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,

Welcome to a new school year. It was so great to see you all at our soft opening yesterday. The students came in today confident, knowing which classroom to report to, and having all their supplies already distributed. Today our students spent time getting to know their classmates, their teachers, and the school rules, policies, and procedures.  We ended the day with a school-wide assembly reading and affirming our school mission statement, understanding the expectations of a St. Rita School student and discussing our theme for the year—“Encourage One Another”. 

I would like to share a few reminders in order for you to assist in making our school year the safest and most productive it can be for our students and teachers. Thank you for your support.
·       The opening bell rings at 8:15.  Students must be in class before 8:15 to begin their day. Please be sure your child is on time for school. Morning opening will take place within the classroom.
·       It is important that all students (PreK-8) are in proper uniform including, shirts tucked in, belts, hair color, hair style, hair accessories, and proper footwear. Sneakers with lights are considered a safety hazard in the event of a lock down.  Hair accessories such as head bands or bows should be simple and in the school colors of dark green, white, navy blue, black or black watch plaid. Parents of a student who are not in compliance will receive a written notification.
·       The hot lunch and before/aftercare portals are open for you to sign up for lunch or before/after care. Please contact Erin Carmody- ecarmody.stritaschool@gmail.com with questions regarding the lunch program or Betsy Bathrick  bbathrick.stritaschool@gmail.com or 203-623-3039 with questions regarding the before and aftercare programs.
·       The 2019-2020 Student /Family Handbook is available online on our school website. It is important that all school families read the handbook and sign off on the last page indicating that you have read and reviewed the policies and agree to abide by them.  Any changes are indicated in red.
·       Please observe the” No Parking” signs on Gilles Road, Edgemere 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 and caregivers who pick-up your child at dismissal.  The police have been issuing warnings and will be ticketing those drivers who disregard the no parking signs.
·       Parents are asked not to park in assigned/numbered space and also please do not drive past the chains when entering the school parking lot.
·       The school playground is on private property. It is designated for students in kindergarten through grade 5 only. It will be locked during the school day to ensure the safety of our students. It will be used by the students in our aftercare program after school. 
·       In order to ensure the safety of your children, the parents or caregivers of students in grades K-5 are required to sign-out your child with his/her teacher at afternoon dismissal. Those students in grades 6- 8 who have a younger sibling in grade K-5, may be the designated pick-up person with the written permission of the parents. Please send you permission note to Mrs. Barnett or Mr. Halloran and your child’s classroom teacher.  
I am looking forward to a great year where our faculty is able to live and share the love of Christ with you and your child. Thank you for entrusting your child/ren to our care. 

God Bless,
Mrs. Tiezzi
School News 
New communication at St. Rita School.
This year we will be sending out TWO weekly newsletters to keep all families up to date on all of the exciting happenings at St. Rita School.
We will continue with our weekly Tuesday Newsletter. We will be adding a "Week at a Glance" email that will focus on just the week ahead. This will be sent out on Sunday evenings. Please be sure to READ both newsletters each week.
FAMILY HANDBOOK
Please review the Family Handbook and sign and return the last page to your classroom teacher.
Please be aware that colored hair is not allowed at SRS. Please also refrain from wearing light up sneakers.
All students are required to sign and return their handbook form prior to using any technology at SRS.
Due date: September 13th
Virtus Training Information
At St. Rita School there are endless opportunities to get involved as a parent/grandparent. We welcome your ideas, insight and knowledge to help strengthen our SRS community. 
All volunteers must become certified in the Virtus Training and 
complete a background check. 
Please visit the Virtus Training website for upcoming training dates, locations and registration. 

Upcoming Dates:
Monday Sept. 16th Mount Carmel Church 6pm
Monday Sept. 30th St. Rita Church 6pm
BAND INFORMATION
Grades 4-8
Band demonstration for classrooms, Tuesday, Sept. 3rd throughout the school day.
Band parent meeting for new band parents, Wednesday, Sept. 4th, 6:30 pm in the gym

First day of band and lessons will be Tuesday Sept. 10th. All second and beyond year players are consider advanced players and are part of the advanced band. All advanced students will come for advanced band as well as their lesson during the day. Advanced band meets before school every Tuesday at 7:30 - 8:10. Please enter through the gym. If there are any questions  marioandjill@sbcglobal.net.

Home and School Association
Hello from the HSA!

       Support St. Rita School
         with Mabel’s Labels!

Hoping for a year with fewer lost mittens and water bottles? 
Our new fundraiser will help keep your kids’ items out of the Lost and Found.
Start your shopping here , or learn more by clicking here .

Crusaders Corner Store
Crusaders Corner will be open every Thursday during all lunch periods. Please send your child with cash or check to purchase items!
The School Store will be open this Thursday during all lunch waves.

NEW Items Coming Soon!!! Stay tuned!
Athlete's Corner
Check back here for all Athletic News
Fall Soccer Information
Fall Soccer Information
 
If your child is entering 7 th  or 8 th  Grade and would like to join the soccer team, please fill out the attached “Soccer Information Form” and return it the first week of school or email to athletics.stritaschool@gmail.com   
 
There is a  hard deadline  this year, so please have your forms back  NO LATER  than  Friday, August 30 th .   
 
Any questions regarding our soccer program email Mike and Trisha D’Errico at  athletics.stritaschool@gmail.com
 
PICTURES WANTED! If you love taking pictures at our SRS sporting events, please share them with us! Please send to ccivitello.stritaschool@gmail.com
Divine Mercy Parish News

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


Bridget Miriam Lillis
If you have a special intention that you would like to share in our prayer corner, please email Carissa Civitello
Support SRS
Rewards Program

Click HERE for a flyer with all of our rewards programs.

Does Your Company Offer Volunteer Grants? 
Volunteer grant programs, also known as “Dollars for Doers” programs, are corporate giving programs created to encourage volunteerism in communities where employees live and work.
Through these programs, companies provide monetary grants to organizations where employees volunteer regularly. 

Please take a moment and ask if your employer participates in a Volunteer Grants Program. Your time and talent at St. Rita School could turn into dollars for our school! Questions? Feel free to contact Joanne Bruno at  jbruno.stritaschool@gmail.com .
Caritas Christi Center
UPCOMING DATES - 
August 30- 12:15 Dismissal
September 2- No School
September 29- Walk-a-thon
October 2- No School
October 3- High School Night

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