Altar Servers

Altar servers are trained in the spring of the 5th grade and begin serving the summer before 6th grade. This opportunity is available to both boys and girls. In 6th grade students serve weekday masses and serve Sunday masses beginning in 7th grade. A student can continue to be an altar server throughout high school. Teams of 4 servers each are formed every year and servers are responsible for finding a substitute when they cannot make their scheduled turn.

Grades 6 to High School


All youth in the St. Raphael parish are invited to join a variety of sports organized in cooperation with the Cleveland Diocese CYO.  Athletics at St. Raphael is a volunteer supported program and only succeeds by the generous contribution of volunteer help through our parish families.

Please see the Athletics web page for more information. 

Grades 3-8


The band program involved students in grades 4-8. Students in grades 6-8 participate in the Concert Band and perform at the Christmas Concert. The Concert Band members also perform in the community for senior centers or special functions. Students in grade 5 participate in the Cadet Band and perform at the Christmas Concert. The Beginning Band is made up of students in grade 4 and perform a Spring Concert. The Beginning Band students begin to learn instruments in the fall of their 4th grade school year.

Grades 4 to 8

Book Club

Book Blub is an after school opportunity for 5th grade students to read and discuss books. Students have input on the books they want to read.

Grade 5

Brain Brawl

Brain Brawl is an Academic Challenge-style competition among local grade school teams. Saint Ignatius High School hosts this event every year.

Grades 7 and 8

Builders Club

All students in 7th and 8th grade are invited and encouraged to join Builder's Club. This is a club of community and school service, but also encompasses fundraising and socials.

Grades 7 and 8

Camp Christopher

Camp Christopher is a unique adventure for all students in the 6th grade, which usually takes place in the early fall. Camp Christopher is located 45 minutes away in Bath, Ohio. Students are able to experience a two night stay in cabins under the direction of the teachers and parent chaperones. They maintain a structured schedule while at camp and learn many valuable lessons in science, survival, Christianity, team building and life skills. Plus, they have a great time!

Grade 6

Chess Club

The Chess Club is sponsored by Home & School and is offered to students in grades 1-8 with all levels of expertise from beginner to advanced. In spring, the members gather in the library once a week for a total of 8 weeks. They receive about 15 minutes of chess instruction followed by playing time. A tournament is held near the end of the session.

Grades 4 to 8

Classroom of Champions

Classroom of Champions is an academic competition available to 7th and 8th grade students. St. Edward High School sponsors this event each year.

Grades 7 and 8

Cooking Club

Cooking club, sponsored by Home & School, gives 6th-8th graders an opportunity to learn the basics of cooking. The club meets monthly in the Saint Raphael kitchen from October through May. Members need to bring their appetites to this club because they get to sample their creations.

Grades 6 to 8

Drama Club

A wonderful club sponsored by Home & School that allows students to share their theatrical talents with all. Students have the opportunity to perform on stage or to share their talents as a member of the crew. The club meets on Sunday evenings beginning in September. The necessary tools to put on a drama production are taught and twice a year (usually in December and May) the club puts on a full-scale production.

Grades 5 to 8

Geography Bee

Students in grades 4-8 participate in the Geography Bee during their Social Studies class. As test is given during class time and the results from the test are used to determine who continues on in the Geography Bee. There are local, state and national competitions.

Grades 4 to 8

Girls on the Run

Character development program for 3rd to 5th grade girls to: Discover the benefits for consistent physical exercise and good nutrition; Learn the advantage of positive peer support; Learn to stand up for herself in a healthy manner; Improve her body image and strengthen her sense of identity; Prepare to participate in a 5K run/walk event.

Grades 3 to 5

Junior Great Books

After reading short stories on their own, Junior Great Books Club meets during lunch to discuss. Junior Great Books helps students learn to think critically, sparking a passion for literature and ideas that lays a foundation for lifelong learning and effective civic participation.

Grades 3-6

Lego Club

SRS Lego Club is an after school program offered through Bricks4Kids® for K-8 grades.  Sessions are offered throughout the year based on grade level and feature a theme. Kindergarten students use DUPLO® and LEGO® bricks to learn basic building skills. Intermediate Builders (Grade 1-4) will create motorized LEGO® using STEM principles. Junior Robotics Members (Grad 5-8) will use computer programming, WeDo 2.0 and other devices to program models.

Please see Bricks4Kidz for sign-up forms.

Grades K-8

Liturgy Team

The Liturgy Team plans litugies and prayer services under the supervision of staff.

Grades 7 and 8

News Team

The SRS News Team is responsible for filming, editing, and broadcasting the daily morning announcements and report on special events. Students use microphones, green screens, video equipment and editing software to deliver a live newscast seen by the entire school. On-camera and off-camera positions are available. 

Grades 7 and 8

Personal Finance

Personal Finance is a before-school, year-long simulation where students, working in small groups, take their identity from age 18 through 65. Along the way, they get jobs, pay bills, maintain bank accounts, buy a car and house, contribute to charities, and save for retirement. They will also be hit with unforseen circumstances, which will affect their decisions. In the end, the group with the highest net worth wins. It is a fun, interactive approach to personal finance.

Grade 6

Photography Club

Photography Club is open to junior high students. Students learn digital photography basics: equipment; lighting; settings; composition and editing. Once trained, students have the opportunity to become school photographers for school events.

Grades 7 and 8

Power of the Pen

Power of the Pen is a creative writing club that is available to all 7th and 8th grade students. Students come in before school once a week to work with faculty advisors. This club can lead to competing in local, district and state Power of the Pen competitions.

Grades 7 and 8

Safety Patrol

Safety Patrol is open to all 8th graders who are able to spend a few extra minutes at the end of the day patrolling the Douglas Driveway. Students leave the classroom at 3:15, so they can be at their station from 3:20–3:30.

Grade 8

Science Fair

Science Fair is a required school project that is assigned to students in grades 6-8. Students in these grades are taught the scientific method in order to develop and display a project. Science Fair is held at the kickoff of Catholic Schools Week (last week of January). All projects are displayed and judged. Many students continue onto higher levels of competition.

Grades 6 to 8

Science Olympiad

The Science Olympiad is North America's most prestigious team science and technology competition. Dozens of events invite great ideas. Students can demonstrate their skills and knowledge by participating in events such as Disease Detectives, Dynamic Planet, Sounds of Music, Mousetrap Vehicle, Rocks and Minerals, and Robot Arm.

Grades 4 to 8


Parent volunteers manage the troops. Many opportunities are available to students interested in both girl scouts and boy scouts.

Grades K to 8

Ski Club

Ski Club is open to students of all ski levels. Students travel to Boston Mills Brandywine resort for five consecutive Friday evenings beginning in January. Students choose between skiing and snowboarding. Equipment is available for rental.

Registration Information can be found here.

Grades 7 and 8



Student Council

Student Council is an elected council available to 7th and 8th graders. Elections of officers and boy and girl homeroom representatives take place in September. The students elect all officers and representatives. The council develops a project or goal that they work toward for the year. They also do fundraising, such as sponsoring pizza lunches for the school.

Grades 7 and 8

Study Skills

This class is a 12 session program designed to develop the skills necessary to be effective and efficient students in today's demanding academic environment. Topics range from organization and time management all the way through test preparation and test taking skills. Sessions are offered before school at various times throughout the school year. Check the Family Folder for times and availability.

Grades 4 to 8