Principal's Weekly Letter

                                                                                                                                       January 16, 2019

Dear Parents,


             We now look to Ordinary Time in the calendar of the Church.  As we all know life in our families and in school is by no means “ordinary”.  The Church seeks to remind us that Jesus Christ is always present to us (even in the ordinary times), when there are no special feast days.  Staring on January 18, we set aside a week to pray for the unity of all Christians and those who live following in the footsteps of Jesus—all who live their lives with compassion and justice for others.  Please join us in this prayer for unity.

            This month the Student Council, along with Grades K and 4 (who will be planning the February First Friday Mass), will be sponsoring a much-needed collection of food items for our local food pantry.  This collection began on Monday, January 14th and will continue through Monday, January 28th.  This Friday, as indicated in the flyer you received will be a casual day for those who bring a non-perishable food on that day.  Needed items include peanut butter and jelly, canned meats and tuna fish, vegetables and soup.  Please share generously your treasure with those less fortunate.

            Our Education Raffle is still in process.  Before Thanksgiving everyone was sent two tickets to either buy or sell.  If you have not done either we ask that you return the tickets, as we need to account for them.  We would like to offer a special thank you to all who have done their part and gone beyond their own responsibilities to make this effort a success.

            Please take note that you are notified by email, phone, text, Channel 3 (wfsb) and Channel 30 when there are cancellations or delays.  We have been fortunate this year, but we all know in New England, that can’t last for the entire winter.

            Catholic Foundation Scholarship Applications may be completed NOW on the FACTS website. Please note that last years tax information may be used.  Please do not let this opportunity pass, as it not only helps your family, but also our school. Anyone wishing to complete this application should begin the process ASAP.  The deadline is March 1, 2019 with no exceptions.  All persons seeking financial assistance for the coming school year must complete this application.

            We are in the process of preparing for National Catholic Schools Week.  I remind all of you that this is a week of celebration for our wonderful school and its families.  The week begins on January 27th with our traditional breakfast and a book fair to support our library.  Open House will take place the morning of January 29th and the afternoon of January 30th. A more detailed calendar will be forthcoming.  Please plan to attend our Open House and bring a friend whose children are not currently in our school.  

            We would like to remind you that all uniform requirements are expected to be followed.  We have been noticing that some have been lax about the correct shoes, belts, socks and even boys’ trousers.  We are also seeing a lack of attention to sneakers for physical education classes and a change of clothes for this purpose in grades 6-8.  We thank you for attending to these matters.

            There is no school on January 21st to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The 2nd Grade play will be on January 25th, as well as the distribution of Progress Reports. Friday, February 1st is the First Friday Mass at 9 a.m., planned by grades K and 4.  There is a 12:30 p.m. dismissal on that day.

            God’s blessings to everyone in this “ordinary” time! You are in our prayers always.  Please continue to keep us in yours. 



                                                                                                            Marianne Cote