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 SRS Parents,

Just a reminder that school will be closing early on Friday (Feb. 14) and will be closed on Monday and Tuesday (Feb. 17 & 18) for the President’s Day holiday. Hope you enjoy your long weekend. On Sunday, Feb. 16 we will be recognizing our 8 th grade basketball players and cheerleaders at our “Senior Night” festivities. The ceremony will take place between the girls varsity (2:45) and boys varsity (4:00) games this Sunday at the Sacred Heart Academy gym. Everyone is invited to attend. 

Change is inevitable and we have had our share of staffing changes this year and they continue. Mrs. Renee Mooney, the Hamden Public Schools support person will out for a short term absence. A short-term substitute special education teacher is being hired by the town to make up the instructional time Mrs. Mooney’s students have missed and continue servicing them during Renee’s absence. The substitute will begin next week. 

Mrs. Carissa Civitello, our Admissions and Marketing Director will be leaving her position this Friday to take a full time position as Associate Director of Development at Hamden Hall. Carissa has been instrumental marketing our school and establishing protocol for admissions and enrollment.  Her dedication and efficiency are the hallmarks of her time with us. We thank Carissa and wish her well in her new position. For the remainder of the school year, Joanne Bruno, our Advancement Director will take on additional responsibilities for admissions and marketing.

Enjoy the upcoming holiday weekend with your family. Thank you for entrusting your child/ren to our care.

God Bless,
Mrs. Tiezzi
Principal

School News 
LAST CHANCE!!!!!
The Eighth Grade Graduation Committee will be selling Lollipop Grams for Valentine’s Day - one cluster of two lollipops for $2, or three clusters of two lollipops for $5 - delivered in school on Feb. 14.  The funds raised will be used to provide a reception and parting favors for the graduates. Please help us make this an amazing celebration for our graduates to help commemorate their time at SRS.  
Lollipop grams are due back to the office by  Tuesday, February 11, 2020 , with full payment, cash only. Each lollipop gram needs to have a notecard with the recipient’s name and homeroom.
Thank you again for helping send our graduates off to high school in style!
Eight Grade Graduation Committee

 
Be a part of the SRS
Paleo-knowledge Club!

What is Paleo-knowledge? It is the study of dinosaurs and early animal life during the 248,000,000-10,000 B.C. Students will be investigating different dinosaurs and animal life from the various eras of time and discoveries by Paleontologists during modern time. 
Open to Grades 3-6
Please see attached sign up form
Join us to learn more about the St. Rita School Kindergarten program February 12, 2020. Come and "MAKE" with our NEW MakerSpace Learning Hub and see what MAKES our Kindergarten so special! Open to all prospective Kindergarten families.
We hope to see you there.
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. 

Feb.12 at 6:00 and Feb. 16 at 12:00 at St. Thomas More Chapel at Yale in New Haven


**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
FEBRUARY !
AFRICA
Home and School Association
It’s Back……
The 4th annual $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 Saturday March 28 th 2020

Every SRS family will receive two $50 Raffle Tickets. Parents can either buy the tickets or sell them. 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….

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!

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


*NEW THIS YEAR *
Prize for the family that sells the most tickets!

Official rules, regulations, and additional information are available at www.stritaschool.org



Please Join Us for the Annual

SRS FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE!

Friday, February 21 st
6-8pm

Click here for more information and to register. _____________________________________________________________

Save the Date for the

2020 St. Rita School Auction

“Dancing Through the Decades”

Saturday, March 28, 2020
Memories Golf Club
Wallingford, CT

Join us for dinner, dancing, and bidding to
support our school.

Keep an eye our for details and tickets, coming soon


NOW SEEKING AUCTION DONATIONS!
Any and all donations are most welcome. Contact the HSA at hsasrs.stritaschool@gmail.com



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!
NEW TO SCHOOL STORE!
Crusader Corner Gift Certificates!
Perfect for birthday celebrations, Valentine's Day gifts, Easter gifts, and more!!
Fill out the order form below!
Athlete's Corner
Check back here for all Athletic News

“SENIOR” SEND OFF
Sunday, February 16 th  is the last league home game for
St Rita 8 th  Grade Girls   and Boys Basketball and Cheerleaders.
We will be honoring them in our “Senior” send off.  
Please come out to support!  
Games will be held at
Sacred Heart Academy:
2:45 PM - Girls Varsity
4:00 PM – Boys 8 th  Varsity
*Ceremony will be 15 mins before game time
 

 
BASKETBALL AND CHEER PICS
Team and Individual Basketball and Cheer
Pictures will be taken on Wednesday, Feb 19th.
Team times have been added to Shutterfly
 
 
League Playoffs
will begin Thursday, February 20 th .  
Bracket schedules will be emailed to teams
soon and posted on RecLeague.com
 



SAVE THE DATE:
Sunday, May 17th
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Il Monticello Restaurant
Honoring all our Athletes!
Food, awards, and fun!
More details to follow

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)
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
 
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



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 - 
February 14- 12pm Dismissal Pre-k , 12:15 Dismissal K-8- Faculty Meeting
February 17- No School, Winter Recess
February 18- No School, Winter Recess
February 21- Father/Daughter Dance
March 6- Mother/Son Event
March 12 & 13- 12:15 Dismissal (12 noon Pre K 3&4) / Conferences
St. Rita School
1601 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517
Phone: (203) 248.3114
Fax: (203) 248.1016
www.stritaschool.org