What's Happening at Ramirez!
Sunday, November 13
Happy Sunday Families!
So far this week, we've given some extra love to our support staff and our teachers. If you haven't had an opportunity to send a note of gratitude their way, it's never too late!
Please note that our next newsletter will publish on November 27th. We are taking a break for the Thanksgiving Holiday and hope all of you are too!
For our final week of the Thankfulness Challenge, we want to show our gratitude and appreciation to YOU, our families.
We know the last several years have not been easy. Our world, schools, and communities have completely changed since the pandemic. In some ways, we continue to experience the challenges introduced during 2020. In other ways, we are stronger than ever. What continues to inspire me is the many ways our families show up each day. You show up for your children, our community, and our school. You volunteer hours of your time, commit resources, and provide important guidance and feedback to make the school a better place for all students. I know we may not always agree on everything, including policies and procedures, but, regardless of those differences, we are a team with a shared vision. We love our kids and we want them to be good humans.
As we head into this final week before Thanksgiving break, please know how much the Ramirez staff appreciates you! Without your support, our students would not be thriving. It is one of my greatest joys to partner alongside you in the support of our kids. I know each day you entrust their academic and social wellbeing to us, and we do not take that lightly. Your children are the best part of my job. I love interacting with them and watching them grow into good, kind humans who will make the world a better place. So, thank you for sharing them with us.
Being a parent is a hard job. I know I can speak for myself when I say, it's a lot harder than it looks in the movies. You work all day, then come home to more responsibilities and it never seems to end. But let me tell you, your kids are wonderful. All of them. It shows that they have people in their lives who are showing them how to be productive kind members of society. Each day, I'm inspired by what our future holds. Families, you did good.
So for our Thankfulness Challenge #3, families, WE THANK YOU!
I wish you all a lovely break and a happy Thanksgiving. We will see your kiddos back on campus on November 28th.
Have a safe holiday.
Teacher of the Year: Mrs. Avila
THANK YOU for all you do, Mrs. Avila!
Meet Dr. Brian Jones, School Psychologist
For all you do, THANK YOU, Dr. Jones!
This Week's Events
- Friend Nail Art
- Friendship Grams
- Friendship Trivia
- Friendship Grams
- After school choir rehearsal-2:30pm-3:30pm
- Math tutoring after school
- Bestie Photo Booth
- Friendship Tattoos
- Friendship Grams
- Early Dismissal @1:34pm.
- Friendship Trivia
- Friendship Grams
- Math tutoring after school
- Friendship Bracelets
- Friendship Marshmallow Toss
- Friendship Grams
Reminder: No school November 21st through November 25th for Thanksgiving Break.
Social Media Trend…they just keep coming
If you recall, a “minor” can be given to a student who has violated one of our agreed upon commitments (PACK= Proactive, Accountable, a positive member of the Community, and Kind). When a student receives a minor, the mark is given in their student visits section of Q, the student is counseled by the teacher or staff member, and a parent is contacted after the 2nd minor is reached(email or phone call). When a student receives 3 or more minors for the same incident, they are escalated to a referral. A student with a referral meets with an administrator and, again, parent is contact.
This system is designed so that we can work together to hold students accountable to the rules of the campus. What saddens me is that I’ve heard of students posting and bragging about their minors on social media. This is not behavior we condone or appreciate. Minors are not badges of honor, they are reminders that we (1) have high expectations for you and (2) challenge you to be better. Parents, please talk with your students about their minors. We understand that viewing minors on ParentConnect is not possible, so if you are wondering whether or not your students has started to accrue too many minors, please reach out to us.
Most importantly, CNUSD takes any direct threat (real or fake) against the school or students very seriously. When surveyed, many students reported that they did not know of the severity regarding make a false threat. Please understand, false threats carry severe consequences. Our priority is to keep our students and our school safe. Thank you for taking the time to discuss this very important issue with students.
