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,

Our Spring break begins on Thursday, April 1 and ends on Sunday, April 11. We will return to school on Monday, April 12. Your assistance is needed to help keep our school safe!! If you are travelling anywhere we ask that you follow all the health and safety mitigation guidelines for COVID so we can safeguard our students, teachers, and staff, and not experience an outbreak. Just recently the State Department of Education updated their guidelines. They now strongly recommend two options for students who have been travelling, either quarantine for 10 days or quarantine for 7 days and produce a negative COVID test before returning to school.  We would be so grateful if you have your child tested for COVID before you send him/her back to school even if you have not been travelling but your child has participated in play dates, sleepovers, athletics, or other social activities and may possibly not have followed all the COVID mitigation protocols.  Your assistance in helping to stop the spread of COVID here at St. Rita School is greatly appreciated.

The State Department of Education has recently issued mandatory guidelines for athletes. If your son or daughter is playing sports and will be travelling outside the State of Connecticut, your child must quarantine for 7 days and produce a negative COVID test before he or she may return to school. With so many of our students participating in sports outside of our school community, which results in them coming into contact with other athletes from surrounding states, it is imperative that our families abide by these mandatory regulations. 

Re-registration materials were sent home a few weeks ago. The paperwork and deposit fee are due back on Tuesday, April 13.  It is very important that you send in your registration in order to guarantee your child’s spot for the 2021-2022 school year.  Thus far we have received over 50 applications from students outside of our school, and we will begin screening those applicants and offering enrollment. This past year we capped class size due to COVID and may need to do so again this coming year. At this time priority will be given to our current families. However, after the re-registration deadline, new students will be offered acceptance. 

Summer camp registration is underway and so is registration for our summer academic program. The academic program is open to students entering grades 1-8 and will run for the month of July. You may sign your child up for any of the weeks and have your child receive small group instruction in the areas of math, reading, and writing. Your child’s program will be geared toward his/her current academic level. Remedial and/or enrichment opportunities will be provided.  Help prevent the summer slide by giving your child this amazing opportunity.

Please be advised that our PreK aide, Mrs. Antonietta Testa’s father died over the weekend in Italy. Please keep Antonietta and her family in your prayers during this difficult time. 

This past Sunday we celebrated Palm Sunday marking Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem and the beginning of Holy Week.  Holy Week is most definitely a very sacred time of the year, for it is how we commemorate and remember the last week of Jesus' life on this earth. These are the days leading up to the great Easter Feast. Please take some family time over the next few days to attend, either in-person or on-line, the beautiful and sacred liturgies of the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter). On behalf of the St. Rita School faculty and staff, I wish you and your family a very holy and blessed Easter.





God Bless,
Mrs. Tiezzi
Principal
Lunch

         All policies and procedures in the Return to School Plan supersede anything in this handbook until further notice.

Students have the option of bringing their lunch from home or purchasing hot lunch on a monthly basis. All lunch orders will be placed on-line using Hotlunches.net and payment will be made via Paypal. All families must register and create an account to access the hot lunch program.  Milk may be purchased on a yearly basis.

               Any beverage brought from home must be in unbreakable containers.

               Parents should not bring lunches from carry-out restaurants, nor should they schedule delivery of lunches from these restaurants directly to the school.

               To lessen the risk of causing an allergic reaction in students with food allergies, students are asked not to share food with anyone.

               For students with food allergies, a specific table is provided for eating lunch. Parents/guardians in grades 3-8 may opt to have their child sit at lunch tables that are not specifically designated for students with food related allergies. A form for this option must be requested.

Summer Camp/Enrichment Program Information

Click HERE to download the Summer Camp Flyer

Click HERE to download the
Summer Camp Registration Packet

Click HERE to download the Summer Academic
Program Flyer

Click HERE to download the Summer Academic
Program Registration Packet
Re-enrollment for 2021-2022

Tuition agreements have been sent home with your youngest child or through the mail. Signed agreements, including a $150 deposit per child, are due back to the office by Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

If you are in need of another copy of the tuition agreement, please click HERE to download.
Uniform Reminder
All students should be in proper uniform every day, including footwear, sweatshirts, and hair styles. Summer uniform changeover begins on Monday, May 3, 2021.
Lenten Service Pr­­oject Update
 
Many thanks to all our school families for your generosity to our school-wide Lenten Service Project. As you know, we are currently raising funds in support of the Connecticut Food Bank and the Divine Mercy Parish Food Pantry. Both these programs provide help to food insecure families, including the many children throughout our state who are affected by hunger. We are especially grateful and proud of our St. Rita School students who have donated their own money, including their snack money, toward helping those in need.
To date we have raised $4,812.88.
Again, thank you for your contributions and your continued help with this important and essential project.
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.
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.
Order your 2020-2021 school yearbook today!
Nurse's Corner
Dear St. Rita School Community,

We were notified today that Hamden Public Schools will be following the CDC guidelines for travel and return to school. St. Rita will also be following these guidelines. 
 
