"Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you."
-2 Corinthians 13:11
Dear St. Rose School Families,
There were many smiling eyes in our halls this week as students pursued lessons with exuberance and embraced the great outdoors which is nature's classroom. Sunlight is good medicine for all ages!
International Week is always a lively time at St. Rose School. Every class studied a country and shared their knowledge with the school community. This is an excellent learning adventure, reminding us that while the world is very large we are all connected. The message of peace was consistent throughout our week as well. We keep world leaders and people of all nations in prayer, asking God to bless all of his children. We are one big family. Ask your children to share some highlights of their International Week with you -- it's a great topic for dinner discussion. My thanks to the faculty, the HSA and all parents who made this a memorable week.
Whenever I stop in the Preschool I'm greeted by the sweet voices of students in our Peek A Boo 2's, 3-year-old, 4-year-old and Transitional Kindergarten (5-year-old) programs who are making exciting discoveries every day. These formative years are so critical to children and our Preschool offers exceptional programs that are both nurturing and skill building, preparing little ones for, ultimately, Kindergarten. Registration is off to a good start; please help us fill all the seats in these wonderful programs for the 2021-2022 school year. If you know someone with a Preschool aged child, let them know that St. Rose Preschool could be the right fit for them. Mrs. Coppola, email@example.com, can arrange on site and virtual tours weekdays. We are also starting Open House Fridays on April 23rd, 10-11 a.m.
We are encouraged by the rising vaccination rate especially in our school community. It is important to continue safety measures so I commend parents and students for helping us keep our doors open through your careful practices. We have a strong record of on site learning this year and look forward to finishing strong.
The weather has been so beautiful so our students are spending a lot of time outdoors. Thanks to a generous donation of mulch from the Singer family our playground areas will be extra pretty and safe! We are truly grateful to the Singers and all families who will help spreading the mulch. While you are away we will be busy cleaning and updating our facilities which includes power washing the sidewalks, sanitizing all interior areas and addressing issues such as ants and bees. Everything will be in good order when you return!
Please make note of some important upcoming dates. On April 24th our 8th graders will receive Confirmation and May 1st is First Holy Communion for our Second graders. Please keep them in prayer as they receive these important sacraments. Friday, May 7th will be an early dismissal day for Professional Development. You will be receiving the updated calendar for events/activities through the end of the school year in the April 23rd newsletter. As a reminder, there will not be a newsletter on April 16th.
This is a special message for our 8th grade parents. One of the highlights at Class night is a video that captures the essence of your class through their years at St. Rose School. This project is always done lovingly by an 8th grade class parent. We hope you will consider volunteering for this important and lasting gift to your class -- it can even be a collaboration. Mrs. Petrillo will provide all of the details. Time is of the essence, as the saying goes, so please email her if you can do this. Thank you !
I am sure that you are looking forward to Spring break and a change of pace. Wishing you a relaxing week. Turn off the computer and tune into the fresh, warm air God is gifting to us. If you plan to travel stay safe. We will reconvene on Monday April 19th for the final chapter of our 2020-2021 school year. It has been challenging, inspiring and life changing year. It is our faith in God and our commitment to one another that has carried us through. Let's keep up the good work!
There's a whole lot of learning going on at St. Rose Preschool in our Peek A Boo 2's, 3 & 4 year old AND Transitional Kindergarten programs! Dedicated teachers create a nurturing environment where children build social, emotional and motor skills in preparation for Kindergarten. There are many benefits to being part of a comprehensive school including access to the school nurse, security guard and counselor as well as amenities such as the gym, library and science lab. Preschoolers are also part of the school wide Buddy program through which they interact with older students in a variety of activities such as assemblies, story time/crafts and service outreaches.
If you or someone you know are interested in learning more about the Preschool, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Beginning April 23rd through the end of the school year we will be hostingOPEN HOUSE FRIDAYS at the PRESCHOOL,10:00-11:00 a.m.
BISHOP'S SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The mission of the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund (BSF) is to help families in need afford a Catholic education. In the 2020-2021 academic year, BSF awarded nearly $2,700,000 in aid to families at Diocesan elementary schools in Fairfield County.
Applications for current families have closed. Applications for new families are due April 15.
Come take a walk in our halls and visit our classrooms from the comfort of your home! 11:00-12:00 noon Tuesdays. Registration required using this link. In person tours can also be arranged, contact email@example.com.
Fifth graders are learning about living things and their characteristics in Biology class. They took advantage of the beautiful weather and had class outdoors this where they observed various living things such as starfish, chameleons, horseshoe crabs, coral, crayfish, toads, snails, beetles, earthworms and many other preserved specimens.
New Ministry Begins at
St. Rose Parish
INTRODUCING a new kind of uplifting and spiritual experience: ARISE Holy Hour. "Now is the time to ARISE; the Lord is waiting for you". Come and See this amazing Holy Hour - our first event is next Thursday at 8:00PM. See all the details at
8th graders designing containers to protect a raw egg for an egg drop
First graders explore the sights, tastes and history of Italy while Second grade demonstrates their Mexican Maracas and Fifth graders made their own Achi boards and took turns playing in partners. In the U.S. we play Tic-Tac-Toe; in Ghana they play Achi.
by Mrs. B
Dear St. Rose Families,
As we joined back together this week and are rejoicing in the Easter Season, we celebrated peace and our similarities and differences with our brothers and sisters from around the world. Our classes took off for different destinations with lessons, songs, stories, and food from different countries as we welcomed our annual International Week back into our hallways and classrooms!
