Cold weather is coming.... please remember to dress accordingly!
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 Parents,

Many people have inquired about sibling registration for the upcoming school year. It is now open. Current families will be given priority to register a sibling until January 31, 2020. Registration information can be obtained by contacting Admissions Director, Carissa Civitello at ccivitello.stritaschool@gmail.com

Congratulations to Ayla Sivri who will be recognized by the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) with a Good Citizenship Award. Ayla will be recognized along with graduating middle school students from other area schools for her dedication to honor, service, courage, leadership and patriotism. 

The end of the first trimester is quickly approaching. Grades will be closing oo Wednesday, November 20 and report cards will be sent home on Tuesday, November 26. Parents of grades 4-8 students have the opportunity to receive bi-monthly progress reports on their child. These reports are generated automatically for those who have signed up. Simply go to the Educonnect portal and check the box and begin receiving those reports. 

The winter weather seems to be approaching much faster than anyone desires. Please be sure your child comes to school with the proper winter weather attire. Students at all grade levels go outside for recess as long as the temperature is above freezing and the weather is favorable for outdoor play and exercise. The green fleece jacket is not an appropriate choice for outside recess. A winter jacket, hat and gloves will keep your child warm and make their time outside more enjoyable. 

Finally, St. Rita School follows the decision of the Hamden Public Schools when deciding to close or delay due to inclement weather. Once a decision is made you will be notified via our School Messenger system and/or through the local TV stations. Please sign up with your local TV station for school closing alerts. 
Thank you for entrusting your child/ren to our care. Have a great week.

God Bless, 
Mrs. Tiezzi


School News 
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. 

New Dates Available:
Sat, Nov. 16 9:00 AM Blessed Sacrament Parish Center, Hamden
Sun, Nov. 24 1:30 St. Mary's Branford

**IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR VIRTUS CLASS PLEASE BRING YOUR CERTIFICATE AND HANDBOOK SIGNATURE TO SISTER ANNE.
St. Rita School Early Learning Center News:

St. Rita School Early Learning Center is requesting donations from families who have some gently used items that they have outgrown or no longer use. 
We are in need of the following items:

Plastic, outdoor picnic tables
Two train tables
Fisher Price barn with animals and people
Simple musical instruments-bells, egg shakers, tambourines
An electric infant swing
A large crock pot for heating bottles
Help us celebrate our cultures here at St. Rita School.
We are now collecting for the month of
NOVEMBER !
PART TIME JOB OPPORTUNITY
The North Haven Recreation Center is seeking part time help with their adult programs for various events and activities. They are also in need of lifeguards (16 years +) (Certification opportunities available)
Please contact Andy Delvecchio, (203) 239-5321 for information.
CODING CLUB REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE!!

Code Club will be offered to students in grades 2 and 3 (session one) and Code Club Jr . will be offered to students in Kindergarten and 1 St (session two). There will be two after school Coding Club groups this year running from January 7 to March 31. Please note the dates carefully since there is a rotating schedule for grade level groups.
(Schedule attached)
Students who join this club will be introduced to basic computer science in a creative and fun environment. Using a variety of robotic tools and applications, they will figure out how to solve a problem and code that into a program that can be used to follow a task in an engaging and playful learning situation. 
Each session will be limited to 12 students.
·        Session One- grades 2 and 3
·        Session Two- K and 1 
Students should hand the registration form to his/her classroom teacher who will time stamp when it was received. Three students from each homeroom will be added to the session accordingly. In addition, a written answer to the question on the registration form should be completed. This will be used only for (and if) registrations that have been stamped with the same submission time. Staff members will assist with recommendations with multiple submissions at the same time. Club list will be sent out in the first or second week of December. Please note: Due to space, safety, and effectiveness of the program, the club will not exceed the requested limit this year. Please accept final list of members.
The fee for Code Club and Code Club Jr. is $22. 
This fee will be on your Smart Tuition bill. Do not send in any money.


Meeting Dates for Code Club
(3:00 – 3:45)

Session 1 - Grades 2 nd and 3 rd
·     January 7 th and 21 st
·     February 4 th and 25 th
·     March 10 th and 24 th
 
                                               
Session 2 – Kindergarten and 1 st
·     January 14 th and 28 th
·     February 11 th
·     March 3 rd , 17 th , and 31 st  
Home and School Association
Support St. Rita School
         with Mabel’s Labels!

Mabel’s Labels HOLIDAY LINE Is Now Live!

Support St. Rita School when you shop for Return Address Labels, Gift Tags, Stocking Stuffers, and More!
Click here to start your holiday shopping, and SRS will earn 40% of your purchase amount!

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!
Athlete's Corner
Check back here for all Athletic News
To Soccer Parents  – Please return all soccer uniforms to the main office.  
Please make sure the uniform (shirt and shorts) are washed and returned
in a bag that is clearly labeled with your child’s name on it. 
 
 
Basketball and Cheerleading Forms!!
For those players that did not hand in their forms yet, please make sure you
forward them to me this week or your child will not be able to continue to participate.    
Please click the link below to download forms.  
**No need to complete if you are currently on the SRS soccer team



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)
PICTURES WANTED! If you love taking pictures at our SRS sporting events, please share them with us! Please send to ccivitello.stritaschool@gmail.com
Divine Mercy Parish News
Thank you to all who donated to the Divine Mercy Food Pantry.
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


If you have a special intention that you would like to share in our prayer corner, please email Carissa Civitello
Support SRS
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 .
The Box Tops for Education program is changing the way we can earn cash for our school

           Over the summer, participating brands began to change their packaging from the traditional Box Tops clip to the new Box Tops label. Going forward, instead of clipping from packages and checking expiration dates, all Box Tops will be earned digitally by scanning your receipt. The Box Tops for Education team has worked hard to build a NEW-and-improved, user-friendly Box Tops mobile app , available now. The new app features state-of-the-art technology that allows you to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to our school's earnings online. 

If you still have traditional Box Tops clips at home, make sure to send them to school. We will still earn cash for all clipped Box Tops until they expire. Better yet, you can “double dip” during the packaging transition by clipping traditional Box Tops AND scanning your store receipt containing participating products. 


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.

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 email your PricePlus card number to Alice Kuether, alicemcgrew23@hotmail.com .


THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Caritas Christi Center
UPCOMING DATES - 

November 27- 12:15 Dismissal (No After Care)
November 28- No School
November 29- No School
November 18- December 2- N.U.T Coupon Sale
December 13- PJ Day for the Kids
December 14- HSA Santa Event
St. Rita School
1601 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517
Phone: (203) 248.3114
Fax: (203) 248.1016
www.stritaschool.org