Principal’s Letter – 04/28/21

April 28, 2021

Dear St. Joseph School Families,

While we are still in the midst of the Easter season, our friends in the Greek Orthodox Church are anticipating the celebration of Easter this coming Sunday. May they celebrate the
happiest of Easters as they too bring back the Alleluias.

This past Sunday we celebrated the feast of the Good Shepherd, one of the titles for Jesus. If we delve into just what a good shepherd is, we learn that this is the shepherd whose
sheep know the voice of the shepherd, the one who cares for all the sheep of the flock. It is the voice of this good shepherd that the members of the flock follow. May we know the voice of Jesus, our Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd whose mercy, compassion, and love nourishes us each day.

For future planning, wearing warm weather uniforms will begin on May 17th. This uniform consists of khaki shorts not shorter than 4 inches above the knee; the royal blue polo
with the school logo; black, white, navy or royal blue sneakers, and socks of the same colors.  Patterned socks and sneakers are not acceptable. Anyone needing to order shirts should do so immediately, as they are made to order. Ordering information for the current and coming school year may be found on our website at under announcements. This includes discount coupons for uniforms.

Our final day of school for this year will be on June 9th. This will be a short day—10:30 dismissal, as is our school tradition. The closing Mass will take place at 9 a.m.  Students will be promoted and then return to school to receive their report cards and say their goodbyes for the summer. Students will not be dismissed earlier than the 10:30 dismissal

Application forms and the Kindergarten questionnaire must be completed for all prospective Kindergarten students, whether they are siblings of current students or not. These
forms may be requested from the office, or printed from our website at www. under Prospective Families. We are continuing to register students for the 2021-22 school year. Our best advertisement is word-of-mouth. Please spread the Good News of St. Joseph School. Next year, God-willing, we will have the opportunity to provide this wonderful education to additional students in the coming year.

Please note: Progress reports are being distributed on April 30th.  Thank you to all who are selling (or buying) the World’s Finest Chocolate Bars. We have a few boxes left for anyone who is interested. Money should be turned in ASAP.  Map testing started successfully on Monday. During this session, Grades 1-4 will also be introduced to this testing. All testing for Grades 1-8 will be completed using Chromebooks. The Kindergarten will be testing for readiness for the 1st grade using an alternate test form.

On Friday, April 30th, our students will be treated to a presentation by the author and illustrator of “Yes”. Frankie Ann Marcille and Patrick Regan are alumni of St. Joseph School,
and will make presentations to our students in a safe and health-conscious manner. Each student will receive a copy of “Yes”, which is listed on Amazon’s best-seller list. Frankie Ann and Pat will also host a book signing on Saturday, May 1st, at McCook Point Park in Niantic from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. All are invited to join in the fun.

You continue to be in our prayers. Please continue to keep us in yours.


Marianne Cote, Principal