SPRING 2018 WELCOME FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Welcome! St. Raphael Parish School surrounds our PreSchool through Grade 8 students with a vibrant faith community. The dedicated teachers, staff, volunteers, and families partner on behalf of all students to nurture the understanding that they are loved and valued as children of God. St. Raphael is a safe school. This ensures achievement and development of intellectual, spiritual, and social skills in preparation for the next grade-level, competitive secondary schools. At St. Raphael, children develop an appreciation for “The Dignity of All,” and an awareness of their responsibly to act with compassion toward all. The goal is that all in our community function as reflective, life-long learners who contribute to our diverse and ever-changing society.
We have experienced a wonderful 2017-2018 School Year!
Our ambitious School-Wide Student Learning Goal is that all students will exhibit growth in reading and math. Our teaching and learning support model produces an amazing rate of growth for our students! 100% of grade level groups of students exhibited growth in the areas of reading and math! Our Dean of Academics works with our grade level teachers each week, diving deep into student learning data, standards, curriculum, and assessments. In addition, students who struggle to meet the growth goals are supported with an individual growth plan.
The new Spanish Language Instruction for PreSchool through Grade 5 is a wonderful success. The focus on speaking, listening, writing, and comprehension assists our students in having developmentally appropriate experiences incorporating Spanish language skills into learning experiences. Our Grade 5 students entering their full-time Grade 6-8 Middle School Spanish Program will be better prepared for the challenges of rigorous high school World Language programs. In addition, we are proud that we are moving toward becoming a campus where our students are able to speak more than one language.
Our Kindergarten through Grade 8 STEM Center opened in September of 2016. Project Lead The Way Curriculum powers student learning opportunities, including writing code, robotics, design and modeling, and 3-D printing. Our Grade 5 students presented robotics, coding, and the design and modeling process at the Annual Catholic School Foundation Inner City Scholarship Fundraiser. STEM Teacher also serves on a Project Lead The Way Regional Presentation Panel assisting area schools in understanding how they could begin programs. Our students also participate in Boston College’s Seismology Program, housed in our STEM Center.
Our PreSchool Program continues to attract new families, as we will have three PreSchool classrooms in 2018-2019! Our very popular hot lunch program will continue on a daily basis in our PreSchool dining area.
Expanded student services benefit the social-emotional wellness of our students. This is a priority at St. Raphael. Our full time School Counselor works with whole classes, grade levels, and individual students and families on positive peer-relationships, as well as school-success strategies. In addition, we network with local service providers, vetted through the Parish Community, to assist students and their families.
Students of all ages are able to participate in over 20 clubs, After School Programs, and sports. For example, St. Raphael students participate in co-ed cross country and spring track, and our 2018 Championship Quiz Bowl Team remains a popular choice among a wide variety of middle school students. Also, we are well known for our prowess on the basketball court, as the Rays have won the New England CYO School Championship two of the last three years.
The Before and After School Discovery Program continues to support our families! We offer a safe, structured Discovery Program before school, 7:00-7:45 a.m., and after school, 2:15-6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Our cafeteria program provides the opportunity for families to purchase snacks during afternoon Discovery.
New in 2018-2019: Our Art Program will have a brand new Art Studio! Students will continue to experience a wide range of engaging, meaningful art experiences in an art-space!
I am extremely excited to serve the St. Raphael Parish Community as principal. Please take time to navigate our web page. Please be sure to click on the Admissions or About Us tabs to view our school profile. In order to find out more about the St. Raphael School Community, please call our Admissions Office at 781-483-3554 to speak with Admissions Director, Mrs. Gina McCart. Please make an appointment for a school-day tour to experience our exciting programs.
I hope to see you at St. Raphael soon!
Mark C. Bedrosian, M.Ed.
"The Dignity of All"