FAQ for New Families

How is St. Rita’s campus divided?

East Campus:

  • School Administration Offices
  • Grades TK-K-3rd
  • Gara Hall Is Located Across The Driveway From Church
  • Lower Gara Hall
  • Kitchen And Hall
  • Upper Gara Hall
  • Transitional Kindergarten Classroom
  • Kidz Club
  • Health Office
  • Computer Lab
  • O’Malley Hall Is Located Under The Church

West Campus:

  • Grades 4th-8th
  • Music Room/ Forensics / Drama / Mathematics
  • PE Equipment Room
  • Science Room

What time does school start and end?

Morning Schedule

  • 7:50 a.m. First bell
  • TK-3rd grades line up by class on east campus blacktop.
  • 4th-8th grades line up on west campus blacktop.
  • In case of morning rain, children go directly to their classrooms rather than line up on the blacktop.
  • 7:55 a.m. Second Bell Classes begin students are marked tardy after 2nd bell.
  • Tuesday: Students attend 8:00 a.m. Mass in dress uniform. Students report to classrooms first.

Afternoon Schedule

  • 3:00 p.m. dismissal Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • 2:00 p.m. dismissal every Thursday for faculty meetings.
  • All Students who have not been picked up at dismissal will be escorted to Kidz Club

Where do I drop off and pick up my child(ren)?

Drop-off and pick-up three options available these are moving car lines:

Morning Drop-off and Afternoon Pick-up

West Campus:

  • South side of Olive Avenue

East Campus:

  • South side of Alegria, east of Baldwin Avenue
    Lower church parking lot, entering from the east driveway off Grandview and exiting out the west driveway back onto Grandview

In case of heavy rain at pick-up time, East Campus students will wait in Gara Hall. The car line will be directed up the driveway to pick up waiting children.

Parents may park in non-drop off or non-pick up areas and walk their children to or from class. (Church Parking Lot, North Alegria and Baldwin Ave)

When is recess and lunch?

Snack and recess

  • TK and Kindergarten 9:30 -10:00
  • 1st -8th 10:20-10:40

Lunch and recess

  • TK and Kindergarten 11:30 – 12:15
  • 1st -8th 12:20-12:50

When are P.E. days?

  • East Campus P.E. Days Twice a week
  • Students wear P.E clothes to school
  • West Campus P.E. Days twice a week

Students change into P.E. clothes at school.

What is the uniform policy?

Please refer to the St. Rita School Uniform Quick Reference Guide, included in your orientation folder. In addition, for more detailed information about St. Rita’s uniform guidelines, please refer to the Uniform Dress Code in the Parent Handbook and on the school website.

Where are uniforms purchased?
CKW School Uniforms
All uniform items including P.E. uniforms
9400 Las Tunas, Temple City
(626) 287-1994 www.CKWuniforms.com

Spirit wear is available from Athletic Department and may be worn for P.E. A form will be included in your packet or you may contact Mr. Martinez e-mail [email protected]

Does St. Rita have an extended day care program?

Kidz Club is the St. Rita School extended day care program. It is open to all students from 3-6pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and on Thursdays from 2:00-6 p.m. for early dismissal. Kidz Club is available from the first day of school through the last day of school. Drop-in or occasional-use rates also are available once the enrollment fee is paid. Enrollment forms are included in your folder.

How is tuition collected?

St. Rita contracts with FACTS a tuition management service widely used by private and faith-based schools. Tuition is collected by electronic debit or charged to a credit card on the 5th or the 20th of the month. There are three payment options:

  • 10 months: August-May (traditional payment plan)
  • Student fees charged in July.
  • All families must register with FACTS Tuition Management no later than June 30, 2016.
    The only exceptions are pay-in-full accounts, which may be paid directly to the school office by September 1, 2016.

Is Hot lunch offered at St. Rita?

Hot lunch is offered daily on both campuses during the two lunch times. You may place your orders online with Just Right Lunches http://justrightlunch.com. The school also offers special hot lunch at times during the year. Fliers will be sent home in your family envelope.

Where can I look up my child(ren)’s grades?

Student grades, assignments, and family financial account information may be accessed on Cornerstone, an online information system for all St. Rita families. Each family will receive a user name and password. Email blasts also may be sent home through Cornerstone. https://www.cornerstonesms.com

What is the Blue & Gold Society?

The Blue & Gold Society is a non-academic society for students in grades 4 through 8 who display pride in their work, enthusiasm toward learning and respect of their peers and adults. Students who qualify will receive a certificate at the report card ceremony.

What type of extra-curricular activities does St. Rita offer?

  • Academic Decathlon
  • Altar Servers
  • Championship CYO Athletic program: Basketball, Football, Girls Softball, Golf, Track & Field, Cross Country, Volleyball
  • Drama Club
  • Speech & Debate Teams: Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8
  • Choir
  • L.E.A.P.S. Afterschool Enrichment Classes: Baton & Cheer, Chess, Iron Chef Cooking, Cute and Cuddly Animals, Lego Robotics, Math Magic, Music and Movement, Skateboarding, Sports World,
  • Scouts:
    Cub Scout / Boy Scout
    Daisies / Brownies / Junior Girl Scout
  • Student Council

When can students begin to participate in the sports program?

Beginning in the third grade students are able to participate in the track program. Beginning in the fifth grade students are able to participate in basketball, cross country, football, and volleyball. 6th girls can join the soft ball team.

What is Scrip, and how do I meet my Scrip commitment?

Each family is required to participate in the Scrip Program during the school year. Please see the Scrip handout included in your orientation folder for more details. Watch for special incentives. Click here for more information.

What is my parent participation hours requirement, and how do I meet it?

All St. Rita families are required to fulfill 35 parent participation hours per school year. Please see the Parent Participation Hours handout included in your orientation folder and the Parent Handbook for more information.

What is Virtus Safety Program for Children and how do I meet my Virtus requirements?

  • VIRTUS is a best practices program designed to help prevent wrongdoing and promote “right doing” within religious organizations.
  • The VIRTUS programs empower organizations and people to better control risk and improve the lives of all those who interact with the Church. For more information, please visit www.virtus.org/virtus/virtus_description.cfm
  • All parent volunteers must participate in Virtus training and complete fingerprinting before any interaction with students and prior to earning volunteer hours.
  • All parent volunteers must report to the office before entering a classroom or a volunteer location and wear a visitor’s badge while volunteering on campus.

What is the family envelope?

The family envelope is sent home each week with the youngest child in the family. The envelope contains weekly news, calendar information and notices, and should be returned to the office the next school day. The family envelope is in addition to the TK and Kindergarten envelopes that will go home each day with information related to TK and Kindergarten only. The school also has a web page www.st-ritaschool.org and Facebook page.

What other methods of communication are used?

St. Rita School website and Facebook page are great resources for parents. St. Rita administration and room parents also communicate regularly via e-mail and phone. Please be sure the office has your current phone numbers and e-mail address. If there are two households, we must have contact information for both households.