Volume XIV| November 9, 2018

Dear St. Rose School Families:

Freedom is a precious gift and we are grateful to the valiant men and women who make it possible for us to enjoy in America. Today the Knights of Columbus hosted a Veteran's Day Assembly to honor all of those who have served and continue to serve our country, in particular our 14 special guests, many of whom are related to students at St. Rose School. It was moving to watch the veterans process to the front of the hall among a sea of St. Rose students waving American flags as they passed. Together we saluted the American flag and sang the Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America. We were touched by the stories we heard and enlightened during the interesting Q & A sessions that followed in smaller groups.

The Knights also presented awards to the top three winners of the Upper Grade Poster and Essay contests. Congratulations to Kyle Getzinger (1st place essay), who read her essay at the assembly, Margaret Brown (2nd place essay) and Isabella Corona (3rd place essay); Sylvia Pinheiro (1st place poster); Luke Christos (2nd place poster) and Evie Komninakas (3rd place poster). These students captured the heart of Veteran's Day and remind us to always be grateful for our freedom and to those who make it possible. My sincere thanks to the Knights of Columbus for the service they provide to our parish and school community and for bringing us this most memorable experience today.

Thanks to those who attended the HSA meeting and State of the School address last night. We are encouraged by the many accomplishments that have been made since the start of the school year and all of the initiatives that are underway. If you were unable to join us an email with the presentation will be sent out shortly.

We have a vibrant school community that is growing stronger as we work together to achieve our shared goal -- helping every student thrive! On this note, I trust you have scheduled conferences with your child's teachers next Monday through Wednesday. It is our hope that these meetings will be productive for all.

The Enchanted Forest Book Fair is beginning this Saturday, November 10th, with a special movie night sponsored by the HSA. Please come for this fun school activity and get a first look at the many wonderful books at the store. On Sunday the Fair is Open to the public 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 PM so please tell all your friends and neighbors! The Fair will continue Monday through Friday during school hours, giving you plenty of time to shop. I am very grateful to Mrs. Setear and her committee for the countless hours they have put in to bringing us a fantastic Book Fair.

As we travel through the month of November, we are focused on serving others and being thankful. Our Thanksgiving Food Drive has been extended to Monday morning. We appreciate all of your contributions and welcome additional donations through Monday. Sister Thaddeus and the 7th grade class will collect all of the bins in the gathering hall and then load them on to the Social Concerns truck for delivery to the Faith Food Pantry Monday morning. Many lives will be touched by your generosity.

I hope you have marked your calendars for the annual Turkey Bowl on Tuesday, November 20th which will take place on the field at 1:00 PM. All families and alumni are welcome to join us for this fun filled afternoon when our two 8th grade classes face each other in a friendly game of flag football.

Congratulations to our Boys Varsity team who have advanced to the semi-finals in the Harvest Tournament. You can find information about the game times this weekend in Athletic News below. Please support our Rams if you can.

The Be Kind mural was installed this week and it looks beautiful! Thanks to the parents, students, alumni and Ben's Bells for making this happen. What a thoughtful gift from the Class of 2018 that will warm our halls and hearts for many years to come.

I am counting many blessings as another dynamic week of school comes to a close. I hope you know how thankful I am to be a part of the St. Rose School community.

God Bless.

Mr. Bardhyl Gjoka

One of the most special aspects of the St. Rose School experience is our Buddy Program. It is such an enriching way for younger students and older students to bond by working together on school activities. This is a growing experience for all ages and it warms the hearts of all who witness the program in action.

May God bless all of the courageous men and women who have serve and continue to serve our country. We are grateful for their gift of protection that ensures our freedom!


The Knights of Columbus sponsored a Veteran's Day Essay and Poster Contest for the upper grades. Congratulations to the winners, who captured in words and design the important messages of patriotism, protection and service. May God bless our Veterans!

Essay Contest: 1st. place, Kyle Getzinger; 2nd place, Margaret Brown, 3rd place, Isabella Corona. Poster Contest: 1st place, Sylvia Pinheiro, 2nd place, Luke Christos, 3rd place, Evie Komninakas.


Get ready for the 4th annual Turkey Bowl on Tuesday November 20th at 1:00 PM on the field. Our 8th grade homerooms will face each other in a fun game of flag football while the 7th graders provide cheers and the rest of the school roots along the sidelines. Family and alumni welcome!

