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,

Just a reminder that Friday, January 15, is an early dismissal day (12:00) so that teachers may participate in a faith formation workshop on the Alpha program. What is Alpha you ask? Alpha is a series of sessions exploring life and our Christian faith. Our teachers will have the opportunity to increase their personal relationship with God and with each other as members of the Body of Christ. Divine Mercy Parish will run an on-line Alpha program beginning on January 14. If you are interested in unpacking the basics of Christianity and addressing questions such as “Who is Jesus?” and “How can we have faith?” these sessions provide an opportunity for personal spiritual growth and fellowship. If you have any questions about the Alpha program please contact DivineMercy2020@gmail.com

School will be closed on Monday, January 18, in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Now most especially after the turbulence of the past year, let us take some time over the holiday to honor the legacy of Dr. King by talking with your children and sharing ways to live out Dr. King’s legacy -nonviolent protest. In 1959 during his visit to India Dr. King stated “Today we no longer have a choice between violence and nonviolence: it is either nonviolence or nonexistence.” This legacy goes hand in hand with our Catholic social teachings - a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. The seven themes of Catholic social teachings are: life and dignity of the human person, call to family, community and participation, right and responsibilities, option for the poor and vulnerable, the dignity of work and the rights of the worker, solidarity and the care for God’s creation. How can you and your family can put these social teachings into practice during 2021?

From January 4 through today we have had 1 staff member test positive for COVID-19. This individual was last in school on January 6 and is currently at home. Consequently, our 5th grade class is currently on remote instruction due to quarantine and will return to school after the holiday.  Following CDC and QVHD protocol all the necessary information has been submitted for contact tracing and those individuals considered a “close contact” have been contacted.

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. Attached to this email is a link for the application for the FACS applications which are due back to me 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 A.M. on Monday, March 1. These scholarship opportunities are distributed very quickly so please do not miss the deadlines.

 St. Mother Theresa of Calcutta once stated “the world is changed by your example, not your opinion” Spend the next week honoring the legacy of both Dr. King and St. Mother Theresa by “doing small things in a great way”  Thank you for entrusting your child/children to our care. Be safe and stay well.

God Bless,
Mrs. Tiezzi
Principal

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

Click HERE for the FACS Scholarship Application
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.
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.
You Are Cordially Invited
to Alpha Online

WHAT:  Alpha is a series of sessions exploring life and the
                Christian faith. The talks are designed to engage and
                inspire conversation, exploring issues related to faith,
                unpacking the basics of Christianity, and addressing
                questions such as “Who Is Jesus?” and “How Can We
                Have Faith?”.  The sessions provide an opportunity for
                fellowship and personal spiritual growth.

WHY:  Alpha is an opportunity to increase our personal
             relationship with God, and with each other as members of
             the Body of Christ.

WHEN:  Divine Mercy Parish will run an online Alpha 
               program, beginning on January 14th. Sessions will meet
               every Thursday evening from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
               through March 25, 2021

WHERE: In the comfort of your home, dorm room, or wherever
                 you are able to connect with us.

HOW: Due to Coronavirus, this Alpha will be an online
           Alpha, using a Zoom platform. To register, go to the Alpha   
           section on the parish website at divinemercyhamden.com or  
           go directly to bit.ly/dmalpha2021. Please register by   
           January 12th , 2021. . 

Listen to Monsignor Joe’s Epiphany homily, and Alpha testimonials on the parish website or Facebook page.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at DivineMercyAlpha2020@gmail.com
A Gentle Reminder:
Students should have a clean mask each day.
Please launder them regularly.
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
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
The Archdiocesan Interscholastic Athletic Board will be meeting in mid-January to make recommendations regarding the winter sports season. Following their guidance and that of the CIAC, St. Rita School will make a determination
whether a winter sports season is feasible.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
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