Newsletter January 30, 2017




Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends,      

Last Wednesday was a very busy day for our students. It started at 8:00 am with kindergarten, 6th, 7th and 8th grade attending daily Mass. A little after 9:15 am as the entire 5th grade was loading up the Wilderness Youth Project vans, our 4th graders were returning from their Walking Classroom excursion where they were learning about the cardiovascular system via a podcast. The 5th graders were off to the Ellwood preserve and it was the first time for the whole class to be together, so I decided to join them. The excitement and joy on all of their faces was electrifying as they piled out of the vans. Both Ms. Bosio and I were amazed at how the students venture off with their guides, climbing trees, ice-skating in the mud, eating an edible plant salad, skipping rocks, sliding down hills, and enjoying the beautiful community in which we live. Students readily lent a helping hand to their classmates when needed and congratulated each other on their adventure. Finding various animal tracks, worms, snails and much more was just a fraction of the day. When I was returning back to campus, I was beaming with pride as I saw our students living the mission of the school by learning in mind, body, and spirit. Upon arriving back campus, we were all greeted by the ARF program where some of our 1st graders were getting ready to read to the dogs and our 2nd graders were preparing for their bike class as the scientists from SciTrek were leaving after performing science experiments with the 7th and 8th graders. Wow…we have a very special school!

Our 29th annual auction is right around the corner, so get ready to do the salsa for the “Havana Nights.” The auction committee has been working diligently to prepare for this event. Please remember to check the auction news in the Tuesday Folder to purchase your tickets as well as make your family donation.   The Golden Ticket is now available! For the past three years, we have sold $25 raffle tickets for a grand prize raffle award of one year’s tuition paid. Tickets are available in the school office -- get yours today! The auction is on Saturday, February 25th at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort. Our school auction is always a fun-filled evening.

Registration for the 2017-2018 school year is on March 15th. The Catholic Education Foundation Tuition Assistance applications are now available. You can download the forms from the e-newsletter or pick up a copy in the office. Applications are due no later than March 10th. Any late applications will not be accepted.

Important Dates:
January 29-February 3:
Catholic Schools Week
February 20: No School for Presidents’ Day
February 25: School Auction at Fess Parker
February 27: KinderKlasse and Kindergarten Evaluations for 2017-2018 School Year
March 1: Ash Wednesday. School Mass at 10:00 am
March 13: No School for a Teacher in-Service
March 15: Registration from 1:00-5:00 pm
March 17: Stations of the Cross at 1:15 pm
March 20: Jeans for Jesus

In Mary’s Love,

Ms. Michelle Limb, Principal


A Prayer for Our School
God, our Father and Creator, be with us in our school. Help us to treasure your gift of life and treat one another with care.
Let us always remember that we are all created in your image. Come, Lord Jesus, and be with us in our school. Guide our teachers, guide our parents, and lead our students to recognize you in all people. Come, Holy Spirit, and be with us in our school. Give us a vision for the future, and the determination for shaping a faith-filled future.

St. Raphael, Pray for Us!


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Contact Information

St. Raphael School
160 St. Joseph St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93111

Phone: 805.967.2115
Fax: 805.683.9765


Mission Statement

SR_Emblem-150hSt. Raphael School was founded when God answered a Daughter of Charity’s prayer.  To this day, our mission is consistent with that of our founding Sisters: to educate all children in preschool through eighth grade in mind, body and spirit by imparting the values of Jesus through a rigorous curriculum, devoted faculty and an actively involved parent community.

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