"Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas."
Advent Blessings! As we live through this beautiful season let us take time to prepare in special ways for the birth of Jesus who is the greatest gift of all. Advent calendar.
Greetings from Mr. G
December 6, 2019
Thank you for supporting our #Giving Tuesday effort. We passed our goal and as of today have raised close to $15,000! We are so grateful to our generous donors who believe in the benefits of a Catholic education.
Dear St. Rose School Families,
December arrived in a flurry! While our school week was disrupted by the winter storm, the scenery outside is beautiful, reminding us of God's majesty. And, inside our halls there is always warmth and laughter. I am delighted with the enthusiastic support of #Giving Tuesday. Together we will keep St. Rose School strong!
There was an incredible turnout at last night's meeting to discuss Bishop Caggiano's letter in regards to St. Rose School and registration for the 2020-2021 school year. Your presence shows me how much you love our school and are invested in it's ongoing success. I appreciate your honest comments and questions. It is important to maintain an open dialogue about these important matters. Our current families are top priority so please keep an eye out for registration materials which will arrive December 16th and take advantage of the early bird pricing to reserve your child's spot during the registration process. We really want you to stay in the St. Rose School family! If you were not able to attend last night, the slides are attached below,
Congratulations to Kaitlyn Vesey who received her First Holy Communion at Mass this morning and to Ripley and Rowan Franson who were Baptized into the Catholic faith. It was beautiful to witness these sacraments as a school community. Thanks to Sister Thaddeus and Monsignor Bob for preparing the children for this special day.
This morning our Fourth graders visited the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven to decorate a Christmas tree. They will be part of a statewide contest run by the Knights. If you get a chance you should take a ride to the Museum. Entrance is free and there is a fantastic exhibit about Christmas in Europe in addition to the festive, hand crafted Christmas trees.
We have an eventful week ahead starting with a day off on Monday December 9th in recognition of The Immaculate Conception. On Tuesday December 10th we look forward to our school wide Christmas concert in the church and on Wednesday the 8th grade class is making the traditional trip to NYC with Monsignor Bob to visit St. Patrick's Cathedral, take in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, visit the tree at Rockefeller Center and explore other city sights. I will be accompanying them along with Mrs. Petrillo and several parent chaperones. We are blessed with this wonderful opportunity.
Progress reports will be available on the Parent Portal December 13th; in preparation for this the Portal will be closed on December 11th and 12th.
We were happy to have Dr. Cheeseman, Superintendent of the Bridgeport Diocesan Schools, visit with us today. He enjoyed walking our halls, stopping in the classrooms and chatting with students.
I hope you have a fantastic 3-day weekend enjoying the merriment of the season.
7th and 8th Graders Take ELA outside the Classroom
On Thursday our 7th and 8th grade classes took the bus to Notre Dame High School in New Haven to see The Outsiders which is a book they have been reading and discussing in Language Arts class. The reviews were amazing, here's what 7th graders had to say about the performance:
-"It was so close to the book, like real life."
-"the stage combat was very realistic."
-"very professionally done."
-"the staging and effects were great."
-"the crew did an awesome job"
-"the character transformations were so well done and emotional; it felt like we were in the scene."
After the show our students participated in a
Q & A with the student actors at Notre Dame. They said they were friendly, funny and insightful about the production process.
According to the 7th graders, reading the book made them understand and enjoy the show even more, and seeing the show maximized their Outsiders learning experience.
The student production is running at Notre Dame High School in New Haven this weekend.
It's the Feast of St. Nicholas! Student ambassadors Maddy Watson and Leah Ghosh (8th grade) delivered hand decorated activity bags to all classrooms this
mornihttps://www.facebook.com/StRoseofLimaNewtown/videos/477412622906520/?t=7ng in recognition of St. Nicholas Day.
Day by day our children discover more about God's wonderful world.
We hope you and your family enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday (and snow day bonus!).
Our focus for the balance of this year, as we go through the Christmas season, is to ask you to please consider using Scrip gift cards as much as possible. You purchase the gift card and receive the full amount you pay - and behind the scenes, St. Rose School receives a rebate from the retailer. Are you buying a Christmas tree this year? We have Stew Leonards gift cards, and they give 10% back to St. Rose! How about Christmas dinner? We have gift cards for Stop and Shop, Big Y, Caraluzzi's...you name it! Scrip gift cards make perfect stock stuffers as well, in case Santa Claus needs some ideas.
We appreciate all of your efforts to support this program which, in turn, supports our school and children.
Our basketball season is off to a great start. All teams are playing well and demonstrating good sportsmanship on and off the court.
Please come out and cheer at the games when you can. Here is the game schedule:
#Giving Tuesday was a great success! We exceeded our goal and to date have raised close to $15,000 ! We are so grateful to all of our generous donors -- may God bless you! Building on the momentum of this we have extended #Giving Tuesday until Tuesday December 10th at midnight. Students can dress down one last time that day for $2.00 and donations will still be accepted so please share the word! Don't forget to ask your company about Matching Gifts! https://www.stroseschool.com/index.php/giving/giving-tuesday
St. Rose School 4th graders visited the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven, CT today. They have spent the last couple of weeks making ornaments and a tree skirt for the St. Rose School tree that they decorated at the Museum. It will become part of the state wide contest of trees the Knights are running -- winners will be announced in late January. If you are interested in visiting the Museum, hours are 10a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admissions is free. The Christmas in Europe exhibit is beautiful as are the Christmas trees.https://www.kofcmuseum.org/en/index.html