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 SRS Parents,

Next Monday, October 16 four members of our St. Rita School parent community will be recognized at the H.O.P.E.S. ( Help Our Parish Elementary Schools) dinner for their volunteer efforts on behalf of Catholic education. Lena Sorenson, Sandy Mascia, Monique Patrick and Leonard Patrick have been named the 2017 St. John Neumann award winners. We are grateful that they have shared their time, talent and treasure with our students and school community. 

Last week we switched over to the winter uniform. Parents are asked to please review the dress code with your child/ren as there are many students not in compliance. Teachers will be sending home dress code violation forms to those students who continually are not in compliance. If on occasion your child is not in proper uniform, please send a note to the teacher informing her/him of the reason.  

School pictures will be taken next Tuesday, October 17 (class pictures in uniform) and individual pictures (dress-up clothes) on Wednesday, October 18 .Order forms for class and individual pictures were sent home with your child today. Please complete the form and return it to school on picture day. You may also order on-line before picture day at www.mylifetouch.com. St. Rita School picture day ID is EJ417047Q0.

Parent-Teacher conferences are scheduled for October 19 & 20 as we are midway through the first trimester. Teachers have already contacted you about scheduling a time for your conference. Please be prompt for your conference and adhere to your allotted time. Conference time is your opportunity to hear about your child’s progress, ask questions or share concerns. We value our partnership with our parents. Thank you for entrusting your child/ren to our care. Have a great week. 

God Bless,
Mrs. Tiezzi


School News 
Stop & Shop A+ Rewards:
UPDATE:

Stop & Shop now requires the card holder to input information online due to customer privacy. For those of you that have already provided your number, you will now need to register your Stop & shop card directly on the Stop & Shop website. 
Visit  www.stopandshop.com  and select  Savings & Rewards.  Follow the prompts to create your online account. You’ll need your 13-digit Stop & Shop Card number and the School ID # 06434.



Divine Mercy Parish News
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the final apparition to the children at Fatima, there will be a special recitation of the Rosary, in answer to Our Lady's message to the children. Please mark your calendars for 
 Friday night (10/13) in the St. Rita chapel in the lower church at 7:00 P.M.
In addition...the Holy Father has granted a plenary indulgence for the 13th day of each month of the apparitions and this is the LAST month. People can gain a plenary indulgence for themselves or a loved one in purgatory.


PINK DAY
October 13th
Donate $1 (or more) and wear YOUR PINK in support of the American Cancer Society, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
Please wear pink items along with your school uniform.
All proceeds will go directly to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer- American Cancer Society



SCHOOL DIRECTORY

Notre Dame High School VS
Harlem Wizards!

University of New Haven's Charger Gym on  Saturday, October 28 .
School pictures will be taken
Tuesday, October 17 (class pictures in uniform)
and individual pictures (dress-up clothes) on Wednesday, October 18

order on-line before picture day at www.mylifetouch.com
St. Rita School picture day ID is EJ417047Q0.


BOX TOP COLLECTION

Don't forget to continue to save your
BOX TOPS. You can send in your collection to school at any time.
Keep a look out for our BOX TOP COMPETITION...COMING SOON!



60th Anniversary Campaign

Our 60th Anniversary Campaign is still underway! Our efforts to secure our playground are moving along....but we are still counting on YOUR support!
Please consider a donation to this campaign.

or Send Check to St. Rita School

Home and School Association
Please  RSVP  and let us know if you plan to attend and/or decorate your trunk. 
Car space is limited and we want to make sure we'll have enough candies for everyone!
We are asking each family to donate a bag of candy per student attending the event.
There is a drop box at the school lobby for your candy donations.
        RSVP HERE
     


Charleston Wrap Fundraiser

Our Charleston Wrap Fundraiser kicked off last week and it is going well! Please visit  www.charlestonwrapstore.com and use our school online ID: z-12449 to register your student(s) and to sell online to out of town friends and family. As of last week, we have sold over $1,600 worth of items online, so keep up the good work!

Remember, all paper order forms, with payment in full, are due to school by Friday, October 27th; this guarantees orders are delivered well before Christmas. Also, your sales count toward your family HSA assessment ($150 for one student, $300 for 2 students and $350 for 3 or more students). All items in "The Merry Gift Wrap Guide" qualify for 50% towards the assessment, "Kitchen and Home" qualify for 40%, and all personalized orders qualify for 30%. Any questions, please contact Trisha Kozloski at trisha.kozloski@yahoo.com.  

West Point Football Experience Sponsored by St. Rita Council of the Knights of Columbus


Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry of the Archdiocese of Hartford
49th Annual Social Justice Dinner and Awards, which will take place on Tuesday, October 24 at the Aqua Turf Club.
If you are interested in learning more about this event or to purchase tickets please call (860) 242-5572

VOLUNTEER INFORMATION
We need your help!
Volunteers wanted!
There are various committees and volunteer opportunities to choose from.
To learn more visit our website

HAMDEN HIGH SCHOOL
On October 18th at 6:00 pm, Hamden High School will host an information session in the auditorium. The information session is open to any Hamden resident whose child will be entering the 9th grade in the 2018-19 school year. During the session, parents will learn about course offerings, class levels, schedules, sports, the arts and extra-curricular activities. We will also cover supports specifically designed to help our freshman succeed as they transition to high school. For more information, contact Assistant Principal Paul Giansanti at  203-407-2040 ext. 5050  or by email  pgiansanti@hamden.org .  
Athlete's Corner
SRS WINTER SPORTS

Basketball!
Cheerleading!

St. Rita School offers two winter sports – Basketball for students in Grades 3 – 8 and Cheer Squad for students in Grades 5 – 8. 

Interested in learning more?

Sign up today!



Caritas Christi Center
Kids Night Out
Friday Oct. 20th

To view other Caritas Christi Center events visit their website .

St. Rita School Early Learning Center

St. Rita School Early Learning Center offers a safe, nurturing, and stimulating learning environment for children aged two months to five years.
St. Rita School Early Learning Center (the ELC), a ministry of Divine Mercy Parish, offers families in the New Haven County an outstanding option for early childhood care and education. At the ELC, young children explore and create, and learn through age-appropriate activities that promote emotional, social, physical, and cognitive development. 

Check out their NEW


UPCOMING DATES - 
October 13- PINK DAY
October 17 & 18 - Lifetouch School Pictures
October 19- Evening Conferences, 12:15pm Dismissal
October 20- Afternoon Conference, 12:15pm Dismissal, UNITY T-Shirt Day
October 27- TRUNK or TREAT, MIddle School Dance
November 1- School Mass
November 4- Regional Band Concert
November 6-9 - Book Fair
November 9- 12:15 Dismissal
November 10- No School
November 11- West Point Football Experience
November 22- 12:15 Dismissal (No after care)
November 23 & 24- No School, Thanksgiving Break
St. Rita School
1601 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517
Phone: (203) 248.3114
Fax: (203) 248.1016