ESSAY CONTEST OPPORTUNITY FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS. The school was asked to share this information with parents of middle school parents as a possible activity for your child(ren). Click here for details.

The Enchanted Forest Book Fair opens this Saturday November 10 at 4:00 PM. There will be the latest Nutmeg titles and a wonderful selection of Christian books among the offerings. The Fair will be open to the public Sunday November 11th, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. then November 12-16th during school hours for St. Rose School families. Books make great gifts -- we hope to see you there!

November 12th, deadline for Yankee Candle Fundraiser. Click here for details.

November 12th , Thanksgiving Food Drive final collection and delivery to Faith Food Pantry. Please send in non perishable items.

November 12th , Square 1 Art final deadline.

November 13th, Book Fair Dress Down Day, $2 per student. Decorate an owl!

November 11-16th , Scholastic "Enchanted Forest" Book Fair.

November 16th , Bingo, 5:45-9:30 PM in Gathering Hall. $17 per person admission. Spread the word!

November 20th, St. Rose School Thanksgiving Mass, 9:00 a.m. Please join us!

November 20th , Annual Turkey Bowl, 1:00 PM on Field. Stay tuned for details!

November 27th, #Giving Tuesday, stay tuned for details!

December 1st, St. Rose Parish presents "Christmas Bingo" show in Gathering Hall, Doors open at 7 PM. Click here for details

December 13th , Preschool Christmas Concert

December 18th , K-8th Christmas Concert

We are looking forward to seeing you at Parent/Teacher conferences Nov. 12-14 These conferences are mandatory as they are an effective means of communicating important information about student performance. Dismissal is at 12:00 PM these days.

Conferences for Grades 4-8 are student-led.  Click on the grade/class for your child; links are within Sign-up Genius if you need to sign up for more than one.

Click here for Pre-K sign-ups :

Click here for K-5 sign-ups:

Click here for 6-8th grade sign-ups:

Click here for Specials sign-ups:

Thank you for taking this time to conference with your child's teachers!

Dear Friends:

Thank you to all the parents who attended our HSA and State of the School meeting last night.

We are pleased that we had a quorum in attendance at the meeting and were able to take a vote. Congratulations to Tara Johnson for being confirmed as Vice President, and we appreciate the approval of our budget for the 2018/2019 school year. We are off to a great start and with your support, we are confident that this year will be extremely successful!

This weekend is a busy one! We are still in need of volunteers to help at the Book Fair, Nov 11-16 (Signup link:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090549aaa92aa6fe3-theenchanted ) and for our weekend Scrip Gift Card Sale, Nov 10-11 (Signup link:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e49aead2ca0fc1-scrip1 ). Any time you might be able to give to support these initiatives is appreciated! Please encourage your fam i ly and friends to purchase gift cards after Mass this weekend, or stop in to our Book Fair next week - every bit helps and it adds up quickly.

We appreciate the many volunteers who give so freely of their time, talents and resources. Your generosity benefits all of our children and the entire school community. 

Your HSA

P.S. If you do not have a Scrip account yet, please go to shop.shopwithscrip.com to register. It is so easy! Our school enrollment code is L4FCBD8C9533.

Questions? Suggestions? Email hsa@srles.com


There is a big Scrip Sale taking place after all masses the weekend of November 10th and 11th. This is an amazing opportunity for us to sell a lot of gift cards and earn good money for St. Rose School. If you can lend a hand at any of the masses please contact
Amanda Brennan ( brennans.of.russett@gmail.com )

Please spread the word and encourage everyone you know to use Scrip! Thank you for supporting our school!

If you do not have a Scrip account yet, please go to shop.shopwithscrip.com to register. It is so easy! Our school enrollment code is L4FCBD8C9533.

GREAT NEWS! The Varsity Boys basketball team has advanced to the semi-finals of the preseason Harvest Tournament. Please come out and support the boys as they take on St. Gregory the Great, Friday night 11/9 at St. Joseph Brookfield. Tip-off is at 6:00 PM. The championship game will be Saturday night at St. Joseph Brookfield with a 7:00PM tip-off.

Girls Varsity Schedule:

Boys Varsity Schedule:

Boys JV Schedule:

Please contact John Moulder at  athletics@stroseschool.com with questions.
We appreciate your support!
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