St. Rita School inspires students in Pre-Kindergarten through grade eight to achieve academic excellence in a safe, nurturing and faith-filled Catholic environment.

We prepare students to be morally responsible, innovative thinkers who, in today’s technology-guided global community, live and share the Love of Christ.

From the Desk of Mrs. Tiezzi

Dear St. Rita Parents/Guardians,

Congratulations to our 5th grade students and very creative teachers as this past Monday they received a very special phone call from the Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center with the following message: “The votes have been tallied and we are happy to announce this year’s People’s Choice Award goes to….St. Rita School of Hamden’s 5th Grade class. Thank you all for participating and hope to see you all next year!” We are ecstatic over the news! The students worked hard on the ornaments, tree skirt, tree topper, and manger! They learned that hard work pays off! Thank you to all the SRS families that visited the center and voted for our tree!

Over the past few weeks I have been noticing that more and more students are either tardy to school in the morning or being dismissed early. Both of these are disruptive to the learning of your child and his/her classmates. Students arriving late often are missing the very beginning of a lesson and by arriving late to class. They are disrupting the learning of others with their unpacking and turning things in, which is normally done during their homeroom period. It is understandable if a child has an early morning doctor or dental appointment on occasion. Our school day begins at 8:15 A.M. for students in kindergarten through 8th grade. Students are marked tardy beginning at 8:20 A.M. Our school day ends at 2:40 P.M. and dismissal takes approximately 10 minutes. On an average day, we have between 8-10 students leaving before dismissal begins. This is disruptive to our administrative staff members who are trying to facilitate a smooth dismissal for the other 350 students in the building. Frequently, we have students and their teachers totally unaware of an early dismissal for a particular student which is once again disrupting the learning of others. Thank you for your cooperation in having your child in school for a full day of learning.

Thank you to everyone who supported our CSW week activities. Based on the feedback from the students and teachers everyone had a fun-filled week. Later this week the pajamas and Legos which were donated for PJ Day will be dropped off at Yale. We are grateful to our second grader, Noah, for his idea to honor his classmate, Addie, and our NJHS for partnering with him to collect the items for the children in Yale’s Children’s Oncology Unit.

Congratulations to our Robotics Team who competed in the Archdiocesan VEX Robotics Meet at East Catholic High School this past Saturday. All three teams did an excellent job competing against other Archdiocesan schools. Out of 82 teams, our three teams ranked as follows: Team A ranked #40 ; Team B ranked #33; and Team C ranked #21 (Team C was one off of qualifying for the finals). Congratulations to all our Crusader Crushers 2024 and thank you parents and teachers for your support!

Lent begins next Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, February 14. There will be a school Mass at 9:00 A.M. at St. Rita Church. Ashes will be distributed during Mass. Parents and relatives of the school students are invited to attend. Class Valentine’s celebrations will be held either the day before or the day after Ash Wednesday. On Thursday, February 15, we will have an early dismissal for teacher professional development. There will be no aftercare. School will be closed on Friday, February 16 and Monday, February 19 for President’s Day Weekend.

Thank you for entrusting your child/ren to our care. Have a great week.

God Bless,

Mrs. Tiezzi


  • The Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools is pleased to invite students enrolled at St. Rita School to apply for the Dynia Endowed Scholarship for Academic Year 2024-2025:


The due date is March 8, 2024


An electronically fillable scholarship form is avilable below (please note that you must be using Adobe Acrobat in order to use the fillable feature). Once the application is complete, please return it electronically or directly to Mrs. Tiezzi through the school office. 


Copies of the most recent tax returns, which should be 2023 Federal Tax Forms 1040 only (2 pages) should be included. Do not include other schedules from tax returns. If your family has not yet prepared 2023 taxes, please submit 2023 W-2 forms or other documentation supporting income. 


A student may receive more than one FACS scholarship per year. You are encouraged to apply for all scholarships for which you are eligible. 


Guidelines and Criteria for the available scholarships are also attached. 


Be sure that all completed applications (including all supporting documentation) are received by FACS by Monday, March 4, 2024. Applications can be submitted electronically or in hard copy form.


Finally, be advised that those students who are currently receiving renewable FACS scholarships need not make applications for renewals. However, they are encouraged to apply for additional new scholarships, if they meet the criteria.

Dynia Scholarship Guidelines
Click HERE to Download the FACS Application

On behalf of NJHS and SRS 2nd grader Noah we thank you so much for your kind and generous donations to the Pajama and Lego Drive in support of the Yale Children's Pediatric Oncology Department.

Our school community donated 286 children's pajamas and 177 Lego sets! A special thank you to the Lawlor Family for

donating 100 pairs of pajamas!

With your help we are able to expand our reach in serving our local communities and bring comfort and a moment of fun to our young friends who are battling serious illness. 

** Please Note**

There will be no after care on Thursday, February 15, due to low attendance on previous early dismissal days.

With Open Enrollment around the corner

now is the time to spread the good news about

St. Rita School and earn a $250 tuition credit towards your 2024-2025 SRS tuition!

Visit our Family Referral page for more information:


Click HERE to sign up for Before/After Care
Click HERE to sign up for Hot Lunch


Home/School Association

Click HERE to Order!

The Sweetheart Dance is coming up Friday, February 23

at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church Hall

from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

This dance is open to all SRS daughters, accompanied by their fathers or male guardians. To attend this fun and memorable night, please follow the sign-up information.

The cost is $25 per family. A buffet with drinks and a souvenir photo will be provided. HSA is looking forward to seeing our young ladies dressed in their finery with their special someone on that Friday evening.

Get your dancing shoes on!!

Click HERE to Sign Up
Click HERE for Box Tops
Click HERE to Sign Up

Nurse's Corner

Please pray for the Stratton Family, for the Delaney Family,

and for all the deceased members of our

St. Rita Community.

St. Rita School
1601 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517
Phone: (203) 248.3114
Fax: (203) 248.1016
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