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,

The theme for the third week of Advent is Joy. Joy is not the result of a positive outcome or circumstance in life. Rather, joy is something deeper and from the heart. It comes from living a life of gratitude. Being grateful is a decision and something that is practiced. When we can be grateful in all circumstances, then we can be joyful in all circumstances. Let’s all spend some time over the next few weeks showing gratitude and helping to bring more JOY to our world!!

Thank you to all those families who have contributed to the Christmas collection for our teachers and staff. These men and women work very hard every day to share a love of learning and a love of Christ with their students. Thank you so much for your generosity.

On behalf of the entire St. Rita School community may your family and friends have a happy and healthy Christmas holiday and experience the true meaning of Christmas--Jesus, the LIGHT of our Christmas, the JOY of our hearts and the HOPE of our world. 

God Bless,
Mrs. Tiezzi

School News 
DATE CHANGE FOR THE CHRISTMAS CONCERTS
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 18TH
Christmas Nativity/Concert Grades K-3
1:30pm St. Rita Church 

Christmas Concert Grades 4-5 & Band/Choir 
6:30pm St. Rita Church 
Sibling Registration
Sibling registration is now available for the 2020-2021 school year.
Please contact Carissa Civitello for additional information.
Student Testimonials
Mrs. Civitello is looking for student volunteers to speak at the following Masses to kick off Catholic Schools Week!
January 11 5:00 PM Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
January 12 10:00 AM Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
January 12 11:30 AM Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
January 26 9:00am Divine Mercy - St. Stephen Location

Please email Carissa Civitello if you are interested in speaking.
Virtus Training Information
At St. Rita School there are endless opportunities to get involved as a parent/grandparent. We welcome your ideas, insight and knowledge to help strengthen our SRS community. 
All volunteers must become certified in the Virtus Training and 
complete a background check. 
Please visit the Virtus Training website for upcoming training dates, locations and registration. 
January 29- Church of Resurrection- Wallingford - 6pm

**IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR VIRTUS CLASS PLEASE BRING YOUR CERTIFICATE AND HANDBOOK SIGNATURE TO SISTER ANNE.
Help us celebrate our cultures here at St. Rita School.
We are now collecting for the month of
JANUARY !
ASIA
Order your 2019-2020 school year book today!
**Order before January 31st to receive special pricing!**
$25!
Home and School Association
T H A N K Y O U ! !

Our very warmest thanks to all who attended, volunteered for, and donated to our 1 st (and now-to-be-annual) Penuin Patch and Santa at St. Rita events! The treats and hot cocoa were delicious, the decorations lovely, music spectacular (special shout-out to Mr. Fortuna for top-notch Christmas caroling and sing-alongs!), crafts, letters, and photos with Santa charming, and book sale and holiday fair lucrative!

In this most hectic time of year, it brightened our hearts to see so many St. Rita parents, friends, and teachers coming together to offer our kids and community some Christmas fun and festivity.

Thank you so much again, and Merry Christmas to you all!

Best,

The HSA Executive Board

Shop Mabel’s Labels For All Your Gift-Giving Needs!

Support St. Rita School when you shop for Return Address Labels, Gift Tags, Stocking Stuffers, and More!
Click here to start your holiday shopping, and SRS will earn 40% of your purchase amount!

Crusaders Corner Store
 A St. Rita School Initiative
Crusaders Corner will be open every Thursday during all lunch periods. Please send your child with cash or check to purchase items!
HOLIDAY SPECIAL!!
Athlete's Corner
Check back here for all Athletic News
Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Basketball team for coming in 1st place at the St James Tournament this weekend!

UCONN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL GAME TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
When: Monday, March 2 nd  2020 at 7:00
Where: The XL Center in Hartford
Cost: $10/ticket
We don’t have many tickets left, so act fast!
St Rita Girls Varsity will be playing 5 vs 5 during halftime
 
2019-2020 Basketball Calendar for Varsity and JV teams
 
BASKETBALL AND CHEER PHOTOS NEEDED!!
We are looking for photos of your child playing Basketball/Cheerleading
at SRS games (action shots, team photos, coach/player photos, etc….) 
Please post them to your Shutterfly account. You can continue to post
photos throughout the basketball season so post as often as you like... the
more the better! These photos will be used at the End of the Year Sports Banquet.



