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ST. RAYMOND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
November 2013 E-News
In This Issue
CHARITABLE GIFTS
ALL SAINTS' DAY MASS
VALUE OF THE MONTH
SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
SPOTLIGHT ON...
1-103
1-104
THANKSGIVING MASS
THANKSGIVING PRAYER
UPCOMING EVENTS
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CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITIES: TURN YOUR COMPASSION INTO A LIFETIME SOURCE OF INCOME! 

With a charitable gift annuity, in exchange for a donation, you will receive lifetime payments and support the future of St. Raymond Elementary School. Additional benefits are that you can:

 

  • Obtain an immediate income tax charitable deduction.
  • Receive fixed payments, largely tax-free.
  • Supplement your retirement funds with a known dollar amount.
  • Donate stock and save on your capital gains tax.
  • Solidify the future of St. Raymond Elementary School with a significant contribution.

SEE HOW YOU BENEFIT --

Sample Annuity Payout Rates for One Person

 

AGE

RATE

70

5.10%

73

5.50%

76

6.00%

78

6.40%

80

6.80%

84

7.60%

86

8.00%

90

9.00%


Help protect the future of St. Raymond Elementary School with a donation that provides you with payments for life. 

 

If you would like to learn more about a charitable gift annuity, please call Jackie Comesanas, Esq., Director of Gift Planning at (646) 794-3317 or email her at giftplanning@archny.org. 

Dear St. Raymond School Parents, Staff, Alumni and Friends:

 

Here we are in November, the month of giving thanks. Let me take this opportunity to thank of all you for supporting our school, for your kindness and your generosity, your humor and your grace. And thanks for reading E-News!

 

We started off November our with our All Saints' Day Mass and we're closing out the month with our annual Thanksgiving Mass. Please check out our Parade of Saints for the former and our Pilgrims for the latter. 

 

This month we shine our Spotlight On...First Grade. 

 

Speaking of spotlights...one of our seventh graders has won a scholarship. Check it out below. 

 

In case you missed it last month, Value of the Month is back. (We didn't have enough room in the October E-News, which was quite full.)

 

Mark your calendars: Our spectacular annual Christmas Show will be held this year on December 17 and 18. Tickets go on sale December 10.

  

 

Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving. May you always have much to be grateful for.

 

Elaine Nole

Advancement Director

All Saints' Day Mass

A Parade of Saints

Monsignor Stephen Adu-Kwaning said Mass in the auditorium for the entire school on All Saints' Day, Friday, November 1. Some of our students, dressed in costumes depicting their favorite saints, processed in as a parade of saints. Among the most popular were St. Raymond Nonnatus, our patron saint; St. Patrick, St. Peter, St. Paul, Joan of Arc, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, founder of the Sisters of Charity; and St. Claudine Th�venet, founder of the Religious of Jesus and Mary (Sister Patricia Brito's community).

Clockwise from top left: Three students dressed as St. Claudine Th�venet, with Sister Patricia. Four boys dressed as St. Raymond Nonnatus, our patron saint. The parade of saints processes down the center aisle of auditorium. Two girls dressed as St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, founder of the Sisters of Charity.

 

Value of the Month: Devotion

Something to think about today:

 

What do I do to show that 

I am devoted to God?

 

Vincent Magnaldi Wins TriState
Italian American Congress Scholarship 

Congratulations to seventh grader Vincent Magnaldi, who won a $1,000 scholarship from the TriState Italian American Congress. His Eminence Cardinal Edward Egan was present for the award ceremony, which was held at the Archdiocese of New York. Students of Italian heritage in schools throughout the Archdiocese were eligible to apply. Vincent is the only student from St. Raymond Elementary School who was awarded the scholarship.

 

After the TriState awards ceremony: Vincent Magnaldi with his grandmother, father and mother; Vincent with His Eminence Cardinal Egan.

 

Spotlight on...First Grade 

This month in Spotlight On, we visit with our two First Grade classes -- 1-103 and 1-104. 

 

1-103 Gets Ready for the Christmas Show

First graders in Ms. Capalbo's class, 1-103, have been practicing for their part in the annual Christmas Show, which will be held on Tuesday, December 17 and Wednesday, December 18. 

 

  

1-104 Practices Skills

Students in Mrs. Perrone's class, 1-104, worked on an exercise called How I Eat a Gingerbread Cookie, which allowed them to practice their revising, sequencing and handwriting skills. 

 

 

Pilgrims and Food Baskets at Thanksgiving Mass

Once again, we joined as a community of faith at our annual Thanksgiving Mass in the school's auditorium. Monsignor Graham concelebrated the Mass with the other priests of our parish, and students from Grade 3 dressed as Pilgrims. Pre-K through Grade 5 collected food during the Thanksgiving Food Drive and decorated the boxes that were displayed at the Mass. The food baskets with all the trimmings for Thanksgiving dinner were delivered to local families in need after Mass. 
 
 

A Thanksgiving Prayer

 

This Thanksgiving, 
Let those of us who have much and 
 Those who have little
Gather at the welcoming table of the Lord. 
At this blessed feast, 
May rich and poor alike remember that
We are called to serve one another and
To walk together in God's gracious world. 
With thankful hearts, 
We praise our God, 
Who, like a loving parent, 
Denies us no good thing.


From Songs of Our Hearts, Meditations of Our Souls: Prayers for Black Catholics, edited by Cecilia A. Moor, Ph.D., C. Vanessa White, D.Min., and Paul M. Marshall, S.M. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

CHRISTMAS SHOW      December 17 & 18, 7 p.m.

 

  

Tickets are $5.00 and will be on sale at the school from December 10-13. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Get them while they last!