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,

The safety of our students is of utmost importance to us but we need your assistance in order to help keep our students and staff safe. Please review the guidelines below to help with morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up.

Between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. Mr. McGrath and Mr. Schmidt are posted at the school driveway specifically for the safety of the students who are dropped off in the morning. Although we rely on them for their diligence and dedication, everyone who is part of morning drop-off has responsibility for student safety. There are four spots for drop off which are directly in front of the school entrance. The crosswalk should remain clear at all times. In the interest of safety, we have a few reminders:

DRIVERS: All drivers need to show a balance of consideration, patience, and awareness. You need to be able to drop off your child/children quickly, so that the other drivers behind you do not have to wait an unreasonable amount of time in line. Having routines will make drop-offs more efficient and less stressful for all concerned (including the other drivers). If a driver knows in advance that the drop-off today will be more complicated and time-consuming than usual, the driver should exercise the option of parking where it is allowed on the street and walking over with their child/ren. If there is a medical issue---for example, crutches---pull up to the drop-off point and let our people know. Finally, drivers need to be aware of what is happening around them at drop-off at all times, but especially when their vehicle is moving. If your vehicle is moving forward, your focus should be forward. Avoid staring in the rear-view mirror at your child as you pull away. Once a student is safely beyond the cones, she/he will get into the school.


STUDENTS: When you get out of the vehicle, do not start running (even if you think you are late). Look for the adults who are on duty and go to them. It is not okay to cross in front of a vehicle without adult supervision. Most students are very good all of the time about all of these things, but this is the start of the year, and there is no harm in reminders, especially when it comes to student safety.



Parking on Gillies Road, Edgemere Road, and Dessa Drive - Parents are reminded to adhere to the posted parking areas on Gillies Road, Edgemere Road, and Dessa Drive. There is no parking on Dessa Drive between the NO PARKING signs. For the past few days at arrival and dismissal time, cars have been parked on both sides of the street which prohibits emergency vehicles from having access should an emergency occur. I do not want to have the police begin ticketing cars but they will do so to ensure the safety of our students. Cars can park in the church parking lot, commuter parking lot, or any other place not posted.  Please share this information with your relatives or caregivers who transport your child.

Parents should not be parking in the school parking lot at dismissal time. For your safety, all students and parents should be crossing Gillies Road and Whitney Avenue with the Crossing Guard.


Thank you for your assistance in helping to keep everyone safe. Have a great week.

God Bless,

Mrs. Tiezzi


Thursday, September 7

Pre-K to Grade 3 

6:00 to 7:30 pm in the gym

Tuesday, September 12

Grades 4 to 8

6:00 to 7:30 pm in the gym

Parking at Drop-off and Dismissal

Please observe the “NO PARKING” signs on Gillies Road, Edgemere Road, and Dessa Drive. Your willingness to observe the NO PARKING signs will ensure the safety of our students and school neighbors. Please share this with grandparents, caregivers, and anyone else who may pick up your child at dismissal. The Police Department has been issuing warnings and will be ticketing those drivers who disregard the no parking signs. Please see the provided map for no parking areas, and available parking lots. Areas marked in red are no parking areas.

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Uniform Swap

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