The seventh annual International Family Festival at Ss. Robert & William Catholic Church, 367 E. 260th St., Euclid, is set for August 10-13.
Ss. Robert & William
Ss. Robert and William Catholic School is proud to announce that our outstanding Preschool Program has been awarded a 4-Star Step Up To Quality rating.
Ss. Robert and William Catholic School earned the honor of becoming a nationally recognized No Place for Hate School, sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League. The student committee, moderated by Mrs. Patrice Garuckas, consisted of eighth graders Tiana Cole, Arianna Wallace, Ariel Winfrey, Charlie Stachnik, Christina Parker, Ella Lisac, Gianna DiPasquale, Nicole Yearsin, Jocelyn Miller, Kaylan Taylor, Lindsay Blackwood, McKaylah Szalay, MyKala Smith, Nevaeh Jernigan and Tyree Sims, along with seventh graders Hannah Evec and Josie DiDona. These energetic and enthusiastic students planned assemblies and taught lessons which modeled ways to combat bullying and diffuse aggressive situations. Their fun and educational activities were thoroughly enjoyed by students who benefited from their important messages.
Michael Ward, an eighth grader at Ss. Robert and William Catholic School, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2017 Ohio National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held at The Fawcet Center in Columbus on Friday, March 31, 2017.
SS. ROBERT AND WILLIAM CATHOLIC SCHOOL
The parish family of Ss. Robert & William Parish (367 East 260th Street) cordially invite you to come and celebrate Mass with us. We hope you will find us a warm and welcoming community.
It was an honor for principals Ms. Meg Cosgriff and Mrs. Martha Dodd to welcome Mr. Chris Knight to Ss. Robert and William School in November. Mr. Knight is the new Superintendent of the Office of the Secretary for Catechetical Formation and Education in the Diocese of Cleveland. SRW was the host site for a dinner meeting for all the Catholic elementary principals that serve in the eastern region. It was invigorating to have the opportunity to meet with Mr. Knight to share our vision for Catholic education and to brainstorm for the future.
In response to our mission and commitment to academic excellence, Ss. Robert & William Catholic School provided Chromebooks to every student in grades 4-8. This 1:1 initiative, together with the utilization of the Google Classroom, provides students with an authentic 21st century learning experience.
Please join us on Sunday, January 8th at 12:30 pm in the church for our Epiphany Anniversary Concert. The Music Ministry of our parish will showcase seasonal music selections in celebration of Ss. Robert & William's seven-year anniversary.
Junior High religion teacher, Patrice Garuckas, from Ss. Robert and William Catholic School was selected from a large pool of applicants from across the country to participate in an intensive week of study in Washington, D.C. this past July. The program called the Eileen Ludwig Greenland National Bearing Witness Institute was started in 1995. The purpose of the program is to train teachers about the impact of the Holocaust, the history and resurgence of Anti-Semitism, the relationship between the Jews and the Catholics, and ways to combat prejudice and bigotry in the modern world. This nationally renowned program is sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League, the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Catholic Educational Association, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Georgetown University. Forty Catholic school educators were chosen for this program based upon their applications, essays, and recommendations. Their week-long endeavor included studies and trips to the United States Holocaust Museum, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington Hebrew Congregation, the Israeli Embassy, the Romanian Embassy, and Georgetown University.
Boy scouts working toward the rank of Eagle Scout must do what is called an Eagle Scout Service Project. These service projects must benefit an organization other than the Boy Scouts. Often local churches or community groups are the beneficiary. David Paus a senior at Villa Angela- St. Joseph H.S. and a member of Troop 54 at Ss. Robert & Willam Parish chose for his project to make paliative care blankets for cardiac patients at University Hospitals of Cleveland.
Ss. Robert and William Catholic Parish celebrated its sixth successful, but rainy International Family Festival August 11-14 in Euclid.
Enjoy Four Days of Food and Fun at the Ss. Robert & William International Family Festival, August 11-14
Join neighbors and friends at the sixth annual International Family Festival at Ss. Robert & William Catholic Church, 367 E. 260th St., Euclid, August 11-14.
The atmosphere here in Cleveland is electric! We are now the city of champions (thanks Cavs), and Cleveland has shown how well it can celebrate a very meaningful and well deserved victory. The 'Cleveland Curse' is over! What great joy began for Cleveland when the buzzer brought that 52-year drought to an end. Moses led the Israelites through an arid desert for 40 years...Cleveland, we can relate.
Italian Day, Eastern European Night: Two Stages Provide Lots of Entertainment Options at the Ss. Robert & William International Family Festival, August 11-14
Two separate stages (one is air-conditioned) will allow a wider variety of bands to play at the 6th annual International Family Festival, August 11 through 14, at Ss. Robert and William Catholic Church in Euclid.
