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,

I hope you all enjoyed yesterday’s snow day. It will be our last traditional snow day for this school year. All other inclement weather days will now become remote learning days. Despite the prediction of Punxsutawney Phil that we have six more weeks of winter, hopefully Spring will arrive sooner than later. In any case, we need to be prepared to switch to remote learning due to the weather or COVID issues at any time. Your assistance is needed to help your child receive the most from his/her on-line experience. Here are a number of suggestions to assist your child:

  • SRS students must be dressed in proper uniform and ready to learn;
  • Breakfast should be eaten before your child arrives remotely at school;
  • Students should have an adequate work space, free of distractions, and have all necessary books and supplies available;
  • Electronic devices should be fully charged;
  • Cameras should be on during class time and microphones should be muted;
  • Any distractions such as pets, siblings, toys, cell phones or other electronic devices should not a part of your child’s work space;
  • Students will be provided with adequate breaks for snack, bathroom, lunch and recess;
  • The school day runs from 8:15-2:35 unless otherwise indicated.

This week we are celebrating Catholic Schools Week, a nationwide celebration. Today is the day we “Celebrate Our Students” and that we did by giving them an early release from remote learning. School ended at 1:30 today and we hope that all our students were able to get outside and enjoy the snow. Students were asked to take some pictures of their afternoon activities and submit them to Mrs. Bruno for posting. The special treat Miss Erin has for our students will be distributed tomorrow. Tomorrow, Wednesday, we “Celebrate Our Nation” and it is a no uniform day. Each class has been assigned a color (red, white or blue) and students are asked to dress in that color to show their American spirit and pride.

Thursday, February 4, we will “Celebrate our Vocations” and honor and thank Sr. Anne and Msgr. Joe for answering God’s call to religious life. On Friday, we “Celebrate Our Faculty and Staff”. Students in kindergarten, grade 1, and grade 2, will attend First Friday Mass. I have a few surprises in store for our teachers and we will have a school-wide Bingo game to round out the week.

Thank you to everyone who has completed the re-enrollment survey. If you have not yet done so, please click here to let us know your intention. We expect to have tuition contracts and updated tuition rates available in early March. In the meantime, with your assistance, we can begin planning for next year. Currently we will continue to follow COVID-19 protocols for class size and we want our current families to have priority over new families applying for next year. Thank you for your support and being great ambassadors for our school.

Thank you for entrusting your child/ren to our care. Let’s continue to pray for an end to this pandemic and that our students, teachers, and families continue to stay safe and well. Have a great week



God Bless,
Mrs. Tiezzi
Principal
Dear SRS families,

As February is quickly approaching, we would like to remind you of some of the protocols that have been put in place due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic and how it affects your child/ren as far as their lunches and beverages are concerned here in the school building:

  • WATER FOUNTAINS have signs placed over them as a reminder that they are not to be used, therefore, please remember to supply your student(s) with beverages to drink.  
  • LUNCH ORDERS for students must be ordered via the online portal BEFORE 9 pm the day before the lunch is needed. Since we often have changes in regard to students switching to remote learning due to exposure, please remember to make any adjustments on the lunch portal (i.e. remove your student's lunch order from the portal if they will not be in school so that you will not be charged). If you do not sign up and your child needs a hot lunch, you will receive a phone call asking you to bring in your student's lunch.
  • LUNCHES & SNACKS from HOME - If you are providing snack and lunch from home, please be sure you also provide utensils, napkins and again, beverages. 
 
Please feel free to contact me directly should you have any other questions or concerns at carmodye1@gmail.com

Let's continue to be safe and healthy.
We can all get through this together!
Thank you,
Erin Carmody
Click HERE to download the Candy Gram Tags

Click HERE to download the Candy Gram Order Form

Click HERE to download the Raffle Ticket Order Form
Parents of Remote Learners:

Please do not come to St. Rita to pick up your child's work before dismissal. Teachers often add books or other items to the pickup boxes after dismissal, but before 3 pm.
Pickup times are 3 to 5 pm on regular dismissal days,
and 1 to 3 pm on early dismissal days.
Scholarship Opportunities

The Archdiocese of Hartford Foundation for Advancement of Catholic Schools and the CEO Foundation (www.ceoct.org) have scholarship opportunities available for students who attend Catholic schools. Please click the links below for the guidelines and criteria and the application which are due to the office by February 1, 2021. Please be sure that all the supporting documentation accompanies the application. Applications for the CEO Foundation will go online at 12:01 am on Monday, March 1. These scholarship opportunities are distributed very quickly so please do not miss the deadlines.

