Words from Walcott Street is the blog about Saint Raphael Academy, written by Principal Dan Richard. We hope it gives you some insight into our wonderful school community.


September 14, 2017

Last month during the student orientations, I spoke to the students about how to be successful academically at SRA.  I told the students there were three points (minimum) they should accomplish every day:

  1. Pay attention in all your classes.  Be engaged in the learning process; ask questions if you miss something in the lesson. Be an active learner, really listen to the instruction and try to understand the purpose of the lesson. Assume the responsibility of the learning, and realize you are the most important person in the educational process.
  2. Complete all of your academic work when it is due! Stay current with your homework and your classroom work. Don’t wait until the last moment to accomplish a project.
  3. If you need help, ask for assistance.  Our SRA faculty does a wonderful job every day working with our students and making certain they understand the material. If you feel confused about a certain part of a lesson, ask the teacher for extra support and assistance.

Earlier this week as I was beginning to write my blog, I thought, what could an SRA parent do to help their child academically at SRA?  I came up with these three strategies:

  1. Make sure your child completes their homework every day. Most nights your child will have homework (minus this weekend, due to the “No Homework Pass”).
  2. Please use Plus Portals to monitor your child’s academic progress at SRA. By using the portal, you will see all of your child’s grades and their homework assignments. All parents should have received a Plus Portal link; if you haven’t received the link, please contact Mr. Dickervitz at sdickervitz@saintrays.org.
  3. Make certain your child has an evening routine. When will they accomplish their academic work? When is their time to relax and interact with others? Try to separate the two different times. Lastly, if your child does begin to struggle academically, there is after-school tutoring (contact Mrs. Baxter), and don’t hesitate to reach out to the teachers or the school administration if you’d like to have a meeting.

I know for many SRA parents, this is relatively basic information. However, it is also a great time of the year to remind everyone that all members of the Saints community have a role to play in the academic development of our students.

Key Dates for September

September 15– Professional Development Day (No School)
September 18 – Opening of School Mass with Bishop Tobin
September 19 – Senior Parent Night with Guidance Office
September 20 – College Fair for the Classes of 2018 and 2019
September 21 – Class of 2021 Freshmen Parent Welcome Night

Time and location for all of these events are on the SRA website calendar.


In Peace,

Mr. Richard


August 30, 2017

Welcome to Opening Day!  As a community, we are so excited to have your child/children at Saint Raphael Academy. The teachers are back from their summer break, and they are ready to engage, educate and mentor their students.  This is my 6th year at SRA, and I think—change that to know—our faculty is the best in Rhode Island.  Under the tutelage of Mrs. Baxter, each department has rigorous updated curriculum that superbly prepares our students for the colleges of their choice.

During the summer, the SRA administrative team has also been working tirelessly on the new West cafe and nearby girls and boys bathrooms. Please take a look at the attached photo and tell me what you think!  I asked one student what they felt about the new cafe and his response was, “100% silk.”  I think that is a good thing in today’s vernacular!

Since it is the first day of school, it tends to be very busy; I will keep my comments brief.  I am so excited to be back at Saint Raphael Academy and I know it is going to be a great year!  If you have any questions or comments, feel free to call me (723-8100 x113) or email me at drichard@saintrays.org.

Expect more principal blogs throughout the school year!

In Peace,

Mr. Richard


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