Ramona Communication Arts Academy
I hope that this year continues to be a positive one for each of you. I am fortunate to work at a great school with terrific parents, students, and staff. I realize that the time before school starts and at dismissal can be very hectic. However, please make sure that you do not park in the loading/unloading zone that is located directly in front of the school. This area needs to be kept clear so that cars can pass through to pick up students. Thank you.
This is our first year of implementation with a framework called Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). A team of teachers, parents, and administrators has attended a variety of trainings to help bring this approach to Ramona. The intent is to prevent negative behaviors and promote positive ones. We are excited about what this new framework will offer our students and our school.
As we continue to move forward with new standards and more rigorous learning experiences, OMSD had developed a statement regarding the Common Core that communicates what our expectations. It is: We expect all students to be College and Career Ready by demonstrating what they know and what they can do. This means our students will be able to think critically, work collaboratively and effectively communicate their ideas both verbally and in writing when solving real world problems. This statement aligns with our mission at Ramona – to motivate, inspire, and empower students with high expectations.
Please make sure to attend your child’s parent conference next week. This is an important time to communicate with your child’s teacher regarding your son’s/daughter’s progress. This year OMSD has developed a new report card that aligns with the Common Core. Instead of a standards-based report card, you will see claims for ELA and math. These claims are broad evidence-based statements about what students know and can do as demonstrated by their performance on different assessments. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me or your child’s teacher.
Don’t forget to follow Ramona on Twitter and Facebook. You can also sign up on Remind for text message reminders. I’m always available for a conference in person, by email or over the phone.
In Your Service,
I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate the critical importance of having good attendance at school. A key element of good attendance is staying healthy by practicing preventative measures such as proper hand washing. According to the Center for Disease Control, "Keeping hands clean is one of the most important things we can do to stop the spread of germs and stay healthy” (CDC, 2015). We want all of our Ramona students to be healthy and ready to learn.
The following are recommendations for preventing the spread of germs:
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
• Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
• Practice other good health habits.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food (CDC, 2015).