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Saint Rita Catholic School

Preschool - Grade 8
3801 Russell Road, Alexandria, VA 22305

Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)

Overview and Invitation

Welcome to the Saint Rita’s Catholic School PTO!

As a parent of a St. Rita’s student, you are automatically a valued member of the PTO. Together, we enrich our children’s educational experience through volunteering, fundraising, and spiritual support. 

Our signature events include the St. Rita’s 5K, the Auction, and Field Day. We also provide ongoing support for individual teachers and specific school needs – everything from classroom supplies to safety improvements.

Please join us for our monthly meetings and participate in our year-round work. This is your chance to take even greater ownership of your child’s formation and future. 

Every parent has a role to play – and your child is counting on you. 

 

Meetings

WHEN: September through June, the first Tuesday of each month. In the 2022-23 school year, that includes September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6, January 3, February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, and June 6.

WHERE: School Hall – please enter from the parking lot through the basement doors. 

TIME: 7:30 pm. We try to keep it to 90 minutes or less. Light refreshments will be provided.

WHAT: Do you have something you’d like to discuss at an upcoming meeting? Please email PTO@saintrita-school.org. All agenda items must be received by 5 pm Thursday before each meeting.  Meeting agenda will be published by 5pm on the Friday before each meeting.

Meetings are fully focused on the PTO’s unique capabilities and contributions to our children’s education. Please be respectful of the PTO’s purpose and your fellow parents’ time. 

 

Principal’s Forum

If you have questions about non-PTO issues, such as academics, faculty, or other items, you may raise them at the Principal’s Forum. Principal Bethany Hamm is happy to use this time to connect with you.

The Forum is held periodically throughout the year. It begins 45 minutes before specific PTO meetings, starting at 6:45pm and ending promptly at 7:30 pm. It will occur in the school basement, same as the PTO meetings.

In the 2022-23 school year, the Principal’s Forum will be held on:

  • October 4
  • December 6
  • March 7

 

Fireside Chats with Father Christensen

In this new series, Father Christensen will meet with parents to discuss topics related to family life. The chats will be held at 7:30 pm in the school basement on the following dates:

  • November 30: On Teaching Your Kids To Study
  • February 1: On Talking To Your Kids About Sexuality
  • April 26: On Friendship

 

Volunteering

Are you looking to fulfill your annual volunteer hour requirement? Please download the Connect1 app for iPhone or Android.

Beginning in the 2022-23 school year, all volunteer opportunities will only be listed on the Connect1 App. Specifically designed for Catholic schools, the app lets you sign up for events that are tailored to your interests and abilities. Registration takes 5 minutes or less, and it provides more and easier volunteer opportunities than ever.

Do you have questions about the Connect1 app or your volunteer requirement? Please email PTO@saintrita-school.org.

 

Officers

President: Meaghan Balser 

Vice President: Mark Malseed

Treasurer: Christine Hughes

Secretary: Stephen Ford

Preschool Representative: Adria Tayrani