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 and Guardians,

Thank you to everyone who completed our most recent on-line survey on what you feel is going well this year and what ideas you may have for continued improvement. Overall your responses indicate that SRS is doing a great job with both in-person and on-line learners. Some concerns mentioned include working with the remote students on building community, additional mask and fresh air breaks, minor technology issues, concerns about the colder weather approaching and our ability to get outside as often. I will be sharing the results of the survey with the teachers and staff and together we will address those areas of concern. Once again we are most grateful for your support, encouragement and feedback. Working together we will keep our school community safe, well and moving forward.

Our school-wide theme this year is “Be the Light”. Especially in this year of COVID it is up to each of us to offer everyone in our St. Rita school family encouragement, kindness, compassion, and hope each and every day. In times when someone in our school family is struggling we can offer encouragement to help them regain their glow and help their light shine. As Matthew says in his Gospel “let your light shine, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Our Raise Craze: Fundraising Through Kindness is underway and we need your support. Please take some time over the next few weeks to help your child request donations from friends, relatives, and neighbors, and then complete an Act of Kindness for others. Our goal is to raise $35,000 which amounts to about $100 in donations per child. Working together we can raise money for the school and make our world a kinder place. Thank you for your support.

Just a reminder for parents with students in grades 4-8, mid-trimester progress reports will be going out to students who have an average of 70% or below in any major subject. Parents are able to view their child’s grades on our Parent Portal. Our student information system will send you a biweekly progress report if you request one. You need to check off the box requesting biweekly progress reports when you sign in to your account.

Our morning drop-off seems to be going smoothly. However, I notice that many cars are stopping to let their child out directly in the crosswalk. Please either drive past the crosswalk or stop before the crosswalk to have your child exit the car. Also instruct your child to proceed to the crosswalk as it is the safest route into the building. Working together we will keep all our students and staff safe.

Thank you for entrusting your child/ren to our care. Be sure to let your light shine today and always! Be safe and stay well. 

God Bless,
Mrs. Tiezzi
Principal

SAVE THE DATES!

October 15 - Grade 8 Virtual High School Night - 6:30 pm

October 21 -- Paint Hamden Pink
Students may wear pink accessories with their uniforms

October 22 - Grade 7 Virtual High School Night - 6:30 pm

October 22 - National Junior Honor Society Installation - 6:00 pm in the church

Email updates will be sent!
Rules & Regulations for Remote Learning
In keeping with the guidelines and protocols for re-opening St. Rita School, the following requirements pertain to those students who have chosen to learn from home or need to learn from home for health-related issues:

1. Students will begin on-line learning at 8:15 AM (PreK at 8:30), with the expectation to end at the close of the scheduled school day - 2:30 PM for Pre-Kindergarten and 2:35 PM for grades Kindergarten to eight. Successful completion of assignments and readiness for assessment is contingent upon full participation in the school day. Each grade level will follow an appropriate classroom schedule throughout the day; students learning from home will be included in all activities and their participation incorporated into the workings of the school day.

Classroom schedules will include:   
       Instructional Time
       Specials
       Breaks for snack, lunch and recess

Schedules will differ grade to grade and will be explained fully by your child’s classroom teacher.

2. Attendance - will be taken in grades PreK3-5, and each class period in middle school. Student records will indicate that students attended remote live-streamed learning classes. Parents are required to notify the teacher and the school office if their child will be absent, and provide a reason. 

3. Students should be set-up for learning in a designated spot, seated in a chair (not in bed or on the floor).

4. All materials and supplies should be ready for the day’s assignments.

5. Students at home must be using a school provided device, with the camera on at all times, and microphone muted when instructed by the teacher.

6. Students will be dressed in their regular school uniform (gym uniform on gym days only), without any non-uniform attire or unacceptable hair styles.

7. While online, students will not be eating or chewing gum. Please provide your child with a water bottle to keep them properly hydrated.

8. No pets or siblings should be distracting students while on-line as they are in a school learning environment. Students should not be playing with toys or on another technology device (such as a tablet or cell phone).

9. Teachers will schedule breaks for on-line students concurrent with classroom breaks, including, but not limited to, snack, lunch, recess and bathroom use.

10.  For health and safety reasons, in-person extra-curricular activities, including, but not limited to, sports, the play, and choir, are not conducive for students choosing to learn from home. When possible, clubs suitable to on-line participation will be available to all students.

