St. Rose School

September 15, 2023

"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you."

-Psalm 32:8

Greetings from Dr. G

Lessons are in full bloom from Preschool to 8th grade as students make discoveries that open their minds and hearts to the plans God has for their lives. It is exciting to be a part of this educational, faith journey.

Safety is our top priority and as such we have solid systems in place. A recent fire drill went smoothly and all faculty and staff have received safety training including CPR. Officer Perez is on site and makes daily rounds as well as provides a strong presence at morning and afternoon drop off/pick up as well as at recess and Friday Mass crossing. It is also our goal for all parents and guardians to complete Virtus training and safety training. Thanks to those who attended the Safety training course yesterday. We will hold another course on Thursday September 21st, 5:50 to 6:20 p.m. Please email Mrs. Sweeting if you will be attending; she can also assist you with questions about Virtus training. Once accomplished you will have the opportunity to volunteer for school activities based on the needs of classroom teachers. Thank you.

Fundraising is a critical part of Catholic education and our biggest event of the year is coming in two short months. Save the Date for the Blooms Benefit, An Evening in Paris, honoring our beloved Monsignor Bob. Invitations will be sent home with your child(ren) next week and can be accessed on line here. Let's fill the room like Monsignor fills our hearts! Thanks to the dynamic fundraising committee and all who are working to make this a night to remember.

I hope to see everyone at the Back to School Night/HSA meeting September 21st, 6:30 to

8:30 p.m. While it is happening later than originally planned it is every bit as important to connect in person. We will provide an overview for the school year after which you will have the opportunity to visit your child(ren)'s classrooms and meet the teachers. We are looking forward to a great night with our school community and as a special treat we will be showing a First Days of School video (see teaser below).

Friday Mass continues to be a source of peace and connection for our school family. Please join us at 9 a.m. every Friday as we lift our hearts to the Lord in prayer and thanksgiving.

What a blessing it is to have a break from the humidity. I wish you a wonderful weekend enjoying the beautiful weather God has sent our way. We will see students back in the halls on Monday morning.

God bless,

Dr. G

Mrs. B's Adventures in Student Life

First Days of School video teaser. See full video at the HSA meeting September 21st!


Dear Parents and Guardians 


This is a reminder that Saint Rose is a NUT FREE SCHOOL. This policy is in place to protect, avoid and minimize harm to our students with LIFE Threatening Allergic Reactions. To help our students remain safe in school we ask that you not send in ANY FOOD food that contains or may contain peanuts, tree nuts or nuts of any kind.

Please read the manufacturer's food label and refrain from sending in unwrapped and unlabeled snack items, treats, or baked goods. Continue to reinforce with your student not sharing food and the practice of good hand washing.

Thank you for your understanding and for working together to keep our students safe.

Thank you,

Kim Carrino RN

Other important health news:

Preschool requires an annual physical to be submitted to the SRS Health Office or uploaded to SRS admissions enrollment. 

Preschoolers under the age of five require a flu vaccination to be given 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. 

All students trying out / participating in school sports require an annual physical which is valid for 13 months. Physicals should be sent to SRS Health Office or uploaded to SRS admissions School Admin.

All prescription and over the counter medications must have a doctor's order and are to be kept in the Health Office. The only exception is a student with a self carry order for emergency medication for seizure, epi pen or inhaler. Medications must be delivered to Nurse Kim via an adult; children are not allowed to transport medicine,

If your student is out ill, please notify the Health Office via phone or email including the REASON for absence e.g., mental health day, strep throat, fever, flu, covid ,and refer to the student handbook under illness guidelines. If you have seen a healthcare provider, PLEASE obtain a note so your absence may be excused.

Change of clothes (spare t-shirt, pants, socks, etc.) should be kept in the locker for all students. Even big kids have spills and get muddy on the playground.

Questions? Email





We are excited to combine our love for Monsignor Bob with a fun night out to raise money for the St. Rose School Blooms Fund.

For 23 years, Monsignor has helped students in this school BLOOM in mind, heart and soul. In fact, he is the HEART of our school and a major reason why our doors have remained open through the years. He is a strong advocate for Catholic education whose homilies at school Masses, presence during the sacraments as well as at times of joy and sorrow, trips to the Ice Cream Shop and frequent visits to the classrooms have made a lasting impact on young minds and souls. Monsignor is also a great cheerleader for Faculty and Staff, always showing his appreciation for their vocation.

