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October 2017


Dear Parents,

We have had a great start to the school year!  We were blessed with very pleasant weather for the most part. The students have adjusted to being back to school and we seem to have settled into a nice routine, but with a very busy schedule. In just the first few weeks of school, we have had school pictures, Open Houses took place, we experienced Rock the Challenge, sixth grade attended Camp Christopher, our bus evacuation drill is over and we had our first pep rally!

The following tips are taken from Today's Catholic Teacher. These are tips in raising children to have healthy self-esteem and confidence.  

  •  Help your child create a balanced schedule. (Not over scheduled)
  •  Establish household routines to begin and end the day in calm.
  •  Show supervising interest in your child's homework and classwork.
  •  Be positive about school.  (Support teacher decisions and directives, and keep the lines of communication   open.)
  •  Be available to your child.  Stay emotionally alert.
  •  Be kind but firm.
  •  Make it clear that you do not expect perfection - that mistakes are a valuable part of life- but you do   expect sincere effort.
  •  Establish routines, procedures and systems.

Remember, parents are the primary teacher and role model for their children. Your actions say more than your words. 

OCTOBER 1 ends the short option; students are to wear the regular school uniform beginning Monday, October 2.

Reminder: the girls' uniform skirt should be no shorter than 3 inches above the knee.

Oct. 2:  End of short option/Lourdes Virtual Tour  
Oct. 4:  Winners of the Box Top Challenge Dress Down Day (winners will be announced)  
Oct. 6:  Interims, Citizen's Lunch  
Oct. 9:  Kindergarten Bingo  
Oct. 13: No School/Faculty In-Service  
Oct. 20: Principal Coffee 10:00-11:00  
Oct. 24: All School Mass 9:15  
Oct. 27: End of First Quarter  

Oct. 31: Happy Halloween


MAP Testing

MAP testing should be completed by the beginning of October. Unfortunately, NWEA, the provider of MAP has run into some technical difficulties making our window of testing longer than expected.  We are very pleased with the results we have received. Teachers will be sharing your child's results at the Parent/Teacher Conferences in November.


Saint Raphael School and science teachers Mrs. Moro, Mrs. Ruda, Mrs. Wise and Mrs. Licastro received this prestigious award through the Ohio Academy of Sciences for the 2017-2018 school year. To receive this award, schools must demonstrate that the students are engaged in project-based curricula, a central element of STEM education. Congratulations to our teachers for doing an outstanding job of preparing our students!


Rock the Challenge was a beautiful day filled with prayer, community, service, exercise and fun. I think every student and adult involved had a tremendous day!  It truly was a day of Being Kind, Being Giving and Being Holy. Home & School, the wonderful volunteers and Dr. Monica Hoban made this special day a reality for our school!

The day consisted of several service projects, outdoor games, reflection and finally the obstacle course. The obstacle course continues to be the highlight of the day. This year it proved to be very challenging! Several service projects took place including, students making gratitude bags for police officers, firemen and our military, and Fr. Michael Stalla shared his experience of missionary work in El Salvador. Please check out the cross in the school courtyard. The students decorated the rocks that outline the cross making it a thing of beauty! 


We are fortunate to have 12 air cooling systems in the junior high and some of the intermediate classrooms. These coolers, which were placed in the warmest classrooms, help to lower the temperature and make the rooms more tolerable. We have Mr. Anghilante of The Hearth Shop to thank for supplying us with the cooling units.


The Dress Down Day to benefit the victims of the hurricanes raised $2,292.14.  The generosity of our students and parents is overwhelming.  Thank you!

The school magazine drive began on September 5 and ended on September 19.  You can buy magazines at anytime during the school year and the school will make a profit.  Connor Barrett was the mystery student. He sent out over 10 emails about the magazine drive and won a $250 gift card! The Football Mania Fundraiser kicks off on October 6 and final sales end on October 20. 

Both of these fundraisers are very important to our school. As you are aware tuition does not fully cover the expense to educate your child.  Both of these fundraisers help cover this deficit. Our goal is to keep tuition affordable, but with rising costs we need to look for other avenues, such as the magazine drive and Football Mania. Thank you to all of our families for your support. 


Please check the website every week.  It is updated every Friday afternoon with the latest information to help keep our families connected to the school.  The posted calendar will keep you abreast of all the happenings here at school.  The ‘Friday Folder’  contains all the flyers that would normally be sent home.  You will find information on the different co-curriculars offered, school programs, and outside of school offerings. You can also find ‘TEACHER PAGES’, where you can find the teachers' web pages. This website offers a wealth of information at a click.  All of this information and more can be found at along with links to your child’s teacher’s website.  


A big thank you to the moms and dads who are volunteering their time and talents for lunch duty. The program has been a big success. We appreciate your support! Remember we can always use more parent volunteers. Just check the calendar posted on the website for additional information or contact Mrs. Kelly Nash at


Please join Mr. Andrachik and myself for an informal hour of conversation on Friday, October 20 from 10:00a.m.-11:00a.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Raphael Center.  We look forward to seeing you there.


Congratulations to our new Student Council representatives and officers:Grade 7: Ryan Butler, Ella Manfred, Luke Godlewski, Mackenzie Koeth, Cate Shepherd, Mary Kate Wichmann, Mairin Fitzpatrick, Caroline Kennedy, and Phillip Coury. Grade 8: Maura Martin, Molly Slater, Johnny Gerace, Brendan Knapp, Clare Hoban, Lucas Sanchez, Michael Van Etten, Liam Walsh, Sarah Rogozinski, Evan Johnston, Matt Kelly, and Matt Molnar. OFFICERS: Treasurer: Michael Van Etten. Secretary: Maura Martin. Vice President: Sarah Rogozinski. President: Evan Johnston

Congratulations to our graduates David DeSalvo and Alexander Rambasek on being named National Merit Finalists at Saint Ignatius High School!

Thank you to our bakers Reese Laschinger and Anna Coletta for baking and selling their goods at the Meet & Greet. They raised more than $800 to help children fight cancer. What a great example of how to Be Kind, Be Giving and Be Holy!

Congratulations to Michael Nock for being named Youth Challenge's Volunteer of the Month.  Youth Challenge brings together young people with physical disabilities and teen volunteers who inspire each other through adapted sports, recreation and social growth activities. Michael exemplafies what it means to Be Kind, Be Giving and Be Holy.