11.  Teacher-prepared materials for each succeeding week will be available for pick-up on Friday afternoon between 3:00 and 5:00 PM. Parents are responsible to pick-up needed materials on Friday in order for your child to be prepared for learning the following week. Should no additional materials be needed for the upcoming week the teacher will communicate that to parents in advance. 

12.   Scheduling for students learning from home will be adjusted per the school calendar.

13. Teachers will contact parents with instructions and necessary information regarding your child's distance learning. Technology devices, textbooks, and additional materials will be ready for pick-up at school.

14. Parents choosing to have their child(ren) return to in-school learning may do so ONLY at the end of a trimester (late November, early March).


Nurse's Corner
Thank you to everyone for keeping your children home when they are not feeling well and keeping us informed of any illnesses. With your cooperation we will continue to keep our school community safe.

Just a few reminders:

- If your child is home sick for more then 24 hours we will need a doctors note in order for them to return to school. 

- This year with COVID-19 continuing to be active the State Department of Public Health is encouraging everyone to receive an Influenza Vaccination by the end of October. The vaccinations are now readily available. Once your child receives the vaccine, please send proof into school for the nurse to document. 

- If your child is home sick and the doctor recommends a COVID test please do not get a rapid test. We will only be accepting the PCR test in order to return to school. 

- many of us suffer from seasonal allergies and may experience symptoms similar to COVID-19. 

Symptoms more common of seasonal allergies and not COVID-19 are itchy or watery eyes and sneezing. 

Symptoms more common if COVID-19 are fever and chills, muscle and body aches, new loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting and Diarrhea. 

When in doubt call your pediatrician. 
If your child is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 especially feeling feverish, measured temp 100.4 or more, chills, uncontrolled new cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, loss of taste and/or smell we ask that you:

  1. Notify the office that your child will be out sick and call your child’s pediatrician. They will let you know whether or not a test is warranted.
  2. After speaking with your pediatrician please call the office back and ask to speak with the nurse. The nurse will need to document who is getting tested and for what symptoms. 
  3. If the pediatrician does not feel a test is needed, your child can return to school with a doctors note once they are feeling better.
  4. Once you get the test results please inform the nurse.
  5. If your child tests NEGATIVE for COVID-19, they will need a doctors note Along with the test results in order to return to school. 
  6. If your child tests POSITIVE, please notify the school immediately and proper protocol will be followed. 
  7. If you obtain positive results after school hours, please email Mrs. Tiezzi (ptiezzi.stritaschool@gmail.com) and the nurse (lpalma.stritaschool@gmail.com)
  8. If your child travels with you to any of the states listed on the travel advisory they will need to be quarantined for 14 days or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to return to school. The rapid test is not acceptable. 
  9. If a parent living with the child travels to a state listed on the travel advisory they will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before the child can return to school. Again, a rapid test is not acceptable. 

Thank you for your continued support. 
Lisa Palma, RN
Saint Rita School Nurse 
HSA
Thank you to all who participated in the HSA Family  Scavenger Hunt!!
We have learned that one of the cards went missing at some point during the weekend; we’re sorry  
for any frustration or confusion this may have caused! If you    
participated and took any photos
(even if not with all the cards),
please send them along to us at
by the end of the day Tuesday,
10/13, and you will be entered into the contest for a prize.
Please join our RAISE CRAZE Fundraiser!
October 13th – November 3rd

Help your students “BE THE LIGHT” while at the same time
raising much needed funds for our school.

Our goal is $35,000 and hundreds of Acts of Kindness.

80% of the donations you collect will be applied to your Assessment.
Please check your backpack folders and email boxes for instructions on how to get started.

Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions:
Kristen Amarone: kamarone@sbcglobal.net
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!!
Athlete's Corner
Fall Soccer Information
Practices: Oct 15th, 16th and 22nd
Games: Oct 23rd and Oct 30th at 3:30 @ Moretti Field
 
 
Cross Country Information
If your child is in 7th or 8th grade and would like to join the
SRS Cross Country team,
Please fill out the “Information Form” below and
return to school by 
Wednesday,October 14th
 or email to athletics.stritaschool@gmail.com.  Practices
will be every Saturday morning and 1 practice during the week

Click HERE to download the information form


Prayer Corner

Please remember the
Walsh Family in your prayers
Click HERE to access the Weekly Health Screening Questionnaire
St. Rita School
1601 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517
Phone: (203) 248.3114
Fax: (203) 248.1016
www.stritaschool.org