Principal's Weekly Letter

Dear Parents,

As the Eucharist continues to be a topic of my letters, we are reminded that in the Eucharist we are called to receive the body of Christ and in so doing become the body of Christ, the Church. Finally, we are called to offer ourselves as His body in the world. Jesus asks His disciples, His Church of which we are a part, to complete his work in the world…to bring forth His Kingdom of peace, compassion, and love. The question is, “Are we truly answering the call to be His Body?’ As St. Theresa of Avila said, “Christ has no body but ours.”

We are looking for parents and/or older students to speak on behalf of our school at the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes in Gales Ferry for the Masses of the first weekend in December. This would be at the 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday and on Sunday for the 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. This would be on December 2nd and 3rd. If you are willing to step forward in support of our school, please contact me at school between now and next Tuesday. Thank you for your help in promoting our wonderful school to other parishes in the local area.

As the weather turns colder, we ask that children come to school prepared for this weather. They will be going out to the playground prior to school in the morning and at recess time and so coats, hats and gloves will be necessary.

Calendar Alert! Thursday, December 7th, originally listed as an early dismissal day will be a full day of school. Parent teacher conferences will begin on that day at 3:00 p.m. and continue into the evening. Conferences will also be held on Friday, December 8th starting at 1:15 p.m. as this is an early dismissal day.

Education Raffle tickets are still available. Please contact Mrs. Bailey at the school office for further information. This is a very important fundraiser for our school. We are asking that everyone will either purchase or sell at least one ticket. Thank you for your help for the children of St. Joseph School and beyond! The date of the Raffle drawing has been changed to December 10th, 7:30 p.m. at Filomena’s Restaurant.

Our Toy Drive continues this week and next. Please refer to the Toy Drive flyer sent home this past week. All that we are able to give in the service of others, comes back to us one hundred-fold!

Please join us on November 17th for the Grade 4 play at 1 p.m. Also on the 17th we will have a Family Movie Night starting at 6 p.m. A used uniform sale will also take place. Look for further details.

Our knitting, chess, and cooking clubs have met with great success. We thank the parents, grandparents, and teachers who are advising these clubs for giving of their personal time to teach and lead these after school activities.

I thank you for all you do to make St. Joseph School the special place that it is! Please continue to share the good news of who we are as a school family.

You continue to be in my prayers daily. Please keep each of us in yours.


Marianne Cote