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 all so much for all your help making our on-line auction a success. Whether you donated an item or placed bids on the lovely items which were part of the auction, your generosity is appreciated. Thank you so much to the HSA board for all their hard work in coordinating this event. You may pick-up and pay for your auction items tomorrow. Please refer to the email sent to you by the HSA for specific information and times.

Plans are underway for a summer camp program, as well as an academic summer program. The fun-filled summer camp will run for six weeks beginning the week of June 21 and will be a half-day camp program from 8:00 - 12:30. The academic program (for students entering grades 1 - 8) will run for 4 weeks during the month of July for 2 hours a day, Monday through Thursday from 8:00 - 10:00. With both programs you may choose as many sessions as you would like. We are still working out the details of both programs and hope to get the registration materials out to you within the next few weeks.

Congratulations to the members of our second grade class who made their First Reconciliation last Friday. As was mentioned, the date for First Communion is Saturday, May 8, at 10:00 A.M. at St. Rita Church. Due to COVID-19 and the restrictions with seating capacity within the church, there will be a limited number of attendees at this event. The event will be live streamed for those who cannot attend in-person. Each First Communicant will be allowed to have up to 7 guests who will sit in his/her designated family pew. Thank you for your understanding and assistance in keeping everyone safe and healthy.

Our second trimester is coming to a close next week. Conferences are currently being scheduled for Friday, March 12, from 1:00-3:30. These conferences are optional. Should you feel a conference is needed, please schedule one with your child’s teacher. Report cards will be sent home with your child on Tuesday, March 16. Should your tuition account be seriously delinquent and you have not contacted the business office to make the necessary payment arrangements, your child’s report card will be withheld.

Currently our Lenten service project has raised $1,207.93. Our three stuffed lamb mascots - Faith, Hope and Love - are spending time this week visiting with the students in Mrs. Gertz’s, Mrs. McKeon’s and Ms. Salsbury’s rooms, as those classes contributed monies everyday last week. Each week the mascots will travel to different rooms as a symbol of our Lenten project to feed the hungry. Thank you in advance for your contribution to this very worthwhile project.

Since last Tuesday we have had three new cases of COVID-19 in our school community. Three students tested positive. Those students were last in school on Thursday or Friday of last week. Consequently, we have two classrooms out on quarantine. The families in those classes have been notified of the quarantine. Contact tracing is being conducted according to CDC guidelines.

Finally, during this season of Lent, let us follow the advice of Pope Francis regarding fasting -- “Fast from hurting words and say kind words, fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude, fast from worries and trust God”. Thank you for entrusting your child to our care. Have a marvelous week. 



God Bless,
Mrs. Tiezzi
Principal
Xavier High School

On May 1 at 9 am, Xavier will offer the opportunity for 7th graders to take the PreHSPT. This test is similar to the test that students take as part of their application to Xavier. By taking the test, students will gain a familiarity with the format, timing, and question types. A detailed score report will be mailed after the test administration to help students understand their areas of strength and weakness. Students who score in the 90th percentile or higher will earn a $500 scholarship for their freshman year at Xavier. It will be conducted online so students will just need access to a computer with a camera to take it. The testing fee is $10 and registration for it can be done online. Contact Nicholas Grasso, Director of Admissions, nmgrasso@xavierhighschool.org with any questions.
 
Also, on March 15 at 7 pm, Xavier will offer an information session over Zoom. Registration can be completed online. We look forward to talking about the transformative education Xavier provides in our all-boys, Catholic, Xaverian school. Xavier has a ton to offer each student including AP and UCONN Early College Experience Courses, a myriad of clubs and activities, sports at the freshmen, junior varsity, and varsity level, leadership development, mentoring, and of course a rigorous academic program that prepares students to excel in college and beyond. Xavier graduates are men of character and distinction. We hope you’ll start the process of learning how Xavier can be a great place for your son to grow and develop. Register for the upcoming information session.
Enrollment Open for New Students
Enrollment for new students for the 2021-2022 school year is now open. Please click here to visit our enrollment page and to download an application, or call Mrs. Bruno, our Admissions Director, if you have any questions. Please spread the word - we have no better ambassadors than our current families.
Have you let us know if your child/ren will be returning to St. Rita School next year?
If you have, thank you very much!
If you haven't, please click HERE.
Order your 2020-2021 school yearbook today!
Nurse's Corner
Update to Covid Quarantine guidelines.

These are the guidelines we are now following as part of the CDC’s newest guidelines when it comes to Covid 19.

