Weekly Update - December 8, 2017
Dear Parents,
I hope you had a great week. I had the opportunity to visit a school in Naples as a member of their accreditation team. It's always enjoyable to see what other schools are doing and inevitably it leads to comparisons. We are so blessed here at St. Raphael! By no means are we perfect there are always places to grow, but we have dedicated teachers, a wonderful pastor, and of course our students and their families are second to none.

I signed up for the Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar and it is helping me to focus on the real reason for the season. One of the "acts" was to give 10 compliments. I was able to give out a bunch to the faculty and staff at St. Elizabeth Seton School, but I'd like to compliment all of you for being supportive parents who want the best for their children. You help us to be better!

Have a blessed weekend!!
Yours in Christ,
Mrs. Bogataj
Updates and Reminders
Our Annual Day of Giving is quickly approaching, please bring in items to donate by December 19th. We are collecting non-perishable food, gently used clothes and shoes, new underwear and socks for children, toiletries and used bikes.

We are in great need for money for fleece to make blankets and pet items. We also need drivers for the day of the event. Please contact Mrs. Kranik if you can drive.

Permission slips must be turned in no later than December 12th.

Christmas Concert Information
To see all the information regarding our Christmas Concert please click here:

**a question was sent in regarding shoes - please no flip flop type shoes for boys or girls. closed toe and backs are requested
Upcoming Dates
Mon. Dec. 11th - All Day of Giving Permission slips are due!!

Mon. Dec. 11th - All Christmas program ticket requests should be submitted

Thurs. Dec. 14th - Christmas concert - 9:00 am & 7:00 pm - No school Mass

Thurs. Dec. 14th - Stream Fair in the Parish Hall 6:30 pm - 6:55 pm - check out the middle school projects

Fri. Dec. 15th - School Mass - 8:00 am
Sports Schedule
Mon. Dec. 11th - bowling practice 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm @ Sunrise Lanes

Tues. Dec. 12th - Girls Varsity bball practice 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm,

Wed. Dec. 13th - bowling practice 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm @ Sunrise Lanes
Faith Find
We have started the Advent Season! This is a time for us to prepare our hearts for the birth of Jesus. Attached is a list of opportunities right here at St. Raphael parish that will help you get on the right path.