Ramsey Weekly Update

Week 25

Dates to Remember:


Black History Month

February 22- On-Site Support Begins

February 25- PTO Meeting 6:00pm-7:30pm

March- National Women's History Month

March 5- NO SCHOOL

March 8- National Women's History Day

On-Site & Distance Learning 2.0 Schedule Beginning Monday, February 22nd

Ramsey begins On-Site Support Monday, February 22. While we are offering one morning a week to students who feel comfortable on-site, the middle schools in St. Paul are still considered Distance Learning. Mornings will be asynchronous for all students not on-site and our synchronous schedule moves to the afternoon. All students should report to their foundations class for check-in M-Th at 12:15pm.

Please note:

Main office hours will be 8:00am- 12:00pm M-Th beginning Monday, February 22nd.

The main office can be reached at 651-293-8860.

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1. Make sure you know which day of the week your student is coming on-site. If you do not know, or have not received transportation information, contact an administrator:

Teresa Vibar,

Daria Caldwell or

Kris Chlebecek via email.

2. Make sure your student charges their iPad prior to arriving.

3. Screen your student's health, ensuring they are healthy and ready for school (see screening chart below).

4. Remind your student the importance of wearing a mask, social distancing and meeting safety expectations while on the bus and in school.

Dropping Off/ Picking Up Students for On-Site Support: Ramsey will be able to admit students who are dropped off into the building at 8:15 a.m. at the GRAND AVENUE doors. Please do not arrive prior to 8:15 a.m. as building access will not be available. This will be the only location that will be supporting student drop off. This will also be the only location to pick up students. Parents and visitors will NOT be allowed into the building. Your support and adherence to the requests and expectations shared is greatly appreciated as we work to ensure your student's and our staff safety.

**Students may only attend one day a week, on their scheduled day

**Changes to on-site support day of the week are not allowed

**Transportation changes are currently unavailable

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Guest Speaker:

Attention Ramsey Families & Friends-

Please join 6th grade in welcoming guest speaker: Tina Burnside on Wednesday, February 24th from 12:35pm- 1:30pm using code: RMSGuest

(Click the image below to view a video of a popular mural brought to life in Minneapolis by Tina Burnside and the African American Heritage Museum and Gallery)

PTO Meeeting:

Join us this Thursday from 6:00-7:30pm as we discuss the Ramsey name change!

Click the link to join:


MYP Update:

As we prepare to shift our schedule this week to accommodate the on-site support that we are now offering, we encourage students to continue to be good communicators and reach out to their teachers if they are unsure of anything. Adapting to any sort of change can be hard, so we know students need to be open-minded (which is our IB trait for February's Student of the Month) as some return to a school building that will look and feel different than what they are used to, and others adjust their schedules to shift their Google Meets and independent learning time. Thank you for your support!


AVID is now accepting applications for the 21-22 school year! Students in the AVID elective focus on developing skills in writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading in order to be college- and career-ready! AVID is a daily elective class designed for average students who are motivated to learn more about college. Priority is given to students who will be first-generation college students. Please reach out to AVID Elective Teacher Melissa Hart at melissa.hart@spps.org if you have questions or would like more information. Apply at https://forms.gle/75TTVWm4Lqnnt5AHA

Library Update:

Students who are returning to Ramsey for OSS should bring any library books that need to be returned. Return bins will be available in Foundations rooms.

Students participating in VLS will be able to borrow books from the library with curbside pickup. (https://view.genial.ly/60327b77efcb4f0d2950a2b8)

Classroom Updates:

IB-MYP Design Class

Students in IB-MYP Design class are working on designing simple Rube Goldberg machines using objects from around their house. Students are encouraged to be creative, but some suggestions include using toilet paper/paper towel tubes, cardboard, cans, or other recycled materials. Check in with your students to see what they have in mind. If students need help with materials, please encourage them to reach out to their teachers via email so that we can help them!

Mr. B's ELA:

Mr. B's ELA7 Week 3 Review

Ms. Johnson's Math 6:

We are finishing up our first topic in Quarter 3 - Ratios!

Students should have completed their choice board asking them to find the ratios of the colors of their t-shirts, the ratios of White to Non-White people in their favorite TV Show, the ratio of powder to water for making lemonade, among other options.

