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 Parents/Guardians,

I have recently been notified that a number of our students will be recognized by the Hamden Elks Lodge 2224 at their upcoming Youth Awards Banquet. All students in grades 3-5 participated in the CT Elks Drug Awareness Program poster contest. Congratulations to our winners:
·        3 rd Grade-1 st place-Autumn Dimesky, 2 nd place-Joseph Nagorski, 3 rd place Liesl Cruz, and 4 th place Marianne Nable
·        4 th Grade-1 st place Evelyn Giaquinto and 4 th place Kayden Goss
·        5 th grade- 1 st place Adriana Dorsi (Statewide winner), 2 nd place Aiyanna Savinelli, 3 rd place Kiera Barney, and 4 th place Juliette Bolonas. 

 Congratulations and best wishes to Maria Testa, Adriana Dorsi and Amato Civitello who will be representing our school at the upcoming Statewide Invention Convention at UConn this Saturday. Finally, congratulations to the SRS Paleo-Knowledge team who competed in the 21 st annual Paleo-Knowledge Bowl at the Peabody Museum. Team members included: Joseph Baldelli, Conall Burns, Lukasz Kozloski, and Devin Burns. 
Next week we celebrate Teacher Appreciation and Nurse’s Appreciation Week. All our teachers and staff, as well as Mrs. Palma, work hard every day to ensure that your child/ren receives the best education possible here at St. Rita. It would be nice to have your son/daughter write a simple note of thanks and appreciation to those faculty members who do so much for them.

Just a reminder that the SMART Aid portal for the 2019-2020 school year will open tomorrow, May 1, 2019 and will remain available through July 15, 2019. Financial assistance is guaranteed for one school year only. Each year families are required to reapply for financial assistance based on their current employment and economic status. It is important to note that family aid is reviewed on a first come first served basis. Instructions on how to access the portal were sent out via email on Monday and are available on our webpage. 

Grandparent’s Day is scheduled for this Friday beginning with Mass at 8:45 at church. At the end of Mass we will have the May Crowning and then present the April awards. Following Mass the children and their grandparents will return to the school where grandparents can visit the classroom. Please remember we do not have elevator access to our second floor to assist grandparents with limited mobility. If you haven’t sent the R.S.V.P. to Grandparents Day please do so by Thursday.

Thank you for entrusting your child/ren to our care. Have a great week.

God Bless,
Mrs. Tiezzi


School News 
Reminder:
Any parent or grandparent who would like to volunteer, chaperone or assist with field day MUST be Virtus trained. The upcoming training sessions are as follows:
Spanish Session- May 5th 3pm Blessed Sacrament, Hamden
Wednesday May 8th 6pm St. George Church, Guilford
To register, please visit
www.virtusonline.org/
ST. RITA SCHOOL KINDERGARTEN IS ENROLLING NOW!
Save the Date for our Annual Grandparents/Special Person Day
Friday, May 3, 2019
First Friday Mass beginning at 8:45 am,
followed by our May Crowning and Classroom activities.
Please return your completed form by MAY 1st .

Please be aware that some of our classes are on the second floor and
we unfortunately do not have an elevator.
Summer Uniform may be worn beginning May 1st 2019
SUMMER UNIFORM
K-8 for everyone:
Khaki shorts
Green shirt with St. Rita logo
Crew or quarter white or khaki socks
Gym sneakers or school shoes – Sneakers may not have wheels, light up or make noise.
Brown belt

(Girls can continue to wear their regular jumper or skort)
We have great news!
St. Rita School has been awarded $3,500 from Big Y World Class Market, to support our new Outside Classroom project which will break ground this summer. 
Our submission in the Big Y Education Express Holiday Wish Sweepstakes
"touched our hearts," said John W. Schnepp III, Vice President of Marketing. 
The "Big" check was presented to Mrs. Tiezzi on April 12th before our prayer service.
Stay tuned for more exciting news about our Outside Classroom initiative. 
Share the news about our upcoming STEM Middle School Night- for prospective students entering grades 6-8.
We encourage our current 5th graders to attend!
SRS Summer Camp!
NEW REGISTRATION FORM!
June 24 - July 12, 2019
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
with extended-day options
Experience summer at Notre Dame!
 