We began with a prerecorded flag ceremony and short presentation about each country (see the link in this newsletter to view); and a day of learning about customs and traditions and other fun facts about our countries. On Wednesday, traditional crafts were shared with the children and our walls are filled with colorful creations from around the world! Yesterday country colors filled our school and donations for this fun dress down day will be donated to the Kids for Peace organization. This was also a time for fun as the children played some of the traditional games for each country. Today each student decorated a paper link with messages of LOVE and HOPE for the world. These links will be sent to a Kindness Unites Team who will assemble them and we hope to find that we have beat the World Record for the longest peace chain! A giant peace sign with student, faculty, and staff signatures (completed after the break) will be displayed proudly in our school to remind us of the fun adventures we shared together as a school community for International Week of 2021! We ended the day and week with a peace prayer, we hope you will join us in our prayer for peace…
Dear God, We thank you for giving us your peace. Help us to spread peace at home, at school, and the world, by loving and caring for one another. Help us to spread peace by listening to one another, even when we don’t agree. Help us to spread peace by sharing our time with those who are lonely and who need a friend. Help us to spread peace by thinking and praying for children who have no food or who are frightened and live in fear. Let us pray every day for peace for our families, for our friends and for ourselves. Amen
Be sure to see some of the highlights of the week in this newsletter and classroom links. We will have more to share from the week when we return from Spring Break!
After a heartfelt gathering for an Easter Parade with our Kindergarteners and friends at Church Hill Village, we will be visiting with our neighbors again when we return from Spring Break. They have invited us to participate in their Autism Awareness Walk. Several of our classes will be joining them to show support!
Watch future newsletters for information about Field Day 2021! We will be looking for volunteers to help us plan and prepare for a much anticipated day of fun and community spirit!
Basketball is back and we were hoping to add track; unfortunately, the number of students who signed up was not enough to run the program for this spring. Please check our activity offerings from Team DIG for alternative spring sporting activities by emailing Mrs. Monica Ortega, Athletics Director, firstname.lastname@example.org. As an FYI, Summer basketball clinics are being offered at Immaculate High School. See the flyer in this newsletter for details.
Shoutout to Class of 2021
Warm weather uniforms are now officially the attire for the remainder of the school year. For one of your 8th Grade Privileges, you may wear a solid color polo, instead of the white SRS polo, with the rest of your uniform.
As we begin spring break, Mrs. Petrillo is asking all 8th grade parents to submit TEN individual digital photos of their son or daughter. These pictures typically span from baby pictures (baby pictures will also be used on their yearbook page) to the current school year. Photos of special events and other family members are highly encouraged. Pictures can be sent to Mrs. Petrillo email@example.com by May 7th. A separate email can be sent including past field trips or school events to be considered for the DVD. If you would like to assist with the task of putting the 8th grade DVD together please contact Mrs. Petrillo.
We have arrived at Friday afternoon, the beginning of a well deserved break for students, families, faculty and staff! There are many little and big things to look back on and celebrate; three quarters of the school year is already behind us, marking many accomplishments within our community! After months of hard work, Spring Break is an opportunity for our children, faculty, and staff to spend a week relaxing, laughing, getting outside and spending time with family and friends.
We thank You for time for our children, families, faculty, and staff to take a break. Watch over every member of our school community these next days as we are apart. Protect those who are traveling by plane and those driving on the highways. Bring safety and peace to those who will have a staycation.
God of renewal, help us in this week of different schedules and routines to find time for rest and self-care. Ease our stress.
Let there be time to spend with family and friends and to celebrate the opportunity for play. Send blessings for Spring Break and a safe and rested return.
We'd like to express our sincere thanks to the Singer family for offering to donate and deliver mulch for the preschool playground! Your generosity is much appreciated! Once the mulch is delivered, all members of our school community will be asked to come and help spread the mulch. Service hours will be available for middle school volunteers! Stay tuned for details on this volunteer activity and if you are interested in helping to spread mulch on the playground please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please mark your calendar for the next (virtual) HSA Meeting which is scheduled for Thursday May 20th at 6:30pm via Zoom (link will be sent out prior to meeting). We invite you to submit any questions you may have ahead of time to email@example.com or via the Facebook SRS page.
As always please send any questions, feedback, or ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a wonderful Spring Break!
Your HSA Board
BLOOMS FUND ACTIVITIES
In a year filled with many challenges, St. Rose School students continue to BLOOM. Balancing the budget is critical to keeping our beloved school vibrant. Through the generosity of many supporters we are doing pretty well with our BLOOMS Fund but this year we could not hold our big event, which brings in good revenue. Instead, we are planning 2 outreaches between now and year end to reach our $150,000 goal.
-Blooms Brick Walk -- you will have the opportunity to purchase personalized bricks that will be used to create a walkway in the island in front of the school building. This is an exciting way to connect past and present members of the St. Rose School family. Details will follow.
-Blooms Day of Giving -- An online outreach with a video sharing highlights of our most unusual, yet uplifting year will take place May 12th and 13th. Our goal is to raise $30,000 -- our hope is that we can raise $15,000 through the outreach and we are seeking one, 2 or more generous supporters to match this so we can cross the finish line at $30,000 which, with Brick sales, should help us achieve our $150,000 fundraising goal for the 2020-2021 school year. If you or someone you know can provide a match please contact Mr. G or Laura Moulder, email@example.com. Together we can make it happen. Thank you.
As a Part 2 of Blooms Day of Giving we will hold a Blooms Appreciation car parade on Friday May 14th. This will take place during school hours and will be a festive way to THANK everyone in our community who has enabled St. Rose School to shine through these uncertain times. More information will follow.