Volume XXX/ March 8, 2019

Dear St. Rose School Families:

We have so many achievements to recognize this week! First, my warmest congratulations to Ms. Elaine Smith for her 10 years of dedicated service to St. Rose School. Ms. Smith was recognized at a beautiful Appreciation Mass & Breakfast hosted by the Diocese of Bridgeport Catholic Schools at Fairfield University last weekend. I was honored to accompany Miss Smith to the ceremony and I am very grateful for her commitment to St. Rose School. She is truly an example of what it means to be a consummate educator and a great witness to Catholic education. We are blessed to have her at St. Rose School.

On another up note, our Boys Varsity Basketball team made it to the Championship game of the Parochial League tournament following an amazing season. They played St. Joseph School in Danbury and came in second place in the tournament, earning a significant trophy that the boys presented to me and is now displayed in the glass case of the Gathering Hall lobby. Led by Coach Mike Murphy, these young men are faithful athletes who exhibited wonderful skills and good sportsmanship throughout the season. I am proud of them and applaud their parents who offer wonderful guidance and ongoing support of their sons and the basketball program.

This week we celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday in the younger grades and with our buddies in a shared activity. Reading is a gift that opens minds to many wonders and discoveries. Dr. Seuss books capture the imagination, teach important lessons and lead children on the road to reading. "Oh The Places You'll Go!" Let us all reinforce the importance of reading with our children -- it is more and more of a challenge in this world of devices but I think we can all agree that there is nothing like opening a good book.

We entered the Lenten season by attending mass on Ash Wednesday as a school community. Deacon Roos visited the Preschool and gave ashes to the little ones who were so reverent in receiving them. During this season of reflection, prayer and sacrifices may we grow closer to God and more aware of each other. This is a great time to practice kindness, our school theme for the year. Sister Thaddeus has created a Lenten calendar as a helpful guide and we are collecting money for the Missions to assist those in need. Thank you for your contributions which mean so much.

The Tuition Raffle, which is a key fundraiser for the school, will kick off officially on March 14th. I am excited to buy the first ticket and hope all families will do the same in support of this outreach. The odds are very favorable, with the chance to win $15,000 that can be applied to tuition at any K-12 school, college, university or student loan organization in the United States. The HSA is hosting a "Mom's March Madness Tuition Raffle Kick off" evening at Marketplace on March 14th. I understand that anyone who eats dinner at Marketplace or orders take that night will be helping the school with a 10 percent give back. We appreciate your support.

Next week I will be accompanying Monsignor Bob and the 8th grade class to Washington D.C. for the annual trip. This has been a long standing tradition at St. Rose School and I am excited to be joining the group for the first time this year. We will depart early on Wednesday March 13th and return late Friday, March 15th. Monsignor has a full educational itinerary planned and we are grateful to the parent chaperones who will be joining us. In my absence Mrs. Bokuniewicz will be in charge; please be assured that I will stay closely in touch with all school matters. We would appreciate your prayers for a safe trip. Thank you.

Please continue to share the word about our upcoming Preschool & Kindergarten Open House, March 20th, 9:00-11:00 a.m. and the Kindergarten Readiness Session on Thursday, March 21st at 6:00 p.m. Word of mouth is so important as we spread the news about St. Rose School. Also, if you have not yet registered your child(ren) for the 2019-2020 school year please do so as soon as possible. Waiting lists are forming in many grades and we want to give our current families the first opportunity at a slot. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Mrs. Coppola, admissions@slres.com. I am also available to meet, please make an appointment with Mrs. Wong, secretary@srles.com. We look forward to continuing this journey together.

Good luck to our Seventh grade students Ava Faruol, Joshua Schumacher and Rohan Carey who will head to Quinnipiac University on Monday, March 11th to present their top 3 science projects at the Connecticut State Science and Engineering Fair. I know you will join me in cheering them on from Newtown. What an incredible experience and honor. May they relish every moment.

