RMS NEWSLETTER

Week of September 27 - October 1, 2021

What's Inside the Newsletter

  • Picture Day Information
  • Schedule Changes
  • Fall Sports Starting
  • MYP Update
  • Literacy Strategies for home

Weekly Reminders

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Monday, Sept. 27 - Fall Sports Start (Must be signed up to participate & own transportation)


Wednesday, Oct. 6 - Picture Day

Principal's Corner

Hello Ramsey Ramilies!


As we begin our third full week of school, there will be students experiencing a schedule change to help balance the numbers in classes across the building. Please know our counselors worked diligently last week to minimize the number of students impacted by the change. A separate email went out on Sunday to families with students having a schedule change. Thank you in advance for your support and patience with these changes.


Additionally, I would like to thank all the parents and guardians who attended the virtual PTO meeting last Thursday evening. Your presence and support are appreciated!


Again, please feel free to reach out to me with questions and concerns via email teresa.vibar@spps.org.


Teresa Vibar

School Information

Office Information

Welcome Back!

- School Office hours are 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

- Office phone 651-293-8860

- If your child will be absent please call the school and leave a message with Sue Roach 651-744-4750

- Visitors are limited and masks are required

Picture Day - Rescheduled

Important message: Lifetouch/Shutterfly School Pictures date have been rescheduled to October 6th and retake day November 1st.

Transportation

Thank you for your patience with buses. We will send out bus updates as soon as we get them, you can also get the Saint Paul Public Schools Bus Status app is now available for free download at the Apple App Store CLICK HERE and via Google Play CLICK HERE. Additional bussing information can be found at 651-696-9600.

Spanish Classes with Señora Schuneman!

Make sure to bring your notebooks this upcoming week so we can start using them in class! :)

Athletics

Reminder: Fall athletics begin on Monday, Sept. 27. This includes Flag Football, Volleyball and Soccer. Practices will be from 3:00-4:30. All students that are participating in a Fall sport must have a ride, for pick up at 4:30. If you don't have a ride arranged for 4:30, they have to take the bus home after school at 3:00.


Sports Physical Info: Students need to have a current Sports Physical before participating. If you go to an SPPS Clinic you need to be 12 and older to use an SPPS clinic.


Terry Seeman

terry.seeman@spps.org

MYP Update

My name is Elisabeth Fontana, and I am the IB-MYP coordinator at Ramsey. It was great to be able to briefly describe what the Middle Years Programme is during the September PTO meeting on Thursday. I have been the MYP coordinator at Ramsey for six years, and have been excited to help lead our growth as a program during that time. We have a great group of teachers at Ramsey who are excited about using the student-centered, inquiry-based approach that the IB-MYP encourages to make sure that we are helping students stay engaged and become more independent learners. If you have any questions about the IB-MYP, there are resources on our school website, but also feel free to email me at elisabeth.fontana@spps.org.

Literacy Corner

As partners in your child's literacy development, we are excited to update you on the start of the year! Your scholars have been building community and relationships as they are rebuilding their independent reading and writing lives. Ask your child what texts/books they have been reading both in school and outside of school. Maybe they've gotten a book from the school or classroom library? Maybe from the Virtual Library? Maybe they've been into a song or poem or quote lately? Enjoy!

Tech Time

Students Charging iPads

Please remind your students that they need to have their iPads fully charged every day for school. We already have students come to school with iPads that have little or no charge. Charging the iPad every day is an expected responsibility for all students. Each student received a new USB-C charger with their new iPad. They were told that we don't have any extras at this time. If your student has lost their charger, they can receive one of the old chargers. Please do not have students charge their iPads with an iPhone charger (small square). They are too low of power and could be a fire risk.


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

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Updates

Thank you to all the families that showed up for our first online PTO meeting last Thursday. It was nice to see new families and get connected with other RMS families. Next PTO meeting is Oct. 28th, mark your calendars.


Join our Facebook Group. You can keep up with community news, connect with others in our community and share your experiences.


If you haven't already filled out the Guardian Information form, please take 1 minute and share how we can best serve you and our community.


Click Here to donate. Also share the donation page with your network of friends and family to help us reach our goal for the year. Every bit counts. We are ready to be done fundraising, as you are ready for us to stop asking, help us reach our goal and be done for the year.


Your donations support:

  • Counseling and Nursing office Supplies

  • Books for the Library

  • Student Programs such as AVID, WEB, Dare 2 Be Real and more

  • Field Trip expenses - Help us avoid scholarship requests and just fund these!

  • Community Engagement (T-Shirts, Childcare and Food at PTO meetings, Appreciation efforts and more)

  • Community (Staff, Student and/or Parent/Guardian) requests for supplies, events or anything else that will enrich our students/community experiences

EDL / Flipside

Flipside Registration is now open! Flipside is the fun & free afterschool program for Ramsey Students. This program is open to all grades and will begin on October 11th. Transportation is not guaranteed for this program, but we are doing our best to find solutions to this. Classes meet from 3-5 pm either on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. Click here to register https://forms.gle/Zbeerq9PfCkRLPx98

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

Health & Wellness

Hydration Is Healthy, Bring A Water Bottle~


Hydration is healthy- and water bottles help reduce waste. At Ramsey we want to continue to promote healthy habits in our shared space. For both health and environmental reasons we are encouraging students to bring a LABELED water bottle from home to fill and refill at our hygienic touch less/hands-free filtered water stations.


“Research indicates that students remember more and stay focused longer when they are hydrated. In fact, studies have found that drinking water can improve brain function by 15 percent. Because the brain has no way to store water, it is important to continually drink water throughout the day.”


For more information about the importance of hydration Click Here & Click Here