Principal’s Letter, May 6th

May 6, 2020

Dear St. Joseph School Families,

            This past Sunday was “Good Shepherd Sunday”.  We are reminded that sheep follow their own shepherd because they recognize the voice of the shepherd.  May we continue to follow the voice of our Shepherd, Jesus Christ, as we move through this time.  Responding to the Shepherd’s voice of love and compassion, hope and joy, will bring us to a more peace-filled place. May we all continue to pray and to hear the voice of the Shepherd!

As you are all now aware, our wonderful school will not reopen for this school year.  This presents a certain sadness for all of us.  It is still our hope that as the weeks pass by, we will be able to come together in smaller groups to celebrate some of our school traditions.  In the interim we continue to pray and plan for this to occur.

            This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week and today is National Nurses Day!  I wish to acknowledge the wonderful work our teachers are doing to care for and educate your children in these very different school circumstances.  Please join me in extending our thanks to all of them for keeping the teaching/learning going at St. Joseph School “from a distance”.  I also want to acknowledge our excellent Administrative Assistants, Mrs. Bailey and Mrs. B, and our School Nurse and all-around-volunteer, Mrs. Tejera.  While there doesn’t seem to be a day to honor our “Building Manager”, Mr. Moore, we also extend our appreciation for all he is doing to continue to keep our school clean.  Thank you to all these wonderful people who continue to care for our children.

As has been the case since March 16th, we 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. Ms. Morrell has registered our school for the National School Field Day. She has sent out an email with the link to information and activities should you wish to take part. Please note that this does not take the place of our annual Games Day, which we are planning upon our return.  Please look for our Art Exhibit as well.

We all continue to realize 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.

            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 through the completion of the work assigned.

            Library Books should be returned on the drop-off days.

            Information regarding the end of the school year will be forthcoming, once the date for the closing of grades has been set.

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



                                                                                                            Marianne Cote