St. Rose School

September 8, 2023

"For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."

-Matthew 18:20

Greetings from Dr. G

I can't think of a more beautiful, joyful way to plant the seeds of a vibrant school year than coming together in a float filled with giant roses for the Labor Day parade. Watching our students and families smile, wave and march down Main Street then shower Monsignor Bob with roses by the Grandstand will be a memory etched in my mind and heart forever. AND...St. Rose won best float!! THANK YOU for helping our garden BLOOM!

While we have not yet had a full week of school, we do have a full house now that our precious Preschoolers have arrived. As Monsignor often says, if you need a lift, head over to the Preschool. We are delighted to have a full house of 2, 3, 4 and 5 year olds who are embarking on a world of adventures and discoveries under the caring guidance of our nurturing and experienced teachers/assistants. We look forward to seeing a lot of our Preschoolers around campus this year.

Despite the heat, lessons are underway and students are engaged. My thanks to the teachers whose energy never falters as they fulfill their commitment to helping every student reach their God given potential. The foundations they are building last a lifetime.

Thank you for understanding the need to reschedule Back to School Night/HSA Meeting. We look forward to seeing everyone on September 21st, 6:30-8:30 p.m. You'll hear an overview of the school year from Administration and HSA then visit your child(ren)'s classrooms where you'll have the opportunity to meet/greet teachers. It's an important night so please join us.

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. Please share the word with family, friends, neighbors and more so we can fill the room as Monsignor has filled our hearts. If you would like to take out an ad, be a table sponsor or donate items for the auction you may contact Laura Moulder, I am grateful for the hard work of our dynamic fundraising committee who are covering all the bases to make this an amazing night.

We look forward to seeing parents and family members in our halls for various events during the school year. If you are interested in helping at lunch duty and other school events, it is essential that you:

-are Virtus trained (click here for course information) and

- attended a parent safety training course.

Once these two steps are completed teachers will contact you when they need help with classroom duties and activities.

Mrs. B and I will be offering Safety Training for new parents and guardians on the following dates:

September 14th -- 1:15 - 1:45 p.m.

September 21st -- 5:50 - 6:20 p.m. (prior to the HSA meeting)

Please email Mrs. Sweeting, to indicate which session you will attend. If you were already trained last year, I will provide a brief update at the HSA meeting. Thank you.

On behalf of our Faculty and School community I would like to extend a sincere THANK YOU to the Almeida family who generously donated the new slide in the playground for Preschool students to enjoy. They are a longtime school family who have given much of their time, talent and treasure to the enrichment of our community through the years. We have a rich history and a bright future because of people like the Almeidas and all of our wonderful families. We are blessed.

On a housekeeping note, please be sure all necessary forms are completed on your School Admin account. As a reminder, we are a Nut free school. Please see the note in Nurse Kim's section below.

Have a relaxing weekend. Stay cool!

God bless,

Dr. G

Labor Day parade photos

Mrs. B's Adventures in Student Life


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



November 10, 2023




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.

A dynamic fundraising committee is already at work making this a night to remember. They are seeking dontions of items for the silent and live auction as well as advertisements for the program and table sponsorships Please talk it up among friends and family -- we want to pack the room to toast Monsignor and the ongoing vitality of St. Rose School. Contact Laura, if you can help. Thanks.


Hooray! Our littlest learners are on campus and ready for a year of learning and laughter. Welcome to all of our new Preschool families and welcome back to those who were with us before. The seeds planted during these formative years lead to beautiful BLOOMS!

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



We hope you and your student(s) kept cool this week!  As mentioned by Dr. G, Back to School Night and the HSA Meeting has been postponed to Thursday September 21st, 6:30-8:30 p.m.  This is a highly anticipated event and we hope to see as many of you there as possible.  In the meantime, we would like to get started with some important information about the HSA and upcoming events.  Your student(s) were sent home today with a red HSA folder with the handouts you would have received at the meeting.   

A great tool provided in the folder is a Quick Reference QR Code Guide which provides all of the QR codes you will need throughout the school year to access volunteer sign-ups, HSA registration, and much, much more! 

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!   


Calling all Room Parents & Classroom Volunteers!  If you are interested in being a room parent and/or classroom volunteer, please complete this Room Parent-Volunteer Form. 




WOW!  Thank you to so many in our school community!!! Over 150 families showed up to build, decorate, ride, march and offer support from the sidelines making this the biggest year of participation on record!!!!  The school spirit was palpable and the St. Rose garden was in full BLOOM!!!! Our “Deeply Rooted in our Community” St. Rose float, honoring Monsignor Weiss, won Best Float!!! With our very own Faith Food Pantry as a runner up!  

The results are in for the class with the highest participation.... congrats to the 4th grade!!!! More details will be shared regarding when and what the special treat will be for the class.

For any students who rode or marched with the float, dress down days will be:

  • Kindergarten and 6th thru 8th Grade - Wednesday, September 13th.
  • Grades 1st thru 4th - Thursday, September 14th.

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 14th -- School Safety training course 1:15-1:45 p.m.

September 14th -- School Safety training course 5:50-6:20 p.m.

September 15th -- BINGO! Doors open at 5:45 p.m.; $20 per person

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.


Guitar Club

Art Club

Mrs. Doane's son Miles was all smiles when he checked out life in the Principal's office.

Fourth grade Innovation Lab activity.