Week of January 10 - 14, 2022

What's Inside the Newsletter

  • Principal's Corner
  • School Information - IMPORTANT
  • Health Office Message
  • Athletics
  • RMS Name Change
  • PTO
  • Classroom Update
  • Family Resources
  • Tech Tips

Weekly Reminders


Tues., January 11th - Vision Screening 7th grade

Next Week:

Mon., January 17th - MLK Jr Day (No School)

Thurs., January 20th - PTO Meeting from 6:00-7:30pm on Google meets

Principal's Corner

Hello Ramsey Families!

I would like to take a moment to introduce some new staff to Ramsey! We now have a long term guest teacher supporting the French Immersion program, Io Harberts. She comes to us with experience from LNFI and we are grateful to finally have a French speaking teacher supporting Ms. Solachava's students for the rest of the school year!

We have also hired three new paraprofessionals, who support students in classrooms across the building. Please join me in welcoming Talicia Tilmon, Tonnia Mortenson and Antoinette Givens! They are amazing individuals who support a lot of students in our building!


Ms. Vibar

School Information - Very Important

Mask Reminder 2022

Extra Masks: We are still accepting masks donations in the office. The paper disposable masks are most popular, however any size, shape, and material is welcome.

School Buses: School bus drivers are at a shortage again, the district will communicate as soon as they know when routes are delayed/canceled. Please use the MySPPS Bus App (download it on your phone) as a resource, drivers will use the app to keep the schools and families updated with routes.

  • For canceled morning routes families will have to bring their students to school, for students who are unable to get to school, the school should excuse the absence.
  • For canceled afternoon routes, families will be notified to pick their student up and/or transportation will work to try and organize other supports to get students home (e.g. other contract drivers including vans, district drivers, SPPS Security and Emergency Management).

We appreciate your flexibility and your continued understanding as we work together through these difficult times. If you have any questions, please call transportation at 651-696-9600.

Lost & Found - if you think your student may have lost something, have them check out the Lost & Found on 2nd Floor for any missing clothing, backpack or lunch box. Items remaining at the end of January will be donated.

Health Office Message

Phillips Eye Institute Vision Screening - 7th Grade

Your child will have a vision screening at school on Tuesday, January 11th by Phillips Eye Institute’s Early Youth Eyecare (E.Y.E.) Community Initiative, part of Allina Health.

While this screening is designed to identify issues with your child’s vision, it is not considered to be a full eye exam. If your child does not pass the vision screening, you will be notified with the recommendation to have your child receive an examination by an eye doctor for further evaluation. E.Y.E. can assist with scheduling the examination, as well as provide interpreter services, transportation and financial assistance with exams and glasses.

Please fill out the form here if you would NOT like your child to participate.

Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms?

Common COVID-19 symptoms include: fever greater than or equal to 100.4° F, new onset and/or worsening cough, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell OR at least 2 of the following: sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, muscle pain, excessive fatigue, new onset of severe headache, new onset of nasal congestion or runny nose. If you or your child are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please keep your child home from school. Then, Go to the SPPS COVID-19 Reporting System Website: https://commedspps.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9G0WvcJlWfuqwlL & follow the instructions there, then Call the Ramsey Attendance Line at (651) 744-4750 to notify the school that you will be keeping your child home from school.

Athletics - Boys Basketball (Starting January 24th)

Dear Ramsey Families,

We are excited to be able to offer middle school athletics this winter. As was the case this fall, there will be some changes that will allow students to participate in a modified athletics season.

Due to the continued shortage of school bus drivers, we are only able to provide after-school transportation for high school students at this time. This means that all SPPS middle school athletics will continue to have a modified intramural season this winter. In light of this change, the winter activity fee is being reduced from $30 to $5. Students will need a current sports physical to participate in the winter season; please make an appointment with your physician or visit one of our SPPS Health Start Clinics.

Boys Basketball | Monday, January 24, 2022

All SPPS athletics and activities are following the COVID-19 recommendations from the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The recommendations include vaccination for everyone who is eligible, frequent COVID-19 testing, wearing masks when not actively participating, keeping physical distance when possible, and practicing in small groups. Athletes will be informed if these guidelines are updated before or during the winter season.

