Volume Xi| October 26, 2018

Dear St. Rose School Families:

Splendid colors are a feast for the eyes these Fall days and remind us of God's amazing graces. Like the trees, each of our students colors the world with their unique talents and abilities which are enhanced by the lessons and experiences they are receiving every day at home and in school. It is a privilege to be a part of their learning journey.

We are delighted to welcome the Rivera Family to our St. Rose School community. Max joined Mrs. B's Fourth grade class on Tuesday and it has been a wonderful week as new friendships are formed and discoveries are made.

It has been a productive and exciting week of school. On the health front, Nurse Bonnie did an excellent job bringing in the Lions Club and VNA to perform vision screening tests for students in grades Preschool, Kindergarten 1, 3, 4 and 5; a Flu Clinic was offered and Mrs. Arsenault gave Safe Environment Training to all grades. We conducted a fire drill which went very smoothly and was the best to date. We will continue to conduct safety training drills and procedures throughout the year and would appreciate it if you can reinforce key safety information at home. The protection and care of your children is our highest priority.

In the area of Service, the Coat Drive that our NJHS conducted in conjunction with the Knights of Columbus was extremely successful. A final tally will be reported shortly but we know it is an impressive number. Great job! A school wide Thanksgiving Food Drive will kick off on November 1st and run through November 8th. Please help those in our parish and greater community who are in need by giving canned goods and gift cards. Collections bins will be placed in each classroom. We ask you to be as generous as you can be. Thank you for your support of all of these outreaches!

St. Rose School was on the road this week! Our 8th graders enjoyed a beautiful day of prayer, bonding and reflection at the Holy Family Retreat Center while 7th graders visited Mystic Aquarium and 6th graders spent the day in New York City to see the musical WICKED that included a special song session with one of the cast members. The first graders explored the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport. Oh the places we go to learn and grow!

I am pleased to announce that Mrs. Carlie Meyer started today as the School Counselor. Mrs. Meyer will be here on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during school hours. Please click here for more information.

Once again, the HSA hit a home run with last week's gathering, Trunk -R- Treat. More than 70 families attended in clever costumes and decked out their car trunks in the most creative ways to make this a tremendously successful family event. A big Thank You to Mrs. Beth Keenan who chaired the committee and to our HSA for its ongoing commitment to building a strong school community.

I would like to share two important housekeeping notes: 1) If you have been sending emails to the school and have not received a response please call the office. We have been experiencing some issues with GMAIL that are being evaluated and we apologize for the inconvenience. 2) The Second Grade Instructional Mass originally scheduled for tomorrow morning has been postponed to Saturday November 3rd at 9:30 a.m. due to predictions for bad weather.

Now it is time to take a breath, step away from the hectic week and unwind with your family. Enjoy!

God Bless.

Mr. Bardhyl Gjoka

Day by day, week to week, our teachers introduce and expand upon lessons that inspire our students to become kind, informed and effective future leaders.


Band , Grades 3-8, ongoing registration
Violin Lessons , Grades 1-2
Fun Fridays , sign up for new session
Mock Trial , Thursday Evenings, 6:30-7pm, Grades 6-8
Junior Math Club , Tuesdays , 3-4 p.m.
Homework&Tutoring Club , Mon-Fri, 3-4 p.m.


You can still purchase apparel at the flash store through October 26th. Orders will be fulfilled and delivered to the school by mid November.

Get FREE photo downloads of the 60th celebration from Robert Taylor Photography!

Instructions: Online orders; sports, plays, weddings, events & studio portraits; galleries; St. Rose School, St. Rose 60th, Click photo to download


At the heart of a vibrant school are happy, active students. There are so many wonderful lessons and activities going on at St. Rose School every day!


The Winter Coat Drive was a tremendous success! Boxes brimming coats were collected this afternoon and a final tally will be coming. May God bless you all for giving others the gift of warmth this Winter. Thanks to the Knights of Columbus and our NJHS students for implementing this most important outreach!


Each month, the Rotary Club of Newtown honors students who possess academic skills, leadership qualities and value service. The Middle School Staff was proud to choose Isabella Corona as the first student of the month. Congratulations Isabella for your outstanding achievement!

