Principal’s Letter – 12/14/22

Saint Joseph School

25 Squire Street

New London, Connecticut 06320


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


December 14, 2022


Dear St. Joseph School Families,

The third week of Advent, brings with it the joy of anticipation in the Advent and the Christmas season that is “almost here but not quite”. Our Jesse tree continues to grow with the ornaments of those who waited for the coming of the Jesus. We hear of the prophets and those from the New Testament who waited. As we light the Advent wreath candles and remember the scripture stories, we are reminded of the journey we travel each day, awaiting the birth of Jesus. We are reminded of our call to follow in His footsteps as we care for those in need who need our help. Our thoughts turn to the children, as we remember that Jesus first came to be like us in the person of a tiny child.

Lessons and Carols was a beautiful welcome to the Christmas season!  Our students, staff, and congregation sang and prayed from their hearts! Once again I express my thanks to Mrs. Smith and Mr. Elliott for their musical expertise, to the teachers and staff, and to all of the students who read and sang so beautifully.

Students may wear Christmas sweaters, sweatshirts, and ties (boys) with their uniforms through December 21st.  Our Christmas-themed dress down day (no uniforms) on December 16th will be for stocking stuffers. These will be donated through the Department of Children and Families to children in foster homes.

Tonight is the fundraiser at Texas Roadhouse in New London from 4:00 – 7:00 PM.  Texas Roadhouse will donate 10% of your total food order purchases to St. Joseph School.  You must present the flier that was sent home with all students.  If you need a new one, please go to our school’s website ( where you will find it under “Announcements”.  We hope you will be able to support our school and have a enjoyable dinner!

Tomorrow, December 15th, the Home-School Association will provide dinner to the guests of the Community Meal Center on Montauk Avenue.  You have graciously assisted in this effort in the past, and we ask you once again in these difficult times to give as you are able. Flyers were sent with specific requests of donations of food and time. Donations should be dropped off at 4 p.m. at the meal center.

 For future planning, Christmas recess begins at 12:30 p.m. on December 21st.  There will be no after school care on that day.

In this busy season, 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.

God’s Blessings to All!

Marianne Cote, Principal