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 School Parents,

As I sit here in my home office, also known as my dining room, I can’t help but reflect on past end of year celebrations at St. Rita, with all the noise and excitement from our students and our teachers, as well as from our parents. Boy, do I miss those days! Today marks the 55th and final day of on-line learning for the 2019-2020 school year. I cannot help but express my deep gratitude to all our parents, and in many cases grandparents, for your unwavering support of our distance learning initiative and your child’s on-line experience.  Our SRS teachers, all heroes in my eyes, would not have been able to take on this challenge if it was not for your support. Thank you!

In his homily last weekend, on Trinity Sunday, Msgr. Joe shared his reflection on the recent events that have shaken our country yet again. I think it is important that everyone have the opportunity to read an excerpt of his message, as well as read the messages of Pope Francis and Archbishop Blair who speak for our entire Catholic community. Let us all join together by our words and actions to bring an end to racism in our community, in our country, and in our world.

“In our world today God is calling us to love one another. It is the call of each Christian “see how they love”.

With the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, we as Christians are saddened and detest what took place. As Christians it is horrifying to see protests result in violence of fire bombing and looting. Yet, as Christians we cannot sit idly by and say nothing. We must reflect deeply on the love that our God has for each person. The love that God has for each Black person who is cherished in the eyes and heart of God.

This situation has led Catholic Bishops to put out statements against racism in the United States and in the world. Pope Francis, too, has issued a statement and a prayer that we will use at the end of Mass today. On Saturday, the Office of Catholic Social Justice Ministry began it yearlong online conference on Racism, and on Saturday afternoon a number of our parishioners gathered to pray the rosary for justice and peace in our country and in our world. And there have been other powerful images of protesters and police kneeling together, locked arm and arm with one another and the image of one American Catholic bishop kneeling in solidarity with protesters praying for peace and justice.

It is important for us to listen to the experience of Black people in our country, to educate ourselves on race in our society and to act in whatever way we are able. It may mean stretching beyond a comfort level, but isn’t that similar to what the God of Love has done. The Trinity is an example of Love that goes beyond its very self to all creation and loves with a Covenant love that wants only good.

Are we not called to love all our brothers and sisters as God Father, Son and Spirit loves us?”

We will be saying goodbye to three of our teachers/administrators at the end of this year: Mrs. Tina Corraro, Mrs. Maria Testa, and Mrs. Patty Landino. All three of these ladies have dedicated themselves to teaching Catholic school students and have now decided it is time to retire. We thank them and wish them well in their next career as full-time Grandmothers.

We are so excited to see everyone tomorrow even at a distance. Thank you for entrusting your child/ren to our care during this school year. I will be reaching out to you over the summer with re-opening plans and plans for our summer programming. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Stay safe and be well. Enjoy your summer.  

  

God Bless,
Mrs. Tiezzi
Principal


Guidelines for the Final Day of School - 2020
Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 10 will be our turn-in day for all Chromebooks, I-Pads, books, library books, sports uniforms, etc. In order to ensure the safety and well-being of all our teachers, students and parents, the following guidelines must be followed:

  • Families are assigned the following times on Wednesday, June 10 to stop by the school to drop-off any belongings and pick-up report cards etc. 

10:00-11:00 Families with last name ending in A-C   (Adlam-Cruz)

11:00-12:00 Families with last name ending in D-I   (Dagliere-Iuliano)

12:00-1:00 Families with last name ending in J-N  (Jackson-Nixon)

1:00-2:00 Families with last name ending in O-Z  (O’Connor-Zinn)

  • All students and parents must be wearing face masks. You are also asked to practice proper social distancing. Teachers will be stationed at tables around the parking lot. Please safely park your vehicle and escort your child to quickly drop-off and pick- up his/her things. We ask that families limit their time on campus to less than 10 minutes. 

  • If you are able please bring in non-perishable food items for the Divine Mercy Food Pantry. Coffee, canned tuna, juices (apple and cranberry), Chef Boyardee, canned fruit, cookies, crackers, and beans are in short supply.  

  • Our Lenten Service project donations are still being collected. Thank you for your generosity. 

  • If you are unable to drop your child’s belonging off at the designated time, please notify your child’s teacher and we will make alternate arrangements. 
“I have witnessed with great concern the disturbing social unrest in your nation in these past days, following the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd,” he said. “We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.” 
--Pope Francis, June 3, 2020

Click  here  to read the statement from Archbishop Blair
regarding the death of George Floyd.
Re-Registration Information

We have started planning for the 2020-2021 school year at
St. Rita School. We have been discussing many exciting
initiatives for next school year and I am hoping that you and
your family will be part of it. However, as we move forward
toward making preparations for next year, we need to better understand the status of your child’s re-enrollment at
St. Rita School. If you have not yet returned your
re-registration paperwork, kindly click the link to
fill out the form below.

