OUR MISSION:
St. Rita School inspires students in Pre-Kindergarten through grade eight to achieve academic excellence in a safe, nurturing and faith-filled Catholic environment.
We prepare students to be morally responsible, innovative thinkers who, in today’s technology-guided global community, live and share the Love of Christ.
From the Desk of Mrs. Tiezzi

Dear St. Rita School Parents,

We are midway through the final trimester of the school year and we have been operating remotely for 6 long weeks. Although everyone has adapted to our new norm we are all missing the way things are supposed to be. So to get back on track we will be celebrating Grandparents/Special Person’s Day on Friday. As usual we will be celebrating this tradition with a Mass followed by May Crowning. Msgr. Joe will celebrate Mass for us like he did earlier this month and it will be available to watch from the safety of your homes on Friday morning. Please join your child when his/her class watches Mass. Please have your children contact their grandparents and/or special person and invite them to watch Mass as well. A link to the Mass will be sent out to you later this week. 

On Sunday, May 3 from 11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. St. Rita School will be hosting a reverse parade in our school yard. Because we have students from many different communities having the teachers drive from house to house is impossible, therefore we are asking our families to come to us. Parents and students are invited to dress up in your St. Rita swag, decorate your car and drive to and through the school parking lot to “see from the distance” the teachers and staff from the school. The faculty will be strategically placed throughout the parking lot and on Gilles Road attired with their gloves and masks ready to wave and give ‘air’ hugs to their students. Please do not park your car or allow your child/ren to exit the car. Everyone needs to practice social distancing protocol for the safety and well being of our St. Rita community. We will send out a map of the parade route later this week. Hope to see you there!

Next week we celebrate our very special teachers during teacher appreciation week. Although we will not be together let’s give a huge shout out to our teachers for the great job they do each and every day. Decorate your doors, make a poster, chalk your sidewalk, put together a video, record a song, or choose another way to get your child’s creativity going to salute our wonderful teachers. Please share your thank you message with your child’s teacher and also Mrs. Bruno so we can post them on social media. 

Thank you to all who have been sending in your re-enrollment forms and deposits for the 2020-2021 school year. A separate email intent survey will be sent to those families who have not yet re-enrolled. As we are trying to plan for the upcoming school year we would appreciate your assistance in completing the survey. We understand that this pandemic has financially affected many of our families and that you may not be able to fully commit at this time but please be honest in the survey.   
Finally, Mrs. Bathrick will be joining Sr. Anne, Mrs. Barnett and me in making phone calls to our school families. We just want to check in with you to see how you and your family are doing during this time and offer our assistance with anything you may need. We look forward to talking with you to hear your news.
 
Thank you for entrusting your child/children to our on-line learning care. May God continue to bless you and your family and keep you all safe. I am so looking forward to seeing everyone from a distance on Sunday. Take care and stay well.


God Bless ,
Mrs. Tiezzi
Principal


An Important Message from Mrs Nugent
The SMART Aid portal will open for financial aid applications on Friday, May 1, 2020. To access it, go to www.smartaidforparents.com  The fee to apply is $35.00 which is paid to SMART Aid. You will need to have access to your most recent tax return and supporting documents including W-2 or 1099's for backup information. This will need to be uploaded into SMART Aid.  

The portal will remain open through Friday, July 17th, 2020 for
applications. However, financial aid is available on a first come, first served basis and a limited amount of money is available. You will receive an email from SMART Aid once awards are made with instructions to contact the Business Office to accept your award. If you do not receive an award, you will also receive an email. If you do not receive an award at this time, you may be placed on a waiting list as award money does occasionally become available throughout the year.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Mrs. Nugent in the Business Office at  paulanugent@att.net . Thank you.
School News  
Attention New Haven Residents!
Scholarship opportunities are available from
The Children's Educational Opportunity
Foundation of Connecticut, Inc.
for New Haven Residents .
For more information, guidelines, and an application,
please click here.
Home and School Association
LET’S SUPPORT OUR SRS COMMUNITY!