Introducing the ND Summer Experience for boys in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. The three-week program offers the best of academics and recreation and focuses on these 5 C's - critical thinking, competition, creativity, communication, and collaboration. Rotating recreation and academics, the boys will have fun, achieve, experience new challenges and enjoy success.
 
Daily recreational activities will include:
  • baseball
  • basketball
  • capture the flag
  • dodgeball
  • flag football
  • kickball
  • knockout & shooting contests
  • ping pong
  • ultimate frisbee, and more!
 
Explore six subjects in fun and exciting ways. From ESports to Crime Scene Investigation courses, ND Summer Experience has something for every camper.
 
Extended Day options include: Aviation Camp, Basketball Camp, and fun sports.
MERCY HIGH SCHOOL

Super Charge Your SUMMER
Mercy High School Summer Camp Program
Open to all 6th-9th Graders
More information here

 Lauralton Hall Hosts the
Science Olympics for Girls!
 
Saturday, May 11, 2019
8:30 AM to noon 
Lauralton Hall
200 High St., Milford 
 
At Lauralton Hall we know how to engage girls in science! From our longstanding "physics-first" curriculum to representing the only all-girls team in the Sikorsky STEM Challenge (and winning it!), we nurture girls' interest and ability in science. 
 
For the 15th year, we invite girls in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades to share in our excitement for science at Lauralton Hall's Science Olympics for Girls.  Hosted twice a year by Lauralton's science and math faculty, teams of up to four girls compete in events involving physics, chemistry, earth science, and biology. The girls' experience is designed to be interactive, creative, and full of fun and learning. 
 
Click  here  for more information and to register! For any questions, please  email  Lauralton Hall Science Department Chair Dr. Sue Cavar '88. 
Celebrate Our Cultures
Please note the changes to our cultural board.

May: North America
Please label items with name and
attention to:
Carissa Civitello
Our Scrip Gift Card Fundraising is still available all year long!

Remember to visit the Scrip Store for all of your gift card needs.
Every gift card purchase supports our school.
Crusaders Corner Store
Spirit Wear is available for purchase!
Stop by our Advancement Office to shop.
or email
jbruno.stritaschool@gmail.com
for availability
Crusaders Corner will be open every Thursday during all lunch periods. Please send your child with cash or check to purchase items!

We are still seeking volunteers to help run the store. If you are interested please contact Mrs. Civitello.
Home and School Association
It takes a village to get to Neverland!
Thanks to everyone who made this year’s
musical a joyful success!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER OF THE $10,000 TUITION RAFFLE
Deana Faiella

Thank you to EVERYONE who helped make this raffle a success.
We sold 289 tickets for a profit of $4,450!
105 families sold raffle tickets with many of those families selling more than 2 tickets.
ATTENTION PARENTS:

Home and School Association Nominee Fact Sheets are due this Friday, May 3rd!

If you are interested in joining the HSA Executive Committee please complete the attached form and return it to Joanne Bruno via the Main Office by this Friday, May 3rd.

Join us and be a part of something great!

A list of candidates will be posted the week of May 6th

Thank you for supporting St. Rita School

HSA Executive Board

You don't want to miss
our St. Rita School
 COLOR RUN!
Saturday, May 18th

REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE!!
St. Rita School's first 5K Color Run is a non-competitive and un-timed course located at the Hamden Town Center Park. It's a day of community and color that you will experience with friends and family, and it's a healthy and fun way to support St. Rita School. Moms and Dads, current students and alumni, grandparents, and avid runners will love this event.

JOIN THE SRS TEAM CHALLENGE

ATTENTION ST. RITA SCHOOL ATHLETES ...
RUN OR WALK WITH YOUR TEAM.
SOCCER VS. BASKETBALL?
GIRLS VS. BOYS?
BRING IT!

Spread the word to alumni, grandparents, family, and friends, too. If they can't attend our color run they can donate to the school or sponsor a student. There are many ways to support this spring fundraiser ...
Run, jog, walk, or cartwheel along the course!

