THIS WEEK AT ST. ROSE SCHOOL
Dear St. Rose School Families:
Discoveries are in the air at St. Rose School this week! First, please join me in congratulating Seventh grader Rohan Carey for winning multiple awards at the Connecticut State Science and Engineering Fair recognizing the significance of his project, "Does the Shape of an Airplane Affect its Speed and Lift?" Last Saturday, Rohan attended the Awards ceremony at Quinnipiac University and received the following awards:
Grade Physical Science Award
(trophy) – $200 award - each project was either physical science or life science and his was physical science and he won 2
place in the category from all the projects presented at the fair
American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics Award
- $200 award
Office of Naval Research – US Navy/US Marine Corps – Middle School
- $25 gift card
He was also a Broadcom Masters
– which means he was nominated by the science fair to enter the top middle school science and engineering competition in Washington DC.
Well done, Rohan. Your education and perseverance are admirable and will continue to take you far in life.
I am also pleased to share the good news that Seventh grader Jonathan Voskov won Third place in the Geography Bee and 8th Grader Erin Markut received the Personal Achievement award from the Newtown Rotary Club. I am so proud of these students for taking on challenges and demonstrating their knowledge and integrity both in our halls and outside in the greater community.
It was a pleasure to see so many parents and family members in our halls this week, coming to check out our students' incredible projects. At the Invention Convention our 4th and 5th graders demonstrated their knowledge and creativity with such inspiring works. Thanks to the judges who spent time reviewing every invention according to specific criteria. Our top winners will continue to the next level of the competition at UCONN in May. We will keep track of their progress.
This week we hosted an Open House for prospective Preschool and Kindergarten families as well as Kindergarten Readiness session at which Mrs. Rahtelli and some current parents spoke about this important transition in a child's life and emphasized the benefits of the SRS K-8 learning environment. Both events were successful, giving us another way to reach families as they make key decisions. I am thankful to all the staff and parents who helped make these outreaches possible. We are all the face and voice of St. Rose School; please share the word and encourage friends, family and neighbors to come visit...a warm welcome awaits them.
Last week's trip to D.C. with the 8th grade class and Monsignor Bob was an exceptional experience. I applaud our students for conducting themselves so responsibly and representing the values and high standards of St. Rose School. My thanks to Monsignor and all the parent chaperones for their dedication, support and all of the special touches that will make this a lasting memory.
On Monday morning I purchased my Tuition Raffle ticket! This is a terrific opportunity and important fundraiser for our school. I encourage every family to buy at least one ticket -- the odds are favorable since they are capping it at 350 tickets with the chance to win $15,000 in tuition dollars that can be applied to ANY K-12 school, college, university or student loan organization in the United States. Let's work together to reach this goal. Thank you!
The Lenten Mission is ongoing through Lent as are the good works and extra prayers we are encouraging at school. Please support the mission and help children who are less fortunate. We are grateful for your help.
Next Friday, March 29th, school will be closed for a Faculty/Staff retreat. Taking time to pray together and reflect on the important mission we have as educators is so key to how we can impact your students every day. We ask for your prayers as we gather that day and promise to keep every family in ours.
The next Friday newsletter will arrive on Friday April 5th.
Another weekend is upon us. I hope you enjoy your family time and a change of pace from the busy weekday schedule.
Mr. Bardhyl Gjoka
ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS NOW AVAILABLE
Click on the club to find details about dates, deadlines and fees.
Due to a schedule conflict in the Hall, we had to change Volleyball to Wednesdays beginning on 3/27. We also lowered the fee to $85 for the inconvenience of moving this activity. Please sign up promptly as spaces fill up fast.
We apologize if this does not work for you but we had no choice.
I will send back your old registrations with a copy of the new registration so you can reregister if it fits your students schedule.
CLASS OF 2019 RIB RALLY FUNDRAISER A SUCCESS!