Thank you for your understanding. We are looking forward to a different, but fun, winter season.

Terry Seeman

Athletic Director

Ramsey Middle School


Ramsey Name Change

The purpose of this section is to keep students, staff, families and the community up to date on what is happening with the Ramsey name change based off of when the committee has met. If you or someone you know is interested in being a part of the committee (meeting dates 2/22, 3/29, 5/3) please contact Michael Krech at michael.krech@spps.org.

Here is the latest update:

Meeting on Jan. 4th, 2022

  • Identified who was in the space

  • Shared the need to get more voices in the space

    • 1 suggestion was to attend a Pow-wow planned for district, set up a table to get more feedback and engagement, details to come

  • Other important groups involved are American Indian Parent Advisory Committee, which Dominic helped facilitate American Indian Parent Advisory Committee—they support Ramsey name change

Next Steps: Identifying criteria for name change submissions/selections - Student council was working on that this week. Finding a date to get School Board approval April/May.

Please click the link here for past meetings.

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Updates

You are a part of PTO

Join us in our Facebook group


Share your own ideas, thoughts, events or anything else that is relevant to our Community and keep up with what others are sharing.

Do you have an idea you’d like to see come to reality?

Click the link below to submit a proposal to the PTO so we can make it happen!


Do you love volunteering?

There are many opportunities to support our community with your time/energy.

Check out https://ramseyvolunteers.weebly.com/volunteer.html for current opportunities

Our next meeting will be in Thursday, January, 20th at 6:00pm, meeting details will be sent next week.

Classroom Updates

MN Studies Update for 6th graders with Ms. Walter

We will be wrapping up the unit on the Early Ojibwe this week. Students will be taking a test on Thursday, January 13 on Schoology. If your child is absent, please have them take it on Schoology as soon as possible. If you have any questions or concerns about your child's grade, please contact me at kathrine.walter@stpaul.k12.mn.us

Math 6

Students in Ms. Skaja and Ms. Johnson's classes will need a recipe to work with as we create a Math 6 cookbook. Students have been working on multiplying and dividing fractions, and we will be using recipes to help with this. The recipe can be emailed directly to the teachers or sent with your student, it can be about anything edible or inedible. Please talk with your scholar about their favorite food or a family favorite recipe to enter into our cookbook! If you are interested in helping with this project at all, please email Ms. Johnson at Josephine.PinedaJohnson@stpaul.k12.mn.us Thank you!

6th Grade Field Trip to Skateville

6th grade Field Trip: Let's Skate 6th Grade!

When: Wednesday, January 26 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Skateville in Burnsville

Who: All 6th grade students

Cost: $15 (includes rollerskates, food, and bus ride) Bring $3.00 if you want to upgrade to rollerblades

Turn in the paper permission slip (digital copy here) by January 14 to your child's Foundations Teacher.

CLICK HERE for full trip details

Family Resources

Tutor Me

SPPS has formed a new partnership with TutorMe to give students free access to online tutoring services. TutorMe allows students to connect with a subject-level expert tutor at any time to get support in current classes. TutorMe is an external company SPPS is contracting with as an additional resource for students alongside the SPPS Academic Support Center and other student support opportunities in our schools.

The link below contains helpful information:


SPPS - Coat/Blanket Drive

If you are able to participate please check out the link to provide warmth for families in need.

Tech Tips - iPad Update

All student and staff iPads need to be updated to at least iPad OS 15.1 ASAP. This is a necessary update to keep them both running properly and secure. Families, please help your students with the process and remind them to get it done. Families without wifi at home, please have your student check in at the library when they return so we can help them here at school.

Be sure the iPad is at least 50% charged AND plugged in before starting the process. Know that it will take at least one more, possibly several to run the update. Go to Settings > General > Software Update.

If the iPad isn't up to date, it will provide a link to Download and Install. If you have any questions, be sure to let me know after break. I am best reached by email cara.hagen@spps.org or text ‪(612) 568-2358‬.

Cara Hagen

iPad Teacher