FALL 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 will experience a wonderful 2018-2019 school year!
Our ambitious School-Wide Student Learning Goal is that all students will exhibit growth in reading and math. Our teacher and student learning support model produces an amazing rate of growth for our school! 100% of grade level groups of students exhibit growth in the areas of reading and math! Our Principal, and Associate Principal of Curriculum and Instruction, work with all Kindergarten through Grade 8 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 within our student support model.
Our Spanish Language Instruction for Early Childhood 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 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 Early Childhood and PreSchool Program continues to attract new families, as we have three classrooms in 2018-2019! Our very popular hot lunch program will continue on a daily basis in our dining area. Please be mindful that enrollment is rolling.
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 25 after school programs and sports. St. Raphael students participate in co-ed cross country and spring track. Our 2018 Championship Quiz Bowl Team was regional champion and remains a popular choice among a wide variety of middle school students. We are also 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.
We are introducing new programs in 2018-2019. Our Art Program will have a brand new classroom! Students will continue to experience a wide range of engaging, meaningful art experiences in an art-space. Our Early Childhood through Grade 5 Spanish will also have a new classroom. Our Early Childhood and Preschool building has expanded its interior activity space. This allows students space for moment activity during inclement weather. 8th Grade students have the opportunity to complete a full Algebra 1 Course. School day Numeracy will replace after school Math Intervention for Grades 2 through 8.
Our Middle School is a readiness High School Program. These include:
- Unifying Gospel Values
- Literacy strategies across all content areas
- Executive Functioning
- Social and emotional wellness
- A variety of specialist classes
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 Parish 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"