St. Rose School

September 29, 2023

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens"

Ecclesiastes 3:1

Greetings from Dr. G

We have completed our first month of the school year and Autumn has arrived. There is an energy that comes with the crisp, chilly days and it is showing in our halls and classrooms as students in Preschool - 8th grade immerse themselves in interactive lessons and activities.

The heavens opened today with pouring rain but that didn't stop our school family from pouring out our hearts in celebration of Monsignor Bob who turns 77 tomorrow! Pom poms, top hats and a rousing rendition of "One Singular Sensation" set the stage for Monsignor's entrance to the gathering hall where Mrs. B gave a beautiful blessing reflecting upon the number 7 meaning good luck and also new beginnings which are so fitting for our beloved Pastor. We unveiled a mini recliner as a promise of a comfortable new recliner that will be a gift from the school for his new home. May God's blessings be abundant as Monsignor begins a new year.

A BIG THANK YOU to Monsignor for taking us ALL to ice cream yesterday. What a treat!

Sister Thaddeus brought our Kindergarten students to church this week in preparation for their first Friday Mass. We look forward to having their angelic voices join us going forward. Jesus loves the little children!

Here are some important things to note:

* Friday October 6th is a Professional Development day. There will be early dismissal at 11:30 a.m. for the Main School, 11:15 a.m. for Preschool. Those students registered for After School Care at Newtown Community Center will have a bus at 11:30 a.m. There WILL NOT be after care for Preschool that day or any other after school activities. If you have questions please email Mrs. Sweeting,

*Monday October 9th school is closed for Columbus Day.

*Thursday October 12th -- Pumpkin Bowl

*Friday October 13th -- Bingo

*Slides from the Middle School Back to School Night presentation can be found here.

* If you have not had a chance to view the slides from the September 21st Back to School Night meeting click here for school, click here for HSA.

*Please be sure to read the updated Family Handbook. Click here.

* We are pleased to offer access to the online family directory for all parents who have given permission to be included in it. Please read this from Mrs. Doane:

Parent Directory Now Available in PlusPortals

The parent directory is now visible on PlusPortals. Families who completed the opt-out form during registration do not appear in the directory. If you did not complete the form but wish to be removed from the directory, login to and go to your name and then "Directory Settings". Changes take effect immediately. You can also customize which of your contact information appears in the directory. If you need any assistance using PlusPortals, please contact Katelyn Doane at

We are getting good results from invitations and sponsorships for the Blooms Benefit, An Evening in Paris. School students will be speaking at Masses this weekend and next and parents will be in the vestibule with information. Please help spread the word and join us for this exciting event honoiring Monsignor Bob on November 10th. My thanks for all who are working to make this a success which will greatly benefit our school. If you have questions please email Mrs. Moulder,

You can find wonderful photos and information about upcoming school activities, clubs and athletics in Mrs. B's Adventures in Student Life. We are committed to staying connected with you on all fronts between The Friday Review and Adventures, with emails in between when necessary. You can also check the website for information.

I hope to have an update on the boiler for you next week. We are close to completion! October is the Month of the Holy Rosary. Please consider saying the rosary as a family and we will be focusing on this beautiful prayer at school during the month.

Stay dry and have a relaxing weekend.

God bless,

Dr. G

Monsignor Bob's Birthday celebration

Alive in the Spirit! First Days of School video


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:

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.

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, Meghan Dittmar, Dawn Ringes, Sharon Doherty, Isabel Fappiano and all who are spreading the word, getting donations and building excitement for this event.

Thanks to our sponsors to date:


ProKari LLC

Nicole Sine

Kumon Math & Reading Center of Southbury

Hollandia Nurseries

A & J Construction


Ventura & Ribeiro LLC


Lessons about fire safety and trips to the ice cream shop were some of the many wonder-filled things our Preschoolers enjoyed this week!

Friday October 6th is an early dismissal at 11:15. There will not be Preschool after care however if your child is registered for Newtown Community Center After Care the bus will leave at 11:30 Questions? Email Mrs. Sweeting,

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.


Hello SRS Community,

Important News

Going forward, the HSA will provide detailed communications on the first of each month, in our HSA Newsletter.  We will reduce the HSA content in the Friday review, thus making it easier for you to plan for the month ahead.  Be on the lookout for a more detailed newsletter on Monday.  

We need 6-8 volunteers for the upcoming Trunk or Treat Event.  To continue to host this event, the HSA depends heavily on the support of our volunteers to ensure a successful evening.  Please  sign-up to be on the Trunk or Treat volunteer team!  

Proxy Vote

We would like to say, “Thank you all, for your continued support over these past two weeks with voting, enrolling and signing up to volunteer. Together, with your support we will have an incredible year!”

We are happy to report that the proxy vote has passed approving the expenditure of HSA funds to support the needs of the school. Thanks to all who took the time to vote.

Upcoming Events

Friday, October 13th ~ from 6:00-9:30- BINGO in the SRS Gathering Hall.  This is a great time and is also a fundraiser for the school.

Saturday, October 21st ~ from 6:30-9:00 Parent’s Night out @ Aquila’s Nest register here: Aquila’s Nest

Saturday, October 28th ~ from 5:30-8:30  Annual Trunk or Treat It’s time to get creative and brew up ideas for costumes and how you will decorate your trunk.  More information on this event will be shared as it gets closer. 

HSA Links

Facebook: Join other parents on the SRS Parents FB Page!

HSA Registration: Enroll in HSA

HSA Paypal Account: PayPal, “St. Rose of Lima School HSA

HSA Event Sign-ups: Signing up to volunteer

RaiseRight: Register by visiting RaiseRight, click on “Register.” Then, “Join an Existing Program” and enter the enrollment code “FDD33AD29533.” 

The HSA looks forward to our continued partnership in support of SRS. We welcome suggestions 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

Friday October 6th -- PD Day, Early dismissal 11:30 a.m. (11:15 for Preschool)

Monday October 9th -- Columbus Day, no school

Thursday October 12th -- Pumpkin Bowl

October 13th -- Bingo

High School testing:

  • Saturday, October 28 @8am, at Immaculate 
  • Saturday, November 11 @8am, at Immaculate  

Families can register directly with Immaculate at

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

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