Registered Student Information

Spring/Summer 2017

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New incoming students often have many questions about the upcoming year. What is the uniform like, and where do I get one? Where and when do I buy books? What are the school rules? What classes am I going to be taking? How do I sign up for a club or sports team?

Answers to these questions and others are provided here and will assist new incoming students with their successful transition into the Academy.

If you are a new incoming student or the parent of a new incoming student, please review the contents of this page very carefully, as it covers everything you need to know to successfully transition into Saint Raphael Academy.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about the topics covered on this page, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Office at 401-723-8100.

We look forward to seeing you in the fall.

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New Student Spring/Summer Checklist:

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Trying to remember all the necessary steps you need to take to ensure you are ready to start at a new school can be daunting. As such, we have made a New Student Spring/Summer Checklist 2017 to help ensure new students can keep track of all the things they need to do for the start of the academic year.

It is recommended that new students print out a copy of this checklist and use it to record their progress as they prepare to start at the Academy. It may also help to use this checklist as a guide as you move through this page.

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Orientation Form:

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To help us know more about you, we ask all new students to complete an Orientation Form at the New Student Welcome Night and return it that evening. If you did not receive an Orientation Form, you may download it here.

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Opening of School:

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More information will be sent to you in August concerning the opening of school and Freshmen and Transfer Student Orientation Days, which will take place on August 28, 2017. International Student Orientation Day will also be in late August 2017, and they will also attend the Freshmen and Transfer Student Orientation Day. Returning upperclassmen will have an orientation on August 29, 2017. The first day of classes is August 30, 2017.

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School Hours:

 

Saint Raphael Academy school hours for the 2017-18 academic year are from 8:00 a.m. to 2:09 p.m. Before-school and after-school programs are available Monday through Friday in the East Building. The morning program runs from 7:00 to 7:55 a.m., and a hot breakfast is available for purchase. The afternoon program runs from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. each day.

The after-school program provides our students with a productive environment to get work done and to get help from teachers and other students, and to promote a positive atmosphere for students to spend time with their peers while waiting for parents to pick them up or for an after-school activity to begin.

During these hours, activities are available for students along with a quiet area for academic work. After school tutoring is available for students who are struggling in their classes. Contact Mrs. Judy Baxter, Vice Principal of Academics, (jbaxter@saintrays.org) for more information.

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Final Transcripts:

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Enrollment of an accepted applicant at Saint Raphael Academy is contingent upon the successful completion of the student’s current grade level. All subjects must be passed and recommendations concerning behavior must remain satisfactory. Failure to meet these requirements may constitute cause to rescind the acceptance granted to the applicant. In order to ensure the fulfillment of these requirements, please have your current school mail a final copy of your official transcript to the Admissions Office by June 30, 2017.

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Health Records and Family Contact & Health Information Form:

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State law requires that student immunization records and health forms be on file for all students with the Academy prior to the start of the academic year. Please have your current school forward your immunization records and additional health forms to the Admissions Office by June 30, 2017.

Additionally, please ensure you complete the Family Contact & Health Information Form and the OTC Medication Policy (to be distributed at New Student Welcome Night) and return them to the Admissions Office by June 9, 2017.

If you plan to play a sport at Saint Raphael Academy, you must complete a separate set of forms. Please see this letter from the Rhode Island Interscholastic League for additional information. Forms can be downloaded here.

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Transportation:

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The cities and towns listed below provide free transportation to the Academy:

Barrington | Bristol/Warren | Central Falls | Cranston | East Providence
Johnston | Lincoln | North Providence | Providence | Smithfield

To learn how to register for this free transportation, please see the details listed below. New transportation forms for the 2017-2018 academic year are sent to us in the spring and will be posted as soon as they are received, so please continue to check this section. You may also contact your city or town directly for more information. Please note that each city/town sets its own deadline.

If your city or town is not listed above, but you are interested in car pooling, please contact the Admissions Office (via phone: 401-723-8100, extension 116, or via email: mcarrara@saintrays.org).

