Principal’s Letter – 05/24/23

St. Joseph School

25 Squire Street

New London, CT 06320

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



May 24, 2023

Dear St. Joseph School Families,

This Sunday we will celebrate the feast of Pentecost, coming 50 days after Easter.  On Pentecost we remember the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles. The Holy Spirit has always been a bit of an enigma to many of us. This person of the Trinity is the constant in our lives, the Spirit of comfort, compassion, love, mercy, and peace.  This is God’s Spirit that is always with us caring for us, giving us courage, and inspiring us to move forward in Jesus’ footsteps, building the kingdom as we move toward it.  When the Spirit came upon the apostles, they received the courage to announce the Good News that God’s kingdom of peace and love is for everyone! May we too receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit that we might have the wisdom and understanding to live as Jesus lived, making our world a better place.

It is with gratitude and a sense of loss that we announce the retirement of Mrs. Bergeron. Although Mrs. Bergeron has only been with us in the office for a little over 2 years, she is a long-time friend of the school, having 4 children who graduated from St. Joseph.  We are truly grateful for her time with us and will miss her cheerful nature, her expertise in the “office world”, her love for St. Joseph School and its children, and of course, her presence as a valued friend and part of our staff.  We thank Mrs. Bergeron for all she has brought to us!

This being said, we are currently looking for someone to assume her duties, which are many.  If you know of someone who is not currently a parent in our school, and who may be interested in being a member of our staff, please ask them to send a resume to the school address. A friendly nature, flexibility, the ability to work closely with others, and computer proficiency are required.

The school year is quickly coming to a close, but there is still much to do. Please be mindful that there are many class activities that will occur during the next two weeks. 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 from 5-6 p.m., 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 from 10-12 p.m. for those wishing to attending.  Grade 8 parents are required to attend, as they are for Graduation on June 3rd at the 4 p.m. Mass.

We realize that time is a very valuable commodity these days. It is important the parents/guardians of our school children recognize their need and responsibility to participate in volunteer activities with the Home and School Association, as well as assisting in special activities for the class.  This is a requirement of all school parents/guardians. Please send in your response for donations/volunteer time for Games Day, if you have not already done so.

Grade 7 parents are responsible for the Graduation reception.  Please send in the form you received with your donation and the way in which you will donate your time.

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 thank our outgoing officers: Co-presidents, Kristin Massad and Susan Tierney; and, our Treasurer, Jennifer Bustamonte for their service to our Home and School Association.  We welcome our new Co-presidents, who will assume office at the end of this school year: Melissa McElwee and Jessica Roark; our Secretary Mallory Pettiford-Jones; and our Treasurer, Joan Telemaque.  An executive committee will be planning a calendar of events for the coming school year.  We remind you that everyone’s help is needed for a successful school year.

We congratulate Abigael Dumas on being chosen St. Joseph School Rotary Student of the Year. She was 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, Principal