Principal’s Letter – 03/22/23

Saint Joseph School

25 Squire Street

New London, Connecticut 06320


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


March 22, 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 our prayer involved the time we received our Baptismal candle, symbol of Jesus who is the light of the world. We are called to be light for the world as Jesus is light for all.

The dinner for the Community Meal Center, prepared by Grades 7 and 8 and served by Grade 8, was a great success.  About two hundred guests were served at the Meal Center. Your help through bake sales and our casual day made this financially possible.  This meal included 50 pounds of meat loaf, scalloped potatoes, carrots and salad.  We all know the cost of feeding our families in today’s world, imagine feeding 200!  Thank you for your contributions of over $500.

Our inventors in Grades 5 shared their projects with the rest of the school community and their parents on March 17th. We congratulate Grade 5 on their creativity and ingenuity! On March 30th students in Grades 6-8 will share their science exhibits. Families are invited from 5-6 p.m. Students in these grades must be present.

The Basket Social and Shamrock Tea took place on Saturday afternoon and evening.  We thank all the parents and friends who made this possible and volunteered their time and treasure to do so.  These fundraisers not only raised money to support our library and supplement our “field trip fund”, but were also the source of enjoyment for families, parishioners, and friends.

The dinner cleared approximately $2600, the 50/50 earned $340 with the gracious give back by the winners, and the Basket Social earned $1240.  We thank all those who led this effort, all volunteers and contributors, Grade 8 students who served and assisted in clean-up, and Father Mark and the Blarney Stones Band. Clearly, it takes a “village” to run a successful fundraiser.

Congratulations to our Grade 8 students who received their traditional St. Joseph Class Pins on Monday. The feast of St. Joseph was celebrated on March 19th.

Grade 6 will present their class play this Friday for students and families at 1 p.m.

We will be holding a mini-fundraiser to pay the costs associated with Games Day.  These expenses include the shirts, lunch, and snack for the students on Games Day, May 30, 2023.  A box of Chocolate bars will be sent home next week with each family.  The cost of the box is $60 when sold. 40% is earned by the school.  Please feel free to sell the chocolate to family, friends or neighbors, or simply make a $35 donation to the school outright and return the unopened box for someone else to sell. Thank you for supporting the students’ activities.

Finally, I wish to mention the passing of Ella Petrick, the mother of our 5th Grade teacher, Karen Podurgiel.  Mrs. Petrick was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Church in Groton, where she and her husband raised their family.  Please keep Mr. Petrick, Mrs. Podurgiel and her entire family in your prayers, as they send their wife, mother and grandmother home to God.


  • 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 will be present to explain their projects).
  • March 31 – Report Cards will be distributed.
  • April  2 – Palm Sunday
  • April  2 – 8 – Holy Week
  • April 6 – Holy Thursday—12:30 DismissalNo after-school care.
  • April 7  – Good Friday—No School
  • April 9 – Happy Easter
  • April 10-14 – Spring Vacation
  • April  30 – First Communion

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


God’s Blessings!

Marianne Cote, Principal