IT'S TIME TO WEAR YOUR PINK!
See below for the details!
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,

Our NEASC team members have been here since Sunday meeting our teachers, students and parents. The team members, from New England area Catholic schools, have been very impressed with what they have experienced here at St. Rita. Today they will be meeting with our student leaders and parents to get a better understanding of our school. We will be using the results of our self-study process as a catalyst for innovation, school improvement and academic excellence. The ultimate objective of the NEASC accreditation process is to design a sustainable future for St. Rita School which is consistent with our mission.

On October 1 we switched over to the winter uniform. Parents are asked to please review the dress code with your child/ren as there are many students not in compliance. Teachers will be sending home dress code violation forms to those students who continually are not in compliance. If on occasion your child is not in proper uniform, please send a note to the teacher informing her/him of the reason. Due to the continued warm temperatures the students may continue to wear the gym shorts during the month of October. 

Individual school pictures will be taken Monday, October 22 (dress-up clothes) and on Tuesday, October 23 will be for class pictures. All students must be in proper uniform (NO GYM UNIFORMS PLEASE) on Tuesday. Order forms for class and individual pictures were sent home with your child last week. Please complete the form and return it to school on picture day. You may also order on-line before picture day at www.mylifetouch.com. St. Rita School picture day ID is EJ418058Q0.

Please pray our new Auxiliary Bishop, Juan Miguel Torres Betancourt, SEMV who will be ordained on Thursday at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford.  Thank you for entrusting your child/ren to our care. Have an enjoyable week.

God Bless,
Mrs. Tiezzi




School News 
THIS FRIDAY!
Kindness is Contagious!
New at SRS
Be a SRS KIND KID!
Acts of kindness are always noticed and appreciated!
This year, each time a SRS student shows kindness, they will be recognized with a
KIND KID card.
Save your cards and redeem them for special prizes at our
school store.
Choose Love Program


9th Annual Trunk O' Treat is October 26th!


Time for a FUN-Raiser!
SRS Trunk or Treat is a fun event in which our children get to dress up early on October 26th and go "trunk to trunk" at SRS family cars in the school parking lot. They collect Halloween goodies and have an evening of fun together with music. It is a "rain or shine" event.

This event is open to all St.Rita School families.
( All ages are welcome and all must be accompanied by an adult)

How it works: cars with goodies start to line up at 5:00pm in a circle with all the trunks pointed outward. Decorated trunks are a plus: the more fun, the better!  Check out Pinterest for great ideas!
The kids can then easily go from trunk to trunk to "trunk o' treat"!

Arrival time for cars: 5:00pm
Start time of trunk o' treating: 5:45pm – 6:45pm
(**Note- participating cars must remain until the end of the event)

Parents: please sign up your car to participate. We are looking for 50 volunteers. The link is

Can you help park cars? Please note that on Signup!

Please let us know if your child/ren are participating by completing the questions on Signup so we may have an estimate of the number of children to expect.

Each child who participates is asked to donate 2 bags of treats. This may be sent in to school when you send in the participation form or by October 25th. There will be a drop-off box in the main lobby.

Children with food allergies are welcomed and encouraged to attend! Food Allergy-Safe Trunks will be available.
Upcoming Virtus Training Sessions:

Oct. 25 at 6:00PM 
St. Bernadette, New Haven

Nov. 10 at 9AM
St. Joseph.New Haven
Picture day is coming!
Monday, October 22 Individual
&
Tuesday, October 23 Class
Information and order forms will be sent home shortly
Parent Ambassadors Wanted!
Interested in spreading the good word about SRS? Join our Parent Ambassador Program.
Contact Carissa Civitello for more details!


SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR OPEN HOUSE
Mrs. Civitello is seeking volunteers for our upcoming Open House Sunday November 4, beginning at 12:45.
Please email if interested
ccivitello.stritaschool@gmail.com

Town of Hamden Trunk or Treat
We are excited to announce the premiere of the St. Rita School Crusaders Connection! The Connection is two-fold: a newsletter (which is currently under development) and an alumni connection bulletin board (whose new home will be in the school lobby.)

Each month, we will feature a small group of alumni on our bulletin board. We are extremely excited to hear all about your endeavors since graduation. Your stories are important, and we can't wait to share them with our St. Rita community!

email resumes to
jbruno.stritaschool@gmail.com
Exciting News from Xavier High School
 
On October 21 at 1 pm and November 7 at 6:30 pm, Xavier High School will host its open house for all interested boys in grades 6, 7, and 8. Take a tour and see what Xavier is like from a student's perspective, meet the coaches of Xavier’s 18 sports teams, and see how your son will be transformed by the Xavier community.
 
Parents of 8th graders – sign your son up to the take the Entrance Exam at Xavier High School on either November 3rd or November 17th. You can do so online here:  https://xavierhighschool.myschoolapp.com/app#login/apply

Those who sign up before October 23rd will have the opportunity to take a test prep class on either October 25th or October 27th. All students who take the exam in November at Xavier are eligible for merit scholarships covering up to 100% of tuition. All students who have attended Xavier from St. Rita School have been very well prepared for the rigorous curriculum at Xavier and do well on the Entrance Exam. As such all students coming to Xavier from St. Rita School will receive a $1,000 tuition discount.
OPEN HOUSE
f or prospective students and families
Help us spread the word!
Crusaders Corner Store
NEW ITEM!!!!
St. Rita School Crusader Pennant
$5 each
Crusaders Corner will be open every Thursday during all lunch periods. Please send your child with cash or check to purchase items!

