Principal’s Letter, 12/2/2020

December 2, 2020

Dear Parents,

         We have begun the Advent season with our traditional St. Joseph School Advent morning prayer in a not-so-traditional manner—masked on the playground or in poor weather the designated class in the auditorium.  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.

        Starting this week, boys will be allowed to wear Christmas ties in lieu of their school ties.  All students may wear Christmas sweaters or sweatshirts as well.

         Wreath pick-up, for those who ordered Christmas wreathes, will be Friday, December 4th after 12:30 p.m. outside in the front of the school. We also wish to remind everyone that our 2020 St. Joseph School laser-cut Ornament is available at the school.  This year the ornament features the Nativity with the school name and year. The cost is $20.  These were made by two of our school parents.

          Many thanks for the 800 pounds of food that we were able to bring to the food pantry. I thank you, in advance, for your generosity in giving to our toy collection for the children who otherwise may not receive a gift.  In this season of giving, your gifts from your treasure are much appreciated.

         Also, on December 19th the Home-School Association will provide dinner to the guests of the Community Meal Center on Montauk Avenue.  You have assisted in this effort in the past, and we ask you once again in these difficult times to give as you are able. Your donations will be dropped off at the door of the meal center.  Due to restrictions, we will not be able to serve the meal.  The food you bring will be packaged as take-out meals for the guests.

        Christmas recess begins at 12:30 p.m. on December 22nd.  There will be no after school 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 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