"We should take as a maxim never to be surprised at current difficulties, no more than at a passing breeze, because with a little patience we shall see them disappear. Time changes everything."
St. Vincent de Paul
Greetings from Mr. G
September 25, 2020
The spirit is moving and guiding our St. Rose community. Each day I find hope as I observe students in Preschool through 8th grade embracing lessons and life with happiness and determination. In them we see a bright future.
Dear St. Rose School Families,
The HSA kicked off this week with a wonderful golf outing at the Redding Country Club. The weather was ideal as we gathered for a beautiful day on the green; it warmed my heart to witness the camaraderie among golfers and feel the school support. My sincere thanks to Mr. Mike Anstett, who chaired the event. and committee members Mr. Kevin O'Connor, Mr. James Crutchfield and Mr. Mike Gelson. This is a wonderful friend and fundraising activity for the school. We are grateful to all who participated!
I am so impressed by how the students in all grades are following safety rules and mask wearing etiquette. Their cooperation is a big part of the successful reentry. My thanks to all parents and teachers for encouraging them in these new ways. Safety in all areas is a top priority which is why we are starting drills in the building. Please speak with your children about the importance of things such as fire safety, internet safety and all things that could be of potential harm to them. This is a good time to remind you that student emails should ONLY be used for school related correspondence. If you have any questions feel free to contact teachers directly.
As we enter October there are some dates to keep in mind: there will be early dismissal at 11:30 a.m. on Friday October 9th for Teacher Professional Development. School is closed on October 12th for Columbus Day. Our goal is to send out progress reports on October 9th.
There is a special birthday coming up next week -- Monsignor Bob will be 74 years old on September 30th. We will make a special presentation to him at Friday mass on October 2nd. Please join us via the link that morning at 9 a.m. And feel free to express your wishes when you see him around campus. He is truly a gift to our St. Rose School family.
It is encouraging to note that we have completed 4 weeks of school. A lot of hard work, by many people, has gone in to making this happen. I'd like to say a special thanks to the cleaning crews and maintenance people who are keeping our campus sanitized, safe and welcoming. We are blessed.
The weekend is here with beautiful weather in the forecast. Relax and refresh!
Catholic schools rely on the time, talent and treasure of supporters. The St. Rose School Blooms Fund raises money for operational expenses, professional development, student enrichment programs, technology upgrades and all the things that make our school thrive. It is a critical component of the annual budget. We are charged with raising $150,000 to achieve a balanced budget in 2020-2021. Your help is needed! Here's what we have planned:
*Raffle -- dates TBD
*Help Us Continue to Shine -- Fall letter campaign
*#GivingTuesday (Dec. 1st)
*Blooms Event (virtual) -- late winter/early spring
*Brick Sales (Spring start, evergreen)
Can you help? Email Laura, email@example.com for details.
Does your company offer Matching Gifts? Please check. This is an awesome way to raise money for our school. Other ideas welcome!
Together we can meet the $150,000 goal to ensure a bright future for our children and St. Rose School!
STUDENT LIFE UPDATE by MRS. B
Dear St. Rose School Families,
Happy Fall to All!! Autumn is officially on the calendar; although we have been seeing signs for a few weeks now. It looks like God has taken his paintbrush these last few days and started with the edges of the leaves to bring the bright, golden colors to the landscape. In the beauty we see his goodness; and are surrounded by his love!.
This morning our school community joined in prayer and celebration of the mass; and the first reading was, in perfect timing, Ecclesiastes 3. It reminds us that God arranges even the smallest of details in our surroundings. As we listened to Monsignor read and then in his homily connect the words to our daily life; it reminded me how our faith has brought us so far in these times. I was thinking about how the children were celebrating mass, a beloved Friday tradition, and how they are going about their days, masked, but smiling, and making the most of the blessing that we can be together each day. Just as they lead us to see the blessings during the stay at home days; they are constantly reminding us, in the way they face these times, that it is truly in God’s hands, in his timing; and he will take care of us. Click here to read complete update.
Important dismissal information from the office
Please note that both teacher and secretary should be informed in writing or via email about any changes in dismissal by 1 pm. SCHOOL PASS pads are available for $1 and can be sent home with your child.
Please send students to school with an extra mask -- there has been an increase in mask requests. Thank you.
Thank you so much to those who participated and volunteered their time at the Golf Outing on Monday. It was a fun day with beautiful weather and a very successful event in which we were able to raise at least $18,000 for our school - way over our target! We are indebted to our awesome event team - Mike Anstett, Mike Gelson, James Crutchfield and Kevin O'Connor - and the group of volunteers who helped us on-site, for making this event a huge success.
Thank you to those who sent in their HSA enrollment forms. As a reminder, all families are asked to enroll in the Home & School Association annually. Please complete the enrollment form if you have not done so (which can be found here:
We are looking forward to a few fun events this Fall including Trunk R Treat on October 30th. This year we are planning a modified event to meet safety guidelines but still aim to provide a fun and spooky night for the kids. Stay tuned for more details! Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to contact the HSA. We are also working on finalizing dates for our sidewalk chalk competition and a Moms' night out.
The HSA plans to purchase 11 picnic tables for the school to allow students and teachers to sit outside for lunch and during mask breaks. We will be using an existing credit from returned equipment which will offset this expense significantly. Once these have been purchased, we will need parent volunteers to help with setup.
Please reach out to the HSA for support or ideas you may have - you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate your support!
Nurse Bonnie is on site Monday-Friday during school hours. If you have health questions or concerns you can reach her at email@example.com or 203-426-5102 ext 104. Here's some helpful information and important forms