Weekly Update - December 15, 2017
Dear Parents,

I hope you were able to attend the Christmas concert this week. It was a wonderful presentation by all of the children and showcased our music program. Our children sang, danced, and played instruments. We have some very talented students here at St. Raphael. Special thanks to Mr. Woods and Ms. McKalvey for all of their hard work!! Also a quick shout out to Dr. Janice Swartz for providing accompaniment throughout the program.

We only have two and a half days next week but they will be full. On Tuesday, all of our middle school students will leave campus to work in the community providing service whether it is performing for seniors, serving food at a shelter or organizing clothes for children. We hope this day provides a catalyst for them to make service a part of their lives. Thank you to Mrs. Kranik for her work on organizing the day and to Mrs. Quillin for assisting!!

Have a blessed weekend!!

Yours in Christ,
Mrs. Bogataj
Updates and Reminders
**Our Annual Day of Giving is next Tuesday!
The minions will be around on Monday visiting the classes to Collect Day of Giving items.

We have not met all of our goals so anything you can send in is greatly appreciated. We are still short 1 bike, clothing, paper goods, and a lot of food. Donations of new underwear and socks and toiletries will also be accepted. The final drop off day will be Tuesday morning.

**Our Dad's Club will be hosting "Donuts with Dad" for our students on Tuesday, Dec. 19th before morning announcements in the parish center. All dads are welcome and encouraged to attend. Thank you to Phil Heelan for putting this together.

**We are in need of sponsors for the Run for the Royals Dri-fit Spirit shirts. Your company logo will be featured on the back of the Spirit Shirts that can be worn for any remaining spirit days this year. The deadline for sponsorships is December 18th! For more information please contact Darlene Henwood at Dar23dfw@gmail.com or 727-742-2992.

Christmas Concert Photos
To see a quick video with pictures from our morning Christmas show click below.

Upcoming Dates
Mon. Dec. 18th - ROYAL SPIRIT DAY - this is a switch from 12/15. Spirit shirts with uniform bottoms may be worn. Spirit sticks will be sold before school.

Tues. Dec. 19th - Day of Giving - last day for any donations

Wed. Dec. 20th - School Mass 8:00 am
Early Dismissal - noon - No Extended Care Available. This is a Christmas dress UP day! Nice Christmas clothes may be worn to school.

Thurs. Dec. 21st - Tues. Jan. 2nd - Christmas vacation

Wed. Jan. 3rd - School Resumes
Sports Schedule
Mon. Dec. 18th - bowling practice 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm @ Sunrise Lanes and Varsity bball practice for both teams
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Tues. Dec. 19th - Boys Varsity bball practice 3:00 pm - 4:45 pm,

Wed. Dec. 20th - Bowling match 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm @ Sunrise Lanes

Thurs. Jan. 4th - Varsity bball practice 3:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Faith Find
This week your child (youngest or only) should have brought home the book Joy to the World by Scott Hahn. This is a gift to your family from the school. I hope you will have a chance to read it and learn more about the Scriptural meaning of the Nativity of Jesus Christ.