Ramsey Weekly Update

Week 16

Dates to Remember:

December 23- Jan. 3- NO SCHOOL- WINTER BREAK

December 26- Jan. 1- Kwanzaa

January 4- School Begins- Welcome Back to School

January 18- NO SCHOOL- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 21- Virtual PTO Meeting

January 28- Virtual Open House- 5:30-7:30pm

January 29- NO SCHOOL- Teacher Professional Development Day

The Ramsey Show: Episode 2

The Ramsey Show 2020-21 episode 2


This Ramsey Newsletter edition includes: Favorite Lists, Book Review, Nintendo, DIY gifts, Custom Comics, D&D, &more

Mark your calendar for the January PTO meeting

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Join the Ramsey PTO as we discuss Puberty for Parents: giving you the information, tools and confidence you need to create meaningful discussion with your kids.

*Meeting will be held via Zoom, look for the link in upcoming updates.

RMS Library Update:

If you missed the library newsletter last week, you can access it above!

Students have access to a trial of Comics Plus for another week. Check the newsletter for links and login information.

Classroom Updates:

wk15 review

Ramsey Resiliency:

Ramsey Resiliency Stress, depression and the holidays:

Tips for coping -

The holiday season often brings unwelcome guests — stress and depression. And it's no wonder. The holidays often present a dizzying array of demands. And if coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is spreading in your community, you may be feeling additional stress, or you may be worrying about your and your loved ones' health. You may also feel stressed, sad or anxious because your holiday plans may look different during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Acknowledge your feelings. If someone close to you has recently died or you can't be with loved ones for other reasons, realize that it's normal to feel sadness and grief. It's OK to take time to cry or express your feelings. You can't force yourself to be happy just because it's the holiday season. Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events or communities. Many may have websites, online support groups, social media sites or virtual events. They can offer support and companionship. It also may help to talk to a friend or family member. Volunteering your time or doing something to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits.

Be realistic. The holidays don't have to be perfect or just like last year. It's OK! Do what's best for you. Set aside differences. Learn to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Friends and colleagues will understand if you can't participate in every project or activity. Don't abandon healthy habits. Don't let the holidays become a free-for-all.Take a breather. Make some time for yourself. Find an activity you enjoy. Take a break by yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm.

Enjoy your break!

Kris Knetsch, LICSW

Holiday Resources:


Please call or do an electronic registration!

Toys For Tots https://salvationarmynorth.org/twin-cities/toy-shop

St Paul Eastside Service Center 1019 Payne Ave 651-776-8169

King Family Childhood Development Center 401 W. 7th St 651-602-3018

Merrick Community Services 1669 Arcade St N #4 651-771-9339

Neighbors, Inc 222 Grand Ave W 651-455-5000

Holiday Meals on Wheels for homebound 952-888-9616

Salvation Army main number 651-746-3595

Ramsey Food Pantry Alicia.Ekegren@spps.org

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:


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

RMS Help!

Do you have questions about your daily schedule? Homework? Need help with your email? Pop into RMSHELP and get your questions answered.

Student Support is available on Google Meet using code RMSHELP:






Tuesday and Thursday

1:10pm- 1:30pm

Technology Support:

If you need support for your iPad during Distance Learning, iPad teacher Mrs. Hagen is available each day 1:30-2:00 at RMShage in Meet. You can also email cara.hagen@spps.org or call/text 612-568-2358 for help during school hours. Glad to help!
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.

Please complete the required iUpdate for 20-21


Click here to complete the free/reduced lunch application for 20-21


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