If you are interested in being on the  Pep Rally  committee
Reminder:
If your child is absent from school or leaves school sick, they will not be permitted to participate in any athletic events (games or practice)
PICTURES WANTED! If you love taking pictures at our SRS sporting events, please share them with us! Please send to ccivitello.stritaschool@gmail.com
Mrs. Beerli's Office
Meet Mrs. Danielle Beerli, MSW


If you have any questions or would like to meet with Mrs. Beerli, please contact her directly.
dbeerli.stritaschool@gmail.com

*Resources are available outside of Mrs. Beerli's door for parents and students.
Divine Mercy Parish News
 During Advent time we prepare for the birth of Jesus at Christmas. Each week during Advent a family lights the Advent wreath at all of the Masses. We are looking for a family for each Mass (Saturday at 4:00pm, Sunday 7:30, 9:00, 11:30) for the four weeks of Advent (12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22). If you are interested in having your family light the Advent wreath at Mass, please let Megan Zinn know as soon as you can at  divine.mercy.ore@gmail.com ! Let me know the date and Mass you would like to volunteer for. First come, first serve! It is always a lot of fun for the children, and is a wonderful way to get them involved during the Advent season. 


Divine Mercy Parish - St. Stephen Church
Christmas Eve 5:30 PM Family Mass
"She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger,
because there was no room for them in the inn."   Luke 2:7
 
 
When :        Tuesday, December 24 at 5:30 PM at St. Stephen Church
Rehearsal : Sunday, December 22 at 10:00 AM following 9:00 AM Mass
  at St. Stephen Church
 
School age children (ages 5 and above) are invited to participate in the Christmas Eve 5:30 PM Family Mass at St. Stephen Church!  Please note the time and place.  As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the children will dress up like the people from the very first Christmas. They will help us remember the events of that miraculous night as we tell the story of our Savior's birth.
 
We are also looking for school age children (ages 10 and up) to participate as readers.  Again, this year we will have a Children’s Choir and a Teen Choir at this Mass.  More information on Children’s Choir practice dates will follow.  
 
Nativity and Reader Rehearsal
One adult needs to stay with your child(ren) during the rehearsal on December 22 at 10:00 AM at St. Stephen Church following 9:00 AM Mass.
 
Sign-Ups
If your family and/or child would like to participate in the Christmas Eve Family Mass, please sign up using Sign Up Genius link:   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0849AAAA2DA6FC1-divine1 .
Please sign up by  Sunday, December 1 (for the Choir)  and all others by  Tuesday, December 17  and remember to provide your child's name and age and best way to contact you. 

 If you have any questions please contact Suzanne Hamling ( stritayouthgroup01@gmail.com ) by email or phone
(203-234-1597). 

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


Bryan Bowser
If you have a special intention that you would like to share in our prayer corner, please email Carissa Civitello
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. 
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 .
The Box Tops for Education program is changing the way we can earn cash for our school

           Over the summer, participating brands began to change their packaging from the traditional Box Tops clip to the new Box Tops label. Going forward, instead of clipping from packages and checking expiration dates, all Box Tops will be earned digitally by scanning your receipt. The Box Tops for Education team has worked hard to build a NEW-and-improved, user-friendly Box Tops mobile app , available now. The new app features state-of-the-art technology that allows you to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to our school's earnings online. 

If you still have traditional Box Tops clips at home, make sure to send them to school. We will still earn cash for all clipped Box Tops until they expire. Better yet, you can “double dip” during the packaging transition by clipping traditional Box Tops AND scanning your store receipt containing participating products. 


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.

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 email your PricePlus card number to Alice Kuether, alicemcgrew23@hotmail.com .


THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Caritas Christi Center
UPCOMING DATES - 
December 18- Christmas Nativity/ Concert K-3 1:30pm
December 18- Christmas Concert Grades 4 & 5, Band & Choir 6:30pm
December 20- 12:15 Dismissal (No After Care)
December 23- January 1- Winter Break
January 2- Classes resume
January 17- No School
January 20- No School
January 24- Musical Auditions (Grade 4-8)
St. Rita School
1601 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517
Phone: (203) 248.3114
Fax: (203) 248.1016
www.stritaschool.org