Volume XlX/ March 1, 2019

Dear St. Rose School Families:

It has been a week of cooperation, competition and celebration at St. Rose School. I am happy to report that we excelled in all three categories.

Due to a water issue in the Preschool earlier this week, our littlest learners re-located to the Main School for class on Tuesday and thanks to the capable leadership of their teachers, the cooperation of parents and the warm welcome of staff and students the day went smoothly. I am grateful for the tireless efforts of all who worked on the water issue and brought it to a positive resolution in less than 24 hours. We are blessed to have so many good people on our side.

Following months of preparation, our Mock Trial team travelled to the Kingswood School in Oxford to compete. Our students performed well and portrayed the various characters in the trial with aplomb. My most sincere thanks goes to Attorney Ed Brady and Attorney Ed Walsh, both alumni parents who spend countless hours teaching our students key aspects of the law and coaching them in trial techniques. And a special acknowledgement to Ms. Trish Vertucci, our Middle School ELA Teacher who has a a background working in law and is the Mock Trial Coordinator, for her dedication to this inspiring enrichment program. Well done everyone! Parents, please encourage your Middle School students to consider participating in Mock Trial, it is an experience that has life long applications.

Yesterday our 8th graders celebrated 100 Days until graduation. It was a festive occasion with themed apparel, decorated lockers, tasty meals/treats and special time with their Second grade buddies. Some members of the Class of 2019 started their journey here at St. Rose in Preschool, others joined along the way. Both the students and their families have formed a strong bond through the years that is beautiful to witness. As they move toward the next chapter of their lives, we share in their journey and wish them many blessings, reminding them that St. Rose School will always be their home.

Last night our Girls Basketball team played their final home game and honored 8th graders Julia Cirone and Sofia Velez. In their tributes, fellow teammates praised both girls for being role models, big sisters and exemplary people both on and off the court. Hearing that certainly makes me proud. I applaud these girls for their sportsmanship and their fellowship. There is no doubt that they will be an asset to any high school they choose. Kudos, as well, to their parents who have clearly done an excellent job raising such fine citizens.

Please join me in congratulating Seventh grader Jonathan Voskov on his recent Baptism in to the Catholic Church. Sister Thaddeus spent the past several months preparing Jonathan for his sacrament and last weekend Monsignor celebrated his Baptismal mass in the Gathering Hall. Welcome Jonathan, may God bless you always.

I hope that you have had the chance to meet Officer Perez, who started in his official role as School Security Officer this week. He comes to us after 33 years of service in the Bridgeport police department with a genuine interest in serving and protecting our school. Officer Perez attended Catholic school in Bridgeport and is happy to be a part of the St. Rose School community. He is impressed by the respectful students, staff and parents he has encountered so far and looks forward to meeting more members of our school family in the days ahead.

Registration for the 2019-2020 school year is still open. I encourage you to save your child's spot in next year's class as soon as possible. We have identified at least three classes with waiting lists so timing is key. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Karen Coppola, our Admissions Director, admissions@srles.com or 203-426-5102 ext. 13. I am also available to meet with you. Please contact Mrs. Wong to make those arrangements, secretary@srles.com.

We will be hosting a Preschool and Kindergarten Open House on March 20th, 9:00-11:00 a.m. and a Kindergarten Readiness Session on March 21st. at 6:00 p.m. Please spread the word to your friends, neighbors and family. Word of mouth is our most powerful tool. Thank you.

Please read the newsletter carefully to ensure that you are up to date on current news and upcoming events.

Wishing you a peaceful weekend.

God Bless,

Mr. Bardhyl Gjoka
Hip! Hip! Hooray! Our 8th graders celebrated their 100th day until graduation. The Dentist visited our Preschoolers to teach them all about tooth health, Second graders created land forms and Sixth graders created pottery as part of their Ancient Greece unit. There's something for everyone at St. Rose School.