Details for Students from Kent County:

Saint Raphael Academy has three stops conveniently located for families from Coventry, East Greenwich, North Kingstown, Warwick, West Warwick, and West Greenwich. Bus stop locations are central to those towns and will be determined once students have signed up. The cost for transportation both to and from school for the full academic year will be $750. Please contact the Finance Office at 401-723-8100, extension 111, for details.

Details for Students from Providence:

Students who live in Providence and are more than 2 miles walking distance from the Academy are provided a free RIPTA bus pass at the start of the academic year (and on the first of each month thereafter) from the City of Providence to get to and from Saint Raphael Academy each day. Students must register with the City of Providence to receive their bus pass. To register, a form must be submitted to the City of Providence by June 9, 2017.

Details for Students from East Providence and Lincoln:

East Providence and Lincoln require students to request transportation directly from the city or town.

East Providence requires their residents to go directly to city hall and provide 3 different proofs of residency to sign up for busing. The deadline for East Providence residents is early July 2017.

Lincoln requires that you submit a Lincoln Transportation Request Form directly to the town to register for transportation. We recommend  you complete and submit it as soon as is possible.

Details for Students from Barrington, Bristol/Warren, Central Falls, Cranston, Johnston, North Providence, and Smithfield:

Students who live in Barrington, Bristol/Warren, Central Falls, Cranston, Johnston, North Providence, and Smithfield must annually request transportation through the statewide transportation website at:

http://www.ride.ri.gov/StudentsFamilies/AdditionalResources/StudentTransportation.aspx

The website is open to take transportation requests as of April 2017, and requests must be submitted by July 31 if you require bus service on the first day of school. Requests submitted on or after August 1, 2017, will receive the closest point of pickup or a depot stop location for a temporary bus stop. The state is asking parents to register for transportation directly through the website. If parents have problems with the website or do not have access to a computer, call the statewide transportation office at 401-222-5024.

Parents who are new to the statewide system will receive a letter with information about the system shortly after their request is submitted.

In order to be as efficient as possible with routing, bus stops that are used infrequently, less than once a week, will be deactivated and the student will be assigned to the nearest active bus stop.

The historic transportation regions are still in place, which mean that transportation will only be provided within regional boundaries.

For questions and additional information, please contact the statewide system manager’s office:

Phone: 401-222-5024 | Email: transinfo@ride.ri.gov | Fax: 401-222-5025

In case of inclement weather, please refer to the Statewide Student Transportation System  policy: English Español

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Change in Contact Information:

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If, for whatever reason, there is a change in your contact information (address, telephone number, email address, etc.) prior to the start of the academic year, please contact the Admissions Office at 401-723-8100, extension 116.

If there is a change in your contact information after the start of the academic year, please contact Saint Raphael Academy’s Registrar at 401-723-8100, extension 122.

If an error appears in the contact information listed on your billing invoice, please contact the Business Office at 401-723-8100, extension 112.

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Student Handbook:

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The Student Handbook, which contains information about school policies, procedures, requirements, and much more, can be found here. Please note, parents/guardians and students are expected to thoroughly read the Student Handbook 2017-1018 (which will be posted over the summer). By signing the Tuition Agreement Form, you agree to abide by the Student Handbook and accept the school’s right to amend that handbook.

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Dress Code & Uniforms:

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A copy of the section of the Student Handbook that details the Uniform Dress Code can be found here. Please read it over carefully. With the exception of the necktie and footwear, all uniform components are to be obtained from Donnelly’s School Apparel (800-498-0045) or at DonnellysClothing.com.

To obtain a uniform order form, please contact Donnelly’s directly.

Saint Raphael Academy does not have a specific uniform for physical education. The dress code for PE is appropriate, athletic clothing. More details will be distributed at the start of the academic year.

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Spiritwear:

 

For those who are looking to outfit their students in Saints gear, you can find whatever you are looking for at our school bookstore. Located in Alumni Hall, bookstore regular hours are before school (7:30-8:00 a.m.) and after school (2:30-3:00 p.m.). There are also sweatshirts, jewelry and other items for current students sold by our Alumni Office.

