RMS NEWSLETTER

Week of February 7 - 11, 2022

What's Inside the Newsletter

  • School Information
  • Name Change Update
  • Counseling Corner
  • Student Council
  • Flipside
  • Debate Team
  • Volunteer options
  • MYP Info
  • Classroom Update
  • Family Resources
  • Health Office Message

Weekly Reminders

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Mon., February 7th - Flipside Starts


Next Week:

Mon., February 14th - NAAPID (National African American Parent Involvement Day)

School Information

Arriving Late and Early Pick-up: Students always need to check into the Main Office if they arrive late or are being picked up early, office staff sign students in and out. Please remind your student to do so, this ensures the safety of all students, we appreciate your support.


Yearbook: Use the link or code to order, last day to order a yearbook is March 25th.

https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/order/LookupJob?jobNumber=14553722 Code: 14553722


School Buses: School bus drivers are at a shortage again, the district will communicate as soon as they know when routes are delayed/canceled. Please use the MySPPS Bus App (download it on your phone) as a resource, drivers will use the app to keep the schools and families updated with routes.

Counseling Corner

Q2 Grades Reports: Submit grades request here

Final Q2 grades will be posted to transcripts and ready to review on Friday, February 11th.

Please complete this form by February 11th to let us know how you would like to receive your child’s grades.

Student Council

Ramsey Middle School's 6th grade Student Council representatives meet twice a month and have been focusing on the school's name change process as well as events around the school. This week, they have been creating advertisements for their upcoming Valentine's Day Grams and Goodies Sale (click here for more info).

FLIPSIDE

FLIPSIDE begins MONDAY FEBRUARY 7th! All schedules have been emailed to students who registered last week. Bussing for MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY ONLY. Student will have to continue to provide their own transportation on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


There is still time to register, please note that if you haven't already registered and would like bussing it can take up to 5 business days for a student to be added to a route.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfRahXXApo39hI4mtwh7sb1vehcfbD6eb2u8ZWypEeLeQ4vsg/viewform


Please contact Teanna Rouillard (teanna.rouillard@spps.org) with any questions. Thank you!

Debate Team

**Please note this information has changed​**

Saturday, February 12 - Tournament Canceled: We regret to inform you that we have had to cancel our participation for the tournament scheduled this Saturday, February 12. We will reschedule our Saturday tournament for Saturday, March 19 and apologize for this inconvenience!


Next Tournament - We will compete virtually on Thursday, February 17 at 4:00 pm. Please reach out to Ms. Hart or Ms. Bannon if you have any questions!


Debate T-shirts are on their way! T-shirts will be available for pickup in Ms. Hart or Ms. Bannon's room beginning on February 11.

Want to Volunteer?

We have a new volunteering opportunity at Ramsey! Beginning February 7th, the afterschool program (Flipside) will host a "Homework Help" class. The session will be led by a Math Corps team member, but it would be great to have one or two extra adults in the room to help kids out!


"Homework Help" will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 - 5 PM. f you are interested or want more information, you can reach out to Ramsey's Flipside Coordinator, Teanna, at teanna.rouillard@spps.org. This position is very flexible! Can you only commit to Mondays? Can you only commit to Mondays in March? Or even just one Monday or Wednesday here or there? We can probably make that work. Just ask Teanna!


**Please note that volunteers will be required to pass a background check (the Ramsey PTO gladly covers the cost of this), as well as certifying with the district that they are either vaccianated against COVID or testing weekly for possible infection. Masks are required inside Ramsey.

MYP Info

One of the things that sets the IB-MYP apart from other educational frameworks is its emphasis on conceptual teaching and learning. By focusing on concepts rather than just content, students can make more meaningful connections between what they are learning and the real world. In IB-MYP Design class this week, students dug into the sixteen key concepts identified by IB by finding images that they thought could represent each concept. Students then played a game where they had to convince their classmates to vote for the image they chose.

Classroom Updates

IB-MYP Design Update

This quarter, we are going to be working on a 3D printing unit where we are exploring the idea that communities thrive through innovation that values collective health & well-being. It is essential that students come prepared for class with their iPads charged and ready to use for class every day so that they can complete the 3D printing assignments. Please reach out to elisabeth.fontana@spps.org if you have any questions or concerns.

MN Studies

Students in 6th grade Minnesota Studies history class at Ramsey Middle School are currently researching influential African American Minnesotans and will be creating children's books about their chosen person. They're enjoying learning about Prince, Gordon Parks, Lena Smith, Josie R. Johnson, George Bonga, Alan Page, Roy Wilkins, Dr. Robert Hickman, Melvin Carter, and so many more!

Family Resources

Mental Health & Well-Being Resources

Books:

  • The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey
  • Fourteen Talks by age Fourteen by Michelle Icard


Websites:

Tutor Me

SPPS has formed a new partnership with TutorMe to give students free access to online tutoring services. TutorMe allows students to connect with a subject-level expert tutor at any time to get support in current classes. TutorMe is an external company SPPS is contracting with as an additional resource for students alongside the SPPS Academic Support Center and other student support opportunities in our schools.


The link below contains helpful information:

https://www.spps.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=14417&ModuleInstanceID=143492&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=146377&PageID=42320

Health Office Message

Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms?

Common COVID-19 symptoms include: fever greater than or equal to 100.4° F, new onset and/or worsening cough, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell OR at least 2 of the following: sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, muscle pain, excessive fatigue, new onset of severe headache, new onset of nasal congestion or runny nose.


If you or your child are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please keep your child home from school. Then, Go to the SPPS COVID-19 Reporting System Website: https://commedspps.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9G0WvcJlWfuqwlL & follow the instructions there, then Call the Ramsey Attendance Line at (651) 744-4750 to notify the school that you will be keeping your child home from school.

Internet at Home

Click link below. Paper copies are also available at school upon request.


https://bit.ly/homeWiFi