Social Media Updates
We would like to make families aware of students using Snapchat on their Chromebooks at school. Snapchat now allows anyone to use their app from any web browser. We encourage families to speak to their child about NOT using social media during class and to strictly use their CNUSD Chromebook for school related matters.
We thank you for your help in keeping our students digitally safe and focused on learning.
New Trends to Watch for on TikTok!
Parents, it is always our goal to partner with you to protect our youth. Recently, we have been made aware that there are two concerning trends that are making their way from TikTok and into our school community. By sharing these trends with you, we hope you will be vigilant at home and talk with your children. #ItTakesAVilliage
- Trend #1: Body Checking. This is the act of seeking reassurance and information about the size, appearance or look of one's body or specific body. This trend mainly hyper focuses on the bodies of young females who post images of their bodies for public comment. You can learn more about this trend from the New York Post HERE.
- Trend #2: Slap Boxing. This trend is where friends engaging in a boxing match where they take turns slapping one another. Please know, any physical contact between students is an ed. code violation and subject to suspension for both parties.
We know our young people are heavily influenced by social media. It is our hope that we can work together to ensure that these trends to not make their way onto our campus. It is always our goal to keep you informed and ensure that all students are safe.
Please remind your child to bring their Chromebook to school every day fully charged. We've noticed some students habitually forgetting their Chromebooks, resulting in a limited number available to loan out. Students who fail to bring their Chromebook to school may receive a consequence.
Thank you for your cooperation in keeping your student accountable.
Attention Eighth Graders
Free Online Tutoring
Does your child want to learn more about math or language arts, but they're struggling to make sense of the subject on their own?
Good news: every Californian can now access free online tutoring at any hour of the day, thanks to a new initiative offering educational resources to K-12 students and adult learners.
The resource is part of an investment in public libraries announced by California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Learn more about the HelpNow tutoring program here.
What's Happening on Campus
No Go List
On way we ensure that all student are following our PACK expectations is through the No Go List. This list was designed to encourage students to be Proactive, Accountable, a positive member of the Community, and Kind. If students are on the No Go List, they cannot participate in extra curricular activities and field trips. This list captures 7th and 8th grade students who have the following infractions:
2 or more Fs
Excessive Tardies: 10+ tardies in periods 2-7
Behavior: 10 minors, 2 majors, and/or any ed. code violation.
All students received a presentation regarding the No Go list in their science classes. The data will begin to be collected starting on October 1st and the first list will be published on October 17th. All students begin with a FRESH start on October 1st. The list will be updated bi-weekly and displayed in all their classes.
If a student is on the list, they will have an opportunity to work their way off the list through one of the following methods:
- Attending a Saturday school
- Community Service
- Improving behavior
To petition off of the list, students will submit a request to the Dean of Students. The Dean will review the request, and respond to student emails with next steps. Students can petition off of the list TWICE per semester.
After School Clubs
See the updated flyer below to view the days and times of clubs.
Does your child need extra time to complete work? Do they need to bring up their grade? Have them join Catchup Saturday!
Saturday Catch-Up is from 8-12. If you sign up to attend, you must come for the entire 4 hours. During this time, you can work on missing/incomplete assignments for most of your classes. Often, a teacher will only accept a missing assignment for full credit, after a Saturday Catch-Up is attended. We will have teachers available to help you as needed.
All students must be picked up NO LATER than 12PM.
A link will be sent out a week before to let students sign-up from their CNUSD account.
See the dates below:
- 3-Catch Up Saturday
- 10-Catch Up Saturday
- 4-Catch Up Saturday
- 25-Catch Up Saturday
- 11-Catch Up Saturday
- 25-Catch Up Saturday
- 15-Catch Up
- 29-Catch Up Saturday
- 13-Catch Up Saturday
- 20 Catch Up Saturday
Spirit Wear and Yearbook Information
Want to place a dedication to your 8th grade student? Information is available on the attached PDF. Space is limited. Early bird specials are available for those who complete their dedication before November 10, 2022.
