Principal’s Letter, 12/16/20

December 16, 2020


Dear Parents,

We continue this third week of Advent with our children, praying outside when we can and over the intercom when it’s too cold. As we light the 3 Advent wreath candles this week, we remember the joy with which Mary anticipated the birth of her child. We know that Christmas is not yet here and the birth of Jesus once again into our hearts is coming closer.

We are continuing to prepare for our Nativity tableau during the day on Monday.  Pictures will be posted on the St. Joseph School Facebook page.  Children will be outside with masks.  On Monday and Tuesday of next week we will have casual daysClothing should be warm, not dress-up, as we will be outside for a period of time.  Dark pants of some sort should be worn for the pictures and the tableau on Monday. School or Christmas sweaters and sweatshirts, especially for Monday.  We are hoping to have this filmed and uploaded to our page as well.

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 

On December 17th the Home-School Association will provide dinner to the guests of the Community Meal Center on Montauk Avenue. Due to storm predictions, we ask that all food be delivered to the Montauk Avenue Community Meal Center on Wednesday, December 16th. 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 16th..  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!

Christmas vacation 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. Please look for notification through your phone or email. 

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