Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends,
We did it! We hit our goal and even surpassed it for the Annual Fund. We are just a few dollars short of $50,000! This is a first time for our school. Congratulations! Many people are asking about the “extra” money. We will put $3,000 into the technology fund for future upgrades for our laptops and then the majority of the funds will go to support our supplemental programs that make our school so special such as The Walking Classroom, ARF, the garden program, physical education, sports, art, advanced math and much more! We will also be installing a new water fountain in the primary wing of the school next month. Remember that our three main fundraisers help keep tuition costs down so our school is affordable for anyone that wants a solid Catholic education.
A wonderful new program that we started this year is ARF. It stands for Animals + Reading = Fun! We have trained volunteers that bring their trained dogs to campus so students can read to the dogs once a week. It’s a fantastic program that motivates students to read. Who wouldn’t want to read to a dog!
We have a busy upcoming week. Grandparents Mass is this Thursday and will begin at 10:00 am in the church with activities in the classroom to follow. Students and grandparents will be dismissed for lunch as soon as Silvergreens arrives. We will also have a photo booth set up in the Parish Hall so grandparents will walk away with a picture from the event! Next Monday is Halloween and we will have our annual parade that begins at 1:15 pm on the quad. This is always a fun time for students and parents to enjoy the costumes. The parade will last about 30 minutes and then students will be dismissed for the day.
October 24: Pep Rally at 1:15
October 27: Grandparents Mass at 10:00 am
October 28: Family Movie Night on the school field. Come and watch Zootopia.
October 31: Halloween Parade at 1:15 pm
November 1: All Saints Day. School Mass at 10:00 am.
November 11: Veterans Day. No School.
November 18, 21-23: Parent Teacher Conferences. Noon Dismissal.
November 21: Jeans for Jesus
November 24-25: Thanksgiving Vacation
December 5-8: Scholastic Book Fair
December 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception. School Mass at 10:00 am.
December 12: Jeans for Jesus
December 15: Christmas Program at 6:00 pm
December 16: Christmas Vacation. Noon Dismissal.
In Mary’s Love,
Ms. Michelle Limb, Principal
During the next five weeks, please pray the rosary as a family. Each newsletter will contain one of the joyful mysteries.
The Fourth Joyful Mystery – The Presentation - Spiritual Fruit: Purity of Mind and Body
In observance of the law of Moses, Joseph and Mary take the child Jesus to be presented in the temple to God. Although not subject to this law, Jesus submits in obedience, and in like manner, Mary, not subject to the law of purification, humbly submits herself to it. It is at this time also, that the old man Simeon beholds the Son of Man. Simeon immediately recognizes the child as the King and Savior foretold, and declares the fate of Jesus as a sign that will be contradicted. This mystery teaches us the importance of purity in thought and deed. It is in humility that we are able to see our weaknesses and failings, while we recognize our constant need of God’s mercy and grace.
St. Raphael, Pray for Us!
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