Volume V| September 21, 2018

Dear St. Rose School Families:

Another productive week of school is in the books. The students say it all with their happy greetings and excited engagement in the classroom. Our community spirit is strong as evidenced by the tremendous turnout at the Castle Hill Farm Bonfire last Friday night. My most sincere thanks to our HSA Board for making this a memorable night for our school family and to all of you who have chosen St. Rose School for the education of your children -- you can be assured of our commitment to nurturing their minds and hearts on a daily basis.

Our High School Night for Grades 6-8 was very well attended. Representatives from high schools near and far -- many of them our St. Rose School alumni -- shared important information with our upper graders to help them begin making the decisions and taking the actions that are essential to transitioning from Middle school to High school. We encourage your children to reach out to these contacts with questions and, when appropriate, to schedule shadow days (see below for details about these visits). Please do not hesitate to ask our teachers and staff here for assistance in the high school application process. We know that God has just the right high school in mind for every one of our students and pray his blessings on you during this time.

I am thrilled to share some exciting news -- we have secured a commitment from the Diocese to have a thorough assessment conducted of both the main school and preschool building technology infrastructure to determine upgrading needs for the following: Wifi; PA system; Surveillance system: and Access controls for all doors. This assessment will take place in the coming weeks and once a determination is made the necessary work will be scheduled. At the end of this process our school will be equipped with cutting edge, state of the art technology that will enable us to add many innovations to our curriculum. I will keep you posted as the details unfold.

The sound of music filled our hall on Thursday as students were introduced to the Paul Effman Music Band program. The assembly was informative and your children were very engaged as the four visiting musicians played their instruments and provided a lesson about each. The opportunity to learn an instrument is an exciting one and we hope those students who have expressed an interest will take advantage of this exciting new program. Details are below.

We are delighted to welcome the Komninakas family back to St. Rose School. Evie, in 7th grade, and Kierce, in 2nd grade began this past Monday and were greeted warmly by their teachers and friends. Their older sister Irena graduated from SRS last year and is now a Freshman at the Hopkins school. It's always a special feeling when our students return.

Please help us spread the word about the first OPEN HOUSE of the year which will be held on Sunday, October 14, 12:30-2:30 PM. Questions can be directed to admissions@srles.com.

We hope to see EVERYONE at our 60th Anniversary celebration Saturday October 6th. This begins with a mass of Thanksgiving which we hope you will attend and is followed by an Oktoberfest event Noon-4:00PM on the field. It's exciting to be a part of a 60 year old tradition and a school that is poised for a bright future. Please help us fill the church and pack the field. RSVP to advancement@srles.com.

Next Thursday (9/27) and Friday (9/28) I will be attending an important professional development and training seminar for Principals in Lakeville, CT. In my absence Mrs. Bokuniewicz will be in charge of the school.

Have a relaxing weekend!

God bless,

Mr. Bardhyl Gjoka

Band , Grades 3-8, starting soon
Violin Lessons , Grades 1-2, starting soon
ArtSmart , Fridays, Grades 2-5
Cheer , Fridays, Grades 2-6
Flag Football, Fridays, Grades 3-5
Mock Trial , Thursday Evenings, 6:30-7pm, Grades 6-8
Junior Math Club, Wednesdays, 3-4 p.m.
Advanced Math Club, Wednesdays 3-4 p.m.
Click here for more details.
Homework&Tutoring Club , Mon-Fri, 3-4 p.m.

Drum roll please....this year St. Rose School is offering students in grades 3rd through 8th the chance to join an after school band! 1st and 2nd graders are invited to sign up for violin lessons.

Mrs. Salustri has done extensive research to bring the Paul Effman Music School here on Wednesday afternoons after school. They offer instruction in a variety of instruments and through weekly lessons, plus plenty of practice at home, a SRS band will form and eventually play at a Spring concert. Mrs. Salustri has also identified the AAA Band Rentals company which has a reputation of good quality and service.

If this is music to your ears, you can find details in the attached documents.

Questions? email music@srles.com


If you were not able to attend Back to School Night, or would like to re-visit the presentation, you will find the the link below.

It is our goal to make this a stellar school year for your children and we do this by partnering with you to achieve best education practices in an environment that is rooted in faith.

We are off to a wonderful start!

Sunday September 23rd -- 6th Grade Bible Blessing at Holy Innocents Hall 10:45 -11:45 a.m. Click here for important information

Saturday, October 6th – St. Rose School 60th Anniversary Celebration starting with 11:00 a.m. Mass followed by Oktoberfest themed event, Noon-4:00 p.m. RSVP by Sept. 28th to advancement@srles.com .

Sunday, October 14th, OPEN HOUSE,
12:30-2:30 p.m. Please Share the Word!

Friday October 19th, Trunk -R- Treat,
6:30-8:30 p.m. in school parking lot. Stay tuned for details.

