Week of February 13, 2017
**Please remember to view the downloads and quick links on right-hand side of this email.**

Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends,      

            Our second fundraiser of the year, the Annual School Auction, is next Saturday, February 25th! Sometimes I am asked, "Why do we need to do fundraising?" The graph below will answer this question and will also give you deeper insight on the importance of our three major fundraisers. We strive to keep tuition affordable for anyone that would like to give the gift of a Catholic education to their children, as well as continue our extra programs that make St. Raphael School such a special place.
Registration for the 2017-2018 school year is on March 15th. The Catholic Education Foundation Tuition Assistance applications are now available. You can download the forms from the e-newsletter or pick up a copy in the office. Applications are due no later than March 10th. Any late applications will not be accepted.  Download the CEF application here
Important Dates:
February 20: No School for Presidents' Day
February 23: Science Fair at 6:00 pm
February 25: School Auction at Fess Parker
February 27: KinderKlasse and Kindergarten Evaluations for 2017-2018 School Year
March 1: Ash Wednesday. School Mass at 10:00 am
March 13: No School for a Teacher in-Service
March 15: Registration from 1:00-5:00 pm
March 17: Stations of the Cross at 1:15 pm
March 20: Jeans for Jesus
Havana Nights

The auction theme is announced...It's Havana Nights! The event will be on Saturday, February 25, 2017.  Click here for the family packetDownload the lasted auction newsletter here .

Still need your tickets? Click here to purchase your tickets online.
SCRIP News   
Hello SRS Families,

I will be selling SCRIP Gift cards after school on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  Give back to this great school of ours by shopping with gift cards to your favorite stores and restaurants!  

Click here to download the SCRIP order form.

God Bless,

Vivian Solodkin
Scrip Coordinator
St. Raphael School

The Latest from Kid President  
Enjoy this video from Kid President on how to disagree.  

Shop and Contribute to Our School
Did you know shopping online at retailers such as Amazon, Apple Store, Gift Card Mall, Target, DisneyStore.com, and hundreds more, will earn up to 16% of every purchase you make for St. Raphael School?

It's Easy!
All you have to do is click on the link below to access the eScrip Online Mall and shop as you normally would. That's it! No card registration, coupons or special downloads required.  This will not affect Amazon Prime or anything like that!

Below are just a few of the stores! 
2016 School Video 
Enjoy our 2016 school video. 

Student-Made Videos    

A Student's Favorite Parts of St. Raphael School ~ 7th Grade Commercial
A Student's Favorite Parts of St. Raphael School ~ 7th Grade Commercial

Watch these student-made videos about our school.

Valentine Prayer
I said a Valentine prayer for you and asked the Lord above to fill your heart and bless your soul with the precious gift of love. I asked Him for sincere love. The kind that's meant to stay just like the generous love you give to those you touch each day. I prayed for love from family and from every cherished friend then I asked the Lord to give you His love that knows no end.

In Mary's Love,

Ms. Michelle Limb, Principal

St. Raphael School 
In This Issue
When Your Child Is Ready to Quit, Tell Them This

Enjoy this nice article about not quitting.


The Italian Jesuit Who Taught Computers to Talk to Us
If you ever wanted to know who you should blame next time you lose that important PowerPoint presentation, it's a brainy Jesuit by the name of Fr. Roberto Busa.


5 Reasons to Choose Catholic School
This is true of all of our Catholic schools.  Just a nice reminder of what we do.


Texting to Avoid Talking to You
As our children are spending more time on devices, this is an interesting article.

High School Runner Disqualified for Helping Foe

I can see many of our students doing something similar.  What a great story on love and compassion.  Click here to read.
What Moms Need to Tell Middle School Girls About Friendship
Middle School can be a difficult time for girls.  This is a nice article about friendships.   Click here to read.
Have the Holy Father Teach You to Pray When You Have No Time

Please take some time to read the short article and watch the short video on how to pray.  Click here to read and watch!
This is an interesting article on how to support our less athletic kids.  Click here to read!
2016 Annual Fund!
It's time to show how much you love our school.  Click here to donate!
5 reasons you want your kid to be a multi-sport athlete

Many times we focus on our children being superstars at one sport.  Click here for the story.

By Persevering in Prayer, we share in Christ's life
In the Gospel reading this weekend, Jesus tells his disciples to not become weary in prayer. He uses a parable of a widow who repeatedly approaches a judge asking to receive a just decision from him. Her persistence is what gets the judge to give her the just verdict.

What a Stanford Dean Says Parents are Doing That's Ruining Their Kids

This is an interesting article from a Stanford Dean.

My Letter To Every Girl Who Plays Sports-and her Parents

Athletics teach more than one can imagine.  Click here to read.  

St. Joseph Street

As per the handbook, please do not use St. Joseph Street for drop off and pick up.  This is for
student safety! A police officer issued warnings for people that were double parked.  Tickets for this are $200.  There is a special education bus that needs to access St. Joseph Street to pick up a child.  When cars are double parked, the bus is not able to pass.  There have been numerous complaints from our neighbors.

Volunteer Jobs

Need a volunteer job? Click on the link below to sign up for your job for this year!

Click here to sign up



You should have received your child's log in information from your teacher.  Here is more information to help you get started on Mathletics!

Follow St. Raphael School on Twitter! 
For all parents who have Twitter accounts, follow us for school newsletters and time-sensitive messages. You can even have the tweets sent to your mobile devices.   

First, associate your mobile number with your Twitter account under Settings/Mobile. 

Second, Follow @StRaphaelSchool  

Third, go to SRS profile page and turn on mobile notifications.  

St. Raphael School Calendar!

The school website at  http://www.straphaelschoolsb.org/about/calendar
 has the complete calendar. You can subscribe to our school calendar to receive email messages to your email account or your smart phone!  Stay informed and stay connected! 

Rosary CDs!



Join our school children in praying the rosary on our very own School CD.  The CD contains the Joyful and Glorious Mysteries as well as the school choir singing Immaculate Mary.  CDs can be purchased in the student store.