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,
I look forward to welcoming all our parents tonight or Thursday at our Back to School Nights. Due to our large student body tonight is for parents with children in kindergarten to grade 3 and Thursday for parents with children in grades 4 through 8.  We will begin at 6:30 with the State of the School Presentation. Classroom visits will follow. Be sure you pick up an information folder as you enter the gym with all the important H.S.A. information.
On Thursday, September 21 we will be having a prayer service in recognition of the International Day of peace. The service begins at 9 in our gym. Thursday, September 21 is also a dress down in Red, White and Blue. St. Rita School is participating in the “Students helping Students” initiative sponsored by the National Catholic Education Association. Please be sure to send your child in with a donation to help hurricane victims in both Texas and Florida. All proceeds collected will be sent to Catholic schools impacted by these storms. 
Also, check our school website frequently for updated information particularly regarding the school calendar. I am pleased to announce that on Thursday, October 5 our students will have the opportunity to see a live production of “Therese-The Story of a Soul”. This presentation made available to us by Fr. Ed Nadolny’s Good News Fund brings the story of St. Therese of Lisieux , one of the most beloved saints of modern times, to life. We are most appreciative to Fr. Nadolny for his generosity.
Thank you for entrusting your child/ren to our care. Enjoy the beautiful late summer weather. Have a great week.
God Bless,
Mrs. Tiezzi

School News 
On Thursday September 21st (International Day of Peace) St. Rita School will host a  Dress Down Day  to help the victims of the Hurricanes. Students will be asked to donate a minimum of $1 to participate in the this dress down day. The theme of this day will be to wear RED , WHITE & BLUE clothing.
This school year our school will feature a special virtue each month. Students are encouraged to embrace each virtue and incorporate the virtue into their daily lives. Each month a student from each grade level who best exemplifies the monthly virtue will be recognized. This month we are focusing on
HOSPITALITY.


BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHTS

September 12th 2017
Grades Kindergarten - 3
6:30pm

September 14th
Grades 4-8
6:30pm


PARKING:
Please remember to NOT park in the parking lot during morning drop off. There is a drop off lane, marked by yellow cones. A faculty member will be directing the traffic each morning.
Please take notice of all parking signs on each side road (Dessa Drive, Gillies Road).
Please use crosswalk to cross Gillies Road. New visitor parking is available in marked parking spots. There is NO parking near bus drop off for Pre-Kindergarten drop off.

NUMBERED PARKING SPOTS ARE FOR STAFF ONLY.
When visiting our school please park in the spots labeled VISITOR.


Student Handbook: DUE DATE 9/15
All Parent/Student Handbook forms must be returned and signed by Friday Sept. 15th.

Uniform Policy and details can also be found in the Parent/Student Handbook.
*Please take note of the Grade 4-5 NEW UNIFORM GUIDELINES *

Student Absences:
Parents MUST notify the main office by 9am if their child will be absent that day.

Calendar Updates:
Please view recent changes on our school year calendar



ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST TAKE THE VIRTUS TRAINING
UPCOMING VIRTUS TRAINING:

Sept. 17- St. Mary, Branford- at 2:30pm
Sept. 20- St. Theresa, North Haven - at 6pm
Sept. 21- St. Mary, Branford- at 6pm
Click here to register
If a parent has previously taken this training for another Catholic school, it will remain valid for SRS. Please bring your certificate to the office.


NEW TO SRS! CODING CLUB

Code Club Jr. is a new afterschool club for students in Kindergarten through third grade. Introducing coding to students at a young age builds confidence for future success and fosters creative and critical thinking skills.



SAVE THE DATE

St. Rita School
High School NIght
Wed. Oct. 4th 2017
6:30pm
Home and School Association
St. Rita Annual Walk-A-Thon
The Home and School Association welcomes all of our students and families to the 2017-18 school year! The HSA is kicking off our school-wide events with our annual Walk-A-Thon on Sunday, September 24, 2017. The walk will start between 12:45 and 1pm from the SRS parking lot. Please save the date and join the school community as we celebrate wearing our Unity T-Shirts!

Please look for our Save the Date flyer and Walk-A-Thon Pledge Form linked here.

Clothing Drive at the Walk-A-Thon
We are again holding a clothing drive sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Connecticut Foundation during the Walk-A-Thon.
WALK-A-THON VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Visit our website to learn more and Click here to SIGN UP.

Walk-A-Thon Personal Dress Down Day Winners Update

Our fundraising for the Walk-A-Thon is off to a good start! We had three students win a Personal Dress Down Day the first week: Mia Mulhern, Trinity Stanford and Christopher Abrina. The second week's winners are: Norah Burns, JiEun Nastri, Javier Kuo, Juliet Sharma, Lucas Kuo, Isabel Sharma, and Luke Nugent. Congratulations!

Don't forget, the top fundraiser from Pre-K to 2nd grade, 3rd to 5th grade, and 6th to 8th grade will win a Kindle Fire HD Kid's Edition! 

Walk-A-Thon Food Donations

The Walk-A-Thon Committee needs your help to make the day a fun-filled one! We are reaching out to the school community for food donations. Please see our Food Donation flyer and bring in your donation during the week of September 18th. Any questions, please email  hsasrs.stritaschool@gmail.com. Thank you and we look forward to seeing everyone on September 24th! 


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

Calling all aspiring hockey players!
Learn how to skate with the
Greater New Haven Warriors first strides program


Employment Opportunity at the
St. Rita School Early Learning Center

Athlete's Corner
Fall Soccer Information
Practice beginning this week.

7th grade practice -Monday & Wednesday 3:15-5:15pm

8th grade practice -Wednesday & Friday 3:15-5pm

Everyone should wear shinguards and cleats and bring a size 5 soccer ball.




Caritas Christi Center
KIDS NIGHT OUT
Friday Sept. 22
6pm
To view other Caritas Christi Center events visit their website .


UPCOMING DATES - 
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 
October 4- No School Teacher Professional Development 
October 4- HIGH SCHOOL NIGHT Grades 6-8
October 6- 12:15 Dismissal
October 9- NO SCHOOL
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
St. Rita School
1601 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517
Phone: (203) 248.3114
Fax: (203) 248.1016