Falcon Frenzy

October 31, 2019

Mission Statement

St. Joseph Academy, a Christ-centered Catholic community, rooted in faith, knowledge and values, inspires students to live the gospel message in school, the community, and the world and to achieve academic excellence through relevant and challenging curriculum.

White Envelopes

We do not have any communication to go home in the form of a hard copy today from the school office. Therefore, we will not be sending white Falcon Express Envelopes home to families. Please remember to return your envelope if you still have it at home. If your family is missing your envelope for three consecutive weeks, we will issue a new envelope and charge your family $5.

Thank You - Police Officer Sponsors

Thank you to the Aycock, DeLeon, and Lyons families for sponsoring our police officer for the Halloween Dance on Friday evening.

All Saints Day

SJA students will attend mass tomorrow, Friday, November 1, All Saints Day! We look forward to our fourth graders leading us in our celebration of All Saints Day. We will also recognize Soaring Falcons after mass. Students should come prepared for mass tomorrow. Please remember your canned food item. All are welcome!

End of First Trimester

The last day of the first trimester is Friday, November 8th. Students have just one more week to bring up their class average. It is critical that students submit all missing work, etc. by this deadline. Report cards will be emailed to parents on Friday, November 15th. We will celebrate our honor students after mass on Wednesday, November 20th.

Throwback TShirt Deadline Tomorrow

SJA Throwback T-Shirts are now on sale for $15. Students may wear the throwback shirts on Friday with uniform bottoms. Orders are being accepted in the school office until Friday, November 1. We will only be taking orders one time this year, and the deadline is November 1st. Don't delay; order your shirt today! Order forms can be found by clicking on the link below or in the school office.

Noon Dismissal

Please remember that school will release at 12pm on Thursday, November 7th for Teacher Professional Development. All teachers will participate in an important training at Resurrection Catholic School that afternoon. We will not be serving hot lunch that day. Students remaining afterschool for aftercare will need to bring a lunch from home. Aftercare will be provided until 6pm.

Save the Date - Veteran's Day

St. Joseph Academy will host a special tribute for our Veterans on Monday, November 11, 2019, Veterans Day, at 2:15pm in our school chapel. We invite all veterans to attend this special ceremony. If able, veterans are encouraged to wear service uniforms or medals.

Now Hiring

St. Joseph Academy is currently seeking qualified individuals for the following positions. Please email Mrs. Haas at thaas@sjalakeland.org if you are interested.


  • Aftercare Employee to work Monday through Wednesday from 2:45-6:00pm.
  • Part Time Administrative Assistant to assist with data entry and bookkeeping tasks three days a week.

Discover St. Joseph Academy

We are looking forward to a fun week of celebrating St. Joseph Academy with our current families, parishioners, and community. Please mark your calendar and make plans to join us for this fun week.

Sunday, November 17: Discover Our Parish. Students will lead the 11am parish mass as lectors, gift bearers, and choir members. All students who attend mass in their school uniform will receive a dress down pass from Mrs. Haas.

Monday, November 18: Discover Our Teachers. Open House from 5pm-7pm.

Tuesday, November 19: Discover our Students. Open House from 9am-11am.

Wednesday, November 20: Discover our Faith Community. Parishioners and guests are invited to join us for school mass at 8:50am followed by a tour and visit with our school principal, Mrs. Haas.

Thursday, November 21: Discover our Alumni. Alumni Wine and Cheese from 6:30-8:00pm in the school Courtyard.

Friday, November 22: Discover St. Joseph Academy's Service. Turkey Trot Service Project. Watch for more information to come.

8th Grade Parent Meeting

Parents of eighth graders are reminded of a very important mandatory meeting on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 6pm in the dining hall. This meeting is for parents only and will touch on graduation activities/requirements and high school. Mr. Franzino, President of Santa Fe Catholic High School will be speaking at this meeting. The meeting will last less than an hour.

Bricks 4 Kidz

We are still accepting registrations for Bricks 4 Kidz, an afterschool program offered on Mondays from 3:15-4:15pm beginning November 4th. Bricks 4 Kidz is open to all St. Joseph Academy students. Teachers are fingerprinted through the Diocese of Orlando. Visit bricks4kidz.com/FLorida-Polk for more information or to register.

Basketball Teams Now Forming

Girls and Boys basketball sign up will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 30th. Forms will be distributed on that day and will also be available in the school office. Practices will start Nov. 4. We are currently looking for volunteers to serve as girls basketball coach, score keepers, clock runners, set up water, etc. If you are able to support our girls basketball team, please contact Tracy Clark at tclark3814@yahoo.com.

Chess Club Now Forming

St. Joseph Academy

Chess Club

Grades 3-8

Thursdays from 3:00 -4:00 p.m

in Mrs. Saires' Classroom

Begins Thursday, October 31

See Mr. Thompson or Mrs. Saires or email rthompson@sjalakeland.org to join.

Please bring your own chess board to meetings.

Sponsors: Mr. Thompson and Mrs. Saires

Scholarships Still Available

We are happy to announce that AAA Scholarships Foundation has available funding for the Florida Income-Based Scholarship for this current 2019-2020 School year, No waitlist!

Parents who are interested in learning more about this scholarship opportunity are encouraged to visit http://www.aaascholarships.org/parents/florida/. Don't delay. Apply today while funds are still available.

Picture Retakes

Student picture retakes will be this Wednesday, November 6th. If you purchased pictures from Lifetouch and would like the picture retaken, please be sure to return the package on or before November 6th. If your child didn't have his/her picture taken, please be sure to let your child's homeroom teacher know that the picture needs to be taken. It is our intent to have pictures of all students taken by Lifetouch so that they can be included in the school yearbook. Thank you for your assistance in assuring we have a picture taken.

$1 Dress Down

Students may bring in $1 and dress down on Thursday, November 7th. Please be sure to follow the dress down guidelines as outlined in the Parent Student Handbook.

Art Club

Ms. Benitez is forming an all-inclusive Art Club with special focus on community art projects, yearbook and photography. Those that are interested must sign up and be approved to join. Club will meet on Tuesdays during 6th period lunch.

Donations Needed for Art

We are in need of acrylic paint, paint brushes, air dry clay and round wood chips. Thanks!

Room Parent Meeting

There will be a meeting of Room Parents on Tuesday, November 5th at 8am in the Dining Hall. All Room Parents, and those interested in supporting our Room Parent organization, are invited to join us. The meeting will last thirty minutes.

From Our Church Office

St. Joseph Academy

Interim Principal: Mrs. Tammi Haas
Pastor: Father Tim LaBo
Superintendent Diocese of Orlando: Mr. Henry Fortier