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

       Wow!  What a week in the liturgical calendar!  The week has included two feast days that are great favorites with our children — the Feast of the Archangels on Tuesday (which was celebrated with great gusto by our middle school houses celebrating “their” feast day!) and the Feast of the Guardian Angels tomorrow.  Our excellent resource, Catholic Online, tells us that a guardian angel is, “A heavenly spirit assigned by God to watch over each of us during our lives. The doctrine of angels is part of the Church’s tradition. The role of the guardian angel is both to guide us to good thoughts, works and words, and to preserve us from evil. Since the 17th century the Church has celebrated a feast honoring them in October throughout the Universal Church.” Today is the Feast of Saint Therese of the Child  Jesus, affectionately known as “The Little Flower”, whose life of only 24 years has inspired countless souls to follow her “little way” of seeking holiness in every day life. 
    The month of October will be a busy one here at Saint Rita — starting next week with our first Principal’s Forums which will be held on Tuesday, October 6th at 8:15 am and Wednesday, October 7th at 6:30 pm — both in the school hall.   Come and join other parents in an informal setting to discuss topics and issues of interest to our school families — and hear a brief explanation of the Design for Excellence accreditation process that the school is undergoing this year.
       Parents are also reminded that all students in grades K-8 are to be in the full formal uniform every day starting October 13th except for their PE days.  A simplified version of the uniform code may be found here
    Our clinic seems to be busier than usually these days, and we ask that children who are exhibiting any signs of sickness are kept home  and we appreciate your efforts in keeping your child from infecting others and also responding in a timely manner if called regarding a sick child.  It is also lice season, and all parents are asked to be vigilant in checking their children and also that the office be notified of any confirmed cases.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this! 
     Our newly trained crossing guards are hard at work ensuring the safety of our children and we ask for your cooperation — no child should be dropped off in the morning anywhere but in the carpool line behind the school building.  All other drop off points are dangerous and at the very least traffic hazards.   And a gentle reminder that no child may be left unattended on the school grounds in the morning before 8:00 am.  If your child is unattended outside before 8:00 am they will be added to our Extended Day program and parents charged accordingly. 
    May our guardian angels continue to “rule and guide” us always,
    Mrs. Schlickenmaier


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