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.

Dear SRS Parents,

I am very happy to report that our NEASC visit was very successful. The visiting team was welcome in true St. Rita School style. I am most grateful to Marie Rourke and Kathy Halloran for chairing the NEASC self-study process, Carissa Civitello for planning a lovely welcome dinner, and all our teachers, students and families for your hard work and support.  Throughout the three day visit, the team found every member of the “school community to be welcoming, hospitable and accommodating”. They found our students and faculty a “thoughtful and articulate community of learners” and the visiting team was thoroughly impressed with our school. The visiting team wishes the St. Rita School community continued success as we utilize the recommendations found in the report as we continue to plan for our future. The official notification of continuing accreditation from NEASC will be forthcoming sometime in February. 

If last weeks NEASC visit wasn’t exciting enough, on Thursday, Sr. Anne and I were very fortunate to witness the Episcopal Ordination of His Excellency The Most Reverend Juan Miguel Betancourt, SEMV as the new Auxiliary Bishop of Hartford. The Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford was filled to capacity to celebration this auspicious occasion including representatives from many of the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese. I am most grateful that Luke Hamling and Justin Caulfield and their parents for joining Sr. Anne and me by representing St. Rita School at the ordination.  

I am so looking forward to seeing you all on Friday at our annual Trunk N Treat. If you haven’t signed up to attend there is still time to do so. Candy will be collected all week. Enjoy your week and thank you for entrusting your child/ren to our care. 

God Bless,
Mrs. Tiezzi

School News 
Kindness is Contagious!
New at SRS
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.

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

Thank you to everyone who has signed up to participate in Trunk Or Treat this Friday night! The weather looks dry but chilly, so bundle up! We still need more sponsored cars, and due to the overwhelming generosity of our families, we can provide candy for distribution if you provide a decorated trunk! Please visit the online signup to either sponsor a car or register to attend! This FUN-raiser is guaranteed to become a family tradition for you!

Upcoming Virtus Training Sessions:
Nov. 10 at 9AM
St. Joseph.New Haven
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 .

Parent Ambassadors Wanted!
Interested in spreading the good word about SRS? Join our Parent Ambassador Program.
Contact Carissa Civitello for more details!

Mrs. Civitello is seeking volunteers for our upcoming Open House Sunday November 4, beginning at 12:45.
Please email if interested

email resumes to
Scholastic Book Fair- November 5-8th
Volunteers needed- please contact
Lena at stellagirl627@snet.net
See below for our Book Fair Information!
Exciting News from Xavier High School
On 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.
f or prospective students and families
Help us spread the word!
Crusaders Corner Store
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
Calling for volunteers! We’ve got some shoes to fill.
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
Athlete's Corner
Winter Sports Information

There will be a CHEER Information Session
Tuesday October 23rd at 3:00pm
Mandatory Basketball   Parent/Coach
Meeting is scheduled for Monday,
October 29 th  at 6:00PM at St Rita School.
Basketball Forms
Please click the link below to download,
complete and return important information back to the
school in order to participate in Basketball. 
If there are any questions, please reach out to
Mike or Trisha
Basketball Apparel
Basketball Apparel Online Order Form
is now available. Please get your order in by
Wednesday, October 24 th !!

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
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
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 send your PricePlus card number to Alice Kuether,  alicemcgrew23@hotmail.com .
Rewards Program

Click HERE for a flyer with all of our rewards programs.

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

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.

October 26- Trunk or Treat Event 5:45pm, Middle School Halloween Dance 7:00pm
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
November 20- End of 1st Trimester- Grades Close
November 21- 12:15 Dismissal
November 22-23- No School

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