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Weekly Newsletter - May 13, 2021

celebrating 26 years of excellence in catholic education

Theme for the Year: Hope

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,

full of HOPE for the future.

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

Thank you and may God continue to bless you, Fr. Kelley!

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Words cannot express the amount of love and gratitude we hold for our Pastor, Fr. Kelley. This past Wednesday was the official last school mass he is to celebrate with the entire school body, for he is being re-assigned to St. Jude in Mansfield July 1st. Thank you for twelve beautiful years of leadership, Fr. Kelley. You will be missed.

Hope Bible verse for May

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new saintly "HOPE" quote to ponder

"God would never inspire me with desires that cannot be realized; so in spite of my littleness, I can hope to be a saint.” - Saint Therese of Lisieux

Virtue for the Month of May

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This week is a review week.

Help Needed in Car line

Please note the two red X's on the diagram below. These are two areas to avoid. Fr. Kelley has asked that parents not use the church's drive-through/handicap lane when you are in the car line. This lane is never meant for school traffic. Also, please do not park in the zone where cars are meant to make their turn to enter the car line. Thank you!
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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.

  • 5/14 Field Day is Friday! Parents may watch from the parking lot fence area, if they would like to do so. So sorry.... No parent volunteers will be permitted this year. If you send a water bottle, please make sure it is labeled with your child's name. If you did not order pizza and snacks with the order form that was due last week, please send a sack lunch with snacks for your child. NO SCHOOL LUNCH WILL BE SERVED by ECI. Each classroom teacher has let your child know what color of t-shirt to wear. The t-shirt should be worn with school shorts and tennis shoes of your choosing. Upper school may wear school issued PE shorts. Please direct any questions to Coach McCarty at

  • 5/21 Gift of Light Ceremony at the church at 1:00pm. We are happy to announce that all parents are invited to attend! Please wear a mask and allow 3 feet between families. If you cannot attend, we hope to have the live feed going through the church website which is For those who are new, this is a ceremony where the 8th graders pass the light of leadership to the 7th graders. This is also the last day for our graduating 8th graders.

  • 5/26 Graduation for our 8th graders at 6:00pm at the church.

  • 5/27 Last Day of School! Early Dismissal at noon! YMCA after school is available. End of year parties from 10:45-11:45, with PK-2nd school dismissal at 11:50am and 3rd-7th dismissal at 12:00pm.

  • 5/28 Ministry Day for our teachers and staff. Please pray for us! We will pray for you!

  • Weekly Wednesday Mass - We attend Mass weekly on Wednesdays, at 8:30 a.m. Distance Learners, we are attending along with you from home! Be sure to wear your dress uniform and participate by clicking on the parish link: On-Campus Learners, be sure to wear your dress uniform to school on these days. Families are welcome to attend. All must wear a mask to enter the church. Students may sit with family members during Mass, but will need to be walked back to their teacher before leaving the sanctuary.

  • 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.

School Calendar for 2021-2022

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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:

  1. Don't forget to log 5 service hours per family for registering and attending the AK2R event!
  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)
  9. Also, you can earn 1 service hour by attending any Spirit Night and 1 hour for attending an HSA Meeting.

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

Weekly Mass Opportunity

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Spiritual Communion

Here is a copy of the prayer to pray when one cannot physically receive the Holy Eucharist.

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4-H is coming to SJCS!

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As early as this summer, our families will have a new opportunity to participate in an exciting club! Through the Fort Worth Diocese and Nolan Catholic High School, we are able to join the Tarrant County 4-H. Click on the link for an introduction to the program. There will be more information to come very soon!

Home and School Association

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Thank you to everyone who served on the Executive Board of our Home and School Association this school year. And thank you to all the families of SJCS for supporting the school any way you could during this challenging time. You are ALL appreciated!

Highlighting band and strings at sjcs

Our Band and String Group have been working very hard all year to progress on their instruments and learn these songs. Unfortunately, we did not get to play them in a normal concert so please support them by listening to their videos. They all sound great!!

Here is the link to the Band Concert Playlist:

Band is playing: Get Ready, Sax-O-Matic, Let's Go Band, The Hey Song, and the Pink Panther.

Here is the link to the String Concert Playlist:

Strings are playing: Joe Turner Blues, Boil the Cabbage, Lightly Row, and Twinkle Twinkle.


-Mr. Cullen on behalf of SJCS, Music Learning Band, and Ms. Bressert!

COVID-19 Updates

Don't forget...When away from school

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By following the CDC Guidelines of wearing a mask and social distancing while you are out and about over the weekend, you are helping the SJCS Community stay well!

Monday Morning Prayer Service Zoom Invite

This link should also be found in your family's Seesaw Account or Google Classroom.

Diane Price is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Monday Morning Prayer Service

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

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 839 3372 6239

Knights in Action!

