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,

I cannot believe that we have been out of the St. Rita School building for four weeks. Who would have thought we would be spending Holy Week apart from our students? This week is such a solemn and significant week in the Catholic Church. Tomorrow is Holy Wednesday (aka Spy Wednesday), followed by Holy Thursday (aka Maundy Thursday), and Good Friday. The Easter Vigil is on Saturday, followed by the glorious Resurrection of our Lord on Sunday. Please take some time during this week to pray and share as a family all the events of this sacred week. Visit   www.holyweek.org or https://catholicedaohct.org/resources/celebrating-holy-week-at-home if you are looking for resources.

Please remember that we will not be in session this Friday, April 10 as we observe Good Friday. Spring break will be taken next week, April 13-17. Please follow this link for a daily calendar of virtual field trips you can take over the next few weeks with your family: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qpFAQz_QJt0ZTVTixAyuGRjsKGYI23CjlaO9eLBkThE/mobilebasic

On Monday, April 20, we will resume on-line classes with expanded hours for all grade levels. Middle school (grades 6-8) will be on-line for 4 hours a day (9:00-11:00 and 12:00-2:00), grades 4 & 5 will be on-line 3 hours a day from 9-11 and 12-1, and Kindergarten through grade 3 will be on-line 3 hours a day (9:00-12:00). PreK will have an additional session added to their schedule. We will continue to follow the direction of the state and local authorities regarding when school will re-open. Thank you for your continued support of our remote learning endeavor.

Re-enrollment paperwork can be mailed to the school office for processing. If you are having trouble getting your paperwork signed by your Pastor, request that he send Msgr. Joe or Mrs. Nugent an email verifying your parishioner status. The Smart Financial Aid portal will open on May 1. In order to apply for financial aid your Smart tuition account must be current and you must have already submitted your re-enrollment paperwork and fee. Financial aid will be distributed on a first come, first served basis until the money is depleted. If you have not yet re-enrolled for next year, please do so in April so you don’t miss out on the opportunity to apply for financial assistance. If you are having financial difficulty due to current circumstances please contact our school business manager, Paula Nugent at paulanugent@att.net as soon as possible for guidance. 

On behalf of Msgr. Joe, our teachers, staff, and my fellow administrators, may God bless you and your family and bring you His peace during this time. Happy Easter everyone!



God Bless,
Mrs. Tiezzi
Principal


Since we are not able to present Living Stations of the Cross for the parish and school, an alternative depicting each station with Legos and using our Meditation and Prayer Book will be available online on
Good Friday morning. Click below to download the Meditation
booklet (there will also be a link in the Youtube description) which
has been enlarged so children can also color each station as they pray. 
A Message from Monsignor Joe

The Archdiocese of Hartford will be broadcasting on
TV channel 9 on our local cable
the live Mass for Holy Thursday at 7 p.m.,
Good Friday at 3 p.m.,
and the Easter Vigil at 8 p.m.
For more information, check holyweek.org

ATTENTION ST. RITA FAMILIES:

The reregistration deadline has been extended
to Monday, APRIL 20TH.

Please mail all required forms and payments to:
St. Rita School,
1601 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517

Beginning on Wednesday, March 18, our office will not be staffed. However, emails (office@stritaschool.org) and voicemails (203-248-3114) will be checked regularly.
Mail delivery will continue while we are closed.
Thank you for your continued patience and
support during this challenging time.

PARENTS/GUARDIANS:

Please check your contact information in the
EduConnect portal. We have had
several issues with phone numbers and
emails that are outdated. Thank you.
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.
School News 
OPEN ENROLLMENT IS HERE!

Please help us spread the word that we are now
accepting applications by taking home a lawn sign and
displaying it in your yard.

Email Joanne Bruno at jbruno.stritaschool@gmail.com
ifyou would like a sign.

Home and School Association
LET US HELP!

Do you own or work for a local restaurant
or small business ? The HSA would love
to put together and share a list of businesses in
the St. Rita School community that need support
during this uncertain time. If you are interested in having us spread the word, please email Alice at alicemcgrew23@hotmail.com .

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
Anthony Maraucci
Grandfather of Dan Battipaglia


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. Check out the Special Black Friday specials on eCards and gift cards! 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