SJCS Family Newsletter

Back-to-School 2021

Eagle Families -


It is with great excitement that I write to you this afternoon. We are right around the corner to getting our year started! Our staff have worked tirelessly to prepare our building to welcome our students and we want you to know that we are ready to love on them, to guide them, and to prepare them for their futures.


As we begin this year under new leadership, I want you to be familiar with the theme for our year: Cultivating our Creative Courage. As a community of learners, we will cultivate our brilliances, creatively adapt in our arena, and grow in faithful courage.


Additionally, we will drill down to focus on our Big Five – the foundations of our school: faith, culture, instruction, systems, and wellness. In each of these areas, we will address:

  • our personal faith & time in adoration of our Lord (faith),
  • Emergenetics & communication (culture),
  • differentiation & curriculum review (instruction),
  • strategic planning (systems), and
  • setting boundaries and taking breaks (wellness).


One of our goals with school culture is to focus on streamlining our communication. It is my desire to provide a monthly family newsletter that will include all the information you need to stay connected as our Eagle families. While it will be of longer length to include information for elementary and secondary events, my hope is that information will be easier to access over time.


There is already such an energy in our building and we cannot wait to see the amazing things we accomplish at St. Joseph Catholic School. We know we could not do it without your support – thank you for trusting us with your students each day.


God bless & Go Eagles!


Mrs. Mishler


P.S. I hope to see all our Eagle families tomorrow at our Back-to-School Mass at Christ the Good Shepherd Chapel at 11:00 AM!

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Need to Get in Touch With Us?

If you have questions or concerns throughout the year, please reach out to your student's teacher or sponsor/coach as they are the primary point of contact with every student in our building. We have a fantastic group of people who have hearts of gold, and I am thankful they will be serving all our students, including my personal ones.


Our goal as an administrative team - made up of myself, Mrs. Lavender (Elementary Assistant Principal) and Mrs. Rayburn (Secondary Assistant Principal) - is to have a pulse on our campus activities; the best way for us to do that is to be in classrooms and hallways where the teaching and learning is happening.


As a result of being in classes so often, we may not always be immediately available to you. In order to provide you with a focused ear for important matters, we ask that you contact our respective Administrative Assistants to schedule a time for us to visit with you in person. Their emails are as follows:

Feeling sick? Please stay home!

With the nature of COVID and the precautions we take at school with illness, we ask that you please DO NOT send your student to school if they do not feel well before they leave the house in the morning. We understand the desire to not miss instruction, however, we want to err on the side of caution because the health and safety of our students, staff, and families is more important!


When a student gets to school and is then sent home with COVID-like symptoms, we have to displace each class to a new location so we can disinfect each room they previously visited that day. This creates quite a distraction to the learning environment and causes learning to not take place.


If your student is feeling ill with COVID-like symptoms and does not come to school, please email Mrs. Mishler (jmishler@stjosephbcs.org) as soon as possible so we can work through the safety protocols.


Based on the nature of the symptoms, we may need to review additional information with each family so it is important that we are able to communicate next steps specific to each case.


Additionally, please wait for acknowledgement of receipt for doctor's notes or a negative COVID test from Mrs. Mishler before sending your student back to school so we can relay this information to all the staff who interact with your student each day.

Ethics & Integrity in Ministry (EIM) Training

Please note the requirement of EIM certification prior to volunteering at our school. New employees and volunteers are required to receive in-person training.


St. Joseph is hosting an in-person training on Tuesday, August 17th from 1:00-3:00 PM at the Parish Activity Center (PAC). Please contact Mrs. Pat Wiederhold for questions about this training (pwiederhold@stjosephbcs.org).


As of January 1, 2021 and extending through the duration of the pandemic, persons who are updating/renewing their compliance (every three years) will be allowed to take an online training course. Visit www.austindiocese.org/workshop#EIMOnline for more details.

First Day is Non-Dress Uniform

The first day of school, Wednesday, August 18th, is non-dress uniform as we will not attend Mass.. Thursday is non-dress uniform and Friday is Mass uniform (we will attend Mass on Friday of the first week).

Littles Lunches Ordering

The lunch menu for the next few weeks is shown below. We will update the image as the meals for upcoming weeks become available.


Pricing: Elementary meals are $4.75 and Secondary meals are $6.25.


To pay for lunches, click HERE.


Pro Tip: Set a reminder/alarm on a device to remind you to submit your lunch order by 11:59 PM each Sunday for the upcoming week!
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Download the RenWeb App

In addition to communication from teachers and school administration, the RenWeb app is another option to stay connected.


RenWeb Home features include:

Student:

  • Grades, Homework assignments, Lesson plans, Attendance, Behavior, Report cards

School:

  • Announcements, Calendar items, Directory listings, Resources

Lunch:

  • Lunch menus, Online lunch ordering, Listings of prior lunch purchases

Payment Processing:

  • Online payments for lunch orders, miscellaneous charges and tuition fees

Other Features:

  • Always-logged-in instant access to ParentsWeb information – anytime, anywhere.
  • Tap and Send capability for sending an email or placing a phone call by simply tapping on a School Directory listing
  • Import capability from school calendars and directories to Smartphone calendars and contacts.


