Principal’s Letter, 11/4/2020

November 4, 2020


Dear Parents,

            In this month of November, we continue to celebrate and to strive for our impending sainthood. Pope Francis has pointed out that the saints were not perfect people, but became saints because they chose to reflect the goodness of God in their lives.  They have chosen to be the reflection of God’s love, peace, and compassion for others, allowing others to see God through them.  May we strive to be that reflection as well.

            We continue to remind you that masks are of the utmost importance to everyone’s health in our school.  Please be mindful of the choices you are making for your families outside of school time.

            Our school will hold a Food Collection from November 16th through November 19th. These donations will be given to the Gemma Moran Food Pantry on behalf of our students and families.  Items needed include canned meats and tuna, canned vegetables and soups, peanut butter, pasta and pasta sauce.  Please check the expiration dates prior to sending your donations.

            School Pictures for those who were absent will be taken on November 10th. These will be taken outside in front of the school.  All will be safely distant from one another.. Please note that there is NO school on November 11th, Veteran’s Day.  We will close for Thanksgiving recess at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24th and resume school on November 30th.  There will be NO afterschool care on November 24th. 

            There will be a calendar revision for February.  Since our “sister” schools in the Diocese, including St. Bernard, are closing for the full week of February 15th through the 19th, we will do the same and take the FULL WEEK for WINTER BREAK.

            We remind everyone once again that if for some reason your child is going to be absent from school, it is your responsibility to call the front office and to send a note prior to the absence if it is not due to illness, or upon your child’s return if it is due to illnessPlease do not email or text the teachers for this purpose.  Mrs. Tejera will be checking on students who are absent. 

            If you are traveling out of state for any reason, the school will need to know where you are going and your mode of travel to determine (based on health department regulations and school policy), whether or not your child will need to quarantine and/or be tested prior to returning to school.  Your patience and your respect of these policies is for the protection of everyone involved. We assume that for the safety of your families and all in school that you are following healthy practices as well. 

            Our annual Christmas Wreath Sale is underway.  You should have received information regarding this.  Also, once again this year 100 Annual St. Joseph Christmas ornaments are being woodcut for us and donated by the Ian and Ashley Higgins. These will be for sale as they were last year.  Please look for the flyer coming soon.  The new ornament features a Nativity with the year and school name. When everyone does a little, we all gain much! Thank you!

            May Jesus, Mary our Blessed Mother, and St. Joseph watch over us and protect us. I continue to hold you in my prayers, and ask that you keep me in yours.


                                                                                                Marianne Cote