Week of November 1 - 5, 2021

What's Inside the Newsletter

  • Digital/Virtual Learning Day Schedule
  • PTO Volunteers and Thank you!
  • Internet at Home
  • Classroom Highlights
  • SCIP
  • Flipside Sign-up - New classes starting soon

Weekly Reminders


Monday, Nov.1 - Picture Re-take day

Tuesday, Nov. 2 - Digital/Virtual Learning Day (Learning from home)

Principal's Corner

Ramsey Families,

This coming Tuesday, November 2, all SPPS schools will have a digital learning day. Tuesday, November 2, is Election Day and a Digital Learning Day for all SPPS students Prek-12.

The purpose of this digital learning day is to address health and wellness concerns due to the community use of our school buildings on election day and exposure to COVID. The Board of Education adjusted the SPPS schedule to make Election Day a digital learning day. This means all students will learn from home on Election Day. Online Learning Lessons will be provided by teachers. This serves as a contact day with students.

All Ramsey teachers will offer a morning check in with their Foundations students and an AM and a PM Synchronous session for students to attend for online learning support. Teachers will not be instructing but available to support student questions regarding their online work. Teachers will post their Synchronous schedule on their Schoology course pages along with coursework for students to complete digitally while working remotely. As students work on their coursework and need support, they should note when their teacher will be available in a google meeting. Teachers will post their Synchronous schedule on their Schoology course pages along with coursework for students to complete digitally while working remotely.

In summary: Ramsey Teachers will provide:

  • 8:45 -9:15 - Foundations Check-in
  • AM office hour (45 minutes)

  • PM office hour (45 minutes)

Google Meet codes to the Check-ins and Schedules for Office Hours are below. Foundations teachers will also go over additional details during the Foundations check-in.


Teresa Vibar

School Information

Information from the office

Picture Day Information: Re-take Picture day, Mon., Nov. 1st. Order online at mylifetouch.com with the Picture Day ID# EVT2W6VVJ.

Quarter 1 ends November 12th

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Updates

Volunteers NEEDED

We have a number of opportunities to volunteer at Ramsey and we could use your help!

One-Time Commitment:

1) Library Organization - Next Thursday, November 4th

  • Help our new librarian, Mr. Sheridan, as he works to update the library’s resources to make them more relevant to more students. If you haven't met Mr. Sheridan yet - his love of books and getting kids reading is infectious and this is guaranteed to be fun.
  • Tasks include pulling books, cross-checking to see if they are still being used, and removing books that are no longer useful to make room for new books! There could also be opportunities for shelving, straightening, applying book jackets, and “random crafting”.
  • REQUIREMENTS: must verify COVID vaccination status or negative test result, must wear mask in school
  • 2-hour shifts available from 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM (volunteers especially needed from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
  • Click here to sign-up!

Weekly Commitment:

1) Lunchroom Volunteer: Needed daily from 11:58 am - 1:16 pm

Assist Principal Vibar in making sure that waste and silverware are properly sorted and just be a positive presence in the lunchroom and gymnasium over the lunch hour. Over the course of the three lunch periods - you will get to see every student and the time flies by in this high energy environment!

2) Office Volunteer: Needed daily from approx 8:30 - 10:30 am

Mornings are busy in the main office. Lots of incoming phone calls, students needing passes and people stopping by. Our Lead Clerk, Sandy, really appreciates having an extra set of hands to get the school day going. No previous office experience necessary - Sandy will teach you everything you need to know!

If you're interested in one of these weekly positions, just click here to start the sign-up process. In order to volunteer this year, you will need to:

1) pass a background check (our PTO will cover the cost of this) and

2) verify that you are vaccinated or commit to weekly COVID testing. This is a district mandate that went into effect earlier this school year. Masks are required at all times when in the building.

Thanks for considering and you can always email RamseyVolunteers@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Thank You!

Our Ramsey Community is the Greatest!

Thank you for supporting the students of Ramsey Middle School! With your help, we have reached our goal and are done fundraising for the rest of the year! Thank you for your donations, for sharing our fundraiser with your family, friends and neighbors, we could not have done this without you. Thank you for all you do for our Ramsey Middle School community and students!

Want to make your donation go a little further? Ask your employer if they will match your donation. Ramsey PTO is a 501c3 Non-Profit and all donations are tax deductible. Now that we are done fundraising, we can focus 100% of our time and energy on the real work of providing the best experience we possibly can to our Ramsey Middle School Community!

Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ramseymiddleschool

If you have an idea that you would like to see the PTO implement, execute, fund or just help out in any way, let us know by using the PTO Proposal Form. https://forms.gle/322dnHjQEzYdDjWF6

Staff, Family Members, even students are encouraged to submit proposals. We are all be better when we work together.

Thank you! We are so proud to be part of such an amazing community!

- Ramsey PTO

Tech Time

Hotspots & Internet Access

If you have an SPPS Hotspot at home that was checked out prior to September 2021, please send it to school with your student to be checked out again. Either the librarian or I can do it quickly and easily. On November 10th, Hotspots that have not been checked out again will be turned off. We want to support your Internet access at home, but we also want to be sure the Hotspots are still needed. By having everyone who still needs their Hotspot check it out again, we will ensure continued access for those who need it. If you do not have Internet access at home, please review the information at https://bit.ly/homeWiFi. Then you can let me know if a Hotspot or Comcast Internet Essentials is a better choice for your family.

Feel free to contact me with questions: email cara.hagen@spps.org or text (612) 568-2358‬.

Thank you,

Cara Hagen

6th Grade Student Council Shoutout!

During Foundations, interested students recently applied to be part of Ramsey's Student Council. In addition, applicants needed to give a brief speech to their Foundations class about why they were choosing to run to be a student council representative. Shoutout to all of the students who were risk-takers and applied for student council. Congratulations to the following 6th grade students who will be this year's student council representatives for 6th grade at Ramsey: Ben, Sam, Talia, Ruby, Hadija, Maya, Laine, Willa, Hafsa, Dianna, Clara, Rory, Tor, Khalilah, Adan, and Habso

Classroom Updates

6th Grade - MN Studies

In Minnesota Studies, students are finishing the unit on recent Immigration to Minnesota. Students are finishing their iMovies about their family's migration/immigration story or about another immigrant group. The iMovies will be due on Friday, November 5 and will be part of their Quarter 1 grades. Please ask your child about their iMovies.

6th Grade - Math

Students in Math 6 have finished up their second unit of the year, converting between different fractions and decimals. Our next unit will focus on real life applications of adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing with fractions and decimals. We will be creating a Math 6 Cookbook and doing grocery shopping throughout this unit. Please talk with your scholar about a favorite family recipe that you like to use a lot. We'll be looking for that recipe in the next coming weeks.

8th Grade - Science

Science 8 Students and Parents, All missing/incomplete work for this quarter is due Monday November 8th. You can check your student's missing work on their iPad or using the Schoology app on your phone! Mr. Kowalski


FLIPSIDE REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN!! NEW FLIPSIDE CLASSES STARTING ON OCTOBER 26th!! Don't miss the chance to be part of RAMSEY'S first drumline! Come learn the basics of drumming as well as elements of dance! Here are the current offerings. Click on the link to register https://forms.gle/eBNSErKp134aPz6T6

Monday/Wednesday Offerings

  • NEW YEARBOOK - Starting October 26th
  • Math Team
  • Dungeons and Dragons- FULL
  • Science FUN
  • Jam Band
  • Hip Hop Dance

  • NEW Drumline - Starting October 26th
  • Lego League
  • Ramsey Newspaper
  • Chess Board Game
  • Debate - Starting November 18th

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