We are still seeking volunteers to help run the store. If you are interested please contact Mrs. Civitello.
Home and School Association

The Charleston Wrap fundraiser has begun. All order forms and money are due back to school by Friday,  October 19 th , this guarantees orders are delivered well before Christmas.
                Remember, a portion of your sales count towards your family assessment of $150 for 1 child, $300 for 2 children, $350 for 3 or more children. You will receive a credit of 50% from all items in “The Merry Gift Wrap Guide”, 40% from “Kitchen and Home”, and 30% from all personalized orders toward your family assessment.
                Be sure to have your students sell to family and friends. The more they sell, the more prizes they earn. Don’t forget to visit  www.charlestonwrapstore.com  and use the schools online ID: z-12449, to buy online and sell to out of town family and friends!


Calling for volunteers! We’ve got some shoes to fill.
NEW LINK TO SIGN UP!!!!
 
The St. Rita School HSA would love to have you as a Parent Volunteer this year! There are various events and activities planned for this year that cannot happen without your support.

Your time and talents are needed for the continued success of our school. Even just one hour of volunteer time makes a great difference to the school community.
 
Please access the link below to view the events scheduled this year and sign up for any of the volunteer positions that are open.
 
Thank you for your continued support of our school!
  
HSA Executive Board
 

THE 2018 WALK-A-THON WAS A SUCCESS!
Congratulations SRS for achieving the fundraising goal.

The weather cooperated and did not get in the way of making this year’s Walk-A-Thon a wonderfully fun, memorable event. Thank you all for “Bringing on the Joy of Walking” with us! It was great to have so many fantastic sponsors, see so many kids walking, so many people volunteering, so many of the school staff participating, and so many families there in support of the school!
 
The tax deductible contributions received will go a long way towards making it possible for the Home and School Association (HSA) to foster activities and initiatives that provide an excellent learning environment, along with upgrading the school’s security system to protect the well being of the students. 
Your generous donations brought in over $33,000, which included $815 from the Big Brother Big Sister clothing drive.  
Thank you!  
 

 
Athlete's Corner
Winter Sports Information


Basketball
Practices will start next week.  Keep a look up for a “Shutterfly” email to join to get scheduling information.   
Mandatory  Parent/Coach Meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 29 th  at 6:00PM at St Rita School.  
 
Basketball Apparel  -  Stay tuned for a link to the order form for basketball apparel
 
CHEER
There will be a CHEER Information Session
Tuesday October 23rd at 3:00pm
 


Check back here for all Athletic News
PICTURES WANTED! If you love taking pictures at our SRS sporting events, please share them with us! Please send to ccivitello.stritaschool@gmail.com
Student Spotlight
Congratulations to the following students who auditioned and were accepted into the CT Future Musicians Southcentral Regional Band. They have been rehearsing on Friday nights and Saturday mornings for the past three weeks. They will be representing St. Rita School at their concert this Saturday, October 20th at 1:30 p.m. at Corpus Christi School, Wethersfield.

Lukas Perrelli - percussion
Maggie Rogers - trumpet

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
Shop at smile.amazon.com and support our school!
Support St. Rita School by Grocery Shopping!
Register your BIG Y card through this link!
"It’s Box Tops submission time!
Turn in your Box Tops before  October 26th  so they can be included in our school’s December check. Please include student's name and room number! Box Top Collection sheets can be found at the following link: 
You can also download the Box Tops App to earn extra Box Tops!
If you have any questions or ideas please contact
Lisette McGeehan at  lisettemcgeehan@gmail.com
Thanks for helping!!"

Help Our School Earn Supplies!
Register your ShopRite PricePlus card today, and every time you shop, 
St. Rita will earn rewards toward FREE educational equipment.
Please register  here , using school code 50073, or email your 12 digit card number to 
Alice Kuether:  alicemcgrew23@hotmail.com .
Please Note: Your card needs to be re-registered every year.
Thank You for Your Support!



Safety & Security Campaign
St. Rita School is committed to providing the safest environment for our students. Our goals are simple: kids, safety, and security. We make a commitment to our students and families that our school is an environment which focuses on educational, spiritual, and personal growth. Safety and security are non-negotiable elements. They are part of the growth that needs to happen, and with your support that growth can and will take place. Your support will help us supply protective window film, security cameras, and surveillance monitors. We can't secure the future without you. Please consider a gift today!
Caritas Christi Center
EXCITING NEWS!

The Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus are thrilled to announce that Mother Clelia Merloni, Foundress, will be beatified on November 3, 2018 at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome, Italy. We would love YOU to come and share this momentous occasion at a special liturgy to commemorate the beatification to be celebrated at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford on Sunday, April 7, at 2:00 PM.

UPCOMING DATES - 
October 14-17 NEASC Accreditation
October 22- Lifetouch Individual Pictures
October 23- Lifetouch Group Pictures
October 26- Trunk or Treat Event , Middle School Halloween Dance
November 1- 9am Mass
November 3- Army vs. Air Force Football Game (sold out)
November 4- Open House for Prospective Families
November 4-9- Discover Catholic Schools in New England Week
November 9- 12:15 Dismissal
November 12- No School

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