St. Rose School

September 9, 2022

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”


Matthew 6:21

Greetings from Dr. G

St. Rose School spirit was on great display this week from BEST SCHOOL pirate themed float and enthusiastic band of marchers to the exciting first days of Preschool and the phenomenal turnout at our Back to School Night/HSA meeting. We have set sail for a bright new school year! Special thanks to our School Advisory Chair and alumni parent Mrs. DeBartolomeo who captured the excitement, eneregy and essence of our St. Rose School family in her "First Days" video which was unveiled last night and is linked below for your viewing. Please share it with your children too. Another great insight into life in our halls is Mrs. B's Adventures in Student Life.

I hope you had a chance to meet your child(ren)'s teachers and that things are going smoothly so far in terms of daily routines and school communications. As I mentioned last night, we will be reaching out for parent volunteers for lunch/recess and other school activities in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, please be sure that you are Virtus trained and if you have not already, please attend one of the School Security session September 15th, either 1:15 - 2:15 or 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Please email Mrs. Sweeting, [email protected] to register.

The general school slides from Back to School Night are attached here.   You can click here for Middle School slides.  Highlights include the daily school schedule, information about weekly communications, the importance of following car walk procedures, our sincere thanks to everyone who makes this community stand out and how wonderfully the new year has started. Looking ahead, we will present a State of the School update at the November 10th HSA Meeting and encourage at least one parent/guardian from each family to attend. These meetings, especially now that we are back in person, are an important touchstone between teachers, faculty and parents.

You heard it last night and I'll say it again -- we are delighted to be honoring Sister Thaddeus for her years of service and dedication to Catholic education at the Blooms Benefit October 21st. Let's fill the room -- it will be a night of joyful celebration and connecting with our school family, past, present and future! Email Mrs. Moulder, [email protected] with questions or to RSVP.

I've had fun visiting classrooms, the lunchroom and recess this week. The students are engaged at every grade level and our dedicated teachers are doing what they do exceptionally well -- inspiring a love of learning with a focus on faith. This is a recipe for a brighter world.

Have a fantastic weekend enjoying God's beautiful masterpiece.

God bless,

Dr. G

Heroes + Dreamers = Teachers + Students


Join us for a jouful celebration honoring Sister Thaddeus on October 21st. Let's fill the room and have a fun night with our St. Rose School family and friends. This is also an important fundraiser for the school so please help us spread the word. 

We are seeking dontions of items for the silent auction as well as advertisements for the program and table sponsorships. Contact Laura, [email protected] if you can help. Thank you!

Newtown Bee article about Sister Thaddeus


Our littlest learners arrived this week and now our St. Rose School family is complete! How heartwarming it was to see the 3, 4 and TK students bursting with excitement as the doors opened and their adventures began. Every classroom was lovingly prepared to ensure that these precious children bloom in mind, heart and soul throughout the year. As Dr. Seuss says "Oh the Places They''ll Go!"

As a reminder Preschool drop off is at 8:40 a.m Please pull all the way around the main school; teachers will meet students at their cars and walk them into school. Pick up is 11:45 a.m. for 3's and 1:45 p.m for 4's and TK classes. Thank you.


Nurse Edi has the health of our students and faculty at heart.  She is getting to know all students and is a wonderful resource.  If your child will be absent due to illness please email [email protected] in the morning.

It's important that all students have up to date health corms on file with the Nurse.  Please click here for information about Physical exams from the State of Connecticut.

An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!  Read here for helpful hints to stay healthy.


Mrs. Petrillo's Science classes were lab focused this week with a variety of experiments that required observations, reporting and drawing conclusions.  The state of the art lab is a gem for STEM learning!

Second Graders Acts of Kindess

Important Dates

October 10th-- Columbus Day, school closed

October 21st -- Blooms Benefit honoring Sister Thaddeus, 6:30 -10:30 p.m. Amber Room

Important Documents

Adventures in Student Life

Labor Day Parade Photos

Car Walk Map -- see how to navigate the car walk lanes

Car Walk procedures -- please read to ensure safe/smooth drop off/pick up of students

Morning bus routes

Afternoon bus routes

Hot Lunch order form -- begins September 6th.

After School Care registration form

Media Opt Out form -- let us know whether or not your child(ren) can appear in media.

Virtus Training -- any family member who would like to volunteer at the school must be Virtus trained. Click here for details.

Medication Authorization Form

Health Udate/Tylenol Permission Form

STUDENT HANDBOOK -- please read and sign by 9/9/22


Fall sports are here!

Registration ends Sept 16th.

Basketball practice for JV boys will begin in September. Please see the attached sign up sheet

We are looking for coaches to help with JV and Varsity Girls Basketball teams as well as volunteers to run our Cheer team.

Practices will not be determined for girls' basketball and cheer until we have coaches to lead.  If interested in helping us out, 

please contact Lisa at [email protected].

Please remember that all student health forms must be current to participate in sports. Please visit athletics, team, team sports, st. rose of lima school, Newtown, CT (

Team DIG Fall sessions

Basketball Registration form


Dear Parents,

Best School Float award goes to…St. Rose of Lima School! A HUGE “thank you” to the school community members who donated materials, helped assemble the float and showed their support by riding on or marching alongside the float at the Newtown Labor Day parade. We would like to give a special “shout out” to the following people:

Isabel Almeida

Maggie Anderson

Michael Anstett

Abigail Ferreira

Lisa Jackson

Beth Keenan

Nuno Lopes

Michelle McRuiz

Kate and Megan O’Connor

Karina Riccitelli

Jennifer Singer

Carrie and Paul Sirois

Peter Tokarczyk

Russo Farm for their donation of the hay bales

The Kilian Family for lending us their truck and trailer

Thank you to everyone who attended Back to School Night and the first HSA meeting last night. If you were unable to attend the HSA presentation can be found here.

  1. Please enroll in HSA and submit your dues online via Paypal. We also accept checks payable to “St. Rose HSA” which you can bring on Thursday or send in to the school office (marked “HSA”).
  2. Volunteer up to help with our programs and events this year. It’s a great way to give back to our school, and meet and get to know other parents. You can find sign up links here.
  3. Your vote is needed to approve the 2022-23 HSA budget and financial donation to the school. Please vote here to on the following two items:
  4. Item 1: Approve proposed HSA budget for 2022-23
  5. Item 2: Approve disbursement of $22,000 from 2021-22 surplus to cover cost of security upgrades.

Please join us for a night of family fun on Friday, September 16th for Bingo. Doors will open at 5:45 pm, and games will run from 6:30 pm-9:30 pm. The per-person admission fee of $20 will cover all regular games. Food and drinks will be available for sale. 

Support our school by signing up for our Raise Right (formerly SCRIP) Grocery Gift Card program. Order monthly gift cards to use for your regular grocery shopping needs and automatically support the school. To sign up, fill out this form and submit it to [email protected] or send it to the SCRIP/Raise Right team via intra-school mail. For more information, view this FAQ document. All of your gift card needs throughout the year can be ordered through our Raise Right program and help the school!

The HSA looks forward to our continued partnership in support of SRS. We welcome suggestions and ideas so please always feel free to reach out!

Your HSA Board,

Isabel Almeida, President

Patricia Fragoso, Vice President 

Dave Budzynski, Treasurer

Carrie Sirois, Secretary