Eagle's Eye

January 26, 2023

Mission Statement

St. Joseph Catholic School fosters a diverse community of disciples empowered through a rigorous and inclusive Catholic education rooted in Gospel values and service to others.

mass reflections

Father Saji talked about how everyone can change and convert to God, just like St. Paul changed and then converted other people. We can meet Jesus through praying and talking to God. We can also gather as a Church and meet God by reading the Bible and participating in Church.

-Rylee, 8th Grade

At Mass, Father Saji talked about looking inside ourselves. He used Saul/Paul as an example. Saul was prosecuting God’s people when Jesus reached out to him and said, “Saul, why are you prosecuting me?” Saul lost his sight but regained it when he converted. Father said change is impossible if we don’t recognize that what we are doing is wrong. After we change our hearts we can come together as a community, as a Church.

-Adelina, 8th Grade

Thank You for Sponsoring Our Police Officer

Special thanks to the Robinson family for sponsoring our police officer this week! If you would like to sponsor an off duty Winter Haven Police Officer for an upcoming school Mass, please contact Miss Summer at sdehaven@stjosephwhschool.org to schedule. The cost is $135 per three hours.

Deadline to reregister is TOMORROW!

reregistration for 2023-2024

If you haven't completed your enrollment packet online, please remember it must be done by 3pm tomorrow, Friday! This step must be done to secure your child's spot AND to take advantage or the reregistration discount.

family movie night

Join us tomorrow night for Family Movie Night. We will be showing Encanto on the soccer field beginning at 6:30pm. *Please note the movie time is 6:30pm! This is always a fun night for the whole family. If you are interested in purchasing a pizza from the school's concession stand, please notify the office so that we can be sure to preorder enough. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the movie starting at 6:30pm on our soccer field.
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Catholic Schools Week

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catholic schools week masses

As is customary, students will read and carry up the gifts at all parish Masses on January 28 and 29th. If your child(ren) is interested in reading at one of the parish Masses that weekend, please email Mrs. Haas at thaas@stjosephwhschool.org.

spaghetti dinner and catholic trivia

It's back! Catholic Trivia Night was so much fun last year, we are bringing it back and adding dinner! Please make plans to join us for Spaghetti Dinner and Catholic Trivia on Monday, January 30th at 6pm in the Parish Center. Please register by visiting: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805084baaae2ea0f49-trivia1#/

It's a great time. All ages are welcome! You don't want to miss it!

mcdonald's spirit night

Would you like fries with that? Don't cook dinner Tuesday night! Instead, join us at McDonald's located at 245 Sixth Street for SJCS Spirit Night. You are sure to find SJCS classmates and staff at McDonald's. A portion of the proceeds from that evening will be donated back to SJCS.

alumni basketball game

Calling all SJCS alumni! Please join us for our Alumni Basketball Game on Tuesday, January 31 at 6pm in the gym. Reach out to Coach Edwards to confirm your participation at ledwards@stjosephwhschool.org.

grandparents day


Grandparents Day is coming quick, Wednesday February 1st. All grandparents are invited to join us for Mass and a special morning at school. Please note that this event is reserved for grandparents, or older relatives/close friends that serve in the role of grandparent for a student.

If a grandparent is not able to join us at school the morning of Feb. 1st, they can send a card/letter to the school with the name of the student on the envelope. We will be sure that the student receives this piece of mail during Grandparents Day activities. Please watch for additional information in next week's edition of Eagle's Eye.


As we prepare for grandparents to join us next week, we wanted to share with you the procedures to help the day run smoothly. We will follow last year format.

  • If a grandparent is NOT accompanying your child(ren) that day, please drop your child off as normal.
  • We strongly encourage grandparents to arrive at SJCS church parking lot WITH their grandchild(ren) between 8am and 8:10am. Please let grandparents know that they do not want to arrive before 8am as they will be among carline.
  • When grandparents arrive at school with their grandchild(ren), they will go directly to the church and sit wherever they like.
  • Following Mass, we will have volunteers take pictures of grandchildren with their grandparents.
  • Grandparents will visit the child's classroom until about 10:45am.

We are hoping that having students arrive at church with their grandparents, this will help facilitate them finding each other in the church for Mass. We are grateful for the cooperation of all to make this morning a success.


We are looking forward to welcoming grandparents to our campus next Wednesday Feb. 1st. After mass, we will have cookies and water set up on tables throughout the school for all students and the grandparents. We are in need of donations of cookies and jugs of water for this special day. If you are able to donate either cookies or water please refer to the SignUp link. Donations will be collected during carline that morning. This is a great opportunity for parents to earn service hours. Remember, parents earn one service hour for every $10 worth of requested items that are donated.

2023 SJCS Grandparents Day


For any question please email Mrs. Claudette Biaggi at cmbs_13@yahoo.com. Your donations are greatly appreciated to make this day a memorable one for our children and grandparents.

family picnic

Our annual Family Picnic will be held on Thursday, February 2nd from 11:30am until 12:15pm. Families are invited to join us on campus for lunch. Please plan to arrive to campus promptly at 11:30. We will open gates at 11:30 for parents to go to their child's class to pick up your child(ren) for lunch. Bring picnic blankets and find a spot outside to enjoy lunch! Students will return to their classrooms for movies and popcorn at 12:15pm. *Please note that school lunch will NOT be available on Thursday. All students will need to bring lunch to school that day.

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to the following staff who celebrated their special day in January:

Mrs. McDonald

Mrs. Motsch

Mrs. Zamana

Mrs. Richer

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song requests

Coming to the Daddy Daughter Dance? We want your song requests! Email your requests to Ms. Keown at rkeown@stjosephwhschool.org. Can't wait to see you there.

afternoon carline

If your child is being held afterschool to work with a teacher, complete Reading Horizons, etc and will not be released until 3:30 or 3:40, you will be asked to pull out of the loop and into the parking lot to park in a spot. This will help to clear the loop so that cars can move safely out of the parking lot. Thank you for your cooperation with our staff on afternoon carline duty!
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box tops

SJCS recently received a check from Box Tops in the amount of $95.90. Thank you to all who scan their receipts for Box Tops. Every little bit helps!
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Gospel Reading this Sunday

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,
and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
He began to teach them, saying:
"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad,

for your reward will be great in heaven."

-Mt 5:1-12a


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St. Joseph Prayer

O Blessed Joseph, faithful guardian of my Redeemer, Jesus Christ, protector of Mary, the virgin Mother of God, I choose you this day to be my special patron and advocate and I firmly resolve to honor you all the days of my life. Therefore, I humbly ask you to receive me as your client, to instruct me in every doubt, to comfort me in every affliction, to obtain for me and for all the knowledge and love of the Heart of Jesus, and finally to defend and protect me at the hour of my death. Amen.

St. Joseph Catholic School

Principal: Mrs. Haas

Assistant Principal: Mr. Reilly

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Insua

Canonical Administrator: Fr. Tim LaBo

Superintendent: Mr. Fortier