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/Guardians,

We have had a very busy March with many activities in which our students have been involved. We are very proud of all their accomplishments and would like to recognize a few of our wonderful students. Congratulations to our JV Girls Basketball team who will be representing the Archdiocese of Hartford at the New England Basketball tournament this weekend in Manchester, New Hampshire. The girl’s first game is Saturday at 8:30 in Manchester, NH. More details can be found at the NHCYO.com website. Our cheerleaders will be participating in a Cheer-fest this weekend at St. Bridget School in Cheshire. Their competition begins at 12 noon and there is $3 charge at the door. 

Last weekend Maggie Rogers was the only St. Rita student to participate in the CT Future Musicians All-State Band Concert at CCSU. Maggie who participated in the Symphonic Band (the highest level band) was one of 185 students from Connecticut who participated in the event. Also, congratulations to Adriana Dorsi who was named the grand prize winner of the CT Elks Club Drug Awareness Poster Contest. Her poster will be entered into the nationwide Elks Club for possible publication in their drug awareness coloring book. And finally, thank you to our wonderful chorus who sang while Fr. Sharkey celebrated TV Mass at the Office of Radio and TV station in Prospect today. You can view the taped Mass on the ORTV website. We have much to be proud of from our wonderful and talented students.

Last evening the St. Rita School Board held its first Meet & Mingle session for parents new to our school over the past two years. Parents and board members shared their vision for the future of St. Rita School. This event was a starting point as we begin to develop our strategic plan,one of the major recommendations from our NEASC accreditation visit. Future events are being planned to include veteran families as well. Last night I shared with the group two projects which we plan to undertake in the next few months-creating an outdoor classroom behind our building and also a Maker-space within our library. More details will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead.

Finally, if you have not sent in your re-enrollment packet please do so. In order for staffing to be determined our enrollment numbers need to be finalized. We ask that you return the completed tuition agreement and $150 per student non-refundable deposit to the school office as soon as possible as the deadline has passed. Once you re-register you will receive an email from the Smart Tuition Program regarding your account. If you are applying for financial aid the on-line Smart Aid (tuition assistance) application will be available beginning in May. Please call or email Mrs. Paula Nugent, school business manager with any questions regarding your tuition account. 

Thank you for entrusting your child/ren to our care. Have a great week and enjoy the Spring sunshine!

God Bless,

Mrs. Tiezzi 


School News 
Please DO NOT park in our Auction Winner's parking spot.
That spot is reserved and was paid for by the auction winner.
Thank you.

Join us for our 2nd Annual
Multi- Cultural Night!

Thursday March 28, 2019

5:30-7:30pm

All school families welcome!
Come and enjoy food, fun and entertainment!


Entertainment :
5:30pm -Philippine-American Association of CT
5:45pm- Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Yale
6:15pm- Yale Jashan Bhangra
6:45pm- Aiping Tai Chi demonstration
7:10pm- Brennan-Lucey Irish Dance Academy


WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
SRS Summer Camp!
Attention Divine Mercy Parish Parishioners
Please submit this form to St. Rita School.

Playground Guidelines
St. Rita School is lucky to have two playgrounds for use by our students.
The new playground, located at the far end of the school parking lot, is
designed for students in grades Kindergarten to grade 5. Beginning this
week the playground will be opened for student use (K to gr.5) after
school from 3:00 to 3:30.
The second playground is located at the back of the building and is for
the use of students in Pre-Kindergarten 3 and 4 only. This is also
opened for student use (Pre-K) after school from 3:00 to 3:30. As this
particular playground is designed for children under age 5 and is limited
to no more than 12 children, we are asking parents to please adhere to
these limitations for your child’s safety.
Each afternoon at 3:30 both playgrounds will be available for use by
students attending the After-Care Program ONLY.
June 24 - July 12, 2019
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
with extended-day options
Experience summer at Notre Dame!
 
Introducing the ND Summer Experience for boys in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. The three-week program offers the best of academics and recreation and focuses on these 5 C's - critical thinking, competition, creativity, communication, and collaboration. Rotating recreation and academics, the boys will have fun, achieve, experience new challenges and enjoy success.
 
Daily recreational activities will include:
  • baseball
  • basketball
  • capture the flag
  • dodgeball
  • flag football
  • kickball
  • knockout & shooting contests
  • ping pong
  • ultimate frisbee, and more!
 
Explore six subjects in fun and exciting ways. From ESports to Crime Scene Investigation courses, ND Summer Experience has something for every camper.
 