It's been a cold but sunny week. Don't forget that we change the clocks this weekend -- Spring ahead one hour. It's tough to lose that hour but just think, the days will be longer and before we know it Spring will be here!

Enjoy your weekend.

God Bless,

Mr. Bardhyl Gjoka
Reporting on severe weather and working on dissections in the science lab, writing opinion pieces, studying the great Dr. Seuss, preparing for the Invention Convention and collecting for the Missions...St. Rose students get the most out of every day.


Click on the club to find details about dates, deadlines and fees.

Track -- deadline March 13th

"No one has ever become poor by giving. "
Anne Frank

Children's Stations of the Cross -- students in grades 4-7 needed to participate. Click here for details.

2019 Diocese of Bridgeport Mass of Hope and Healing for Survivors of Abuse 

The Most Rev. Frank J. Caggiano, together with a planning committee of Survivors of Sexual Abuse as Minors by Priests, will hold a very special Mass for anyone who has been sexually abused as a minor, family members, friends and for others who have been impacted. The Mass will be held on Sunday April 7th, 2019 at 2:00 PM at St. Joseph Church 8 Robinson Avenue, Danbury CT. Light Refreshments will be served immediately following the Mass.. For more information, contact Erin Neil, L.C.S.W., Director of Safe Environment & Victim Assistance Coordinator (203) 650-3265 or Michael Tintrup, L.C.S.W., Victim Assistance Counselor (203) 241-0987. Please join us. 

Dear Friends,

We hope you and your families had a great week.

Next week we launch our Tuition Raffle with an event at Marketplace - Thursday, March 14 at 7pm. Join us for some "Mom's March Madness" and let's kick off our exciting fundraising program in style! We hope to see you there.

At the end of this month, we have our Mother/Son event at the Everwonder Museum. Our "Night at the Museum" is for St. Rose mothers and sons only...the event is closed to the public. There will be a pizza dinner, a cool science experiment and the open museum - all for only $25 per mother/son duo (additional sons are only $10 more). All areas of the museum are open - even the digital media lab with robots/coding. Our thanks to Dana Christos for chairing this event! We could sure use some volunteers to help coordinate the evening - please RSVP (and let us know if you can help) by next Friday, March 15th - simply send an email to  hsa@srles.com .

We wish you a wonderful weekend and plenty of sleep as we "Spring Forward" this weekend!

Warm regards,

Your HSA Board


When: May 22, 2019

Where: Richter Park, Danbury

How can you participate?

Sponsor a Hole

Put together a Foursome and hit the Links

Buy raffle tickets

Attend the dinner (even if you didn't golf)

Help with logistics

In some way everybody can be involved and it's for a great cause...our school!

For more information go to www.strosegolfclassic.com or click here.

Attention Current Families ... Reserve your Child's spot for the 2019-2020 Click here to register.

The Application for the Bishop's Scholarship Fund is now open with a March 15th deadline. Click here for details.

Congratulations to the Boys Varsity Basetball team for taking Second place in the Danbury Parochial League. The trophy is now displayed in the glass case of the Gathering Hall for all to see.

A special shout out to Patrick McKenzie and Owen McAloon for being named to the All Tournament Parochial Team.

It was a great basketball season for all teams. Thanks to the coaches who gave of their time and talent to teach our student athletes skills and sportsmanship that are life-long lessons they can apply in many situations.

Stay tuned for a date and details about the Banquet.


St. Rose Track and Field registration is now open. Attached is a brief overview of the season along with the registration form. Click here.

Please note that all  registration forms and checks  should be returned to the school c/o  Athletic Director.
All  health forms  should be returned to the school c/o  School Nurse . (No child may participate until forms have been received and approved by the school)

This is a fun program that all students in K-8 are encouraged to join. No prior running experience is required and everyone competes at the meets.

Any questions please email  track@stroseschool.com .

