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 St. Rita Parents and Guardians,

We have been in school the entire month of September and everyone seems to be adjusting to the new norm of in-person and remote learning in a COVID world. Our students have worked hard on following all the new rules and protocols and it appears that our new drop-off and pick-up routines are working. Please adhere to the posted parking signs on the surrounding streets as the Hamden PD has been issuing tickets. Thank you for keeping your child home if he/she is experiencing any type of illness. Working together we will help keep our students, faculty and families safe and healthy.

Tonight our teachers will begin the first of three Back to School Nights. Parents have been notified of the date, time, and code to meet their child’s teacher virtually. This virtual meeting is a time for you to learn all about what your child will be learning this year and not a time for you to conference with your child’s teacher. Mid-term conferences are scheduled for October 9 and 13. Teachers will share how to sign up for a virtual or in-person conference either at Back to School Night or through a separate email.

Finally, your input is requested to complete another very short survey as a way for us to understand the successes and concerns of our students and parents. Your input will assist us to enhance our procedures and protocols to better meet the needs of our students. Please click HERE to access the survey which will be available until Oct. 9.

Thank you for entrusting your child/ren to our care. Enjoy this beautiful fall weather. Stay safe and be well. 



God Bless,
Mrs. Tiezzi
Principal

Nurse's Corner
COVID-19 Protocol From the Health Office 

If your child is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 especially feeling feverish, measured temp 100.4 or more, chills, uncontrolled new cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, loss of taste and/or smell we ask that you:

  1. Notify the office that your child will be out sick and call your child’s pediatrician. They will let you know whether or not a test is warranted.
  2. After speaking with your pediatrician please call the office back and ask to speak with the nurse. The nurse will need to document who is getting tested and for what symptoms. 
  3. If the pediatrician does not feel a test is needed, your child can return to school with a doctors note once they are feeling better.
  4. Once you get the test results please inform the nurse.
  5. If your child tests NEGATIVE for COVID-19, they will need a doctors note Along with the test results in order to return to school. 
  6. If your child tests POSITIVE, please notify the school immediately and proper protocol will be followed. 
  7. If you obtain positive results after school hours, please email Mrs. Tiezzi (ptiezzi.stritaschool@gmail.com) and the nurse (lpalma.stritaschool@gmail.com)
  8. If your child travels with you to any of the states listed on the travel advisory they will need to be quarantined for 14 days or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to return to school. The rapid test is not acceptable. 
  9. If a parent living with the child travels to a state listed on the travel advisory they will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before the child can return to school. Again, a rapid test is not acceptable. 

Thank you for your continued support. 
Lisa Palma, RN
Saint Rita School Nurse 
UNIFORM POLICIES

All uniforms must be purchased at the Dennis Uniform Store.

Pre-K Uniform - Girls and Boys must wear the gym uniform. As an option, the girls may wear the green jersey jumper or the uniform shorts or pants with the green knit shirt with the St. Rita logo. Boys may also wear the uniform khaki shorts or pants with the green knit uniform shirt. Sneakers and socks are to be worn. Sneakers may not have wheels, light up or make noise.

Girls Grades K-3:
White turtleneck or white peter-pan collar long- or short-sleeve shirt
Green cardigan sweater (OPTIONAL)
Navy or green tights or navy, green knee-high socks or white crew or quarter socks
Khaki pants (optional in the winter) worn with belt

Girls Grades 4 and 5:
Uniform skort *
Uniform shirt with band bottom (navy)
Uniform green pullover or cardigan sweater (OPTIONAL)
Navy or green knee-high socks or white crew or quarter socks
Khaki pants (optional in the winter) worn with belt

Boys Grades K-5:
Khaki pants with brown belt
Green turtleneck with St. Rita logo
Green knit long- or short-sleeved shirt with St. Rita logo
Uniform green pullover or cardigan sweater (OPTIONAL)
Navy, green, or white crew or quarter socks

Boys Grades 6-8:
Khaki pants with brown belt
Green knit shirt with St. Rita logo (long- or short-sleeved)
Uniform green pullover or cardigan sweater (OPTIONAL)
Navy, green, or white crew or quarter socks

Girls Grades 6-8
Uniform skort
Uniform shirt with band bottom (white or navy)
Uniform green pullover or cardigan sweater (OPTIONAL)
Navy or green knee-high socks or white crew or quarter socks
Khaki pants (optional in the winter) worn with belt

St. Rita fleeces are acceptable for all grade levels.

The length for the girls’ jumper, skort, and all shorts must be no shorter than 2 inches above the  knee. Girls and boys wear a black, brown, or maroon penny loafer, tassel loafer, or oxford style shoe. Boots, sandals, chunk style, stack or platform shoes are not permitted. Heels may be no more than one inch. All shoes must have backs.

GYM UNIFORM
Gym uniforms with the St. Rita Crusader logo on them are purchased through Dennis Uniforms. Sneakers are to be worn at all times with socks. Sneakers may not have wheels, light up or make noise. A Middle School optional warm-up suit is also offered at Dennis Uniforms. This is the only attire allowed for gym. Failure to wear the appropriate gym uniform will keep the student from participating in Physical Education class that day. This may affect the student’s grade.

OTHER PERSONAL ATTIRE AND APPEARANCE 
         
All students are to be well-groomed during the school day. Uniforms are to be clean and neat and free of tears and holes. 

