St. Rose School

November 3, 2023

"The prayers of the saints rise up before God, and then God acts on earth."

Revelation 8:3

Greetings from Dr. G

Spreading God's love is the most important thing we can do and here at St. Rose that is happening every day. Monsignor remarked about the smiles the Kindergarten, First and Second grade classes brought to the residents of Church Hill Village when they visited in their costumes on Halloween and made the point that we are all saints in training. We gathered for Mass as a school community and heard about the lives of St. Therese of Lisieux, "The Little Flower" and Saint Stephen the Martyr as shared by Sheppard and Haley. I am proud of the insightful Saint reports presented by all 7th graders in Sister Thaddeus' Class and pray that we all reflect on the good deeds and sacrifices of these holy men and women. A special shout out to our 8th grade readers and 4th grade choir who did an excellent job at Mass. As always, I encourage you to read Mrs. B's Adventures in Student Life for highlights from our halls.

Today Mrs. Cicarelli and I accompanied the 8th graders to St. Joseph High School for a visit where we were welcomed warmly and given a wonderful tour of the school. We are fortunate to have many great Catholic and private high schools in the surrounding area and are thankful for the opportunity to explore them as our students make their decision in the coming months.

We know that wherever they go they will be well prepared with the foundation they have received in our halls.

We are in the final countdown to our Blooms Benefit, An Evening in Paris. It is exciting to anticipate a gathering of people who have been connected to Monsignor Bob and St. Rose School and Parish through many years. It is a joy to celebrate Monsignor who is such an advocate for Catholic education and who has made a lasting mark in our halls and hearts. My sincere thanks to our amazing fundraising committee, our generous sponsors, donors and advertisers, our attendees and all who are working behind the scenes to make this a success. Mrs. Ferriter is working on thank you cards with all students and Paris themed designs with some 8th grade students to use in the decor for that night. The energy that goes into this event is a sign of everyone's deep love of Monsignor Bob and our school. We are blessed!

The next couple of weeks are busy with some schedule changes. Please note:

Tuesday November 7th -- school closed, teacher PD

Friday November 10th -- The Blooms Benefit, 6:30 p.m. at The Summit

Monday November 13th -- Veteran's Day assembly

November 14, 15 and 16th -- parent teacher conferences, early dismissal at 11:30 a.m. for the main school and 11:15 a.m for the Preschool.Note: here will not be After Care on early dismissal days. I apologize for any inconvenience.

November 16th -- HSA Meeting/State of the School -- 6:30 p.m.

November 23 & 24th -- Thanksgiving break

I appreciate your attention to bus safety and encourage you to continue being mindful of bus lanes during morning drop off and afternoon pick up. There have been some issues with blocked bus lanes which can lead to dangerous situations. Safety is our top priority so we appreciate your partnership in this matter.

The weekend is here and the weather is getting chilly! Please remember to change your clocks on Sunday morning.

Sister Thaddeus also asked me to share that Religious Educaton is hosting an intriguing presentation about the Shroud of Turin on November 4th . 7th & 8th graders preparing for Confirmation are expected to attend and all are invited. You can find information here.

One final note -- if anybody in our school community is a veteran and would like to participate in the Veteran's Day assembly please email Mr. Monckton, Thank you for your service.

Have a wonderful weekend.

God bless,

Dr. G


A tremendous amount of work and heart have gone into planning and implementing The Blooms Benefit to honor Monsignor Bob and raise funds for our beloved school. So many people and organizations have come forward to make this a succcess. Special thanks to our dynamic committee comprised of current and alumni parents: Maggie Anderson, Meghan Dittmar, Sharon Doherty,Isabel Fappiano, Laura Jane Fournier, Gayle Hill,Lisa Jackson, Crystsal Mok,Laura Moulder, Lori Ohlson, Sarah Phillips, Dawn Ringes and Jen Singer. Thanks also to ALL class parents and grades PK-8 for the amazing baskets which will light up the night!

Please click here to see all of our sponsors, donors and adverstisers. If you donated but don't see your name please email and we will be sure to get you on the list.