Thanks to all who supported the 8th grade class Rib Rally Fundraiser. On March 19th parents, teachers and students set up a table in the front of Texas Roadhouse, with plenty of St. Rose School materials, and delivered the pre-ordered meals to customers. Ramsey was on hand to greet people and there was a great atmosphere. While the final tally is still to come, the number is around $1,500.
All unclaimed meals were taken to the Newtown Police station that night and the officers were most grateful to receive the tasty fare.
Many thanks to all school families and parishioners who made this possible.
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.
St. Rose School Class of 2015 alumni Leah Navin and Aidan Moulder appear as Mary Poppins and Bert in Newtown High School's musical
Mary Poppins March 21st-24th, 2019. Leah and Aidan were last seen on the St. Rose stage as Ariel and Prince Eric in
The Little Mermaid, April 2015.
For more information, visit https://nhsc.booktix.com/index.php
NEWS FROM HSA
Tuition raffle sales have reached 44 tickets sold! We are going to be offering tickets for sale at dismissal on Tuesday between 2:30 and 3:15 p.m. and on Wednesday morning between 7:30 and 8:15 a.m. Please look for us near the basketball hoops and we will be happy to sell you a ticket.
We are still in need of volunteers for the father daughter dance. If you are able to help, kindly let us know at HS a@
Today, we proudly presented a check for $28,000 to Mr. G to complete the funding for the massive technology upgrades that have been underway since Christmas. Thank you for all of your support and hard work that made this possible – it was a proud moment for the HSA!
Have a great weekend!
Your HSA Board
Invention Convention, an annual event for our intermediate grades, was held on Wednesday, March 20th. This isn't really the beginning or the end! The students began in late January brainstorming ideas for inventions and innovations that would solve daily problems in school or home, address pet concerns, help the elderly, help the disabled, or make a difference in the environment. On Wednesday they presented their ideas to a panel of judges.
The St. Rose School Community thanks Mr. Rob Griffin, Mr. Christopher Kirkman, Mr. William Zmek, and Mrs. Valerie Petrillo for interviewing the inventors and rating their inventions.
During the day students from other classes visited the convention and voted for their top three choices. After tallying votes the following young inventors received Student Choice Awards:
Wednesday evening our families gathered to see the different inventions and meet the inventors and the following awards were announced:
1st Place: Joseph Belisari for the Salt Spreader
2nd Place: Evan Rivera for Anti-Icee
3rd Place: Adriana Kari for Toothbrush Buddy
4th Place: Brayden Engel for FORKeeper
1st Place: Evan Kliczewski for Lead Me Home
2nd Place: Mia Almeida for Buzz Off Bracelet
3rd Place: Riley Mastriano for Easy Clean Brush
GET READY FOR THE SRS
May 22, 2019
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!
REGISTER FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR!
NEWS FROM ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT
Plans for the St. Rose School Track program are underway. Thanks to all of those who have registered. Stay tuned for details from our organizers. In the meantime if you have any questions
SCHOOL MUSICAL NOTES
Rehearsals are underway for this year's school musical,
Getting To Know The Sound of Music.
here will be 2 performances on Thursday, May 9th (Friday May 10th is a day off from school) at Edmond Town Hall:
Stay tuned for details about tickets.
in need of seamstresses to help with costumes
. You don't need to be a professional, just be comfortable with needle and thread. If you or someone you know can help we would be SO grateful. Please contact Mrs. Michelle O'Donnell, email@example.com. Thank you!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
March 22, 29 and April 19th
Knights of Columbus Fish Fry, 5:00-8:00 PM in Gathering Hall
March 24th -
- First Holy Communion Preparation Workshop,10:45 a.m., Holy Innocents.
If any of the school students are unable to attend at 10:45, they are welcome to join the Sunday 9:15 a.m. or Monday and Tuesday at
-- Grandparents/Special Person's Day, details to come.
-- SRS First Holy Communion,
Getting to Know The Sound of Music
presented by SRS 4th-8th graders at Edmond Town Hall
SCRIP GROCERY PROGRAM
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!
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
with questions. We are here to help!
Let’s do this SRS parents! #onourwayto43k
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,
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