March "19

Dear Parents,

I included these highlights from an article that I shared a year ago. I believe this information is very valuable and needs to be shared once again. The article, Silent Tragedy: Every Parent Who Cares About The Future Of His/Her Child Should Read This, is written by Victoria Prooday. Victoria is an outspoken advocate of children and hands on parenting. She sites that over the past 15 years there has been a dramatic increase in ADHD, depression, suicide and anxieties in children. I am sharing bits and pieces of the article that I found interesting. I strongly encourage parents to go to for the article to read it in its entirety. 

She writes that our children are now being deprived of the fundamentals of a healthy childhood and are now being raised by:

  • Digitally distracted parents
  • Indulgent parents who let the child “rule the world”
  • Sense of entitlement rather than responsibility
  • Inadequate sleep and unbalanced nutrition
  • Sedentary indoor lifestyle
  • Endless stimulation, technological babysitters, instant gratification, and absence of dull moments

Parents need to remember that they are the parent and not the child’s friend. It's okay to say "no".

Some key points of the article include:

  • Don’t overprotect your child from small failures. It teaches them the skills needed to overcome bigger obstacles
  • Take technology out of the bedrooms
  • Give chores
  • Have family dinners on a regular basis

As always, I thank you for your continued support. My wish for you is that your preparation and awareness during this time of Lent, hopefully enhanced by what we are doing with your children, will bring you to a full celebration on Easter Sunday.

March 1 Citizens' Lunch/Confessions for Rm. 3B & Grs. 2 & 6/ Junior High Mardi Gras Night
March 2 Mardi Gras
March 6 Ash Wednesday/The school will be attending the 9:15 Mass
March 7 Blood Drive
March 8 School Not in Session/Professional Development Day
March 11 School Not in Session
March 13 New Parent Kindergarten Screening Meeting 7:00
March 14  Student Council 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
March 15 Junior High Stations of the Cross
March 19 Junior High Retreat Day
March 22 Report Cards/ Speaker for Grades K-6 on Kindness
Week of March 24 Read-a-Thon
March 29 8th Grade Trip

Re-registration for students returning to St. Raphael School for the 2019-2020 school year is open on the school website. The entire process will be done through RenWeb as done last year. In order to be considered registered for next year the technology and education fees must be paid in full.  No student will be considered registered until all fees are paid.  The fees are: Education $110.00 and Technology $80.00.



Mardi Gras has always been a huge success and fun event for the school community. I hope all are able to support it. Mardi Gras has been a tradition for well over 40 years!! Let's keep the tradition going!


This Lenten Season each homeroom will be given a wreath that will be covered in toothpicks to represent a "Crown of Thorns."  Every time a Lenten promise or kind deed is done over the course of Lent, a "thorn" will be removed.  This is a great visual of seeing Lenten promises being fulfilled.  Many other Lenten activities and lessons will be taking place to deepen the awareness of Lent.


On Thursday, March 7, from 3-8PM, the American Red Cross and St. Raphael School will be hosting a blood drive. The students at St. Raphael have been "on the job" as recruiters for blood donors - mostly recruiting their parents, but other relatives and adults as well. The 8th grade students have generously volunteered to assist at the blood drive to work at the registration table, canteen and babysitting room. If you are able to come and donate at our annual drive, we would very much appreciate it! Thank you!


We are excited to update everyone on the progress of the Innovation Center.  Work is scheduled to begin right after the close of school for the summer.  The completion of the entire project will be done in two phases. Phase one will consist of painting the entire library/mezzanine area, putting in new flooring and the renovation of the mezzanine area. Phase two will be redesigning the library area.  

As of today, a total of $120,000 has been collected. The total cost of the project exceeds $200,000.  We are now in the process of reaching out to individuals and businesses and applying for grants to help us raise the balance of funds needed. Of course we are encouraging families to please donate as they are able.


