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 School Parents,

Last week I shared with you some of Pope Francis’ words for the Lenten season and I share them with the students daily. During this first few weeks of Lent we are concentrating on fasting from hurtful words and saying only kind words, fasting from sadness and being filled with gratitude, fasting from anger and being filled with patience, and finally fasting from being discouraged and being filled with hope. By concentrating on only a few of these concepts we hope to get our students to think beyond themselves and to focus on kindness, goodness, and mercy for all. We hope you can join us in our fast.
 
During this Lenten season, our students in grades 2-8 will be receiving the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, also called confession. In confession we meet the Lord, who wants to grant forgiveness and the grace to live a renewed life in Him. All churches in the Archdiocese of Hartford during the season of Lent are making it easier for Catholics to experience God’s love and mercy in this sacrament. All Catholic churches will be open for Confessions every Monday during Lent from 6 to 7 P.M.  

Congratulations to Mr. Banas who is being recognized and honored by his former students, currently freshmen at Xavier High School, for his dedication and commitment to education. Also congratulations to Liam K., Dominic F., and Kiera B. . who participated in the Knights of Columbus Spelling Bee held this past Sunday. Liam finished in 2 nd place, Kiera in 3 rd place, and Dominic in 4 th place, for their respective grade levels. Also, congratulations to Matt H. who came in first place in the Knights of Columbus Essay Contest, and Lucas P. who will represent St. Rita in the statewide Geography Bee competition at CCSU on March 27. Finally, good luck to our Varsity girls, 8 th grade Varsity boys, and 6 th grade JV boys basketball teams as they move on to state tournament level play beginning this weekend.

Re-registration packets for the 2020-2021 school year were sent home yesterday. Parents must be current on their 2019-2020 tuition account in order to reregister. We ask that you return the completed agreement and $150 per student non-refundable deposit to the school office by Thursday, April 9, 2020. Once you reregister 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. 

Summer Camp sign-up information will be sent home today. Ms. Delvecchio, Ms. Artaiz and Mrs. Fortuna have many exciting things planned for your children during the six weeks of summer camp. All the information to sign-up for summer camp is included in the notice

The 2 nd trimester is ending tomorrow and report cards will be going home next Tuesday. Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for next Thursday and Friday (March 12 & 13). All parents were sent an email link to sign up for the optional teacher conferences. If you have not yet signed up please contact your child’s teacher to do so. 

Thank you for entrusting your child/ren to our care. Enjoy the sunshine and milder temperatures and be sure to “Spring” your clocks ahead this Sunday!!!

 
God Bless,
Mrs. Tiezzi
Principal


Due to the latest news about the Coronavirus, please take a moment to
read the following update that was shared with a neighboring school system.
We are doing everything possible here at St. Rita to prevent the spread of germs.
Please help us by keeping your child home if they are sick. 

I encourage you to educate yourself about the virus at the Centers for Disease Control at this link:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html . There are information guides available in English, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that you take the following precautions to prevent spread of the virus:

· Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

· Stay home when you are sick.

· Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

· Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a
regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

· Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.

· CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

· Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19
to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks
is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of
someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

· Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds,
especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after
blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

· If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand
sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap
and water if hands are visibly dirty.

In collaboration with the Health Department, we will continue to monitor
this situation and keep you updated.
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.
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.
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 Nable
Candido Nixon
Fitzgerald Onderko
Gray Testa
Keuther Walsh
McPherson Zemba
Misenti
THE 2020 SRS AUCTION
is coming up SOON!

Click here for details and to RSVP
 
Don’t miss out on a chance to win something awesome and to support our school!

Stayed tuned via Facebook & email
for previews of auction items!
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!

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
Congratulations to our Girls Varsity and
Boys 6 th  Grade JV teams for
winning the Greater New Haven
Parochial League for their division!
Go Crusaders!!

Congratulations to our Boys Varsity 8 th  grade team
for a 2 nd  place finish in the
Deanery Championship game
The STATE tournament will begin on Saturday, March 7 th .  
Girls Varsity, Boys 8 th  Varsity, Girls JV and Boys JV6
 will be competing for the STATE championship title.  
Brackets will be coming out soon
 
 
St Mary of Milford Basketball Tournament  
(BoysJJV3, JV6, BV8 and Girls JV are still playing)
Brackets are listed at
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 6- Mother/Son Event
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