THE FIRST 50 PEOPLE TO REGISTER WILL RECEIVE A
FREE T-SHIRT AND SUNGLASSES


See you at the finish line!
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE
SRS GOLF TOURNAMENT!
The SRS 22nd Annual golf tournament will be held Monday June 3rd and we need your help to make it a success! Are you a golfer or do you know one?! We would love to have you and your friends, family or business partners attend this fun event! If you don't golf how about sponsoring the tournament, there are many levels available to support the tournament. Haven't complete your assessment yet?? Any sponsorship you secure counts toward your family assessment at a rate of 60%! Secure a tee sign for $150 from a local business and $90 counts toward your assessment. The form for the tournament is attached. Please also feel free to share the information with anyone you think might be interested for a day of golf, food, raffles and prizes, and of course fun!   
JOIN THE HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION
NEXT YEAR!!!
Your time and talents are needed for the continued success of our school. Even just one hour of volunteer time makes a great difference to the school community.

Want to help but don’t see a good fit, email us at hsasrs.stritaschool@gmail.com and we can find something for you to help with!
Athlete's Corner
Check back here for all Athletic News
  Spring Sport Information:

Spring Sport Information:
Please come out and support our

Baseball and Softball teams:


BASEBALL/SOFTBALL PHOTOS NEEDED!!
We are looking for photos of your child playing Baseball
or softball at SRS games (action shots, team
photos, coach/player photos, etc….) 
Please post them to your Shutterfly account so
they can be used for the Sports Banquet.

PICTURES WANTED! If you love taking pictures at our SRS sporting events, please share them with us! Please send to ccivitello.stritaschool@gmail.com
Divine Mercy Parish News
Divine Mercy Children's Lenten Passports
Our journey has come to an end with the celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday this past Sunday. Thank you to all our K-5 students for taking this Lenten journey with us. We hope that you learned more about Lent, grew closer to Jesus, and had some fun. We will celebrate all your hard work with a Passport celebration on Saturday, May 4 after the 4pm Mass. Please email Megan Zinn at  divine.mercy.ore@gmail.com  to let her know if your family will be coming. Thank you and great job!! 

Thank you to everyone who donated items for Divine Mercy Sunday. The Parish greatly appreciated all of the contributions!
Interested in advertising your business in the
Divine Mercy Parish Bulletin?
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



If you have a special intention that you would like to share in our prayer corner, please email Carissa Civitello
Support SRS
Visit  amazonsmile.com , and anytime you purchase an eligible item, Amazon will donate a portion of the profit to our school! Select “Divine Mercy Parish
Corporation” as your charity, and St. Rita School will benefit every time you shop.

We're excited to announce another bonus donation opportunity for Divine Mercy Parish Corporation. Through January 31, 2019, AmazonSmile will donate 15% the purchase price of new print magazine subscriptions. Click  here for details

Use the message and image below in email, social media, and on your website to spread the word to your donors, staff, and volunteers.

Through January 31, 2019, AmazonSmile will donate 15% the purchase price of new print magazine subscriptions. Visit  https://smile.amazon.com/b?node=18541223011  for details.

Link your Stop & Shop Card to St. Rita School, and we’ll earn CASH when you buy groceries! Click  here  and use School ID: 06434.
Link your ShopRite Price Plus card to St. Rita School, and help us earn school supplies! Click  here  and use School ID: 50073, or send your PricePlus card number to Alice Kuether,  alicemcgrew23@hotmail.com .
Rewards Program

Click HERE for a flyer with all of our rewards programs.

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 .
Caritas Christi Center
UPCOMING DATES - 
May 1- Iowa testing begins
May 3- 1st Friday Mass 8:45am, Mother Son Night 5-8pm
May 3- Grandparents/ Special Person's Day, May Crowing
May 4- Shred Day
May 8- Plant Sale
May 11- First Holy Communion
May 18- Color Run Event
May 19- Sports Banquet
May 21- Band & Chorus Spring Concert

St. Rita School
1601 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517
Phone: (203) 248.3114
Fax: (203) 248.1016
www.stritaschool.org