Ramsey Weekly Update

Week 32

Dates to Remember:

April- Celebrate Diversity Month

April 12-May 12 Ramadan

April 12 & 13-NO SCHOOL

April 14- SCHOOL RESUMES-

First day of Quarter 4

In-Person Begins

April 22- PTO Meeting 6:00-7:30pm

Families returning in person on Wednesday, April 14th: Please click the image below to review expectations with your child(ren)

Q4 Virtual Office Hours

Click the button above to view teacher office hours for Virtual Learners

Student of the Month- March 2021

Congratulations!


The students below have been nominated and selected as the Student of the Month in their respective grades for demonstrating the principled learner profile.

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3-7, 2021

This year more than ever, our SPPS educators have gone above and beyond to keep their students learning and engaged. The Office of Communications is putting together a video of students saying “Thank You” in various ways, which will be shared with our school community throughout the week.


Students and families are invited to submit a short video, photo, drawing or letter via Google Form to tell their teachers how much they appreciate them. The format and recipients are up to them. Our favorite submissions will be incorporated into the video, and some teachers may be asked to read a submission on camera. All submissions will be compiled and posted on spps.org.


Please help spread the word to students and families about this opportunity to thank their teachers. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 23. Our goal is to represent as many educators, schools, students and grade levels as possible. If you know an educator who is especially deserving of a thank you this year, please send an email to communications@spps.org so we can do our best to highlight them.

Ramsey Show: Episode 5

Ramsey Show 2020-21 Episode 5
The Ramsey Show is looking for student submissions for upcoming episodes.


1. We are looking for student art pieces, digital art, pictures of your art...be creative!


2. Have you had to record yourself for a school assignment or project? Did it take a few tries? Did you make a funny mistake?


Please send us your short, silly moment for our upcoming “Blooper Reel” For any questions or submissions for either of these, please email Ms. Kelly kelly.cervi@stpaul.k12.mn.us

MCA Testing:

MCA testing in reading, math, and science (8th grade) will be starting in April to measure students’ academic achievement. Parents have the right to opt their students out of standardized testing. Signing your student up for the Virtual Learning option does not automatically opt your student out of MCA exams. Students who have selected Virtual Learning will be given the opportunity to come to Ramsey to take the tests (dates to be determined).


If you would like your student to be opted-out of the MCA exams this year, you can fill out of the opt-out form and send it to elisabeth.fontana@spps.org. Here are links to opt-out forms drafted by the Minnesota Department of Education and translated into multiple languages: English, Arabic, Chinese, Hmong, Karen, Khmer, Laotian, Oromo, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese


A parent/guardian may also write a letter or send an email to Ramsey’s testing coordinator, elisabeth.fontana@spps.org, stating why you do not want your student to take the tests (e.g., because of the pandemic or state your other reasons). Please make sure you include your student’s full name and grade in the email/letter.

Summer School Registration is OPEN!

WHO: Ramsey Families


WHAT: Summer school is available for students in grades K-12.


WHEN: Summer 2021


WHERE: Various Sites


WHY: Students will learn new things AND work on their current academic skills.

Summer school will help prepare students for the next school year through fun, hands-on activities. ALL SUMMER SESSIONS ARE FREE!



Registration is open and can be done online via Campus Parent or the downloadable registration "Application" form linked on the right side of the website:

https://www.spps.org/summer


*If you need help signing up for summer school contact RMS counselors below by clicking on their name:


Barbie Woodruff


Ayoub Nigatu

Classroom Updates:

Science 8 Update:

4th quarter Reminders! (for VLS and In-Person)


ALL Students (VLS and In-person) will need their science notebook and some pens/pencils as well as their charged iPad every day.

Science 8 classes will be following the exact same format/structure as previous quarters with work coming out on Mondays and Wednesdays.

All work will be completed on the iPad as before. All work will be due on Friday as usual.

Technology Support:

Families,

Please remember to bring student iPads to school each day. They are needed for Onsite Support and April 14th for In-Person Learning. The iPad remains the basis of the district’s Personalized Learning plan.

iPads should be fully charged each day. If iPads are not at school and fully charged, students’ access to learning is limited. The case and keyboard should be attached to protect the iPad. Having a full keyboard definitely helps with middle school writing, but it is also keeping the screen from breaking.

If you need a charger, case, or keyboard, we can get you one during Onsite Support, In-Person Learning, or Virtual Learning. Please contact your Foundations teacher or me for help.

Thank you,


Cara Hagen (She/Her/Hers)

iPad Teacher

cara.hagen@spps.org

Call or Text ‪(612) 568-2358


If you need support for your iPad during Distance Learning, iPad teacher Mrs. Hagen is available Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30-3:00pm 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!

Ramsey Resiliency:

Managing Anxious Thoughts


Thought stopping is a technique that can help you let go of thoughts that cause you to feel anxious and change them to thoughts that help you feel calm. Kalen worried about his mother who had to travel out of state, because he had not been away from her more than a few days. He found himself waking up in the middle of the night worried about her safety. His thoughts raised his anxiety level and made it hard to fall back to sleep. He had trouble concentrating at school and when he talked to his friends. A school counselor taught his a thought-stopping technique to practice. Whenever he found himself having an anxious thought about his mom, he immediately told himself to STOP. Then he consciously replaced his anxious thoughts with a thought about something pleasant that made him smile and relax- petting his cat, walking in the sunshine, playing soccer with friends.. When he stopped his anxious thoughts, his anxious feelings stopped too!



1. Notice your anxious thought


2. Stay "STOP" in your mind or aloud, picture a stop sign, or keep a light rubber band around your wrist to snap gently, or physically shake your head to shake off your thoughts.


3. Exchange your anxious thought for a calming thought. Plan it out.


4. Say your thought out loud or in your head.


5. Keep your mind focused on your calming thought until the anxious thought passes.

Food Pantry Update:

Since we are moving to On-Site Support at Ramsey we are going to be moving our Pantry Day to Friday instead of Thursdays. Please see the updated Poster as well! 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 5/6, personal hygiene products, and cleaning supplies. Please drop these items off on Friday's between 7am-12pm at Ramsey. If you would like to volunteer to help pack and sort out items on Friday mornings, please email Alicia.Ekegren@spps.org. If you have questions, please call 651-744-7397 or email Alicia.Ekegren@spps.org

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