Monday, October 22nd , School photos by Robert Taylor Photography. Full uniform required.

Community Dates to Note

September 30, 2018 -- Spotlight on Addiction, 11:30 a.m.

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.


What a turnout for our first school gathering of the year. Castle Hill farm was ablaze with St. Rose School spirit -- new friendships were ignited and old friendships rekindled. Thank you for joining us for this first of many gatherings with our school family. The more involved we are, the more vibrant our children's learning experiences will be.

Please become as active as you can with HSA. There are many activities and events that need helping hands. Here are some documents for your review.

Questions? Suggestions? Email hsa@srles.com

Attention Girls in 5-8th grade! Think about joining the SRS Basketball team. There will not be tryouts -- our teams play with a fun, no pressure, Christian attitude. It's a great way to form friendships and represent your school. Registration forms can be found on the website.


Questions? Email athletics@stroseschool.com

Vision screening for grades PK, K, 1, 3, 4 and 5 has been postponed to October or November. In anticipation, parents please remember to complete the permission forms and send back to the health Office. The VNA/Lions vision screening will only be done if consent forms are received. Regular letter symbol vision screening will be done by the school nurse for students whom parents opt-out. I will inform of the new test dates when I receive them.

Reminder, the State of Connecticut requires all preschool students to receive an annual Flu vaccine. This must be done no later then 12/31/18.  St. Rose School will be having a Flu Clinic on October 22nd at 3:00-5:00 pm in the main school library. All students and family members are welcome.

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

Request from the Art Room

The Art room is seeking donations for student projects. At this time, we're soliciting donations of:

*Used (but clean) pantyhose
*Wire hangers (need not be perfect)
*Empty tissue boxes (large ones please)

If you have any of these items at home, we'd appreciate the donation. Thanks!

Main School:
Early Drop Off: 7:00am by Gathering Hall doors (will be charged $8, no need to pre-register)
Arrival: 7:50am
Departure : 2:50pm
Early Dismissal, Regular: Noon
Early Dismissal, Emergency : 11:50 a.m.
Delay, Emergency: 10:50 a.m.

Preschool School Hours:
Early Drop Off: 8:00 a.m. Contact Beth Keenan, beforeschoolpk@srles.com at least one day ahead.
Arrival: 8:45 a.m.
Departure: 1:45 p.m. for Pre-K 4 and Step Up; 11:45 a.m. for Pre-K 3’s
Extended Day: 1:45-2:45 p.m. for Pre-K 4 and Step Up (must register prior to the start of school year - this not a drop in)
Early Dismissal, Emergency: 11:30 a.m.
Delay, Emergency: 11:15 a.m. for Pre-K 4 and Step Up; Pre-K 3’s is cancelled

Collect Box Tops : Cut the Box Top symbol from a variety of packaged and canned goods. The first collection will be Friday, September 21st.  For every 500 box tops collected, the winning class receives a dress down day. Send them in as often as you save them.

AmazonSmile   - Shop at AmazonSmile and choose St. Rose of Lima School in Newtown as your charitable organization of choice.  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 . If you registered your card last year, you DO NOT need to re-register this year. 

BIG Y Education Express. A Family program to help our local schools get FREE, much needed supplies & equipment. Everyone can participate! Please ask your family and friends to support St. Rose School by signing up for Education Express, https://www.bigy.com/rs/EducationExpress# . Create an account using your Big Y card and choose St. Rose in Newtown as the school to support..  From February 1 through April 25, 2019, for every 500 Education Express Points earned, those registered will get a GOLD COIN! Just shop our stores and look for the participating items marked with the Education Express logo. Each item will have a point value and savings on top of that!

Many thanks for your support!


"Alone we can do so little, together we
can do so much."
- Helen Keller


Where Do We Go From Here?

While we are in still in the beginning weeks of school our 7th and 8th graders are already thinking about what comes next in their educational journey. On Tuesday evening we hosted our annual High School Night and welcomed many Catholic, private, and public high schools to share with our families, what is ahead in the next few years for our students. We want to thank all the schools who participated and we were especially excited to see so many of our St. Rose alumni sharing their experiences as high school students and speaking on behalf of their schools. If you were unable to attend, please contact me and I will connect you with the admissions teams at the schools of your choice. Information about open houses, entrance exams and other activities being sponsored by the high schools will be posted by the 7th and 8th grade lockers. We are proud and happy to report that many of our alumni are part of extracurricular programs that encourage leadership in the community and provide for an enriched academic experience beyond the classroom. We have invited them back to speak with our middle schoolers and look forward to their visits in the upcoming months!


Students ‘shadowing’ or spending the day at another school will be marked with an excused absence, provided the following has occurred:

1. Prior notification to the Dean of Student Life from the parent.
2. Note from visiting school stating that the child was present for the day.
3. No more than three school visits to be considered as excused absences during a school year.
4. Multiple visits to a single school within one school year will be counted as unexcused absences

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