Volume XVI| November 30, 2018

Dear St. Rose School Families:

School spirit was in high gear this week. On Monday we kicked off the official Basketball season with an exciting Pep Rally in the gym where all students, from Preschool through 8th grade, raised their voices in support of our cheerleaders and basketball players. Ramsey was on site waving to the crowds and Monsignor led us in a special blessing for the season, reminding us all to be Christ like, good sports on and off the court. At the end of the ceremony all basketball players and cheerleaders signed "The Competitor's Creed", a prayer emphasizing that all of their hard work, wins and losses should be offered to God. You can read the prayer here and it will be hanging in the gym as well.

The fun continued on Wednesday as we all gathered out on the field for the traditional Turkey Bowl, a friendly game of flag football between the 8th grade homerooms. The students demonstrated great sportsmanship from the start since we had to reschedule the original game after the early snowstorm. It was an upbeat afternoon and we were delighted to share the festivities with our school family and guests.

I am pleased to say that I took advantage of some Black Friday deals and purchased one classroom set of graphing calculators and another classroom set of scientific calculators. These will be effective tools as students progress in the math curriculum. According to Mr. Toaso, "while students already know how to use these calculators, having them available for use in the classroom will be a great help with real-life problem solving. You can deal with much larger numbers when using a calculator. Grades 7 and 8 will also use th e graphing feature when doing linear and quadratic equations."

Speaking of math, we received word this week that the Advanced Math Club has won the Silver Medal award from f or the 9 th consecutive year by the National Math Club and MATHCOUNTS . This level award is given for the submission of problem solving work a club does over the first three months of the school year. We are very proud of our Mathletes, and are grateful to their faithful leader Ms. Smith. We wish them well in the Gold Level competition which they are working on now for a Spring submission.

Thanks to all who supported us on #Giving Tuesday. Every gift is a blessing and helps us bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of educating each student. We are dedicated to delivering a stellar curriculum, quality enrichment programs and innovative technology in a faith filled environment. We cannot do it without your support so I am deeply grateful for your time, talent and treasure!

We are also thankful to all of you who took the time to fill in our parent survey. The results are in and I am happy to report that they are overwhelmingly positive. We are taking time to evaluate the specific feedback and will set goals based on overall themes going forward. To start, the upper grade students will not be bringing back packs to classes as of Monday. Thank you for your thoughtful input. As always, we want to partner with you in meeting the needs of our students.

The calendar turns to December this weekend and the start of Advent. I pray it will be a time of reflection and joyful anticipation for us all. "Prepare the way of the Lord!"

God Bless.

Mr. Bardhyl Gjoka
Seventh graders boned up on skeletal facts by creating their own skeletons which they paraded around the school to the delight of all students. Meanwhile the second graders visited Kindergarten to help their buddies begin the exciting journey of reading. There are so many lessons learned and memories made in our classrooms each day.

Second Grade Focus Wall


There is never a dull moment at St. Rose School. This week our students were fully engaged in classroom, enrichment and spirit activities, all culminating with the official dedication of our Be Kind Mural which is a gift from the St. Rose School Class of 2018.


Congratulations to Julia Cirone who was recognized by Newtown Rotary Club as Student of the Month.

The Advanced Math Club received the Silver Award for the project they have been working on since school started this year. Now work for the Gold Level competition is underway. Hard work has it's rewards!

Graphing calculators are now available in the middle school math classes. These will enable students to work with bigger numbers and more involved, real life equations on a daily basis.


A snow delay didn't ruffle the feathers of our 8th graders. They just gobbled up the chance to play in the traditional Turkey Bowl on another day and this time the weather agreed! It was the Robinsons vs. The Hairliners out on the field surrounded by the entire school, family and friends cheering them on. While the Hairliners took the prized turkey trophy, everybody was a winner because it showcased school spirit and camaraderie that lasts a lifetime.

These are special days to prepare for Christ's coming. As a school we will do something each day in anticipation of the blessed event and to emphasize the true meaning of the season.


December 1st, St. Rose Parish presents "Christmas Bingo" show in Gathering Hall, Doors open at 7 PM. Click here for details. Tickets are available at the door.

December 3rd, Reconciliation for all students in 3rd to 8th grade, 10:00 a.m.

December 12th, 8th grade trip to New York City

December 13th , Preschool Christmas Concert, 10:00 a.m.

December 14th, Prayer service for 6-8th graders in Gathering Hall (no school mass this day)

December 15th, Live Nativity outside at St. Rose Church. Looking for participants. Click here for details.

December 18th , K-8th Christmas Concert, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Click here for information about upcoming performance of The Messiah


Dear Friends:

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and long weekend!

Christmas is fast approaching and you know what that means....it's Scrip season! Check off your Christmas gift "to do's" and earn money for our school by shopping through our Scrip program. You do not spend one extra dime on popular gift cards, yet St. Rose earns 5 - 16% for most purchases made through the program. Check it out at: shop.shopwithscrip.com .

We could also use your help with our Scrip promotion the weekend of December 8 and 9 after each Mass. Last year, our parish community took advantage of our gift card sales and our school earned $3000 through our efforts in one weekend. Let's build on that momentum! Please use the sign up genius link to let us know of your availability:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e49aead2ca0fc1-scrip2

Please contact our Scrip Coordinator, Amanda Brennan, with any questions you may have:  Brennans.of.Russett@gmail.com

Thank you in advance for your support!

Your HSA

P.S. If you do not have a Scrip account yet, please go to shop.shopwithscrip.com to register. It is so easy! Our school enrollment code is L4FCBD8C9533.

Questions? Suggestions? Email hsa@srles.com

T he school wide pep rally was a rousing success! Thanks for supporting our cheerleaders and basketball teams.

Our athletes all signed "The Competitor's Creed" which will be displayed in the gym. Click here if you would like to read it.

Please come to as many games as you can during the season and show your school spirit. GO RAMS!

Upcoming Games:

Saturday, December 1st at Immaculate HS
6:00PM VG vs St. Joseph Academy
7:30PM VB vs St. Gregory the Great

Monday, December 3rd at St. Rose 
6:00PM JVB vs St. Joseph Danbury
7:30PM VG vs St. Joseph Danbury

Girls Varsity Schedule:

Boys Varsity Schedule:

Boys JV Schedule:

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

Thank you for supporting the Scholastic Book Fair! Even though it was cut short by the snow we hope you all enjoyed it and found wonderful books to read. The students have new books in their classrooms and many new additions in the school library will be available soon. The All For Books Dress Down fundraiser totalled $250. This benefits our new teachers, and Scholastic doubles this and donates $500 in books to several charities. We loved the decorated Owls also! We thank Father Bob for entertaining our youngest students, it's always a joy for them.  A special shout-out to Haley Ventresca in 2nd grade for drawing her own Unicorn posters for us to use as decorations.

Many thanks to Co-Chairs Michelle DiCandido and Cheryl Milo and to Kathy Prieto and her wonderful artwork. We thank all the parent volunteers, especially the Saturday morning Set-Up crew: Irene Budzynski, Cathy Monckton, Amanda Brennan, Deirdra Tokar, Stephanie Fagan, Joseph Belisari and Andrea Gutierrez. --JoAnne Setear
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