October 2018

Dear Parents,

We have had a great start to the school year!  We had some extremely hot days, but we survived them with several dress down days and being flexible. 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, and we had our first pep rally.

I think all would agree that learning good manners is an essential part of growing up. Good manners are first taught at home, and then we reinforce those manners here at school. Students here are expected to say please, thank you, I'm sorry, you're welcome and to greet adults. Thank you for continuing to reinforce good manners at home! 

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

Reminder: the girls' uniform skirt should be no shorter than 3 inches above the knee.  Students with very short uniform skirts will be asked to let the hem down.

Oct. 1:  Summer uniform option over

Oct. 4: Kindergarten Bingo @ 6:30/ Pet Blessing 7:00  
Oct. 5: Citizen's Lunch  
Oct. 8: Devotion to Mary- Undoer of Knots/ Gr. 6 leaves for Camp Christopher @ 4:00  
Oct. 10: Gr. 6 returns from Camp Christopher/ Gr. 4-Field Trip  
Oct. 11: Gr. 5- Field Trip/ Gr. 2- Poetry Jamboree Day  
Oct. 12:  No School/ Teacher-in-Service  
Oct. 16:  Mandatory Athletic Meeting for Athletes and Parents @ 7:30  
Oct. 22:  All School Mass 9:15  
Oct. 26:  End of the First Quarter  
Oct. 31:  Happy Halloween  



The first of three rounds of MAP testing is over. 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. 

MAP stands for "Measures of Academic Progress." These computerized tests are adaptive and offered in Reading, Language Usage and Math. When taking a MAP test, the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all the previous questions.  As the student answers correctly, questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier. In an optimal  test, a student answers approximately half the items correctly and half incorrectly.  The final score is an estimate of the student's achievement level.


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 STREAM 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 showing that We are All God's MASTER'PEACE'. We are blessed to have our Home & School, our wonderful volunteers and Mrs. Zorc in making 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 the obstacle course was moved to the front lawn due to the soggy ground conditions in the back. Just a few of the activities that took place included, students creating "cupcakes" for nursing homes, putting colorful hand-prints on the garage wall to show peace, and designing a large jigsaw puzzle, which will soon be on display. 


We were fortunate to have had 12 air cooling systems in the junior high and some of the intermediate classrooms for August and September. These coolers, which were placed in the warmest classrooms, helped 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.


Thank you to all of our families who participate in the school fundraisers! Your participation makes a difference.


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. New this year is a Junior High Homework page. If you have a junior high student, you may find this site easier to navigate for homework assignments. All of this information and more can be found at www.saintraphaelparish.com 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 SRSlunchvolunteer@gmail.com.


All volunteers who so generously give of their time and talent on a regular basis are required to have a background check, attend a Virtus training program and sign the appropriate documents. This information can be found on our school website under the Parent tab. Our volunteers are a tremendous blessing!! I can not thank you enough for all that you do for the school, the students and the staff.


Families are encouraged to attend Sunday Mass weekly and to put an envelope in the Offertory basket.  In order to be considered an active member of the parish and receive the parish discount for tuition, Mass attendance is a requirement.  They only way to monitor attendance in through the church envelope or through on-line giving.  Signing up for on-line giving can be done through the parish website.


The much anticipated Innovation Center will be located in the mezzanine area of the library. This space  is where students will have the opportunity to use the high and low-tech tools around them to apply their knowledge to the real world through collaboration, creativity, and creation- STREAM education. 

You will be hearing much more about the new and exciting Innovation Center as the year progresses!