The celebration of the conferral of papal honors for those priests who were recently designated by Pope Francis as “monsignors” took place at a prayer service at St. Thomas Chapel at the Pastoral Center of the Archdiocese of Hartford in Bloomfield. Archbishop Leonard Blair presented each of them with their personal certificate signed by
Pope Francis.
Congratulations to Monsignor Joe!
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 Parent,

I am pleased to announce that St. Rita School recently received notification from the Commission on Independent Schools that we have been granted continued accreditation by the New England Schools and Colleges (NEASC).   In reaching its decision, the Commission reviewed our Self-Study Report and Visiting Committee Report. The Commission identified many areas for commendations particularly commending “the entire school community for valuing and living the School’s mission” and also commending “the faculty and administration for providing an exemplary academic program which makes excellent use of the available resources and results in an outstanding educational experience for the students”.

Our next step is to respond to the recommendations made from the Self-Study, the Visiting Committee and the Commission. The following major recommendations will need to be addressed when we file our Two-Year Interim Evaluation Report in 2021. Those recommendations include: “that the pastor, administration, and advisory board establish and facilitate a process for long-range planning which involves all constituents and incorporates both short and long-term initiatives” and “to continue to monitor the impact of the recent closure of St. Stephen School on the St. Rita community.” Parent input on both of these recommendations will be solicited. Thank you to everyone in our school community, most especially to our wonderful and dedicated faculty and staff, for all their hard work on the accreditation process.

Re-enrollment contacts for the 2019-20120 school year will be sent home to each family this week. We ask that you return the completed agreement and $150 per student non-refundable deposit to the school office by March 26, 2019. Information regarding the Smart Tuition Program and Smart Aid (tuition assistance) must be completed/updated on-line. Please refer to the letter which accompanies the re-enrollment contract for more specific information. In order for you to re-enroll your child you must be current with your 2018-2019 tuition account. You may call or email Mrs. Paula Nugent, school business manager at 203-248-5513 or pnugent@att.net with any questions regarding your tuition account. 

Finally, I have been notified by the Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic School of the availability of four different scholarship opportunities for St. Rita School families. These awards are based on academic excellence and financial need. Information about the specific scholarships can be found below under the Scholarships Available heading. Please take advantage of these opportunities being provided by FACS to make your child’s education more affordable.

Thank you for entrusting your child/ren to our care. Have a blessed week.

God Bless,
Mrs. Tiezzi

School News 
IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

IN THE CASE OF AN EARLY DISMISSAL DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER TOMORROW, FEB. 27TH, AFTER CARE WILL CLOSE AT 3PM.


From the Nurse's Office:
Connecticut requires physicals for entry into 7th grade as well as a tetanus booster and a meningitis vaccine. These physicals must be dated after May 1, 2018. Notices will be coming home today for those 6th grade students who do not have an up to date physical in my office. If your child has had a physical after May 1, 2018 please send in the paper work to school. If your child has not had their 7th grade physical yet please schedule an appointment. If you are planning on having this physical done over the summer please contact me so that I can document that. All physicals must be in my office before the start of school in August. 
Thank you 
Lisa Palma, RN
Saint Rita School Nurse 
Scholarships Available
Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools (FACS) is offering four different scholarships now available to St. Rita School. 
By way of background, FACS was founded in 1983 and its mission is to support and assist the parish schools and the Archdiocesan High Schools by providing funding for scholarships and special projects. The Foundation believes that Catholic schools provide an “education for a lifetime”, especially for the poor and underserved children and youth of the Archdiocese of Hartford. FACS’s scholarships are made possible by many generous donors who, like us, believe that our schools provide students with an outstanding, values-based education.
Scholarships include:
Archbishop's Scholarship
Dynia Scholarship
Patrick Latina Scholarship
Most Reverend Henry J. Mansell Scholarship

Please submit completed application to Mrs. Tiezzi by MARCH 12th.

Sacred Heart Academy News:

Experience  Excelsior— Saturdays @ SHA  offers girls in grades 5 to 8 an opportunity to experience the serious fun of learning without the extraneous pressure of formal grades, putting them in contact with ways of thinking, seeing, and doing that challenge them to reflect deeply and think critically. The program is filled with workshops and activities that promise to inform, engage, and entertain participating students while they make new friends.

Two sessions have been planned—Saturday, March 2, and Saturday, March 30, from 9:00 am to 11:30 am on the Sacred Heart campus, 265 Benham Street, Hamden. The program will be led by experienced faculty with the assistance of current students. Middle school girls are welcome to attend either one or both sessions.

  • March 2 – Creative Arts Saturday: Reflecting the wide range of Sacred Heart’s humanities-based curriculum and inspired by trailblazers in theatre, ancient history, and art, students will have fun experiencing the satisfying challenges of World Language, Social Studies, and Visual and Performing Arts, culminating in a short performance. 
  • March 30 – STEM Saturday: Participants will use Math, Science, and programming skills to find clues that lead them to learn about trailblazing women who forged new paths, not only in STEM fields, but in business, entertainment, and everyday life. Structured as an Escape Room, students will solve math puzzles, perform science experiments and write programs, using their knowledge and logic to break free.
 
