The mission of the Catholic school is the integral formation of students, so that they may be true to their condition as Christ's disciples and as such work effectively for the evangelization of culture and for the common good of society.
-Saint John Paul the Great
Kindergarten students present goodie bags to Newtown police officers. Giving thanks and serving from the heart are two key dimensions of Catholic education
Greetings from Mr. G
January 24, 2020
Mid terms are finished -- hooray! Kudos to the students and teachers for their studious preparation and completion of these important tests. And to our faithful parents for providing good nutrition, study assistance and support throughout the process. It is evident to me that in all grades, significant growth is taking place this year. Keep up the great work!
Dear St. Rose School Families,
We are three weeks in to 2020 and all is going well. Teachers are energized, students are focused, the fundraising is gaining momentum -- we are working on all cylinders to make St. Rose the best place it can be. Thank you for being such wonderful partners!
It's time to celebrate all that makes St. Rose School and Catholic education so special. Monsignor was really impressed with the genuine speeches that were given at Masses last weekend encouraging people to attend Open House. He asked for students to speak from their hearts and the results were powerful. The themes of kindness, family, buddies, inclusion, strong academics and enrichment programs all came through. My sincere thanks to Benjamin Haddad, Melena Ventresca, Ava Faruol, Monica Tokar, Madison Griffin, Sylvia Pinheiro and Madison Watson (and all of the parents) for taking time out of your weekend to represent our school in such a heartfelt and poised manner.
Word of mouth is truly the best way to encourage people to visit and find out if St. Rose is a good fit for them. Open House is this Sunday, January 26th, 11:30-1:30 p.m. Please share the word. I appreciate the help of parents and faculty who will be on site that day and to all who lend a hand in so many ways throughout the year. Most of all I am grateful to you for entrusting your children to us. We take this honor very seriously.
On this note, I hope you have all taken the time to register for the 2020-2021 school year. If you haven't, please do so by midnight January 25th to ensure your child's spot in the process. Starting January 26th registration will be open to the public and $250.
We are really excited that all of our town leaders, First Selectman Mr. Rosenthal, Chief Viadero, Representative Mitch Bolinsky and Senator Tony Hwang will be joining us for lunch and to participate in the school wide Knowledge Bowl on Tuesday January 28th. This is just one of the many exciting activities we have planned for the week. Please see the Student Life Update below for all of the festive details.
Our Blooms Benefit is fast approaching. We are honoring alumni parents Dr. John and Mrs. Nancy Murphy. This night is about acknowledging those who have laid our strong foundation and raising funds to build our bright future. It's about giving your children all of the educational, enrichment and service opportunities they need to become well rounded citizens of the world. Please support the Benefit. We hope to see a majority of our school parents there to fill the room. This is critical! And we also appreciate your help leading up to the event. It will be a wonderful night of community.
Please keep our second graders in prayer this weekend as they receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Next Friday we will be celebrating Fr. Andy during Mass and giving thanks for all the good he has done for our parish and school during his time here. We are especially grateful for his insightful homilies. We hope you can join us. Seventh graders will be readers and Fifth will lead us in song.
I look forward to an exciting Catholic Schools Week which we will kick off Monday with spirit day -- please remind your children to dress in red and white!
MR. G DELIVERS BRAND NEW CLASSROOM SET OF CHROMEBOOKS TO 5TH GRADE
There was a collective cheer in the 5th grade classroom this afternoon when Mr. G appeared with a cart filled with a brand new classroom set (26) of Chromebooks. Obtained through an outside grant, he presented them to the 5th graders to make good on his promise to move toward school supplied computers. These are traditionally given to students at the start of 6th grade but since they arrived early he wanted them to start enjoying the benefits of the classroom Chromebooks which they will use through 8th grade. The cart will be stored in Mrs. B's classroom and Chromebooks will be used in school only for school related projects. Mr. G reviewed the rules and expectations of responsible use and said he believes that the 5th graders are well deserving of this privilege.
