St. Rose School

September 30, 2022

"In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."

-Matthew 5:16

Greetings from Dr. G

Today is a special day.  Please join me in wishing Monsignor Bob the blessings of health, peace and happiness on his 76th brithday. He is a gift to us all. I was sorry to miss our Friday school Mass but I did have a chance to visit with Monsignor before I left for the annual Principal's conference and I know that the students and faculty, as well as many family members who attended Mass this morning, showed him the love and appreciation he so deserves.  

This week we had a lockdown drill which went smoothly. Safety is a top priority which is why these drills are important. They are conducted without causing alarm so that students in all grades are comfortable with the procdeures. I commend our teachers for their efforts to ensure that students are safe and aware in all situations.

Today we welcomed a special visitor from Foundations in Education. Ms. Emily Carriero, the Assistant Director of Development, who joined us for Mass and toured the school where she was greeted by our respectful, smiling students and faculty.  I am sure she returned to the Diocese with good news about St. Rose School.  Foundations in Education does important work in providing tuition assistance for students in need and raising awareness about the benefits of Catholic educaiton.  

Word of mouth is the most effective way of sharing the good news about St. Rose School.  Recently Mrs. Ferriter and a group of seventh grade students brought the light of St. Rose School to Ever Wonder Children's Museum in town where they designed stained glass windows.   in other bright news, Mrs. Rahtelli's Kindergarten students shared sunshine, smiles and stories with Newtown police officers who spent time in their classroom and left with bigger hearts.  Kindergarten adopts the Police Department every year, sending them monthly cards and goodies as a sign of appreciation and support.

The Blooms Benefit honoring Sister Thaddeus is fast approaching.  We are delighted that so many people from our school and parish community will gather that evening for a joyful celebration and to help support St. Rose School.  There is a wonderful energy in the planning process and I am thankful to all current and alumni parents, teachers and others who are working to make this a beautiful event.

On a housekeeping note, and in the interest of safety, please refer to our Car Walk procedures and map to ensure smooth drop off and pick up on school days.  It is important to keep the line flowing so that only students disembark from cars in the morning and enter cars in the afternoon.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact me.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

The weather is cooling down and germs are on the rise.  Please confer with your child's doctor about symptoms and keep them home from school if there is a fever or virus that has been determined to be contagious.  Beginning on Monday, Ms. Kim Carrino will be the interim Nurse at St. Rose School.  I would like to extend my thanks to Nurse Edi for her commitment to our students and faculty over the past several weeks.  We ask God's blessings in her next chapter.  Nurse Carrino has been brought up to speed on all health matters at St. Rose School and will be accompanied by the Newtown Nurse Supervisor during her first days with us.  

The weekend is always a wonderful time to reconnect with family and friends as well as spend time taking in the fresh fall air.  Enjoy and I will look forward to seeing your chlidren back in our halls Monday morning.  Remember, Friday October 7th is an early dismissal day at 11:30 a.m. and school is closed for Columbus Day on Monday October 10th. 

God bless,

Dr. G

Heroes + Dreamers = Teachers + Students


Three weeks and counting until the Blooms Benefit! We are close to seating capacity for the event. If space allows we can accept a few more reservations until October 3rd. The deadline for advertisements has passed but we are still accepting donations for silent auction items. Please email Laura, with any questions or donation information.

What a joyful evening it will be as we gather to celebrate Sister Thaddeus and support St. Rose School where children BLOOM in mind, heart and soul!

Newtown Bee article about Sister Thaddeus


Please note: Morning drop off is at 8:45 a.m.

There's a whole lot of learning, laughing and loving going on in the halls and classrooms of St. Rose Preschool. This week Transitional Kindergarten walked through their very own orchard and picked up many interesting facts about and uses for apples!  3-year-olds practiced spelling their names and made neckaces!


During the first 2 weeks of October students in grades K, 1, 3, 4 and 5 will be called to Nurse Edi's office for spot vision testing. Parent permission is required, please read the attached information and sign/return the form by September 30th.

Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease is common among young children.  Here's what you need to know.

The healthy benefits of drinking water

Updated Tylenol permission form

Important information about newly diagnosed illness and injuries.

Important Dates

October 5th -- Picture Day, full uniform

October 7th -- Early Dismissal, 11:30 a.m.

October 10th-- Columbus Day, school closed

October 12th -- Enrichment Field Trip, in school

October 13th -- Pumpkin Bowl

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

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


JV Basketball

Boys basketball practices began this week. We had a great response for students interested in the Boys JV team. More than 20 students have signed up to play.

Coaches Dan, John, and Mike Anstett will be leading our JV team this year. All families who registered will receive emails about upcoming practices. 

Varsity Boys Basketball

We are still looking for a basketball Varsity coach for the boys team. If you or someone you know may be interested, please email Mrs. Sweeting, We want to be able to have the Varsity boys represent St. Rose this year so your help in finding a coach is appreciated!

Girls Basketball

Coach Kate O'Connor and Alumni student 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 -  7:30pm. 

If you are interested in registering, please register online here at


Mrs. Cortella will be coaching our Cheer team. If your child is interested please register here.


The HSA would like to wish Father Bob a very blessed birthday!  He is a pillar of strength and such a role model for our children. He is truly a blessing to our school and our community.


Watch for information next week as we start registration for Trunk R Treat coming up on Friday, October 28th. What ideas will your family brew up to decorate your trunk?


Please mark your calendars for the next B-I-N-G-O event on October 14th at 6:00 PM and join us for a fun family night of games and prizes!


Important links and information:

Thank you for helping to make this school year an extra special one.  Always feel free to email us with ideas and questions at

Your HSA Board, 

Isabel Almeida, President

Patricia Cruz Fragoso, Vice President

Dave Budzynski, Treasurer 

Carrie Sirois, Secretary