Third Grade News


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

We cannot do great things on this earth, only small things with great love.” Mother Teresa

Music lovers, Band and string families... Music awaits you this weekend!!  
The Danbury Community Orchestra will present a free concert at the Visual and Performing Arts Center at WestConn tomorrow (Saturday, March 2), at 7:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to show our students how music ensembles perform. Mr. and Mrs. Locke are both part of the performance. Pieces include Strike up the Band, Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, the Bounty Hunter and more. The concert is free, but donations are willingly accepted. For more information, please see the attached flyer. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Locke, locke@srles.com.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We want to make you aware of a challenge, called the “Momo Challenge”, which you might have either seen or heard about online. The “Momo Challenge” allegedly encourages viewers (mainly children) to perform a number of dangerous tasks. The links below provide more detailed information about the “Momo Challenge,” and we encourage you to have a discussion about this information, particularly with older children.  
We will continue to have conversations with students about general internet safety and digital citizenship. Please use this opportunity to talk with your children about internet safety as well. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our Dean of Student Life, Mrs. Bokuniewicz,  dean@srles.com ; or me, principal@srles.
Thank you for your partnership.

God Bless,
Mr. Bardhyl Gjoka
St. Rose School


If you can give some time to help with various library activities we would be grateful! Please contact Mrs. Locke for details, dlocke@srles.com .


There are a number of items in the Lost & Found, please check to see if anything belongs to your child(ren). Thank you.

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.

March 6th -- Ash Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. school Mass in the Gathering Hall. ALL LUNCHES SERVED IN THE CLASSROOM THAT DAY!

March 9th -- Women's Retreat at Holy Innocents. Click here for details.

March 11th -- Connecticut State Science & Engineering Fair

March 14th -- Mom's March Madness Tuition Raffle Kick Off

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

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

April 6th -- Father/Daughter dance

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

Dear Friends:

Happy March!

We are gearing up in earnest to launch our many Spring events and fundraisers...despite Mother Nature's resistance to snow-less ground.

A big thank you to Lisa Jackson for taking over the track program from Jane Brady (and a big thank you to Jane for running it for our kids!) You may have noticed on Facebook (SRS Parents) that we are in need of volunteers/helpers to run this program, especially during the week. If you are interested and have the time, please let us know via " track@stroseschool.com ". 

Also note that we are having a "Mom's March Madness" kick off event for the raffle at Marketplace, 7pm on March 14. Please join us and help launch the tuition raffle in a big way. We are very excited about this new fundraising initiative and know that with your help, we'll make our goal in record time.

The winner of the tuition raffle with be announced at our HSA Year End Social, which is scheduled for May 31 at The Villa Restaurant right here in Newtown. This is an adult-only event, so please book your sitter now to ensure you're able to attend this fun evening full of camaraderie, great food and drink. 

Of course, just the week prior, we will have our St. Rose Golf Classic, on May 22nd at 11am. This has traditionally been our biggest fundraiser and we are looking forward to your participation in this event. Did you know...the dinner after the golf tournament is open to all St. Rose families, whether you played or not? What a great way to celebrate the end of a day in the sun, catching up with your St. Rose friends. For more details, please check out the website " StRoseGolfClassic.com ".

Add to this our events that are coming up soon...our International Dinner, the Mother/Son Night at the (Everwonder) Museum scheduled for Thursday, March 28 at 5pm. and our Father/Daughter dance scheduled for Saturday, April 6 at 5pm...and you'll see why we're so excited to welcome Spring!

Have a great weekend,

Your HSA Board


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


Congratulations to Julia Cirone and Sofia Velez, our exemplary 8th grade players who have made a great impact on the season as well as on the lives of your younger teammates. You embody what it means to be faithful athletes -- keep that up wherever you go and you will always be successful. God bless!

Updated Schedule for Cheerleading Expo/Varsity Championship and All Star Games

Location – Immaculate High School
Cheerleading Expo - Sunday, March 3rd. 
Doors will open at 1:45 p.m. for cheerleaders and their coaches. 
-2:00 p.m. Practices will start.
-3:15 p.m. Doors open for general seating
-3:30 p.m. Performance starts

Varsity Championship Games – Tuesday, March 5 th   
Doors will open at 5:00 for teams
-5:30 p.m. Varsity Girls – St. Mary’s vs.
St. Gregory’s
-6:45 p.m. Varsity Boys – St. Rose vs St. Joseph Danbury
-8:15 p.m. Awards

All Star Games – Thursday, March 7 th
Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. for players
-5:30 p.m. Varsity Girls
-7:00 p.m. Varsity Boys

Go Rams!


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


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!

There are many germs going around lately. Attached are two documents with helpful information to navigate these illnesses.

On Ash Wednesday, which is March 6 this year, we begin our Annual Lenten Mission Drive to aid those in need.  It 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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