Principal’s Letter, April 29th

                                                                                                                                    April 29, 2020

Dear St. Joseph School Families,

            In the Gospel reading this past Sunday, we heard the story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus.  We were told in the story that these disciples were discussing the events that had occurred surrounding the death of their friend, Jesus, and they were confused and frightened about what might come next.  Along came a stranger who inquired about their conversation.  They were heading west away from Jerusalem into the setting sun and didn’t recognize the stranger as their friend.  Arriving at their home, the disciples invited the stranger in for a meal and it was then as they shared this meal and time with each other that they realized this was the risen Lord.  The twist in the story was that then he was gone.  The disciples headed out in the middle of the night, back toward the east and the rising sun.  They did what they knew they were supposed to do—move toward the Risen Son—to share the Good News that Jesus was indeed alive!

            In this very difficult time, we too are called to invite Jesus into our homes and lives to receive His comfort and His love. Like the disciples we are frightened and confused about what is happening around us and what is coming next. May we remember to live our lives moving toward the Risen Son, and may we share the love and compassion He brings to us with others!

            As has been the case since March 16th, the teachers and I continue to support you and your children, not only as we learn together, but as we continue to pray and play as one school family. We are realizing more and more what a trying time this is for everyone. If there is any way in which we can be of service to you and your children please do not hesitate to contact us.

            Our next pick-up and drop-off time will be on Monday, May 4th from 7:30 to 10 a.m. This is for Kindergarten through Grades 5.  However, if anyone in Grade 6-8 wishes to leave anything, they are welcome to do so.  Once again, I remind you of the importance of completing as much of the assigned work as is possible and to sign in to the portal daily for your attendance. We will be grading using our regular system of grades NOT on a pass/fail system.  Grades will be based on the demonstration of skills learned.

            Library Books should be returned on the May 4th drop-off day.


            Teachers are meeting with their classes and students through Zoom (always with your permission) on a weekly basis.  Please look for these email requests.

            Our staff continues to meet to discuss the progress of our distance learning programs.  If you have concerns, please feel free to contact anyone of us to share those concerns.  We will be certain to respond. Our next online faculty meeting will be Thursday morning, April 30th.

            As always, your families are in my prayers.  Please continue to keep the teachers and me in yours.



            Marianne Cote