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,

Since the governor’s announcement that all Connecticut schools will be closed through the remainder of the school year, the teachers and I have been discussing how we will end the year. We have formulated two different graduation scenarios for our 8 th grade students and have sent that information to the graduates and their parents. We are still working out how to safely return all our technology devices and textbooks to school, a closing activity for our pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students, summer learning packets, and a school year closure for all students and teachers. As we formulate plans for each of these I will keep you posted. 

Please keep the following May and June dates in mind for planning purposes:

  • Friday, May 15 - School Spirit Day - wear your school uniform or school spirit wear
  • Thursday, May 21 - Ascension Thursday - Msgr. Joe will celebrate Mass for the students
  • Friday, May 22 - Classes will meet from 9:00-11:00 only so the teachers can have a faculty meeting.
  • Monday, May 25 - No School for the Memorial Day Holiday
  • Thursday, June 4 - Final day of on-line learning and retreat for the 8th grade class
  • Friday, June 5 - 8th grade class book and technology turn-in day from 10:00-2:00
  • Friday, June 5 - Final day of on-line classes for PreK 3 & PreK4
  • Tuesday, June 9 - Final Day of on-line classes for Kindergarten-grade 7
  • Wednesday, June 10 - Return all textbooks, library books and technology equipment to school from 10:00-2:00 for students in Prek3-Grade 7. Yearbooks, students’ school supplies and personal items, report cards and summer work packets will be available for pick-up.

In order to guarantee the health of our staff and campers, a decision has been made to cancel the SRS on-site summer camp program for June and July. We will be sending out a survey later this week to gather feedback about your interest in an on-line summer camp program, a possible August on-site camp, and/or an August on-line or on-site academic program for math, reading and writing. We appreciate your feedback and will let you know as soon as possible if we can safely host a summer program following all the health and safety guidelines recommended by the state.

As you may be aware, key budgetary decisions are directly tied to an estimated number of students expected to enroll in the coming year. For instance, enrollment numbers determine the appropriate number of teachers needed to provide the best educational experience for students, the number of textbooks that must be ordered and the space still available to prospective students at each grade level. With the closing of schools currently occurring within the Archdiocesan school network we have families looking to enroll for the 2020-2021 school year. We would like to give all our current families priority. We will be reaching out directly to those families who have yet to return the re-enrollment survey and ask that you respond to our request in a timely manner. 

May is a month dedicated to our Blessed Mother, Mary. Throughout the month your family can honor Jesus’ mother and our mother, Mary by having a May crowning ceremony, praying the Rosary as a family, creating and decorating a Mary shrine, and/or singing hymns that honor the Blessed Mother. All of these traditional ways to honor Mary are shared with your children daily at St. Rita School and can now become part of your family traditions too. 

Thank you for entrusting your child/children to our care. May God continue to bless and protect you and your family in the days and weeks to come. 

God Bless,
Mrs. Tiezzi

Re-Registration Information

We have started planning for the 2020-2021 school year at
St. Rita School. We have been discussing many exciting
initiatives for next school year and I am hoping that you and
your family will be part of it. However, as we move forward
toward making preparations for next year, we need to better understand the status of your child’s re-enrollment at
St. Rita School. If you have not yet returned your
re-registration paper work, kindly click the link to
fill out the form below.

If you have returned your paper work, there is no need to
fill out this form.

Thank you in advance for your prompt response. If you have any questions or concerns which you would like to discuss please do not hesitate to email.

An Important Message from Mrs. Nugent
The SMART Aid portal opened for financial aid applications on Friday, May 1, 2020. To access it, go to www.smartaidforparents.com  The fee to apply is $35.00 which is paid to SMART Aid. You will need to have access to your most recent tax return and supporting documents including W-2 or 1099's for backup information. This will need to be uploaded into SMART Aid.  

The portal will remain open through Friday, July 17th, 2020 for
applications. However, financial aid is available on a first come, first served basis and a limited amount of money is available. You will receive an email from SMART Aid once awards are made with instructions to contact the Business Office to accept your award. If you do not receive an award, you will also receive an email. If you do not receive an award at this time, you may be placed on a waiting list as award money does occasionally become available throughout the year.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Mrs. Nugent in the Business Office at  paulanugent@att.net . Thank you.
School News  
Attention Gardners:

Since we will not be returning to our building for the rest of this school year,
we have several raised beds available for planting. If you or someone one know would be interested in using a bed, please contact Mrs. Tiezzi at ptiezzi.stritaschool@gmail.com
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.
Home and School Association

Dear SRS Family and Friends,

We wanted to share with you that the Dancing Through the Decades Auction and the Tuition Raffle have been officially canceled for the year. All checks that were written for either fundraiser will be shredded on May 20 th .
please contact us by May 13 th :

At this point, we still do not know if we will be able
to hold a live auction or if we will instead have an online
auction during the 2020-2021 school year. Either way,
we plan to save all donated items for use in our next auction.

Thank you all for your support!


The HSA Executive Board


The HSA is looking for parents who are interested in
joining the executive board for the 2020-2021 school year.
The goal of the Home School Association is to organize fun activities to bring our community together while raising
money for our wonderful school.

Below is a list of HSA Executive Board positions:

President (requires having already
served on the board for 1 year)
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
Recording secretary
Corresponding secretary
New Parent Enrollment Liaison

Please click here to check out the HSA section of SRS’s
website and learn more! If you would like to share your
time and talents with us please contact Kristen Amarone


The HSA is putting together a list of local small businesses and restaurants
that are owned or run by members of our St. Rita School community. 
Below are a couple that would love your support during this difficult time!
If you have a business you’d like to add to the list, please email
Alice Kuether at alicemcgrew23@hotmail.com .

Nica's Market
603 Orange Street
New Haven, CT

Our business is open and following strict precautions.
We are also offering curbside pickup for groceries;
just send an email with your order!

Allegra's Cafe
249 West Main Street
Branford, CT

Our business is open for curbside pickup.
We are also featuring to-go martini kits,
homemade cookies, and cupcakes.

Paul & Eddy’s Pizzeria
1630 Whitney Avenue
(right across from St. Rita)
Hamden, CT

Paul & Eddy’s is one of SRS’s biggest supporters, and while
they’re not owned by a St. Rita family, they are an
integral part of our community. Paul & Eddy’s has
contributed to and supported all of our fundraisers for
over 25 years, and it would be great to show them some
love now! They are open for delivery and take-out.

Rug Makeover and Restoration, LLC
4133 Whitney Ave
Hamden, CT
(203) 747-5122
Find us on Facebook!

Rug Makeover and Restoration is OPEN for business and
is taking all necessary precautions to keep clients safe.
We are offering sanitation for stairs, wall to wall carpeting,
and upholstery!

Star Of India Restaurant
157 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT
(203) 799-8162

Delicious North and South Indian cuisine!
Open for take-out and delivery.


Click here for a helpful resource
from PTO Today.
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!

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
Please pray for these
St. Rita families who
have recently lost
family members:

The Banas Family

The Huesser Family

The Beerli Family

The O'Connor Family

The Edwards Family

The Halloran Family

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