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,

Congratulations to our 8 th grade students - Addison, Jocelyn, Jaime, Quinn, Jessica, Madison, and Viola, who have received the distinct honor of being named Sister Antonine Signorelli Scholars at Sacred Heart Academy. In order to be named Sr. Antonine Scholars, girls must be in excellent academic standing at their current school and have performed at the highest level on the Sacred Heart entrance exam. This distinct honor comes with a four-year academic scholarship. We are so very proud of these hardworking young ladies and thankful that their parents entrusted their education to St. Rita School. 

Parents are the best ambassadors for our school. Please share with your neighbors, friends, and colleagues, all the great things that are happening in our school. Invite them to join us tomorrow, February 20, from 9:00-11:00 for our Open House. We also are looking for parents to take lawn signs advertising our Open Enrollment. Please contact Mrs. Bruno ( jbruno.stritaschool@gmail.com) if you can assist. 

Parents and grandparents are asked to please adhere to the posted parking areas on Gilles Road, Edgemere and Dessa Drive. Cars that are parking in the No Parking zones prohibit emergency vehicles from having access should an emergency occur. Drivers are also requested to obey the speed limit when exiting the school property because children and parents are crossing to access their vehicles. 

Thank you for entrusting your child/ren to our care. Enjoy the shortened week.

God Bless,
Mrs. Tiezzi
Principal


School News 
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
A few reminders from the office - we appreciate your help with these:

When visiting the school, please remember to sign in and sign out on our iPad in the office.

We do not have the ability to make change as we do not keep any cash on hand. Please have your student come in with the correct change for such things as: fundraising events, dress down days, lunch money, etc.
Hamden Hall Country Day School is once again offering its popular
  Summer Engineering & Science Academy  to students entering
Grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 who enjoy challenging themselves with hands-on activities in the fields of engineering, science, technology and mathematics.

Experiential learning is at the nucleus of this  complimentary ,
fully funded, week-long enrichment program, which is scheduled
this year for July 6-10. Students perform lab work and
collaborate in groups to fully explore and make discoveries in the
areas of DNA technology, forensics, cryptography, sustainable architecture,
chemistry, and more.

For more information, please click here.
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. 

Upcoming Virtus Training:
Blessed Sacrament Church, 33 Circular Avenue, Hamden
Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 1 pm

St. Mary Church, 70 Gulf Street, Milford
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 6:30 pm

St. Therese, 555 Middletown Avenue, North Haven
Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 12:15 pm

**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, 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

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

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Please Join Us for the Annual

SRS FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE!

Friday, February 21 st
6-8 pm

Click here for more information and to register.

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


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 Playoff Start! 
Congratulation to our teams that made the League Playoffs!
The first games are as followings:
Boys Varsity 8 th  – 2/22 at 10:15 @ Holy Angeles School
Girls Varsity – 2/22 at 9:00 @ ESCA
Boys JV 6 th  – 2/22 at 8:30 @ Wallingford Rec Center
Girls JV – 2/22 at 9:00 @ Holy Angeles School
 
Click  here   for Brackets Sheets or they can be found on the league
*brackets are posted under Current News and will be updated daily.
 

St Mary of Milford Basketball Tournament  
starts Thursday, Feb 20
(BoysJJV3, JV5, JV6, BV7, BV8 and Girls JV are entered)
 
 
LOTS OF BASKETBALL - SO PLEASE
COME OUT TO SUPPORT OUR TEAMS!
 
Please continue to add your photos to Shutterfly!! 
These photos will be used at the Sports Banquet

  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.

*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 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