St. Rose School

October 27, 2023

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."

Galatians 6:9

Greetings from Dr. G

This week we celebrated outcomes and realized that everything good happens in God's time. It was a joy to officially dedicate our new school boiler. This is the result of many years of hard work and the generosity of Monsignor Bob, school parents and parishioners. I want to give special thanks to Mr. Steve Pagliaro, an alumni parent and Chair of the Facilities committee of the School Advisory Board, who spent countless hours on this project. Kudos also to Mrs. Stephanie DeBartolomeo, our School Advisory Board Chairperson and also an alumni parent, who helped bring the vision to fruition. The boiler, the first replacement since the school opened in 1958, will keep us warm for many years to come. Teamwork is at the heart of all we do at St. Rose School.

Today we recognized two students after Mass whose quiet examples of faith and leadership speak volumes to those around them. Seventh graders Siobhan Hall and Evelyn Sweeting received the Dr. August D'Alessandro Faith and Leadership Award in a beautiful ceremony after Mass in which Mrs. B explained that what is remembered about the students in our school family are the special ways they use their talents to brighten other lives. Siobhan recently made several rosary beads for the residents of Church Hill village and is currently making more. Evelyn is always there for all in our school with a smile and helping hand, particularly as a dedicated member of the basketball team who looks out for others on and off the court. Dr. D'Alessandro's daughter and granddaughter were here to present the awards and share words about his commitment to humble leadership and faith. Congratulations to Evelyn and Siobhan.

On these beautiful Fall days we have been enjoying God's creation with outdoor harvest festivals and field trips. You can read all about them in

Mrs. B's Adventures in Student Life. Mrs. Ferriter's Art classes have been creating enchanting Fall themed art as well.

Our Blooms Benefit, An Evening in Paris, is fast approaching! This is our biggest fundraiser of the year to benefit the students of St. Rose School. The guest list is robust with current and alumni parents, parishioners and commuity members. The deadline for tickets is October 30th so if you'd like to join the festivities please check the information below. Many thanks to our enthusiastic committee, some of whom who were here wrapping baskets today. We are most grateful for the generous contributions from our school, parish and surrounding communities. It's going to be a fantastic night of celebration.

The links for parent teacher conferences were sent through Mrs. Sweeting today. Click here. These will be early dismissal days with departure at 11:30 for the main school and 11:15 for the Preschool. Please note: there will not be After Care on early dismissal days. I apologize for any inconvenience.

On a Safety Note -- please be mindful of bus lanes during morning drop off and afternoon pick up. There have been some issues with blocked bus lanes which can lead to dangerous situations. Safety is our top priority so we appreciate your partnership in this matter.

Next Wednesday, November 1st, is All Saints Day. We will attend Mass together at 9:00 a.m. This means there will not be a school Friday Mass on November 3rd. Please join us at our school Masses whenever you can, they are such a blessing.

I hope many of you are planning to attend Trunk or Treat tomorrow night. The weather looks fantastic. Thanks to our HSA and the committee for making this such a fun night for our students and families. Sister Thaddeus also asked me to share that Religious Educaton is hosting an intriguing presentation about the Shroud of Turin on November 4th . 7th & 8th graders are encouraged to attend and all are invited. You can find information here.

Have a wonderful weekend.

God bless,

Dr. G

Get ready for our Night Under the Parisian lights as we celebrate Monsignor Bob and St. Rose of Lima School!

Tickets are available until October 30th so don't delay!

Purchase tickets by clicking here.

Questions? Email

Thanks to our sponsors


ProKari LLC

The Sine Family

Kumon Math & Reading Center of Southbury

Hollandia Nurseries

A & J Construction

Arthur & Tiffany Brown

Berkshire Food Inc.

Ingersoll Auto of Danbury

Five Oaks Public Relations

Greenspot/Bruzzi Landscaping

Greenway Industries


Omaha Beef Companies

Ventura Law

Papcsy, Janosov Roche Trial Lawyers

Anstett Family

St. Joseph High School

Union Savings Bank

Connecticut Fence and Gate Company

Michael and Debra Basile

Holy Cow Ice Cream Shop


Stephen & Sunday Piccolo

Immaculate High School


"The Fournier Family & The Connecticut Wolfpack"


