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 and Guardians,
 
Below please find some directives that we will be following in regards to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). I have included a link to the Town of Hamden’s latest update, as well as a letter from the Archdiocese of Hartford, Provost for Education Sr. Mary Grace Walsh. Please note that we are working diligently to clean and sanitize all areas of our school. We ask that you be equally vigilant in keeping your sick child/ren home from school. As this is a very fluid situation, updates and additional protocols may be put in place.

Archdiocese of Hartford
2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Directives for Archdiocesan High Schools and Parochial Schools
1. All students and school personnel returning from travel from a country listed as a Level 3 Health Alert will not be permitted to return to their school until 14 days after re-entry into the United States of America. China, Iran, Italy and South Korea are currently Level 3 Travel Health Notice Countries but this will most likely change as the virus continues to spread. Please visit the website for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for further information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov

2. All students and school personnel returning from international travel that includes a visit or layover in a Level 3 Health Alert country are required to get written medical clearance from their physician before returning to school. This written medical clearance letter, signed and stamped by a licensed physician, must be submitted to the school administration.

3. School water fountains are to be turned off at the water source or covered completely so that they may not be used. Students may bring in water bottles from home that should be kept in the possession of the student or in a backpack or lunch bag.

4. If a local public school district closes all its schools, the Catholic school(s) in that city/town will also close. The school administration is to contact the OEEC immediately.

5. In the event of a specific situation related to the virus in a Catholic school, the school administration should consult with the OEEC regarding a potential closure.

6. Each school administrator is to collaborate with his/her faculty to develop and approve appropriate tech and low tech (depending on the particular situation) options to be used in the event that schools would be closed. These options should be measurable in order for the school administration to know that learning objectives have been met. Hopefully, this will permit the days to be counted as school days even if the school building is closed.

7. Parents are asked to keep their children home from school if they present with flu-like symptoms or have a fever. Likewise, school personnel stay home if they present with flu-like symptoms or have a fever.

8. Teachers and parents are asked to either teach students or review good hygiene practices related to washing hands, sneezing, coughing, and touching faces.

9. School maintenance staffs and cleaning companies are to do everything possible to disinfect surfaces in classrooms, doorknobs, restrooms, and common areas. School administrators are asked to be vigilant over this.

Policy effective: March 10, 2020                                      
This policy is subject to change as the situation develops.


**Please Note: This weekend's AIAC (State) Tournament Play for our Varsity Girls and JV6 Boys has been cancelled, and will not be rescheduled.

Thank you for entrusting your child/ren to our care. Please continue to pray for the health and well-being of everyone in our school family and beyond. Enjoy the beautiful Spring-like weather!

 
God Bless,
Mrs. Tiezzi
Principal


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.
School News 
Love books? Volunteer for the Scholastic Book Fair!
The book fair is taking place on March 11, 12, & 13
during school hours and conference times.
If interested in volunteering please contact Mrs. Schreck at sschreck.stritaschool@gmail.com

NEW In-School and
Online Shopping Options! 
Book Fair eWallet,
our new digital payment
option, allows your student to shop the Fair cash-free. Can’t make it to the Book Fair? Shop
The Scholastic Store online
to choose from over 6,000 products!
Visit our homepage to access eWallet or shop online: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/

OPEN ENROLLMENT IS HERE!

Please help us spread the word that we are now
accepting applications by taking home a lawn sign and
displaying it in your yard.

Email Joanne Bruno at jbruno.stritaschool@gmail.com if
you would like a sign.

Signs can be picked up in the Advancement Office, sent
home with students staying after school for clubs,
basketball practice, or after care.
Home and School Association
The $10,000 Tuition Raffle is on!
Click here for more information.

A BIG thank you to the following families for their contributions!
     Bohan, Candido, DeLeonardis, DiAngelo, Fitzgerald, Garbatini, Gray, Hau, 
Kozloski, Kuether, McPherson, Misenti,     
Morton, Montefusco, Nable, Nastri, Nixon, Onderko, Ramirez, Sabino, Schreck, Testa, Walsh, Zemba         
THE 2020 SRS AUCTION
is coming up SOON!
 
Join us Saturday, March 28th from 6-10 pm

Memories at the Tradition Golf Club
37 Harrison Rd
Wallingford, CT

Click here for details and to RSVP
 
AND…
CALLING ALL PARTY HOSTS!!

The Auction is fast approaching, and
we still need Sign-Up Party hosts !

Hosting a Sign-Up Party is such a fun way to support SRS. To help, think of a neat idea for a party (it could be anything! In the past families have hosted a Family BBQ, Kids’ Movie Night, Mother’s Day Brunch, an Adults-Only Dessert Party…). Tell us what you’d like to do, where and when you’d like to host, and how many people you’re willing to entertain. On the night of the auction, guests can sign up for your party, and all of the money pledged will go to St. Rita School.

For more information and to submit a plan, please email us at hsasrs.stritaschool@gmail.com .

Thank you so much for your help!

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!

Hamden Hall Country Day School is once again offering its popular
  Summer Engineering & Science Academy  to students entering
Grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 who enjoy challenging themselves with hands-on activities in the fields of engineering, science, technology and mathematics.

Experiential learning is at the nucleus of this  complimentary ,
fully funded, week-long enrichment program, which is scheduled
this year for July 6-10. Students perform lab work and
collaborate in groups to fully explore and make discoveries in the
areas of DNA technology, forensics, cryptography, sustainable architecture,
chemistry, and more.

For more information, please click here.
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. 

Upcoming Virtus Training:

St. Mary Church, 70 Gulf Street, Milford
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 6:30 pm

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 2819 Whitney Avenue, Hamden
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 6:00 pm

St. Therese, 555 Middletown Avenue, North Haven
Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 12:15 pm

Church of the Assumption, 81 Center, Road, Woodbridge
Monday, April 20, 2020 - 6:00 pm

**IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR VIRTUS CLASS PLEASE BRING YOUR CERTIFICATE AND HANDBOOK SIGNATURE TO SISTER ANNE.
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 OUR SCHOOL STORE!
Crusader Corner Gift Certificates!
Perfect for birthday celebrations, Easter gifts, and more!!
Fill out the order form below!
Athlete's Corner
Check back here for all Athletic News
Winter Sports Information
Congratulations to our Boys JV6 team for winning the
46 th  Annual St Mary’s Tournament on Sunday! 
Good Job Boys!
**Please Note: This weekend's AIAC (State) Tournament Play for our Varsity Girls and JV6 Boys has been cancelled, and will not be rescheduled.

Congratulations to all our
student athletes for a great season!

**BASKETBALL UNIFORMS**
If your season has ended, please return cleaned
basketball uniforms and green
practice shorts to the main office in a bag clearly
marked with your child’s name
Please continue to add your photos to Shutterfly!! 
These photos will be used at the Sports Banquet
Spring Sport Information
 
Grades 6-8 Baseball and Softball Registration is now available!
Please return forms by  Friday, March 13th.
Slots are limited - if your children
would like to participate,
please send the flyer in by the due date!
 
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)
 
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
Anthony Maraucci
Grandfather of Dan Battipaglia


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. 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. 
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!
UPCOMING DATES - 

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