Saint Rita School

Open House for preschool – 8th grade

Sunday, January 31, 2016

12:15 pm in the School Hall

(immediately following the 11:00 am Mass)


What is National Catholic Schools Week?

National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2016 is January 31 – February 6. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2016 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” Saint Rita School will observe this annual celebration week with Masses, open house and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, we will focus on the value Catholic education provides to our young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.

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

    Happy Catholic Schools Week!
    It was quite lovely to see our very littlest souls — the three-year-old lambs and four-year-old shepherds — kneeling at the altar rail to receive the special blessing of the throat on the Feast of Saint Blaise yesterday.  This ancient ritual of the Church recalls the miraculous story of Saint Blaise.  The website HolySpiritInteractive (a great site for Catholic children) explains: “As a beloved Armenian bishop, Saint Blaise was persecuted and arrested for his saintly acts.  On the way to prison a poor mother rushed up to him. She begged him to save her child who was choking to death from a fishbone. The saint whispered a prayer and blessed the child. He worked a miracle that saved the child’s life. That is why St. Blaise is called upon by all who have throat diseases. On his feast day, we have our throats blessed. We ask him to protect us from all sicknesses of the throat.  Using blessed candles held in the form of a cross, the priest gives this special blessing using the words, “Through the intercession of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from every disease of the throat and from every other illness, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”  Another beautiful tradition of the church passed on to our children at Saint Rita School!
     The week has been very exciting indeed and we are grateful to all of the people who made it possible — most especially Mrs. Josephine Cunningham who put on our Open House on Sunday and the lunch for parents today — and Miss Alex Lynch who put on the BINGO! for the children on Monday.  Many other events and activities have been enjoyed by all — including our annual Science Fair which showcased the amazing work of our children — and their wonderful preparation by Mrs. Stemnski.  Congratulations are in order for:
1st: Emma Prabaharan 
2nd: Owen Peters 
3rd: Thomas Ferguson 
Honorable Mention: Nicholas Bus, Kento Salgado-Nakamura, Gabby Martinez, Isaiah Vigil, Jason Prabaharan, Jacob Parish, and Chloe Holloway   

     Next week I will be sure to share the results of our Spelling Bees from today, the children’s collections for “Heifer Day” and the burial fund for the poor — we have surely lived the Corporal Works this week in a special way.
      May Saint Rita continue to guide and protect of the families in her care.
      Mrs. Schlickenmaier


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