The HSA is putting together a list of local small businesses and restaurants
that are owned or run by members of our St. Rita School community. 
Below are a couple that would love your support during this difficult time!
If you have a business you’d like to add to the list, please email
Alice Kuether at alicemcgrew23@hotmail.com .

Nica's Market
603 Orange Street
New Haven, CT

Our business is open and following strict precautions.
We are also offering curbside pickup for groceries;
just send an email with your order!


Allegra's Cafe
249 West Main Street
Branford, CT

Our business is open for curbside pickup.
We are also featuring to-go martini kits,
homemade cookies, and cupcakes.



Paul & Eddy’s Pizzeria
1630 Whitney Avenue
(right across from St. Rita)
Hamden, CT

Paul & Eddy’s is one of SRS’s biggest supporters, and while
they’re not owned by a St. Rita family, they are an
integral part of our community. Paul & Eddy’s has
contributed to and supported all of our fundraisers for
over 25 years, and it would be great to show them some
love now! They are open for delivery and take-out.



Rug Makeover and Restoration, LLC
4133 Whitney Ave
Hamden, CT
(203) 747-5122
Find us on Facebook!

Rug Makeover and Restoration is OPEN for business and
is taking all necessary precautions to keep clients safe.
We are offering sanitation for stairs, wall to wall carpeting,
and upholstery!


Dear SRS Family and Friends,

We have postponed our
Dancing Through the Decades Auction
and our
Tuition Raffle .

Any checks collected up to this point will be held
but not cashed until/if the events are rescheduled.
More information will be shared as soon as it is
available. In the meantime, we are missing our
St. Rita School community, and we are sending
prayers for strength and patience as we all work
through this unprecedented time.

Best,

The HSA Executive Board


CONCERNED ABOUT INTERNET SAFETY?

Click here for a helpful resource
from PTO Today.
REWARDS PROGRAMS
Click here to learn more about easy ways to support SRS through the below organizations!
Looking for more ways to support St. Rita?
Click here to shop for fun products with Mabel’s Labels! SRS will earn a portion of each sale!

Hamden Hall Country Day School is once again offering its popular
  Summer Engineering & Science Academy  to students entering
Grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 who enjoy challenging themselves with hands-on activities in the fields of engineering, science, technology and mathematics.

Experiential learning is at the nucleus of this  complimentary ,
fully funded, week-long enrichment program, which is scheduled
this year for July 6-10. Students perform lab work and
collaborate in groups to fully explore and make discoveries in the
areas of DNA technology, forensics, cryptography, sustainable architecture,
chemistry, and more.

For more information, please click here.
Student Spotlight
Did your child/ren do something amazing? Share with us!
Please send submissions to
Please be patient as we receive many wonderful stories of our SRS students and Alumni!
Prayer Corner
Please keep the following SRS community
members in your thoughts and prayers
Please pray for these
St. Rita families who
have recently lost
family members:

The Banas Family

The Huesser Family

The Beerli Family

The O'Connor Family

The Edwards Family

If you have a special intention that you would like to share in our prayer corner, please email Joanne Bruno
Support SRS
Don't forget to sign up for our Scrip Gift Card program and earn money for St. Rita School. NEW to Scrip this year - now you can purchase your gift cards using your credit card instead of your checking account. It's quick and convenient and remember your eCards email directly to you. 
Does Your Company Offer Volunteer Grants? 
Volunteer grant programs, also known as “Dollars for Doers” programs, are corporate giving programs created to encourage volunteerism in communities where employees live and work.
Through these programs, companies provide monetary grants to organizations where employees volunteer regularly. 

Please take a moment and ask if your employer participates in a Volunteer Grants Program. Your time and talent at St. Rita School could turn into dollars for our school! Questions? Feel free to contact Joanne Bruno at  jbruno.stritaschool@gmail.com .
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
St. Rita School
1601 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517
Phone: (203) 248.3114
Fax: (203) 248.1016
www.stritaschool.org