Ramsey Weekly Update

Week 6

Dates to Remember:

October 12: Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 15-16: MEA- NO SCHOOL

October 20: Q1 Midterm Conferences 4-7pm

October 22: PTO Meeting: 6-7:30pm

October 23: Q1 Midterm Conferences 9am-3pm

October 28-29: Eid Milad un-Nabi and Mawlid Al-Nabi

October 31-Nov. 2: Day of the Dead- Dia de Muertos

November 3: Election Day

November 10: End of Q1

November 12: PTO Meeting: 6-7:30pm

November 19: Annual Title 1 Meeting- 5:30-6:30pm

November 20: NO SCHOOL- Professional Day for Teachers

November 26-27: NO SCHOOL- Thanksgiving Break

Fall Conferences

Ramsey will hold virtual student-led fall conferences on Tuesday, October 20th (4-7pm) and Friday, October 23rd (9am-3pm). Please watch for an email from your student's foundations teacher to schedule your conference(s) and review Schoology for grading information.

Please take some time to review the attached tips for virtual conferences: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sTnQ4srLK_wyAiFCgC-bai81A644BonIzormAK4vGuY/edit?usp=sharing

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 September students were recognized for the learner profile of Caring.

Ramsey Curbside Library Pick-Up

RAMSEY MS Curbside Library
The PBIS behavior matrix is a chart that communicates Ramsey Middle School's expectations for positive behaviors for students during Distance Learning 2.0. It aides teachers and administrators in teaching, modeling, and reinforcing PBIS in all of the areas of learning including the Schoology, Google Meets, iPad usage, and home.
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Ramsey Resiliency for Families

You made it through September! Think of all the things you have learned about Distance Learning and how far you've come. Right?! As we go forward we get stronger, and that is called Resiliency! Lean on each other, lean on us- we are in this together! Mrs. Knetsch, School Social Worker. https://www.apa.org/topics/resilience

Important Message from the RMS Counselors

Schedule Changes: With a robust Ramsey enrollment starting to settle down, Counselors are able to take a deeper look at class sizes and begin to reduce classes that are over the maximum allowed students. What this means is that some students will see changes in their schedule. We are anticipating that this will effect less than 10% of our students, those of which we will contact individually to explain the changes. We encourage students and families to reach out to the counselors directly with any questions you may have. Thank You. Quarter One Mid-term Grades: With quarter one mid-terms already upon us and conferences being held virtually this year, we want to inform families that mid-term grades can be viewed via Schoology. Students and families who would like to request a mid-term grades report should email the counselors or any grade level administrators and we will be happy to send an electronic copy right over to you. Thank You. Barbie Woodruff: barbie.woodruff@spps.org Ayoub Nigatu: ayoub.nigatu@spps.org

RMS Library Update:

The monthly library newsletter will be coming out soon - keep an eye out for an email with a link to library tips and tidbits! RMS Contactless Curbside Library Check-Out is coming soon. Students will be able to place books from the school library on hold and pick them up Thursday mornings. More info to come...

Digital Media Explorations Update:

This week we spent time thinking about how we learn best. The class shared their learning preferences and tips for learning strategies that work for them. They also told me what they need from me to be successful. Next week we will begin our first unit on the media's role in our lives. Parents, you can help your scholars start thinking about the media by having conversations about where you get news and what kinds of tech tools you use to find out information. Use the #TableTalk conversation starters to help begin that conversation!

Athletics Update:

Health Start for Students--See Attached for more information.

Food Pantry

THIS WEEKS DELIVERIES WILL BE GOING OUT WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14th DUE TO MEA Please see the 2020-2021 Ramsey Food Pantry Information PDF 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, personal hygiene products, and cleaning supplies. Please drop these items off on Thursdays between 7am-11am at Ramsey. If you would like to volunteer to help pack and sort out items on Thursday mornings, please email Alicia.Ekegren@spps.org. If you have questions, please email Alicia.Ekegren@spps.org

Coats for Kids

The Salvation Army has begun its coat drive. The Salvation Army’s centers are a place for families in crisis to get help, including coats for their children. Visit any of our Twin Cities Worship & Service Centers to learn about meeting your child’s need for a coat. Supplies may be limited, so we recommend contacting the nearest location before stopping by to find out if supplies are available in the sizes you need.

Families can register with their local Salvation Army:

WE are offering a variety of classes like Debate, Math Team, the Ramsey show and much more! We will also have a homework help class Monday-Thursday from 3-4pm! New this year.. FLIPSIDE is offering centralized classes that are for all six middle schools. This is a great way to meet students from other schools or hang out with old friends! Flipside is a great way to connect with classmates and teachers and do something that interests you!! Don't miss out! Spots are limited! Classes begin on Monday October 19th! Click on the link to register! https://forms.gle/4q2dxvLS1coSNWky5 See attached document for class descriptions! Email Darcy Holle with questions @ darcy.holle@spps.org
Comcast provides basic wireless Internet called Internet Essentials, and it is free through December. The district will provide a Hotspot, but if you are finding that isn't enough data or you are unable to wait for a ticket to be completed, contact Comcast to apply https://www.internetessentials.com/. If Comcast does not extend the free price after December, you'd have the option to quit when it is no longer free or pay the $9.95/month + tax.

Ramsey's Commitment to Improvement

Below is a link to the Ramsey's Minnesota Department of Education's (MDE) report card. Every year MDE provides a full diagnostic report on every schools academic, attendance, enrollment and other successful school markers. Please view the attached documentation as we outline our steps for improvement.

**This information can also be accessed year round on the Ramsey Website in the About Us section under Title 1 along with the current Family Engagement Plan (FEP) and School Continuous Improvement Plan (SCIP) https://www.spps.org/Page/12197

RMS Feedback

RMS is committed to improvement and looks forward to your feedback, please take a moment to share your feedback with us.