Extended Day options include: Aviation Camp, Basketball Camp, and fun sports.
Sacred Heart Academy News:

Experience  Excelsior— Saturdays @ SHA  offers girls in grades 5 to 8 an opportunity to experience the serious fun of learning without the extraneous pressure of formal grades, putting them in contact with ways of thinking, seeing, and doing that challenge them to reflect deeply and think critically. The program is filled with workshops and activities that promise to inform, engage, and entertain participating students while they make new friends.

Two sessions have been planned—Saturday, March 23, and Saturday, March 30, from 9:00 am to 11:30 am on the Sacred Heart campus, 265 Benham Street, Hamden. The program will be led by experienced faculty with the assistance of current students. Middle school girls are welcome to attend either one or both sessions.

  • March 30 – STEM Saturday: Participants will use Math, Science, and programming skills to find clues that lead them to learn about trailblazing women who forged new paths, not only in STEM fields, but in business, entertainment, and everyday life. Structured as an Escape Room, students will solve math puzzles, perform science experiments and write programs, using their knowledge and logic to break free.
 
Snacks will be provided and each participant will receive a t-shirt.
Reserve your place today for this  FREE  program Click To Register
MERCY HIGH SCHOOL

Super Charge Your SUMMER
Mercy High School Summer Camp Program
Open to all 6th-9th Graders
More information here

Celebrate Our Cultures
Please note the changes to our cultural board.

April : Asia
Please label items with name and
attention to:
Carissa Civitello
LIVING STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” are the words to a well-known hymn.This year the youth of Divine Mercy Parish and St. Rita School ( Preschool through High School) are being given a wonderful opportunity to participate in a live reenactment of the Stations of the Cross. This will be a very spiritual event for the entire family. If your child would like to participate, please follow the link below to sign up at Sign Up Genius by April 6, 2019. Parts consist of the roles of Jesus, Mary, the soldiers, Pontius Pilate, and the people in the crowd along the route that Jesus traveled.

There is also an opportunity for high school studentsto serve as readers.If your high school aged child is interested in reading, please sign up using Sign Up Genius link:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0849AAAA2DA6FC1-good by April 6, 2019.

When :               Good Friday, April 19, 2019
Start Time :       12:00 noon (those with assigned parts meet in church basement at 11:30)
Where :              Divine Mercy Parish, St. Rita’s Church
Practice :          Sunday, April 14, 2019 (immediately following 11:30 mass in St. Rita Church basement--one hour)

**Parents are asked to stay for the practice and to attend the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday.

Sign-Ups
If your child(ren) would like to participate in the Good Friday Living Stations of the Cross, please sign up using Sign Up Genius link:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0849AAAA2DA6FC1-good
Please sign up by  Saturday, April 6 and remember to provide your child(ren)'s name and age and best way to contact you. 
If you have any questions please contact Suzanne Hamling ( stritayouthgroup01@gmail.com ) by email or phone (203-234-1597).
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Our Scrip Gift Card Fundraising is still available all year long!

Remember to visit the Scrip Store for all of your gift card needs.
Every gift card purchase supports our school.
Crusaders Corner Store
Spirit Wear is available for purchase!
Stop by our Advancement Office to shop.
or email
jbruno.stritaschool@gmail.com
for availability
A new SRS friend is now available in our
school store!
Panda Pal Plush
$10
Crusaders Corner will be open every Thursday during all lunch periods. Please send your child with cash or check to purchase items!

We are still seeking volunteers to help run the store. If you are interested please contact Mrs. Civitello.
Home and School Association
Friday, April 5th 2019
6:00-8:00pm
Dessert & Dancing

LAST DAY TO RSVP IS THIS THURSDAY!!!

If you are interested in volunteering for this event please email

The St. Rita School Online Auction is a fundraising event to raise money for the school and help bridge the gap between the tuition and actual cost to educate our children. These funds play a significant role in enabling SRS to continue to provide the highest quality educational environment for our children. This exciting auction is not only open to the school community but also the general public.  Please share far and wide.
Please show your support by clicking on the link below and bidding:
You do not want to miss out on the opportunity to purchase great items while supporting St. Rita School. There will be fantastic sporting event packages, fun items such as front row seats to school events, premium parking spots at SRS, passes to theme parks, museums and much, much more!  Ready, set, BID!
Thank you for your participation and support!

Support St. Rita School with Mabel's Labels
SAVE THE DATE
ST. RITA SCHOOL
C O L O R R U N

SATURDAY, MAY 18TH
HAMDEN TOWN GREEN
got Sole?
Our first 10 bags of sneakers are on their way! 
Thank you SRS families. Keep those sneakers coming. 
Our sneaker drive continues until May 19th ...

Please help us
spread the word!

