FROM THE DESK OF MRS. TIEZZI
Back to School News
St. Rita Parents,
We had a fairly busy and productive summer here at St. Rita School. We are finishing up a few projects to enhance our facility and will allow us to grow our programs. Our Outdoor Classroom space is almost complete thanks to a strong team lead by Eagle Scout candidate, Allan Kripps. Special thanks to a number of our NJHS members and Mr. Banas for providing Allan with manual labor throughout this project. Our MakerSpace will be located in the lower level of the school and should be ready in time for the beginning of the school year. Thank you to everyone who has donated recycleable materials to our MakerSpace.
I am excited to share with you some news about our school staffing and programs.
We welcome Mrs. Denise Gertz as our new 2
grade teacher replacing Kathy Halloran who has retired. We also welcome Mrs. Tina Corraro as the new Spanish teacher for students in grades PreK-4 through grade 5 and Ms. Polina Mann as our new Music teacher for all grade levels.
We are currently interviewing for a 4
grade teacher to replace Melissa Jones who has accepted a position in the public schools.
Curriculum updates and enhancements for the upcoming year include:
- Continue the SuperKids reading program for students in Grade 1.
- Implement a new science program in grades 3-5 with an on-line component
- Introduce the 1-1 Chromebook to students in grade 3 (in-school use only).
- The MakerSpace and Outdoor Classroom initiatives.
Monday, August 26 is the soft opening day of school for students in grades
PreK-8. The school building will be open from 8:00-12:30 for you and your child to stop by for a brief visit.
School starting time is at 8:15 A.M. for students in grades K-8 and 8:30 for PreK students. Please have your child to school on time and report directly to their classroom. Every Monday grades K-8 students and teachers will gather in the gym as a school community for Morning Prayer and Opening. On all other days the students will report directly to their classrooms for morning prayer and announcements.
Bus Routes will be posted on St. Rita School website (www.stritaschool.org) under the Parent Information tab. Bus routes should be posted by Friday, August 23. You may contact the school office if you have any questions about the bus schedule.
Please check your Educonnect parent portal to find your child’s class assignment which will be posted on Sunday, August 25. Returning families may edit and update emergency contact information and new families must enter the contact information using the portal. Your Educonnect ID and password will be emailed to you on Friday, August 23.
Back to School Parent Night is scheduled for Tuesday, September 10 beginning at 6:30 for parents of students in grades K-5 and Thursday, September 12 for parents of students in grades 6-8. More information will be forthcoming in the next Constant Contact.
The faculty, staff and I look forward to partnering with you to further our mission promoting academic excellence and spiritual development in the context of the teachings of the Catholic Church. Together let us pray that God, who has begun the good work in us, may carry it through to completion. Thank you for allowing us to educate your children. I am looking forward to seeing all of you on Monday, August 26.
Patricia O’Neil Tiezzi