Frequently Asked Questions

A. St. Rose of Lima School operates under the Diocese of Bridgeport. It is located on the campus of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Newtown, CT. The parish is very supportive of our school and the pastor, Monsignor Weiss, sits on the school advisory board.
We follow the Newtown Public Schools calendar, with the exception of some professional development days and observance of the Catholic Holy Days of Obligation. Our school calendar is available here.
Busing to and from St. Rose of Lima School is available for Newtown residents, and is provided by All-Star Transportation. Newtown bus information is available here. Residents of other towns must provide their own transportation.
Students from outside of Newtown have a specific area for drop-off and pick-up directly in front of the school. Parents are provided with a map outlining where to drop-off and pick-up students.
The school has the capacity for up to 500 students from Pre-School through grade 8. Registration rates vary year-by-year and fluctuate with the changing population and demographics of the region.
St. Rose of Lima School students wear uniforms in grades K – 8. Many families find this makes life easier! Uniforms are purchased through Lands’ End. The school also operates a uniform exchange to help families share extra and/or gently-used uniform items. Please visit our Parent Portal for more information.
A local restaurant provides our hot lunch program. Milk is also available. Menus are posted monthly and orders must be placed and paid online at least 11 days in advance. St. Rose is a nut-free school. Connecticut state guidelines regarding nut-free schools can be accessed here.
School hours for grades K – 8 are Monday through Friday, 7:55am – 2:50 p.m. Schedules for the Pre-School can be found on the Pre-School page under the Admissions tab.
Students must be 5 years old by December 31st of the school year.

Tuition assistance is available through the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund. Please contact our school bookkeeper, Mr. Larry Rice (email:, if you have questions about tuition.

Yes, our school nurse is on-site every day and cares for all students from Pre-School to Grade 8. To learn more, please visit the School Nurse page.
Before- and After-School Care are both available for grades K – 8. Before-School Care starts at 7am and After-School Care is provided until 5:30pm. Learn more by visiting our Parent Portal.
Please call the school at (203) 426-5102 and notify the secretary or school nurse of your child’s absence. We will hope for your child’s quick recovery!
St. Rose follows the Newtown Public Schools decisions for weather-related closings and delays. Parents can enroll to receive phone calls and/or text messages automatically.
Parents may purchase a School Pass pad, which is used to notify the school of any changes to dismissal. To purchase school passes, email
The Home and School Association holds a number of fundraising events throughout the year. There are additional ways to support our school, including Box Tops and the Scrip gift card programs. In addition, contributions can be made to the St. Rose Annual Fund.
Parent volunteers are a very important contributor to our school community! There are many ways to help. All volunteers must be Virtus trained. Information about volunteer opportunities can be found on our Parent Portal.
Our Principal sends a weekly newsletter on Sundays during the school year. Teachers also keep our parents informed about grade and class events. You can locate recent copies of the newsletter under the About Us tab.