Principal's Weekly Letter

Dear Parents,

With the Christmas season behind us, may we continue to keep the Spirit of Christmas in our hearts as we move forward into this New Year. With this in mind

our school has been invited to assist with the needs of St. Vincent de Paul Place in Norwich. This is a service of our Norwich Diocese. We will be sponsoring a much-needed collection of food items with the assistance of Theresa Donatelli, who is a friend of our school and a volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul. We will accomplish this on this Friday, January 12th with a “School Outreach and Pride Day”. With the donation of pasta, pasta sauce, canned meat or tuna, peanut butter and jelly, students may wear a St. Joseph School shirt of their choice with jeans, khakis, or school pants and sneakers. Sweat pants are not acceptable attire. A flyer and list of foods will follow.

We are also asking for volunteers from Grades 6, 7, and 8 to participate in New London’s annual “Scarf Bomb”. This outreach leaves scarves in various parts of the city for those who might be out in the cold weather. Please see flyer sent home with your students. Mrs. Bailey will be working with those students who volunteer. Parents are also invited to join in this service to those less fortunate.

With the many days off, it is always difficult to return to the routine of school. Please remind your children that they must complete assigned homework and come prepared for class, including sneakers and gym clothes when and where appropriate.

Since we seem to be in the “snow belt” this year, please take note that you are notified by email, phone, text, Channel 3 (wfsb) and Channel 30 when there are cancellations or delays.

Catholic Foundation Scholarship Applications must be completed by anyone who wishes to receive financial assistance. These may be completed now on the FACTS website. Please note that last year’s 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, 2018 with no exceptions.

I remind you that Monday, January 15th is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and there is NO SCHOOL.

We are in the process of preparing for 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 28th with our traditional breakfast and book fair. A more detailed calendar will be forthcoming. Please plan to attend some of our events and enjoy the special atmosphere that the week brings. While our Open House times are for parents, we also invite prospective new families to join us. If you are aware of anyone who might be interested in coming to our Open House please share the information with them. The calendar for this will be available next week.

You are in our prayers always. Please continue to keep us in yours.


Marianne Cote