Savings Bank of Danbury

St. Rose of Lima Parish

Advertisers & Donors

The Mullen Family, Volz Auto Group, Cruzall Construction, Newtown Car Care, Quassy Amusement Park, Armandos, Roccos Deli, LoPiccolo family, Pagliaro family, Conlon family, Bilfuco family, Mascalo family, Hill family, Card family, Ben's Bells, Cover Two, The Villa, Dunkin Donuts,La Tavola, Newtown Nail Spa, Senor Panchos, Monsignor Bob, The Glick Family, Uncle Matt's Bakery, Sugo, Athletes Source, Wild Iris, Middlebury Racquet Club, Trump National Golf Club, Tri County Truck Sales, John Pendergast Jr, Donna & James Bannon, Mario Paniccia, Phaneuf family, PJs Laundromat, Bagel Delight, Newtown Hardware, Viron Rondo Osteria, New Milford Tennis & Swim Club, Athletes Source, Echo Bay Marina, Doherty family, Danbury Music Center, Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, Lee Boyle Realtor, Anne Ragusa, Attorney, Dental Associates, Newtown Car Care, Robeks, Butcher's Best, Five Oaks Public Relations, Honan Funeral Home, Big Y, Edmond Town Hall, Middlebury Consignment/Brewbury, Newtown Family Dentistry, The Gelson Family, SRS parents and students in Preschool, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th 7th, 8th grade classes of SRS, SRS Class of 2010, SRS Class of 2024, Diocese of Bridgeport Catholic Schools, Marketplace, Michael & Debra Basile, Newtown Hook & Ladder, Newtown Medi Spa, My Place, Walking with Purpose, Columbiettes, Knights of Columbus, Chic-fil-a, St. Rose School HSA, Monsignor Bob, Bifulco family, Luciano family, Good Times Cafe, Glick Family, Norwalk Maritime Aquarium, Tami Russo, New Milford Swim & Tennis Club, Herrick Family, Kehoe Family, ewski Autobody Repair, Michael Paris, Modzelewski Autobody Repair, Stephen J. DiRienzo, Fred & Lisa DiMaria, Rita & Michael Power, New Milford Swim & Tennis Club


The Harvest fair was so much fun! Thanks to all of the class parents who made the playground so festive for our littlest learners.

Tuesday, November 7 - Election Day PD No School

Are you Virtus trained? Have you atteneded a parent safety class? These are essential courses if you want to volunteer for class activities and field trips. Please email Mrs. Sweeting, for more information.

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. 



The Knights of Columbus will be running their annual Veteran themed essay and poster contest for 7th and 8th graders this year. Winners will be announced at the Veteran's Day assembly on Monday November 13th at 1:15 p.m. Mr. Monckton, a school parent, Knight of Columbus and Veteran, is organizing this tribute to veterans. If you or a family member are a veteran and would like to be a part of this ceremony please email Mr. Monckton, May God bless our veterans and all who serve our country. Many of our alumni are in the service and ROTC programs.


Hello SRS Community,

October Events

November 3rd ~ from 6:30-9:00 Parent’s Night out @ Aquila’s Nest rescheduled due to rain. We hope those already planning to attend can make the new date. We ask all parents to register again: New Date - Aquila’s Nest - We will need a minimum of 25 participants to continue with this event.  This will be a great night for SRS adults to have some kid-free time together! 

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!!!  Saturday, October 28th ~ from 5:30-8:30  Annual Trunk or Treat This will surely be a night to remember as we will have live entertainment from Total DJ Entertainment Group, Travelin' Tom's Coffee Truck (also serving hot cocoa and cider AND giving 20% of proceeds back to the HSA) and of course TONS AND TONS OF CANDY!!! 

SRS will hold its annual Veteran's Day assembly on Friday, November 13th.  We would like to create a Field of Flags to honor family members and/or friends who have served in a branch of the military.  One American flag will be placed for each name that is submitted. If you would like to have a flag placed outside the grass area in front of the Gathering Hall please fill out this Field of Flags Sign Up by Monday, November 6th.  

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.” 

Check out this tutorial video on how to set-up and use the phone app!!!! RaiseRight Tutorial

October Bonus RaiseRight Savings!

Gap - earn 14% 18%

Best Buy - earn 4% 5%

Dominos - earn 8% 12%

PetSmart - earn 5% 8%

Old Navy - earn 14% 18%

Safeway - earn 4% 5%

These percentages of your purchase go back to the school!!!! Such an easy way to make money for the school, while getting your shopping done!  

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

Your HSA Board, 

Carrie Sirois, Michelle McRuiz, Co-Presidents

Mike Anstett, Vice President

Lisa Jackson, Secretary

Karen Walauskas, Treasurer

Your HSA Board, 

Carrie Sirois, Michelle McRuiz, Co-Presidents

Mike Anstett, Vice President

Lisa Jackson, Secretary

Karen Walauskas, Treasurer


Updated school calendar

*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

Important Dates

November 4th & 5th -- Shroud of Turin presentation

November 7th -- Election Day, school closed, Teacher PD

November 10th -- The Blooms Benefit, An Evening in Paris

November 13th -- Veteran's Day Assembly

November 14, 15 & 16th -- Parent teacher conferences, early dismissal at 11:30 Main School, 11:15 Preschool

November 23, 24th -- Thanksgiving break

High School testing:

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

Families can register directly with Immaculate at