FALL 2019 WELCOME FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Welcome! We are enjoying all the benefits of a wonderful start to our 2019-2020 school year! We invite all to visit, especially those who are looking for a Mission oriented school where the social, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual needs of children are developed.
St. Raphael Parish School surrounds our Early Childhood 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 that growth and achievement occur. 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 thrive in leadership roles in a diverse and ever-changing society.
Our ambitious School-Wide Student Learning Goal, that all students exhibit growth in reading and math, is being met. Our teacher and student Academic 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, year after year. Our newly appointed Differentiation Specialist work with Kindergarten through Grade 8 teachers, diving deep into social development, student learning data, standards, curriculum, and assessments. Students who struggle to meet their growth goals are supported and students who excel are provided learning opportunities that continue to challenge them.
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 students entering our daily Grade 6-8 Middle School Spanish Program will be better prepared for the challenges of rigorous high school World Language programs. The majority of our graduates can qualify for Level II Spanish as freshmen in high school! 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 Programs continues to attract new families, with rolling enrollment. Expanded exterior playground space and renovated interior activity space ensures that our young learners stay on the move! The PreSchool student learning goal is to make sure that student experience an increase in active learning opportunities on a daily basis. The very popular hot lunch program will continue on a daily basis in our PreSchool dining room.
The social-emotional wellness of our students 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. We network with local service providers, vetted through the Parish Community, to assist students and their families. In collaboration with Franciscan Children’s Hospital and the Archdiocese of Boston, St. Raphael hosted a Student Wellness Conference in March of 2019, that was attended by 12 area Catholic Schools. We remain committed to the wellness of our children.
Our campus is filled with activity after the dismissal bell rings! 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, basketball, and co-ed spring track. We are well known for our prowess on the basketball court, as the Rays have participated in the New England CYO School Championship three of the last four years, winning twice. Our 2018 Championship Quiz Bowl Team was regional champion, as Quiz Bowl remains a popular choice among a wide variety of middle school students.
The Before and After School Child Care Program continues to support our families. We offer a safe, structured program before school from 7:00-7:45 a.m., and after school until 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. After school child care for Early Childhood and PreK students is staged in the PreSchool. K-8 Child care occurs in the main school. Families can purchase snacks for their children at after school child-care.
The Arts are important at St. Raphael. Students continue to experience a wide range of engaging, meaningful art experiences in a newly appointed art room. Our Art Fair, assisted by parent volunteers, is amazing! Music instruction for Early Childhood through Grade 5 students provides opportunities that students can further explore in our combined School-Parish Choir, or our contemporary worship team at the Sunday 5 p.m. Mass. Our after school Band program continues to gather momentum. The Band performs with our Choir at Christmas and Spring Concerts. Each year we place musicians in the Regional Honors Band.
Our Middle School is a High School Readiness Program that includes:
- Unifying Gospel Values
- Literacy strategies across all content areas
- Executive Functioning - how to manage time, information, materials
- Social and emotional wellness
- A variety of specialist classes
- Students who qualify, may complete a full Algebra 1 Course
I am proud to serve the St. Raphael Parish Community as Principal. Please take time to navigate our web page, click on the Admissions or About Us tabs to view our school profile, and click on Family Resources to see all that we have in place. In order to find out more about the 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"