If an individual does not have Covid-19 symptoms but had close contact to someone diagnosed with Covid-19:
Remain home in self-quarantine for the recommended 10 days from last exposure to the person diagnosed with Covid-19. If symptoms occur, contact your health care provider.

If you test positive:
  Remain home until 10 day’s have passed since date of positive Covid-19 test or if you have symptoms, 10 days since symptoms began. 
        
There was an addendum that had to do with testing on day 5 of an exposure and exiting quarantine after 7 days but our school district is NOT implementing that at this time. 

Just a reminder of isolation vs Quarantine 

Isolation = When you are experiencing symptoms or have a confirmed diagnosis of Covid-19

Quarantine = when you have been exposed but you are not experiencing symptoms 
Thank you to everyone for keeping your children home when they are not feeling well and keeping us informed of any illnesses. With your cooperation we will continue to keep our school community safe.

Just a few reminders:

- If your child is home sick for more then 24 hours we will need a doctors note in order for them to return to school. 

- This year with COVID-19 continuing to be active the State Department of Public Health is encouraging everyone to receive an Influenza Vaccination by the end of October. The vaccinations are now readily available. Once your child receives the vaccine, please send proof into school for the nurse to document. 

- If your child is home sick and the doctor recommends a COVID test please do not get a rapid test. We will only be accepting the PCR test in order to return to school. 

- many of us suffer from seasonal allergies and may experience symptoms similar to COVID-19. 

Symptoms more common of seasonal allergies and not COVID-19 are itchy or watery eyes and sneezing. 

Symptoms more common if COVID-19 are fever and chills, muscle and body aches, new loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting and Diarrhea. 

If you obtain positive results after school hours, please email Mrs. Tiezzi (ptiezzi.stritaschool@gmail.com) and the nurse (lpalma.stritaschool@gmail.com)

When in doubt call your pediatrician. 
Home/School Association
THANK YOU FOR MAKING THE AUCTION A SUCCESS!!
 
We are thrilled to report that the 2021 SRS Online Auction brought in $16,522!! Thanks to your generosity, we surpassed our goal by over $1k.
 
A few follow up notes:
 
·        If you purchased a non-physical item (for example, a Dress Down Day), please send a check (made out to St. Rita School HSA) or cash by this Wednesday, March 3rd. If payment is not received by then, your April Smart Tuition will be charged for the sale price.

·       If you purchased a physical item, you may pick it up and bring in payment this Wednesday, March 3rd, either at school drop-off or pick-up (in the gym). If this won’t be possible, please email us at hsasrs.stritaschool@gmail.com by Tuesday evening so we can make other arrangements.

Information regarding Pizza Parties, Movie and Popcorn Afternoons, Teachers for a Day, etc. will be sent out as soon as details are confirmed.

AND…

Thanks to the CLASSROOM HEROES below, EVERY SRS class
won a Dress Down Day!! Our school-wide dress down day has been scheduled for
Wednesday, June 2nd.
Reminders will be sent out prior to the date,
but for now, a
BIG THANK YOU
to the below sponsors for their generosity in making this possible!!

Aikens-Nunez Auth Cammarota
Davis DiAngelo Federico
Giaimo Hendry Iuliano
Jones McPherson Monaco
Pompano Ponzio Rusgrove
Sinisgalli Smith
HELP US EARN CASH AND SUPPLIES THROUGH FREE REWARDS PROGRAMS!

Each year, St. Rita participates in several rewards programs. Local grocery stores (and Amazon!) allow you (the shopper) to identify St. Rita as the school you’d like to support; every time you shop, we get a percentage of the sale in the form of points (that can be used for school supplies) or cash. Last year we earned over $1600 through Stop&Shop’s program and over 150,000 points through ShopRite! We have big goals this year, and we need your help to achieve them. Please click on the links below to register your store cards, and ask your local family and friends to do the same!
Planning to order Christmas cards or photo
gifts this holiday season? Shop through our Shutterfly Storefront, and SRS will earn an 8% commission! It     may not sound like much,
but there’s no extra fee for you, and every
$1 makes a difference for our school.
 
           Click here to shop Shutterfly via our StoreFront.
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.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!
Athlete's Corner
Winter Sports Season -- The AIAC has cancelled the interscholastic sports season so we will be unable to have basketball teams this year. We are looking forward to having spring sports for our students pending AIAC approval. We will have more information in late March
Prayer Corner
Remember all those who are suffering or have lost a loved-one during this pandemic.
Please pray for all of the deceased members of our
St. Rita School community.
Click HERE to access the Weekly Health Screening Questionnaire
St. Rita School
1601 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517
Phone: (203) 248.3114
Fax: (203) 248.1016
www.stritaschool.org