Our next unit is going to be on Rates and then after that we will begin talking about Percents. If you see any of these topics coming up in your day to day life, please point them out to your scholar! Take them grocery shopping with you to look at the unit rate of foods, or ask them first to try calculating the percent discount if using a coupon. These are fun topics because they are so often used in our real world, and I look forward to exploring them more in math class.

If you have any questions, or would like to share a short story on how YOU use Ratios, Rates, or Percents in your real life, please feel free to share them with me at Josephine.Johnson@stpaul.k12.mn.us and then I'll be able to pass on the stories to the other 6th graders, it's always nice hearing from another adult when they will "use this math in real life"!

Minnesota Studies - 6th grade

I hope you have all been doing! I'm so excited to be back and to see all of you this week during our Google Meets. I am also looking forward to see your creative children's book creations about a Famous African American Minnesotan that you chose to learn more about last week. Your books will be due on Friday, February 26 so it's not too late to start your research and I'll show you how to create your books this week. If you have any questions, please email me at kathrine.walter@stpaul.k12.mn.us

Debate Team Update:

The Ramsey Debate Team participated in their second tournament for the season this past Wednesday, February 17.

Congratulations to all 12 debaters for a job well done! In addition, congratulations to our medalists!

See below for the list of medalists. Our next tournament will take place on Tuesday, March 9 from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Finally, four Ramsey debaters will advance to the citywide championships on March 25. Great job, debaters!

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Athletics Update:

Ultimate Frisbee

This is a NON Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) or SPPS sponsored team. It is ran by the Minnesota Ultimate an outside organization. To read more about this organization please click this link: https://minnesotaultimate.org/middle-school

Right now there are plans to have a Spring Ultimate Frisbee Season for Middle School Students starting in mid March and ending in Mid June.

Here is a overview of what Ultimate Frisbee is if you don't know much about it: Combining the non-stop movement and athletic endurance of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football, a game of ultimate is played by two teams with a flying disc on a field with end zones, similar to football. The object of the game is to score by catching a pass in the opponent’s end zone. A player must stop running while in possession of the disc, but may pivot and pass to any of the other receivers on the field. Ultimate is a transition game in which players move quickly from offense to defense on turnovers that occur with a dropped pass, an interception, a pass out of bounds, or when a player is caught holding the disc for more than ten seconds. This is a non-contact sport as well. Ultimate is governed by Spirit of the Gameβ„’, a tradition of sportsmanship that places the responsibility for fair play on the players rather than referees. Ultimate is played in more than 80 countries by an estimated 7 million people young and old.

Ms. Ekegren started the Ultimate Frisbee Team 7 years ago at Ramsey. Ramsey has a tradition of having fun and being pretty competitive in the Minnesota Middle School League and State Tournament.

Below is our yearly record.

2015 Started Practicing

2016 Middle School State Champions (1st year of the Middle School League in Minnesota)

2017 4th place out of 36 Teams 2018

4th Place out of 48 Teams

2019 Middle School State Champions (out of 56 teams)

2020 COVID Year

2021 ???

There will be an informational meeting Monday February 22nd at 6pm for those who are interested. If your student athlete would like to join the Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee Team please email Alicia.Ekegren@stpaul.k12.mn.us for more information and the Google Meet invitation.

2019 State Champion Ultimate Frisbee Team

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Health Office Update:

Hi Everyone! Just a reminder to be sure you are assessing your child for any signs of illness everyday before school. If your child is not feeling well please do not send them to school. If a student reports that they are not feeling well during the school day and have any possible signs of Covid-19, we will be calling home and the student will have to go home as soon as possible. Please keep this health screening tool accessible and refer to it frequently. If you have any questions, please contact me. Thank you, Maureen Hart-Horan RN
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Ramsey Resiliency:

Anxiety Management Continued.. There are two ways to work on managing anxiety. The first is by practicing prevention, spending time doing relaxation techniques on a regular basis to keep anxiety low. The second is by using techniques, in the moment, to help you calm down and manage a current stressful situation. To help you understand why practicing relaxation is important, think about your teeth. Do you wait until you have a cavity to start brushing your teeth? It's the same with anxiety. If you practice relaxation every day, you can better prevent anxiety from forming.

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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