Week of October 18 - 22, 2021

What's Inside the Newsletter

  • Fall Conferences
  • Safety Drills
  • Literacy Update
  • Internet at home
  • iUpdate

Weekly Reminders


Tuesday, Oct. 19 - Fall Conferences

Thursday. Oct. 21 - MEA Break (No School)

Friday, Oct. 22 - MEA Break (No School)

Principal's Corner

Ramsey Families,

Thank you to all families who took time to connect with your student's Foundations Teacher or even perhaps other teachers for our Q1 fall conferences last Thursday. It is not too late to connect with your student's teachers as we offer two nights of conferences Q1. This coming Tuesday, you will have another opportunity to conferences with teachers, more information and link below.

Thank you for your partnership with us and we look forward to connecting virtually with you!


Teresa Vibar

Fall Conferences - Tuesday, Oct. 19th

Fall Conferences Oct. 19th from 4:00-7:00pm. Conferences will be student-led and virtual on Google Meets. Families will be signing up for Conferences with their students' Foundations teacher only, please ask your student who their Foundations teacher is. Sign-up links are below, as well as posted on the school website, and Foundations teachers will post their links in Schoology. Please indicate in your sign-up if your family will need an interpreter so we can best support you.

School Information

Information from the office

Safety Drills:

We will conduct the third set of safety drills next Monday and Tuesday. We will have a fire drill on Monday, October 18 @ 9:30 AM, with the Saint Paul Fire Department present. During the drill, firefighters will observe staff and student performance and offer recommendations to make the drill more efficient and effective. We will have a lockdown drill on Tuesday, October 19. Please have a discussion with your child about the importance of safety drills at school. Thank you!

Picture Day Information: You will be able to view and order pictures online in two weeks (by 10/20). Lifetouch needs time to process and upload all of the pictures taken on 10/6/21. Please access the website at mylifetouch.com and use code# EVTGZQ78S. Picture re-take day will be November 1st.


Flipside had a great first week. Remember students must have their own transportation home in order to stay after and participate. Please email Ms. Darcy with questions @ darcy.holle@spps.org

Starting the week of October 25th we are Super excited to offer a drumline program on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Come learn the fundamentals of drumming with elements of drill and dance!! Sign up here!

Literacy Corner

As partners in your child's literacy development, we are excited to update you as students are increasing their reading volume, stamina and choice across the school day, many choosing what topics/articles they want to read about in content classes like Health and more. Building on the trust and relationships with both staff and students, scholars are choosing books to read in their reading and ELA classes from the school library, classroom library, and virtual library apps and focusing on studying and analyzing character at deepening levels from 6th grade to 8th. You might ask your scholar what, where, why, and how they chose to read this week.

Also, there's some talk of adding a Free Little Library outside our school. If interested in getting involved, please contact PTO or anne.sawyer@spps.org.

iUpdate - Click Here - Please complete

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Classroom Updates

6th Grade - MN Studies

In Minnesota Studies, students are starting a new unit on Immigration. Students will be creating iMovies about their family stories and how they ended up in Minnesota or by researching another immigrant group. In the past, these iMovies have been a fantastic way to show the amazing diversity within our school community.

Physical Education Class

Softball Assessment is due by Tuesday, Oct. 19th. The assessment is located in the PE section under "MATERIALS".

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Updates

PTO Fundraising

We are all Stronger when We Work Together!

It’s October and this means we are starting our formal push for donations. We want our fundraising done before the end of the month!. We want to dedicate our focus, time, energy and resources on engaging and supporting our community, the real work! Help us reach our goals so we can stop asking you for money this year.

We need your help if we are going to reach our goals. We can not do this without your support.

Our Goals:

  • 500 Total Donations

  • Average $25/student for the year (< $3 a month for the school year)

  • Only 1 fundraising campaign (this one) for the entire year!

Every penny helps, there are no minimum donations so please give what you can. If we all participate, we can share the load together.

Click Here To Go to Our GiveMN Donation Page

If you are unable to donate, please share our campaign with your network and help us reach more people!

Please join the conversations on our Ramsey Facebook Group and visit us at our Monthly PTO meeting.

Tech Time

Security on New iPads

SPPS iPads have additional WiFi security settings this year. This is great news for parents, students, and staff. Websites like Facebook, Instagram and other non-academic websites cannot be accessed from SPPS WiFi. These websites will also be blocked on WIFI networks outside of school.

If you find your student needs additional limitations such as time limits or blocking types of sites, please let me know. I can send you the directions to set up Screen Time on the iPad.

Please note that many staff members use YouTube videos as part of teaching and learning. For that reason, YouTube should not be blocked on the student iPads.

If you have any questions, please email cara.hagen@spps.org.

Athletics - No Fall Sports Practice on Wednesday, Oct. 20th

There will NOT be athletics on Wednesday, October 20th. This is the day before MEA. All students that are out for a fall sport will be expected to go home on the bus right after school.

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