Principal’s Letter – 05/17/23

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 17, 2023


Dear St. Joseph School Families,

This week we ask our Blessed Mother Mary to watch over all of our mothers, grandmothers, aunts and all those who take care of us like mothers do. We also remember all of our mothers who now live in heaven in the care of God and all the saints.

Please be mindful that there are many class activities that will occur during 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 on May 30th, during which approximately 500 pieces of student artwork will be displayed. Games Day, which includes lunch provided by the Home and School Association, takes place on the same day during school hours.  Awards Day is on June 2nd.

Please send in your response for donation/volunteer time for Games Day.

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.

Tomorrow is the feast of the Ascension of our Lord. We will celebrate this day at 9 a.m. Mass on Thursday, May 19th.

Our students either have been on field trips or are anticipating going on them. End of the year trips have included New England Science and Sailing, the Denison Pequot Nature Center, Fort Trumbull, Dinosaur Park, and Boston by train for our 8th graders.  As you know bussing is very expensive these days and we try to supplement this cost through Home and School Association fundraising to assist our parents in paying for these trips.  We are grateful for all that you as members of this organization do for all the children and staff of our school. For those who are not aware, your enrollment or employment in our school automatically makes you a member of the Home and School Association.

We congratulate Abigael Dumas on being chosen St. Joseph School Rotary Student of the Year. She will be honored at luncheon with her parents and Mrs. Egan on May 19th. Abigael will also be honored by the Daughters of the American Revolution for her excellence in American History on May 24th.

Monday and Tuesday of the last week of school, June 5th and 6th, are 12:30 dismissal days. The last day for this school year will be June 7th with a 10:45 a.m. dismissal. There is no after school care on that day.  All are invited to attend Mass at 9 a.m., followed by the promotion of students. 

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

God Bless You!


Marianne Cote