Thanksgiving Guidance (Covid) from Principal, Mother Elaine ~ A Thanksgiving Prayer

Nov 23 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

We are truly grateful for your extraordinary efforts to keep our school safe during the pandemic.  

Your careful consideration and willingness to work with us has had a significant positive impact on our ability to stay open. Thank you, parents and guardians. 

I also want to thank our local business owners and community at large for following the guidelines. The health of the community has a direct impact on the schools, just as the school community’s health has an impact on the community at large.  

I would like to thank CRAHD, the local Health Department, for supporting our goals, as well as our faculty and staff who are coming to school and working with our children every day. As of Monday, November 30, Saint John School will have completed safe, in-person classes for one third of our school year.  Praise the Lord!

Safety has always been our top priority. With the holidays upon us, we must continue to follow the precautions and safety measures in our plan.  We pride ourselves on the continual tracking, cleaning and monitoring trends related to our community and the virus. 


  • The state is seeing an uptick in COVID cases and community spread. 
  • Please stay in your cohorts during the holiday; and if you must go out of your cohort, wear your mask. Specific guidelines are to remain 6 feet or more apart.
  • Masks continue to be the gold standard in preventing further spread. 
  • The State has provided guidance regarding enjoying the holidays safely, as well as the requirements to test and self-quarantine if you must travel.
  • Please follow the guidance about informal gatherings, mask-wearing, and isolating when sick, especially as the holidays approach. If you must travel for the holidays, or will be hosting out of state travelers, you must follow the directives of the State of Connecticut to enter into the state and before sending your children back to school.
  • Any travel to a red state must follow State of CT guidelines requiring testing and quarantine.

Although this Thanksgiving will be celebrated differently this year, with many of us being separated from our loved-ones, we will continue to keep each other in our hearts and prayers, giving thanks to God for His many blessings.  A Thanksgiving Prayer follows, which you may use in celebrating your Thanksgiving meal with your families.

God Bless You.

Mother Elaine and Nurse Nancy


A Thanksgiving Prayer

 Oh, God, when I have food,

Help me to remember the hungry;

When I have work, help me

To remember the jobless;

When I have a warm home,

Help me to remember the homeless;

When I am without pain,

Help me to remember those who suffer;

And remembering, help me

To destroy my complacency

And bestir my compassion.

Make me concerned enough

 to help, by word and deed,

Those who cry out

For what we take for granted.

Samuel F. Pugh

“For I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed Me…”


-Matthew 25:35