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,

Thank you to everyone who participated in Sunday’s kickoff celebrations for Catholic Schools Week. It was so great to see all our students and their families at Mass and at the afternoon pep rally. Thank you to Sr. Anne, Mrs. Testa and our student readers, as well as, Mr. and Mrs. D’Errico, coaches and athletes for a great Sunday of SRS pride and school spirit.

 This year’s CSW theme-“Catholic Schools: Learn, Serve, Lead, Succeed”-highlights our focus on academic excellence, faith development, dedication to community service and future success.

Wednesday, January 29 Celebrate Your Vocations . School wide Morning Prayer will be offered for Msgr. Joe and Sr. Anne in appreciation for their call to ministry. Following Morning Prayer, over 30 SRS parents will be sharing their career vocations with their child and his/her classmates.

Thursday, January 30 Celebrate Your Faculty & Staff . The NJHS and STUCO will assist Mrs. Tiezzi in providing a mid-morning treat for our very dedicated faculty and staff members. Thank you to all our teachers and staff members for your hard work fostering the love of learning within our students.

Friday, January 31 Celebrate Your Families . You are invited to have lunch with your child. You may order your lunch in addition to your child’s lunch on our lunch portal.  Due to limited seating we ask that only one parent participate per child. Following lunch you will share a special dessert treat and visit your child’s classroom. Lunch/recess times are as follows: PreK 11:00-11:45 in the classrooms; Grs. K-2 11:20-12:00; Grades 3-5 12:00-12:40; and Grs. 6-8 12:40-1:20. STUCO will be hosting a talent show beginning at 1:20 in the gym.  You are invited to attend. 

Thank you for entrusting your child/ren to our care. Have a great week.
 
God Bless,

Mrs. Tiezzi
 
  
School News 
The Eight Grade Graduation Committee will be selling Lollipop Grams for Valentine’s Days - 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

 
In celebration of Catholic Schools week, we are offering families the opportunity to adopt a book for our school library. Mrs. Schreck will be displaying the books selections during all lunch waves on Friday. Through our adopt a book program you can dedicate a library book to honor of someone special. Please stop by and check out the available titles. See the attachment for more information or contact Mrs. Schreck at sschreck.stritaschool@gmail.com.

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
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. 

Jan 29 6:00PM Church of Resurrection in Wallingford

Feb 4 6:00 PM Mt. Carmel in Meriden  

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
Order your 2019-2020 school yearbook today!
**Order before January 31st to receive special pricing!**
$25!
Home and School Association
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

COMING SOON: THE ANNUAL $10,000 TUITION RAFFLE!!
Keep an eye out for more information on our annual Tuition Raffle and the chance to win $10,000 toward ANY school’s tuition! In order for the raffle to succeed, we hope each SRS family will buy or sell at least 2 tickets ($50 each). The winner can use the prize money for any tuition expenses, elementary through college and even student loans! Stay tuned for more details.

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

Thank you all that came out on Sunday for our SRS Pep Rally!!
It was a wonderful way to kick off Catholic Schools
Week and celebrate our Student Athletics at SRS.
Please download your pics on your Shutterfly account. 
We will use them at the End of the Year Sport Banquet.



Come out and Support your teams!!
2019-2020 Basketball Calendar
for Varsity and JV


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)
PICTURES WANTED! If you love taking pictures at our SRS sporting events, please share them with us! Please send to ccivitello.stritaschool@gmail.com
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
  All Married and engaged couples are invited to attend the 29th annual Valentine ’s Mass at St. Rita church on Saturday February 8th at 7pm. The Mass entitled Mass of the Marriage Covenant: With God as our Guide will feature the music from the Notre Dame Boys Choir. Couples will be able to renew their vows and engaged couples will receive a special blessing during this beautiful candlelight service. All will be invited downstairs for a reception complete with snacks, beverages and wedding cake after the Mass. Please join us and celebrate the sacrament of marriage and please bring an hors d’oeuvres to share at the reception. In case of inclement weather please call Tim at 203-230-9379 for information on cancellation
Student Spotlight
Congratulations to Jack , Grade 8, who auditioned for the CT Future Musicians all state band. He was accepted into the Symphonic and Jazz Bands. He will be representing St. Rita School as first chair trumpet in the jazz band. (Which means he received the highest score out of all the trumpets who auditioned) Jack will be performing in the All State Concert at Central Connecticut University  on Saturday, March 28.
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 7- No School
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