Principal’s Letter – 05/03/23

St. Joseph School

25 Squire Street

New London, Connecticut 06320

“This is a holy place where we discover each other in God’s love.”



May 3, 2023


Dear St. Joseph School Families,

The month of May is seen as the month dedicated to mothers.  This month is set aside by the Church to honor our Blessed Mother Mary in a special way. We pray that Mary, our Mother, will bless and protect all of her children in our community and throughout the world.

On April 30th, 11 students who have been preparing for First Holy Communion received the Eucharist for the first time. We wish to congratulate them and keep them in our prayers as they continue to grow in the knowledge and love of their faith.

We also congratulate our 8th graders on their well-performed rendition of “Beauty and the Beast”. We are looking forward to our upcoming plays; Grade 1 at 1 p.m. on May 12th, and Kindergarten on May 26th at 11 a.m.

Our Kindergarten will host their Mothers on May 5th in a special classroom event, the “Mother’s Day Tea”.  All the mothers or a special woman in the lives of our school children will be celebrated on May 11th starting a 7:45 a.m. with “Muffins with Moms”.  We thank the Massad family for their generosity of time and treasure in hosting this event.

On Monday, May 1st the students began wearing the “warm weather uniform”. This consists of the royal blue polo shirt with school logo, khaki shorts, socks (white, black or blue), and sneakers.  Sneakers are restricted by the following solid colors: navy, royal or light blue, black, gray, or white.  No other colors are acceptable. The color of the sneakers is always an issue. We have provided several choices of solid colors that can be worn.

There are many class activities that will occur during the months of May and June.  Please continue to view your school calendar and classroom communications for important information, regarding field trips and other activities in which your children’s classes may be involved. “All-School” dates of interest include our Art Exhibit and Games Day, both on May 30th, and Awards Day on June 2nd.

Chaperones for class trips must have already completed the requirements for the Diocesan Office of Safe Environments.  The request to complete this process is sent for your attention at the beginning of each school year. As indicated at that time, the process must be completed in order to volunteer for special classroom events, assist with lunch duty, and/or chaperone field trips. The paperwork involved takes several weeks to process, and each applicant must take the online course for the Safe Environments program.. Therefore, both must be completed in a timely manner. We are unable to process any further requests for this school year.

For those who have been inquiring about the last day of the school year, it will be June 7th with a 10:45 a.m. dismissal. There is no after school care on that day.

You are in our prayers each day.  Please continue to keep all of us in yours.

God Bless You!


Marianne Cote