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 would like to thank you all for the generosity you showed during the holiday season. Your contributions to the Advent Giving Tree, faculty and staff Christmas gift, as well as, providing baked goods and individual teacher and staff gifts was overwhelming and greatly appreciated. The St. Rita School community is very special and very generous. Thank you.

Now that we are in the winter season this is a gentle reminder that St. Rita School follows the decision of the Hamden Public Schools regarding delayed openings, early closings or closure due to inclement weather. Once we are notified of the HPS decision we will notify you via email and/or phone or text messages. We will also notify local news stations regarding our status. You are able to receive notification from the local stations on your phone by signing up for text alerts on the TV stations website. 

Please be advised that I have been informed by our Catholic school superintendent, Dr. Michael Griffin that he will be retiring at the end of this school year after forty-four years of service in Catholic education.  We are grateful to Dr. Griffin for his years as Superintendent and the many contributions he has made to advance the mission of our schools.  The Archdiocese of Hartford will engage a search firm with a strong reputation to identify qualified executive level candidates for the open position. Once the process is finalized, information will be available on the Archdiocesan and OEEC website. I will keep you apprised of the situation. 

Please join us for our annual celebration of National Catholic Schools Week, beginning on Sunday, January 27. We will be kicking off Catholic Schools Week (January 27-February 2) with two student led Masses. The 9:00 Mass on Sunday, January 27 at St. Stephen Church and the 11:30 Mass on Sunday, January 27 at St. Rita Church. Students are asked to wear their school uniforms to show their school pride to either Mass and receive a free dress day coupon from Msgr. Joe. Please see Mrs. Tiezzi, Sr. Anne or Mrs. Testa at Mass to receive your coupon.

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. We’ve planned a variety of events to show how we are doing as a community at St. Rita School.  You are also cordially invited to attend the First Friday Mass (8:45 A.M.) on February 1 followed by an Open House for current parents from 10:00-11:00 in the school.  A more detailed listing of the CSW activities will be sent home in next week’s newsletter.

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

God Bless,
Mrs. Tiezzi


School News 
Heartfelt Thank You!

I wish to express my deepest thanks to everyone for the overwhelming send off I received on Friday, December 21, 2018. I was completely surprised and humbled by the outpouring of all the love shown to me. The prayer service, the many gifts, the Proclamation from Mayor Leng and all your expressions of gratitude to me I will always remember. More importantly, I have been blessed in knowing all of you and all those whose paths I have crossed these past 29 years. My life has been enriched by all of you and for this I am especially grateful. Please know that I will remember you in my prayers. Remember: “St. Rita School is the place to be where the love of Christ is lived and shared!” May God continue to bless each of you.

With gratitude and love,

Mrs.Raccio
NEW OFFICE EMAIL AS OF JANUARY 2, 2019
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!
VIRTUS INFORMATION:
There will be a Virtus training session on Tuesday, Jan, 8 at 6 PM in St. Rita Church

Morning Drop off Reminder
Please be respectful of our morning drop off protocol. We have set forth these guidelines for the safety of all students and parents.
Do not park in the school parking lot when dropping off your child.
Do not get out of your car while in the drop off line.
Be cautious of children crossing in front of your car during drop off .
Please drive SLOWLY and CAREFULLY at all times.
If you choose to walk your child into school, please park at the church lot or on the designated street areas.
Student volunteers are needed for our Catholic Schools Week Masses
*All ages welcome*

Sunday January 27th
9am St. Stephen location
11:30am St. Rita location

Please email Carissa Civitello to volunteer
Annual Catholic Schools Week is coming soon.....
Stay tuned for fun filled itinerary for the week!

We will be kicking off our Pennies for Patients this week also!!
More information coming soon
St Rita School proudly presents......
PETER PAN JR.
Auditions open to all students in grades 5-8
THIS SATURDAY!!!!
January 12th 1-3pm
No preparation or experience necessary
Everyone will be cast in a role!
Performance dates are April 25-27th 2019


SAVE THE DATE: ANNUAL MULTI-CULTURAL NIGHT: MARCH 21, 2019
Celebrate Our Cultures
Please note the changes 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

If you are interested in volunteering for this event please email
MISSING CHARELSTON WRAP
Is anyone missing a Charleston Wrap order? We have one order that was never picked up, and unfortunately there is no student name, grade, or homeroom number on the order form. If your family submitted an order form with only 1 order on it and have not picked it up please email  trisha.kozloski@yahoo.com .

Whomever sold Charelston Wrap items to "Lisa Forte" please email


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
LAST WEEK TO BUY!
The SRS Athletic program is selling Discount Cards!
All proceeds will directly benefit our program.
Cards are $10 each.
To purchase: contact a SRS athlete or email  Trish D'Errico
Check back here for all Athletic News
IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN ...

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS BASKETBALL 
FREE THROW CHAMPIONSHIP
SATURDAY, JANUARY 12TH
8:45am registration
(you can still get to musical auditions!)
* * * *
OPEN TO SRS BOYS AND GIRLS
AGES 9-14 YEARS OLD

LOOK FOR YOUR FLYER GOING HOME TODAY!



 
Reminder:
If your child is absent from school, they will not be permitted to participate in any athletic events (games or practice)
 
 
For updated sports information and schedules, please visit our
 
Basketball Schedule can also be viewed at
 
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.


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

(Registration available later this week)
UPCOMING DATES - 
January 18- 12:15 Dismissal
January 21- No School
January 27- Tuition Raffle Begins
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