Grade 8 – High Honors
Amarone, Benny  Bowery, Alex  D'Errico, Lyla  D'Errico, Payton  
Delaney, Lucien  DiAngelo, Benjamin  Evanich, Connor  Farina, Tyler  
Frioni, Kate  Nagorski, Sofia  Testa, Nathan 
 Pompano, Gennaro  Walsh, Ryan

Grade 8 – Honors
Brennan, Colton  Burns, Conall  Carone, Joseph  Daley, John  
Egan, Olivia  Hammond, Faith  Kitson, Trew  Mihalcik, Jacinda  
Mims, Aniya  Pappas, Penelope  Pompano, Jianna  
Wilkes, Avonna  Woodard, D'Marcus

Grade 8 – Merit
Colonis, Christa  Tiongco, Rafael

Grade 7 – High Honors
Barney, Kiera  Bolanos, Juliette  Chacko, Abigail  Cruz, Kelsey  
Dorsi, Adriana  Testa, Maria Teresa

Grade 7 - Honors
Akide Ndunge, Virginia  Andreoli, Gabrielle  Bowens, Marshele  
Cammarota, Mateo  Cochran, Lillian  Madonick, Michael  
Moore, Michael  Nunez, Isabella  Purchio, Anthony  
Savinelli, Aiyanna  Smith, Stephen  Sweeney, Olivia  

Grade 7 – Merit
Grund, Alexis  Mautte, Thomas  Saracco, Jackson

Grade 6 – High Honors
Kelly, Emily  Melendez-Brissett, Leila  Raccio, Jenna

Grade 6 – Honors
Adu, Julian  Amarone, Allison  Blakeslee, Ryan  Burns, Devin  
Delaney, Alice  DiAngelo,Natalie  Giaquinto,Evelyn  Gordon, Shannon  
Goss, Kayden  Holder, Emily  Lafo, Madeline  Leng, Cooper  
Mayorga, Joaquin  Montefusco, Trevor  Mulhern, Mia  
Nawrocki, Claire  O'Mara, Joseph  Oh, Ji Min  Ponzio, Kaitlyn  
Singh, Stella  Timungwa, Yeneh 
 Torello, Peter  Tran, Ethan  Tuttle, Pearl

Grade 6 – Merit
Ferraro, Dominic  Saracco, John Paul

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,
                             
Today marks the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a feast which celebrates Mary being conceived without sin so she might give birth to Christ, the Son of God. In previous years, the entire student body would be celebrating this special feast day in church proclaiming God’s word and honoring the Blessed Mother by singing all those beautiful hymns to her. This year, the students will instead be praying the Joyful mysteries of the Rosary as they accompany Mary and Joseph when they learn that Mary will bring the Son of God into the world and journey with them through Christ’s birth and into his childhood. Let us continue to pray to our Blessed Mother, the Patroness of the United States, for protection during these difficult times. 

I’d like to welcome Ms. Constance Oligino who will be teaching middle school religion to our school family. Also, Mr. Ray McGrath will be assisting with morning traffic duty.

Report Cards for the 1st trimester will be going home with students today and are available for our remote learners on Friday. Please be sure to return the signed envelope to your child’s homeroom teacher by next week and keep the report card. I am very proud of all our students for their hard work and effort during the 1st trimester and know they will continue to be diligent moving forward with their studies whether they are in person or remote learning. The grade portal will be reactivated tomorrow.

I have noticed that many of our students are not following proper uniform dress and would ask that you take some time over the next few days to review the dress code with your child/ren. In addition, many of our young men have very long hair styles which are not in accordance with our school regulations. As stated in the handbook, “boys hair should be above the shirt collar and trimmed around the ears with no defined lines.” Please refer to pages 16-18 in our Family Handbook for dress code and personal attire and appearance guidelines. Should students continue to be out of uniform or personal appearance compliance, detentions will be issued. 

Over the past few months, we all have witnessed our teachers and staff going above and beyond educating and caring for your children on a daily basis during this COVID pandemic. It is certainly evident that these men and women have dedicated themselves to providing a safe, healthy, academically excellent, nurturing and faith-filled environment in which your child can flourish. With the anticipation of the Feast of Christmas, our school board chairman, Ben Amarone recently sent you all a letter inviting you and your family to participate in helping give our teachers and staff a monetary gift this Christmas.

As in the past, there is certainly no obligation in participating and there is no specific amount that he is requesting. If you wish to participate, send in your monetary gift by Friday, December 14. Please mark your envelope Attention: School Office and make checks payable to Msgr. Joseph DiSciacca.

Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity. May your Advent and Christmas season be filled with God’s peace, love and joy. 


God Bless,
Mrs. Tiezzi
Principal


Tuesday,
December 22
Christmas Ugly Sweater/Sweatshirt
Free
Dress Down Day
From Mrs. Tiezzi
December 8, 2020

Dear Parents and School Families,
         
The school-wide Advent Giving Tree service project has concluded and we have so much to be thankful for. The sacrifice and generosity of our school families has shared the overwhelming amount of $3,888.00, raised for families in need this Christmas. Gift cards have been purchased in response to both their needs and wishes made known to the parish office.

