Volume III| September 7. 2018

Dear St. Rose School Families:

Hooray! We had a tremendous turnout for the Labor Day parade and even won Best School Float! It was my first time experiencing this tradition in Newtown and at St. Rose School and I was enchanted by the spirit exuded by all who marched and lined the route to wave hello. A very special shout out to the Sirois family who built a replica of our original school building and filled it with antique desks, a chalkboard and children in uniforms through the years. Thanks to Mrs. Sirois' father, Mr. Killian of Earth Movers, we rode in style -- and safely -- displaying St. Rose School for all to see. The Monckton, Keenan, O'Connor and Lavin families were incredibly integral to the success of our float. Kudos to Ramsey for braving the heat and to our awesome cheerleaders who led the float in a sea of red, white and lively, crowd rousing routines. Much appreciation goes to the students and parents who woke up early to march. It was a privilege for me to ride alongside Monsignor Weiss and witness the love and affection with which he is regarded ...he is indeed a good shepherd to our school and greater community. Special thanks to Sister Thaddeus, Mrs. B and Mrs. Rahtelli for being such good sports and demonstrating their strong commitment to St. Rose School. We are blessed!

The heat is on but so is the learning. Our classrooms are humming with positive activity and students are really engaged in the lessons their teachers have prepared. As I make my frequent rounds through the halls and stop in to the classrooms I am reminded of why I got in to education -- there is great joy in opening the doors of discovery to children and giving them the tools they will need to blossom in to the people God intends for them to be.

Safety is of paramount importance to us as we care for your children throughout the day. This week we held our first fire drill which went very smoothly. The bells are ringing clearly and all teachers have their exit routes mapped out carefully. All students were ushered out of and in to the building without incident. We will have fire and other safety drills periodically throughout the year to ensure that our procedures are firmly in place.

This week we welcomed our littlest students -- the Preschoolers! What light they bring to the campus with their wide eyes, excited chatter and adorable back packs. In their innocence and eagerness to explore the world, we see the goodness of God. It will be wonderful to witness their growth through the year and include them in a variety of activities with our older students such as school assemblies, visits to the science lab, art class and lunch in the gathering hall. We are all a family.

Please mark your calendars for our 60th Anniversary celebration on October 6, 2018. It is such an honor to be part of a school that opened 60 years ago and has been built upon the dedication and accomplishments of so many. We look forward to bringing together our past, present and future families at a special mass and outdoor gathering that day. It's a FREE event with fabulous food, fun activities and lively music so please come and spread the word! Questions? email Laura, advancement@srles.com.

Today we gathered together as a school family for our first Friday mass of the year which coincides with First Friday. It is always a peaceful time to reflect on God's role in our lives. We take comfort in our school family, our Catholic identity and this wonderful opportunity to express our faith. We hope you will join us at future mass celebrations on Fridays during the school year.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at our first HSA meeting and Back to School Night next Thursday, September 13th, 6:30-8:30 p.m. This will be an insightful evening at which both the school faculty and HSA Board will present an overview for the year so please make every effort to attend and get involved with our school.

Another weekend is here to enjoy. May it be a relaxing one for all.

God bless,

Mr. Bardhyl Gjoka

Our Preschoolers arrived this week and enjoyed Popsicles in the Playground after orienting in their classrooms. In the main school, lessons are well underway.


Chess , Mondays, Grades 3-8
ArtSmart , Fridays, Grades 2-5
Culinary Club , Thursdays, Grades 4-8
Cheer , Fridays, Grades 2-6
Fun Fridays , Fridays, Grades 3-5
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.

Good news travels and St. Rose School has been highlighted favorably in the first weeks of school. Click below to read more:




Friday, September 7th – Saint Peter’s 7th & 8th Grade Cluster Dance
Thursday, September, 13th - Back to School Night/HSA Meeting at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Friday, September 14th -- Bonfire at Castle Hill Farm, 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 18th – High School Night for 8th Grade Students from 6-8 p.m.
Wednesday, September 19th -- Boys Basketball Tryouts: 6:00-7:30 p.m. JV; 7:30-9:00 p.m. Varsity
Thursday, September 20th - - Mock Trial Parent Meeting with Mrs. Vertucci, 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 20th -- Box Tops due
Tuesday, September 25th -- Boys Basketball Tryouts: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
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.

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.


At St. Rose School we have the special opportunity to become like a second family to one another. For 60 years we have been blessed with a community that shares a commitment to values, faith and education and this creates a lasting bond. Let us build and foster our community by gathering together throughout the year to celebrate all the blessings we have received and to encourage each other in our respective journeys. We hope to see you for the Bonfire at Castle Hill Farm Friday September 14th -- see flyer above for details.

Thanks to all those who have sent in registration forms and attended the parent informational meeting. Please submit registrations by September 12th so we can gauge the level of interest for each team and determine whether or not there are open slots for 4th graders. Click here for more information

Tryouts for Boys Basketball will take place Wednesday September 19th and Tuesday September 25th: 6-7:30 p.m. JV; 7:30-9:00 p.m. Varsity.

Girls, please consider coming out for a JV or Varsity team. It's a great experience where you will learn fundamentals in a fun and supportive environment.

Visit http://www.stroseschool.com/athletics/ for all important forms.

Questions? Email athletics@stroseschool.com

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!


It is the time you have spent on your rose that makes her so important.      
Antoine De Saint-Exupery

As the school year unfolds, it is important to keep your children hydrated, nourished and well rested to avoid sickness. Another good way of protecting them, and yourselves, is to get a flu shot. You can get these at the pediatrician's office or at any local flu clinics.

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