THIS WEEK AT ST. ROSE SCHOOL
Dear St. Rose School Families:
It was a gift to see all of the smiling faces back in our halls this week, after a restful Spring break and blessed Easter. The sunny days lifted spirits and propelled students on the path to new and exciting discoveries. Outside recess has been another great motivator. Welcome Spring!
In life, joys and sorrows often intertwine. I know you join me in extending our deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers to Mrs. Caterson who lost her beloved mother unexpectedly last week. Thank you for reaching out, praying, attending the services and showing Mrs. Caterson your love and support which is so very important. May her mother rest in peace with our Lord. There is a prayer called
The Master Weaver
that gives some Heavenly perspective to our earthly sorrows
(click here to read).
Last night was the annual Basketball and Cheer Banquet. We gathered to celebrate a wonderful season of hard work and victories, both on the scoreboard and in the classroom as our student athletes took all of their jobs very seriously. I was impressed with the values they displayed throughout the season, demonstrating their Catholic morals and spirit of competition in a most commendable way. My sincere thanks to the coaches, the parents and Athletic Director John Moulder for an outstanding season. Go RAMS!
Our calendar is bursting with exciting events in the coming weeks. I hope you or a family member will be joining us for mass, breakfast and classroom visits on Grandparents/Special Persons Day Friday May 3rd. It is a special tradition here at St. Rose School and truly a day to remember. Students are invited to wear dress clothes for the occasion and this will be an early dismissal day. If you are able to help the committee with set up on Thursday, during the event and clean up on Friday please see the Sign Up Genius Link below. I am grateful to Mrs. Ghosh and her committee for all the work they are putting in to making this a memorable day for our special guests.
On Saturday May 4th our Second grade students will receive their First Holy Communion. Please keep them all in your prayers during this special time in their lives. The following week, Thursday May 9th, our 4th-8th grade students will perform
Getting To Know The Sound of Music
at Edmond Town Hall. This promises to be an enchanting show, based on the beautiful music I have been hearing in the halls. There are two shows, one at 5:00 p.m. and another at 7:30 p.m. You can find information about tickets below. I hope to see you there.
Please note that school is closed on Friday May 10th for a Professional Development Day and also on Monday May 27th for Memorial Day. Based on the tally of snow days, June 7th is now a full day of school and we will be holding our annual Volunteer Appreciation Mass and Breakfast that morning. June 12, 13 and 14th are early dismissal days, June 14th being the last day of school
Click here for the updated school calendar.
I am pleased to welcome Mrs. Tanya Cicarelli to St. Rose School as our Interim Fifth Grade Teacher. Mrs. Cicarelli has excellent credentials in and is committed to Catholic education. She has been a member of the St. Rose community as teacher, parent and parishioner for a combined 21 years. Her sons Wyatt (Class of 2015) and Colton (Class of 2017) are both SRS alumni and her daughter Savannah is a rising 7th grader. Mrs. Cicarelli's start date is slated for May 1, 2019. I am confident that there will be a smooth transition and that our Fifth graders will thrive under her guidance.
Click here for details.
Looking ahead, our 4th and 5th grade inventors Joseph Belisari, Evan Rivera, Mia Almeida and Evan Kliczewski will be presenting their inventions at the Connecticut Invention Convention at UCONN Saturday May 4th. Please join me in wishing them well. They are wonderful representatives of our school and we look forward to hearing about their experiences at this next level of the competition.
Alina Budzynski, grade 5, who won the Catholic School State Spelling Bee for the second year in a row. Alina won the St. Rose School Spelling Bee in grades 4 and 5 advancing to the Regional Knights of Columbus Spelling Bee and both years went on to win the State Spelling Bee as well.
This in another awesome representation of the caliber of work students at St. Rose School accomplish.
Time and again I am reminded of why I became an educator and in particular why I have dedicated my career to Catholic schools -- having a part in the formation of the total person, mind and soul, is an awesome responsibility and a great gift. The students at St. Rose School are talented, motivated and destined to make this world a brighter place. Thank you for entrusting them to us and partnering in this learning journey.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Mr. Bardhyl Gjoka
SUMMER SKILLS WORK BOOKS AVAILABLE
While summer is a time for students to relax and be less structured it is also important for them to practice what they have learned so they don't get rusty. At St. Rose School we strive to create "life long learners" who always seek out learning opportunities but who also know how to relax and have fun.
You can help your child(ren) accomplish this by having some workbooks on hand that are geared to practicing, refreshing and enhancing skills over the summer months -- in between all of the fun, of course!
