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,

I can’t believe Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching. Whoever would have thought when we began on-line learning 10 weeks ago that we would finish out the school year this way? Whether on-line or in-school every year at this time we have many things to accomplish in so little time. Thank you for your continued patience and support. Your substitute teaching assignment will end in 16 days!!!!  

Upcoming events for May and June include:
  • Wednesday, May 20 - HSA Trivia Event for grades K-2 at 4:00 P.M.
  • Thursday, May 21 - Ascension Thursday - Msgr. Joe will celebrate Mass for the students
  • Thursday, May 21 - HSA Trivia Event for grades 3-5 at 4:00 P.M.
  • Thursday, May 21 - HSA Trivia Event for Middle School at 6:00 P.M.
  • Friday, May 22 - Classes will meet from 9:00-11:00 only so the teachers can have a faculty meeting.
  • Friday, May 22 - HSA PreK and Kindergarten Story Time at 6:00 P.M.
  • 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.
  • TBD - 8th Grade Graduation

A summer camp survey was sent out to all our families last week. Please take some time to complete the survey to assist us with planning for an August program.

SRS food collection for the Divine Mercy Food Pantry will take place on June 5 for grade 8 students, and on June 10 for students in grades prekindergarten through grade 7. When you come to school to drop off your books and technology tools and also pick up your summer work packet and report card, please consider donating some non-perishable food items to help restock our Divine Mercy food pantry. Items in short supply include: Coffee, canned tuna, juices (apple, cranberry), chef-boy-ar-dee, canned fruit, cookies, crackers, and beans.

With school winding down for the 2020-2021 school year we are starting to plan for our re-opening in late August. I have recently put together a school reopening committee comprised of teachers, administrators, our school nurse, and parent representatives from our HSA, School Board and parish. The committee will begin meeting in June and will focus on our return to school in August and the successful resocialization of curriculum and education. We will do so while keeping the health and safety of our students and teachers as our top priority. Throughout the next few months I will share any program changes or modifications with our school families via email updates. 

Please take some time over the upcoming holiday weekend to pay homage to all those men and women who sacrificed their lives in service to our great country. When I was young, Memorial Day was always the time we visited the cemetery to pay our respects not only to our veterans but to our deceased relatives, as well. It was an inexpensive family pass time spent outside planting flowers, learning about our family history, and making life-long memories. Best wishes for a relaxing, fun-filled, and memory making Memorial Day weekend with your family.

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 paperwork, 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 the Business Office
As a reminder, the portal for financial aid is now open for applications. In order to apply for financial aid, you must be paid in full for the 2019-2020 academic year and be registered with a signed Tuition Agreement and deposit for the 2020-2021 academic year.

All accounts with an outstanding balance for the 2019-2020 academic year will be unable to receive report cards until balances are cleared. If you are experiencing financial difficulties due to the corona virus, kindly contact Mrs. Nugent in the Business Office at  paulanugent@att.net  as soon as possible. Limited financial aid is available.  
School News  
Virtual Summer Camp Provides Unique Opportunity for  Play!
With youth sports interrupted across America and many summer camps shut down,  Play Like a Champion  is offering kids of all ages a chance to get moving and learn new skills. Our new Virtual Summer Camp will take place from June 1-19th, providing kids 3-weeks of fun and activity from the comfort of their own home. The camp will feature coaches from  Play Like a Champion  partners leading kids in both rigorous exercise and sport-specific drills, as well as daily character development and fun!


Additional Information & Registration
Camp sessions will take place  live  Monday - Friday beginning at 11:00 am EDT and last for approximately 90 minutes. The sessions will be available on-demand for attendees who cannot attend during the live broadcast or just can't get enough of the fun! A typical day will include the following:

  • Welcome & Joke of the Day (5 Minutes)
  • Sport-Specific Training (20 Minutes)
  • Cardio & General Movement Activities (30 Minutes)
  • Character Development (15 Minutes)
  • Mindfulness Exercise (10 Minutes)
  • Closing Gratitude Exercise (5 Minutes)

The "sport-specific training" portion of camp will include coaches leading workouts in a variety of sports that both hone traditional skills and encourage sports sampling. While designed around a popular sport, these workouts will be adaptable to any child's setup or equipment and focus on a wide-range of exercises that will benefit kids playing any sports. 

Making new friends is key to every camp experience. While attending this virtual camp, kids will have the opportunity to connect with other children from diverse neighborhoods all across the country. In addition, children who register will receive a "Camp Kit" in the mail with  Play Like a Champion  "goodies" including a "Player Handbook" that will facilitate growth in virtue, in concert with the Character Development component of the camp. The Camp Kit will also include our  Parent Like a Champion  manual so that parents get in on the fun with research-based educational content. 

Play Like a Champion  is making this virtual camp available for free because we believe that all children, regardless of their family’s economic circumstances, should be able to play sports and participate in summer camps, whether virtual or in-person. However, we are asking that those who are able consider making a donation to Play Like a Champion so that we can continue pursuing our mission of providing a safe and supportive youth sports environment for all children.

There are  limited spots available  for this exciting new virtual camp, so register today and join us this June!
Catherine Violet Hubbard Sanctuary
To All Our Families...

At the start of the Holy Season of Lent, St. Rita School endeavored to raise money in support of the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary in Newtown, Connecticut. An ongoing dream in progress - to build a safe haven providing care for animal residents and hands-on educational programs for the local and greater community. The sanctuary is dedicated to the memory of Catherine Violet Hubbard, a child who's life tragically ended at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  

Prior to our move home for on-line learning, the classes were donating money each day in the hopes of offering our help to this amazing and worthwhile cause. While we have been home, many families have reached out to share with us that they have continued to collect money for the Sanctuary and to ask how to make a donation.

On Wednesday, June 10, when families come to school to drop off devices and pick-up personal items, a table will be set up for collections for the Sanctuary for those wishing to contribute. Donations can be made in cash or checks payable to  St. Rita School

In this challenging time we are immensely grateful for the kindness and generosity of our school families. In her own words, Catherine shared "tell all your friends that I am kind."

Thank you.
St. Rita School Lenten Committee.
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

Kids looking for a way to connect with their SRS friends?
Sign them up for an HSA virtual event this week!

Click here for details and to sign up.



The St. Rita School Annual Walk-a-Thon needs a Chairperson
(or team!). The Walk-a-Thon is a super fun, family-friendly,
SRS community-building event that also happens to be one
of our biggest and most critical fundraisers. Planning typically starts in July with the event taking place in late September, although the timeline (and even the format) of the event
is in flux, given COVID concerns.

Our fantastic, previous Chairs are happy to meet with anyone
who is interested in taking over the reins this year. Please
contact us if you have questions or if you are interested in
helping! Email at hsasrs.stritaschool@gmail.com .

We will be holding a uniform swap this summer in early
August (date TBD; we will send out an announcement
when the date has been confirmed).
In preparation, feel free to drop off any clean uniforms
that your child has outgrown when you return
the chromebooks/iPads in June.


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 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