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,

Please join us this evening at 6:00 A.M. to meet our new school social worker, Mrs. Danielle Beerli. Danielle will speak on the topic of Anxiety and offer strategies as to how to assist your child in dealing with those times and circumstances that bring on anxiety in their lives. Danielle has spent the past few days visiting classrooms and meeting our teachers and students. Tonight is your opportunity to meet her. Hope to see you there.

The value for the month of November is community.  Community is showing love for others by truly helping them out not by merely talking about it. It takes patience to build community by working at getting along with others and to make peace with others instead of constantly getting into conflict. It takes control to patiently bear with others rather than quickly condemning them; we demonstrate community by not automatically looking out for you but kindly looking out for other people. How can we model for our children the value of community in our thoughts and actions? Some simple ways are prayer, study, meditate and fast to draw closer to God, the source of our community.

This Friday, November 8, school will be closed for a Teacher Retreat Day. Teachers will gather at Caritas Christi Center for a day of prayer and reflection.  Please keep them in your prayers and we will do the same for our St. Rita School community.

 On Monday, November 11, school will be closed for Veteran’s Day as we honor those who have so bravely served this country .  Our country is founded on the principles of freedom, justice, and liberty for all. Our nation's soldiers serve every day to protect our country and its ideals. As a way of honoring our veterans, please have your child take some time on Veteran's Day, to remember and thank those who sacrifice their lives to achieve peace and democracy in our country. Have you child make a phone call or pay a visit to someone they know (grandpa, grandma, aunt, uncle, neighbor, or friends) who is currently serving or has served in the armed forces. All they need to do is say thank you.
 
Thank you for entrusting your children to our care. Have an enjoyable week.
 
God Bless,
 
Mrs. Tiezzi
 
School News 
Child Anxiety & Mood Workshop- TONIGHT




Join St. Rita School and Social Worker Danielle Beerli, MSW for a brief presentation on Childhood Anxiety. The presentation will discuss the causes and symptoms of Childhood Anxiety as well as some strategies to help children exhibiting signs of anxiety. 

6pm St. Rita School
Open to all SRS families and friends!
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.
Celebrate Catholic Schools ALL Week! Take a look a the great events taking place. Share with your friends and family.
National Junior Honor Society
-In Association with Divine Mercy Parish-
November Food Drive 

Please help fill our food pantry shelves in time for Thanksgiving!

Starting Day for Donations: Monday, October 21

Please bring in the following:

Pre-K: Cereal
Kindergarten: Crackers
1st Grade: Cookies
2nd Grade: Tomato Sauce/Chef Boyardee
3rd Grade: Tea/Coffee
4th Grade: Canned Tuna
5th Grade: Jelly
6th Grade: Canned fruit/Veggies
7th Grade: Soup
8th Grade: Juice

Last Day for Donations: Friday, November 8

Thank You in advance for your generosity!

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.
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!

CELEBRATE DISCOVER CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK WITH CRUSADER CORNER STORE SAVINGS!!
Athlete's Corner
Check back here for all Athletic News
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

 
Basketball Uniform Distribution –
if you did not pick up your child’s uniform last Saturday,
there will be one more date added 
Friday, Nov 8 th  from 5:00-6:45 at SRS
Parent MUST be present. 
(* This excludes the JJV3 Boys team – I will contact them separately )
 
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
Veterans Day is Monday November 11th.
Divine Mercy Parish will honor all men and women who have served our country at each of the weekend Masses. There will be a special blessing for veterans and at the 9 a.m. Mass on Sunday at St. Stephen church. There will be a blessing of prayer shawls and scarfs to be given to veterans who are suffering a loss.
All veterans are welcome and will be acknowledged.
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 5- Child Anxiety & Mood Session 6pm
November 8- No School (Teacher's Retreat)
November 11- No School
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
St. Rita School
1601 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517
Phone: (203) 248.3114
Fax: (203) 248.1016
www.stritaschool.org