The #CSW19 video for SRS and SRNS makes its debut at the reception after 10 a.m. Mass on Jan. 27.

Catholic Schools Week: Jan. 27-Feb. 1

Catholic Schools Week celebrates Catholic education nationwide. The theme set by the National Catholic Educational Association this year is Catholic Schools—Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed. At SRS, we have incorporated a sub-theme of Be My Witness, which will be woven into our reflections, school decorations, and class projects. The CSW Committee of SRS has planned a terrific lineup of events as we celebrate St. Raphael School and Nursery School and all those who make our community so special!

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Sunday, Jan. 27

Celebrating Our Parish School: Students from all area Catholic schools are invited to wear their uniforms to the 10 a.m. Mass to show their school pride! Our preschoolers are welcome to wear SRNS T-shirts or sweatshirts. The SRS children will participate in the Mass, followed by a reception in the Trumpet Room. All parents are asked to bring an item (nut free) to share at the reception.


Monday, Jan. 28

Parent Appreciation Day: Parents, you are invited to stop in the school lobby to enjoy coffee and sweets at drop-off and before pickup—offered with gratitude for the sacrifice you make to send your children to SRS and SRNS.


Tuesday, Jan. 29

Teacher Appreciation Day: Students write heartfelt letters or cards to teachers—due to the receptionist Jan. 22—to be bound in a booklet by the CSW Committee and given to the teachers at the staff dinner Tuesday night held in the Parish Library. See templates below. This is a great opportunity for students (and even parents) to tell the teachers and staff how much they value their contribution to education and faith formation.

Out-of-Uniform Day: Students may wear their favorite sports jersey to school.


Wednesday, Jan. 30

Community Outreach Day: SRS students will participate in a school-wide service project benefiting Catholic Charities' Cup Of Joe. At school, one class at a time will make their breakfast bags. At home Wednesday night, students are invited to make a few meat and cheese sandwiches to bring to school on Thursday. View the guidelines for the sandwicheswhich will be delivered to area homeless shelters. Snap a few photos of your children at work and email your high-resolution jpegs to MJ Garcia for our social media and yearbook.


Thursday, Jan 31

Clergy Appreciation Day: Letters written by students (done in class) will be given to the priests along with a gift from the school. We are so blessed with wonderful priests here at St. Raphael's. Let them know how much we appreciate them.

Career Day: It is an out-of-uniform day for students in grades K-3, where they can dress as their favorite professional. Grades 4-8 (regular uniform) will hear from parents about their professions. 


Friday, Feb. 1

Student Appreciation Day: The children are the reason for our school! There will be a 12:15 p.m. dismissal for SRS after games and activities in the morning. All students receive class pictures as a gift from SRS and SRNS.

Out-of-Uniform Day: SRS students may wear summer shirts/shorts or their P.E. uniform. Sneakers must be worn.

Family Fun Night: All SRS and SRNS families are invited to end the week of celebration with more festivities 6-8 p.m. in the Trumpet Room! Be sure to register and order pizza by noon Feb. 1!


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SRS parent Ginger Browning is the visionary behind our decorations and spiritual reflection for this year's CSW.

'Be My Witness'

St. Raphael School's subtheme this year for Catholic Schools Week is "Be My Witness." SRS parent Ginger Browning has written a spiritual reflection that beautifully explains the inspiration behind our subtheme. The former Disney illustrator once again shares her talents with us as she also spearheads the decorations for our weeklong celebration.

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Printable schedule of events

Download the #CSW19 list of events to stick on your fridge!

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Help make CSW ah-mazing!

Sign up to help at #CSW19; there are jobs big and small!

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Thank a teacher or staff member

Where would we be without our wonderful teachers and staff? Have your student write a few heartfelt letters to staff members who impact their daily life at SRS (in addition to the classroom teachers, don't forget the other teachers, such as P.E., music, lunch staff, etc.). These notes will be put in a booklet and given to the staff at the appreciation dinner Tuesday night of CSW. We promise you, they read each and every one!

Deadline: Jan. 22 to receptionist

Use the templates below or your own 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper.

Template No. 1

Template No. 2



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Register for Family Fun Night

We close out #CSW19 on Friday, Feb. 1, with Family Fun Night!

  • Theme: Luau!
  • Music, games, crafts, and contests for all ages
  • Pre-order pizza for $10 a pie or bring your own dinner
  • Last names A-L: Bring a salad or side (nut free)
  • Last names M-Z: Bring a dessert (nut free)
  • Cost: $25 a family

Let us know you are coming by registering online. Remember to place your pizza order by noon Friday!