St. Rose School

October 14, 2022

"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms."

1 Peter 4:10

Greetings from Dr. G

Kindness, leadership and service are at the heart of all we teach and do at St. Rose School.  This is evidenced in the many outreaches we undertake in our community as well as in the way in which we conduct ourselves on a daily basis. 

This morning we had an award ceremony after Mass recognizing students for the special ways in which they make a positive impact on others and in our halls.  Congratulations to Matthew Belisari and Jaclyn Gelson who received the Dr. August D'Alessandro Faith & Leadership Award.  Dr. D'Alessandro was a parishioner who passed away last Spring and left a legacy of Faith and Leadership that his family wanted to inspire and support within our school.  His granddaughter Jessica, a college student, presented the award and was joined by her parents, grandmother, aunt and uncle.  The Thomas Weiss award for Service was presented by Monsignor Bob to Shivanjali Bhagania and Christian Fappiano.  Monsignor shared that a focal point of his brother's life was helping others, from animals to people suffering from illnesses and in need.  Christian and Jaclyn were recognized for having hearts of service which Monsignor emphasized are a gift to others.

Mrs. B pointed out that it is the little things that students may not think people notice that make them unique and wonderful.  She reminded all students of the goodness they have within and encouraged them to always be themselves and in so doing they are making a difference.  We look forward to watching students in Preschool-8th grade continue to bloom in mind, heart and soul as we travel through 2022-2023 school year together.

There is so much to relish about autumn, the leaves are vibrant, the air is fresh and nature is on full display.  Many animals are preparing for winter hibernation and this afternoon there was a visitor wandering close to school -- a bear!  While it never made it to campus we knew it was nearby so to avoid any potential issues we cancelled recess and other outdoor activities for the afternoon.  Keeping students safe is our top priority.

Today begins our one week countdown to the Blooms Benefit where we will gather to celebrate Sister Thaddeus.  I began this newsletter speaking about kindness, leadership and service so it is fitting to end with a person who embodies these characteristics and has demonstrated them daily, over many years.  We are blessed to have Sister Thaddeus in our school family and thank God for her vocation.  My thanks to everyone who is contributing their time, talent and treasure to making this a night to remember.

On a final note, I will share that some of our visitors today were former teachers.  They were quite impressed with the classrooms and our students, particularly the fourth graders who were readers at Mass.  Friday Mass is a beloved tradition that brings us closer to the Lord and also gives our students opportunities to be an active part of the liturgy.  This adds a special dimension to the educational journey at St. Rose School.

Tonight our HSA is holding Bingo in the hall, it is always a fun evening.  Have a wonderful weekend and we will see your children back in our halls Monday morning.

God Bless,

Dr. G

Heroes + Dreamers = Teachers + Students



Three cheers for Sister Thaddeus!  What a joyful evening it will be as we gather to celebrate her years of service and dedication to Catholic education.  There will be a room filled with people from all walks of her life all coming together to show her how much she is loved and has made an impact by loving and serving God.  We are blessed!

There are so many ways to be a part of this event, from attending to helping behind the scenes.  Special thanks to the Blooms Committee as well as well as all class parents and families for the creative, extensive gift baskets that will be featured in the silent auction.  This will kick off early next week so stay tuned for a link via email or text!   If you cannot attend the event but would like to make a donation you can do that via the link as well.  All proceeds go to the BLOOMS FUND to ensure a stellar academic, faith focused education for your children.

Newtown Bee article about Sister Thaddeus


Hello SRS Community,

Calling all ghosts and goblins! The seventh annual Trunk R Treat, nut-free event is only two weeks away. Please join us for this spooktacular evening filled with costumes, candy, creativity and dancing on Friday, October 28th! We are grateful to have a group of parent volunteers helping us plan and run this event. Thanks to everyone who is helping make this great! Here are a few details to keep in mind for the event:

  • Arrivals begin at 6 pm.
  • For the safety of all, we need to be firm about closing the Trunk R Treat area off to traffic at 6:45 pm sharp.
  • Cars will be loaded for departure and guided out of the parking lot. It will not be possible to leave the Trunk R Treat area prior to 8:15 pm.
  • Those who will arrive late or need to leave early can park in the parking lot in front of the school.

Please click here to register ahead of time for Trunk R Treat and send your $25 payment to HSA via PayPal or via check to "St. Rose HSA" (send in to the school office) by October 24th. Contact [email protected] if you have any questions.


Join us for SRS Bingo Night tonight in the school Gathering Hall! Doors open at 5:45 pm. Games start at 6:30 pm. 


Please mark your calendars for Thursday, November 10 at 6:00 p.m. for the next HSA Meeting which will feature Dr. G’s annual State of the School report. You will also receive updates from the HSA on budget, events and other topics. We look forward to seeing many of you there! 


Important links and information:

  • Click here to enroll your family in the HSA for the 2022-23 school year.
  • Interested in volunteering for an upcoming HSA event? Click here to fill out the volunteer registration form.
  • Help the school raise money with your regular gift card purchases through our Raise Right (SCRIP) Program! You can order e-gift cards directly through the Raise Right App that can be used immediately for online purchases like your Land’s End uniform orders. Or, you can place an order for physical cards with the Raise Right Team by emailing [email protected]. School enrollment code = FDD33AD29533
  • Click here to join the SRS Parents Facebook Group

Thank you for helping to make this school year an extra special one!

Your HSA Board, 

Isabel Almeida, President

Patricia Cruz Fragoso, Vice President

Dave Budzynski, Treasurer 

Carrie Sirois, Secretary

Important Dates

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

High School Open Houses/Entrance Exams

October 16th-- Immaculate High School, begins 1:00 pm.  Immaculate High School | Catholic School in Danbury CT (

October 16th -- 1:00 p.m. Notre Dame High School in Fairfield will be hosting an Open House for prospective students and their families. The open house will give students a comprehensive look at Notre Dame, its academic, athletic, and extracurricular programs as well as ND’s partnership with Sacred Heart University. 

October 29th or November 12th

at 8:00 a.m. Notre Dame’s entrance exam will be given. All eighth-grade applicants

must take an entrance exam and must complete an online application prior to the exam. Registration information can be found on the school’s website, Home - Notre Dame High School

Important Documents

Adventures in Student Life

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

Hot Lunch order form

After School Care registration form

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



Boys basketball practices are underway/ We had a great response for students interested in the Boys JV team. Over 20 students have signed up to play. We are so excited to see so much interest. 

Coach Dan John and Mike Anstett will be leading our JV team this year. All families who registered should be getting emails about upcoming practices. 


Varsity Boys Basketball 

Mr. Anstett and Mrs. Bongiorno have stepped up to help leads this years Varsity team. Parents will be expected to help at at least one game this year, whether it is concessions, score board or elsewhere. Volunteer sheets will come out later when season starts. Please send in the basketball fee of $200 to secure your sons spot on the team. 


Girls Basketball

Coach Kate O'Connor and Alumnus Chris Beal will be coaching our girls’ basketball team this year. Practices will begin Oct 24th and will be Mondays at 5:30-7pm and Wednesdays at 6pm until 7:30pm. 



Cheer has kicked off and class is now full.



We are looking for Track coaches to help out this year. If interested please contact Lisa Sweeting at [email protected]. Track will begin in May. 



We are looking to see if there is enough interest to start a soccer team for St. Rose. This would be open to 5th thru 8th graders only. If interested, please fill out the form below. 


It was fire prevention week in Transitional Kindergarten. Students learned all about fire and fire precention through impressionable lessons with impactful visuals.