Principal’s Letter – 11/01/2023

Saint Joseph School

25 Squire Street

New London, Connecticut 06320

“A holy place where we discover each other in God’s love”

November 1, 2023

Dear St. Joseph School Families,

Today, November 1st, we celebrate All Saints Day. We pray that all those saints who live in God’s kingdom will remember us and watch over us as we work to be the kind of people in our lives that they were in theirs. On November 2nd we remember all those who have died and are in need of our prayers as they move forward to God’s kingdom. God calls each of us to strive for sainthood, following in the footsteps of Jesus.

Progress reports were distributed on Friday. If you did not see your child’s progress report, please notify the teacher or myself. Conferences take place on Thursday and Friday. You should have also received your appointment time.

You are receiving several notices this week. These include the one for Christmas Wreaths that the school has for sale and for delivery on November 30th. The second is the announcement for Family Bingo Night on November 17th, and the third is for our Texas Roadhouse Gift Card Sale. Two were sent on Monday, and the Texas Roadhouse Gift Card flyer is going out to everyone today, along with the prize list for this fundraiser. We realize that not everyone can do everything. Please do your best as all funds raised benefit the children directly through field trips and enrichment activities.

On November 6th our students will be treated to a presentation of Pinocchio by the Traveling Lantern Production Company, paid for by the Home and School Association fundraising efforts.

There is NO School on November 10th for Veterans Day to celebrate all those who have served in the armed forces of our country.

Discover Catholic Schools Week (an informational and marketing week for our schools) will take place the week of November 13th.  Monday, the 13th, is a professional development day for the Diocese and there will be no school for the students. Open House for our school will take place during that week on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m.-11a.m. and from 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Please spread the word to your friends who do not attend our school. We are always hoping to invite new families to join our St. Joseph School family.

Colder weather means jacket time. We do go outside to the playground in the morning.

Thank you to all who contributed to our Casual Day for Charity.  We are able to send a donation of $400 to the Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation! Bravo!!

We extend a special thank you to all those responsible for the success of our Halloween Party.

Remember our Mission: “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.”

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

October       30 Grades 6-8, Coast Guard Concert at the Academy

31 Dress-down Day for Breast Cancer—Wear Pink, Orange, Black or a combination–$3.00

November   1 All Saints Day, Mass at 9 a.m. in the school auditorium.

2 12:30 Dismissal, Parent/Teacher Conferences

3 First Friday—No Mass. 12:30 Dismissal, Parent Teacher Conferences

                  6 Traveling Lantern presents Pinocchio 1 p.m. K-8

10 Veterans Day—No School

13 No School—Diocesan Professional Development Day for Staff

14 Thanksgiving Pie delivery for those who purchased pies.

15 Open House—9:30-11 a.m. and 5-6:30 p.m.

17 Family Bingo Night at St. Joseph School 6 p.m. (Home-School Assn.)

20 Grade 2 Play at 1 p.m.

21 12:30 p.m. dismissal for Thanksgiving break.

God’s Blessings!

Marianne Cote, Principal