My sincere thanks for the incredible gift you have shared. Your kindness has helped to spread the joy of Christmas to children and their families in the Divine Mercy Parish community. The amount raised far exceeded expectations so please take a minute to feel the good St. Rita School has once again done for others. We are blessed to be a part of this special place.

Best wishes to all our families for a joyful and blessed Christmas.

Mrs. Bess McGrath
A Gentle Reminder:
Students should have a clean mask each day.
Please launder them regularly.
Picture Re-Take Day - Tomorrow - Wednesday, December 9
Lifetouch will be in the school building for student(s) who would like a picture retake, sibling photo, or who simply missed the October picture day. We would like to get a "picture" of the number of students who will be seeing the photographer. Please click HERE if your child will be meeting with the photographer. If your child will be doing re-takes, remember to send in the original package for return on this day Look for the order form going home today with your child.

Remote Learners Only
Click HERE to sign up your child for a slot. Lifetouch will be set up in the church basement from noon to 1 pm, also on Wednesday, December 9
Order your 2020-2021 school yearbook today!
Order before January 31 to
receive special pricing! of $25!
Yearbooks ordered after January 31 will be $30.
Nurse's Corner
 Because Hamden will continue to follow the original 14 days quarantine
period for those who have been exposed to COVID, St. Rita School
will also follow this plan. Please notify the office if you or a family
member has been exposed to COVID-19. 

If you plan on traveling out of the state for the holidays, please be
aware that you will need to be tested upon return to Connecticut or
you must quarantine for 14 days. Your child will not be allowed back
in school until they have their test results in hand. Please submit your
child's negative test result upon return to school on Jan 4. 

Please read the attached updated Connecticut travel advisory. If you
and/or your family have traveled to any of these states and have
stayed for more then 24 hours you will need to get a COVID test
within 72 hours upon arriving back in Connecticut. Your children can
not return to school until they present a negative COVID test or
after a quarantine of 14 days. 
Please inform the office of any travel plans in the coming months. We appreciate your vigilance on this matter as we continue to work to keep our Saint Rita School community safe and healthy. 
Thank you to everyone for keeping your children home when they are not feeling well and keeping us informed of any illnesses. With your cooperation we will continue to keep our school community safe.

Just a few reminders:

- If your child is home sick for more then 24 hours we will need a doctors note in order for them to return to school. 

- This year with COVID-19 continuing to be active the State Department of Public Health is encouraging everyone to receive an Influenza Vaccination by the end of October. The vaccinations are now readily available. Once your child receives the vaccine, please send proof into school for the nurse to document. 

- If your child is home sick and the doctor recommends a COVID test please do not get a rapid test. We will only be accepting the PCR test in order to return to school. 

- many of us suffer from seasonal allergies and may experience symptoms similar to COVID-19. 

Symptoms more common of seasonal allergies and not COVID-19 are itchy or watery eyes and sneezing. 

Symptoms more common if COVID-19 are fever and chills, muscle and body aches, new loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting and Diarrhea. 

If you obtain positive results after school hours, please email Mrs. Tiezzi (ptiezzi.stritaschool@gmail.com) and the nurse (lpalma.stritaschool@gmail.com)

When in doubt call your pediatrician. 
Home/School Association
Boon Supply Fundraiser is ON!

This year our Boon Supply Fundraiser will be completely online, now thru December 4th, 2020. No need for catalogs; it is as easy as sending out emails. You are able to shop online and get everything delivered directly to your house. Please click on the link below to get all the information you need to make our fundraiser a success. A parent letter will be sent home with every student with the link to the St. Rita's Fundraiser page.

If you have any questions please contact
Kristen Geltman at Kristen@paws-in-motion.net.

HELP US EARN CASH AND SUPPLIES THROUGH FREE REWARDS PROGRAMS!

Each year, St. Rita participates in several rewards programs. Local grocery stores (and Amazon!) allow you (the shopper) to identify St. Rita as the school you’d like to support; every time you shop, we get a percentage of the sale in the form of points (that can be used for school supplies) or cash. Last year we earned over $1600 through Stop&Shop’s program and over 150,000 points through ShopRite! We have big goals this year, and we need your help to achieve them. Please click on the links below to register your store cards, and ask your local family and friends to do the same!
Planning to order Christmas cards or photo
gifts this holiday season? Shop through our Shutterfly Storefront, and SRS will earn an 8% commission! It     may not sound like much,
but there’s no extra fee for you, and every
$1 makes a difference for our school.
 
           Click here to shop Shutterfly via our StoreFront.
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!!
Athlete's Corner
Winter Sports have been delayed until January, 2021
Prayer Corner
Remember all those who are suffering or have lost a loved-one during this pandemic.
Please pray for all the deceased members of our
St. Rita School community.
Click HERE to access the Weekly Health Screening Questionnaire
St. Rita School
1601 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517
Phone: (203) 248.3114
Fax: (203) 248.1016
www.stritaschool.org