Week of October 25 - 29, 2021

What's Inside the Newsletter

  • School announcements
  • Health & Wellness
  • PTO Meeting
  • Internet at Home
  • Counseling Update
  • Classroom Highlights
  • Family Engagement Plan
  • Flipside Sign-up - New classes starting soon

Weekly Reminders


Thursday. Oct. 28 - Parent Teacher Meeting 6:00-7:30 pm

Monday, Nov.1 - Picture Re-take day

Tuesday, Nov. 2 - Digital/Virtual Learning Day

Principal's Corner

Ramsey Families,

We hope you had a restful MEA Break with your families. Once again, thank you to all families who took time to connect with your student's Foundations Teacher or even perhaps other teachers for our Q1 fall conferences. Fall conferences mark halfway through Quarter 1, Quarter 1 ends November 12th.

November 2nd is a Digital/Virtual Learning Day due to Election Day, no students will be coming in-person to school. Students will be learning from home that day, more information coming out in the next newsletter.


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.

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Health & Wellness

Snacking in class: To reduce the spread of COVID and amount of time students have their masks down. We are asking the only places students should be eating is in the Cafeteria where they are seated in assigned seats AND Breakfast to go in period 1.

Vaping: Join us to help educate students on the serious health risks of vaping. From the CDC, "E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. middle and high school students. The use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for kids, teens, and young adults." More vaping resources can be found below or click here.

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Updates

PTO Virtual meeting on Thursday, October 28th at 6:00-7:30pm.

Google Meet joining info

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/aym-agmz-eeh

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 470-310-1017‬ PIN: ‪941 624 542‬#

We want to be done fundraising by November 1st and put 100% of our focus on providing for our Ramsey Community. You can help us make this a reality. We did get a nice bump from our community before the MEA weekend started. However, we have still yet to break the 100 supporter mark. If every family in our Ramsey community shares the link with their friends & families, or takes 1 minute to donate just $1, we will be able to break that 500 supporter goal!.

We thrive when we work together.

Click to Donate


Help us hit our goal and we promise not to ask you for another penny the rest of the year.

All Donations are Tax Deductible and they allow us to provide:

  • Counseling and Nursing office Supplies (Tissues, Band-aids, etc...)

  • Books for the Library

  • Student Programs (AVID, WEB, Dare 2 Be Real and more)

  • Field Trips (8th Grade Valley Fair trip, Bus expenses and other participation costs)

  • Volunteer Background Checks

  • Community Engagement (Yearbooks, Student T-Shirts, Childcare and Food at PTO Meetings, Staff Appreciation)

  • Community (Staff, Student and/or Parent) Requests for supplies or events to enrich our students' experiences.

We can not do this without your support.

Our Goals:

  • 500 Total Donations

  • Average $25/student for the year (< $3 a month for the school year)

  • Only 1 fundraising campaign (this one) for the entire year!

Every penny helps, there are no minimum donations so please give what you can. If we all participate, we can share the load together.

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. Sometime in November, 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


Hello families,

This week counselors will be visiting all Science classes to connect with students around Bullying/Cyberbullying Prevention & Intervention. In each class, we will revisit the differences between Rude & Mean vs Bullying behavior. Students will be able to identify key resources in school to support them if they find themselves experiencing incidents of bullying/cyberbullying.

Parents, if your child reports bullying or cyberbullying to you, please reach out to the school counseling team early and often.

Barbie Woodruff, grade 6-8, last name A-L: 651-744-2087 or at barbie.woodruff@spps.org

Ayoub NIgatu, grades 6-8, last name M-Z: 651-793-7377 or at ayoub.nigatu@spps.org

Students & families can also report bullying on the Ramsey webpage (in the student section). The form is called the Listening Locker Bullying Report Form https://forms.gle/9reoNyNa9t9nCggp7

Lastly, for students & families who have other topics they would like to discuss with school counselors, a Counselor Connection form can be submitted via the Ramsey webpage (in the student section). The form is called Connect with the Counselor https://forms.gle/w7dTa3MEGCC47Kmt8

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Classroom Updates

6th Grade - MN Studies

In Minnesota Studies, students are starting a new unit on Immigration. Students will be creating iMovies about their family stories and how they ended up in Minnesota or by researching another immigrant group. In the past, these iMovies have been a fantastic way to show the amazing diversity within our school community.

7th Grade - Math

Step into Ms. Skaja's Spooky October Game Room for some fall math fun! Click the image for FUN!!

7th Grade - Science

7th Grade Foundations classes participated in a virtual field trip with The Raptor Center on Tuesday, October 19th. Scholars were able to view the raptors up close, watch them eat, and ask questions. The raptors included an owl, American kestrel, red tailed hawk, and eagle.

8th Grade - Science

Hello Families and Students of Mr. Kowalski's Science 8 classes, The chapter 1 test is on Thursday October 28th. iPads will be required for the test. All missing and incomplete work should be turned in before the test. Parents, please use your student's iPad to check their science grade and see what work needs to be completed. The last day to turn in missing work for this quarter is Monday November 8th!!! THANKS!

Music - Mr. Tison

Hello all!

As we wrap up the first eighth of the school year, all Band and Orchestra students should finally be coming home with instruments to begin practice. Review Ramsey's music webpage (click here) for ways you can help your scholar succeed with practicing at home.

All families that did not attend conferences for my classes will be receiving a personalized update on their scholar's progress and behavior in music class. Please we watching your emails for this update, and always remember to keep our school updated with your contact information.

Band and Orchestra scholars looking to rent an instrument from the school need to fill out an agreement with the school on respecting the instrument, with it a family member's signature. Please see our webpage or the Schoology course for this form.

Thank you for all that you do to help our year start off successfully!

Mr. Tison

Physical Education Class - Mr. Seeman

Physical Education grading system: In Physical Education, the students are graded on participation as well as comprehensive assessments for the units that are taught. Participation includes: Learning and practicing skills and strategies of the game, "Trying your best", and working together to have a successful class for all students.

Homework - Assessments are on Schoology, these will be completed on the students own time. The assessment is placed into Schoology at the beginning of the unit and they have until the end of the unit to complete the assessment.


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