Our video for CSW 2020 makes its debut at the reception after 10 a.m. Mass on Jan. 26.

Catholic Schools Week: Jan. 26-31

Catholic Schools Week celebrates Catholic education nationwide and began in 1974 by the National Catholic Educational Association. Over the past year, St. Raphael School and Nursery School have had even more reasons to celebrate. From Teri Dwyer's NCEA Lead, Learn, Proclaim Award to Jerry Nash's Golden Apple Award, SRNS's Golden Anniversary, and SRS's National Blue Ribbon, we have put our students, teachers, and school on the map! The CSW Committee 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. 26

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 if they are able.


Monday, Jan. 27

Parent Appreciation Day: Parents, you are invited to visit the school lobby after drop-off and before pickup for conversation and refreshments on us—offered with gratitude for the sacrifice you make to send your children to SRS and SRNS.


Tuesday, Jan. 28

Teacher Appreciation Day: Students write heartfelt letters or cards to teachers—due to the receptionist by Jan. 21 (SRNS) or Jan. 23 (SRS)—to be bound in a booklet by the CSW Committee and given to the teachers at the staff dinner Tuesday night. 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. Coffee and treats at drop-off/pickup continue for Tu/Th SRNS parents.

A Day of Giving to Catholic Schools begins at noon and encourages our community to donate toward enhanced campus security for SRS and SRNS!

Out-of-Uniform Day: Students may wear their favorite crazy socks.


Wednesday, Jan. 29

Community Outreach Day: A central aspect of Catholic education is learning the importance of helping those less fortunate. When students take part in service activities, they demonstrate the values and faith they gain through their Catholic education and learn how to make the world a better place. SRS students will partake in a school-wide service project benefiting Catholic Charities’ Cup of Joe, which supplies breakfast bags for the hungry. At home Wednesday night, students are invited to make meat and cheese sandwiches to bring to school on Thursday for donation to an area shelter. Snap a few photos of your children at work and email your high-resolution jpegs to MJ Garcia for our social media and yearbook.

A Day of Giving to Catholic Schools ends at noon—don't miss out on your chance to donate toward enhanced campus security for SRS and SRNS!

Out-of-Uniform Day: Students may wear their wackiest Wacky Wednesday outfits.


Thursday, Jan 30

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

Career Day: Grades 4-8 hear from a panel of parents about their professions.

Out-of-Uniform Day for grades K-3 (grades 4-8 regular uniform): Students may dress as their favorite professional. SRNS is invited to get in on the fun! 


Friday, Jan. 31

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

Out-of-Uniform Day: In the spirit of the Family Fun Night luau, students may wear luau-themed clothing such as summer shirts/shorts. No open-toed shoes please.

Family Fun Night: SRS and SRNS families are invited to end the week of celebration with a luau-themed Family Fun Night 6-8 p.m. in the Trumpet Room (New: a watermelon-eating contest for middle school!). Be sure to register and order pizza/Chick-fil-A sandwiches by noon Jan. 31.


Ginger Browning on ladder while putting up decorations for CSW
Ginger Browning, shown decorating for CSW 2019, is the perpetual visionary behind our CSW decor and spiritual reflections.

'Mary and Her Angels'

SRS parent Ginger Browning has written a spiritual reflection that complements the CSW decorations adorning our campus. The former Disney illustrator once again shares her talents with us as she, along with fellow parent Shawn O'Brien, also spearheads the decorations for our weeklong celebration.

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Printable schedule of events

Download the CSW list of events to stick on your fridge!

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Help make CSW ah-mazing!

Sign up to help at CSW; 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 teachers at the staff dinner Tuesday night of CSW. We promise you, they read each and every one!

Deadline: Jan. 21 (SRNS) or Jan. 23 (SRS) 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 CSW on Friday, Jan. 31, with Family Fun Night!

  • Theme: Luau!
  • New: Watermelon-eating contest for middle school!
  • Music, games, crafts, and contests for all ages
  • Pre-order pizza or Chick-fil-A sandwiches or bring your own dinner
  • Cost: $30 a family if preregistered / $35 at the door (includes drinks, sides, and desserts); additional $5 for each middle-schooler entering watermelon-eating contest

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