Ramsey Weekly Update

Week 26

Dates to Remember:


Black History Month


March- National Women's History Month

March 2- NO ON-SITE SUPPORT - Distance Learning Day

March 5- NO SCHOOL

March 8- National Women's History Day

March 11- Q3 Mid-Term Conferences 4:00pm-7:00pm

March 12- Q3 Mid-Term Conferences 8:15am-3:00pm

March 18- PTO Meeting 6:00pm- 7:30pm

Message from the Principal:

Parents and Families,

We have just completed the first week of On-Site Support and I enjoyed seeing students again. We did not see as many students as we had hoped, but grateful to support those who came. We look forward to seeing more students joining us! Students were on point with the safety expectations on masks and six feet social distancing. I look forward to our second week with students and if you have any questions about On-Site Support, do not hesitate to reach out to me via email teresa.vibar@spps.org or my school number 651-744-6702.


Teresa Vibar

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On-Site Schedule Change for Grades 6-8

March 2, 2021

Saint Paul Public Schools will be holding ACT testing for students. In order to maximize district resources towards administering the ACT, all grades 6-8 will have a distance learning day on Tuesday, March 2. There will NOT be any on- site support at Ramsey Middle School that day.

Student of the Month

Ramsey is an International Baccalaureate (IB) school. Each month three students, one per grade, are recognized for one of the IB learner profiles. For the month of February students were recognized for the learner profile of Open-Minded
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Q3 Mid-Term Conferences!

Save the date(s)-

We would like to invite you to Ramsey's virtual parent teacher conferences on Thursday, March 11th from 4:00pm-7:00pm and Friday, March 12th from 8:15am- 3:00pm.

Families are invited to schedule conference appointments with up to 3 of their students teachers. All appointments will be 20 minutes and take place via Google Meet.

Conference sign-up links will be available in next week's update!

𝑢𝒏-π‘Ίπ’Šπ’•π’† 𝑺𝒖𝒑𝒑𝒐𝒓𝒕 π‘Ήπ’†π’Žπ’Šπ’π’…π’†π’“π’”:

1. Make sure you know which day of the week your student is coming on-site. If you do not know, or have not received transportation information, contact an administrator:

Teresa Vibar,

Daria Caldwell or

Kris Chlebecek via email.

2. Make sure your student charges their iPad prior to arriving.

3. Screen your student's health, ensuring they are healthy and ready for school (see screening chart below).

4. Remind your student the importance of wearing a mask, social distancing and meeting safety expectations while on the bus and in school.

Dropping Off/ Picking Up Students for On-Site Support: Ramsey will be able to admit students who are dropped off into the building at 8:15 a.m. at the GRAND AVENUE doors. Please do not arrive prior to 8:15 a.m. as building access will not be available. This will be the only location that will be supporting student drop off. This will also be the only location to pick up students. Parents and visitors will NOT be allowed into the building. Your support and adherence to the requests and expectations shared is greatly appreciated as we work to ensure your student's and our staff safety.

**Students may only attend one day a week, on their scheduled day

**Changes to on-site support day of the week are not allowed

**Transportation changes are currently unavailable

Please note:

Main office hours will be 8:00am- 12:00pm M-TH beginning Monday, February 22nd.

The main office can be reached at 651-293-8860.

Attendance Concerns:

Sue Roach

email: susan.roach@spps.org

Attendance line: 651-744-4750

District Cell# 612-427-0864

**Although on-site support is optional, families enrolled in on-site support will receive an attendance call alert notifying you of an absence from on-site support.

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Classroom Updates:

Mr. B's ELA:

Week four in review

Avid Update:

AVID is now accepting applications for the 21-22 school year!

Students in the AVID elective focus on developing skills in writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading in order to be college- and career-ready! AVID is a daily elective class designed for average students who are motivated to learn more about and be prepared for college. Priority is given to students who will be first-generation college students.

Please reach out to AVID Elective Teacher Melissa Hart at melissa.hart@spps.org if you have questions or would like more information. Apply at https://forms.gle/75TTVWm4Lqnnt5AHA

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Health Office Update:

Hi Everyone! Just a reminder to be sure you are assessing your child for any signs of illness everyday before school. If your child is not feeling well please do not send them to school. If a student reports that they are not feeling well during the school day and have any possible signs of Covid-19, we will be calling home and the student will have to go home as soon as possible. Please keep this health screening tool accessible and refer to it frequently. If you have any questions, please contact me. Thank you, Maureen Hart-Horan RN
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Ramsey Resiliency:

How You Experience Anxiety

The way you experience anxiety may be different from the way your friends or relatives experience it. Increasing your awareness of how you experience anxiety can help you manage it.

Let's talk about "test anxiety." Deon has a hard time sleeping the night before a test and wakes up frequently thinking about the coming test. Tessa gets enough sleep, but gets an upset stomach the day of her test and then doesn't eat very much, causing her to get light headed during her test. Janae experiences test anxiety as overall nervousness. She has an excited feeling and her breathing is fast before and during a test- she can't concentrate and her thoughts are all over the place.

These are symptoms of anxiety; recognizing them helps with management. The earlier they recognize the symptoms, the sooner they can practices relaxation techniques which will help the situation from getting worse, and makes test-taking easier in the long run.

Think about ways you experience anxiety- I have racing thoughts, my heart rate goes up, and my mind sometimes feel blank! What's it like for you? Where in your body to you feel it most?

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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Technology Support:

If you need support for your iPad during Distance Learning, iPad teacher Mrs. Hagen is available each day 1:30-2:00 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!
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