January 9, 2023 Parent Newsletter
Wishing you a New Year filled with new hope, new joy, and new beginnings.
Peace and Greetings,
Happy New Year! Endings prompt different reflections in each of us. Today’s ending is tomorrow’s new beginning. What will 2023 bring?
It’s hard to believe that the end of the first semester is rapidly approaching. Midterm exams begin this Thursday, January 12th and are scheduled through next Wednesday, January 18th. There will be a noon dismissal during exams with buses available. Students will be allowed to arrive late or leave early depending on their exam schedule. However, a signed parent permission slip is necessary and must be submitted no later than Wednesday, January 11th. A copy of the parent permission slip is enclosed herein.
In addition, students will be allowed to wear casual dress during exams. Interested students should make a $10 donation in homeroom by Wednesday, January 11th in support of Catholic Relief Services/Catholic Charities.
There is no school on Monday, January 16th in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his firm belief in racial equality, civil rights and justice for all. King’s influential writings are relevant to this day.
I’m pleased to share that the Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, Archbishop of Hartford, will celebrate Mass with the St. Paul community next Thursday, January 19th at St. Gregory the Great Church at 10:15 am. All are invited. We look forward to welcoming Archbishop Blair to St. Paul and are grateful for the spiritual and financial support provided by the Archdiocese.
We will kick-off Catholic Schools Week (CSW) Sunday, January 29 – Saturday, February 4, 2023 with Catholic Schools Night at the Hartford Wolfpack game on Saturday, January 29th at 7:00 pm. See information enclosed to purchase tickets to a reserved section at the Hartford Civic Center. The Bristol Catholic schools were selected to hold the American flag on the ice during the National Anthem. Details for the selection of twenty students from St. Paul will be forthcoming.
Faculty Staff Appreciation Day is scheduled for Wednesday, February 1st and Student Appreciation Day is Friday, February 3rd. There will be many special activities planned for that week including our annual Winter Carnival, Thursday, February 2nd through Saturday, February 4th. Along with St. Joseph School, Bristol and St. Matthew School, Forestville, we will conduct two service projects during CSW to support St. Vincent DePaul homeless shelter and Brian’s Angels, a homeless outreach organization.
Our school community is truly blessed by the generosity of all the people who call St. Paul home. My sincere thanks are extended to everyone who contributes, in countless ways, to the greatness of this institution.
Best wishes to our students on their exams! May God grant our St. Paul community peace, joy and continued success in 2023!
In the Spirit of St. Paul,
Cary M. Dupont ‘72