Principal’s Letter – 04/13/22

Saint Joseph School

25 Squire Street

New London, Connecticut 06320


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


April 13, 2022


Dear Parents,

Our final Baptismal symbol, the White Garment with a butterfly, is our focus for this week.  This sign of new life and resurrection is used to show that each of us is indeed a new creation—that Jesus Christ died and rose for each of us, so that one day we might do the same.  The white garment deepens our understanding of new life without sin and the butterfly speaks of rising to this life looking brand NEW! Our goal during Lent if you recall was to change our hearts to be more like the heart of Jesus.

This wek we observe the holiest week of our faith—the commemoration of the suffering, death and most importantly the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  On Holy Thursday we celebrate the sacraments of the Eucharist and Holy Orders.  We are reminded of our call to live in service to one another. Good Friday reminds us of the suffering that Jesus endured that the sins of the world might be forgiven.  This forgiveness calls us to forgive others.  On Holy Saturday the new fire, representing Jesus who is our light, is blessed, as is the holy water to be used in Baptism throughout the year. On Easter morning we celebrate the empty tomb, signifying the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  This Holy Week is filled with symbolism and is truly a holiest of times.  May you find peace in your hearts and many blessings through your participation in these observances and celebrations, as we prepare for the Alleluias of Easter to return to us once again!

I remind you that Holy Thursday is a 12:30 p.m. dismissal and because it begins the Easter holiday, there is no after school care on this day.  On Good Friday night our students will present the “Living Stations” to the parish at 7:30 p.m.  Our spring vacation follows Easter Sunday from April 18th through April 22nd.  School resumes on the 25th.  NWEA Map testing takes place after vacation.

Our first visit for the re-accreditation from the NEASC Visiting Committee takes place on April 26th. Your prayers are greatly appreciated during this time.

Now that the warmer weather is coming, it is no longer necessary for our girls to wear leggings under their uniform skirts.  Everyone should resume wearing the navy-blue knee socks or traditional tights.  Hoodies may not be worn in the classrooms. Athletic shoes may only be worn on gym days.

I thank you for your patience and support last week as we covered for all who were “under the weather” with our early dismissal days.  We are back in working order!

Dcks for the Pawcatuck River Duck Race are SOLD OUT.  As indicated the deadline was April 1st for purchase.  We were able to accommodate some requests after that but can no longer do so.  Thank to all who contributed or attempted to after the deadline.

You are in our prayers as you celebrate a Joyous Easter!  Alleluia!




Marianne Cote, Principal