Volume XXl| January 11, 2019

THIS WEEK AT ST. ROSE SCHOOL
Dear St. Rose School Families:

Happy New Year! I hope that you all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas, a relaxing break and have returned to school refreshed and excited for new adventures and discoveries in 2019.

A heartfelt thank you to all for the overwhelming amount of generous gifts, delicious goodies and precious sentiments you showered on myself and the faculty for Christmas. We are truly humbled and feel blessed by your kindness.

In the past few weeks our St. Rose School family has grown! I am delighted to welcome Colin Andrew Brennan who arrived to parents Amanda and Patrick (SRS Class of 1999) on December 31st at 8 minutes before midnight! Colin's older brother Declan is in our Kindergarten class and the Brennan's two other children, Brian and Aurora, will be joining us when they get to Kindergarten age. May God shower them with many blessings. We also welcome two new families to our Three Year Old Preschool Class -- Cloe Walton and Brek McGrady. We know that they will be embraced by the love and light that fills our Preschool and hope this is their first of many years with us at St. Rose School. And, we are happy to share the good news that former St. Rose student Pablo Necco, whose family moved to Singapore for the past few years, has returned and is now a member of Mrs. Damalas' Fifth grade class. Our garden is filled with many beautiful blooms!

As projected, the infrastructure upgrade project began this week. So far all is going smoothly and we are excited about the many benefits these enhancements will provide to our school.

We are busy making plans for Catholic Schools Week which begins with our OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, January 27th, 1:00-3:00 PM. Please help us spread the word by encouraging family, friends and neighbors to visit the school that day. There are Open House lawn signs in the front vestibule of the school. Please take one and display it on your yard or another key spot in your neck of the woods. There are also flyers in Mrs. Wong's office that we encourage you to take and post around Newtown and the surrounding towns. There will be advertisements running in The Bee and Voices as well as articles in these papers, the Patch, Hamlet Hub and other pertinent sites. Anything you can do to help share the word is most appreciated!

There are many exciting activities being planned for Catholic Schools Week. This is a special time for us to celebrate all that makes our St. Rose School experience so unique and also to reach out to our community and show our thanks. A schedule of events will be forthcoming. In the meantime, please visit the attached links to view or re-view the segments: The Catholic Schools Fit: 1) The Parents' View and 2) The Students' View. If you like what you see SHARE! SHARE! SHARE! Thank you.

https://www.sasncct.org/about/news/please-watch-video-catholic-school-fit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iQqpYGEL18&feature=youtu.be

Students and teachers have returned to school energized. Many projects and lessons are being accomplished in the classrooms and the Middle School students have been focused on Mid Terms this week which I know can be stressful but they are handling it well. My thanks to the teachers and parents for working as a team to ensure they are well rested, fed and prepared.

Finally, I extend my sincere appreciation for your thoughts, prayers and understanding as I travelled to Albania to be with my brother for his surgery. It was a difficult decision but as you know, when it comes to family we must be there to support especially in tough times. I am relieved to say that he made it through surgery and has stabilized to a point where the doctors feel comfortable in sending him to Italy for further treatment. This is an answer to many prayers so thank you! As it stands right now I will be returning this weekend and plan to be back at school next week. I am grateful to Mrs. Bokuniewicz for handling matters in my absence.

I am sure that you are all tired after the first full week back. Enjoy the weekend and if you are able, come to BINGO tonight in the Gathering Hall. It's a great family activity and I hear there are some terrific raffle prizes. My thanks to the HSA, in particular Mr. Kirkman and his loyal crew for running this every month. It is an important fundraiser so we appreciate your support/attendance!

God Bless,


Mr. Bardhyl Gjoka
Principal
CLASSROOM HAPPENINGS
It's a new year and a fresh start! Our classrooms have been bustling with all sorts of activities. Kindergarteners and their Preschool buddies read books about snow together; in First grade the students wrote an Opinion piece about "A Good Book to Warm up to is..."Fourth graders did a STREAM project in Religion making a Liturgical Calendar games that teach about the Liturgical seasons and calendar and sixth graders designed, built and demonstrated ziggurats as part of their Mid Term. The Mock Trial team is working hard to prepare for their competition in February and the Advanced Math Club is focused on next steps in the Gold Level Challenge due in April. On another note, auditions took place this week for the Spring musical which will be The Sound of Music.










Second Grade Focus Wall

Third Grade News


ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS NOW AVAILABLE

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




  • 1 Chronicles 16:11-12. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK COMING SOON!

Get ready for Catholic Schools Week which will take place January 27th-February 1st, 2019. Activities kick off with OPEN HOUSe Sunday January 27th, 1-3 PM. During the week we will celebrate as a school community with a Pep Rally and the traditional class Pig Race. This year we will be sending St. Rose School students out in to the community for service work. Stay tuned for all the exciting details.
NEWS TO NOTE!

ST. ROSE PRESCHOOL SPECIAL FEATURE AT EVERWONDER MUSEUM WEEK OF JANUARY 15-21st. Click here for details.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE ST. ROSE SCHOOL LIBRARY!

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.

GOOGLE CONTEST -- CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT!

SCOUT MASS FEBRUARY 9TH . Click here for details.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS

January 11th -- BINGO, Doors open at 5:45 PM

January 15-21st -- St. Rose Preschool featured at EverWonder Museum

January 26th -- Basketball and Cheer photos by Life Touch. See Athletics for details.

January 27th - - 1:00-3:00 p.m. -- OPEN HOUSE! Spread the word!

January 27th-February 2nd -- Catholic Schools Week. Stay tuned for details!

February 9th - - St. Rose School Scout Troops Mass at 5:30 PM

February 13th -- Mock Trial Competition
HSA NEWS

Dear Friends:

Happy New Year!

We hope you and your families enjoyed a wonderful Christmas break, and transitioned into the new year with ease. 

As usual, we are hitting the ground running, with several activities coming up in the next few weeks. Please make a note that Bingo is tonight - we would love to see you and your family for a fun Friday evening out! 

At the end of the month, we celebrate Catholic Schools week which includes our Teachers Appreciation luncheon (2/1). We could use volunteers to assist with this important event recognizing all that our teachers do to help our children grow, and showing our appreciation. If you can help with the luncheon, please send an email to  hsa@srles.com .

We also have a family event planned for the same day - February 1. Stay tuned next week for more information!

Finally, since we have our calendars out, make a note that our next HSA meeting is February 7. There will be a lot to share with you, and we hope you can make it. 

Please see a copy of our event/fundraising calendar attached to this newsletter for more information.

All our best in the new year.

Regards,

Your HSA




Your HSA




Questions? Suggestions? Email hsa@srles.com
NEWS FROM ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT

Come cheer on the RAMS in 2019!

Upcoming home basketball games

Wednesday, January 30th, VG vs St. Peter 6:00PM, VB vs St. Peter 7:30PM
Thursday, January 31st , JVB vs St. Mary 6:00PM, VG vs St. Mary 7:30PM


Girls Varsity Schedule:

Boys Varsity Schedule:

Boys JV Schedule:

BASKETBALL AND CHEER PHOTOS JANUARY 26, 2019 at HOLY INNOCENTS HALL

JV Boys 11.30AM
V Boys 12:00PM
Cheer 12:30PM
V Girls 1:00PM

Please contact John Moulder at  athletics@stroseschool.com with questions.
We appreciate your support!
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