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Weekly Newsletter - January 20, 2022

celebrating 27 years of excellence in catholic education

Theme for the Year

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At St. Joseph Catholic School, each and every day we are training students to be missionary disciples, and learning to recognize God in our lives and in the world around us,

with hearts full of CHARITY for our fellow man.

Our Mission and Vision Statements


St. Joseph Catholic School provides students with a nurturing and prayerful learning environment committed to academic excellence, training missionary disciples to seek virtue, wisdom, and truth, in partnership with a 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.


Teaching the Mind...Nourishing the Soul

from the principal

Thank you to everyone who came out to see the art show last night and then attended our January Home and School Association Meeting. Your support means the world to the students and to those volunteers who are working hard for all of the families of SJCS. The more volunteer support we have, the more active our families are, the more we can accomplish at our is a simple as that. And we cannot thank you enough for your time, talent, and treasure. Know that all you do for this school to further Catholic education, in turn empowers the faith of the community, strengthens our parishes, and develops servant leaders for a compassionate world. Not a small feat, but by working together and with the virtue of Fortitude to embolden us, we can accomplish great things for our community.

Go, Knights!

In Christ's service,

Diane Price, M.Ed.L.


January Bible verse on Charity

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saintly quote about charity to ponder with your family

"Help one another with the generosity of the Lord, and despise no one. When you have the opportunity to do good, do not let it go by." -- St. Polycarp of Smyrna

Virtue for the Month

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Here are the Greek and Latin Roots we are studying for the week:

-oid (resembling, like, shaped like / form)

sopho-, soph-, -sophy (wise / knowledge, wisdom)

verb- (word)

Reminders and Upcoming Events

  • WE ARE STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR NEW STUDENTS FOR THE 2021-2022 School Year! Please direct your family and friends to the school website, or have them call the school office for more details.

  • It is COLD out there! Be sure your children are coming to school wearing warm layers.

  • 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 below.

catholic schools week 2022 schedule

January 30th through February 5th

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Catholic schools week open house

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Monthly Fellowship Opportunity

Next Event - February 2nd

Please join us for the next "Coffee with Christ" Fellowship and Rosary hosted by the Spiritual Life Committee (SLC) of SJCS. Once a month, the SLC will host this gathering before Mass. Feel free to park and walk your child/children inside the foyer and then stop by the Art Room (anytime between 7:30am and 8:15am) to have a cup of coffee and a donut (or two) together as a school community. Rosary will begin at 8:00am for those who can stay and pray. All are welcome!
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save the date

...for a Totally awesome annual gala!

Be watching your mailboxes for more information to come!

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iGive Catholic Campaign Results

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We raised approximately $3,000 through the iGive Catholic special day of giving! This number will increase when we receive an additional match from the Advancement Foundation. Your generosity will beautify our Rosary Garden and replace lost shrubs in front of the school. Any leftover funds will go towards a statue for the Outdoor Learning Lab. We are looking at the one pictured below. Click on this link to see more about the statue of St. Joseph and the Infant Jesus:

We are open to suggestions if there is another statue out there that you feel we should explore. Again, thank you for your generosity!

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Quest for Excellence - Annual Fund

Our goal - $100,000

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Every year, North Texas Giving Day kicks off our "Quest for Excellence" Annual Fund. Tuition alone does not cover the cost of the needs of our school. Please consider a donation to the Annual Fund, if you missed contributing to North Texas Giving Day.
Reasons to give:

1. to help us provide tuition assistance to families who need the extra support

2. to help complete the safety fencing around the playground area

3. to help enhance the beauty of our campus through the installation of statuary and icons

Thanks to all of the students and families who shared their testimonials on the benefits of SJCS. We are so grateful for you and for all of our families. Go, Knights!

Home and School Association

HSA Spirit Nights

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Service Hour Opportunities

All families are asked to perform 40 service hours each school year. Here are some ideas to earn those hours, and truly help the school for next year:

  1. Donating water bottles.
  2. Donating food during NJHS Food Collections at Mass.
  3. If you are able to provide a case of water to the school, you will earn 1 service hour per case.
  4. We are always in need of Lysol spray.
  5. We are always in need of Clorox wipes.
  6. Liquid hand soap
  7. Disposable gloves
  8. STREAM Enrichment supplies (listed below)

Every $10 you spend will earn 1 service hour. Thank you! We truly need the help.

8th grade garage sale

save the date

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new collection dates

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Monday Morning Prayer Service Zoom Invite

Diane Price is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Monday Morning Prayer Service

Time: 08:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Every week on Mon, until May 23, 2022, 40 occurrence(s)

Join by clicking here -

Meeting ID: 885 1628 5709

Knights in Action!

Monday Morning Prayer Service

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Thank you, Mrs. Asher and her 7th grade students who helped to lead the school community in prayer this week. We appreciate your missionary discipleship, Knights!

