RMS NEWSLETTER

Winter Break: December 20, 2021 - January 2, 2022

What's Inside the Newsletter

  • Principal's Corner
  • Student of the Month
  • Tech Tips - Important Update
  • Classroom Update
  • Family Resources
  • PTO
  • Health Office Message

Weekly Reminders

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Winter Break: NO SCHOOL Dec. 20th - Jan. 2nd


School Resumes Monday, January 3rd, 2022

Principal's Corner

Ramsey Families,


Ramsey staff have recently learned of some students taking pictures of their peers while in school without them knowing and posting them on social media. In some cases, the written comments along with the picture are inappropriate and demeaning. Students have no right to take or post pictures of their peers without their consent nor make derogatory comment about others. Additional inappropriate social media behavior has been circulating on TikTok with trends that have been encouraging very concerning behavior. This is not the type of behavior that we want our students to engage in both in and out of school.


I am respectfully requesting that you connect with your middle school student to review appropriate social media usage. We are following up with those students and their parents who have been identified as engaging in this behavior. We have made staff aware of this matter and are further educating our students about appropriate social media usage. Thank you for your support regarding this matter and please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.


Lastly, I hope all of our RMS families have a happy and healthy Winter Break! See you in 2022!


Teresa Vibar

Principal

December Student of the Month - Knowledgeable

Tech Tips - iPad Updates Needed over Break

All student and staff iPads need to be updated to at least iPad OS 15.1 by the time we return from winter break. 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

Family Resources

Program Finder

Looking for activities for your students? Use the program finder below.

https://www.sprocketssaintpaul.org/program-finder

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:

https://www.spps.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=14417&ModuleInstanceID=143492&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=146377&PageID=42320

Every Meal - Fighting Child Hunger

Ramsey Middle school and Every Meal have formed a partnership to reduce food insecurities in our school community. Attached is a flyer with contact information on how to get signed up.

2022 School Choice Fair

Saturday, January 22 (in-person)

9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Saint Paul RiverCentre, 175 Kellogg Blvd. W., Saint Paul

Classroom Updates

Mr. Kowalski - 8th Grade Science

Science 8 Missing/Incomplete Work Alert!! Parents and students should check Schoology over break to see what assignments are missing or incomplete. The quarter ends in just 4 weeks after break is over. All science work is due Monday January 24th. All material needed to complete the work can be found in the Schoology daily folders (including videos explaining the assignments!).

Flipside

Flipside will resume after the new year on January 3rd! Look for an email with the new flipside registration after winter break!! Happy Holidays!!

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Updates

You are a part of PTO

Join us in our Facebook group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ramseymiddleschool

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!

https://forms.gle/LFPzGvhUx8dUqN4h7


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 January.

Health Office Message

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.