Saint Rita School

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Open House for preschool – 8th grade

Monday, November 16, 2015

9:00 am in the School Hall

St. Rita School is proud to announce that our school principal, Mary Pat Schlickenmaier has been selected to receive a second prestigious award!

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On October 16th she received the 2015 National Distinguished Principal award presented by The National Association of Elementary School Principals.

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Earlier this year she was awarded the 2015 National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) Elementary Schools Department Distinguished Principal Award.

Mrs. Schlickenmaier receives the NCEA Distinguished Principal of the Year award from Brother Robert Bimonte, president of the National Catholic Educational Association.

Mrs. Schlickenmaier receives the NCEA Distinguished Principal of the Year award from Brother Robert Bimonte, president of the National Catholic Educational Association.

Congratulations Mrs. Schlickenmaier!

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

     Our children are ending their days in the month of November saying a prayer written by Saint Gertrude that is perhaps not familiar to all of us — we were introduced to this devotion by our own Mrs. McGraw who brought the prayer — and its history — to the teachers and students.  Saint Gertrude, according to CatholicOnline, was a German Benedictine, mystic, and theologian who is the only female saint honored with the title “the great.” Saint Gertrude showed “tender sympathy towards the souls in purgatory” and urged prayers for them.  She is therefore invoked for suffering souls in purgatory. The following prayer is attributed to St. Gertrude and is our current dismissal prayer: Eternal Father, I offer You the most precious blood of thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, for those in my own home and in my family. Amen. Tradition has it that 1,000 souls are released from purgatory every time this prayer is said with reverence and faith.  
      I hope that you were at the 5K Fun Run this past Saturday because it was truly awesome!  It is hard for us to imagine the countless hours that went into making this a very important fundraiser as well as a great, fun day for our Saint Rita School community.  Mrs. McNichols and Mr. Prabaharan planned and guided an extraordinary racing event, and a legion of helpers were all responsible for the great success of the event. We are so grateful to everyone who made it happen — and the sponsors and participants who showed their tangible support for the school!  Hooray for the 5K!
       Next week brings our Thanksgiving holidays and an opportunity for us to reflect on our many blessings.  I know that I will be praying thanksgiving prayers for my Saint Rita family who have supported me through some challenging months.  I met with the medical team at the facility where my mom is right now and they agree that home is the best place for her — renovations will be finished this weekend — everything will soon be in place — and we will transfer her back to her own home this coming Monday — my family is truly overjoyed at the prospect of Thanksgiving at Grandma’s!
       Another record canned food drive produced a beautiful bounty for our friends at Christ House — many thanks to all our families who supported this effort – and helped our children learn a corporal work of mercy first hand through their own actions.  
      Finally, I know that you wish, as I do, that we could protect our children from the worries of the world — the recent attacks in Paris have prompted a higher security level in our area and in an overabundance of caution, the Diocese has directed that no field trips for children be taken into Washington proper.  Unfortunately that directive resulted in our cancelling the fifth grade field trip scheduled yesterday for the Newseum — Mrs. Bush did a beautiful job contacting the parents and leaving it to the parents to provide more detailed explanations as they wished for their own child.  However, rumors get started and I understand that some children — even in other grades — were concerned.  Please know that all appropriate safety measures are in place at Saint Rita and we have all the standard measures — shelter in place, evacuation plans and the like in place — and we pray that we will never be called upon to use them but are prepared to do so should circumstances ever warrant.  We continue to work closely with our friends at the Alexandria City Police Department to make sure that all our processes are both current and appropriate for a school setting.
      May your Thanksgiving bring many graces and blessings on your family,

      Mrs. Schlickenmaier


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