The school will be sponsoring a read-a-thon at the end of the month.  The committee is planning different activities during the week to encourage students to read a variety of genres. All students are encouraged to get sponsors and read, read, read. The money raised thru the Read-a-Thon will go towards funding the Innovation Center. Simply by reading, our Innovation Center becomes more of a reality. It is a win-win for all. More information will be sent home in the coming weeks.  Your support of this project is greatly appreciated.  


The Drama Club will be presenting Little Mermaid. The student performers and all who have been part of this great production spent countless hours rehearsing, planning and organizing on Sunday evenings for several months. We know it will be an awesome production. I hope all will try to attend one of the productions on April 6, 7, 12, or 13. What a wonderful way to support our Drama Club!


Our 5th grade class will be experiencing the Ignatian Exercises under the direction of Dr. Andy Kereky, Pastoral Associate during the month of March.  The theme of the spiritual exercises is “finding God in all things.” A major dimension of the exercises is praying daily with the Bible.  We are very blessed because St. Raphael School is the only elementary school in the country we are aware of that offers the Ignatian Exercises for children.


Families are reminded that to be considered active members of Saint Raphael Parish and to be eligible to receive the parish discount on tuition, they are to attend weekly Mass and contribute to the weekly offertory. If you are unable to make a contribution, you are encouraged to put an empty envelope in the collection basket to acknowledge your attendance.


On Saturday, February 23rd, St. Raphael School served as one of 18 host sites for the annual Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics 5th & 6th Grade Math Tournament. 74 students from three schools competed for two hours, solving various types of math problems.

Fifth grade team members include Avery Bellack, Ethan Burke, Paris Darling, Mikaela Davala, Andrew Feran, Kiera Kette, Lily Kuhlman, Anna Losey, Kyle Miller, Andrew Nash, Aliana Rangaya, Jenna Sanchez, Maggie Steen, Andrew Tomsik, Kathleen Trannguyen, and Gemma Wichmann.  Sixth grade team members include Anna Coletta, Ryan Corrigan, Caitlin Hoban, Joseph Karroum, Aidan Knapp, Jack Lentz, Noel Maddox, Conall McMahon, Jack Price, Tony Riad, Allison Sanchez, Daphne Sfeir, Brady Stenger, Maddie Thomas, Julia Zagore, and John Paul Zorc.   

Thanks to Miss Hoffmeister, Mrs. Licastro, and Mrs. Wise for working with the teams and hosting at St. Raphael School. Congratulations to all for a wonderful day of competition!


Dr. Kereky met with each of the 4th grade classes for a half-day Marian Retreat. The boys and girls were given the opportunity for prayer and reflection as they learned more about our Blessed Mother. During the week, the 4th graders also learned more about serving others as they decorated glass jars for the Village Project to use as votive holders. The boys and girls were happy to learn their creations would adorn tables for an upcoming fundraiser. We continue to grow in our faith, social awareness, and academics.


Student Council is excited to hold the second annual 3v3 March Madness basketball tournament on March 14th. All proceeds will go to the Blessing House again. The tournament promises to be a good time for participants and spectators while helping the less fortunate.

Builder's Club held a Shoes for the Soul collection in which they collected over 300 pairs of shoes to benefit school-aged children in Haiti.  Thank you to all for your help and support.

March the Madness Out of Hunger Food Drive is a chance to donate food and diapers to help many food banks and women's shelters. St. Raphael School will be collecting items from March 12th to March 15th. Please, no glass jars. We thank you in advance for your support!


Students in grades kindergarten through 6th grade will be attending an assembly on Friday, March 22 at 9:30.The program is presented by I Love This Life Foundation.  A young man, Luc around 13 years of age will be talking to the students about life's challenges, bullying and being positive.  It promises to be a rewarding presentation.

On Tuesday, March 19 our 7th & 8th graders will be involved in an all day, high energy retreat. The Damascus Catholic Mission Center will be coordinating the days' events. Our 8th graders heard one of their missionaries at the last Confirmation Spirit Night and received rave reviews.  There will be a parent program that evening at 7:00 in the library. Parents are encouraged to attend.