Saint Rita School

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October 25, 2014

A Note from the Principal


     Next week we are looking forward to celebrating All Saint Day a little early as the actual feast falls on a Saturday. Our children in the Shepherds, Kindergarten, First and Second Grades will all be dressing up on Wednesday, October 29th as their favorite saints! We will attend Mass at 8:30 that morning – with our entire preschool in attendance for the first time! The children dressed in their saints costumes will be a lovely sight as they sit up front in the Church and honor the saints they have chosen to represent. After Mass we will head out to the playground to perform a corporal work of mercy and raise funds for the ALIVE! shelter with our annual Walk for the Homeless. The Saints really will be marching along in fine fashion as they lead the march around the property to provide funding for this important work of charity. If your schedule permits, please join us! How exciting to be celebrating a feast that stretches back to the fourth century with the children in 2014!

   Sunday, November 2, 2014 is the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day). The Church takes this day each year to remember all those who have died and “gone before us marked with the sign of faith.” Let us remember all of our departed in prayer in special way during the month of November. Each afternoon our children pray, ” May the divine assistance remain with us forever…and may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.”

      If you were at the 5K Race last Saturday you know that we hosted a record crowd in the most beautiful weather possible! Many thanks go to Mrs. McNichols and Mr. Prabaharan for an amazing event which was described by many of those in attendance as very professionally organized and a wonderful showcase for our great school community! Next Thursday will be an exciting day for all of us as we celebrate the results of the race’s fundraising with a “dress down and no homework day” (for reaching our $7,500 goal for fundraising by the student body) and a “Blacktop BBQ” featuring grilling by Father Gee and dessert from Mrs. Schlickenmaier for all children who raised $150 or more! What a day it will be!

     Our fourth graders had a wonderful trip to Mount Vernon last Tuesday and the Kindergarten and First Grade were also out last week when they attended a young peoples’ concert on Thursday. Many thanks to our teachers and volunteer chaperones who made memorable days possible for these students!

     Don’t forget that there is no school and no Extended Day Program on Friday, October 31st. The primary, elementary and middle school faculty and staff, preschool teachers and Extended Day staff will be spread out to locations all over the Diocese that day for inservice programs on a variety of educational topics.

    Finally, we are very excited to announce that the “parent portal” for families with students in the middle school (gr. 6-8) is now open! We are working with Powerschool to ensure that these parents have access to student grades and hope to add additional features in the future.

    May Saint Rita, in communion with all the saints, keep watch over our families always,

    Mrs. Schlickenmaier



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