Monsignor Bob knows that it takes a lot of heart, soul and funds to keep a Catholic School running. In honoring him we are also honoring the Catholic School tradition and ensuring that children continue to have the opportunity for a stellar academic, faith focused education. The Blooms Benefit is our major fundraiser of the year through which we hope to put a big dent in the $150,000 needed to bridge the gap between the cost of tuition and the actual cost of educating each student in order to balance the budget.

Purchase tickets and/or sponsorships by clicking here.

Questions? Email Thanks to committee heads Laura Jane Fournier & Maggie Anderson and their amazing team of volunteers: Jen Singer, Lori Ohlson, Kelly Kulhay, Sarah Phillips, Lisa Jackson, Gayle Hill, Alexia Cortella, Dawn Ringes, Sharon Doherty, Isabel Fappiano and all who are spreading the word, getting donations and building excitement for this event.


Singing, painting, dancing, listening, sounding out letters and searching for Pete the Cat (TK) are keeping our Preschoolers busy and happy. This week we welcomed the 2 year olds who add an extra dimension of cuteness to the campus. These are truly the wonder years and we can learn by looking at the world through the eyes of these precious children.

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. 

Please refer to Nurse News Above for other health related information.

Preschool First Days photos


Our first full week of school is now in the books!  We hope your student(s) are adjusting to their schedules and getting settled into their classrooms.  

We will have our Open House this coming week on Thursday September 21st, 6:30-8:30 p.m for Back to School Night and the HSA MeetingThis is a highly anticipated event and we hope to see as many of you there as possible.  You should have received the red HSA folder last week which included the handouts you would have received at the meeting.  Pre-K families, your folders will be provided to you by Monday.     

If you have not had the opportunity to do so please Enroll in HSA and submit your dues online via PayPal, “St. Rose of Lima School HSA”. We also accept checks payable to “St. Rose HSA” which you can send to the school office (in an envelope marked “HSA”).  




We have opened up our sign up sheet for upcoming HSA events, please consider signing up to volunteer this school year. It’s a great way to give back to our school while meeting and getting to know other parents. Without many hands these events cannot happen. If we all volunteer a little, we can accomplish A LOT!   



Please mark your calendars for the next B-I-N-G-O event on October 13th at 6:00 PM and join us for a fun family night of games and prizes!

Do you RaiseRight?!  

Everyone shops for groceries and the rebates through this program add up!

  • Use RaiseRight cards to buy your groceries
  • Orders are placed on the first and third Fridays of the month. Delivery within one week (online delivers your card electronically)
  • Thank you to the families who are participating! 

Stew Leonard’s, Caraluzzi’s, ShopRite, Stop and Shop are just a few of the stores that bring us a 4-5% return for free!  Ordering uniforms?  Lands End is another participating vendor!  Register by visiting RaiseRight, click on “Register.” Then, “Join an Existing Program” and enter the enrollment code “FDD33AD29533.”  

Is there an App?  Yes!!!  Look for the Raise Right app in your app store. It is free to download. You can use it to place orders, and store e-gift cards. You can download it on your mobile device. And egift cards that are purchased using it are available for immediate use.

If you elect to order through the team, simply a) send an email to with the dollar amount and retailers you wish to purchase, b) send a check made payable to SRS HSA into school with your child (denote SRS SCRIP/Raise Right on the envelope) and c) await receipt of your cards. Orders are placed on the first and third Fridays of the month. Delivery within one week.

We appreciate and welcome your feedback, questions, and ideas.  Please always feel free to email us at

Carrie Sirois, Michelle McRuiz, Co-Presidents

Mike Anstett, Vice President

Lisa Jackson, Secretary

Karen Walauskas, Treasurer

Important Dates

September 21st -- Safety Training 5:50-

6:30 p.m.

September 21st -- Back to School Night/First HSA meeting, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Important Forms

AM/PM Bus Routes

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:

Kids Club – Newtown Community Center

Kids-Club-Registration-Form.pdf (

if you would like to volunteer at the school must be Virtus trained. Click here for details.

Please visit School Admin to complete all forms by the first day of school.