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Textbooks:

A listing of all required textbooks for all courses being offered at Saint Raphael Academy for the 2017-2018 academic year are available online.

SRA Textbook List 2017-2018

Students are responsible for making sure they have all the required books for the courses they are scheduled to take prior to the start of the academic year.

Once a new student registers to attend Saint Raphael Academy, a listing of the courses that they are scheduled to take is provided to them. For most students, this course listing is given to them at the New Student Welcome Night held May 16, 2017. For students who register after the New Student Welcome Night, their course list is mailed to them. If you are a new student, and do not have your course list, please contact the Admissions Office as soon as possible to obtain it.

Current students will be mailed a copy of their course listing over the summer.

Once a student has a copy of their course listing, then they simply have to refer to the textbook list to see which books they will be required to have for the start of the academic year. Students may have the option of purchasing the e-version of their textbooks to be installed on the student laptops that Saint Raphael will issue to each student in August (see below). These e-books may be purchased at the student’s own expense.

If you are a resident of Rhode Island, your city or town will provide textbooks for the following subjects: Math, Science, Foreign Language, Social Studies, and English. (“State Books” are marked as such on the textbook list.) If you are a resident of East Providence, Pawtucket, or Providence, these “state books” will be given to you by Saint Raphael Academy at the August orientation. If you are a resident of any other Rhode Island city or town, you must pick up these “state books” yourself by contacting the appropriate city or town office. Links with information regarding where, when, and how you can pick up your “state books” will be added here as they are received from each district in the spring, so check back often.

Burrillville | Coventry | Central Falls | Cranston | Exeter-West Greenwich
Barrington, Bristol-Warren, Tiverton, Little Compton
Johnston Lincoln | North Providence | North Smithfield | Smithfield Warwick Woonsocket

If your city or town is not listed above, please contact them directly to determine where, when, and how you can order and pick up your “state books.” Most cities and towns require you to order “state books” by mid- to late-June. New forms for the 2017-2018 academic year will be posted in the spring as soon as they are received from the towns.

Please note that Rhode Island cities and towns will not provide you with certain books (for instance, books for Theology classes, workbooks, and other reference books). These books can be purchased online from Follett Virtual Bookstores.

If you are a resident of Massachusetts, all books can be purchased from Follett Virtual Bookstores. When purchasing books, please ensure the ISBN matches the one listed on the textbook list.

Follett Virtual Bookstores

Saint Raphael Academy has partnered with Follett Virtual Bookstore as our official provider of course materials and school essentials.  We have worked closely with Follett to source and stock the exact edition of books used in our classes.

Textbooks, technology and supplies can be purchased directly through our virtual campus website where you can choose from new books, money-saving used books and even digital books. The site will guide you to the books you need using ordering instructions provided. Books are shipped from Follett’s central warehouse right to your door.

Books for fall classes will be available for purchase beginning July 11, 2017. Sign-up to be notified when the booklist becomes available as well as other bookstore reminders. Please note, if you attempt to purchase books prior to this date, you will be purchasing the books that were required for the 2016-2017 term, and there have been changes made to the required textbook list.

If you have questions or concerns about textbooks, please contact our Campus Bookstore at 401-723-8100, extension 128.

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School Supplies:

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On the first day of classes, teachers will notify students what materials, in addition to required textbooks, will be required for classes.

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Technology at Saint Raphael Academy:

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Saint Raphael Academy uses Rediker’s ParentPlus and StudentPlus Web Portals to allow parents an easy way to keep up-to-date with our academic community. Once you have activated your account, you can check your child’s latest grades and see information about classwork, attendance and other academic information.

Saint Raphael Academy also provides an Office 365 account to all enrolled students. Office 365 not only gives students a Saint Raphael Academy email address, but it gives them access to Microsoft Office and Microsoft’s OneDrive when and where they need it — allowing for access on your personal PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone at home and on the go.

