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,

Thank you to everyone who has sent in their re-registration packet. Now is the time we start planning for staffing, classes, materials and programming for the upcoming school year. Please be advised that 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-registration paperwork and fee. As financial aid monies are limited, funds will be distributed on a first come first serve basis until the money is depleted. If you have not yet re-registered for next year, please do so this month so you don’t miss out on the opportunity to apply for financial assistance.  

Just a reminder that our $10,000 tuition raffle drawing will take place on April 27, 2019 at 8:00 P.M. during the intermission of Peter Pan Jr. If you have not yet purchased a ticket please do so. The prize can be used for tuition at any elementary or secondary school or college. The $10,000 may also be used to pay off college loans. Please share this opportunity with your friends and relatives who have children of any age. 

Barring any unforeseen circumstances our last day of school for the current school year will be on Monday, June 10 with a 12:15 P.M. dismissal. Our final school-wide Mass is on Friday, June 7 at 8:45 A.M.  Graduation for the Class of 2019 will take place on Sunday, June 2 at 2:00 P.M. at St. Rita Church. PreK4 celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, June 5 at 9:00 A.M. and the Kindergarten Celebration is scheduled for Thursday, June 6 at 9:00 A.M. Summer Camp will open on Monday, June 17.

This coming Sunday we will celebrate Palm Sunday marking Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem and the beginning of Holy Week.  Holy Week is most definitely a very sacred time of the year, for it is how we commemorate and remember the last week of Jesus' life on this earth.  These are the days leading up to the great Easter Feast. Please take some time next week to take your children to the beautiful and sacred liturgies of Holy Week and Easter.  On behalf of the St. Rita School faculty and staff, I wish you and your family a very holy and blessed Easter. 
 
God Bless,
 
Mrs. Tiezzi



School News 
Please DO NOT park in our Auction Winner's parking spot.
That spot is reserved and was paid for by the auction winner.
Thank you.

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:
Thursday April 25th 6pm Assumption Church, Ansonia
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 raised $933 for our Coins for Cancer Fundraiser.
All proceeds will go directly to the Child Life Center at Yale New Haven Hospital.
Thank you to all who contributed to this fundraiser!
To learn more about this organization, please visit:
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.
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

Celebrate Our Cultures
Please note the changes to our cultural board.

April : Asia
Please label items with name and
attention to:
Carissa Civitello
Divine Mercy Parish News
Lenten Works of Mercy Tree
We hope your Lenten journey is going well! We are excited to invite you all to help us with our Lenten Works of Mercy Tree this Lent. As we get closer to Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday, our parish feast day, we would like to encourage you to practice the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy (which can be found on the back of your passports). There will be an empty tree at each church with baskets of tags in front. Please take a tag and write the ways you have shown mercy to others, and then put the completed tag in the 'completed tag' basket. When Easter arrives, the empty tree will be in 'full bloom' with all of the great things our parish has done. We look forward to taking this Lenten journey together as we help others in need.  
Peter Pan Jr.
VOLUNTEERS WANTED:
Volunteers for stage build
Friday, April 12: 4-8 PM in the school gym

Contact Sandy Mascia for more details
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
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
A Message From the Father Daughter Dance Committee:
Thank you to all who attended the event. We hope you had a special time with your daughters. See you all next year. 

A big thank you to my co chair Kelly Mulhern and the moms on the committee
for helping us make this a success 
Liz Sweeney, Monica Saranich, Lisa Raccio, Melisa Velez and Grace Roldan and all the volunteers including the most recent alumni ‘18
From, Lena Sorenson
SAVE THE DATE
ST. RITA SCHOOL
C O L O R R U N

SATURDAY, MAY 18TH
HAMDEN TOWN GREEN

So far we have sold 121 tickets, and only 43 families have participated in selling tickets. 
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
If every family buys or SELLS 2 tickets that would be over 600 tickets sold, our goal is 450, the more money we can raise through the tuition raffle the less fundraisers we have to have in the future!

Please help us
spread the word!

$10,000 TUITION RAFFLE!

Prize $$ can be used for any accredited
K-12 school, college or university in the U.S.

The winner has up to 4 years to choose a school and student and apply
the $10,000 prize, and it does not have to all be spent in one year.
Prize can be used towards tuition, room and board or books –
even pay back existing student loans!

Drawing will be held April 27th 2019

Please make every effort to sell as many tickets as possible; this raffle is open to
the public and not restricted to St. Rita School families, so sell to family, Friends,
coworkers....

A great way to sell more tickets is to
post about our raffle on your social media accounts
Only 800 tickets will be sold at $50 per ticket –
great odds to be a WINNER!

A minimum of 450 tickets must be sold or all
tickets will be refunded.

All 800 tickets sold = $30,000 for SRS!
(Just think, less fundraisers next year!)
All proceeds will benefit the SRS general fund.

There is a difference between the cost of tuition and the actual cost to educate our
children, without fundraisers like this, the price of tuition would go up.

We truly need your support!

Need more tickets? Contact Trisha Kozloski at

trisha.kozloski@yahoo.com

Spring is coming…we promise!
It’s time to start thinking about our annual
Mother’s Day Plant Sale…
Orders forms due April 10th
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
St. Rita School Sports Banquet is scheduled for
Sunday, May 19th from 2 - 5 pm at Il Monticello.

RSVP NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, APRIL 12TH

The Sports Banquet Committee has planned a fantastic celebration
for our 5th - 7th grade athletes and our 8th grade graduates.
Food, fun, and surprises await. We hope to see you there !

Spring Sport Information:
Baseball and Softball Coaches will be in touch with
players for first practice soon.
More detail to follow
BASKETBALL UNIFORMS :
Please return  cleaned  basketball uniforms and green
practice shorts to the main office in a bag clearly marked
with your child’s name ASAP or you will be charged a $50 fee
to your SMART tuition!
PICTURES WANTED! If you love taking pictures at our SRS sporting events, please share them with us! Please send to ccivitello.stritaschool@gmail.com
Student Spotlight
Congratulations to Morgann for placing 3rd in
her Irish Step Dance Competition!
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
Mrs. Deb Federico


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 - 
April 14- Palm Sunday
April 15-19 Spring Break
April 21- Easter
April 25-27 Peter Pan Musical
April 28- Divine Mercy Sunday
May 1- Iowa testing begins
May 3- 1st Friday Mass 8:45am, Mother Son Night 5-8pm

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