To download the RenWeb Home Android App:

  1. Click the Play Store icon on the Android phone screen and tap Search.
  2. Type "RenWeb Home" into the search bar. The RenWeb Home App will appear in the search results.
  3. Tap it, and then tap "Install" in the right-hand corner.


To download the RenWeb Home iPhone App:

  1. Click the App Store icon on the iPhone screen and tap Search.
  2. Type "RenWeb Home" into the search bar.
  3. When he RenWeb Home App, tap the iCloud icon in the right-hand corner.


Our school code is SJP-TX.

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Eagle Pride Night

Join us for Eagle Pride Night on Wednesday, August 25th to meet some of our Eagle Athletes, watch the letter jacket ceremony, and partake in some fun & fellowship! We will have some community food trucks on site to offer dinner options. See the links for their menus below.


Black Water Bites | Smoke Daddies BBQ

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Upcoming Events

Aug. 15 - Back-to-School Mass @ Christ the Good Shepherd, 11:00 AM

Aug. 15 - Holy Day of Obligation - Feast of the Assumption

Aug. 16 - Open House @ Elementary/Secondary, 4-6 PM

Aug. 17 - Volleyball vs. Richards, 5:00 PM

Aug. 18 - First Day of School

Aug. 24 - Yearbook Picture Day

Aug. 25 - Senior Composite Pictures

Aug. 25 - Eagle Pride Night @ The Complex, 6-8 PM

Aug. 27 - Pack the Nest-Volleyball Spirit Night, 5:00 PM

Sep. 3 - Elementary Night @ The Complex, 7-9 PM

Sep. 6 - School Holiday

Sep. 7-10 - Elementary Book Fair

Sep. 10 - Grandparents Day

Construction Update

Our Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms, gym and bathrooms are still under construction. There was much more damage than originally expected so the mold remediation and demolition has taken a lot longer to complete. The good news is that after reconstruction, our classrooms will be as good as new! Our gym will still require some extensive demolition, but we are hopeful it will not be too long before it is back to normal, as well.


We anticipate being able to move furniture in mid-to-late next week (August 18-20) with Pre-K and Kindergarten students transitioning to their normal classrooms for the start of the first full week of school (August 23-27). In the meantime, we have made arrangements with our librarian, Mrs. Sweeney, and our Spanish teacher, Mrs. Barrera to borrow their classrooms/space until the regular classrooms are ready.


If you need to come to school prior to us completing the construction, please call the school first and we will give provide instructions for how to proceed. The elementary phone number is (979) 822-6643.


Due to the construction, we will have some altered plans for Open House and the first few days of school that will apply to all families. Please read below for those details.

Open House

Pre-K and Kindergarten Open House will take place on the playground outside. There will be a supply drop area inside the building specifically marked for these two grades.


All other grades will proceed to their normal classrooms to meet the teacher and drop off personal supplies.


The general office supplies for all grades (reams of paper, wipes, hand sanitizer, etc) will be dropped off at the Resource Room.

First Week Procedures

Morning Drop-Off & Afternoon Pick-Up: Students will be let out of their cars at the black gate on the historic side of the building. Teachers and administrators will help students get in & out of cars safely.


Lunch: Students will eat lunch in their classrooms or outside (weather permitting). We are not able to microwave meals for students for the foreseeable future. Note: We will not have any lunch visitors until move-in is complete.


After School Care (ASC): Students who will attend ASC will be walked over to the PAC by staff members at the end of the day. ASC pick-up will occur at the PAC.

Elementary Mass

Families are welcome to join us for Mass at 8:15 AM on Wednesdays and Fridays at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Students will have reserved seating at the front of the church and families will sit in a designated area behind the students. At this time, students may sit with their family at Mass, however, we will only allow those who are of direct family relation to sit together.

Welcome New Elementary Teachers

Families Welcome for Secondary Weekly Masses

We will once again welcome families to join us for our 9:25 AM Mass on Wednesdays and Fridays at Christ the Good Shepherd. Students will have reserved seating at the front of the church and families will sit in a designated area behind the students. At this time, students may sit with their family at Mass, however, we will only allow those who are of direct family relation to sit together.

Break & Lunch Times

Secondary Break and Lunch are back to normal. Both the JH and HS students will resume going to the cafeteria for their morning break and lunch.

Junior High Drop Off/Pick Up

Please enter the Junior High Parking Lot at the entrance nearest the gym and continue one-way through the lane to drop off in the morning and pick up in the afternoon. Click the image to zoom in.


Students should be picked up before 4:00 PM each day.

2021-22 COVID Guidelines

While we continue to navigate how we educate our students amidst the pandemic, please know that procedures & protocols may change on short notice. We sincerely appreciate your patience and grace and we work through this together.


Masks are optional and highly supported. Our Eagle staff members are dedicated to ensuring that our students who choose to wear a mask or choose to get vaccinated are supported in these decisions.


Seating charts are required in each class with seating at least 3' apart when available.


Visitors & volunteers will be required to check in at the front office of each campus. They will complete a digital screening prior to being allowed to move throughout the building.


In the event of a lab-confirmed case on campus, appropriate communication will be sent out to all families. After conducting contact-tracing, additional emails will be sent to families of those deemed as a close contact with specific details and instructions.


If you have additional concerns, please reach out to a campus administrator so we can make a plan together.