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,

This Sunday our NEASC visiting team will arrive and we are ready for a wonderful experience. The six member visiting team (down from seven) will arrive and spend three days interviewing, observing, and verifying the Self-Study Report written by our school. A copy of our Self-Study Report is available for parents to sign-out and read. Please contact the school office if you are interested in reading the report. The final decision to re-accredit our school rests with the NEASC Commission of Independent Schools who will meet in February 2019 to discuss this matter.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the annual school walkathon. The day was amazing and everyone, young and old, enjoyed the festivities. A very special thank you is extended to Danielle Daley and Riel Cruz for chairing this event and all our marvelous volunteers who assisted.

On October 1 we switched over to the winter uniform. Parents are asked to please review the dress code with your child/ren as there are many students not in compliance. Teachers will be sending home dress code violation forms to those students who continually are not in compliance. If on occasion your child is not in proper uniform, please send a note to the teacher informing her/him of the reason. Due to the continued warm temperatures the students may continue to wear the gym shorts during the month of October. 

Individual school pictures will be taken Monday, October 22 (dress-up clothes) and on Tuesday, October 23 will be for class pictures. All students must be in proper uniform (NO GYM UNIFORMS PLEASE) on Wednesday. Order forms for class and individual pictures were sent home with your child today. Please complete the form and return it to school on picture day. You may also order on-line before picture day at www.mylifetouch.com. St. Rita School picture day ID is EJ418058Q0.

We are currently mid-way the first trimester and conferences are continuing this afternoon and evening. Those parents who have students in grades 4-8 are able to sign-up for bi-weekly progress reports. If you haven’t done so already please go to your home page on the Edu-connect portal and check the box for the progress reports. Grades will close on November 20 and report cards will be sent home on November 30. 

 If you happen to meet any of our NEASC visitors please welcome them to St. Rita School. Thank you for entrusting your child/ren to our care. Have an enjoyable week.

God Bless,
Mrs. Tiezzi




School News 
Kindness is Contagious!
New at SRS
Be a SRS KIND KID!
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.
Choose Love Program


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


Time for a FUN-Raiser!
SRS Trunk or Treat is a fun event in which our children get to dress up early on October 26th and go "trunk to trunk" at SRS family cars in the school parking lot. They collect Halloween goodies and have an evening of fun together with music. It is a "rain or shine" event.

This event is open to all St.Rita School families.
( All ages are welcome and all must be accompanied by an adult)

How it works: cars with goodies start to line up at 5:00pm in a circle with all the trunks pointed outward. Decorated trunks are a plus: the more fun, the better!  Check out Pinterest for great ideas!
The kids can then easily go from trunk to trunk to "trunk o' treat"!

Arrival time for cars: 5:00pm
Start time of trunk o' treating: 5:45pm – 6:45pm
(**Note- participating cars must remain until the end of the event)

Parents: please sign up your car to participate. We are looking for 50 volunteers. The link is

Can you help park cars? Please note that on Signup!

Please let us know if your child/ren are participating by completing the questions on Signup so we may have an estimate of the number of children to expect.

Each child who participates is asked to donate 2 bags of treats. This may be sent in to school when you send in the below participation form or by October 25th. There will be a drop-off box in the main lobby.

Children with food allergies are welcomed and encouraged to attend! Food Allergy-Safe Trunks will be available.

Upcoming Virtus Training Sessions:
Oct. 11 at 9 AM
St. Therese North Haven

Oct. 25 at 6:00PM 
St. Bernadette, New Haven

Nov. 10 at 9AM
St. Joseph.New Haven
PAINT HAMDEN PINK NEWS!
Picture day is coming!
Monday, October 22 Individual
&
Tuesday, October 23 Class
Information and order forms will be sent home shortly

We hope you’re as excited as we are about our upcoming Splash program! This fall, Splash will take place on  October 27 th . Student registration will open on  October 7 th  at 4pm , and the course catalog will be available on October 6 th  at 4pm.
Splash is our signature day-long program, which features over a hundred classes on subjects from cosmology to spoken word poetry. Splash is a chance for you and other middle and high school students to delve into your interests and discover new passions. Past Splash students have enjoyed the wide variety of classes and the chance to learn from Yale students.
Getting to choose any classes you want is part of what makes Splash exciting, so we recommend that you (not your parents!) pick your schedule of classes and be responsible for your registration. (Of course, you should obtain your guardian’s permission to sign up.)
Updates and Important Policies:
  • Splash will be from 8am to 4:35pm with sign-in from 8-9:30 in SSS 114 and classes from 9:30am until 4:35pm. Classes will be located in William L. Harkness Hall (WLH) and Linsly-Chittenden Hall (LC).
  • The cost of the program is $20 including lunch. Shirts can be purchased for an additional $10. Financial aid is always available to students who demonstrate need.
  • All payment must be done online with a credit card by 5 PM on October 18th. If there are limitations which prevent you from paying by credit card, email us at yalesplash@gmail.com prior to 5 PM on October 18th. If you have not paid by credit card and have not emailed us, the program will cost $30 at student sign-in.
Feel free to contact us at  yalesplash@gmail.com  if you have any questions or concerns. Looking forward to seeing you at Splash!
Parent Ambassadors Wanted!
Interested in spreading the good word about SRS? Join our Parent Ambassador Program.
Contact Carissa Civitello for more details!



Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry Jubilee for Justice
The Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry (OCSJM) is celebrating 50 years of ministry in the Archdiocese of Hartford. A dinner and awards celebration will be held on Tuesday, October 23at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, CT, beginning with a reception at 5 pm.Timothy Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics International will provide a keynote address.

Being honored with awards at the dinner are: Maribeth StewartBlogoslawski, President of the National Council of Catholic Women and North American Vice President of World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations, St. Raymond of Pentafort’s HomeFront team, and Assumption Church, Ansonia for its Teen Discipleship and Community Outreach Breakfast programs.

Join the celebration! For tickets call OCSJM at: (860) 243-0649 or visit the website at www.catholicsocialjustice.org . Tickets are $70 per person, or $650 for a table of ten. 
For more information contact: info.ocsjm@aohct.org (860) 242-5573ext 2688
ADOPT A BOOK EVENT

Please help us grow our St. Rita School library! During conferences this week Mrs. Schreck, our school librarian, will be set up in the hall with a variety of books for you to adopt to add to our library collection. Books can be purchased for $20. The book of your choice can be dedicated in honor of a relative, friend or faculty member or in memory of a deceased loved one. You may choose to also acknowledge a special event or birthday. You can also use any sentiment of your choice. A customized St. Rita bookplate will be placed on the inside cover of your book which will record the donor’s name as well as the recipient of the sentiment. A notification letter will be sent to the honoree or their family members. Be sure to stop by and check out our collection!
OPEN HOUSE
f or prospective students and families
Help us spread the word!

Crusaders Corner Store
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

The Charleston Wrap fundraiser has begun. All order forms and money are due back to school by Friday,  October 19 th , this guarantees orders are delivered well before Christmas.
                Remember, a portion of your sales count towards your family assessment of $150 for 1 child, $300 for 2 children, $350 for 3 or more children. You will receive a credit of 50% from all items in “The Merry Gift Wrap Guide”, 40% from “Kitchen and Home”, and 30% from all personalized orders toward your family assessment.
                Be sure to have your students sell to family and friends. The more they sell, the more prizes they earn. Don’t forget to visit  www.charlestonwrapstore.com  and use the schools online ID: z-12449, to buy online and sell to out of town family and friends!


Calling for volunteers! We’ve got some shoes to fill.
NEW LINK TO SIGN UP!!!!
 
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

Last chance for Basketball and Cheerleading Signups!!
Practice will begin soon.  
Apparel will need to be ordered so this
will be your last chance so send in your registration forms!
 
Interested in learning more?
 
Sign up today!
 

There will be a
CHEER Information Session
Tuesday October 23rd at 3:00pm
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
Shop at smile.amazon.com and support our school!
Support St. Rita School by Grocery Shopping!
Register your BIG Y card through this link!
"It’s Box Tops submission time!
Turn in your Box Tops before  October 26th  so they can be included in our school’s December check. Please include student's name and room number! Box Top Collection sheets can be found at the following link: 
You can also download the Box Tops App to earn extra Box Tops!
If you have any questions or ideas please contact
Lisette McGeehan at  lisettemcgeehan@gmail.com
Thanks for helping!!"

Help Our School Earn Supplies!
Register your ShopRite PricePlus card today, and every time you shop, 
St. Rita will earn rewards toward FREE educational equipment.
Please register  here , using school code 50073, or email your 12 digit card number to 
Alice Kuether:  alicemcgrew23@hotmail.com .
Please Note: Your card needs to be re-registered every year.
Thank You for Your Support!



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

UPCOMING DATES - 
October 9- 12:15 Dismissal Conference Day
October 14-17 NEASC Accreditation
October 22- Lifetouch Individual Pictures
October 23- Lifetouch Group Pictures
October 26- Trunk or Treat Event , Middle School Halloween Dance
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

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