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The rain did not damper our spirits! WOW! What a day of fun and joy! There were so many parts of our annual Rocket Walk/Field Day that were so incredible. None of it would have been possible without the time and dedication of all of our parent volunteers. HSA, under the leadership of Tracy Pollack, in particular needs our gratitude. Something this complex takes considerable time and energy. Thank you to all who made it look so seamless!

ITEM #1: Retirement Party

With only nine days of school remaining, the retirement of our teachers is really beginning to sink in! With 140 years of dedicated service, the days ahead will be full of memories to share and tears of gratitude to shed. Please plan to join us next Sunday, May 26th at 9 AM for mass with a reception to follow. We have a small, but mighty committee putting together a great send off for these amazing women!

We need your help in preparing. On Tuesday, students may dress down with a minimum $2 donation. The money raised will help purchase a gift for each of our retirees on behalf of our school community. We encourage you to wear pink, purple or blue—the favorite colors of our retirees!

We want to make a scrapbook filled with memories and gratitude to present to them on Sunday. Please send letters, drawings and pictures to the school office that you would like included in Mrs. Baltz, Mrs. Hinthorn, Mrs. Gambino and/or Mrs. Piotis scrapbook. You can also send electronic copies of pictures and letters to Kristen Drain at or Jan Kopman at

These ladies deserve a proper send-off! Please join us in showering them in love and gratitude for their service to the St. Raymond community.


ITEM #2: Final Assessments

Next year students in grades 1-7 will take their final assessments. This helps to bring closure to the school year and allows us to synthesize and celebrate all of our learning for the year. For students in 4th-8th grade, final assessments count as a single test grade. For 1st-3rd, the assessments are one factor in determining the child’s grade; however, 1st-3rd use standards based report cards and grades are not inputted the same way as 4th-8th grade. Final assessments will not be sent home with students, but a slip of paper will be attached to your child’s report card to let parents know how students performed on each test.

Here is the schedule for final assessments:


1st-7th GRADE

Tuesday, May 21st: AM-Religion; PM-Science for 4th-7th only

Wednesday, May 22nd: AM Math; PM Grammar for 4th-7th grade only

Thursday, May 23rd: AM-Reading, PM-Social Studies 4th-7th only

Teachers are working with their students to make sure everyone feels confident and prepared. Studying, sleep and good nutrition are all important factors in how a student will perform; however, there are some assessments where you can’t study very much. For example, reading is an assessment that allows students to showcase the transfer of various reading skills. If you have been reading consistently throughout the year, a student should have no problem on the assessment. Teachers may ask you to study certain vocabulary words or elements of a certain book or story, so being familiar with those concepts will be important.


ITEM #3: Art Fair

Tuesday will be our annual Art Fair. Every student will have a piece displayed in the Commons. Come between 8 AM and 4 PM and see the amazing work our students have done this year. (The Art Fair will be open after Honors Night on Monday as well.)

ITEM #4: Graduation

Graduation for our 8th graders will be Thursday at 7 PM in the Church. We start with mass and then follow with the conferral of diplomas and the graduation ceremony. All are welcome!

ITEM #5: Big Friends/Little Friends Mass and Lunch

Mass this coming week will be Wednesday at 8 AM as we celebrate the annual tradition of Big Friends/Little Friends. All are welcome to join us at mass!

ITEM #6: $1 Dress Down Day

Next Friday is a $1 dress down day!

ITEM #7: Music on the Move Concert

One extracurricular that we offer at St. Ray’s is the opportunity for students to take music lessons. In addition to having a lesson once a week, these students learn discipline and responsibility by practicing multiple times a week. To celebrate the beautiful talents of our students, there will a short concert on Wednesday, May 30th at 1:45 during Explore. All are welcome!

ITEM #8: Summer Tip

As we break for summer, screen time for kids will most likely increase. Check out this article to help keep your child safe:

ITEM #9: Happy Birthday!

These awesome people are celebrating their birthdays this coming week:

Mrs. Lynne Shemaitis—8th grade homeroom—Thursday, May 23rd

Mrs. Julie Vitas—Enrichment—Friday, May 24th

Please be sure to wish Mrs. Shemaitis and Mrs. Vitas a “Happy Birthday!” We are so blessed that they share their gifts and talents with the St. Ray’s community.


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