Altar Servers Students in grades 5, 6, 7 and 8 assist the parish and school as Altar Servers. Training (Gr. 5) for these students takes place through the parish. Altar server schedules are published on a monthly basis.
All students are invited to participate in Book Club to share and discuss books appropriate to their grade levels and interests. Book Club is organized and implemented by parent volunteers. It is held once a month before school starts (7:00-7:45 am). A parent leader will facilitate a discussion of the book and assist students in participating in an activity or project related to the book. Students who have read the selected book (or have had the book read to them) are invited to the meetings.
California Jr. Scholastic Federation (CJSF)
The California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF) is a statewide organization of over 865 chapters. CJSF, an affiliate of the high school level California Scholarship Federation (CSF), was founded in 1967 for the purpose of fostering high standards of scholarship, leadership, citizenship, and service in the middle school grades. CJSF emphasizes service to the school and community while creating pride in scholastic achievement.
At the end of each trimester, 7th and 8th grade students are eligible to apply for CJSF, an honor club. Eligibility and requirements are available through the moderator. Students in CJSF plan and organize a service project that benefits St. Raymond students.
Student Leadership is open to students in grades 5 - 8. The Student Leadership provides an opportunity for students to develop leadership skills and promote school spirit. Students must maintain a C average academically and conduct and effort grades of 1 or 2 to be eligible to serve.
Students in grade 7-8 are eligible to serve on the Yearbook Committee. This committee, under the direct supervision of the yearbook moderator, is responsible for the creation of our annual yearbook. Students are involved in all facets, including layout design and graphics. Children also take photographs of school activities and learn to edit yearbook spreads.
Jammin' for Jesus
St. Raymond is a singing community and students grades 5-8 can participate in a musical performance group called Jammin' for Jesus. There are two sections, one instrumental and the other vocal that come together and lead the worship for our monthly school masses, the monthly Family masses which occur at the 9:00am mass on the third Sunday of each month, and other outreach performance opportunities.
All children in grades K-8 are invited to participate in the Children's Choir offered through St. Raymond Parish. Choir practice is every Wednesday from 4:30pm - 5:45pm in the Music Room. The Children's Choir sings every Sunday at the 9:00am mass.
St. Raymond Parish offers CYO sports for both basketball and cross country. All children are eligible to participate. Please check out the CYO website for more information www.LeagueLineup.com/StRaymondCYO
JUMP Saturday, a program sponsored by St. Raymond Parish Youth Ministry, stands for Junior High Youth Ministry Program. This is a ministry to engage our youth in their faith and create a desire within them to grow in their relationship with Christ. This ministry is all inclusive, open to all parishioners in sixth, seventh and eighth grades. JUMP Saturday meets once a month on a Saturday. The morning begins with service projects such as house cleaning or doing yard work for elderly parishioners, cleaning the church, baking cookies for the homeless, visiting nursing homes and other local volunteer activities that arise. When the service projects are completed, lunch is served. The afternoon takes those in JUMP Saturday out for some fun, such as rock climbing, bowling, miniature golf or laser tag. By 4:30pm our youth are back at St. Raymond preparing for the 5:00pm Youth and Young Adult Mass.
While most of those who participate in JUMP Saturday stay for the whole day, not everyone can. Some have sports or other commitments that take them away for part of the day. Some may leave early and some may arrive late, and others may be there in the morning, leave part of the day and then return. Whatever the schedule, our youth are encouraged to participate in JUMP Saturday as much as they can.
Part of following in Jesus' path is giving unselfishly of our time. This act of giving needs to be modeled at a young age. When service is rendered by students thoughtfully and prayerfully they are learning to selflessly give of themselves, just as Jesus taught. The goal of service learning is to teach our students honesty, caring, responsibility and commitment to others. Service learning is required for all students in grades 6-8. Students in the 6th grade must complete 10 service activities per year, students in the 7th grade must complete 15 service activities per year, and students in the 8th grade must complete 15 service activities per year.
Safety Patrol is open to students in 5th grade. Students must have parental permission before joining the patrol. The students are required to be at school at 7:45am (at least one day a week). The patrol oversees the safe arrival of all students to the morning assembly area.