Eagle's Eye

December 8, 2022

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.

2pm Dismissal Today

Please remember that dismissal is at 2pm today. Aftercare will be provided until 6pm.

Christmas Singing Grams

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Thank You for Sponsoring Our Police Officer

Special thanks to the Hovsepian family for sponsoring our police office 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.

sweets with santa

Sweets with Santa is coming quick! It's time to reserve your seat for this popular tradition at SJCS. Please see information below. There are hard copies of of the registration form available in the office. Popular times fill up very quickly. We urge you to register quickly.
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Noon dismissal and no aftercare

On our final day before Christmas Break, December 16th, SJCS will dismiss at 12pm. THERE WILL BE NO AFTERCARE. All students will need to be picked up by 12:30pm on December 16th. Please plan accordingly.

Christmas Programs

Make plans to join us for our Christmas Programs on Thursday, December 15th in our church.

PreK through Grade 2: 10am

Grades 3 through 5, Band, Concert Choir: 6pm

All students should dress in Christmas Sunday Best! Church doors will open thirty minutes before the show starts. Please watch for additional information to be forthcoming.

reregistration for 2023-2024

It's hard to believe that it is already that time! The Reregistration window for the 2023-2024 school year opens on Monday, January 9th. The deadline to reregister will be at 3pm on Friday, January 27th.

amazon Smile

Christmas Shopping on Amazon? With one special click of the mouse, you can earn money for St. Joseph Catholic School. Please consider signing up on Amazon Smile. Every little bit helps! https://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-5452342

Nun Run

We are looking forward to our inaugural Nun Run on January 21. Please be sure to use the discount code SJCS20 when registering. We hope you will consider joining us. The class with the highest participation will receive an ice cream party.
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now offering breakfast

Many students have enjoyed breakfast at school this week. If your child would like to eat breakfast before heading in to class, he/she should report directly to the parish center between 7:30 and 7:45am. Breakfast must be eaten in the cafeteria and cannot be taken to the classroom. Please see the menu below. Bon apetit.
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Middle School Youth Ministry Christmas Party

All middle school students are invited to celebrate advent with a Christmas party on December 14. The students will participate in a variety of Christmas-themed games in the anticipation of the Christmas season. For this social night, we’ll briefly discuss advent and traditions leading up Christmas. Pizza and water will be provided.

This is a white elephant party, so please be sure to bring a gift that is under $10. Wear an ugly Christmas sweater as part of the fun!

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Middle School Youth Ministry Service Project

Please sign up for this service opportunity at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094EA8AE2EA0F9C07-christmas

Sign-ups close on Dec. 4th, so please be sure to register your child before then. In December, the coordinator for the Nativity will contact those signed up about group practice times and roles

Gospel Reading this Sunday, The Third Sunday of Advent

When John the Baptist heard in prison of the works of the Christ,
he sent his disciples to Jesus with this question,
"Are you the one who is to come,
or should we look for another?"
Jesus said to them in reply,
"Go and tell John what you hear and see:
the blind regain their sight,
the lame walk,
lepers are cleansed,
the deaf hear,
the dead are raised,
and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.
And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me."

As they were going off,
Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John,
"What did you go out to the desert to see?
A reed swayed by the wind?
Then what did you go out to see?
Someone dressed in fine clothing?
Those who wear fine clothing are in royal palaces.
Then why did you go out? To see a prophet?
Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
This is the one about whom it is written:
Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you;
he will prepare your way before you.

Amen, I say to you,
among those born of women
there has been none greater than John the Baptist;
yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he."

- Mt 11:2-11

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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