Thank you,

John Moulder

March 11th -- Connecticut State Science & Engineering Fair at Quinnipiac University

March 14th -- Mom's March Madness Tuition Raffle Kick Off at Marketplace. Click here for details

March 19th -- Class of 2019 "Rib Rally" Fundraiser Night at Texas Roadhouse. Click here for details.

March 20th -- Preschool & Kindergarten Open House, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Share the word!

March 20th -- Fourth Grade Invention Convention at SRS.

March 21st -- Kindergarten Readiness Session, 6:00 p.m. Share the word!

March 28th -- Night at the Museum for Mothers and Sons. Click here for details.

April 6th -- Masquerade Ball Father/Daughter dance. Click here for details.

May 3rd -- Grandparents/Special Person's Day, details to come.

Mary 4th -- SRS First Holy Communion

May 9th -- The Sound of Music presented by SRS 4th-8th graders at Edmond Town Hall

May 22nd - - Golf Classic. Click here for details.

Got groceries?

Everyone needs to eat and by purchasing gift cards to local grocery stores to do your food shopping you can make a HUGE difference. 

Here’s the math . . . 

Most stores offer an average 5% rebate to our HSA, so based on one family:

$400/month (that’s $100 a week!) x 12 months = $4800
That’s a $240 rebate per year for ONE FAMILY!

With all 180 families participating . . .
$240 x 180 = $43,200!!!!!

Can you IMAGINE what we could do with an extra $43,200 that is not costing anyone anything additionally? 

We are looking to make this number a reality. We have done this by creating a monthly grocery program that is so user friendly everyone would be happy to use it!

First, complete the simple form (attached) with your bi-weekly or monthly order (which store and how much) and send in with your check. 

We will fulfill the order on the 1st and/or 15th of the month. 

We will email you on the 7th and 21st (bi-weekly) or 21st (monthly) of the month asking if you’d like your standing order and reminding you to please send in the check.

This is not a ‘binding’ program- we realize some months fluctuate. You are not obligated to use the service every month though it is greatly encouraged and appreciated! 

We are willing and able to do all the legwork to make this $43k a reality- all we ask of you is to fill out the form, send the check and keep replying ‘yes!’ 

Who is willing to take the plunge and be one of the first members of our Scrip Grocery Program? 

Please contact The SRS Scrip Team at  scrip@srles.com  with questions. We are here to help! 

Let’s do this SRS parents! #onourwayto43k


The 8th grade Class of 2019 has begun a RIB RALLY fundraiser. They are pre-selling tickets to obtain take out orders at Texas Roadhouse in Danbury, CT. The event will be March 19th from 4-7 PM when orders can be picked up.
Tickets can be purchased through any 8th grade student, after upcoming masses or by contacting Mrs. Petrillo or Mrs. Quinn. Tickets are $12 and your pre-purchase order includes: 4 "fall-off-the-bone“ ribs, steak fries, 2 fresh baked rolls, their famous cinnamon butter and a peanut bag with free appetizer on a future order offer (1 peanut bag/appetizer per order/per family) *no substitutions Peanut bags are only distributed after first asking customer about allergies at time of pick up.

If you are wishing to purchase tickets, simply send in payment for $12.00 per ticket in an envelope with Mrs. Petrillo's or Mrs. Quinn's name on it. Tickets will then be sent home with your son or daughter. Checks should be made payable to St. Rose of Lima School. Be sure to also include your child's name and homeroom on the envelope.

The Class of 2019 wishes to extend a generous thank you for your support! Let's get ready to Rally for the 8th grade!

The flu is still quite active in our area. Here are some helpful resources:

Click here for Flu Facts

Our Annual Lenten Mission Drive to aid those in need is underway.  Lent is a special time of prayer, reflection and sacrifice; it’s all about doing something extra in preparation for the Lord’s Resurrection. Our school donations will be used to help the children in Ghana, Africa and to assist our local community places that serve those in need. Whatever donation you can give will be greatly appreciated. Thank you and God bless,
Sister Thaddeus.

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