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,

Thank you to all our students and their families who joined us for the two Masses this past Sunday to launch our annual celebration of Catholic Schools Week. Yesterday all the students enjoyed their bowling trip while our Pre-K students experienced Zumba in the afternoon.  Our theme-“Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve .Lead. Succeed”-highlights our focus on academic excellence, faith development dedication to community service, and future success. We’ve planned a variety of events to show how we are doing as a community at St. Rita School.


Tuesday, January 29-Celebrating:  Our Students
Students in all grades celebrated their school spirit by wearing their SRS gear and had a popsicle treat at lunchtime.

Wednesday, January 30-Celebrating: Our Nation
Souper Bowl day! Student may wear red, white and blue (bows, socks, tights, t-shirt under their uniform top) ALONG with their regular uniform and are asked to donate a non-perishable food items such as -soup, tuna, pasta sauce, canned fruit, jelly, or cereal for our Divine Mercy Food Pantry. Students will also be creating Valentine’s for our Veterans.
 
Thursday, January 31: Celebrating: Our Faculty
A special luncheon will be provided for our tremendous faculty and staff. A faculty baby picture contest and classroom door judging contest will be held.
  
Friday, February 1-Celebrating: Our Priests and Religious
Parents are asked to join us at the 8:45 Mass (Grade 5 is in charge). We will give a special thank you to Msgr. Joe and Sr. Anne for all that they do to support our students and families.   At the end of Mass the Kindness Awards for January will be awarded.  Please join us back at school to see all the great things that are happening in your child’s classroom.   Open House begins after Mass for parents with children in PreK-Grade 8. 

Saturday, February 2: Celebrating:  Our Families
Please join our St. Rita Families at Chipotle Restaurant-215 Dixwell Avenue from 4:00-8:00 P.M.

I am grateful every day for the teachers, staff, board members, parents, volunteers who make our school a success. National Catholic Schools Week is a good time to celebrate our students and thank so many people for their dedication and service to our school. I hope you can join us for some of the events.   

God Bless,
Mrs. Tiezzi



School News 
NEW OFFICE EMAIL
For all office related emails please email
office.stritaschool@gmail.com
Sibling Registration

Registration for the
2019-2020 school year is now available to our SRS siblings. Please contact
Carissa Civitello for more information.
Our Pre-K classes fill up quickly- please apply soon to guarantee a spot!
Next Virtus workshop in the area is Feb. 4 at 6:00PM at Church of the Assumption in Woodbridge.
Divine Mercy Parish Valentine’s Mass :
Married and engaged couples are invited to join us for the 28th annual Valentine’s Mass and social  on Saturday February 9th at 7pm  at St. Rita church. The Mass entitled  Mass of the Marriage Covenant: One Heart, One Soul, One Mind  will be a beautiful candlelight service with music provided by the Notre Dame Boys Choir. Come join us in a celebration of the Sacrament of marriage. A reception will be held downstairs following the Mass complete with music, beverages and hors d’oeuvres. If able, please bring a snack to share at the reception. In case of inclement weather or for questions, call Tim at  (203)230-9379  
We are currently looking for a volunteer to organize our participation in the Greater New Haven St. Patrick's Day parade.
Please contact the main office if you are interested. Thank you
Celebrate Our Families During Catholic Schools Week!
Come out to Family Fun Night with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Friday Feb. 1, 2019
Flyers were sent home. Order forms may be returned to SRS Main Office.

COINS FOR CANCER
Save your change!
Please send in any loose change or monetary donations to your child's classroom. All proceeds will go directly to children and families battling cancer.
MISSING DRUM:
One of our students misplaced their drum. If anyone has seen it please contact the main office.
The brand of the drum is Pearl and it is silver. The case rolls, is black with red trim and has the world “Pearl” in white on it. The pocket on the case doesn’t close properly. 
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.
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!
SAVE THE DATE: ANNUAL MULTI-CULTURAL NIGHT: MARCH 21, 2019
Celebrate Our Cultures
Please note the changes to our cultural board.

February: Africa
Please begin to send in your items to
contribute to our cultural board!
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

There will be an open meeting to all interested in volunteering at this event at
12 noon on Feb. 23 Saturday at SRS. 

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

NEW DATE AND TIME FOR OUR 
FIRST COMMITTEE MEETING ...

PLEASE JOIN US ON 
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH AT 7:30 PM
ST. RITA SCHOOL

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

Coming Soon: The 3rd Annual $10,000 Tuition Raffle
New Dates this year!
Starting on January 27, 2019, 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
Winter Sports Information
**Basketball Fees and Apparel will be posted
to your February Smart Tuition Account. 
 
Winter Sports Information
 
Basketball Schedule can be viewed at
 
 
The  DISCOUNT CARD FUNDRAISER  was a great success!!
Thank you all that participated! 
I especially would like to thank the sponsors:
  • Paul & Eddy’s Pizza
  • J.Roo’s Restaurant
  • Aunt Chilada’s
  • Acropolis Diner
  • Kathalina's Bakery
  • Kelly's Cone Connection
  • District Athletic Club
  • Twin Pines Diner Restaurant
  • Giovanni's Pizzeria
  • Tonino's Pizzeria
  • Jennifer's Ice Cream
  • Roost
  • Richard’s Corner Gourmet Deli
  • Tropical Delights Jamaican Restaurant
 
We would not be able to have this Fundraiser without them so  THANK YOU !!
**The Cheerleaders are still in the process of selling, so if you are
looking to purchase a card, please let Trisha D’Errico know
 


 
Check back here for all Athletic News
 
Reminder:
If your child is absent from school, they will not be permitted to participate in any athletic events (games or practice)
 
Basketball Schedule can also be viewed at
 
SAVE THE DATE
ST. RITA SCHOOL

2018-2019 Sports Banquet
Sunday, May 19th
2 to 5pm at IL Monticello in Meriden
Student athletes in grades 5-8 th  who participated in soccer,
basketball, cheer and baseball/softball along with
parents and siblings may attend
*Details to Follow
 

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

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
Happy New Year! Our next Box Top submission deadline is MARCH 1st! Please have all Box Tops submitted by FEBRUARY 22nd!!
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
You are cordially invited to a
Mass of Thanksgiving
as we celebrate the

Beatification of
Blessed Clelia Merloni

These celebrations will take place at

St. Patrick’s Cathedral
New York, NY
Saturday, February 9, 2019
2:00 PM

To register for the Mass, please visit


UPCOMING DATES - 
January 27-Feb. 1- Catholic Schools Week
February 15- 12:15 Dismissal
February 18-19- Winter Break
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

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