Girls and boys must wear hair styles that are moderate and sensible and adhere to the school guidelines. Hair color should be appropriate for the school environment. Girls may wear scrunchies, hair clips, headbands, bows, etc. in the hair (not the wrist) and should be simple, without excessive ornamentation, and should be appropriate for school. Boy’s hair should be above the shirt collar, trimmed around the ears, and may not have defined lines (e.g. long on top and shaved on the sides.)

Jewelry, when worn, must be simple and not distracting. Post-type, non-dangling earrings are the only ones permitted, one per ear, worn in the lobe. No choker-style necklaces are permitted. Boys are not to wear any type of earring in school. No other body piercing is allowed. No tattoos are allowed. Make-up is not to be worn in school.
               
On days when uniforms are not required, students will be given general guidelines for appropriate dress. Generally dress is to be modest at all times and neat in appearance. No inappropriate slogans or logos are permitted. If a student’s apparel is deemed inappropriate, a parent/guardian may be called to bring a replacement for the inappropriate apparel. Please note that there should be distinction between a dress-up day and a free dress day.
HSA
Hello from the HSA!
 
We are so happy to be back in the swing of things! We have been busy planning a fun-filled Fall, and we wanted to share our list of events for the first semester of the school year. Specific dates are still in the works, so please keep an eye on the newsletter for details. 

As we won’t have the chance to meet you all at SRS’s Back to School Nights, we are putting out a CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS now. We would love to involve as many parents and friends as are interested in helping. If you would like to support SRS by volunteering your time and talents, please let us know! We most immediately need help with our RaiseCraze event; we anticipate the time commitment will be minimal, and all the work will be virtual. Please email us at hsasrs.stritaschool@gmail.com for more information and to volunteer.

October: RAISE CRAZE
This Fall, our SRS students will be filling our community with kindness! Raise Craze is an online platform that enables students to set up secure, custom websites where they request donations via email. During the fundraiser, students pay it forward by completing self-selected acts of kindness for others. Keep an eye out for more details soon! And please let us know if you are interested in helping:  hsasrs.stritaschool@gmail.com

October: FAMILY SCAVENGER HUNT AT LAKE WINTERGREEN
Details to be announced soon!

November: SHRED DAY

November: SQUARE 1 ART FUNDRAISER
Square 1 Art will replicate your child’s artwork on keepsake items. A great way to start your Christmas shopping!

November/December: ONLINE AUCTION & TUITION RAFFLE

December: NUT (No Uniform Today) COUPONS

HELP US EARN CASH AND SUPPLIES THROUGH FREE REWARDS PROGRAMS!

Each year, St. Rita participates in several rewards programs. Local grocery stores (and Amazon!) allow you (the shopper) to identify St. Rita as the school you’d like to support; every time you shop, we get a percentage of the sale in the form of points (that can be used for school supplies) or cash. Last year we earned over $1600 through Stop&Shop’s program and over 150,000 points through ShopRite! We have big goals this year, and we need your help to achieve them. Please click on the links below to register your store cards, and ask your local family and friends to do the same!

HELP US EARN CASH AND SUPPLIES THROUGH FREE REWARDS PROGRAMS!

Each year, St. Rita participates in several rewards programs. Local grocery stores (and Amazon!) allow you (the shopper) to identify St. Rita as the school you’d like to support; every time you shop, we get a percentage of the sale in the form of points (that can be used for school supplies) or cash. Last year we earned over $1600 through Stop&Shop’s program and over 150,000 points through ShopRite! We have big goals this year, and we need your help to achieve them. Please click on the links below to register your store cards, and ask your local family and friends to do the same!
Visit amazonsmile.com, and anytime you purchase an eligible item, Amazon will 
      donate a portion of the profit to our school! Select “Divine Mercy Parish
      Corporation” as your charity, and St. Rita School will benefit every time you shop. 

Link your Stop & Shop Card to St. Rita School, and we’ll earn
CASH when you
     buy groceries! Click here and use School ID: 06434.


Link your ShopRite Price Plus card to St. Rita School, and help us earn school     supplies! Click here and use School ID: 50073, or email your PricePlus card number to Alice Kuether, alicemcgrew23@hotmail.com.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!
Athlete's Corner
We are looking for a Cross Country Coach
This position is open to any parent, alumni, aunt, uncle, friend, etc.
who is VIRTUS Trained. For more information please reach out to
Mike or Trisha D’Errico 
If your child is in 7th or 8th grade and would like to join the soccer team,
please fill out the attached “Soccer Information Form” below and return to
school by Wednesday, Sept 30th or email to athletics.stritaschool@gmail.com
This year, SRS will only offer intramural soccer. We will follow the AIAC
guidelines, which I will send out before the season starts.  We will only
have a few practices and a couple of games.  
Dismissal Times

2:35 - Pre-K Students and their siblings

2:40 -- Last Names A - C

2:45 -- Last Names D - G

2:50 -- Last Names H - M

2:55 -- Last Names N - R

3:00 -- Last Names S - Z

Prayer Corner
Please keep the Walsh Family
in your prayers.
Please remember the
Tran, Fortuna, Nastri, Kitson, and Giamo Families in your prayers

Click HERE to access the Weekly Health Screening Questionnaire
St. Rita School
1601 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517
Phone: (203) 248.3114
Fax: (203) 248.1016
www.stritaschool.org