Saint Raphael Academy is also a 1-to-1 community. Each student will be issued a laptop for their academic work during the school year. Students will be able to use them at home, in class, or during their study periods throughout the campus. Attendance at the New Student Welcome Night on May 16, 2017, is imperative, as we will be covering the usage policies and have our IT staff on hand to answer questions. All students and parents must sign the online 1:1 Device Acceptable Use Policy Form before the student is issued a device. This form will be emailed to students at their SRA email address, and they will receive login information for that account at New Student Welcome Night.

If you have questions about technology at Saint Raphael Academy, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Stan Dickervitz, Director of the Information Technology Office, at extension 125, or email him at sdickervitz@saintrays.org.

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Course Selection:

Students are required to take one art or music elective their freshmen year. The course selection sheet  will be mailed to freshmen in March.  Students will receive their full course listing for the 2017-2018 year at New Student Welcome Night in May.

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Summer Reading:

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Summer Reading assignments for the 2017-2018 academic year will be distributed at New Student Welcome Night; the list is also available online.

Students should ensure they complete all summer reading for the classes for which they are scheduled by the start of the academic year.

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Co-Curricular & Athletic Opportunities:

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At Saint Raphael Academy, our students are extremely well-rounded and are encouraged to participate in some co-curricular and/or athletic activity. Becoming  involved in the community is essential to the Academy experience. For more information about the various ways students can get involved here at the Academy, please see the following links:

Co-Curricular Clubs & Organizations
Fine Arts Department
Athletics Department

Please note: Any student who wishes to participate in any athletic activity must complete and return the following forms to the coach of the sport they wish to play: RIIL Assumption of Risk Form, Physical Exam Form, and Concussions Act Booklet.

Additionally, any student who wishes to play a fall sport (Football, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Soccer, Girls Tennis, or Girls Volleyball) and is not able to sign up to play that sport at the New Student Welcome Night on May 16, must contact the Admissions Office (via phone: 401-723-8100, extension 116, or via email: mcarrara@saintrays.org) and inform her of which sport you intend to play as soon as possible.

Once you provide the Admissions Office with notification of your intention to play a specific fall sport, she will forward your information to the Athletic Director to ensure you are notified of any practices, team meetings, or tryouts that will occur before the start of the school year.

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Parent Involvement Opportunities:

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A great way to get involved at Saint Raphael Academy is becoming part of the SRA Parent Association.

The SRA Parent Association’s mission is to partner with the Saint Raphael Academy administration and faculty to oversee, manage, and develop a community through events and initiatives that support and benefit our students. Throughout the year, they organize, host, and execute a variety of events aimed at enriching our school community. Their signature event is the Saints Stroll, held each fall. Other events include the annual walk-a-thon, the faculty Christmas luncheon, and the senior breakfast.

Beginning in September, they conduct monthly meetings with parents, administration, and faculty and they always welcome new members and new ideas. All parents and guardians of our students are encouraged to become involved. All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall.

For more information, please contact: John Costello, President, at jcostello@cox.net.

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Dates to Remember:

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  • June 9, 2017 – Providence, East Providence and Lincoln Transportation Registration Form due.
  • June 9, 2017 – Family Contact and Health Info Form and OTC Medication Policy Form due to the Admissions Office.
  • June 15, 2017 – Last day of the 20% discount on all orders from Donnelly’s.
  • June 30, 2017 – Final Official Transcripts and Health Records & Immunization Records due to the Admissions Office.
  • Mid-July 2017 – Follett Virtual Bookstore opens for business (for textbooks and summer reading books).
  • July 2017 – Deadline to register for statewide busing.
  • August 2017 – Orientation for international students.
  • August 28, 2017 – Laptop distribution for students, including transfers.
  • August 28, 2017 – Orientation for freshmen.
  • August 28, 2017 – Orientation for transfer students.
  • August 29, 2017 – Orientation for upperclassmen.
  • August 30, 2017 – Classes begin for all students.
  • September 2017: Early in the academic year, there will be an evening for parents of freshmen to meet individual teachers and learn more about the academic services offered by the Academy. More information will follow.

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