Volume XVll/ February 15, 2019

Dear St. Rose School Families:

An ice storm may have frozen some of our lesson plans this week but the Snowman Party for Preschool to Second grade age children melted hearts and emphasized the beauty of our community bond as the older students helped little ones with games and crafts. Time and again I hear about the lasting impact this connection between older and younger students has on their ultimate formation. In fact, studies show the academic and social/emotional benefits of this learning model. We are blessed and we pray that all of our Preschoolers will stay with the St. Rose family for their Primary and Middle School years.

As you know, registration for the 2019-2020 school year is underway. We are dedicated to our current families and hope to continue this journey together. There will likely be waiting lists in several grades so we encourage you to reserve your child's spot as soon as possible. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Mrs. Coppola, our Admissions Director, admissions@srles.com and she will be happy to assist you. I am also available to meet with you. Appointments can be made through Mrs. Wong, secretary@srles.com.

There is a positive buzz out there about St. Rose School. Since our Open House we have registered 15 new students and many more have expressed interest. This week three students shadowed and tours are set for next week. I am thankful to all teachers, parents, students and staff for extending your most heartfelt welcome to our visitors who always leave with a warm feeling. Being a home away from home and like a second family to one another is one of the most special things about St. Rose School. If you know a family who might find their fit here with us please invite them to take a tour, our doors are always open.

Speaking of our loving family, I am delighted to announce that Senora Salcedo and her husband welcomed their daughter Valentina in to the world on February 12th. And...the Taylor family, whose oldest daughter Grace is in Mrs. Kolitsas' Three-Year-Old class, was blessed with the arrival of their third child, Damien Louis, on February 11th. May God bless these precious little ones and their families with lasting health, peace and happiness.

We are getting very close to a decision about our new security officer. This is a process that involves careful evaluation, including background checks and virtus training. It is an honor working closely with the Newtown Police department on this important search. In the meantime they are ensuring our daily safety by providing us with an on site officer every school day. We feel safe and everything is going smoothly.

Today was an exciting day for some of our students who were winners of the Fun Faculty Raffle that was held during Family Fun Night a couple of weeks ago. There was Principal for the Day, Secretary for the Day and a special Bridge Building Engineering Class that I taught to the winner and some friends. All activities were educational and inspirational. I was impressed by the knowledge and poise of the students and I believe that they all learned a lot from their experiences. I look forward to offering these opportunities to students again in the future and am thankful to those who participated.

I am sure you are all looking forward to the extra long weekend which is a wonderful mid winter reprieve, especially since there have been some viruses and flu going around. Enjoy every moment and we will look forward to seeing everyone back in our halls on February 20th. That night our 8th grade girls will be honored at their final home game; please consider joining us for this special night which begins at
7:15 p.m. I would also like to congratulate our 8th grade boy basketball players -- Patrick McKenzie, Owen McAloon, Henry Reichenbach, Jack Cappiello, Braden Murphy and Jack Markowitz -- who were recognized this past Monday at their final home game. We appreciate the time and dedication these students put in to being well rounded, respectful and faithful athletes who represent our school to the highest caliber. We also applaud their parents for years of support and encouragement, not to mention lots of miles in the car getting them to and from their games. Well done!

God Bless,

Mr. Bardhyl Gjoka

Love was in the air this week as students learned what it means to give and receive gifts from their hearts.

Third Grade News


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

ArtSmart -- Spring session
"For it is in giving that we receive."
- St. Francis of Assisi


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 .

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 1 deadline. Click here for details.

February 20th -- 8th Grade Girls Basketball players honored at final home game, 7:15 p.m.

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

March 11th -- Connecticut State Science & Engineering Fair

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

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

April 6th -- Father/Daughter dance

Dear Friends:

We hope you are all looking forward to a long holiday weekend!

As you have most likely seen, we have been able to add two events to our calendar which provide fun opportunities with the kids. The first is aMother/Son Night at the (Everwonder) Museum scheduled for Thursday, March 28 at 5pm. The second is our Father/Daughter dance scheduled for Saturday, April 6 at 5pm. Both events offer a great opportunity for families to come together and enjoy a memorable evening out. We hope you'll join us!

If you haven't already, please consider joining our Scrip Grocery program! This automated program takes all the advanced-thinking out of obtaining grocery gift cards through Scrip. Simply sign up, and your cards will automatically be ordered and available for you in the denomination you request. It could not be easier! Several families have already come on board and are enjoying this program...and our school benefits. The form to sign up is attached to this newsletter. If you have any questions, please email Amanda Brennan at  scrip@srles.com . Thank you for your support!

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!!!!!

Could 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



8th Grade Girls Recognition Ceremony Wednesday February 20th, 7:15 PM (final home game)

Wednesday, February 20th, 6:00PM JVB vs St. Gregs 


JVB Tournament - Thursday, February 21st, 7:30PM JVB vs St. Mary @ St. Joseph Danbury 
VG Tournament - Saturday, February 23rd, 6:30PM vs St. Joseph Academy @ Immaculate HS
VB Tournament - Saturday, February 23rd, 7:45PM vs St. Joseph Academy @ Immaculate HS

CHEER EXPO - Saturday, March 2nd, 1:00PM @ Immaculate HS


The St. Rose School Track Volunteer Leadership informational meeting has been rescheduled for Monday , February 25th @ 7:00PM  in the school library. The intent is to provide an overview of the roles involved and answer any questions. Our goal is to leave this meeting with a firm commitment from parents to move forward and an effective plan for transitioning leadership. Questions? contact athletics@srles.com.

Thank you,

John Moulder

Parochial League Girls Varsity Schedule:

Parochial League Boys Varsity Schedule:

Parochial League Boys JV Schedule:


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!
St. Rose School | 40 Church Hill Road Newtown CT 06470| 203-426-5102 admissions@stroseschool.com | www.stroseschool.com