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 Parent,
Your help is needed to get the word out regarding some upcoming events. On Sunday, November 3 from 1:00 P.M. -3:00 P.M. St. Rita School will be hosting an open house for prospective families. Please share with your neighbors and friends all the good things that are happening at your child’s school and invite them to attend the open house.  You will be eligible for a tuition referral credit if you refer a family. Specifics regarding our referral program are located in the newsletter and on our website. 

On Saturday, November 2 at the 4:00 P.M. Mass Lucien Delaney (grade 7) will be speaking to the parishioners about his experience at St. Rita and on Sunday, November 3 at the 11:30 A.M. Mass.  Maddie Rosetti  ( grade 8) will speak about her experience. We are inviting all our school students to attend either Mass in uniform and if anyone would be interested in serving as ushers, greeters, or in the offertory procession,  please let us know. The parishioners of Divine Mercy Parish help to financially support our school and your attendance at Mass demonstrates to them that their investment in the faith formation of your child is as important to you as it is to them. Attending  Mass as a family is a great habit to establish.

Next week we are celebrating New England Catholic Schools Week. A schedule of events is listed below. All parents are invited to attend a free event on Tuesday, November 5 at 6:00 P.M.  The Executive Director of Empower Her, Danielle Beerly, MSW will talk about Child Anxiety and Mood. Please bring a friend or neighbor who wants to find out more about Childhood Anxiety. 

Many parents have inquired about volunteer opportunities at St. Rita School.   In order for an event to be successful we require the assistance of our parent volunteers.  Please reach out to the event chairperson and volunteer your assistance; don’t wait to be asked.  Our Home School Association is still looking for a chairperson for the Spring Plant Sale and Father Daughter Dance. Please contact Trisha Kozloski  
( trisha.kozloski@yahoo.com) if you are interested or need additional information.

It was so great to see so many students and parents at the Truck or Treat this past Friday. A special thank you is extended to everyone who donated candy, as well as  Mary Lee Delaney and her family for organizing the event. Best wishes for a safe and dry Halloween this Thursday. I hope to see you all on Friday, November 1 at our 9:00 A.M.  All Saints Day Mass. It will be held in the gym due to the predicted inclement weather. Have a great week.

God Bless,
Mrs. Tiezzi


School News 
Divine Mercy Parish Weekend Masses
Please come out and support St. Rita School at this weekend's Masses at Divine Mercy Parish .

This week's collection will be in honor and support of St. Rita School
Please wear you SRS uniform to Mass!
Masses are as follows:
Nov. 2 - 4pm St. Rita Church
Nov. 3- 7:30am St. Rita Church
9am St. Stephen Church
11:30am St. Rita Church

If your child is interested in being a greeter or offertory procession please email
Save the Date
Join us for a presentation given by
Executive Director of Empower Her,
Danielle Beerli, MSW.
"Child Anxiety & Mood"
6pm St. Rita School Gym
Open to all SRS families and friends!
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.
A FEW SPOTS REMAINING!!!

St. Rita School is teaming up with Empower Her to form a
Middle School After School Girl's Club!


This newly formed club will be focused around the social/emotional topics of: Leadership, Self-Esteem, Friendship, Bullying, Financial Literacy, Body Image, Healthy Choices and Service. 

The program will be educational and project based with new project each session!  
Girls will meet to discuss issues that they are experiencing in a safe environment. Topics will be addressed through resource information, projects and discussions.

Google form signup link below:


New Start Date & New Cost!

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
Support St. Rita School
         with Mabel’s Labels!

Mabel’s Labels HOLIDAY LINE Is Now 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
Basketball and Cheerleading Forms!!

For those players that did not hand in their forms yet, please make sure you
forward them to me this week or your child will not be able to continue to participate.    
Please click the link below to download forms.  
No need to complete if you are currently on the SRS soccer team
 
 
Last call to order  Basketball Apparel!!  
Website will close tonight – Tuesday, Oct 29 th  2019

 
Basketball Uniform Distribution –  Saturday, Nov 2 - email will go out this week with all details. Please check for it!!!
 
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.  
 


ATHLETE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
We are in need of student athletes to represent the Athletic Program at SRS during Open House this Sunday Nov. 3 1-3pm
If you are interested please email Carissa Civitello
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 - 
November 2- Shred Day
November 3- Open House for Prospective Families
November 5- Child Anxiety & Mood Session 6pm
November 8- No School (Teacher's Retreat)
November 11- No School
November 27- 12:15 Dismissal (No After Care)
November 28- No School
November 29- No School
St. Rita School
1601 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517
Phone: (203) 248.3114
Fax: (203) 248.1016
www.stritaschool.org