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,

I can’t believe the 1 st trimester is over!  Where did the time go? Grades will be closing tomorrow (the grade portal closed today) and report cards are going home to students in grades kindergarten through grade 8 next Tuesday. The students and their teachers have been working hard on building good study habits but we need your assistance to reinforce them. 

Just a few reminders for you to help your child be the best St. Rita student possible:
Be on time for school - The school day begins at 8:15 A.M. for grades K-8 and 8:30 A.M. for Prekindergarten students. Students who arrive after those times are marked tardy and may be subject to after school detention. They also miss the opportunity to build community within their class through prayer, pledge, and morning meeting. Arriving late is a cause of anxiety and stress for many of our students.

Early Release - Our school day ends at 2:30 P.M. for PreK students and 2:47 P.M. for students in grades K-8. Students released early are once again missing out on some very important end of day wrap up, messages and activities. Parents who arrive unannounced at dismissal time create unnecessary disruption at an already busy time. If you must pick up your child early, please alert the teacher and school office well in advance. That way your child will be ready when you arrive and the class will not be disrupted.

Read your e-mail communication - All important information for the next few weeks is available in your weekly Tuesday Constant Contact email. Please take the time to read it. You should also be receiving a Sunday night condensed weekly reminder. You also need to read that!  Many of our classroom teachers send out a weekly update to alert you to what is going in your child’s class and alert you to important upcoming event. I’m not sure what else to do to keep the lines of communication open. If you can offer any suggestions please do so. 

Working together we can make your child and every other child the best student St. Rita School has to offer. Thank you for your continued support. Have a great week. 

God Bess,

Mrs. Tiezzi

School News 
Sibling Registration
Sibling registration is now available for the 2020-2021 school year.
Please contact Carissa Civitello for additional information.
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:
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.
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  
Order your 2019-2020 school year book today!
Order before March 31 to receive special pricing!
$25!
UNIVERSITY OF SAINT JOSEPH’S NEW $100,000 CATHOLIC PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS FOR FALL 2020
ACADEMIC YEAR
 
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (Nov. 14, 2019) – The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) today opened applications for what is thought to be the most financially rewarding national scholarship for Catholic high school graduates.
 
The $100,000 ($25,000 per year) merit and need-based USJ Catholic Promise Scholarship is available to any incoming fall 2020 first-year or transfer student who has met the following criteria:
  • Completed four years of study and graduated from a regionally-accredited Catholic high school
  • Earned at least a 3.0 unweighted high school GPA at the time of admission to USJ
  • Enrolls as a full-time residential USJ student with an active campus housing assignment in fall 2020 
Catholic Promise scholarships of $25,000 annually are renewable for up to four years if the recipient maintains full-time enrollment, resides on campus, and if academic conditions are met while enrolled at USJ.
 
“Since our founding in 1932, our mission has been to help deserving students access the best college education and experience possible to meet their goals, and to graduate students who are ready to serve society,” said President Rhona Free. She continued, “Today, we are launching what we believe is the most generous national scholarship of its kind for Catholic high school students who want to continue their education at a University that integrates mission and its Core Values into the student college experience, from academic curriculum to student activities.”
 
Recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as Connecticut’s No. 2 school in Best Value for National Universities, after Yale University, this scholarship along with comprehensive student financial services throughout their education with USJ demonstrates the University’s commitment to sustaining its commitment to offering degrees with values and value. 
 
Prospective students and families can find more information on  usj.edu/scholarships , or by contacting the Office of Admissions directly at  admissions@usj.edu .
 
 
The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) offers a wide range of coeducational undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and certificate programs that combine a professional and liberal arts education with opportunities for mentored research, community service, clinical field work, and internships. Programs are taught on the University’s two campuses in West Hartford and Hartford, Connecticut; at off-campus locations throughout the state; and online. Founded in 1932 by the Sisters of Mercy, the University of Saint Joseph offers degrees with value and values. To learn more, view our website at  http://www.usj.edu. 
 
Home and School Association
BOON SUPPLY ORDERS ARE IN!!
 
Boon Supply orders are in! Please pick up your orders tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 20th, 2019 between 2:50 and 3:30 pm ! If you have any problems with pick up please contact kristen@paws-in-motion.net.
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.  



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
Mrs. Beerli's Office
Meet Mrs. Danielle Beerli, MSW

Welcome, Mrs. Beerli to St. Rita School.
Mrs. Beerli holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from University of Vermont and Master's Degree in Social Work from Southern CT State University. She is married with 2 children. She enjoys cooking, gardening, crafting, traveling and spending time with friends and family.
If you have any questions or would like to meet with Mrs. Beerli, please contact her directly.
dbeerli.stritaschool@gmail.com

*Resources are available outside of Mrs. Beerli's door for parents and students.
Divine Mercy Parish News

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
December 20- 12:15 Dismissal (No After Care)
December 23- January 1- Winter Break
January 2- Classes resume
St. Rita School
1601 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517
Phone: (203) 248.3114
Fax: (203) 248.1016
www.stritaschool.org