Principal’s Letter – 03/23/22

Saint Joseph School

25 Squire Street

New London, Connecticut 06320


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


March 23, 2022

Dear St. Joseph School Families,

Our Lenten prayer continues this week, reminding each of us of the waters of Baptism and our call to be God’s children. We are indeed His children, called in love because God loved us first.  God only waits for us to love Him back through word and action, through our goodness toward others.  

We continue to pray for the people of Ukraine and all the world.  This Friday, Pope Francis with the bishops of the world, will consecrate Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  The consecration of Russia was a request made by Our Lady of Fatima to the children to whom she appeared. Mass will be said around the world with the Consecration spoken by the Pope and the Bishops.  For those who wish to view it, the Mass in our Cathedral will be live streamed at noon on Friday.  Hopefully, our students in Grades 6-8 will be watching the Mass.  We will also be praying the Rosary through the day.

March 25th is also the day our Grade 5 students will display their inventions for the rest of the school.  We congratulate them on their innovative ideas and for sharing them with all of us.

Mr. Darren Sardelli, a published poet, will be visiting the school on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 29th and 30th.  He will be meeting with all classes for a workshop in writing poetry.  Each student will receive a signed copy of Mr. Sardelli’s newest book.

The 7th Grade is working to prepare their presentation of Alice in Wonderland, to be performed on Thursday, March 31st. We’re all looking forward to this performance as well!

As you know we continue to work on the 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 on April 26th and on October 23rd-26th 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.

You have received the forms to take part in the Pawcatuck River Duck Race on April 30th.  You have received the sponsorship certificate order form for this race! Sponsorships are due by April 13th.  Persons who sponsored the ducks will be entered into the raise.  The top prize is a trip to Disneyworld for 4.  Many additional prizes will be available to the winners.  The school earns $2.85 for each sponsored “Yellow Duck” and will be eligible for many prizes.

It does seem that we are continuing to ask for participation in fundraisers on a monthly basis.  Since the earnings for each of these fundraisers, is less than in the past, we continue to search for additional ways to engage our families assistance for the extra funds needed to keep student activities alive. Coming in the future:  Dinner at the Recovery Room on Tuesday, April 5th from 4-8 p.m., and Good Friday Fish Fry at Captain Scott’s.  Both will provide a percentage of earnings to St. Joseph School. Don’t forget to mention St. Joseph School with your order at the Recovery Room.

Yesterday, while observing the dismissal of our students, I witnessed cars passing the waiting buses and pulling in to the Church parking lot. It is dangerous and illegal to pass buses with flashing red lights and to travel at the speed at which these cars were moving, and pulling into the parking lot.  The safety of our children and the teachers on duty is of the upmost importance.  Your patience and promptness when picking up your children is crucial to their safety.

You should have received re-registration forms in both hard copy and by email.  We are currently planning for next year and need this information ASAP. Please continue to share the Good News of St. Joseph School with those you meet or know.

There will be a used uniform sale on March 27th from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at the school.  Due to the limited supply of used items, if you 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 in stock.  

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



Marianne Cote, Principal