$10,000 TUITION RAFFLE!

Prize $$ can be used for any accredited
K-12 school, college or university in the U.S.

The winner has up to 4 years to choose a school and student and apply
the $10,000 prize, and it does not have to all be spent in one year.
Prize can be used towards tuition, room and board or books –
even pay back existing student loans!

Drawing will be held April 27th 2019

Please make every effort to sell as many tickets as possible; this raffle is open to
the public and not restricted to St. Rita School families, so sell to family, Friends,
coworkers....

A great way to sell more tickets is to
post about our raffle on your social media accounts
Only 800 tickets will be sold at $50 per ticket –
great odds to be a WINNER!

A minimum of 450 tickets must be sold or all tickets will be refunded.

All 800 tickets sold = $30,000 for SRS!
(Just think, less fundraisers next year!)
All proceeds will benefit the SRS general fund.

There is a difference between the cost of tuition and the actual cost to educate our
children, without fundraisers like this, the price of tuition would go up.

We truly need your support!

Need more tickets? Contact Trisha Kozloski at

trisha.kozloski@yahoo.com

Spring is coming…we promise!
It’s time to start thinking about our annual
Mother’s Day Plant Sale…
Orders forms due April 10th
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE
SRS GOLF TOURNAMENT!
The SRS 22nd Annual golf tournament will be held Monday June 3rd and we need your help to make it a success! Are you a golfer or do you know one?! We would love to have you and your friends, family or business partners attend this fun event! If you don't golf how about sponsoring the tournament, there are many levels available to support the tournament. Haven't complete your assessment yet?? Any sponsorship you secure counts toward your family assessment at a rate of 60%! Secure a tee sign for $150 from a local business and $90 counts toward your assessment. The form for the tournament is attached. Please also feel free to share the information with anyone you think might be interested for a day of golf, food, raffles and prizes, and of course fun!   
Your time and talents are needed for the continued success of our school. Even just one hour of volunteer time makes a great difference to the school community.

Want to help but don’t see a good fit, email us at hsasrs.stritaschool@gmail.com and we can find something for you to help with!

 
Athlete's Corner
Check back here for all Athletic News
Winter Sports Information

Congratulations to our Girls JV Basketball team for winning the 5/6 grade school division Archdiocesan Basketball Tournament.
They will move on to the New England CYO Tournament which will take place in Manchester, NH this weekend!  
Good Luck Crusaders!
 
 
SRS SPIRIT DAY to support our JV Girls!!
On Friday, March 29 th , students can wear their spirit wear sweatshirts instead of their fleeces. 
PICTURES WANTED! If you love taking pictures at our SRS sporting events, please share them with us! Please send to ccivitello.stritaschool@gmail.com
Student Spotlight
Congratulations to Adriana Dorsi for winning the Elk's Club Drug Awareness Poster Contest. Adriana's poster was named Best in the State! She will now be entered in the Nationwide Competition.
Great job Adriana!

Congratulations to Maggie Rogers who participated in the 2019 Connecticut
All -State Band Program this past weekend.
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



If you have a special intention that you would like to share in our prayer corner, please email Carissa Civitello
Support SRS
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.

We're excited to announce another bonus donation opportunity for Divine Mercy Parish Corporation. Through January 31, 2019, AmazonSmile will donate 15% the purchase price of new print magazine subscriptions. Click  here for details

Use the message and image below in email, social media, and on your website to spread the word to your donors, staff, and volunteers.

Through January 31, 2019, AmazonSmile will donate 15% the purchase price of new print magazine subscriptions. Visit  https://smile.amazon.com/b?node=18541223011  for details.

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.
Link your ShopRite Price Plus card to St. Rita School, and help us earn school supplies! Click  here  and use School ID: 50073, or send your PricePlus card number to Alice Kuether,  alicemcgrew23@hotmail.com .
Rewards Program

Click HERE for a flyer with all of our rewards programs.

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 .
Caritas Christi Center
We invite you to come celebrate the beatification of Blessed Clelia Merloni with us! Please  RSVP online  to attend any of the below celebrations.
Sunday, April 7, 2019
2:00 p.m.
Cathedral of St. Joseph
140 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105
Celebrant: Archbishop Leonard P. Blair
UPCOMING DATES - 
March 28- Multi-Cultural Night
April 5- 1st Friday Mass, Father/Daughter Dance 6pm
April 14- Palm Sunday
April 15-19 Spring Break
April 21- Easter
April 25-27 Peter Pan Musical
April 28- Divine Mercy Sunday
May 1- Iowa testing begins
May 3- 1st Friday Mass 8:45am, Mother Son Night 5-8pm

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