During the week of June 20-24, approximately 70 children gathered at Ss. Robert & William for their annual Vacation Bible School Program.
Ss Robert & Williams’ Catholic School may have some future Cleveland Cavaliers on their hands! Their 6th grade boy’s basketball team has had a “stellar” year posting a very impressive 22-0 season record in the Greater Cleveland Catholic Diocese CYO League respectively. Maybe its due to the fact that most of these boys have been playing together since before the 4th grade, or that their coaching staff (made up by John Pavlica, Brian Dunmire and Marcia Clarke) is passionate about this sport and take the time to teach these young men the strategies necessary to succeed and help them realize their individual potential and God given talents. Not only do they hold the “undefeated” status for the past 2 regular seasons, but these talented sportsmen have also earned themselves the following championship titles for the 2015/16 season:
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Ss. Robert & William Catholic School
351 East 260th Street
Euclid, Ohio 44132
Friday, April 15: 6:30 PM
Saturday, April 16: 5:30 PM
At the door: $5
Open to the public
Srw Excelling in Academic and Athletic Competitions
It has been a busy winter at Ss. Robert and William Catholic School! In addition to the rigors of the everyday curriculum, many students participate in extra-curricular clubs and organized sports. Our mission supports the belief that each student is a child of God with unique physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual needs. The administrators and teachers take this charge seriously and dedicate many hours offering enriching opportunities to our students. We are so proud of the many accomplishments these students have recently achieved:
SRW Honors Margaret Lyons, Superintendent of Diocese of Cleveland Catholic Schools at its Annual Taste of Nations Gala
If you love homemade ethnic food, why don’t you join us at our annual Taste of Nations Gala, which is being held on Saturday, April 23, 2016? The evening will begin with a Polka Mass (The Joey Tomsick Orchestra is providing the music), followed by dinner at 5:45 p.m. (Doors open at 5:00 p.m.) This is a wonderful opportunity for guests to experience many different international cuisines representing those of Eastern Europe, Germany, the Philippines, Latin America, Mexico, Ireland, and Italy. Our parishioners have been preparing and making items to be served in these food rooms. One can also relax at the Cigar Lounge and the Vienna Café.
The students and staff of Ss. Robert and William Catholic School collected food and donations for the Euclid Hunger Center during Lent. A picture of a little boy sitting at a large empty table was placed on the cafeteria wall of the school. Every day as the students ate, they were reminded about how many boys and girls go without enough food each day. This visual reminder served as an inspiration to bring in food donations for the Euclid Hunger Center. Each student who brought in food or a cash donation signed a paper can to be taped onto the little boy’s table. Filling the table represented the good that our donations will do in feeding the hungry of our community. Our goal was one item per student. We are happy to say that we far surpassed that goal!
In November, Girl Scout Troops 987, 1570, 493, and 1022, under the direction of Diane and Dave Radachy, Laurie Waganek, and Jamie Zalar collected perishable food items and cash donations from parishioners and friends of SRW. They presented a number of large boxes of food and $1,000 to the Euclid Hunger Center. Mrs. Diane Radachy, a troop leader, had this to say of their charitable work, "We are so grateful and feel so blessed to be a part of such a giving community. We would like to give an exuberant thank you to everyone who donated to our food drive for this cause."
Euclid LifeTeen/Edge hosted "Donuts with Santa," in December. Not only is this a wonderful holiday tradition, it also serves as a fun, intergenerational event.
Sunday, January 31, 2016 12:30 pm–2:00 pm
The students of Ss. Robert and William Catholic School committed themselves to preparing their hearts for the coming of Jesus throughout the season of Advent. Each week the school community gathered for an Advent Prayer Service. They made and sent Christmas cards to the homebound of our parish. A traditional service project at this time of year is to donate hats and mittens for children in need. So many were collected that they did not all fit on the Christmas tree! The culmination of the Advent preparation was an all school Advent retreat. The students spent the day with their faith families completing a craft project for area nursing homes, making kindness bracelets, singing Christmas carols, and attending Mass. It was a beautiful day of prayer and reflection.
For a truly joyous Christmas, and to capture the true meaning of the season we cordially invite you to worship with us. Our Mass schedule is listed below. Call the Parish Office at 216.731.1515 for additional information.
Christmas Eve, December 24: 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm & 10:00 pm (Carols begin at 9:30 pm)
Christmas Day, December 25: 7:00 am, 9:00 am, & 11:00 am
New Year’s Eve, December 31, 4:00 pm Vigil Mass
New Year’s Day, January 1, 2016, 9:00 am & 11:00 am
During the week of December 7-13, every SRW student from Kindergarten through grade 8 will join millions of students from all over the world to try an Hour of Code, in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to expose students to code and show that anybody can learn the basics. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic, and creativity.
