RMS NEWSLETTER

Week of September 20 - 24, 2021

What's Inside the Newsletter

  • Picture Day Information
  • PTO Virtual Meeting
  • Health & Wellness
  • Athletics and Flipside Sign-ups

Weekly Reminders

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Thursday, Sept. 23rd - PTO meeting 6:00-7:30pm

Principal's Corner

Hello Ramsey Families!


We are settling into routines and students are mastering lockers and locks while working to remember where their classes are on A & B days! There is such a positive energy with students in the building!


Our building enrollment is right at projection, but is requiring some balancing as we have a larger than expected sixth grade group! We have been working on schedule changes, adding additional sixth grade classes which impacts a lot of students with schedule changes. Please know we are working to adjust with the least amount of disruption to student schedules.


Changing schedules will take a week to finalize, we hope to have new schedules in place to start Monday, Sept. 27, 2021.


Again, please feel free to reach out to me with questions and concerns via email teresa.vibar@spps.org.


Teresa Vibar

School Information

Office Information

Welcome Back!

- School Office hours are 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

- Office phone 651-293-8860

- If your child will be absent please call the school and leave a message with Sue Roach 651-744-4750

- Visitors are limited and masks are required

Picture Day - Canceled until further notice

Important message: Lifetouch/Shutterfly School Pictures date 9/21 and retake day 10/25 have been CANCELED until further notice. New dates are being arranged and communicated as soon as we know.

Transportation

Buses - Please be patient with buses the first few weeks of school, there is a bus driver shortage across the district and MN. We will send out bus updates as soon as we get them, you can also get the Saint Paul Public Schools Bus Status app is now available for free download at the Apple App Store CLICK HERE and via Google Play CLICK HERE. Additional bussing information can be found at 651-696-9600.

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Updates

You are a valued member of the PTO!


Our first online PTO meeting of the year is Thursday, 9/23 from 6pm to 7:30pm. We look forward to seeing you there virtually. The link for the meeting will be sent out Thursday before the meeting.


Join our Facebook Group

You can keep up with community news, connect with others in our community and share your experiences.


If you haven't already filled out the Guardian Information form, please take 1 minute and share how we can best serve you and our community.

Click Here to donate. Also share the donation page with your network of friends and family to help us reach our goal for the year. Every bit counts. We are ready to be done fundraising, as you are ready for us to stop asking, help us reach our goal and be done for the year.


Your donations support:

  • Counseling and Nursing office Supplies

  • Books for the Library

  • Student Programs such as AVID, WEB, Dare 2 Be Real and more

  • Field Trip expenses - Help us avoid scholarship requests and just fund these!

  • Community Engagement (T-Shirts, Childcare and Food at PTO meetings, Appreciation efforts and more)

  • Community (Staff, Student and/or Parent/Guardian) requests for supplies, events or anything else that will enrich our students/community experiences

Volunteer at Ramsey This Year!

As students and staff return to the building, we will slowly begin the process of bringing volunteers back into the daily routine and you are welcome to join us. Volunteers will be required to wear a mask at all times in the building. If you are interested in being on our contact list for one-time volunteer opportunities or the Classroom Volunteer Program when it returns later in the year (more info on that available here) - please visit our website at https://ramseyvolunteers.weebly.com/volunteer.html and sign up for our mailing list!

Health & Wellness

Hydration Is Healthy, Bring A Water Bottle~


Hydration is healthy- and water bottles help reduce waste. At Ramsey we want to continue to promote healthy habits in our shared space. For both health and environmental reasons we are encouraging students to bring a LABELED water bottle from home to fill and refill at our hygienic touch less/hands-free filtered water stations.


“Research indicates that students remember more and stay focused longer when they are hydrated. In fact, studies have found that drinking water can improve brain function by 15 percent. Because the brain has no way to store water, it is important to continually drink water throughout the day.”


For more information about the importance of hydration Click Here & Click Here

Tech Time - Important iPad information

Tech Tips

Now that the new iPads have been handed out, the iPad Support Form has also been turned back on. Students who need help with their iPads can complete the form to notify Mrs. Hagen, iPad Teacher, and Mr. Sheridan, Librarian, of any issues they're experiencing with their iPads. Parents and guardians can also complete the form for students when they are unable. Use the link or QR code for iPad help https://bit.ly/RMSipadhelp.

EDL / Flipside

Flipside Registration is now open! Flipside is the fun & free afterschool program for Ramsey Students. This program is open to all grades and will begin on October 11th. Transportation is not guaranteed for this program, but we are doing our best to find solutions to this. Classes meet from 3-5 pm either on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. Click here to register https://forms.gle/Zbeerq9PfCkRLPx98

Athletics

Dear Ramsey Middle School Families,


We are excited to be able to offer middle school athletics this fall. As is the case with other school activities, there will be some changes that will allow students to participate in a modified athletics season.


Due to the nationwide shortage of school bus drivers, we are only able to provide after-school transportation for high school students at this time. This means that all SPPS middle school athletics will have a modified intramural season this fall. We wish we could compete against other schools, but we cannot do so without offering transportation. We also cannot ask parents to drive, as it would not be equitable for students who do not have this option.


In light of this change, the fall activity fee is being reduced from $30 to $5. Students will still need a current sports physical to participate in the fall season; please make an appointment with your physician or visit one of our SPPS Health Start Clinics.


The season will begin on Monday, September 27. The following fall sports will be offered at our school:

  • Volleyball

  • Flag Football

  • Soccer


Sign-ups will be provided for students during lunches or in the main office on Monday, September 20th.


All activities will follow the COVID-19 recommendations from the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The recommendations include vaccination for anyone age 12 or older, frequent COVID-19 testing, wearing masks when not actively participating, keeping physical distance when possible, and practicing in small groups.


We hope to be able to offer a full season with regular competitions starting this winter. More information will be available later this year.


Thank you for your understanding. We are looking forward to a different, but fun, season.

Terry Seeman

terry.seeman@spps.org

Ultimate Frisbee

If your student athlete is interested in joining the Ramsey Ultimate Frisbee team, please connect with Ms. Ekegren to get on the email list for more updates about practices, times and dates! Alicia.Ekegren@spps.org or 651-744-7397