NJHS Giving Back

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Right before the Christmas Break, our NJHS students took all of the funds they have been raising through bake sales and teacher contests, and put them to very good use purchasing items for children in need living at the Arlington Life Shelter over the holiday. Thank you to the school community for embracing our Theme of Charity and supporting their efforts! Thank you, NJHS students, our parents, Mrs. Doskocil and Mr. Rodriguez, for your servant leadership!

20th annual SJCS Student Art Exhibit - "Angels"

Meet the Artist Night

Last night, we celebrated nineteen students and their beautiful works of art on display around the school library. I was not able to get a photo of all the artists, because not all of them could be with us. We will plan for a group photo next week. Many faculty, staff, and families came out to support the event. Thank you, Mr. Suarez, for inspiring our students to share their God-given talents with the school community. It takes courage to enter the show, and through your encouragement and leadership, we had a lovely annual event! Thank you to the volunteers for making the event warm and inviting, to Mr. Mannix for hanging all the art work, to former parent, Mrs. Bosquez, for formatting the program booklet, and to Mrs. Doering for organizing the event. Another wonderful show in the record books! Can't wait for next year!

This week in art

Artworks created by SJCS students in Art this week:

2nd Grade: Tree of Life drawings inspired by Gustav Klimt’s Stoclet frieze

1st Grade: Cat Drawings - Realistic or Stylized interpretations

5th Grade: Animal Skull Drawings inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings

6th Grade: “Time for Art” - Interpretative drawings about time, clocks, hourglasses, etc. inspired by Surrealist artist Salvador Dali’s “The Persistence of Memory”

Thank you, Knights! These are very creative!

P.E. THis Week

Tennis and badminton were some of the activities this week! Wonderful practice of hand and eye coordination...and just a lot of fun!
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In STREAM this week and last, students learned how ice crystals form to make snowflakes, then enjoyed the experience of making their own. Today, students were able to microscopically view actual snowflakes! Did you know that snowflakes are six-sided and it is true that no two are ever alike! God is good!

And many laughs were had by student groups being challenged to construct the tallest snowman using only paper, glue, and tape! It has been quite the winter wonderland in STREAM. Nice work, Knights!

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Current STREAM Wish List

STREAM classes are in need of the following items, if you are able to help. Remember, items bought for STREAM class can be used for service hours!

  • Bags of Potting Soil

  • Scotch tape
  • Toothpicks
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Hula Hoops


Mrs. Michelle Doskocil and Mrs. Shannon Lopez


Our RoboKnights are preparing for competition! There are still many "kinks" to work out with the robot as well as time needed to refine the presentation portion of the competition. It takes a team to make all of this happen, successfully. Keep up the good work, RoboKnights! You are well on your way.

What's growing in the greenhouse?

Mrs. Lara's preschool class has been exploring the wonderful world of succulents. A perfect plant for the warm environment of the green house, and a great example of how plants make the most of the resources available. Isn't God good? Yes, all the time!
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SJCS Alumni News

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We welcomed many alumni back to SJCS during the night of our 20th Annual "Meet the Artist" Art Show. Pictured here are Damaris and Cecilia Saldivar along with Julia and Emma Horton. All four came to support their younger sibling in the show. There were others who attended, but the photos did not come out well. Apologies from the photographer, but it was wonderful to see all of you!
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Be sure to share any news you may have of our Knight Alumni with Mrs. Price or Mrs. Doering! We want everyone to know how our alumni are doing in the worlds of high school, college and beyond.

COVID-19 Daily Home Screening for Students

Parents: Please be sure to complete this short screening each morning. If any of these symptoms are present, please stay home and contact the school and your doctor. Please contact the school if your child is sick or has been exposed to a positive COVID-19 individual. We will guide you on what next steps to take regarding your return date to campus.

Important - Keep your children home while waiting for COVID-19 test results of anyone that could be a close contact individual for them.

SECTION 1: Symptoms from the CDC website

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

SECTION 2: Close Contact/Potential Exposure

1. Had close contact (for schools, less than 3 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with a person with confirmed COVID-19.

St. Joseph Parish News

Meet our parish priests!

Weekly Mass Opportunity

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Sacramental Prep for 2nd Graders

Classes start in October for St. Joseph Parishioners.

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Parish Notes

Welcome to Fr. Peter!

  • The parish has a new parochial vicar! His name is Fr. Peter Wiafe-Akenteng. Welcome, Fr. Peter! We look forward to meeting you.

  • Parish website link:
  • Please join the parish for daily and weekend Masses at this link:
  • Please continue tithing to your parish. St. Joseph Parishioners may go to this link to give:
  • 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!

Join Bishop Olson for mass

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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:

Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth link:

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