Monday Morning Prayer service

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Thank you to Mrs. Waldrep's Kindergarten for leading the school community in prayer this week! What wonderful participation from these future leaders of our school.

Student Council Elections

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On Monday, our school community heard speeches from these students running for Student Council Officer positions. Well done, Payton Doskocil (Treasurer), Jaden Nguyen (Vice President), Jathan Nguyen (President), Emily Angadicheril (Chaplain), and Anna Nguyen (Secretary)! We look forward to your new ideas for the school.

Class of 2021

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And here they are! The graduating Class of 2021! They are counting down the days. We are going to miss these leaders of our school!

Moments captured around campus

This week in art

From Mr. Suarez - "My last day of Art...I’m proud of all my students." Thank you, Mr. Suarez! See you next year.

This week in Art:

2nd Grade: The art of Manga (Japanese cartooning) and drawing characters called chibis.

5th Grade: Comic Book Cover design using popular characters or original characters

7th Grade: Drawing Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night”

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This week in STREAM our Knights were challenged to a "Cure Corona Virus" product development and TV commercial. Students had to name the product with all of its benefits and possible side effects. They enjoyed working in groups and presenting their creations together and online.

Newly Updated 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!

  • Toothpicks

  • Individually wrapped candy
  • Glue sticks
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Paper plates
  • Construction paper 12 x 18
  • Popsicle sticks



Even though this year's competition is over for our RoboKnights, our robotics students are still working to perfect their knowledge of color sensors. That's some dedicated Knights! Nice group photo, everyone!
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Thank you, Mr. Williams!

Thank you, Mr. Williams!
Mr. Williams, our RoboKnights thank you for all the time and expertise you have shared in this afterschool program. We are very appreciative! And thank you, too, Mrs. Grove and all the parents who have helped us this school year. It was a great year for our RoboKnights!

Greenhouse Update

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Our zucchini and yellow squash plants have really taken off!

Alumni News

NCHS National Honor Society

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Nolan Catholic High School held their National Honor Society Induction Ceremony this evening and look at this long list of Knights so well prepared for their high school experience, excelling like we knew they would! Congratulations! We are so very proud of you! Keep setting your sights high, Knights!

Paris Poquiz

Ethan Pearson

Jackson Turley (goes to Lake Ridge, supporting Ethan and old friends)

Molly Paschall

Emmy Chen

Avery Grimmett

Odessa Ozuna

Abby Wong

Victoria Chen

Macie Parker

Bethany Miller

Ethan Hubbard

NCHS Salutatorian

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Congratulations to our alumni, Harry Black, for earning the distinction of Salutatorian for the NCHS Class of 2021! Harry graduated from SJCS in 2017. We could not be more proud of him! Well done, Harry!
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Here is Harry again with another one of our SJCS alumni, Roland Rodriguez, Class of 2020 (our very own Mr. Rodriguez's son). They were helping out at the Nolan Sport Open House. It is so great to see these two together!
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Joseph Pollifrone (soon to be graduating Class of 2021) stopped by for a visit at the Open House and ran into Victoria Chan, Class of 2019! Our Knights are truly thriving in high school! I look forward to what the SJCS Class of 2021 accomplishes!
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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 Required for Students

Parents: Please be sure to complete this short screening each morning. If none of these apply to your child, you may come to school. 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.

SECTION 1: Symptoms

If your child has any of the following symptoms, that indicates a possible illness that may decrease the student’s ability to learn and also put them at risk for spreading illness to others. Please check your child for these symptoms:

1. Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth

2. Sore throat

3. New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)

4. Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain

5. New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever

SECTION 2: Close Contact/Potential Exposure

1. Had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with a person with confirmed COVID-19

COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line

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Many More Health and Wellness Resources May be found here

Meet our parish priests!

Join Fr. Kelley for Mass-live

Daily Mass is open to the public. Attendance limited to first 40 people. Temperatures will be checked at the door. Please maintain social distance from others. Also, the Parish Office now has limited office hours: 8-10 a.m. Monday-Friday. Parishioners may schedule Mass intentions, purchase a candle or refill Holy Water. Most staff will continue to work from home, and are available via direct dial office phone and email 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • The faithful are dispensed from the obligation to attend and to participate in Sunday Mass, but not dispensed from our faith.
  • People in attendance at Mass must wear masks or scarfs over their mouths and nose inside the buildings to help prevent the spread of the virus.
  • All attending are to practice proper social distancing, wear masks and use hand sanitizer upon entering the church.
  • The Bishop asks to be considerate in charity of your neighbor and receive Holy Communion in the hand for the time being.
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St. Joseph Catholic Parish

  • Please watch this important video message from Fr. Kelley:
  • 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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2015 SW Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington, TX 76017-2736

Contact us at (817) 419-6800