Race for the Raiders – From St. Raphael School

It’s time for St. Raphael School’s 2nd Biennial Walk-A-Thon, Race for the Raiders. We are excited to participate again in this fun-filled event which helps to raise money for our school.

During the event, the students and teachers will be walking together through the neighborhood. Announcements will be posted in the bulletin. We hope you will be able to watch from your porches and cheer us on. During our first walk event in 2012, we raised over $15,900. The generous donations of our sponsors helped us to upgrade school buildings and technology, attend educational field trips, and implement a school safety program. This year, we are praying that we surpass our goal of $20,000 which will help to upgrade technology and curricula, to purchase new math textbooks and science equipment, to replace the school boiler, and to repair the roof.
As we approach our 100th Anniversary, we hope you will consider making a donation to help to secure the legacy of St. Raphael School for the next century. Any gift is greatly appreciated and is a true investment in the lives of many people. Please fill out the sponsor reply form and return it to the rectory with your tax-deductible donation. Thank you very much for your support and generosity. God Bless you!

St. Raphael School Schedule – Newsletter Correction

The recent newsletter had some incorrect information about St. Raphael School.

The correct schedule is as follows:

  • First day of school for 1st to 8th grades: Monday, August 26th, ½ day session; Tuesday, August 27th full day
  • First day of Kindergarten:  Wednesday, August 28th
  • First day of Pre-K 3 yr olds:  Tuesday, September 3rd
  • First day of Pre-K 4 yr olds:  Wednesday, September 4th

There will be NO CASH BASH on October 20th.

We apologize for the incorrect information.

Two Important School Surveys

We need your help in completing two surveys about Pittsburgh Public Schools. You do not need need to have children in PPS to complete these surveys. The first is a general survey from PPS, the second was created specifically for Morningside and Highland Park.

General Survey

Pittsburgh Public Schools has an urgency to think differently about how it delivers a 21st Century education to all students.The District faces the challenge of closing a $50MM budget shortfall while ensuring that the structures are in place to support its vision that 80% of Pittsburgh Public Schools students earn a post-secondary degree or workforce certification. In January 2013, the District embarked on a large scale
visioning process called Envisioning Education Excellence: A Plan for All of Pittsburgh’s Students to address the current state challenges and future goals of the District. Continued engagement of students, teachers, principals, funders, and the broader community is critical to the success of this project.

In an effort to incorporate the community’s feedback on Pittsburgh Public Schools into the Envisioning work, please take this short survey, which will be open until Friday, June 7th. It should take about 10 minutes to complete and your responses will remain anonymous. Your input will be used internally to assist in future decision making and evaluate proposed actions for the District. All are encouraged to respond- not just those with children being served in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. If you want to learn more, please visit the Envisioning Educational Excellence website. You may also feel free to email envisioning@pghboe.net with any questions.

Highland Park/ Morningside Survey

To specifically clarify the needs of families and students in Highland Park and Morningisde, the Highland Park Community Council and Morningside Area Community Council are working with the Pittsburgh School District. The HPCC and MACC have jointly developed a school survey.  Please take the HPCC/MACC School Survey which will be open until Monday, June 17th at midnight. We need information about how the District could better meet your needs at our local schools such as Fulton, Dilworth, Sunnyside and the Obama Academy. The HPCC has representative on the panel (Dave Atkinson), and your input is greatly valued.  You can contact Dave directly at westpennworks@gmail.com.

Thank you! We appreciate the time and effort completing these surveys will take and believe it to be a valuable opportunity for our neighborhood!

Fulton Elementary School Tour

If you have a child under five years old, please join Principal Bivens for a tour of Fulton elementary – one of the top performing public elementary schools in the city.  Fulton is a STAR school, having achieved the top 1% for student growth in Pennsylvania in 2012.  All Morningside families can attend the school, though some may have to apply to the French magnet.  The tour will be held on June 4th at 9:00am.

Pittsburgh Fulton is located in Highland Park across the street from St. Andrews.  Fulton offers a unique blending of a structured, traditional neighborhood setting with a French-emphasis magnet program that promotes the study of French culture and language.  All children in K-1 get an exposure to the French language-through movement, songs, poetry, basic vocabulary and simple greetings. A distinction is made in the educational programming for magnet and non-magnet students starting in grades 2-5. Basic French vocabulary is taught and expanded into sight words, sentences and simple paragraphs. Emphasis is on developing oral and auditory language skills (speaking and listening).  The instructional program is based on the District’s comprehensive curriculum.

Those students in the magnet program have the opportunity to progress to Obama International Academy in 6th grade.  In 2012, Obama Academy graduates were accepted into 55 colleges and universities including CMU, Pitt, Penn State, University of Pennsylvania and many other well respected institutions.  Graduates can earn up to a full year of college credit though the IB diploma and up to $40,000 in Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship money for in state tuition – just a few steps away from Morningside.

Visit the Pittsburgh District, A+ Schools and the Highland Park Community Council websites for more detailed information.  Please RSVP for the tour to Dave Atkinson at westpennworks@gmail.com prior to June 4th.

St. Raphael School Registration

St. Raphael School in Morningside is now accepting registrations for the 2012-2013 school year.

We offer Preschool through Grade 8 – with a challenging curriculum in a faith-filled, safe & respectful environment.  Please contact the School Office at (412)661-0288 for more information or to schedule a tour.

Saint Raphael School

1154 Chislett Street – Pittsburgh, PA 15206
School: (412) 661-0288 – Fax: (412) 661-0428
www. straphaelelementaryschool.net
Rev. Joseph Sioli, Pastor
Mr. Robert Munz, Principal

St. Raphael’s School Walk-A-Thon “Race for the Raiders”

This year, on May 22nd, St. Raphael School will hold its first Walk-A-Thon called “Race for the Raiders.” During this event, students and teachers will be walking through the neighborhood to raise money and show school spirit. The event will begin around 10:30am. It would be great if Morningside residents cheered them on as they walk!

If you would like be a sponsor, they are accepting donations. Please send a check written out to “St. Raphael School” to:

St. Raphael School
“Race for the Raiders”
1154 Chislett Street
Pittsburgh Pa 15206

If you have any questions please contact – Melissa Holtz – 412-606-1851

Thank you for helping to secure the legacy of St Raphael School !