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 Families, 

Over the past week I have been writing to you nightly. If you have not received any of my email communication please check your Spam folder.  This Constant Contact will serve as my daily communication with you for today.  Today’s topic is the virtue of gratitude. Gratitude means thanks and appreciation.  To quote Melody Beattie, “gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

Despite what is going on in the world today we have so much to be grateful for and sometimes we don’t recognize it in the moment. So over the next few weeks I’d like us all to begin practicing gratitude by counting our blessings and writing them down in a journal or a gratitude jar.  Medical studies have shown that people who consciously count their blessings tend to be happier and less anxious and depressed. There is no time like the present to start.  As a place to begin I offer you and your family five ways to express gratitude for happiness and well being: journal; pray; write a thank you note; pay it forward and finally, practice self-care. By practicing gratitude together we will make our world a kinder and gentler one now and into the future.
  
If you are looking for something to do to help your child express gratitude and keep them occupied  as well, might I suggest the following activities:

·  Bear Hunt-place a teddy bear in any window of your home and ask your friends and neighbors to do the same. Children and parents can enjoy “bear hunting” by spotting all the neighborhood bears on their walks or rides.

·  Chalk your Walk- decorate your sidewalk or driveway with positive messages for your friends and neighbors to read.

·  Pray with the Family-end your day with family prayer-pray the Rosary, follow the Stations of the Cross or read the Bible.

Finally, I am extremely grateful to all the teachers and staff members at St. Rita School for their dedication to their students and parents, and all their hard work providing the best Catholic education possible. I am extremely grateful for our SRS parents for entrusting their child/ren to our care, and I am most extremely grateful for the beautiful students that God has chosen for me to educate. May God bless you and keep you and your family safe and well. I’ll reach out to you again on Friday to fill you in on our on-line school plans for April. 

God Bless,
Mrs. Tiezzi
Principal


FROM THE DESK OF MRS. BEERLI

Dear Parents, 

Welcome to the second week of the virtual classroom. I know at this point while you are figuring out a routine for yourself and your children, it is also becoming increasingly difficult to juggle working from home with parenting and helping your child homeschool. I know this feels like a never ending situation with new developments daily and this is "inconvenient", but in the grand scheme of life please keep in mind this is temporary and the entire world is in it together. The most important thing right now is keeping ourselves and our families safe and healthy. Please find some links to articles below that specifically address the issues of juggling it all. They offer some great tips and resources to try and ease the stress a little bit. As always, I am available via email ( dbeerli.stritaschool@gmail.com ). Please feel free to reach out.

Danielle Beerli, MSW
St. Rita School Social Worker

Philippians 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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ATTENTION ST. RITA FAMILIES:

The reregistration deadline has been extended
to Monday, APRIL 20TH.

Please mail all required forms and payments to:
St. Rita School,
1601 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517

Beginning on Wednesday, March 18, our office will not be staffed. However, emails (office@stritaschool.org) and voicemails (203-248-3114) will be checked regularly.
Mail delivery will continue while we are closed.
Thank you for your continued patience and
support during this challenging time.

PARENTS/GUARDIANS:

Please check your contact information in the
EduConnect portal. We have had
several issues with phone numbers and
emails that are outdated. Thank you.
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 
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
ifyou would like a sign.

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!
Akide Ndunge,  Andreoli, Bohan,
Buontempo, Candido, DeLeonardis,
DiAngelo, Fitzgerald, Garbatini, Gray,
Hau, Kingsley, Kozloski, Kuether,
Mautte, McPherson, Misenti,
Morton, Montefusco, Mulhern, Nable,
Nastri, Nixon, Onderko, Perrelli,
Ramirez, Sabino, Saracco, Schreck, Testa,
Walsh, Williams, Zemba        
Dear SRS Family and Friends,

In light of our school’s closure and advice
that we all practice social distancing,
we have postponed our
Dancing Through the Decades Auction.

More information will be shared as soon
as it is available. In the meantime,
we are missing our St. Rita School
community, and we are sending
prayers for strength and patience
as we all work through this
unprecedented time.

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!

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.
Order Your Yearbook Today!
Time is Running Out!
Athlete's Corner
**BASKETBALL UNIFORMS**
DUE BY FRIDAY, MARCH 27 th !!

Please return your uniform to
155 Eddon Drive in East Haven (Mike and Trisha’s House).

There will be bin at the top of the driveway near the garage door. 
The bin will have a yellow top so please make sure you
put the top back on… especially if it’s raining. 
If Uniforms are not received by Friday, you will be
charged $50 to your SMART tuition.
 
 If you are unable to drop off, please contact me at 

Please return uniform (shorts and jersey) and the green practice shorts. 
There should be 3 items in a clearly-marked bag with your child’s name.  
(JJV will only return shorts and jersey)

Thank you and stay safe! 

 
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 - 
St. Rita School
1601 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517
Phone: (203) 248.3114
Fax: (203) 248.1016
www.stritaschool.org