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Happy Fall Y'All!

I couldn't resist opening with that; seeing the leaves floating through the air as they do their annual letting go dance, and in the past few days, what might have looked to be a dull autumn in color, seemed to have been touched by the hands of a master artist. As we know one needs to be patient when it comes to creating something spectacular; the greatest of artists know when the paintbrush should come out and the bright vibrant color palette put to use. The sunshine these past days, trees ablaze in reds and oranges on the edges with the promise of more color in the upcoming weeks gives one a burst of energy and hope; and we know our Master Artist is at work in His creation. Yet one doesn't need to venture outside the walls of our school; God's love has helped us build a community where we see the signs and excitement of fall throughout our halls in the work of our children. You will see throughout October some of the most colorful and creative ways they bring joy with the work of their hands.

Just as the trees have burst into color, our year has taken off and we arrive in October with a calendar full of school spirit and activity. Of course first we have this weekend sandwiched between an early dismissal and day off; a child's dream and a wonderful opportunity for apple picking, outdoor fun, and fall decorating. Next week, we look forward to our annual Pumpkin Bowl (see flyer later in this newsletter). This is always a day of excitement and celebration as our Class of 2024 will take the field as Team Capri Sun vs. Team Kool-aid in a game of Flag Football. Our whole family, from the youngest to the oldest (not it;) gather to cheer them on. We hope that our parents will join us for the afternoon; we've reserved space for you in the "stands".

The next day, October 13th, brings our much anticipated Student Council speeches and election in our Middle School. Once officers are in place, we will have class representative elections in the primary and intermediate grades. This year we will have a day designated each month for our Student Council and grade level representatives to work together after school on projects, service, and surprises for our students.

Next Friday also begins Winter Uniforms. Please see the handbook for specific details. Please note that if we should have another heatwave come through, we will send an announcement as what changes can be made to accommodate the weather and keep the children comfortable. Please note that this was originally school picture day; however, this has been rescheduled to October 25.

The classroom boxes are starting to fill with coats and jackets for the Knights of Columbus Coat Drive. We will be collecting coats until October 27; the class donating the most coats will win a pizza party, compliments of the Knights. Of course we are all winners in knowing how many people will stay warm this winter hugged by one of the warm coats you donate.

Beyond that, we have basketball and cheer beginning; harvest festivals in the classrooms, our Halloween Parade, the HSA Trunk 'r Treat and much more learning fun and reasons to celebrate all that is fall!

As you enjoy the work of God's hand while out and about on your fall adventures; I wish you safe travels, miles of smiles, and a bushel full of memories.


Mrs. Mary Jo Bokuniewicz (Mrs. B)

Dean of Student Life

The Rewards of Creative Learning

in the Classrooms

Second graders find the fun in sorting, counting, and graphing a bag of rainbow color Skittles. They loved that the activity had a second part...getting to eat the Skittles to celebrate their achievement!

Celebrating Our SRS Artists of the Month

Amelia Phillips


Kayla Daniel

First Grade

Elora Matthews

Second Grade

Milo Felippeli

Third Grade

Henry Maass

Fourth Grade

Jesse Usiak

Fifth Grade

Camden Schaff

Sixth Grade

Natalia Canarozzi

Seventh Grade

Haley Ventresca

Seventh Grade

Annabelle Abeyta

Eighth Grade

Happy Kiddos Helping Others

Buddying Up for a Getting to Know You Interview

Our Buddy Program continues to grow, this week our Class of 2024 and second graders met with a fun interview activity to learn more about each other. These buddies will have a lot to celebrate this year as our second graders make their First Reconciliation and First Eucharist and our 8th graders are confirmed.

Important Dates for the Class of 2024

Be sure to check the websites of schools you wish to apply; they have specific deadlines for recommendations and applications.

October 12...Pumpkin Bowl at 1pm(raindate TBD)

October 28 at 8:00am HSPT at Immaculate High School

November 11 at 8:00am HSPT at Immaculate High School

December 7...NYC Trip

Beyond the Classroom

An invitation from our friends at Religious Education and Parish. This also includes "an hour of prayer at the Children's Rosary" as an opportunity for community service and praying for the needs of others.


Help us bring more new and exciting programs to our school. We are on our way to hosting a Pickle Ball Club; we need a few more players to get the club started. Click on the link below for the form. Fill out the form and return to school, with check payable to "St. Rose School".

Click for Sign Up Form

New updated service day:

Meet at the entrance to the cemetery at 9AM. The Sandy Hook fire station has graciously offered to help with a water source. You will spend the time tidying leaves and weeds around the headstones as well as scrubbing them.

This is a beautiful way to offer prayers through work for deceased relatives and friends as well as gift their families with a little offering of love.

There is still room available for more to join us; please invite your friends and ask them to sign up with the Google Form link below.

Click for Google Form

A Few Dates to Circle on Your Calendar...

October 6...Early Dismissal; Teacher PD Day

October 9...NO SCHOOL

October 13...Winter Uniforms Officially Begin

October 25...Picture Day (including class pictures)

October 2-27...Knights of Columbus Coat Drive

Apples and pumpkins of all shapes and sizes creatively brought to life in the art room.

"And all at once, summer collapsed into fall." _ Oscar Wilde