Principal’s Letter, 12/9/2020

December 9, 2020


Dear Parents,

            We continue the season of Advent with our children, praying outside when we can and over the intercom when it’s too cold. As we light the 2 Advent wreath candles this week, we remember the scripture stories that remind us of the journey the people of God traveled, awaiting the birth of Jesus. 

            We are reminded of the distance we have come since this virus began. We continue to remember that when Christmas arrives, we will have been in school for “in person” learning for 75 days. This is a tribute to our parents, our students and our staff. We pray that we will continue going forward, and ask that our families be mindful of masks and safe distancing.

            Our 2020 St. Joseph School Christmas Ornaments are still available at the school.  This year the ornament features the Nativity with the school name and year. The cost is $20.  These were made and donated by two of our school parents.  All proceeds are donated to our School for the children.           

            Our toy collection for the children who otherwise may not receive a gift ends this week on Thursday, December 10th.

            Santa’s Workshop-to-go will be sent home with the students on Friday.  We thank Mrs. Day and Mrs. Hannaford for preparing the bags and our 8th grade Santa and his elves for distributing them.

            On December 17th 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. Meatballs and sauce, sausage and peppers, salad and, vegetables may be dropped off at the meal center any time on the 17th prior to 4 p.m.  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 by persons at the meal center.  Thank you for all you do! 

            We are attempting to prepare a Nativity outside with the students.  This will occur, weather permitting, next week and hopefully will be filmed for your viewing on Facebook at a later time.

            Christmas recess begins at 12:30 p.m. on December 22nd.  There will be no afterschool care on that day. 

            In the event that we are prevented from attending school due to snow, it is the consensus of the principals in our Diocese that we continue with traditional snow days. 

            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