GET READY FOR CATHOLIC
Let the second half of our journey, through the 2019-2020 school year, begin with celebration! Today, I am writing to share with you our plans
for our St. Rose Catholic Schools Week.
The many things we have achieved the first half of this year wouldn’t be possible without your support, cooperation, dedication, and most important your belief and trust in Catholic Education! We hope as you look through the calendar of events for the week of January 26th that you will join us for as many as you can. Please click here for all the details
IT'S ALL IN THE BAG!
We are excited to announce a new Blooms fundraiser that has been organized by SRS parents with artwork designed by SRS alumna Carolyn Del Rossi. Introducing the Carry-All Caddy, a sturdy transport for all your needs -- grocery, beach, sporting events. It sits perfectly in a grocery cart and travels well in the car. As an added bonus it folds flat when not in use. It's durability, ease of use and style with a unique St. Rose School/Newtown logo make the Carry-All Caddy a must have item for every household!
Just like that, we're at the end of the second quarter and heading into the second half of the school year.
As you know, the second half of the year launches with the festive and fun Catholic Schools Week - a week our children all look forward to as the faculty and staff make it such an enjoyable tradition at St. Rose. To show our appreciation, we do what every family does to show affection - feed! We will be providing breakfast Monday morning for the staff and faculty, and lunch on Friday to cap off the week. THANK YOU! for the overwhelming response of volunteers for the "Souper" luncheon on Friday. With your help, we will definitely be showing our appreciation for all that our teachers and staff do to make our children's days rich with meaning and education - and maybe a little fun now and then.
If you have not yet had a chance to do so, please make a note of our upcoming HSA parent meeting on February 13. We are working on many events behind the scenes and are looking forward to updating you all on these and our fund raising results to date.
Get ready for 8th Grade night, a time to celebrate our 8th grade student athletes in a special ceremony. These will take place on February 3rd for the Girls and February 12th for the Boys. Come out and cheer for our 8th graders!
Get Ready to Run!
Track season is coming soon. This is an awesome program for students in K-8 grade. We are in search of coaches and assistants to ensure that all "runs" smoothly during the season. If you are interested please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Cheer Coach Needed
If you or anyone you know has experience coaching Cheer please email email@example.com. Thank you!
We are excited for a night of fun and fundraising on February 29th at the Fox Hill Inn as we honor Dr. John and Mrs. Nancy Murphy for their dedication to Catholic education. We will gather with St. Rose School families, past and present, parishioners and community members to celebrate our rich history and bright future.
This is a very important night and significant fundraiser as we strive to meet our $150,000 goal. Please make every effort to attend. Together we can keep the heart of St. Rose School beating strong.
Talk it up with your friends and get a table together! Volunteers are needed and appreciated. Contact Laura, firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also help with donations:
bottles of red and white of wine ($15 minimum value) -- please drop off with Officer Perez
Gift cards for local restaurants and pizza places
Tickets to sporting events
Stay at a vacation home
We are grateful for all support and contributions!
Student Council/NJHS News
Student Council is collecting individually wrapped toilet paper rolls to be donated to the needy in Bridgeport. Collections will go through Friday, January 24th. The class that collects the most rolls per student will win a dress down day. Click here
NJHS and Student Council have teamed up to sponsor a St. Rose Spirit Poster Contest. Students in grades preschool-8 can enter a poster for the contest. A winner will be selected from each grade grouping of Pre-K/K; 1-3; 4-6; 7-8. Winners will have their posters displayed in the school for the remainder of the year and they will also be published in the yearbook. Details on theme and size of the poster are included on the flyer. All posters will be displayed in the school during Catholic Schools Week! click here
Congratulations to the Advanced Math Club for achieving the Silver Level award from the national Math Counts organization for the 10th consecutive year. This recognition is based on the examples theysubmitted of different word problems they worked on over the first 3 months of the school year.
Now they are going for the Gold... working on the Gold Level Project which will be a PowerPoint of 12 math vocabulary words, their word problems and their solutions due by April. Way to go!