Ramirez Intermediate Happenings

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Happy Sunday Ramirez Families!

Welcome Back to School!

I hope your holidays were filled with love, family, peace, and joy! I enjoyed my time with family and friends; it was just what I needed to fill my cup!

A Time for Transformation

In one of the conversations I had with a friend, we talked about transformation and the power of appropriate struggle. Not toxic struggle but what is called productive struggle.

Kelley Kitley, a licensed clinical social worker, in her article Why lawnmower parenting is like robbing your kids - and how to actually help them, defines the term "lawn mower parenting" as when parents remove obstacles for their kids in hopes of setting them up to be successful. The intentions are good but this frequently backfires later in life when students who are now adults, often struggle with the messy nature of life and its problems. Struggle allows children to practice defeat.

When we have to deal with not getting what we want, and that is a reality for each of us, practicing defeat allows us to develop coping mechanisms. It teaches us to be resilient, it teaches us to be grateful, it teaches us to look for other paths and outcomes.

Of course, the balance is tricky, right? We want to support our kids, but are we supporting them or crippling them when we attempt to remove all barriers rather than teaching them the life skills that produce independent, high functioning adults? Kitley closes the article with practical strategies that can support parents in reflecting upon their parenting style and their definition of success to determine if they are allowing their children to have their own experiences or if they are living their lives through their children.

Several years ago, I came across a poem that compares the transformation of a caterpillar to butterfly with productive struggle and how it shapes we humans. The message of the parable is our struggles in life develop our strength and without them we do not grow strong, experienced, or wise.

As we enter into a new year, I invite you into a space of reflection, not focused so much on outcomes or resolutions, but more focused on the journey of supporting your children and you personally in the journey of becoming your best and most authentic selves!

Welcome to 2022!

~Mrs. Douglas

Lawnmower Parenting Article

The Butterfly ( Struggles ) inspirational video

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COVID-19 Antigen Tests

To increase access to no-cost, at-home COVID-19 antigen tests, the State of California has provided COVID-19 test kits for students enrolled in CNUSD. The purpose of the test is to test students PRIOR to coming onto the school campus on Monday, January 10th. If you would like to test your student PRIOR to coming onto campus, and did not have the opportunity to pick up your test kit during the Friday distribution, we will have tests available. There is one test kit available per student. Testing your student for COVID-19 before they return to school protects our Wolf community and can help reduce the COVID spread.

We will have a table set up on the north side of the parking lot from 7:00 AM - 7:30 AM. You will need to:

1.Follow the traffic flow to enter into the parking area.

2. Park your car (these kits are for immediate testing only).

3. Come to the table with your student to get your test kit.

If you have not received your test kit, and are not planning to test your student prior to the start of school, kits will be available from 3:00 -3:30 at the front of the school via drive through Monday, January 10th.

We appreciate our Wolf Pack families and are endeavoring to provide a safe return to school with the protocols we have put in place.

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Student Schedules

School starts on Monday, January 10th at 7:45 a.m. Please have your student check their online Student Connection account to confirm their schedule for the second semester. Please check over the weekend for the most accurate schedule. We highly recommend students take a snapshot of their schedule or write it down on a piece of paper (including the period and room number). We will not have printed schedules available. Information on how to change your elective will be sent out later in the week, should you be interested in a change. Watch your student’s email.

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Transfer Request Window is Still Open!

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Track Championship Information

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STEM Summer Learning

For more information on registration for the 2022 Summer Learning Labs visit: https://www.stepconference.org/
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The Ramirez PTSA support goes directly to our students! If you have not joined, please take the time to join TODAY! Scan the QR code or follow the link to make your $10 donation. You may also purchase membership for other family members. Thank you!

Dr. Augustine Ramirez Intermediate School PTSA


Covid 19 Absences

School Safety Information

Please click the link for School Safety Updates.


Dates to Remember:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: January 17 (No School)

Observance of Abraham Lincoln's Birthday: February 14 (No School)

Presidents' Day: February 21 (No School)

Dr. Augustine Ramirez Intermediate School