Snacks will be provided and each participant will receive a t-shirt.
Reserve your place today for this  FREE  program Click To Register
MERCY HIGH SCHOOL
“Discover Mercy” is a morning program offered for fifth, sixth and seventh grade girls and their parents to get their first look at Mercy by enjoying activities, student performances and informal conversations with Mercy students, parents, alumnae, administrators and faculty. The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
During "Discover Mercy," girls have the opportunity to spend time in the classrooms with faculty and students while attending “classes” such as Beginners Yoga, Creative Writing, Cheerleading Clinic, Mad about Math, and Theater Arts Workshop to name a few options. All of the choices are listed on the registration page. Here is the link:  Discover Mercy . Meanwhile, parents may attend an informal question and answer session and participate in programs designed especially for them.
Following the morning program, everyone is invited to lunch in the cafeteria and experience a performance by the Mercy Dance Team and the Mercy/Xavier "Vocal Dimension" Show Choir! Mercy Student Ambassadors are available to lead tours of the school at any time during the morning, including a stop at the school store.

Super Charge Your SUMMER
Mercy High School Summer Camp Program
Open to all 6th-9th Graders
More information here

Deadline extended!!
PETER PAN NEWS:

Get your very own Peter Pan Jr. show shirt just like the
cast and crew members!
Wear your shirt to any of our performances in April and
receive a special treat at our Neverland Candy Stand!
Help us fill our Ad Book!
Please show your support by placing an Ad in our program
Join us for our 2nd Annual
Multi- Cultural Night!
NEW DATE:
Thursday March 28, 2019
5:30-7:00pm

All school families welcome!
Interested in sharing your culture
with our school?
Register here

All families sharing their culture will be asked to decorate a table (table supplied) to represent their culture. Food, artifacts, pictures, etc are all welcome!
Questions: Contact Carissa Civitello

Celebrate Our Cultures
Please note the changes to our cultural board.

March: Europe
Please begin to bring in your items to share this month.
Please label items with name and
attention to: Carissa Civitello
Interested in learning more about our Kindergarten program? Come paint with us!
Monday
March 25, 2019
Register here
Open to all prospective Kindergarten families
Our Scrip Gift Card Fundraising is still available all year long!

Remember to visit the Scrip Store for all of your gift card needs.
Every gift card purchase supports our school.
Crusaders Corner Store
Spirit Wear is available for purchase!
Stop by our Advancement Office to shop.
Crusaders Corner will be open every Thursday during all lunch periods. Please send your child with cash or check to purchase items!

We are still seeking volunteers to help run the store. If you are interested please contact Mrs. Civitello.
Home and School Association
SAVE THE DATE
Save the date for our Annual Father Daughter Dance!
Friday, April 5th 2019
6:00-8:00pm
Dessert & Dancing

Invitations coming soon!
Thank you to all who attended the planning meeting.

If you are interested in volunteering for this event please email
got Sole?
COLOR RUN   

Volunteers Needed!

WE NEED YOU TO MAKE THIS FUNDRAISER A SUCCESS!

The HSA is looking for energetic parents 
to volunteer for the following committees:


Color Run Race, Food Trucks, Sneaker Drive,
Sponsorships & Donations, and Registration.

All are welcome to attend!

Contact Trisha Kozloski with questions at  trisha.kozloski@yahoo.com

SAVE THE DATE
FOR OUR SPRING
COLOR RUN
SATURDAY MAY 18TH

The 3rd Annual $10,000 Tuition Raffle
New Dates this year!
St. Rita School will be selling raffle tickets for its annual tuition raffle. Each family is asked to sell or buy 2 tickets. Tickets are $50 each with only 800 tickets to be sold; so buy your ticket early. Prize money can be used to pay for tuition at any accredited K-12 school, college or university, or to pay back students loans. The winner does not have to personally use the money; they can designate any student they wish to use the money (for example, a grandparent can use the money to pay a grandchild’s tuition). The drawing will be held on April 27, 2019, at St. Rita School during the evening performance of Peter Pan Jr.; winner need not be present to win.
Extra tickets are available by calling the school at 203-248-3114 or emailing trisha.kozloski@yahoo.com.
 Proceeds from the raffle will support St. Rita School’s operating budget. 

This year we will be seeking volunteers to help with the Tuition Raffle. If you are interested in volunteering please email
Calling for volunteers! We’ve got some shoes to fill.
NEW LINK TO SIGN UP!!!!
 
The St. Rita School HSA would love to have you as a Parent Volunteer this year! There are various events and activities planned for this year that cannot happen without your support.

Your time and talents are needed for the continued success of our school. Even just one hour of volunteer time makes a great difference to the school community.
 