Safety and Health
Rainbow Fentanyl: As you may know, the fentanyl epidemic has been of concern for many schools and communities. Recently the CDPH released a warning of a new "rainbow fentanyl" that has been discovered. This product looks remarkable like candy and is designed to attract the attention of our young people. The fentanyl comes in a pill and powder form.
Please talk with your children to NEVER eat anything they find or they are given by a friend or classmate. Fentanyl is not only highly addictive, but it is also potentially deadly.
You can read more from the CDPH HERE.
Drills, Drills, Drills...
It is important to us that staff and students know how to respond in the event of an emergency. This past Friday we practiced a lock down drill. I know these drills can be scary and cause anxiety. However, student and staff safety is our number 1 priority. Please speak with your students about taking these drills seriously and following the directions of all staff members. In the event of a lockdown drill, students must comply when teachers ask them to move away from lines of sight and sit silently. We know we live in uncertain times and we cannot predict what danger may come. But we can be prepared!
Thank you for partnering with us to keep students safe!
Parent Drop-offs in the front office
- Our office will not be accepting money to give to students.
- Students are not to have fast food lunches dropped off on campus.
- Food from Doordash, UberEats and other delivery services are not accepted.
- Students will not be called out of class to pick-up items.
- No Cellphone Drop-offs.
Safety Concern: Please do not ask your child to meet you in the front office during passing period and/or their lunch time. We ask all visitors to check-in in the front office with their ID before seeing students.
Thank you for your cooperation in minimizing disruptions to the school day and following our safety guidelines.
Checking Out Students Early and Visitor Information
- Any individual picking a child up early from school needs to be an emergency contact and have an ID to sign-out a child. (Students will not be released to anyone that is not on the emergency list and/or do not have an ID.).
- Our office staff will not be accepting over the phone verification of emergency contact updates.
- All visitors need to check-in with our front office staff, scan their ID and wear the given visitor badge.
- Students are not be picked up after 2:00pm on regular schools day and not after 1:10pm on early release Wednesdays.
*Please ensure the emergency contact information in Parent Connect is updated to avoid delay when picking up your child early.
Update your Parent Connect Emergency Contact Information:
All students need to wear the ID before entering campus. Student IDs will eventually be printed in the library. Students who come to school without their ID are given lunch detention.
Students can only access their cell phone outside of the school building.
Daily At Home Screening
Please continue to screen your student(s) for COVID symptoms before they leave home.
If your student is sick, please keep them home.
- Phones are to be put away at all times while in the buildings including: the classroom, passing periods, library, gym, and going to the restroom
CNUSD School Safety Update
What type of communication can you expect in an emergency?
In the event of a major emergency on a school campus, school site administrators, law enforcement, and district administration will work together to first and foremost secure our campuses and ensure student and staff safety. In addition, parent communication will be a top priority. Parents can expect to receive information via text, phone calls, and email in a timely manner. Please be sure to check your Parent Connect account to ensure your contact information is accurate and up to date.
We know that information spreads rapidly and rumors often hit home, prior to official messaging and we would like to remind families that the first priority is student safety, followed closely by quick and accurate communication. We encourage parents to also follow the District and our local law enforcement partners on social media for the latest news.
Mental Health Resources
CNUSD is here to support you.
Your family can access our free tele-health and virtual therapy resources made available through our partner Care Solace. Those in need of support may contact Care Solace 24/7 at 888-515-0595, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or access our district’s unique page: www.Caresolace.com/cnusdfamilies.
By purchasing a PTSA membership, you help support Ramirez students, teachers, staff and the community. Past activities have included blood drives, food drives and on campus festivities like dances, assemblies, ice cream socials and more! Please join PTSA by visiting Dr. Augustine Ramirez Intermediate School PTSA
Memberships are $10. Please buy one for every member of your family. Funds support Ramirez Intermediate and its students!
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