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)


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A Note from the Principal

     My goodness, it is hard to believe that today is our last day of school!  We end the year as we began it — at Mass. Together at the foot of the altar, our children reverently closed their year in prayer and focused on the Eucharist.  It is our wish for them to enjoy a relaxing and interesting summer while continuing to pray and retain their focus on the Eucharist and return to us in August refreshed and ready to begin an exciting new year.

      The little ones entering our Kindergarten will be the first Kindergarten class to wear the school uniform.  After polling our Shepherds and receiving an overwhelmingly positive response, our Kindergarteners in 2015-2016 will follow the same uniform code as the rest of the school. How grand they will look in their jumpers, ties and vests!

     We will return to school in the Fall with a few new faces in the classrooms, as well.  Mrs. Rutherford will be joining our preschool team as Lamb aide three days a week (we are still searching for just the right person for the other two days) as Miss Lynch moves up to first grade as the full day aide. Mrs. Rockwell will assume the duties of Director for the preschool as well as lead teacher for the Lambs.  Mrs. Moran will be joined by Mrs. Tricia Byran (one of our ace substitutes this year) as the full time Kindergarten aide as Miss Klosterman will be taking over the second grade from Mrs. Kopeck (who is leaving us to care for her new baby due in the Fall).  Miss Tillotson will be returning to us part time next year and Miss Blewett will be taking over the fifth grade in addition to K-8 Music.  Mrs. Manaker, a familiar face to many of us, will be rejoining the faculty as the middle school administrator and sixth grade Religion and math teacher.  Finally, Miss Juana Majano will be taking over the clinic and helping out in the office.  Whew! Many exciting changes and additions to our wonderful faculty and staff.

     The 2015-2016 school year brings the Design for Excellence accreditation process to Saint Rita.  You will notice a few more early dismissals in our calendar this year to accommodate the self-study procedures required by all schools in the Diocese of Arlington to maintain their accreditation.  The Design for Excellence process, conducted every seven years, involves an intensive look at all aspects of the school and is conducted by the faculty, staff, parents and  others associated with the school.  In May, following the year-long study and publication of results, a team of eight educational professionals will be onsite here at Saint Rita to conduct an examination of the school in light of the report. More details will included in our newsletters in the coming year as we progress along our Design for Excellence program.

     May God bless you and your families as you begin your summer together — and we will look forward to seeing you in August!

     Mrs. Schlickenmaier

Visit Our Summer Website For Reading Assignments, Supply Lists, And More

      We are continuing our efforts to go increasingly “paperless” by offering all the summer requirements online on a special website just for the summer. Parents may visit the website at and will find the required summer reading books for each grade, the corresponding book report and the supply list for the coming year. In addition, we have added a copy of the end of year assessment for each grade as a tool for parents who wish to review math concepts (always a good idea!) with their children. We will not be requiring the summer math workbooks used in the past but encourage parents to use the assessment as a guide for review as well as the links provided to websites offering extra practice. The website’s home page also contains the uniform code and important dates. The website will be kept updated with summer events, PTO materials and the annual school calendar as these materials  become available. Be sure to check out your child(ren)’s grade level page — and don’t hesitate to contact me at if you have any questions (as I am the humble webmaster for this site ☺). 

    The summer reading requirement is to be completed before the first day of school and book reports will be collected when school begins in August and will be included in first quarter grades for report cards.
    Have a wonderful summer and we will look forward to seeing you in August!  Blessings on you and your family always, Mrs. Schlickenmaier

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