliency:

Ways to cope with overwhelming feelings: BREATHE- it's one thing we can control- slowly in, and slowly out, for 10 seconds. MUSIC- gets you out of your head. Crank it up or play an instrument. MOVE- walk, stretch, dance, cycle, skateboard - it relieves tension. DO- draw, paint, sing, knit, play a game, pet an animal- get out of your head. FRESH AIR- change the scenery- leave the phone at home- notice the view ahead. CALL A FRIEND- a family member, a co-worker, a hotline- some is willing to listen. ASK FOR HELP- it's ok to want to vent. You can't do it alone. We are here to help.

Ramsey Resources:

Handbook of the Streets; A Resource Guide for those in Need


Tech Tips:

Updating iPads Thank you to all who responded to our requests to update iPad operating systems. At this time we still have more than 100 students whose iPads need to be updated. Those iPads will have increasing problems with accessing school content (i.e. Schoology, Notability, Mail), installing new apps, and connecting to the Internet. Please use the directions at https://bit.ly/3kAiPYy to update if you haven't already. That page has a list of directions along with videos and some next steps if you have problems. If you are not sure how to determine if it needs to be done, go to System Preferences > General > Software Update, and see what operating system is listed. If it is less than 14.1, it does need to be updated. Thank you for your help. Cara Hagen Technology Teacher & iPad Manager cara.hagen@spps.org, 612-568-2358

RMS Library:

We are still looking for families to participate in our Family Book club! Read and discuss a book with your scholar. Sign up at https://bit.ly/RMSFamilyBookClub

Digital Media Explorations:

We have been working hard to learn how to create graphs using Keynote and how to look for misleading graphs. #TableTalk: Look for graphs and charts in the news. Ask your scholar to tell you what deceptive graph making techniques you should be on the look out for. Next week we will put our graphing skills to use as we make as infographic about our class's media diet.

ELA 7 Update From Mr. B!

On Friday of each week I share a video with students reviewing the week. In order to help parents and guardians help keep students organized, I'm going to start sharing a link to the video each week here. Here's this week's link: https://tinyurl.com/y3zpw7ul

Español Update:

We are nearing the end of the quarter! Let Señorita DePeder know if you have any questions or need help catching up on any missing work in Spanish class - office hours are from 1:30-2:30 Monday through Friday on google meet code RMSdepe OR send an email with any questions or concerns to jordan.depeder@stpaul.k12.mn.us. ¡Gracias! :)

Life Science Update:

The 7th grade Life Science team hosted a Midwest Raptor virtual visit with Mr. Mike Billington from The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Students learned about four different raptors. The live session was recorded and is now posted on Schoology. We will conclude our Raptor Lab unit with a summative project (weighted at 75% in the grade book) due on Thursday, November 5th. Students will develop scientific explanations based on data we collected during a grade-wide investigation.
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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

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Coats for Kids:

The Salvation Army has begun its coat drive. The Salvation Army’s centers are a place for families in crisis to get help, including coats for their children. Visit any of our Twin Cities Worship & Service Centers to learn about meeting your child’s need for a coat. Supplies may be limited, so we recommend contacting the nearest location before stopping by to find out if supplies are available in the sizes you need.

Families can register with their local Salvation Army:

Comcast provides basic wireless Internet called Internet Essentials, and it is free through December. The district will provide a Hotspot, but if you are finding that isn't enough data or you are unable to wait for a ticket to be completed, contact Comcast to apply https://www.internetessentials.com/. If Comcast does not extend the free price after December, you'd have the option to quit when it is no longer free or pay the $9.95/month + tax.

Campus Parent:

Having issues logging onto Campus Parent? Please contact the school at 651-293-8860 or email sandy.pothen@spps.org to recover usernames and passwords.

Parents and guardians will:

  • Complete all, annually-required school and district forms including the Technology Use Agreement (for student iPad use), field trip and media permission forms.
  • Add or change primary and/or alternative addresses to ensure accurate school-bus transportation to and from home and/or childcare addresses. Click the button below to complete the iUpdate.

Every SPPS family should complete an application for Education Benefits/Free or Reduced Price Meals. Not only does this help us identify families in need of assistance, it also allows the District to receive federal dollars for classroom programming.

A new form must be completed each school year. Additionally, families who have completed an application and have experienced a change in household income or size are encouraged to complete a new application. Click the button below to complete the application.

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