Principal’s Letter – 09/27/23

Saint Joseph School
25 Squire Street
New London, Connecticut 06320
“A holy place where we discover each other in God’s love”
September 27, 2023
Dear St. Joseph School Families,
As we enter the month of October we will be saying the Rosary with the children. For
those who are not aware, this is a series of prayers dedicated to Our Blessed Mother Mary and
prayer for peace in our hearts, our communities, our nations and world. Each of the children will
receive a Rosary.
Please remember the warm weather uniform is to be worn through October 8 th, barring
any extremely cold weather. Formal uniforms are to be worn starting on October 10 th . These
uniforms are made to order by Donnelly’s and should have been ordered already to be received
in a timely matter. I remind you that the only acceptable shoes to be worn with the more formal
uniform are the tan suede bucks or solid black sneakers (no logos or white showing, including
the sole.) The girls wear navy blue knee socks or tights are to be worn. Girls should wear shorts
under their skirts, but these may not hang below the hemline of the skirt. Leggings are not
acceptable under the uniform during the school day.
The sale of the World’s Finest Chocolate Bars is a quick and beneficial fundraiser. The
money earned will go into our enrichment and field trip fund. Payment for the boxes you
received initially is due on October 5th . We currently have a few boxes left, if anyone would like
to take an additional box. Please do not return partial boxes, as you will be held responsible for
the cost of the entire box.
This Friday, September 29 th is our first Casual Day for Charity this year. This month the
money will be sent directly to Sacred Hearts School in Maui. This is the school that stood beside
the Church that remained untouched by the fire, while the school was destroyed. The donation
for wearing casual clothing (no uniform) is $3.00; however, we are hoping to raise $500 to
inscribe a brick with our school’s name to be part of Sacred Hearts new school. Appropriate
casual clothing for school is required. No torn (distressed) jeans, tight leggings or pajama
Our School Board is sponsoring a Golf Tournament on October 2nd at the Fisher’s Island
Golf Course. If anyone is interested in sponsoring a Tee for $500, please contact me at school by
On October 3rd during lunch time your children will be treated to “Pizza with the Pastor”
courtesy of Luigi and his Brick Oven Pizza Truck. We express our thanks to Luigi who is a
graduate of St. Joseph School and a former student of mine.
On October 12th we will celebrate our individual Cultures and Countries of Origin with a
Potluck Supper. A flyer was sent home with your children yesterday to allow for you to sign up
for the supper and tell us what you will be bringing.
We wish to thank all those who made our latest fundraiser, Dinner Dance and Wine
Tasting a success.
As always, our Mission provide the excellence in education, spiritual, academic and
social/emotional. “To Accept each person as a unique creation in God’s image; to Model Jesus
as we make everyone feel welcome in this holy place; to Educate each other for life; and, to
Nurture the diverse gifts and talents of the whole school family.” Our students recite this Mission
and discuss its meaning each day.
Prayer and spirituality are integral to who we are as people, and as a school family. We
continue to embrace God’s help in all that we do. Please continue your prayers for our families,
our staff, our school, and all who are in need of prayer at this time.
Important Dates
September 29 Casual Day for Sacred Hearts School, Maui, $3.00 DONATION
October 2 School Board-sponsored Golf Tournament at Fisher’s Island.
                  9 a.m.—First Friday Mass
                      12:30 p.m. Dismissal and Faculty Meeting
                9 No School for Indigenous Peoples Day and Columbus Day
             10 Formal Uniforms are to be worn from this day until further notice.
             12 Family Cultural Harvest Dinner—Arrival 5:45, Dinner at 6 p.m. (Bring a dish to share from your cultural                                         heritage.)
God’s Blessings!
Marianne Cote, Principal