Saint Rita School

St. Rita School is thrilled to announce that our principal, Mary Pat Schlickenmaier, has been awarded the 2015 National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) Elementary Schools Department Distinguished Principal Award.

This national award is presented to only nine awardees across the United States. …(read more in the letter, below)


We’re registering students for the 2015-16 School Year.

For information call 703-548-1888 or send an email.

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Saint Rita School:
CFC # 33521
United way # 8703
Thank You!

A Note from the Principal


      The Church celebrated one of our very newest saints on Friday, and her life is quite interesting and inspiring.  A Franciscan Sister, Saint Marianne Cope is certainly the pride of her religious community whose website gives this short biography: “St. Marianne Cope, a Sister of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, was canonized Oct. 21, 2012. She is the first Franciscan woman from North American to be canonized, and only the 11th American saint. A woman of great valor, this beloved mother of outcasts, spent her early years in central New York where she served as a leader in the field of health care, education and of her own congregation. Responding to a call to care for the poor sick on the then Sandwich Islands, she devoted 35 years to caring for those afflicted with Hansen’s disease on Kalaupapa, Molokai, Hawaii.”  Canonized by Pope Benedict, Saint Marianne Cope is a wonderful example of service to the poor.

      This Sunday we begin our annual celebration of Catholic Schools Week and are very excited at all the special activities and events that we have planned.  Click here for the calendar of events — we hope to have parents join us for as many of the events as their schedules permit.  The theme of Catholic Schools Week this year is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”  We are very proud of our outstanding school community that reflects a devotion to the Faith, a superior curriculum for our students and a commitment to service as lived out through the corporal works of mercy.  Come and celebrate with us!

     The children were delighted on Friday to listen to both the school band and our strings ensemble as they presented their Winter Concert for the students.  Many thanks to both Mr. Cho and Mr. Morton for the amazing work they have done with our talented children.  Inclement weather on Friday evening forced the postponement of our evening concert for families but will be rescheduled soon.

      Just before the concert began on Friday morning, Sister Terry and I announced the winners of our annual handwriting contest and presented each winner with a special certificate.  We are very proud of our students who have worked so hard to develop beautiful handwriting and their nine submissions, one from each grade, have been sent for consideration in the National Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Contest.  Results of this contest will be announced in April — stay tuned!

      On a final note, I am asking that parents take a little more care in dropping their students off in the morning for grades K-8.  We have both Mrs. Gibson and Mrs. Cunningham (during Mr. Blas’ absence) greeting students as they exit their cars in the morning dropoff behind the school and ensuring that they enter the building safely.  A number of parents have been dropping their children off in the front of the building lately, and I am very concerned about how unsafe this practice is.  I am genuinely worried about a number of children who are being let out of cars up on Russell Road prior to the Glebe Road light and who then have to cross Glebe to enter the front of the building.  Other parents have been pulling up to the front of the building and dropping off their children, which backs up traffic on Russell and encourages impatient drivers to go around the cars dropping off — a frightening thing to witness!  Please remember that our Extended Day program opens every day at 7:00 am and is a great help for parents with tight time constraints in the morning.  I thank everyone in advance for their cooperation in making sure all our children arrive safely for their school day!

     May Saint Rita continue to guide and protect all of our families.

     Mrs. Schlickenmaier

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