Click HERE for the FACS
Guidelines and Criteria for 2020-2021

Click HERE for the FACS Scholarship Application
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.
Friday, January 22 and Friday, January 29
Delivery Times available from 5pm-7 pm

Join us for Dine & Donate Fridays! We are teaming up with four amazing restaurants, offering unique family-style menus to choose from that are available for delivery on both Friday, January 22nd and Friday, January 29th between 5-7pm. For every order placed, fifty percent of proceeds will directly benefit the families and children of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts

All meals and pricing prepared family-style for 2 or 4 people. RMHC CTMA will bring the meal to your doorstep with contactless delivery. You can also choose curbside restaurant pickup!

Orders must be placed by midnight on 1/19 for delivery on 1/22
and by midnight on 1/26 for delivery on 1/29.
Delivery must be within a 15 mile radius of each restaurant.

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Connecticut Restaurant Partners
660 State Street
New Haven, CT 06511

806 State Street
New Haven, CT 06511

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Massachusetts Restaurant Partners
3 Country Club Road
Holyoke, MA 01040

1338 Memorial Avenue
West Springfield, MA 01089

On Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 the Ronald McDonald House of Springfield celebrates 30 years serving children and families in need of a "home-away-from-home." Find out how you can join us in celebrating this milestone!
A Gentle Reminder:
Students should have a clean mask each day.
Please launder them regularly.
Nurse's Corner
Update to Covid Quarantine guidelines.

These are the guidelines we are now following as part of the CDC’s newest guidelines when it comes to Covid 19.

If an individual does not have Covid-19 symptoms but had close contact to someone diagnosed with Covid-19:
Remain home in self-quarantine for the recommended 10 days from last exposure to the person diagnosed with Covid-19. If symptoms occur, contact your health care provider.

If you test positive:
  Remain home until 10 day’s have passed since date of positive Covid-19 test or if you have symptoms, 10 days since symptoms began. 
        
There was an addendum that had to do with testing on day 5 of an exposure and exiting quarantine after 7 days but our school district is NOT implementing that at this time. 

Just a reminder of isolation vs Quarantine 

Isolation = When you are experiencing symptoms or have a confirmed diagnosis of Covid-19

Quarantine = when you have been exposed but you are not experiencing symptoms 
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
Our 2021 SRS Auction planning is back on and scheduled for the last weekend in February. SRS is counting on us to make the auction our biggest fundraiser, and we need your help to make the event a success. There are many ways in which you can help, but the most pressing is by donating items for the auction! ALL donations are welcome and very much appreciated! Below are a few suggestions for ways you can contribute:

Organize a donation from your student’s class or grade! In the past, room parents and teachers have helped students create a piece of art or item to be auctioned off. Given that we do not have room parents this year, we are hoping parents from each grade will be interested in helping to manage these projects. You have the freedom to make whatever you want! If you’re interested in taking the lead or helping with your child’s grade, please let us know by emailing hsasrs.stritaschool@gmail.com

Experiences: Do you have an Airbnb in a cool location? Work someplace interesting that charges admission? Have season tickets and willing to part with one night’s entrance? We would love to auction off fun and unique experiences; any ideas are great!

Gift Cards: We love gift card donations! Depending on the venue and the value, we can auction these off individually or as part of a basket, so any place/value is helpful.

In-Kind Donations: Ask your kids’ swim instructors, check with your hair stylist, donate your own professional services, or stop in local, favorite businesses to solicit support for SRS! Alternatively, maybe you have a new, unused item or even a valued vintage piece with which you’re willing to part? Anything and everything is welcome!

Sign-up Parties: Support the Auction by hosting one of these fun events! Think of a neat (virtual or socially distanced) idea for a party. Tell us what you’d like to do, where and when you’d like to host, and how many people you’re willing to entertain. On the night of the Auction, guests can sign up for your party, and all of the money pledged will go to St. Rita School.

Let us know if you have questions or if you have an item/experience to donate! Email us at hsasrs.stritaschool@gmail.com. Thank you so much for your help!

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.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!
Athlete's Corner
Winter Sports Season -- The AIAC has cancelled the interscholastic sports season so we will be unable to have basketball teams this year. We are looking forward to having spring sports for our students pending AIAC approval. We will have more information in late March
Prayer Corner
Remember all those who are suffering or have lost a loved-one during this pandemic.
Please pray for the Rice and Bullock Families, and 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