Mark your calendars for the Enchanted Forest Book Fair here at St. Rose School November 12-16th. There will be the latest Nutmeg titles and a wonderful selection of Christian books among the offerings. Mrs. JoAnne Setear and her dynamic committee are hard at work to make this an exciting experience for all of our students. If you can help decorate and/or work the Fair, or donate decorations such as unicorns and gnomes (they will be returned) please view the attached link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090549aaa92aa6fe3-theenchanted

Your child's art can make beautiful gifts and memorable treasures. Cherish the moments and support our school through the Square 1 Art Sale. Click here for details.


The Knights of Columbus are organizing a Veteran's Day Assembly for the school on November 9th. If you have family members or friends who are veterans and would like to be a part of the ceremony, please email Knight Scott Anders directly, wscottanders@gmail.com.

October 26th-November 8th, Yankee Candle Fundraiser. Click here for details.

November 1-8th , Thanksgiving Food Drive. Please donate canned goods and gift cards to help those in our parish and greater community who are in need. Collection bins will be in all classrooms.

Friday November 9th, Veteran's Day Assembly, 1:00 PM, Gathering Hall for all grades, families invited.

November 12-16th , Scholastic "Enchanted Forest" Book Fair. Stay tuned for details including an HSA sponsored Family Movie Night November 10th.

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

November 20th , Annual Turkey Bowl, 1:00 PM on Field. 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

Change in Dismissal Procedures

Each day a child's dismissal procedure is changed, a note must be sent to the office. This may be the form provided in the notepad sold in the school office or via an email coped to both the school secretary and homeroom teacher. A change in the dismissal of student (i.e. from car/walk to after school or bus)  must be sent to the school by 1PM.
All students picked up in the school for dismissal should be picked up no later than 2:30 p.m.; otherwise, car walk should be used.

Emergency and Weather Related Blasts
Please program 956-64 into your phone and call it “St. Rose Emergency Blasts”. This will ensure that you receive weather related closings and delays.

Hot Lunch program - For all questions regarding hot lunch, contact Mrs. Suzanne Thorne, at hotlunch@yahoo.com

After School Club - Contact Lauren Frost at afterschool@srles.com . During after school hours, the phone number is: 203-419-5258.

Uniform Exchange - Please direct all uniform requests to uniforms@srles.com .

AllStar Bussing - Newtown families using the bus, please be sure to save this in your cell phone 203-304-9779. All questions regarding bussing should go through Allstar.

Dear Friends:

What an incredible night last Friday at Trunk or Treat! A huge “thank you” to Beth Keenan, the Mockton and Crutchfield families, and all who contributed to the evening’s success. These types of community gatherings really underscore the sense of “family” we have here at St Rose. 

Looking forward to November, we will be selling grocery gift cards to support the St. Rose church food drive before and after masses  on November 10th  & 11th. Please sign up via Signup Genius to help with our first Scrip sale of the year. 
Any help you can give is appreciated! 

The first half of the month is active! Please make note of the upcoming dates:
HSA Meeting  Nov 8
Book Fair  Nov 12-16
Movie Night at the Book Fair  Nov 10
Scrip Sale  Nov 10  & 11
Bingo  November 16

Happy Halloween!

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

The State of Connecticut requires all preschool students to receive an annual Flu vaccine. This must be done no later then  12/31/18.  

Please make sure all yearly physicals are updated and forms submitted to me. Thank you.

We will be placing orders on the 1st and 15th of the month. Can’t wait for a physical gift card? Ecards and reloadable gift cards are available instantly! Log on to  shop.shopwithscrip.com  to see a full listing of retailers, as well as the generous rebates they give back to our school with each purchase! Please email Amanda Brennan ( brennans.of.russett@gmail.com ) with any questions. Thank you for supporting our school!

AmazonSmile   - When ordering on Amazon, please use AmazonSmile at  smile.amazon.com . The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of the eligible to St. Rose.  AmazonPrime members can also participate.

Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards Program  - Please log on to  www.stopandshop.com/aplus  and select customer registration to register online using your Stop & Shop Card.  Our school id is 16873

BIG Y Education Express. A Family program to help our local schools get FREE, much needed supplies and equipment. 
https://www.bigy.com/rs/EducationExpress# . Create an account using your Big Y card and choose St. Rose in Newtown.

Many thanks for your support!

Volunteers are needed to help plan a charity basketball game between St. Rose School Dads and the Knights of Columbus. All proceeds will benefit the athletic programs at St. Rose School. Help us replenish and upgrade our equipment. Please contact John Moulder at  athletics@stroseschool.com
We appreciate your support!
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