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Weekly Newsletter - September 13, 2018

Our Motto: Teaching the Mind...Nourishing the Soul

Theme for the Year - TRUTH

Mission and Vision Statements


St. Joseph Catholic School provides students with a safe and prayerful learning environment, enveloped by an intimate community of active and faithful families.


Catholic schools in the Diocese of Fort Worth are committed to opening the doors so that our students can reach further than the walls that would otherwise enclose them and therefore are able to recognize and cherish the eternal and transcendental goods of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness.

From the Principal

What a lovely First Responders Breakfast we had this past Tuesday. Remembering the events of September 11, 2001 are never pleasant, but bringing these wonderful men and women together in a moment of gratitude helps to highlight the good they do every day. Thank you to all the parents who supported this event with all the great food, and to the National Junior Honor Society for serving. Way to be missionary disciples, everyone!

Today, I spent some time at the Diocese office for a Principals' Meeting. We were able to attend Mass as well, celebrated by Rev. Msgr. E. James Hart, whose homily touched on two important teachings: 1. There is nothing more important than the salvation of our soul and 2. Be the fertile soil from which the seed will grow.

Both of these teachings bring me to our theme of Truth. Jesus wishes us to be in heaven with Him one day. This is our wish as well. In order for us to achieve this, we must not fail to tend our own gardens, keeping our soil rich and fertile. How do we do this? Rev. Msgr. Hart asked us how do we feed ourselves? Are we allowing harmful influences to affect us? Following the teachings of Jesus Christ, and "tending our garden" by living a truth-filled life, an authentic life, is surely a step in the right direction.

Go, Knights! Live in the Truth.

In Christ's service,

Diane Price, M.Ed.L.

Feast Day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross - Tomorrow!

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Please watch this short video below to learn more about this special Feast Day in our Church.

"Truth" Bible Quote for September

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New "Truth" Quotes to ponder

Do not accept anything as truth if it lacks love. And do not accept anything as love if it lacks truth.

- St. Edith Stein

The truth is like a lion. You don't have to defend it. Let is loose. It will defend itself.

-St. Augustine

How Truth applies to us: At St. Joseph Catholic School, we are striving to become missionary disciples by revealing the truth of Christ to others through our actions.

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Latin and Greek Roots Challenge

No change this week since we have been working on skills testing: in-, greg-, -ive

Virtus Training Requirement

In order to volunteer at our school, you must go through some kind of Safe Environment Training. If you have already gone through the previous Safe and Sacred Training, you are good until July 31, 2019.

If you have never done any training, you must attend a Virtus Training before you can volunteer. For information on how to get trained, please see the emails you should have received from Lori Zalesak in the School Office, regarding the steps you need to complete.

Reminders and Upcoming Events

  • Tomorrow will be the last day of IOWA Assessments.

  • Progress Reports were emailed today for students in grades 1st through 8th.

  • Book Fair begins tomorrow after school and continues all through next week, ending at noon on Friday the 21st. It will be open for the HSA Meeting on the 19th from 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm. Come by before school, during lunch, or after school to shop!

  • We have a Class Basket Challenge under way for "A Knight to Remember 2018 (AK2R)." Please see the Thursday Folder flyer for details.

  • You are invited to come enjoy some "Coffee with the Principal" on the morning of September 20th in the school library.

  • There will be a pep rally in the gym on Monday, September 24th, to kick-off our AK2R Raffle which runs until the event in October.

  • If you are an Amazon customer, please use Amazon Smile! We receive a donation from Amazon when you shop. Go to: to participate. It is a very easy way to support the school! Thank you!

  • If you know a St. Joseph Catholic School alumni, please let them know we are looking to stay in contact, and would love to hear how they are doing. See the notice in our alumni section of "The Page" below. Thank you!

Annual Fund - Quest for Excellence!

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Don't forget to participate in our Annual Fund - Quest for Excellence! You've Got the Power! With 100% participation in 100 days, we hope to raise $100,000 to help with campus security enhancements, tuition assistance, construction of another storage facility, and bonuses for our teachers. Any amount is appreciated. Thank you!

