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



School News 
Attention Grades 6-8 Parents:
If your child has received a new Chromebook this year, the User Fee will be posted on your November SMART Tuition bill. This is a change from the information given to you when you met with Mrs. Tiezzi at our soft opening. Thank you for your understanding.
Mrs. Civitello is in need of a student volunteer to
speak at Mass
Sunday Nov. 3rd (11:30 am St. Rita Church) to help kick off our Discover Catholic Schools Week!
Email: ccivitello.stritaschool@gmail.com
After Care Information
After Care will be available on all Early Dismissal days until 5:30pm
except:
November 27
December 20
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:
November 4- Mt. Carmel Church Hamden, 6pm

**IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR VIRTUS CLASS PLEASE BRING YOUR CERTIFICATE AND HANDBOOK SIGNATURE TO SISTER ANNE.
SHARE THE NEWS!
The Annual Open House for prospective families will take place on Sunday,November 3rd!

Did you know that if you refer a friend to SRS, you will receive a Referral Bonus?
Click here for all the details and requirements!

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 !
Volunteer Opportunity
Event Details:

Goodwill Fantasy of Lights is a one mile route through Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven that features holiday light displays ranging from a gingerbread house to a holiday dragon. Some of the displays are animated and all have been fitted with LED lights, making them more energy efficient, colorful and vibrant than ever before. Proceeds from the event support Goodwill's mission to enhance educational, social, employment and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities and other challenges. Donations enable our clients to become more self-sufficient and instill in them a sense of fulfillment and pride. This is the 25th anniversary of this mesmerizing event!
Dates : November 15, 2019-December 31, 2019
Location : Lighthouse Point Park, 2 Lighthouse Road, New Haven, CT 06512
Time : Sunday-Thursday, 5pm-9pm
       Friday and Saturday, 5pm-10pm
Admission : Car/Family Van $10, Mini-Bus $25, Full sized Bus $50

Home and School Association
10th Annual Trunk or Treat!
Friday October 25th
Time for a FUN raiser! For the past 10 years, our children have been celebrating Halloween early by coming together in the SRS parking lot for an evening of costumes, music and friendship. Join the fun! Click the link to sign up to sponsor a car, help park cars or attend! Questions can be sent to  maryleedelaney@gmail.com.

Today is the LAST DAY for our Boon Supply Fundraiser!! 

Click here to order online before the day is over!

Questions? Please contact Kristen Geltman: kristen@paws-in-motion.net
Support St. Rita School
         with Mabel’s Labels!

Mabel’s Labels HOLIDAY LINE Just Went 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!
The school store is NOW OPEN! NEW Items Available!
Athlete's Corner
Check back here for all Athletic News
We are still in need of a
5th Grade
Boys Basketball Team Coach.
Open to any parent, alumni, aunt, uncle, friend, etc.
For more information please reach out to Mike or Trisha D’Errico 
 
 
Basketball and Cheerleading Forms
Please click the link below to download forms.  
These forms are mandatory in order to participate in Basketball and Cheerleading. 
No need to complete if you are currently on the SRS soccer team

 
Basketball and Cheerleading Teams  – Everyone should have received a “Shutterfly” email. 
If you did not please send an email to  athletics.stritaschool@gmail.com .
**5 th  Grade Shutterfly email will go out when we secure a coach
 
**Basketball Apparel order form will be going out soon, please be on the lookout!
 
Reminder to all soccer players!
If you have a soccer game scheduled on the same day as Basketball practice,
you are not allowed to practice basketball that day.  
There is only 2 scheduled practices on the same day – 10/22 and 11/1
 
 
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

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 - 
October 25- Trunk or Treat Event & Middle School Halloween Dance
November 2- Shred Day
November 3- Open House for Prospective Families
November 8- No School (Teacher's Retreat)
November 11- No School
St. Rita School
1601 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517
Phone: (203) 248.3114
Fax: (203) 248.1016
www.stritaschool.org