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,

Miss Laudano, our school support specialist has informed me that she will be leaving her position on October 23 to take a job with the State of Connecticut in the judicial system. Carissa has been sharing her news with the students today. We thank Carissa for her service to the students and families here at St. Rita for the past two years and wish her well in her new endeavor. I have been interviewing potential candidates for the position and hope to have someone in place by the beginning of November.   

Conferences are scheduled for this Friday, October 11 and next Tuesday, October 15.  Both days are early dismissal days (12:15 P.M.).  Below are some pointers on helping you get the most out of your conference. Just a reminder to middle school parents your conference includes your child. Please be sure he/she is in attendance.

                                                             Before the conference                             
  • Ask your child how she feels about school.
  • Ask your child if there is anything that he wants you to talk about with his teacher.
  • Tell your child that you and the teacher are meeting to help him/her.
  • Make a list of topics that you want to talk about with the teacher.
  • Prepare a list of questions such as:
 What are my child's strongest and weakest subjects?
 Does my child hand homework in on time?
 Does my child participate in class?
 Does my child seem happy at school?
What can I do at home to help?

During the conference
  • Be on time (or early) for the meeting.
  • End the meeting on time. Other parents will probably have a conference after yours.
  • Relax and be yourself.
  • Stay calm during the conference.
  • Ask the most important questions first.
  • If your child receives special services, ask about your child's progress in those classes.
  • Ask for explanations of anything you don't understand
  • Ask your child's teacher for ways that you can help your child at home.
  • Thank the teacher.

After the conference
  • Talk about the conference with your child.
  • Talk about the positive points, and be direct about problems.
  • Tell your child about any plans you and the teacher created.
  • Keep in touch with the teacher during the school year.

Thank you for entrusting your child/ren to our care. Enjoy the Columbus Day holiday weekend.

God Bless,
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.
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:
October 18- St. Therese Church North Haven, 12 noon
November 4- Mt. Carmel Church Hamden, 6pm

**IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR VIRTUS CLASS PLEASE BRING YOUR CERTIFICATE AND HANDBOOK SIGNATURE TO SISTER ANNE.
WANTED:
Parent volunteers for our Robotics club
Email Mrs. Tiezzi for more information
DATE EXTENDED!!!!!
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.

Space is limited to 10 girls so sign up today!

Google form signup link below:

https://forms.gle/Y6cBBvTYihyvFXWW7

New Start Date & New Cost!


Congratulations to John Crosby on trombone and Jack Frioni on trumpet for auditioning and being accepted into the CT Future Musicians Regional Band. They will be performing in a concert on Saturday, October 19th 1:30 pm at Southington Catholic School along with 57 other musicians from the area Catholic Schools.
St Rita School
Picture Day Dates:
Monday, October 21 - Tuesday, October 22
Picture Day ID: RI239054Q0
LIFETOUCH
Help us celebrate our cultures here at St. Rita School.
 We are now collecting for the month of October!
Notre Dame High School
Notre Dame High School will host an Open House on Sunday, October 20, 2019, from 11 - 1 pm (Early Bird Tours Begin at 10 am) in addition to weekly Wednesday Information Sessions. Discover why boys thrive in our dynamic learning community whose tradition is anchored in brotherhood, service and the Holy Cross mission. Pre-registration is encouraged. Visit us at One Notre Dame Way in West Haven or www.notredamehs.com .
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.

Hooray! BOON SUPPLY Starts Today!

The SRS Boon Supply Fundraiser starts today, Tuesday, October 8 th , and will run through Tuesday, October 22nd!
                    
One packet was sent home with the oldest child in each family. Please feel free to make copies of order forms for other children or click here to order online today!

Click here to watch our Boon Supply Fundraising Video with your kids! Check out the cool prizes, learn how to “Boost 10”, and get all the information you need to make your fundraising easy and effective.

Questions? Please contact Kristen Geltman: kristen@paws-in-motion.net

       Support St. Rita School
         with Mabel’s Labels!

Hoping for a year with fewer lost mittens and water bottles? 
Our new fundraiser will help keep your kids’ items out of the Lost and Found.
Start your shopping here , or learn more by clicking here .


Support St. Rita School by Shopping at Boscov’s!
     St. Rita School is selling tickets to Boscov’s Friends Helping Friends event on October 16 th 2019. Tickets are $5 each and are good toward 25% off purchases the day of the event. There will also be refreshments and prizes! Passes can be used at any Boscov’s location. Passes are available in the St. Rita School office or St. Rita Church Rectory. The entire $5 donation directly supports St. Rita School! *Smart tuition can be used to pay for tickets* Just click here to purchase your tickets today!

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 will be starting soon, please check back here next week to get more information. 


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 11- 12:15 Dismissal
October 11- Parent Teacher Conferences
October 14- No School
October 15- 12:15 Dismissal & Parent Teacher Conferences
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
November 12-14- Used Book Sale
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The Annual Open House for prospective families will take place on Sunday,November 3rd!
St. Rita School
1601 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517
Phone: (203) 248.3114
Fax: (203) 248.1016
www.stritaschool.org