OUR MISSION:
St. Rita School inspires students in Pre-Kindergarten through grade eight to achieve academic excellence in a safe, nurturing and faith-filled Catholic environment.
We prepare students to be morally responsible, innovative thinkers who, in today’s technology-guided global community, live and share the Love of Christ.
FROM THE DESK OF MRS. TIEZZI

Dear St. Rita School Parents,

I hope this newsletter finds you safe and warm at home enjoying yet another snow day with your children. Today is the 9th snow day we have had this school year. As of now we will be using Easter Monday (April 2) as our first make-up day and we will take back the early dismissal days on Thursday, March 29 and Friday, May 25 to make up a second snow day. Fr. Joe has given permission for school to be open all day on Holy Thursday. Should this pose a concern for anyone due to your observance of the Triduum, please do not hesitate to have your child dismissed at noon.  The remaining snow make-up days will be added onto the calendar in June. So as of today, the last day of school will be Tuesday, June 19.  Monday, June 18 and Tuesday, June 19 will be early dismissal days. St. Rita Summer camp will start the following Monday. Should we have any additional snow days these dates are subject to change.

Thank you to all the students and parents who participated in the St. Patrick’s Day parade and for Michael Conklin for coordinating our marchers. It was nice to see our school so well represented in the largest single-day spectator event in CT. Congratulations to our JVV Boys basketball team for winning the St. Mary, Milford Basketball tournament in their age group and also to our cheer squad for their incredible performance and to the stunt group for placing First in the individual group stunt competition at the Our Lady of Victory cheer fest on Sunday. Finally to our Varsity Girls, JV girls, JV 5 Boys and JV 6 Boys basketball teams for their teamwork during state tournament play this past weekend. .

The reregistration packet for the 2018-2019 school year will be sent home this week. We have streamlined the process and ask that you carefully read over the various documents. Tuition costs, Parish verification form, HSA obligation are all included within the tuition agreement document. Tuition costs again this year absorb the fees previously billed separately for such things as the school planner, student Bible, scholastic magazine etc. Fees for field trips, milk, hot lunch, before and aftercare, and the Chromebook fee for new middle school students will be billed separately.

We ask that you return the completed tuition agreement and $150 per student non-refundable deposit to the school office by Friday, April 13, 2018. Those families who are current with their tuition account as of March are eligible to re-enroll. Information regarding the SmartTuition Program and Financial Assistance Program (Smart Aid) is included in the packet and must be updated/completed on-line. Please contact Mrs. Nugent (203-248-5513) school business manager, with any questions you regarding your tuition account.

Thank you for entrusting your child to our care. I am grateful that Spring will arrive in 7 days! Have a good week.


Mrs. Tiezzi
Principal



School News 
TECH CLUB:
The next Tech Club meeting will be on Monday March 19th
There will be NO Tech Club March 12th.


Support St. Rita School by Grocery Shopping!
Register your BIG Y card through this link!



SAVE THE DATE:
Divine Mercy Sunday
April 8, 2018
Divine Mercy Parish, Hamden, CT

Divine Mercy Procession and Devotions

Join Archbishop Leonard P. Blair, S.T.D.

2:00 p.m. Procession begins at St. Stephen Church, 400 Ridge Road, Hamden, CT
1.3 mile walk to St. Rita Church 1620 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT
3:00 p.m. Divine Mercy Chaplet and Eucharistic Adoration at St. Rita Church

Join for both procession and devotions or only 3:00 p.m. devotions

Confessions available before procession at St. Stephen Church and at St. Rita Church

For more information call: 203 248 5513 or
203 288 6439
Lenten Project
We have begun the Lenten season. As a school community, it is a time to for us to give to others. This year we will be joining forces with the  Wounded Warrior Project  and collecting donations for this organization. Each day the classroom that collects the highest amount of donations will get to spend the day with our project mascot, HERO. Please considering donating to this project. (Donations are collected in class each day) 
Follow our Facebook page to see where Hero lands each day! 
For more information, please visit 


Archbishop Leonard P. Blair and the Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools cordially invite you
to attend the       
  18th Annual Archbishop’s St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast
 Friday, March 16, 2018     
  7:30 a.m.  
 Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford 
See attached flyer 


LIVING STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” are the words to a well-known hymn.This year the youth of Divine Mercy Parish and St. Rita School ( Preschool through High School ) are being given a wonderful opportunity to participate in a live reenactment of the Stations of the Cross. This will be a very spiritual event for the entire family. If your child would like to participate, please fill out the bottom portion of this letter and return it by March 15, 2018 . Primary parts consist of the roles of Jesus, Mary, the soldiers, Pontius Pilate, and examples of secondary parts are the people in the crowd along the route that Jesus traveled
When: Good Friday, March 30, 2018
Start Time: 12:00 noon (those with assigned parts meet in church basement at 11:30)
Where: Divine Mercy Parish, St. Rita’s Church
Practice: Sunday, March 25, 2018 (immediately following 11:30 mass in St. Rita Church basement--one hour)


MULTI- CULTURAL DAY


Celebrate the different cultures that embody our St. Rita School families!

