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 and Guardians,

It’s hard to believe that St. Rita School is opening in less than a week and excitement is in the air! Our teachers have been busy prepping their classrooms and charging up their electronic devices in anticipation of opening day, September 1. This Friday and next Monday the entire faculty and staff will be back for 2 days of professional development in the areas of health and safety, social emotional learning, remote learning and general procedural updates. Although the new school year will be somewhat different we are all excited to be back with our students.

 As of today we have approximately 20% of our student body participating in remote learning for the first trimester. Remote learning students with the names ending in A-H will meet their teacher and pick up their books and devices on Thursday, September 3 from 1:00-2:00. Students with last names ending in I-Z will come in between 2:00-3:00 on Thursday, September 3. Masks will be required.

Parents of students who participate in in-person instruction are asked to review the schedule below for the ease back to school opening plan. No buses will be running during those first 3 days, so parents will need to drop off and pick up their child/ren. Buses will begin service on Friday, September 4. Once Hamden bus routes have been published we will send them out to our families and post them on our website.

As you are all aware the COVID-19 situation continues to be fluid. We are closely monitoring the ever changing situation and may need to adjust our plan should COVID-19 cases escalate in the local area. At this time our plan is for St. Rita School to open for in-person instruction from Monday through Friday during regular school hours. Depending on how the first few days back work we may need to adjust our return to a full day schedule after Labor Day. As soon as a decision is made you will be notified.

We are depending on our families to play an active role in helping to monitor and support the health of their child. Parents are requested to take their child’s temperature daily prior to the start of school in the morning. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or above is not allowed to attend school. Please do not jeopardize the health and safety of anyone in our school community by sending your sick child to school.

Our theme for the year is “Be the Light”. During this very challenging time we need to trust that our faith in God, our light will continue to guide us as we journey into very uncharted waters. I ask you to give our children, our teachers, and each other an extra amount of patience and understanding as we begin the new school year. St. Rita teachers have excelled at in-person instruction and they rocked remote learning in the spring. Please understand that what we are now asking them to do - teach a combination of both in person and remote learners at the same time while wearing a mask, continually sanitizing their hands, disinfecting their classrooms, and being socially distanced. There will be some glitches along the way - please be patient and supportive. With patience we will all persevere and continue to be the light of the world.

I am so looking forward to seeing you and your child/ren next week. Thank you for entrusting them to our care. Be safe and stay well.

God Bless,
Mrs. Tiezzi

Basic Requirements for Distance Learning

The minimum suggested internet speed for one person doing distance
learning is a download speed of 6 mpbs. The suggested
internet speed for one person is 30 mbps.

However, please remember that other devices
in your home may be using internet at the same time 
(TV's, thermostats, iPads, cell phones, etc.)

For each additional connection, additional speed is required. If more
than one child will be distance learning, or an adult in your
household will be working from home, additional download
speed would be required for all devices to work appropriately.
Please keep in mind that students at St. Rita School are
required to wear masks only. No bandanas,
scarfs, gaiters, etc., will be allowed.
Parish News
The St. Rita Columbiettes are creating a custom cookbook featuring favorite recipes from our members and others who’'d like to submit recipes. These cookbooks will be professionally published and are sure to be a treasured keepsake for us all. Money raised will be used for any charities we as a group select to support and this will be decided at our September membership meeting. In the past we’'ve supported our parish, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, the Alzheimers Association, Clelian Center, Columbus House, In Our Blessed Mother’s Arms, and Campership for Intellectually Impaired Children and Adults.
Please submit your favorite recipes so you can be represented in our cookbook. Many recipes will ensure that our cookbook is a success. We are using Morris Press Cookbook’s web site to easily submit recipes online. I have already submitted a few recipes and it is easy and I’'d be happy to walk you through it online if you are having trouble. The instructions are below.
Also, our committee can enter them for you. Submit hardcopies of your recipes to Ann Bruchansky at abruchansky@comcast.net , or mail them to her home at 117 Sky View Drive, Hamden 06514, who will pass them on to our typists to enter them.
Please submit your recipes by September 12th, so we can meet our deadline of receiving the books before Thanksgiving.
To Submit Recipes Online:
  • Go to www.typensave.com and click ‘Login.’
  • Enter the User Name:    dmcolumbiettes                        .            
  • Enter the password: tomato099  and click ‘Submit.’
  • Enter your name and click ‘Continue.’
  • Click ‘Add Recipes’ to begin adding your recipes.
Recipe Writing Tips:
  • When adding recipes, review the “Tips” and use standard abbreviations.
  • Only enter 1 ingredient per ingredient line.
  • List ingredients in order of use in the ingredients list and directions.
  • Include container sizes, e.g., (16-oz.) pkg., (24-oz.) can.
  • Write directions in paragraph form, not in steps.
  • Use names of ingredients in the directions, e.g., “Combine flour and sugar.” DO NOT use statements like, “Combine first three ingredients.”
  • Include temperatures and cooking, chilling, baking, and/or freezing times.
  • Additional comments about the recipe (history, nutritional data, suggested uses, etc.) are not allowed unless a “Recipe Note” field is visible. Enter extra recipe content in that field.

St. Rita School will be open from 9 am to 3 pm,
Monday through Friday, for uniform swap.
Please call the office at 203-248-3114 before coming in.
Click HERE to download our opening week calendar.
Click HERE to download the 2020-2021 School Calendar
Prepareing for Re-Opening!
St. Rita School
1601 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517
Phone: (203) 248.3114
Fax: (203) 248.1016