If you have returned your paper work,
there is no need to fill out this form.

Thank you in advance for your prompt response. If you
have any questions or concerns which you would like to
discuss please do not hesitate to email.

An Important Message from the Business Office
As a reminder, the portal for financial aid is now open for applications. In order to apply for financial aid, you must be paid in full for the 2019-2020 academic year and be registered with a signed Tuition Agreement and deposit for the 2020-2021 academic year.

All accounts with an outstanding balance for the 2019-2020 academic year will be unable to receive report cards until balances are cleared. If you are experiencing financial difficulties due to the corona virus, kindly contact Mrs. Nugent in the Business Office at  paulanugent@att.net  as soon as possible. Limited financial aid is available.  
Xavier High School Summer Camp
For Boys Entering Grades 6 to 9
Xavier High School will be offering summer camp opportunities – both for academic enrichment (our Robotics camp), and a variety of athletic camps – for young men going into grades 6 through 9. Xavier will be abiding by the guidelines set out by the State of Connecticut.
 
Robotics:  July 6-10
Volleyball:  July 6-10
Soccer:  July 6-10
Baseball:  July 13-17
Rowing:  July 13-17
Strength and Conditioning:  July 13-17
Fundamental Football:  July 20-23
 
Pricing and more information can be found at  xavierhighschool.org/summer .
School News  
The SRS library will be conducting a summer reading challenge
for all our students! All participants will receive a special
bookmark as well as a chance to win one of three $25 Amazon
gift cards. For more information, as well as book
title suggestions, please click below to visit
Catherine Violet Hubbard Sanctuary
To All Our Families...

At the start of the Holy Season of Lent, St. Rita School endeavored to raise money in support of the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary in Newtown, Connecticut. An ongoing dream in progress - to build a safe haven providing care for animal residents and hands-on educational programs for the local and greater community. The sanctuary is dedicated to the memory of Catherine Violet Hubbard, a child who's life tragically ended at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  

Prior to our move home for on-line learning, the classes were donating money each day in the hopes of offering our help to this amazing and worthwhile cause. While we have been home, many families have reached out to share with us that they have continued to collect money for the Sanctuary and to ask how to make a donation.

On Wednesday, June 10, when families come to school to drop off devices and pick-up personal items, a table will be set up for collections for the Sanctuary for those wishing to contribute. Donations can be made in cash or checks payable to  St. Rita School

In this challenging time we are immensely grateful for the kindness and generosity of our school families. In her own words, Catherine shared "tell all your friends that I am kind."

Thank you.
St. Rita School Lenten Committee.
Refer a new family to SRS and $250
will be credited to your SMART Tuition account in February. See our
website for more information.
Don't forget the Dads and Grads
in your life! Shop our school
earn money for SRS! 
Attention New Haven Residents!
Scholarship opportunities are available from
The Children's Educational Opportunity
Foundation of Connecticut, Inc.
for New Haven Residents .
For more information, guidelines, and an application,
please click here.
Home and School Association
Hello SRS Families and Friends,

It’s hard to believe we’ve reached the end of the school year.
We have been missing you all, and we are so looking
forward to seeing you and your kids in the fall!

We wanted to share the results of the HSA fundraising efforts
to keep you all in the loop. To summarize, we met 67% of
our $115,000 goal; we missed three of our biggest fundraisers
(the Auction, Tuition Raffle, and Play) due to the pandemic.

Thank you all so much for your support throughout the year.
We hope you all have a wonderful summer break!

Best,

The HSA Executive Board
REWARDS PROGRAMS
Click here to learn more about easy ways to support SRS through the below organizations!
Looking for more ways to support St. Rita?
Click here to shop for fun products with Mabel’s Labels! SRS will earn a portion of each sale!

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
Please pray for those who
have recently lost
family members
If you have a special intention that you would like to share in our prayer corner, please email Joanne Bruno
Support SRS
Don't forget to sign up for our Scrip Gift Card program and earn money for St. Rita School. 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. 
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 .
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
St. Rita School
1601 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517
Phone: (203) 248.3114
Fax: (203) 248.1016
www.stritaschool.org