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

 It's hard to believe it is already August and  the 2017-2018 school year will begin in just a few weeks.   Our theme for the upcoming school year will be Unity.  I hope you have all ordered your child's Unity tee shirt which will be given out at our "soft opening"on  Monday, August 28. On that day please stop by with your child/ren for a short visit  (20-30 minutes) to drop off school supplies, meet our teachers, find your child's classroom and reconnect with friends and families.  With so much change this year our "soft opening" will give both students and parents the opportunity to get the first day jitters over-with together. 

After last month's Constant Contact, we received a number of inquiries from families who indicated they did not receive it.  Following up on those inquiries, we were made aware that over 30 families had blocked the Constant Contact message in their email.  Other families indicated it ended up in their spam/junk mail.  Please check your settings as Constant Contact will be emailed out weekly when school begins.  

All important information including Constant Contact is posted on our school website.  Please take time to navigate the school website to familiarize yourself with what it has to offer and find the answers to some of your questions about St. Rita School. 

Enjoy the remaining few weeks of summer vacation.  Safe travels and see you all on  August 28.  

School News 
Sign Up for:
Before & After School Care
Hot Lunch
Milk orders  
Sign ups begin AUGUST 26th 
Lunch Begins AUGUST 29th
Don't forget to visit Dennis Uniforms to order your St. Rita School uniforms! 
New Staff! 

Maria Testa- Vice Principal
Kim Lewis - PreK4 
Antoinetta Testa- PreK4 Aide
Carissa Luden- PreK3 Aide
Ashley Strobel- Kindergarten Aide
Kim Delvecchio- Grade 3
Dolores Fortuna- Grade 4
Donna Soliwoda- Grade 5 
Carolyn Carofano- Reading Interventionist 
Carissa Laudano - Student Support Specialist 
Nicole Mele- Advancement Director
Mike Pellegrino- Music 
Dave Mele- Athletic Director 
Staff Changes: 
Carissa Civitello - Director of Marketing & Admissions
Sheila Schreck- Librarian 
  August 28, 2017 Soft Opening
On August 28th, SRS will be open for our soft opening. What is a "soft-opening'?
This is a day that you can stop by at your convenience between the hours of 8am-4pm. You may drop off your school supplies, find your classroom and meet your teachers. Parents are required to be with your children on this day.   The first full day of school will be August 29, 2017. 

Please visit our school website frequently this year .
Important flyers, order forms and all other important information will be posted on our site.
For quick reference, below are a few important SRS Contacts:
Mrs. Patti Tiezzi- Principal: ptiezzi.stritaschool@gmail.com
Mrs. Maria Testa- Vice Principal: mtesta.stritaschool@gmail.com
Sister Anne D'Alessio- Vice Principal: adalessio.stritaschool@gmail.com 
Mrs. Carol Raccio- Secretary: craccio.stritaschool@gmail.com
Mrs. Paula Nugent- Business Manager- paulanugent@att.net 
Hamden Residents Bus Schedule
Please continue to check the Hamden Public School website (available via our website) for the updated Bus Routes and Schedules. 

Home and School Association
Fun at Brooksvale Farm
The Transition Committee would like to thank all the families who participated in the meet & greet at Brooksvale Park.  It was a terrific day and everyone had a wonderful time!  Thank you to the families who brought food items to share, and a special thank you to the St. Rita Council of the Knights of Columbus whose members volunteered to grill the hot dogs for us!  We hope everyone who joined us for some Fun on the Farm met some new friends.  Thank you, again!

September 24, 2017
SRS Walk- A-Thon
Clothing Drive 
Visit our Website for details 

Students in grades 6-8 will be receiving their own Chromebook this year!  
A one-time charge of $120 will be applied to your Middle School October SMART Tuition payment. 
This fee will cover the insurance and protective case that is necessary. 
Parents and Students will need to come in to school to pick up the Chromebook and review all policies. A  sturdy soft /shock proof carrying case will need to be purchased by parents separately.  
Days to pick up Chromebooks:
August 29th 3pm-4pm
August 30th 4pm-5pm 
August 31st 6pm-7pm
  60th Anniversary Campaign
With several weeks left before the end of the year, we are working hard on the 60th Anniversary Campaign and trying to reach our goal.  We are 2/3 of the way there and are counting on your support, and the support of many to make this goal happen!  To make a contribution to the campaign please  visit.

Athlete's Corner
The NEW SRS Athletic Director 
St Rita School welcomes David Mele as our new Athletic Director.  David and his wife Nicole have two girls at the school (Gianna, 8th grade) and Ava (4th grade), and has been involved in the St. Rita Community for nearly 10 years, having served on the HSA board as Treasurer and 2nd VP. He's been coaching girls basketball at St. Rita's for the last 4 years, as well as Hamden soccer for the last 3 years.  David also works as a VP, Group Account Director for a marketing services agency in Norwalk, CT.  
Welcome to SRS Dave! 
Caritas Christi Center
Stay tuned for new information 


The Future Musicians Band Director will be visiting the 4th - 8th grade classrooms on Tuesday, Sept. 5th to demonstrate the instruments for the students, talk to the returning band members and pass out information about the band program.  There will be a band parent meeting night on Thursday, Sept. 7th at 6:30 pm for all new band members as well as any returning band members that would like to come.  Band rehearsals and lessons will be on Tuesdays this year beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 12th.  For those that are eligible for the Regional Band, we are excited to announce that St. Rita will be hosting the rehearsals beginning on October 20th with the concert being held at Notre Dame High School on Nov. 4th.   It is going to be a very fun, musical year!! To learn more visit the Future Musicians Website. 

August 28- Soft Opening 8-4pm
August 29- First full day of school
August 31st- Unity T-Shirt Day (along with School Uniform)
September 1-  Back to School Mass 9am & 12:15 Dismissal 
September  4- No School, Labor Day 
September 10- Parish Picnic : Divine Mercy North Location (St. Stephen location)
September 12- Back to School night gr. K-3
September 14- Back to school Night gr. 4-8
September 24- SRS Walk-a-thon
September 25- No School, Teacher Professional Development 

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