Immaculate High School Musical,
featuring five SRS alumni
Peri Ghosh, Emilia Getzinger
Stella Sabo (featured dancer),
Nicole Kolitsas (Leading Player - Dark)
May 2-4th. Visit www.immaculatehs.org/pippin
Siobhan Reidy another SRS alumna is perfoming with Broadway Workshop the same weekend in
Sister Act, http://www.broadwayworkshop.com/program/main-stage-production/
St. Joseph High School Musical,
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
, featuring SRS alumni including Charlie Asetta (Class of 2015) as Joseph, May 2-4th., 7:30 PM. https://www.sjcadets.org/campus-life/arts
Mustang Summer Basketball Camp.
NEWS FROM HSA
Welcome back! We hope you had a relaxing Spring Break and a wonderful Easter.
We have several events happening this next month as we approach the conclusion of our 2018/2019 school year.
Next Wednesday evening (May 1...yes, May, already!) we are hosting another adult night out at Market Place. This event is for parents and faculty to get together and enjoy an evening out from 7pm to 9pm, $25 for appetizers and one adult beverage. All families are invited to have dinner this evening or even order take out - the owners of Market Place have again generously offered 10% back to our school of any meals purchased Wednesday evening - so DON'T COOK!
Next Friday, May 3 is our beloved Grandparents Day event. We hope your kids are able to welcome their grandparent/special person to our St. Rose community and show off our school to them. Thank you to Lisa Ghosh and her team for coordinating and hosting this great event.
Our last Bingo night of the school year is May 10. If you have not had a chance already, please consider attending this one. The Bingo team does a terrific job putting on this popular event for the whole community. We are currently seeking a parent volunteer to take over coordinating student volunteers for Bingo - Bernadette Queenan is "graduating" this school year and it would be ideal to have a new parent volunteer attend next week's Bingo to see the program in action. Getting student volunteers set up for the year is a critical task that takes place at the beginning of the school year! Many students are looking for volunteer service hours and Bingo is a popular event for students because it allows students to be a part of the community while giving back to the school. Please send an email to "
" if you are able to help.
Our tuition raffle fundraising has been growing steadily. Next week, the raffle team will begin a digital outreach for ticket sales. We ask that, as part of our parent community, you share this information via email and Facebook to help us reach our fundraising goals. We appreciate your support to date and look forward to selling all 350 tickets with your help this month!
Finally, please make a note of our upcoming events for the end of the month, which will be here before we know it:
St. Rose Golf Outing: May 22
Final HSA Meeting of the year: May 23
End of year HSA Social: May 31
We look forward to seeing you throughout the Spring-
Your HSA Board
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
Thank you to all who participated in the 2018-2019 Basketball and Cheer Season. We had a banquet to celebrate the terrific season and the themes that were continually expressed by our coaches were good sportsmanship, hard work, a willingness to learn, teamwork and values. All of the St. Rose School athletes demonstrated these qualities both on and off the court and we are very proud of their accomplishments.
In addition the participation trophies that all players and cheerleaders received, the following student athletes garnered special recognition:
Madison Griffin, Most Valuable Player
Gabby Corona, Most Improved
Lily Fagan, Sportsmanship
Julia Cirone, Most Valuable Player
Mykyla Canlas, Most Improved
Sarah Kirkman, Sportsmanship
BOYS JUNIOR VARSITY
Griffin Geissler, Most Valuable Player
Jude Cappiello, Most Improved
John Paul Dyer, Sportsmanship
Patrick McKenzie, Most Valuable Player
Jack Cappiello, Most Improved
Joshua Schuumacher, Sportsmanship
Please come out and cheer our St. Rose Track team during their first meet at Immaculate High School Sunday May 5th, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
SCHOOL MUSICAL NOTES
Tickets are on sale for
Getting To Know The Sound of Music
and pre print your tickets today! There will be two performances on Thursday May 9th -- 5:00 PM and 7:30 PM.
The Newtown Bee visited our performers during rehearsal to take photos and information about the show. Stay tuned for next week's edition and tell your friends/family to come see this classic show!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Grandparents/Special Person's Day
-- SRS First Holy Communion,
Getting to Know The Sound of Music
presented by SRS 4th-8th graders at Edmond Town Hall, 5:00 and 7:30 PM showtimes.
-- Professional Development day. School closed.
-- Memorial Day. School closed.
May 25th --
8th Grade Confirmation
-- HSA Parent Social, Tuition Raffle Drawing at The Villa
June 8th --
8th Grade Graduation
NEWS FROM THE NURSE
Spring brings many beautiful blooms and with them pollen. How do you know if you have a cold or allergy? Check out the information below:
LENTEN MISSION A SUCCESS...MAY GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!
Thanks to your kindness and support, we raised more than $1,800 during our Lenten Mission Drive. The money will be given to 2 schools in Ghana that are administered by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth; to the Catholic Relief Services/Rice Bowl to help those in need locally and abroad; and to Grace's Promise, a non profit organization started by SRS 2013 alumna Grace Herrick, that is dedicated to promoting literacy among Preschool aged children in Third World Countries.
Many thanks to our students and parents for your generous hearts ... you are touching many lives!
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