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 is participating in the Raise Craze fall fundraiser.  With just six days left we   are not quite half way to our goal of $35,000.  If you have not already done so please sign-up and participate. Thus far 104 acts of kindness have been performed by our students. This is fantastic but just imagine how much kinder our world would be if all 348 students performed acts of kindness over the next week.  Imagine if every one of our 283 SRS families raised a minimum of $150 we would surpass our goal by over $7000.  Now stop imagining it, and please start participating.  Your child’s educational experience here at St. Rita will be enhanced and your fundraising obligation will be reduced by your participation. Thank you to all our students and families who have participated in Raise Craze thus far. What a wonderful example you have set! Thank you to everyone in our SRS family for helping to make our first major fundraiser of the year so successful.

Our 1st trimester will be ending on Wednesday, December 2 and our remote learners will have the opportunity to return to in-person instruction beginning on Thursday, December 3.   In order to begin planning for the return of some remote learners, we will be sending out an on-line survey to remote learning families sometime this week. We ask that families return the survey to the school office by Friday, November 13, so we can begin planning for the return of some of our students.  

A number of people have inquired into the status of our winter sports programs.  At this time we have been told practice for winter sports may not begin until November 30th at the earliest.   This date is subject to change depending on COVID outbreaks within our local community.   In the meantime, we will be ascertaining the level of interest our students have in participating in basketball and cheerleading activities.  We will be following the direction of the local health department and the AIAC (Archdiocesan Interscholastic Athletic Conference) in determining an official start date for practices and games.  The final decision to hold indoor winter sports will be determined sometime in the middle of November.  

Friday, October 30 will be a non-uniform day for all students.  Please have your child dress in black and orange (no Halloween costumes please) and enjoy a free non-uniform day.  I hope you all have a safe and enjoyable Halloween weekend.  Be sure to turn your clocks back on Saturday evening. Stay safe and be well.  Thank you for entrusting your child/ren to our care.   

God Bless,
Mrs. Tiezzi
Principal

Congratulations to the newest members of our
National Junior Honor Society
Benny Amarone, Austin Colegio, Alex Bowery,
Conall Burns, Lyla D'Errico, Payton D'Errico,
Olivia Egan, Connor Evanich, Tyler Farina, Kate Frioni
Jianna Pompano, Jacinda Michalcik, Penelope Pappas,
Gennaro Pompano, Nathan Testa, Ryan Walsh, Avonna Wilkes
A TREAT from Mrs. Tiezzi!

This Friday, October 30, will be a dress-down day
for our students. The theme for the day is
Orange & Black
(please do not wear a costume).
**Lunch Reminder **

Lunches must be ordered the night
before by 9 pm.
Lunches CANNOT be ordered in
the morning for the same day.
Snacks!
Beginning this Friday, October 30, snacks will be sold every day at lunch. The cost of a snack is $1.00. Please send the exact amount in with your child if he/she will be purchasing snack. We are unable to make change for larger bills.
These snacks will be available: homemade chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and chips (Lays Potato Chips , Doritos, Cheetos or Fritos).

Nurse's Corner

Please read the attached updated Connecticut travel advisory. If you
and/or your family have traveled to any of these states and have
stayed for more then 24 hours you will need to get a COVID test
within 72 hours upon arriving back in Connecticut. Your children can
not return to school until they present a negative COVID test or
after a quarantine of 14 days. 
Please inform the office of any travel plans in the coming months. We appreciate your vigilance on this matter as we continue to work to keep our Saint Rita School community safe and healthy. 
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. 

If you obtain positive results after school hours, please email Mrs. Tiezzi (ptiezzi.stritaschool@gmail.com) and the nurse (lpalma.stritaschool@gmail.com)

When in doubt call your pediatrician. 
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RAISE CRAZE UPDATE:
6 Days to Go!

As of Monday, we’d raised almost $16,000, and our students had completed 104 Acts of Kindness! Awesome job SRS!

Last week, Miss Gill’s class won a free dress down day.
Whose class will be next?!
 
You can check your class’s progress by clicking on “The Leaderboard” from your website. Keep the donations coming, and whichever class has raised the most money by FRIDAY (the 30th) will win a dress down day.

Still Need to Register? Please follow this link to get started:

80% of the donations you collect will go toward your Assessment!

Please send us photos of your students completing their Acts of Kindness. We’d love to share them with the SRS community: hsasrs.stritaschoool@gmail.com.

Now Seeking...Auction Items!

Now that Raise Craze is underway, we’re gearing up for the
Online Auction. Keep an eye out for exciting announcements
about what to expect!

We have lots of items saved from last year, so if you donated last Spring, your gifts will be added to the Auction. We would love to add to our collection though! If you have anything you’d like to donate
(items, in-kind donations, gift cards, etc), please send it in with your student(s), attn: Megan Giaquinto. 

We are grateful for your help and generosity!

If you’d like to join our Auction Committee, please email us at hsasrs.stritaschool@gmail.com.
ST. RITA FAMILIES, SHOW OFF YOUR CREATIVITY!
       Fall Photo Contest!
 
Our Lake Wintergreen photo
contest is still on. Hike to the 
ridge in West Rock Park and take your best photo. Send it in to us at hsasrs.stritaschool@gmail.com. Mr. Shanklin will choose a winner! Please submit your photo by
Sunday, November 1.
Please Join Our Scarecrow Contest
 Now through
November 2nd
 
 Craft a scarecrow with your family, and pose it with an SRS sign. Send us a
picture (hsasrs.stritaschool@gmail.com)
for us to share with our community!
All participants will receive a
Halloween treat.
COMING SOON:
 
Mark your calendars and gather your sensitive documents for…

SHRED DAY. November 14th
 in the SRS parking lot. Boxes are $10. 
HELP US EARN CASH AND SUPPLIES THROUGH FREE REWARDS PROGRAMS!

Each year, St. Rita participates in several rewards programs. Local grocery stores (and Amazon!) allow you (the shopper) to identify St. Rita as the school you’d like to support; every time you shop, we get a percentage of the sale in the form of points (that can be used for school supplies) or cash. Last year we earned over $1600 through Stop&Shop’s program and over 150,000 points through ShopRite! We have big goals this year, and we need your help to achieve them. Please click on the links below to register your store cards, and ask your local family and friends to do the same!
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
Soccer
Next Game - Oct 30th at 3:30 @ Moretti Field
 
Cross Country Information
Next Practice - Oct 31st at 10:00 @ Hamden Public Library
 
Please remember that Wellness Checklist Forms
need to be submitted at every practice and
game for Soccer and Cross Country!

Click HERE to download the Wellness Checklist

Prayer Corner

Please remember the
Walsh and Jones Families
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