Please access the link below to view the events scheduled this year and sign up for any of the volunteer positions that are open.
 
Thank you for your continued support of our school!
  
HSA Executive Board
 
 
Athlete's Corner
Check back here for all Athletic News
Winter Sports Information
Reminder:
If your child is absent from school, they will not be permitted to participate in any athletic events (games or practice)
SAVE THE DATE
ST. RITA SCHOOL

 SPORTS BANQUET

Sunday, May 19th
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Il Monticello Restaurant
Honoring our 5th - 8th Grade Athletes
 
Food, awards, and fun!
More details to follow ...
League Playoffs Continues!!
Please come out and support our teams! 
The following teams are playing this week:
Girls Varsity - 3/3 @ 3:15 at SHA – Championship Game!!
Boys Varsity 7 th  – 2/27 @ 6:00 at ESCA
Boys Varsity 8 th  – 2/27 @ 7:15 at ESCA
Girls JV – 2/26 @ 7:15 at ESCA
Boys JV 5 th  – 2/27 @ 6:00 at St Lawrence
Boys JV 6 th  – 2/26 @ 6:00 at Holy Angels
GOOD LUCK!
Championship Games will be played on Sunday March 3 rd  at SHA
Updated Bracket sheets can be found on the league website at
www.recleague.net/sites/12481  under the tab “News” so you can follow all the games! 
 
 
St Mary of Milford Basketball Tournament
(BoysJJV3, JJV4, JV5, JV6, Varsity 7 and Girls JJV, JV and Varsity are entered)

Brackets are listed at
 
LOTS OF BASKETBALL SO PLEASE COME OUT TO SUPPORT OUR TEAMS!


BASKETBALL AND CHEER PICS!!
Team and Individual Basketball Pictures will be taken on 
Thursday, Feb 28th .
It will only take 15 minutes per team so please make the time to attend. 
The pictures will be used for the Sports Banquet at the end of the school year.
Thank you for your patience and flexibility.
The (Tentative) Schedule is as Follows:
(* times are subject to change due to tournaments,
a final schedule will be sent out on Wednesday night):
  • 6:00pm-BV8
  • 6:15pm-BJJV3
  • 6:30pm-BJJV4
  • 6:45pm-GJJV
  • 7:00pm-BJV5
  • 7:15pm- Cheer
  • 7:30pm-BJV6
  • 7:45pm-BV7
  • 8:00pm-GJV
  • 8:15pm-GV
All players on Varsity and JV please wear your  green  uniform shorts and shirts
All players on the JJV please wear your green game shorts and your grey practice shirts.
 
 

 
BASKETBALL AND CHEER PHOTOS NEEDED!!
We are looking for photos of your child playing Soccer/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 Sports Banquet.
PICTURES WANTED! If you love taking pictures at our SRS sporting events, please share them with us! Please send to ccivitello.stritaschool@gmail.com
Student Spotlight
Best of luck to SRS
Alumna Juliana Mascia
who will have the honor of singing with a small group at the United Nations in NYC at the
Women's Peace Annual Luncheon, March 1st.
Congratulations to Virginia Akide-Ndunge for being awarded the Grand Prize in the New York Encounter Contest for
Catholic School Students.
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


Uncle of the Kozloski Family
Paolina Mozzicato Mangiafico

If you have a special intention that you would like to share in our prayer corner, please email Carissa Civitello
Support SRS
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.

We're excited to announce another bonus donation opportunity for Divine Mercy Parish Corporation. Through January 31, 2019, AmazonSmile will donate 15% the purchase price of new print magazine subscriptions. Click  here for details

Use the message and image below in email, social media, and on your website to spread the word to your donors, staff, and volunteers.

Through January 31, 2019, AmazonSmile will donate 15% the purchase price of new print magazine subscriptions. Visit  https://smile.amazon.com/b?node=18541223011  for details.

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 send your PricePlus card number to Alice Kuether,  alicemcgrew23@hotmail.com .
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 .
Caritas Christi Center
Please enjoy this video featuring beautiful photos from Saturday's Mass at  St. Patrick's Cathedral  commemorating the beatification of Blessed Clelia! It was truly a blessing to celebrate with so many. Thank you to all who joined us in person and in prayer!
(Video credit:  Cronin Photography )


UPCOMING DATES - 
March 1- 1st Friday Mass
March 6- Ash Wednesday Mass 9am
March 14- 12:15 Dismissal , Conferences
March 15- 12:15 Dismissal, Conferences
March 18- No School, Catholic Educator Conference
March 25- Kindergarten Informational Night
March 28- Multi-Cultural Night
April 5- 1st Friday Mass, Father/Daughter Dance 6pm
April 14- Palm Sunday
April 15-19 Spring Break
April 21- Easter
April 25-27 Peter Pan Musical

St. Rita School
1601 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517
Phone: (203) 248.3114
Fax: (203) 248.1016
www.stritaschool.org