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 St. Rita Parents/Guardians,

Today students in grades 3-8 were administered the first section of the NWEA MAP test. Despite some technical issues the assessment was completed in a timely fashion. Students in grades 3-8 will continue with the assessments on Friday and again next Wednesday. The students in grades 1 and 2 will take their first assessment tomorrow and the remaining one next week. The results of these will be shared with you at the upcoming October Parent-Teacher conferences. Please refer to the letter from our superintendent, Valerie Mara, as well as the Q & A sent out in last week’s newsletter if you have any additional questions. You may also refer to the nwea.org website to access the family toolkit for additional information.

We will have two Back to School/Meet the Teacher Nights this year. The date for parents with students in grades PreK 3-Grade 3, is tomorrow evening, Thursday, September 15 beginning at 6:00 P.M. in the gym and for parents with students in grades 4-8, the date is next Thursday, September 22 beginning at 6:00 P.M. in the gym. The presentations are in-person only and will include a welcome from our Pastor, Fr. Tiano, and an overview of the upcoming HSA events. This is a parent-only event; please leave your children at home.

Two reminders that I would like to bring to your attention concern parking on Dessa Drive and school start time. Please refer to the detailed map below which outlines the designated no parking zones on the side streets. In the past, the Hamden PD has ticketed cars which are illegally parked. Also, for students in grades K-8, school begins at 8:15 (8:30 for PreK). Those students who arrive after the bell are considered tardy. Students who arrive late miss out on many important beginning of the day activities and disrupt the flow of learning for their classmates. Please be sure your child is on time for school.  

Our school wide theme for the year is The St. Rita Way-His Way----Rooted in Christ. What is the St. Rita Way you ask? It is to be a respectful, responsible, kind, helpful, honest, loving, and faith-filled student. We expect all our students to follow the rules in the classroom, in the lunchroom, and out at recess. Working together (parents, teachers, and students) we will continue to keep St. Rita School the place to be where the love of Christ is lived and shared.

It was great to see so many of our school families in church last Saturday before our welcome back picnic. A special thank you goes out to our HSA officers and Knights of Columbus members for providing us with the food and activities for the picnic. Over the next few weeks we will share the details of the Family Movie Night and Trunk or Treat Halloween celebration which the HSA is planning for our school families.  

Thank you for entrusting your child/ren to our care. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow at Back to School/Meet the Teachers Night for parents with students in PreK3- through Grade 3. Enjoy the refreshing autumnal weather.  


God Bless,

Mrs. Tiezzi


Please observe the “NO PARKING” signs on Gillies Road, Edgemere Road and Dessa Drive. Your willingness to observe the NO PARKING signs will ensure the safety of our students and school neighbors. Please share this with grandparents, caregivers, and anyone else who may pick up your child at dismissal. The Police Department has been issuing warnings and will be ticketing those drivers who disregard the no parking signs. Please see the provided map for no parking areas, and available parking lots. Areas marked in red are no parking areas.

Back to School/Meet the Teacher Nights

PreK 3 - Grade 3 

Thursday, September 15 6:00 P.M. in the gym.

Grades 4 - 8 

Thursday, September 22 6:00 P.M. in the gym

Congratulations to Ben and Kristen Amarone - they are the St. Rita recipients of the St. John Newmann Award for Volunteer Service, which will be presented to them at the

45th Anniversary HOPES Dinner.

Thank you for your service to St. Rita School!

Luke Hamling, a Life Scout with Boy Scout Troop 608 in Hamden, has been a scout for over eleven years, a member of St. Paul VI Parish, has served as an altar boy, and graduated from St. Rita School in 2019. His Eagle Scout project will involve renovating two of the church signs to reflect our new parish, including landscaping of those areas once the signs have been installed. He chose this project because he believes having unified signs will help with the building of community at our unified parish of St. Paul VI Parish.

To complete this project, he must raise over $9,600 in order to pay for the signs and landscaping items. He is asking the school community to assist with this effort. All monies raised will go directly to this project, and any money raised in excess of the project needs will go towards the signage needs at the other two churches which will also be renovated in the future

To help with this project please click below to contribute through his GoFundMe page.


We are currently looking for a part-time middle school language arts teacher. If you or anyone you know might be interested, please contact the

school office at 203-248-3114.

We are in need of after care coverage -

21 years or older

$15/hour - 2:45 to 5:30 pm 

1 to 2 days per week.

Please contact Mrs. Bathrick.

Please be patient with us while we revamp the before and after care program. An email will be sent to you when changes are in effect.

Before and After Care Charges

Pre-K - Before Care - $7/day

Pre-K - After Care - $20/day

K-8 - Before Care - $5/day

K-8 - After Care - $17/day

We are in need of after care coverage - 21 years or older,

$15/hour - 2:45 to 5:30 pm - 1 to 2 days per week.

Please contact Mrs. Bathrick.

Click HERE to sign up for After Care

Uniform Swap

Monday through Friday, 2:45 to 4:00 pm

in the Gym

Home/School Association

Please pray for all those that have suffered in Ukraine, and all those who are suffering or have lost a loved-one during this pandemic.

Please pray for all the deceased members of our St. Rita Community.

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