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

We hope to see everyone at the Dairy Queen Fundraiser tonight!

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... opening Fall 2018!
REMINDER:
WINTER UNIFORM WILL BEGIN OCTOBER 1ST
Please visit our Parent/Student Handbook for uniform requirements
"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!!"

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Support St. Rita School by Grocery Shopping!
Register your BIG Y card through this link!
Help Support SRS while you shop!
Register your ShopRite card at
Reminder: You must re-enroll your card each year
School code:
50073
September 27 - An Astronomical Celebration of the Season of Creation
Our Divine Mercy parish community is invited to a special presentation "Journeying the Universe as Pilgrims of Faith", given by a parishioner, Graziella Zinn, who is a professional astronomer, St. Rita Donnelly Parish Center - 7 PM. She will lead us in an imaginary journey through the universe by viewing and understanding a series of spectacular images provided by the Hubble Space Telescope. Recent developments of modern astronomy will give us insights for looking at questions like: What is the meaning of this immense and evolving universe? Did it begin out of nothing? How does it relate to human existence? Is there any other intelligent life? The inspiring guide for our journey will be our Catholic Faith and Tradition.
On Behalf of the Superintendent of Catholic Schools Dr. Michael Griffin
 
The CT Department of Revenue Services has recently confirmed that 529 Education Savings Accounts, which can now be used for private K-12 school tuition, just as they are currently used for college tuition, will not be subjected to any state tax penalties under current state law.  

Parent Ambassadors Wanted!
Interested in spreading the good word about SRS? Join our Parent Ambassador Program.
Contact Carissa Civitello for more details!


UPCOMING VIRTUS TRAINING DATES:

Wednesday, Sept. 26 6:00pm
Assumption Church, Ansonia

Wednesday, Sept. 26 6:00pm
St. Mary Church, Branford

Saturday, Sept. 29 9:00am
Mount Carmel Church, Meriden

Those who have recently completed a class, please send Sister Anne a copy of your certificate.
Thank you



PAINT HAMDEN PINK NEWS!
Is God calling you?
If you, or someone you know, is seeking and wants to experience a deeper relationship with God, Divine Mercy Parish invites you to come and discover the riches of the Catholic Church. A series of inquiry sessions of RCIA, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, will begin September 30 at Divine Mercy Parish, St. Stephen's Church.
Contact Laura Zambrano, 203-288-6155 for further information.
Divine Mercy Parish -
Blessing of the animals
Saturday October 6th
12:00pm
St. Rita Church Parking Lot

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
Keep a look out for SRS on the News!
Thursday Sept. 27th
Beginning at 5:45am
"What's Right with Schools"
NEW SPIRIT WEAR COMING TO THIS YEAR'S WALK-A-THON!!

Stop by the Crusaders Corner to pick up a few of our NEW spirit wear items!
*Special Walk-a-thon pricing!! *
Join us for our
2018 High School Night Showcase!
Wednesday
October 3, 2018
Open to students in Grades 6-8
Non- St. Rita School students welcome!
Boscov's Gala Preview for A Great Cause

Be the first to see the new Boscov's at Connecticut Post Mall, and help St. Rita School at the same time!
Purchase a $5 ticket from the main Office at St. Rita School or by contacting  trisha.kozloski@yahoo.com , then attend the event on Thursday,
October 4, 2018 10am-9pm. 
Each ticket holder receives a free gift, and there are refreshment and entertainment.
Your ENTIRE $5 donation benefits St. Rita School. 
To purchase tickets using Smart Tuition Click here 
Home and School Association
St. Rita Annual Walk-A-Thon

  It's just a few days to go before our annual Walk-a-Thon. Please continue sending in your donations so we can meet our $30,000 fundraising goal for this year. For the past years we have been meeting our goals through the effort of all students and parents. Let's do it again this year and continue our winning streak. 

By Friday (09/28)  - We will have winners for both Individual Students and Classes who bring in the most donations. 

  • Individual Pre-K to Grade 2: Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition, a smart speaker with Alexa for kids
  • Individual Grades 3 - 5: Beats Headphones by Dre, a premium brand headphones
  • Individual Grades 6 - 8: GoPro Camera, an action video camera to capture every moment in HD
  • Class Prizes: Pizza Party, Ice Cream Party, STEM Activity 

Go ahead and ask family members, relatives and friends for support. This is the most relied-upon fundraiser of the year to fund our planned activities and projects for the school year. 

If you know of any businesses who may want to sponsor, this is a great advertising opportunity for them. Donations are tax-deductible. For questions about sponsorship, please reach out to Riel Cruz at  rielcruz@gmail.com  or Danielle Daley at  daleyfamily820@gmail.com . Thank you!
Clothing Drive at the 2018 Walk-A-Thon

We will hold our 5th annual clothing drive sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Connecticut Foundation during the Walk-A-Thon this year. Please help us help others and raise money for our school at the same time! Please click on the link below for more information and start filling bags to donate while you are cleaning out closets. Thank you!

Athlete's Corner
Fall Soccer Information
Basketball!
Cheerleading!
 
St. Rita School offers two winter sports
 Basketball for students in Grades 3–8 and
Cheer Squad for students in Grades 5–8. 
 
Interested in learning more?
 
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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



Grandfather of the Velez Family


If you have a special intention that you would like to share in our prayer corner, please email Carissa Civitello
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
Check back for upcoming events
UPCOMING DATES - 
September 30- Annual SRS Walk-a Thon
October 2- No School - Staff Professional Development
October 3- High School Night (Grades 6-8)
October 5- 1st Friday Mass 8:45am & 12:15 Dismissal
October 8- No School
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

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