Principal's Weekly Letter

Dear Parents,

We continue to celebrate the Easter season, hopefully with some evidence of spring. Last night our First Communion class received First Reconciliation, the Sacrament of Forgiveness. Please continue your prayers for them, as they will be receiving First Communion on April 29th.

Our Basket Social was a great success, and earned over $4000 for our children. We thank all who contributed time, talent, and treasure to this wonderful event.

You should have received two notices regarding re-registration. Please send these in as soon as possible. We are planning for next year and will need the number of students per class for ordering and for acceptance of new students. I am happy to say we continue to receive applications and calls for school visits. Thank you to all who are passing on the “good news” of St. Joseph School to friends and family.

As you know our vacation will finally arrive for next week. School will be closed from April 16th through April 20th. Classes will resume on April 23rd. The office will also be closed during this time. For your planning St. Joseph School will close for the school year on June 13th. May and June calendars will be forthcoming.

Standardized testing (a Diocesan and school requirement) begins on April 23trd and continues through the first week of May as needed. It is always important that the children are well rested and have had a healthy breakfast. Research does show that these things affect a child’s ability to learn and do their best. It is important the children arrive on time and are present in school on these days. I remind you that standardized testing assists the school in providing the best possible programs for all of our children.

End of the year field trips are in the planning stages. Please look for information to be send home by teachers.

We continue to look for new ways to keep our children safe. Please be aware that our school underwent a safety audit 2 years ago. This audit was completed by an agency certified for this purpose. The suggested improvements were completed shortly after the audit. These included new “bullet resistant” glass at the side entries, a new intercom system, and telephones in each classroom. Prior to the audit the school had already installed a “buzz-in” system at the front entrance, as well as cameras at the entrances and back of the school. This year we have added additional speakers in the building, and we will now have visitor badges for workmen or other visitors to our school. Visitors will receive these upon signing in at the office.

You may have noticed an occasional police vehicle outside of the school. Officers from the New London Police Department visit throughout the week, talking with students and staff, as well as becoming familiar with our facility. We are grateful for their presence with us.

Please continue to keep all those who are in need in your prayers. You are in ours each day.


Marianne Cote