Week of May 9 - 13, 2022

What's Inside the Newsletter

  • School Information
  • Tech Tips
  • Flipside
  • French Immersion Information
  • Classroom Updates
  • Central Spring Concert
  • Counseling Corner
  • Health & Wellness
  • Literacy Corner
  • Spring Games
  • 8th Grade Family Volunteers

Weekly Reminders


Thurs., May 12th - NJHS Induction 6:00-7:00pm

Next Week:

Thurs., May 19th - PTO meeting 6:00-7:30pm

Fri., May 20th - School Dance/Activity 1:30-3:00pm

School Information

Save the date for the Ramsey School Dance!

Ramsey will host our first school dance of the year May 20th during the school day. Students will go to their regular classes for a shortened time. After attending their shortened schedule, students will have the option to attend the dance in the gym, play sport activities in the other gym, play board games in the cafeteria, or enjoy activities outside for the last two hours of the school day.

RMS School Store!! Students can use their ROCKS tickets to purchase fun items at our NEW school store during lunch. Click Here to see the full details. The school store was such a hit, we are looking for items to be donated (items include stickers, airheads, jolly ranchers, lifesavers, and mentos, styluses, etc.). They can be dropped off in the main office.

Tech Tips

On Wednesday, June 8, all students will be cleaning iPads at school. All students are welcome to keep the iPads for the summer, returning to school with them in the fall. Any students who are attending Summer School must keep their iPads and bring them to summer school. Only those students who are not returning to St. Paul Public Schools or students whose families don't want the iPads over the summer will turn them in at the library with the case and charger on June 8 after cleaning. Eighth graders attending a St. Paul Public Schools high school do not turn iPads in unless their family doesn't want it over the summer.


The LION KING Jr. was AMAZING! Shout out to the students who worked so hard! The SET, the crew, the lighting, the costumes, the SINGING – All AMAZING! Very proud of our students and staff involved in this production!

French Immersion Information

Proficiency testing at Ramsey MS

This year, we have district funds to support language proficiency testing for 8th grade students in our Ramsey French immersion classrooms. A proficiency test determines the level of language proficiency a student has achieved, regardless of how the language was taught or when it was learned. A language proficiency assessment is not meant to be an evaluation of a teacher or learner. Rather, we hope the data will inform our teaching practices and program design, as well as present a more holistic picture of what our learners can do in the target language.

This year we are using the STAMP 4S assessment in grade 8. The “4S” is the four skill areas and the assessment consists of 4 parts - reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students will need approximately 45 minutes to complete each section, for a total testing time of 3 hours. District staff will be present to help proctor and provide on-site support for the classroom teachers and learners. There are sample tests available for students to take with the classroom teacher beforehand.

All results will be shared with the classroom teacher, students, and families/guardians. A guide to interpret the results will be included as well.

Ramsey 8th graders are scheduled as follows:

½ of the students: Tuesday / May 24

½ of the students: Friday / May 27

Testing will begin in the morning. As students finish, they will return back to their regular classes.

Madame Payia Yang has a list of who is testing on which day and this will be communicated with all staff so that the student is not marked absent.

If you have any questions, please contact the following:

Madame Payia Yang, French Immersion Social Studies Teacher (rachel.payia-yang@spps.org) Madame Teresa Vibar, Ramsey M.S. Principal (teresa.vibar@spps.org)

Madame Lisa Showers, French Language & Immersion TOSA (lisa.showers@spps.org)

Classroom Updates

6th Grade Team

The 6th Grade team is counting down the final days of school year with the ABC's and each day will have a new theme. See the image for more information. Ask your 6th grader about all of the fun to come.

Central HS Spring Orchestra Concert

Central High School is having their Spring Orchestra Concert next Wednesday, 5/11 at 7pm. Come on out to see what music at Central is like, to enjoy an evening of music, and also to hear a performance of Ramsey staff member Ms. Margaret’s own composition for orchestra called “Variations on Simple Gifts”. I got to travel to Illinois to hear the first live performance back in February - and now Central will be performing it, too! I graduated from Central in 2017, so it will be lots of fun being back and staying involved as an alum.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the concert on 5/11, please email Ms. Margaret at margaret.albers@spps.org. Would love to see you there!

Counseling Corner

2022-2023 School Year Course Registration

Current 8th Grade Families: Has your student registered for high school classes? Course Registration is open for all of the Saint Paul High Schools and closes on or around May 13th. If you have questions or your student would like help selecting their classes, please reach out to either of the Ramsey School Counselors.

Current 6th & 7th Grade Families: Please be on the lookout in the next 2 weeks for course selection forms. Students will be reviewing their required courses and making selections for the enrichment/elective courses and advanced math requests. Forms are for your review and DO NOT have be returned. Students will select classes online, in school. Parents will be able to view their students' courses before everything is finalized.

Current 5th graders planning to join Ramsey: Welcome letters (from Ramsey) will be going out in the next few weeks. Welcome letters will contain information about required courses, requests for advanced math and band as well as who to reach out to with your questions. We're happy for all new and returning families joining us in the fall.

8th Grade Recognition Ceremony

​Quick Details: Thursday, June 9th 9:30am at Ramsey.

Stay tuned for additional information in the coming weeks.

Health Office Message

COVID Testing Kits

If your student develops any COVID symptoms, please have them take a COVID Test. Rapid COVID 19 Test Kits are available for students to take home (BinaxNOW). You can call the health office during school hours at 651-888-7657, then come to school to pick it up or we can send it home with your student while quantities last. That way you have one available if you need it.

BinaxNOW Test Kits Shelf-Life Extended

Abbott BinaxNOW test kits expiration dates have been extended by the manufacturer. The BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Cards have been found to have a shelf-life of up to 15 months, extending the kits for use past their 12-month expiration date. Kits can be used for an additional 3 months post-expiration date.

Please monitor daily for symptoms of COVID-19. If any symptoms develop, stay home and test. Report positive COVID test results to the school health office. This is the best way to know of cases in our school community. We will help determine isolation and quarantine dates and when your student can return to school.

Literacy Corner

The WINNER of our 2022 April Poetry Madness Bracket was "The Rose That Grew From Concrete" by Tupac Shakur read to you by Ms. Strong Allen!! Thank you to all of the staff and students that participated.

Click the image to learn how to access Mackin Via

Spring Sports Games

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8th Grade Finance Park Field Trip Looking for Volunteers

Volunteer/Chaperone Information

We are looking for volunteers to help on an 8th grade field trip on May 25th & 26. Students will only attend one day from 9:45-1:30. If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information about the trip, please contact Ramsey’s Learning Lead, Mike Krech at michael.krech@spps.org or (651) 744-4887.

What is Finance Park

All 8th graders will have an opportunity to participate in Junior Achievement Finance Park which introduces students to personal finance and career explorations through classroom instruction complemented by a day-long hands-on experience where students apply learned concepts in a life-like community. During this one-day experience, students assume family and income scenarios and visit businesses to gather information for their personal financial decision-making.

Families of 8th-graders, look for permission slips with your student’s specific field trip day listed coming home this week.