Week of February 14 - 18, 2022

What's Inside the Newsletter

  • Principal's Note
  • School Information
  • Flipside
  • Central Showcase
  • Debate Team
  • Volunteer options
  • Classroom Updates
  • Foundations Kahoot
  • Family Resources
  • Health Office Message

Weekly Reminders


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

Next Week

Mon., February 21st - No School (President's Day)

Principal's Note

Hello Ramsey Families,

Ramsey along with many schools across MN is celebrating Black History Month. On Monday, February 14, we are celebrating National African American Parent Involvement Day. Normally our building would be open to families to visit and see student presentations, however, we are not able to do so due to the pandemic. Our students wanted to share some of their learning and projects with you, so please take some time to watch the video linked in this newsletter. We hope you enjoy this and it sparks some conversation with your student regarding Black Americans who have made amazing contributions to society.

Ms. Vibar


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.

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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.


FLIPSIDE Session 2 has begun! There is still time to register! Transportation is available on Monday and Wednesdays and students must provide their own transportation on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please note that it takes up to 5 business days for a students to receive a bus route.

Please pick-up students on Cambridge Street and Grand Ave.

Contact the Flipside Coordinator, Teanna Rouillard (teanna.rouillard@spps.org), with any questions or concerns.


Central Showcase - Feb. 16th

8th grade families interested in attending Central High School below is information about the Showcase on Wednesday, February 16th from 6:00-8:00pm.

Click here for more details

Debate Team

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.

Classroom Updates

Math 6

Students in Math 6 have been working on Ratios and will begin work on Unit Rate this week. If you notice a ratio or rate while at home with your student, point it out! Examples being the speed you're driving, price per gas, how much powder you put to water in making lemonade, etc. If you have an idea or would like to share an example with how you see Rates and Ratios in real life - please share them with Ms. Johnson!

MN Studies

Students in 6th grade Minnesota Studies history class at Ramsey Middle School presented their children's books about influential African American Minnesotans. They enjoyed sharing and 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!

8th Grade Grading Update

In order to prepare students for high school, there will be two deadlines during 3rd quarter. All work from the first half of quarter 3 is due at the mid-quarter (March 3rd). No work from the 1st half of the quarter will be accepted for credit after this date. All work from the 2nd half of quarter 3 is due by the end of quarter (Week of March 28).


The February Foundations Challenge is a Black History Quiz Bowl. Each Foundations class played the Kahoot quiz bowl game. The winner of each individual Foundations class will participate in a final round quiz bowl challenge next week. Families are welcome to play the Ramsey’s Black History Month Quiz Bowl Kahoot game as well. Click on the link, or use the Game PIN: 04628972.

Family Resources

Mental Health & Well-Being Resources


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


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.