We have a rich history and a bright future because of people like Monsignor Bob and YOU! God bless!


Halloween lessons and activities abounded as our Preschoolers lifted their voices joyfully and donnes some really great costumes. So did their awesome teachers!

Tuesday, November 7 - Election Day PD No School

* November 14, 15 and 16th -- parent teacher conferences. Early dismissal at 11:15 a.m.

*November 23 & 24th -- Thanksgiving break

Are you Virtus trained? Have you atteneded a parent safety class? These are essential courses if you want to volunteer for class activities and field trips. Please email Mrs. Sweeting, for more information.

Important Health Notes

St. Rose is a NUT FREE school. Please do not send snacks and lunches containing any nuts. Thank you.

Preschool requires an annual physical to be submitted to SRS Health Office or uploaded to SRS School Admin.

Preschoolers under the age of five require a flu vaccination to be given between dates August 1st through December 31st (per Ct State Health Department). Students who do not receive this will not return to school after the winter holiday break. 



The Knights of Columbus will be running their annual Veteran themed essay and poster contest for 7th and 8th graders this year. Winners will be announced at the Veteran's Day assembly on Monday November 13th at 1:15 p.m. Mr. Monckton, a school parent, Knight of Columbus and Veteran, is organizing this tribute to veterans. If you or a family member are a veteran and would like to be a part of this ceremony please email Mr. Monckton, May God bless our veterans and all who serve our country. Many of our alumni are in the service and ROTC programs.


Hello SRS Community,

We hope you received our November newsletter yesterday. If not you can find it here.

Highlights include

Friday, November 13th SRS will hold their annual Veteran's Day assembly. We would like to create a Field of Flags to honor family members and/or friends who have served in a branch of the military. One American flag will be placed for each name that is submitted. If you would like to have a flag placed outside the grass area in front of the Gathering Hall please fill out this Field of Flags Sign Up by Monday, November 6th. 

Scholastic Book Fair!  November 13-17, open daily, 8 a.m. -2:30 p.m. EST. This year's Book Fair is going to be epic! More Books. More Choices. More Fun. Start exploring together on our school's Book Fair homepage:  St. Rose Book Fair  

HSA Links

Facebook: Join other parents on the SRS Parents FB Page!

HSA Registration: Enroll in HSA

HSA Paypal Account: PayPal, “St. Rose of Lima School HSA

HSA Event Sign-ups: Signing up to volunteer

RaiseRight: Register by visiting RaiseRight, click on “Register.” Then, “Join an Existing Program” and enter the enrollment code “FDD33AD29533.” 

Check out this tutorial video on how to set-up and use the phone app!!!!  RaiseRight Tutorial  

The HSA looks forward to our continued partnership in support of SRS. We welcome suggestions and ideas Please always feel free to email us at

Your HSA Board, 

Carrie Sirois, Michelle McRuiz, Co-Presidents

Mike Anstett, Vice President

Lisa Jackson, Secretary

Karen Walauskas, Treasurer


Updated school calendar

*Please be sure to read the updated Family Handbook. Click here.

* We are pleased to offer access to the online family directory for all parents who have given permission to be included in it. Please read this from Mrs. Doane:

Parent Directory Now Available in PlusPortals

The parent directory is now visible on PlusPortals. Families who completed the opt-out form during registration do not appear in the directory. If you did not complete the form but wish to be removed from the directory, login to and go to your name and then "Directory Settings". Changes take effect immediately. You can also customize which of your contact information appears in the directory. If you need any assistance using PlusPortals, please contact Katelyn Doane at

Important Dates

November 4th & 5th -- Shroud of Turin presentation

November 7th -- Election Day, school closed, Teacher PD

November 10th -- The Blooms Benefit, An Evening in Paris

November 13th -- Veteran's Day Assembly

November 14, 15 & 16th -- Parent teacher conferences, early dismissal at 11:30 Main School, 11:15 Preschool

November 23, 24th -- Thanksgiving break

High School testing:

  • Saturday, October 28 @8am, at Immaculate 
  • Saturday, November 11 @8am, at Immaculate  

Families can register directly with Immaculate at