Our video for CSW 2021 will debut when Catholic Schools Week begins on Feb. 1. Until then, enjoy our video from CSW 2020.

Catholic Schools Week: Feb. 1-Feb. 5

Catholic Schools Week began in 1974 by the National Catholic Educational Association and celebrates Catholic education nationwide. Over the past year, faced with a national pandemic, St. Raphael School and Nursery School have been successfully operating both in-person and virtually. We have much to be grateful for. 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 remarkable!


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All Week: Community Outreach

Feed the Hungry: 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 and SRNS students are invited to send in canned goods to help feed the hungry. Snap a few photos of your children with their food donation, and email your high-resolution jpegs to MJ Garcia for our social media and yearbook.


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Monday, Feb. 1: Parent Appreciation Day

Carpool Surprise: Parents receive a small token of appreciation at afternoon carpool—offered with gratitude for the sacrifice they make to send their children to SRS and SRNS.


Out of Uniform Day: TBD by our Student Council


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Tuesday, Feb. 2: Teacher and Staff Appreciation Day

Wine and Dine: Where would we be without our wonderful teachers and staff? We are honoring them by hosting a catered brunch and providing gifts of wine from the parents. Families are invited to donate a bottle of vino to help thank our teachers.

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Letters from Students: Have your student write a few heartfelt letters to staff members who impact their daily life at SRS or SRNS (in addition to the classroom teachers, don't forget the other staff members, such as Ms. Prinsloo, Mrs. Vassallo, Nurse K, etc.). View the staff directory here. These notes will be put in a booklet and given to the staff members at their special brunch, and we promise you, they read each and every one!

Deadline: Jan. 21 (SRNS) or Jan. 19 (SRS) to the receptionist. SRS virtual learners may place their letters in the bin outside the school. SRNS virtual learners may email their letters to Julie Kolasinski to print.

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

Template No. 1

Template No. 2


A Day of Giving to Catholic Schools: This national campaign during CSW begins at noon and runs for 24 hours. Our community is invited to donate toward unanticipated expenses taxing the budgets of SRS and SRNS during COVID-19. With your help, we can continue to fulfill our mission of offering a St. Raphael Catholic education even during a pandemic. Thank you, Guardian Angels!

A Day of Giving: Donate to SRS


Carpool Surprise: Continues for Tu/Th SRNS parents


Out of Uniform Day: TBD by our Student Council


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Wednesday, Feb. 3: Student Appreciation Day / Career Day

Class Fun (Teacher's Choice): The children are the reason for our school, and we will treat them to special festivities in their honor! All students receive their class pictures as a gift from SRS and SRNS.


A Day of Giving to Catholic Schools ends at noon—don't miss out on your chance to donate to SRS and SRNS to help cover unanticipated expenses brought about by COVID-19!


Career Day: Grades 4-8 watch virtual presentations from a panel of parents about their professions. We're looking for five volunteers to inspire students by talking about their careers.

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Out of Uniform Day: TBD by our Student Council


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Thursday, Feb. 4: Clergy Appreciation Day

Cards from Students: Letters and cards written by students (done in class) will be given to our priests as 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.


Special Presentation for Parents: For our General HSA Meeting, Kevin Wells presents "The Priests We Need to Save the Church" via Zoom. Wells is an author, former Major League Baseball writer, award-winning journalist, and brother of former St. Raphael Parochial Vicar Dave Wells.


Out of Uniform Day: TBD by our Student Council



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Friday, Feb. 5: Family Fun Night 

Iron Chef Challenge: We close out Catholic Schools Week with Family Fun Night! Our HSA has a terrific evening in store, where bragging rights as the first St. Raphael Iron Chef are at stake! Families may also purchase dinner from Broadway Pizza. Visit the Family Fun Night webpage to enter the contest and/or place your pizza order.


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Ginger Browning, shown decorating for CSW 2019, is the perpetual visionary behind our CSW decor and spiritual reflections.

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SRS parent Ginger Browning has once again written a spiritual reflection (coming soon!) that complements the CSW theme. For several years, the former Disney illustrator has also shared her artistic talents with us by spearheading and/or inspiring the decorations adorning our campus during our weeklong celebrations.