Principal’s Letter – 02/09/22

Saint Joseph School

25 Squire Street

New London, Connecticut 06320

“A Holy Place Where We Discover Each Other In God’s Love.”


February 9, 2022

Dear St. Joseph School Families,

“Christ is the ever-present teacher in our classes, the model of our teachers and staff, and the inspiration of its students.”  We thank all who made our Catholic Schools Week an enjoyable one. We continue to be a joy-filled school family in spite of the weather and the concerns for health and safety. Although we needed to cancel our staff luncheon due to the weather, we have agreed on an alternate time and day to complete their celebration. We also wish to thank those who gave so generously to our “Giving Day”. The funds raised will go toward our student activities.

Grade 5 will present their play on February 18th.  As we have been doing this year, each student in 5th grade may invite 2 guests to the afternoon performance.

As you know we continue to work on our renewal of our 10-year accreditation with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.  This presents much work for many people.  A team will visit our school twice in the course of this process, a new format for the Association.  The visits will take place in April of this year and October of the next school year.  Writing and research is being accomplished by our entire staff, as well as our School Board and their committees.  Your prayers for all of us are greatly appreciated.

Catholic Foundation Scholarship Applications must be completed on the FACTS website. I ask all who might be eligible to complete this process. Please note that last year’s tax information may be used.  Please do not let this opportunity pass, as it not only helps your family, but also our school. Anyone wishing to complete this application should begin the process ASAP. In order to receive financial assistance from the Foundation or from our school, it is necessary to complete this application on the FACTS system. The deadline is March 5, 2021 with no exceptions.

We ask that you please remind your children that it is not acceptable to bring toys or collectible cards to school.  At times these present a temptation to others who may not have, but would like things that others have.

On February 15th there will be a virtual cyber-safety presentation for our parents.  You will be sent a Zoom invitation to attend.  Your children will have an in-person presentation on the following day, February 16th.  This is paid for by a grant.  I would hope that as many of you as possible will join us for this, considering the state of social media and young people.

This may sound a bit premature, but if you will need to order warm weather uniforms, especially the school polos, now would be a good time to do so.  These shirts are made to order and are not kept on hand.  Our school closet of used shirts does not have a great supply at this time.

February vacation is quickly approaching.  There is no school during the week of February 21st through the 25th.   For future planning March 14th is a Diocesan Professional Development Day.  Therefore, school will be closed.

As always, you are in our prayers.  Please continue to keep us in yours.  



Marianne Cote, Principal