Principal’s Letter – 03/08/23

Saint Joseph School

25 Squire Street

New London, Connecticut 06320


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


March 8, 2023


Dear Families of Saint Joseph School,

Our morning prayer together is centering on the symbols of Baptism and their meaning for our daily lives, especially during this Lenten season. This week we discussed the importance of water in our lives and how the waters of Baptism call us to new life just as water gives life to our bodies and God’s creation all around us. May this Lenten season help each one of us to prepare for the new life of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This week there will be another bake sale to earn funds to pay for the food the 7th and 8th graders will need to cook dinner next week for the guests of the Community Meal Center. This bake sale will be held on Thursday during lunch.  Our casual day on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, will be for the same purpose.  We ask you to wear something and donate $3.00 to dress out of uniform on that day.

Our school year is moving more quickly than we thought. Anyone who is planning to ask for tuition assistance must complete the financial forms for scholarships on the FACTS website. The Catholic Foundation Scholarship deadline of March 6th has passed. A new scholarship opportunity has come forth through a state organization.  This opportunity was addressed in a separate letter.  This opportunity requires an online application, the website for which went live on March 1st. Please check your previous email.

Our inventors and scientists in Grades 5-8 will display their projects for parents.  On March 17th, Grade 5 will receive parents and grandparents from 1-2 p.m. On March 30th students in Grades 6-8 will receive family visitors from 5-6 p.m.  

Our next Home and School Association event will be the Shamrock Tea (corned beef and cabbage dinner) on March 18th from 4-7 p.m.. Father Mark and the Blarney Stones will provide Irish music for the event.  The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children. (Hot dogs and chips will be available for the young people.) Volunteers will be needed as well as baked goods and soda bread. If you are able to help, please contact Clare Powers at This evening will also include a small basket raffle.  Please see flyers and emails sent home prior to this letter. (Check your child’s backpack.)

This is a reminder note regarding the children’s water bottles.  These should be taken home each night and washed.  Some are leaving them at school, and continue to refill them without benefit of washing them.  It would seem that for health reasons, all water bottles should go home each night!  Thank you for reminding your children to do so.


  • March 16 Grades 7-8 Community Meal Center Meal
  • March 17 Happy St. Patrick’s Day (Green Casual Day), Grade 5 Inventions. Parents/Grandparents may visit from 1-2 p.m.
  • March 18 “Shamrock Tea” Dinner 4-7 p.m.
  • March 19 Feast of St. Joseph
  • March 20 Grade 8 Pin Ceremony 1:30 p.m. Church
  • March 24 Grade 6 Play, 1 p.m.
  • March 27 Diocesan Professional Development—NO School.
  • March 30 Grades 6-8 Science Exhibit (Families are invited from 5-6 p.m. Students shall be present to explain their projects.)
  • March 31 Report Cards will be distributed.

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

God’s Blessings!

Marianne Cote, Principal