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has already participated! We have created a display in the school foyer to celebrate our participants. If you do not wish for your name to be shared in any display or in any publication, please email me ( and your name will be kept anonymous.

North texas giving day is almost here

All the funds we raise during this special day roll into our Annual Fund.

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Home and School Association (HSA)

  • Our next HSA Meeting will be on September 19th at 7:00 pm in the school cafeteria, with a free dress day on Friday, September 21st, for the children of HSA members in attendance that night.

  • Please bring in your box tops. We are collecting these for the school. Thank you in advance for doing this!

  • Looking for uniform pieces? Need to sell some pieces your child has outgrown? There is a Facebook page for that: SJCS Online Uniform Resale.

car line observations

  • Please do not move or disregard the cones that are placed around the parking lots. These are provided to help keep our students safe.

  • Do not make a left turn at the long line of cones upon entering the parking lot (the TCP area on the map). Please move up the drive, go around the small island, and come back down to the front of the school building. This keeps traffic off of Green Oaks.

  • It is very important that cars are not left unattended in the car line. Please park your car in the large lot beside the field if you need to leave your vehicle.

  • Please remember that if you are walking your child into the school building, you are to park in the large lot in front of the field. Foot traffic should not be occurring in the parking lots to the left, unless you have a physical need for a shorter walk. It is dangerous to be walking between the car line.

  • For the safety of all, please be aware of your speed as you move through the parking lots, and be watchful and courteous.

  • Please be patient with friends and extended family members who drop off and pick up students. Many times they have not been informed of the proper way to navigate the car line. We do reach out to families after arrival and dismissal who seem to not understand the car line pattern.

  • If you have a friend or extended family member picking up your child, please take a minute to explain the procedures to them. Please reference the diagram. Thank you!

  • We would ask that a cell phone not be in your hand while driving in the car line. We all know it only takes one sudden distraction to alter lives forever.

Knights in Action!

First Responders Breakfast

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Thank you to everyone who helped to make this event so special for our first responders! It was an honor to serve them, as well as Arlington's Mayor, Jeff Williams.

A Prayer for Our First Responders by NJHS Chaplain, Avery Grimmett

I thank God for giving you a strength

That exceeds any measure.

I thank God for giving you a courage

That allows you to run towards danger

So others can be safe.

I thank God for showing us all, through you

What it means to put others first.

I thank God for showing us your bright light in the

Darkest of times.

I pray that today and every day

You feel the love and support

Of those whose lives you have saved and changed

Of the community you protect.

And of God who gives us all strength.


moments around campus


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Ms. Gallagher and Ms. Waldrep had visitor this week, alumna Yucabeth Okinyi, stop by for a hug and a few tears.

All SJCS Alumni, we want to hear from you, and to share any news you have with the rest of the Knight Community! Please send us your address, phone number, and email address so we may keep in touch. Please send your information to Monica Hurtado at

Do you have any information you would like to share with the entire Knight Community? We would love that as well! Please send your news to

Once a Knight - Forever a Knight!

Are you in need of prayers?

The St. Joseph School Community would be honored to pray for you. Please send all prayer requests to this email address:

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Parish

  • Please see the Thursday Folder for information regarding the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's, Friends of the Poor Walk/Run, on October 6th.

  • Be sure to check out the flyer in the Thursday Folder from the St. Joseph Knights of Columbus for their yearly, "Lunch and Legos" event on September 16th.

  • HELP NEEDED - The parish is needing 2 individuals, or even couples who would be willing to lead baptism class on the first Saturday of the month, as a team, in English. The time commitment would be 3.5 to 4 hours per month on the first Saturday (or second Saturday if the first is a holiday). Please reach out to Dawn Ward in the parish office if you are interested in serving your community in this important way:

  • Be sure to look into The parish has paid for your subscription to this vast library of inspiring videos and essential reads to help grow your faith. Just go straight to the "Enter Code" button and enter 4BDX9H to begin the process. You may also access this through the parish website link below. Enjoy!

  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is occurring after daily Mass in the Chapel until 5:45pm. Come spend some time with our Lord.

  • Please enjoy this link to a lovely article in the North Texas Catholic about the pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Fr. Kelley:

Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth link:

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