With the upcoming Spring Break, there have been many questions surrounding guidelines for travel outside of Connecticut. The State of Connecticut recommends individuals follow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines as follows:
 
  • If you are eligible, get fully vaccinated for COVID-19. 
  • Wait two weeks after getting your final vaccine dose to travel, as it takes time for your body to build immunity.
  • Get tested 1-3 days BEFORE you travel. Keep a copy of your test results with you during travel. Do not travel if you test positive.
  • Get a PCR test (not a rapid-test) 3-5 days AFTER you travel, AND self-quarantine at home for a full 7 days after travel.
  • Continue to stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you do not get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for a full 10 days after travel.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public settings. 
  • Masks are required on most forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States. Please keep in mind that when you use public transportation, you may be exposed to a larger number of individuals who may not always practice the appropriate mitigation strategies (distance & mask-wearing). 
  • Be advised, that face shields do not meet the requirement of the CDC order but can be worn so long as a face mask is underneath.
  • All air passengers coming into the United States, including US citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States.
 
Remember to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 while in quarantine, referring to the Daily Health Assessment. If at any time during your quarantine you develop signs and symptoms of COVIS-19, self-isolate (including away from other members of your travel party), contact a healthcare provider, and obtain a PCR test and inform your child’s school.
 
According to the CDC, travel remains a risk. These recommended actions above are intended to mitigate that risk to protect the health of students, families, and staff and help keep our schools safe for in-person learning.
 
While it has been a long winter and we all need a break, we need to keep each other safe to keep our school open. I hope the above guidelines can help you and your family enjoy the upcoming break as safely as possible. Unfortunately, viruses don’t take breaks, so we need to continue to work together to protect ourselves and others.


Home/School Association
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR FUN SPRING EVENTS!
 
The HSA Board is busy planning several fun events and activities for the next few months. A teaser about what’s to come is below, and more details will be announced as they become available.
 
Coming Up In April:
 
April 29th - Movie and Popcorn Afternoon!
Thanks to our generous Auction donors, EVERY SRS class will have a fun afternoon of movie watching and popcorn munching!
 
Coming Up In MAY:
 
 Plant Sale! Our annual plant sale will take place in early May. Get ready to spruce up your gardens and planters!

May 1st: SHRED DAY! Bring your sensitive documents to the St. Rita School parking lot, and you’ll receive a disposal box for $10. We’ll handle the rest! This event is for the community, so please spread the word!
May 14th: CASH RAFFLE DRAWING! Check the newsletter for more details about the First Annual SRS 50/50 Cash Raffle! Tickets are on sale now! Click HERE to download the order form.
 
May 21st: Family Bingo Night! Join us for an evening of (virtual) family fun! Details will be announced soon; save the date in the meantime!
 
May 24th: SRS Golf Tournament to be held at New Haven Country Club. Please watch your email for details, including sponsorship opportunities and how to register to play. Please note that the Golf Tournament is a community event. We welcome family, friends, and anyone who likes to golf! Also, all sponsorships will not only help tremendously with our fundraising efforts, 60% of any donation via sponsorships will count toward your HSA assessment.
 
 May 28th - Pizza Party Lunches!
Thanks to our generous Auction donors, EVERY SRS class will be enjoying a pizza party with treats for lunch.


 Coming Up In JUNE:
 
June 2 - School-wide Dress Down Day!
thanks to our generous Auction donors!
 
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!
 
Do you enjoy event planning? Want to be more involved in your school community? Please join us on the HSA Board! If you’re interested in learning more, email us at hsasrs.stritaschool@gmail.com.

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
The AIAC has endorsed a spring sports season. Information for baseball, softball, and track will be sent home to our middle school students sometime this week.
Prayer Corner
Remember all those who are suffering or have lost a loved-one during this pandemic.
Please pray for the Testa, Gill and Visel Families, and 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