Ramsey Weekly Update

Week 15

Dates to Remember:

Nightfall on Dec. 10 – Dec. 18: Chanukah

December 17: Q2 Midterm Conferences (4-7 p.m.)

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

December 26- Jan. 1- Kwanzaa

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Quarter 2 Virtual Drop-in Conferences:

Thursday, December 17th (4- 7 p.m.)

Hello Ramsey Families!

Thank you to all families who were able to connect with your student’s Foundations Teacher last Friday. If you were unable to meet with the Foundations teachers, you will have another opportunity this Thursday, from 4-7 p.m.!

To prepare for your student’s conferences we encourage you to look at their Schoology account and review their grades/assignments prior to Thursday evening. It may not be possible to see every teacher, so you will want to prioritize which teachers you want to see and which teachers you could follow up with via email. A Schoology overview is linked below. Your student is able to walk you through each course and you can see their grades.

The Thursday evening conferences are drop-in conferences with teachers of your choice in google meeting rooms. No need to sign up in advance. Teachers will be in google meetings by departments. As you join the google meeting, teachers and other families will be in that department meeting space.

Example: If you are in the math department meeting space, the math teacher you hope to meet with will create a breakout room to meet regarding your student. (It will be a private conference). If the math teacher you hope to meet with is currently meeting with a family, you can wait, or check out other departments to connect with other teachers.

Staff in the meeting rooms will ask you for your name, student name and the teacher you hope to meet with. This information will be shared with the teacher, in the event they are not able to connect with you during evening conferences. They will follow up in the remaining days before winter break.

Below are the department google meetings and codes and a list of the teachers in that space:

ELA Readers/Writers Workshop – Meeting code: rmsela – Teachers in this space: Bronson, Edwards, Gallagher, Bailey, Messar, DelMain, Ravi and Parker

ELECTIVESMusic, Art, Design, PE, Health, World Languages – Meeting code: rmselectives – Teachers in this space: Tison, Atkins, Ekegren, DePeder, Solachava, Hart, Krajicek, Fontana and Hagen

MATH – Meeting code: rmsmath – Teachers in this space: Haukom, Pineada Johnson, Lutz, Skaja, Zangs, and Benson

SCIENCE – Meeting code: rmsscience – Teachers in this space: Marder, Vojtech, Theisen, Kowalski and Chlebecek

SOCIAL STUDIES: - Meeting code: rmssocialstudies – Teachers in this space: Walter, Ousley, Haugen, Payia Yang and Caldwell

SPECIAL EDUCATION: - Meeting code: rmsspecialed – Teachers in this space: Carter, Smith-Pugh, Stern, Hayes, Wathum-Ocama, Knetsch, Cunningham, Boyle, and Branstad

*All conferences will be held via Google Meet on the student iPad; all meeting codes are listed above in bold.

Guide to Schoology

Click here to view information on accessing and using Schoology.

Hello Ramsey Families!

We miss your students and all the things that take place during the school day, and we would love to be back in school - when it is safe! In the meantime, we are thrilled with how your students are showing up for Distance Learning. We want to check in with you and see how things are going from your perspective. If you have more than one child at Ramsey, please complete the survey for each child. Your honest feedback and suggestions will help us to make necessary adjustments.

Thank you!

Ramsey Resiliency:

We all need a little of this! Click below to utilize a Virtual Calming Room with the following options:

  • Sounds & Music

  • Visual Relaxation

  • Puzzles & Games

  • Stretching & Yoga

  • Guided Meditation

  • Coloring

    and more.

  • Beautiful Relaxing Music for Stress Relief * Meditation Music, Sleep Music, Ambient Study Music

    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:


    Classroom Updates:

    Ms. Johnson's Math 6:

    So far in Quarter 2 students have been working with fractions in the context of cooking. We've added fractions to make a grocery list, subtracted fractions to find the leftovers, multiplied fractions to make double and triple recipes, and divided fractions to find single portions. Now we are going to put it all together in terms of our culminating fraction project: The Math 6 Cookbook. Please help your scholar pick a family favorite recipe to include in the cookbook. They will receive directions on Monday, but their recipe will have to include a multiplied portion, a halved portion, the original recipe, and directions. The first step (often the hardest step) is choosing the right recipe that they want to work with. So please, talk to your scholar and help them find the right one. Recipes can be for food, desert, slime, playdoh, etc. They can be in English, Spanish, French, or another language. They can be a family favorite, or brand new. The options are endless.

    Any questions, please reach out. Thanks and have a great almost-break week!

    MN Studies:

    We will wrap up our unit on the Early Dakota before winter break. There have been 5 graded assignments in Schoology for Quarter 2 with a test coming up on December 16/17. The students are able to use the Quarter 2 assignments when they take the test this week. Students in Minnesota Studies were creating personal Winter Counts this past week and have been becoming Winter Count Keepers. Feel free to check out their Flipgrid videos where they are sharing their oral histories. Please ask your child to show you their winter count video on the Flipgrid app. If you would like to learn more about the Lakota Winter Counts, please check out the slides (https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1rhTP0z5uTs4_Pf8qIJd-1WUT7qMohUEFJTAoHBgsJEE/edit?usp=sharing) from this week's lesson. You can also take a look at these winter counts in depth by checking out this website. You can really zoom in and see the details of the winter counts. https://www.si.edu/object/nmnhanthropology_11546000

    Week 14 review

    Debate Team

    The Ramsey debate team has been busy preparing for our upcoming tournament season! This year, 14 students representing all grade levels have joined the team and are debating the MN Urban Debate League topic of disarming the police. Debaters received their evidence packets and headsets last week and have started participating in practice policy debates! During a policy debate, teams of two go head-to-head to deliver arguments, ask questions, and deliver rebuttals for or against a plan. The debate team practices on Thursdays at 3:00 pm, and tournaments will begin at the end of January. Please reach out to Ms. Hart at melissa.hart@spps.org if you have questions!

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    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.
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