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.

Click here for the Admissions Forms.


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

A Note from the Principal


    This first taste of warmer weather certainly makes us think of the approaching Spring — and the next few weeks of our Lenten journey. The Catholic Education Resource Center explains the origin of the word Lent: The word Lent itself is derived from the Anglo-Saxon words lencten, meaning “Spring,” and lenctentid, which literally means not only “Springtide” but also was the word for “March,” the month in which the majority of Lent falls.  The Resource Center reminds us that even as the weeks of Lent may seem to drag on a little, “an emphasis must be placed on performing spiritual works, like attending the Stations of the Cross, attending Mass, making a weekly holy hour before the Blessed Sacrament, taking time for personal prayer and spiritual reading and most especially making a good confession and receiving sacramental absolution. Although the practices may have evolved over the centuries, the focus remains the same: to repent of sin, to renew our faith and to prepare to celebrate joyfully the mysteries of our salvation.”  Let us renew our resolve to observe our Lenten practices in order to fully participate in the miracle of the Resurrection at Easter. 


     We were very excited on Wednesday to present Sister Terry and Sister Alma a check in the amount of $925.00 for the Sisters in retirement at the Villa.  The proceeds of our “Pennies for the Villa” collection will be sent to the Villa in honor of the Feast of Saint Joseph (March 19th) and will be a very welcome gift to the Sisters who gave their whole lives for children and in devotion to Christ.  Many thanks go to Mrs. Lynch who coordinated the collection – and counted all those pennies! 
      This Friday the faculty will meet for their regular monthly meeting and the children will have an 11:30 am dismissal.  On Monday, March 16th the children will not have school (and there will be no Extended Day) to allow the faculty and staff to have a day of professional development.  We are very pleased to have a presentation on “Active Learning and Engagement Strategies” through ASK Publications and Professional Development who are planning an active workshop for teachers from all grades.  
     A reminder that yearbook order forms must be submitted by this Friday — don’t miss the chance to have this outstanding publication which will provide memories of this school year.  Forms for ordering the yearbooks have been sent home. 
     May Saint Rita guide and protect our families always,
     Mrs. Schlickenmaier


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