The Hour of Code is organized by Code.org, a public 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools. An impressive coalition of partners have come together to support the Hour of Code, including Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and the College Board.
Mrs. Tracy Davis, the Enrichment teacher at SRW, has been formally trained in code. She has taught her students the basics of coding and many of them have embraced the skill and have logged many hours already. Many of the tutorials and coding challenges are engaging for students using characters from Disney, Hot Wheels, and even Star Wars. Mrs. Davis has also trained the classroom teachers in code. Ss. Robert and William Catholic School is a registered participant in this unprecedented endeavor, and is excited and ready to take on the challenge!
SRW Parish held a Parish Expo the weekend of October 24 and 25, 2015. Over 50 ministry groups were represented at the event which was held in the school gym.
The addition of 165 Chromebooks to our fleet of technology has allowed us to move closer to our goal of 1:1 devices for our students. All students in grades 4-5-6 have been assigned a new Chromebook to utilize in the classroom and at home. There are also 2 carts of iPads and 2 carts of laptops available for student use in the classrooms. An E-rate grant worth $14,000 provided the funding to have access points added in every classroom, allowing faster and more efficient Internet access.
God blessed us with a beautiful day on Friday, September 25th, as the SRW students took to the sidewalks for the 2nd Annual Walk-a-Thon. Friends and family members donated over $23,500 to sponsor students on their walk. This was well above and beyond our goals and expectations. The SRW community really stepped up to support the Walk-a-Thon with 60% participation and 65 volunteers to make this fundraiser a huge success! The funds collected have been ear-marked for the school’s technology fund. The students are proud that their hard work will result in an increase of technological devices and tools for their use in their studies.
On October 18, 2015, Officer Ed Bonchak came to Ss. Robert and William to speak to the youth about bullying.
Join us on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., as we fill our gym with a myriad of gifts for the holiday season.
At our annual Induction Ceremony, over 60 current and newly inducted students from grades 5 through 8 pledged to uphold the five pillars of the National Honor Society: scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and character. This solemn ceremony provided an opportunity for all present to reflect on the qualities of good leaders and to acknowledge the accomplishments of so many students.
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On September 15th, SRW welcomed Grandparents, Great-grandparents, and special friends for its annual Grandparents’ Day Celebration. After praying together at the weekly liturgy, students in kindergarten through grade 3 entertained their special guests with their rendition of their favorite “love” songs including: “A” You’re Adorable, Skidamarinkadinkadoo, You are My Sunshine, and Top of the World. A reception was held in the school where students shared cookies and an activity with their special friends. This inter-generational activity helped grandparents know how much they are appreciated and gave students an opportunity to spend quality time with these treasured adults.
According to the American Dietetic Association, children who eat breakfast perform better in the classroom and on the playground, with better concentration, problem-solving skills, and hand-eye coordination. Knowing the importance of starting the day with a healthy breakfast, SRW now offers this daily meal. This is in addition to the Federal Hot Lunch Program.
In August Ss. Robert and William School opened their doors to the largest enrollment in recent years - 540 students in Preschool through grade 8! This is a direct reflection of the positive reputation the school has in the greater Euclid community. Great things are happening at SRW for the 2015-2016 school year. Here are some of the highlights so far:
What do you do with over a half ton of plastic caps? You recycle them into an eight-foot long picnic table!
The students at Ss. Robert and William School did just that - they collected caps last September through December. Plastic caps from pop bottles, milk jugs, butter tubs, shampoo bottles were collected and sorted. The school and parish community saved and donated as well as several Cleveland Clinic Facilities around Northeast Ohio, with the help of their on-site Green Teams.
Spearheaded by the Girl Scout Troops of Ss. Robert and William, the school collected a whopping 1,451 POUNDS of plastic caps! All this plastic was taken to Green Tree Plastics in Evansville, Indiana and recycled into an 8 foot picnic table to be placed at the new playground at the school. The Cadette Troops purchased a matching trash receptacle for the playground as well.
For more information about how you can recylce plastic caps into benches with the ABC program at Greentree Plastics, please visit their website: http://www.greentreeplastics.com/abc-promise-partnership/
Ss. Robert and William celebrated its fifth successful International Family Festival August 13-16 in Euclid.
Crowds swelled the parish grounds all four nights, enjoying homemade Eastern European and Italian cuisine, games, live bands, prizes and the company of good friends, neighbors and family.
“We are so thankful to report that this was our most successful festival,” said Father John Betters, “We could not have done it without our dedicated, hard-working volunteers. We are so blessed to have so many incredible people in our parish!”
Father Betters also thanked the visitors who chose to attend the festival.
“People have many choices as to where they can spend a summer evening. We’re thankful they chose our festival,” he added. “Our volunteer team works all year to create a festival where people can enjoy great food and good times with their families and friends.”
The festival serves as the main fundraiser for the school and parish.