School Opening 2017-2018 WELCOME FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Welcome! St. Raphael Parish School surrounds its PreSchool through 8th Grade 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, and colleges and careers. At St. Raphael, children develop an appreciation for the dignity of each individual, 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 exciting, new programs ready for the 2017-2018 School Year.
Spanish Langauge Instruction for PreSchool Through Grade 5. The focus will be on speaking, listening, writing, and comprehension, as students have a developmentally appropriate experience incorporating language skills into learning experiences about cultures whose primary language is Spanish. The fun program will partner with our Grades 6-8 Middle School Program to prepare students for rigorous high school World Language programs.
New Dean of Academics - Ms. Fiedler-Ross, former Math Coordinator and Middle School Math Teacher, will be working with our grade level teachers each week. They will dive deep into student learning data, curriculum, and standards, and assessments, making sure our teachers have the appropriate, timely support they need to best serve our students. Our expected result of this work is increased student growth, specifically in the areas of reading and math. We are expanding our staff support model so the amazing rate of growth we have exhibited over the last two years in math will be replicated in reading, and therefore, in all subjects areas.
Ongoing program successes!
STEM Center: Our Kindergarten through 8th Grade Science Technology Engineering Math Center opened in September of 2016. Project Lead The Way Curriculum powered student learning opportunities including writing code, robotics, design and modeling and 3-D printing. More to come this fall!
PreSchool: Our PreSchool Program continues to attract new families, as we will, again, have four PreSchool classrooms this year! Our very popular hot lunch program will continue on a daily basis in our new PreSchool dining area, also know as Chez Rays!
Expanded student services: The social-emotional wellness of our students is a priority at St. Raphael. Our full time School Counselor works with whole classes and grade levels on positive peer-relationships, as well as with small groups of students and individuals. In addition, we are able to network with local service providers, vetted through the Parish Community, to assist students and their families.
Student Life: Adding to our over 24 clubs and sports, St. Raphael students will be able to participate in co-ed cross country, cheering, football, and spring track! Also, we are well known for our prowess on the basketball court.
I am extremely excited to serve the St. Raphael Parish Community as principal. Please take time to navigate our web-site; 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 family, please call the school office to make an appointment for a tour, and speak with someone in our parish about our exciting programs.
Preparing for the new school year? Please see our Parent Resources link on the home page for all the information you'll need to prepare for our exciting 2017-2018 school opening. I hope to see you at St. Raphael soon!
Mark C. Bedrosian, M.Ed.
"The Dignity of All"