Thursday April 12th
(Day and evening activities)

Dress Down in attire that represents your culture and heritage.
Donate $1 to the NJHS efforts to support Gambia

NJHS will hold a Multi-Cultural assembly for students at 1:30pm in our gym (all our welcome)
Join us for our evening Multi-Cultural Social
Thursday April 12th 5:30-7pm

We are seeking families to help make this event a success!
We encourage families to reserve a table to showcase their culture and heritage. (See flyer for details)
Also seeking cultural entertainment!

Please read our flyer for more information!!

RSVP by APRIL 2
SRS SPIRIT WEAR IS SPRINGING-UP EVERYWHERE!
 
SUPER SOFT SHERPAS AND LOUNGE PANTS,
TRADITIONAL SRS HOODIES AND 
BILLBOARD CREWS,
RETRO JERSEYS AND BASEBALL HATS–
        IT’S ALL FOR YOU - CAN’T BEAT THAT!
EASY TO ORDER, EASY TO PAY!

ORDER VIA SIGNUP GENIUS LINK:


CEO FOUNDATION of CT
Children's Educational Opportunity
​Foundation of Connecticut, Inc.

For information regarding parent renewal and new applications, which will be available March 1, 2018, please visit the step-by step application instructions on our website . Please remember your parents must have their 2017 taxes filed before they apply for a scholarship.
SRS Summer Camp dates and information coming soon!!


An opportunity for the eighth grade (rising ninth grade) class--  a trip through Scotland and England during April 2019 ! This trip, which is open to high school students around Connecticut, will provide an immersive experience for students to engage with the culture, history, and literature of Great Britain. 

Interested in learning more about the message of the Divine Mercy?
Join us for

Divine Mercy Parish Lenten Series



Prayer Corner
Please keep the following SRS community
members in your thoughts and prayers
Mrs. Patty Landino
Father of Anna-Ramirez-Allard
Sister Mary Jane Paolella
Father Robert Beloin
Karen Erba
(Aunt of Kenny Forsyth)



Mrs. Rose Migliaro
(Great Grandmother of Gia Giamo)
Mr. Alvin Roldan
(Uncle of Noel & Lauren Roldan)
Theresa Fay
(Aunt of Leah Carrano)


If you have a special intention that you would like to share in our prayer corner, please email Carissa Civitello
Home and School Association


Download more photos from our Father Daughter Dance

The Great Gathering Auction

With the Great Gathering Auction a little over a month away, the auction committee is asking for your help!    Back in January, we had suggested a monetary donation of $20 per student and were hoping for 100% participation from each student. To date, we have received donations from 33% of the student body. The monetary donations are needed in order to purchase the fabulous items for the silent auction raffles. All proceeds from the auction will benefit St. Rita School. Please consider supporting this great cause. To donate, please access the link below. You donations will be charged through SMART TUITION


THANK YOU to those families that have already generously donated to the Great Gathering Auction. We have a fabulous night planned and hope to see you there! 
Coming Soon: The Second Annual $10,000 Tuition Raffle!
Beginning on March 6th, St. Rita School will sell raffle tickets for the Second Annual Tuition Raffle. Each family is asked to sell, or purchase for themselves, 2 tickets. Tickets are $50 each and only 800 tickets will be available, so buy your ticket early! The prize money may be used to pay tuition at any accredited k-12 school, college, or university, or to pay back student loans. The winner does not have to personally use the money. They may designate any student they wish to use the money (for example, a grandparent may use the prize to pay a grandchild's tuition). The drawing will be held on Wednesday, June 6th at St. Rita School. The winner need not be present to win. Extra tickets are available by calling the school at  203-248-3114  or emailing  trisha.kozloski@yahoo.com
Proceeds from the Raffle will support St. Rita School.
EASTER PIE FUNDRAISER
The Saint Rita School Annual Easter Holiday Pie fundraiser starts Tue, March 6th. Easter Pies will be on sale through March 16, 2018 and available for pick-up until 5pm on Good Friday, March 30th at Disorbo's Italian Bakery.  To order, please access the link below. Your orders will be billed through SMART TUITION.


Athlete's Corner
For updated sports information and schedules, please visit our


2017-2018 Basketball Calendar
View here 
*subject to change/weather permitting



WINTER SPORTS UPDATE:
Congratulations to our Boys JJV4 team for coming in 1st place in the St. Mary’s of Milford Tournament! 

Caritas Christi Center
Kids Night Out
Dates:
March 16, April 6, April 20, May 4, May 18, June 1


To view other Caritas Christi Center events visit their website .



St. Rita School Early Learning Center

NOW ENROLLING

St. Rita School Early Learning Center offers a safe, nurturing, and stimulating learning environment for children aged two months to five years.


Check out their NEW

Visit us on FACEBOOK

SAVE THE DATE:
Open House
Sunday April 8th 10am-12pm
Tuesday April 10th
9:30am-11:30am
Visit our center & Meet our staff!


UPCOMING DATES - 
March 13- Report Cards go home
March 29- Holy Thursday - Full day of School
March 30- Good Friday -No School
April 2- Easter Monday- SCHOOL
April 6- Auction
April 8- Divine Mercy Sunday
April 13- Unity T-Shirt Day
April 16-20 - Spring Break
April 26-28- Annual School Musical - Into the Woods Jr.
May 1-4- Iowa Testing begins
May 4- Grandparents Day and May Crowning
May 5- Shred Day

St. Rita School
1601 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517
Phone: (203) 248.3114
Fax: (203) 248.1016