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/Guardians,

In case you haven’t seen this news report from the U.S. Department of Education, nationwide our Catholic schools are excelling! Those of us associated with Catholic education have known this for many years as we strive to educate the whole child - mind, body and soul. Along with an emphasis on basic skills we strategically embrace new educational initiatives that align with our Catholic beliefs. Please feel free to pass this article from the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) along to all your family, friends, and neighbors, and invite them to our upcoming Open House on November 13 so they too can experience the Catholic school difference. 


The Nation's Report Card Shows Catholic Schools Excelling Post-Pandemic

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a biennial report of the U.S. Department of Education, notes Catholic schools outperforming public school counterparts in almost all categories.

Leesburg, VA – According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Catholic school students performed at or near the top in reading and math compared to public schools coming out of the pandemic. On October 24, NAEP, also known as the Nation’s Report Card, released its findings for math and reading for grades 4 and 8. NAEP is considered the most consistent measure of U.S. student achievement over time and a lens into student success.

As one commentator observed, if Catholic schools were a state, they would be the highest performing state in the country. The data also shows that Catholic schools are near the top in learning outcomes for students receiving free and reduced-price lunch, demonstrating the system’s commitment to underprivileged students. Although Catholic school students experienced a statistically significant five-point drop in grade 8 math, Catholic school students’ average scores remained 15 points higher than the average scores of their grade 8 public school peers.

“One of the reasons Catholic schools performed so well is that our teachers showed up for the kids. In every state, we were among the first to transition to distance learning, and after that brief time, also the among the first to return students to a safe in-person environment. That’s why I call our educators heroes,” said Lincoln Snyder, NCEA President/CEO. “This is a proud moment for our Catholic schools, but we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us. The nation’s top priority must be working together to help our kids grow and excel as we emerge from this pandemic.”

Setting an industry standard, more than 90% of Catholic schools opened safely, in person, five days a week with hybrid options during the pandemic. This is compared to approximately 56% of public schools. Catholic schools worked to meet the educational, economic, mental health and spiritual needs of students and staff. This intentional dedication to Catholic school education also has shown an enrollment increase in Catholic schools as reported in the NCEA Data Brief: 2021 – 2022 Catholic School Enrollment.

The reading and mathematics assessments are given every two years to students at grades 4 and 8. The reading portion measures reading comprehension by asking students to read selected grade-appropriate materials and answer questions based on what they have read. For math the assessment tests knowledge and the students’ ability to apply their knowledge in problem-solving situations. Both results present a broad view of students’ reading and math knowledge, skills and performance over time in public and non-public schools. Aside from Catholic schools, other private schools did not meet the minimum standard of responses to be included in the 2022 assessment.

NAEP is part of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Since 1990, it has been the primary federal entity collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. NCES is located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences. NCES fulfills a congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze and report complete statistics on the condition of American education; conduct and publish reports; and review and report on education activities internationally. To view the details of the full report go to: https://www.nationsreportcard.gov/.

It was great seeing you all at our 12th Annual Trunk or Treat last Friday evening. Special thanks to MaryLee and Joe Delaney and family for another successful event. Thank you for your overwhelming support by providing the candy, the decorated trunks and the safe space for our children to have fun! We are extremely grateful for all your support. Have a blessed week! 

God Bless,

Mrs. Tiezzi


This Friday, November 4, will be a dress-down comfy/cozy day (no slippers please) with a $5 donation. Donations will go to Luke Hamling’s project to upgrade the signs at each of the

St. Paul VI church buildings.

Saturday, November 5

9 am to 12 noon

$10 per box

Parents, Grandparents, and Friends who have served in

the military are cordially

invited to attend our

November 11, 9 am Mass

at St. Rita Church.

We want to thank you for

your service.

St. Rita School will be conducting a

Thanksgiving Food Collection

for the St. Paul VI Food Pantry

Each grade is asked to bring in

the following items:

Pre-K - cereal

Kindergarten - cookies

Grade 1 - crackers

Grade 2 - canned fruit

Grade 3 - canned soup

Grade 4 - canned vegetables

Grade 5 - tuna

Grade 6 - canned pasta

Grade 7 - peanut butter & jelly

Grade 8 - boxed potatoes & juice

Please bring items in by Friday, November 12

The food will be distributed on

Saturday, November 19.

Hey SRS Parents!

Spread the word about our Open House.

If you would like to be a Parent Representative and "meet and greet" prospective families that day please contact Mrs. Bruno at jbruno.stritaschool@gmail.com 

Attention parents and students!

The Nick B's Sit-Up Challenge for

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

kicked off on Monday, October 28th.

Pledge forms must be presented on the day of your child's gym class for participation and a chance to win prizes. Misplaced your pledge form? Click on the button below.

Download the Pledge Form

Come see Disney's DESCENDANTS in the New Haven area premiere at the Shubert Theatre!

Sacred Heart Academy is proud to present this show, featuring so many SRS Alum and directed by Mrs. ML Delaney!

Click below for tickets 

and more information

Tickets & Info

Have you checked our

lost & found?

Luke Hamling, a Life Scout with Boy Scout Troop 608 in Hamden, has been a scout for over eleven years, a member of St. Paul VI Parish, has served as an altar boy, and graduated from St. Rita School in 2019. His Eagle Scout project will involve renovating two of the church signs to reflect our new parish, including landscaping of those areas once the signs have been installed. He chose this project because he believes having unified signs will help with the building of community at our unified parish of St. Paul VI Parish.

To complete this project, he must raise over $9,600 in order to pay for the signs and landscaping items. He is asking the school community to assist with this effort. All monies raised will go directly to this project, and any money raised in excess of the project needs will go towards the signage needs at the other two churches which will also be renovated in the future

To help with this project please click below to contribute through his GoFundMe page.


We are in need of after care coverage -

21 years or older

$15/hour - 2:45 to 5:30 pm 

1 to 2 days per week.

Please contact Mrs. Bathrick.

Before and After Care Charges

Pre-K - Before Care - $7/day

Pre-K - After Care - $20/day

K-8 - Before Care - $5/day

K-8 - After Care - $17/day

We are in need of after care coverage - 21 years or older,

$15/hour - 2:45 to 5:30 pm - 1 to 2 days per week.

Please contact Mrs. Bathrick.

Click HERE to sign up for After Care
Click HERE to sign up for Hot Lunch
Home/School Association

Use our


HSA Upcoming Events


Shred Day

Saturday, November 5

 Advent Wreath Kit Fundraiser

November 20

APEX Fundraiser

November 28 - December 9

Gingerbread House Decorating Party

N.U.T. Coupons


Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 1 pm

Entrance Exams for the Class of 2027

Saturday, November 12, 2022 from 8-11:15 am

Saturday, November 19, 2022 from 8-11:15 am

Register online at www.mercyhigh.com today!

Notre Dame High School Open House

Tuesday, December 6th, at 6:00 p.m.

For more information or to pre-register for open house, visit www.notredamehs.com

Please pray for the Bruno family, and all those that have suffered in Ukraine,

and all those members

of our school family 

who are in need of our prayers.

Please pray  for all the

deceased members of our

St. Rita Community.

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