December Letter

December 4, 2019

Dear Parents,

            We have begun the Advent season with our traditional St. Joseph School Advent morning prayer. As we light the Advent wreath candles and remember the scripture stories reminding us of the journey we have traveled, awaiting the birth of Jesus, we remember all of you in our prayers.  Please feel free to join us each morning at 8:45 a.m. as your children lead the school family in prayer.

            Starting on Monday, boys will be allowed to wear Christmas ties in lieu of their school ties.  The girls may wear Christmas sweaters as well.

            Lessons and Carols will take place on December 13th at 7 p.m. and begins promptly at that time. All students and parents are expected to join in this wonderful celebration of the Advent/Christmas season.  Attire for the girls is dark skirt and white blouse.  The boys are expected to wear dark trousers, white shirt and a Christmas tie.  No athletic shoes please.  All students are to be in their seats at 6:45 p.m. Coats should remain with you at your seat.

           Our band, chorus and bell choir will offer a concert on Tuesday, December 17th at 6:30 p.m.  All are invited to join in recognizing the musical gifts God has given to these young people and their directors.

            I thank you for your generosity in giving to our toy collection for those in need.  The toys will be wrapped by our 8th graders on December 6th—the feast of St. Nicholas, the patron of children. Our collection of needed food items will take place during the month of January when the food pantries are usually depleted.

            The Grade 3 play will be performed on December 19th at 1 p.m. All are welcome.

Also, on December 19th the Home-School Association will serve dinner to the guests of the Community Meal Center on Montauk Avenue.  Many of you have indicated your willingness to help.  The chair of the event should be contacting you for donations.  The faculty and staff will provide the rolls for meatball sandwiches.

            Christmas recess begins at 12:30 p.m. on December 20th.  There will be no afterschool care on that day.

            May this Advent time provide peace in your busy lives, giving you the opportunity to reflect on the reason for this busy time…the birth of Christ once again into our world and our hearts. 

            My prayers are with you.  Please keep each of us in yours.     


Marianne Cote Principal