Eagle's Eye

September 22, 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.

Mass reflections

Father Tim's message today was about not being jealous and love others. Jesus chose Matthew, a bad tax collector. He picked him because he was not good. Jesus gave him love, and Matthew ended up being one of the best Bible writers, as well as an apostle. We all received different gifts from God, and is called in our best ability to use and help people become the people they are meant to be. Therefore, everybody needs love in their lives to complete their mission as a follower on this Earth. We cannot do so without the help of God. - Khang, grade 6

free flu shots - optional

St. Joseph Catholic School is proud to partner with Health Hero to offer families the opportunity to have their child receive a FREE FLU SHOT on campus on Friday, October 7th. This is completely optional. Permission forms were sent home last week with your child today. If you are interested, the deadline to submit permission slips is tomorrow, Friday, September 23rd.
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Thank You for sponsoring our police officer

Special thanks to the Burns Family for sponsoring our police office for Mass 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.

dress down for pediatric cancer awareness

Tomorrow, Friday, we will dress down for $1 for Pediatric Cancer Awareness. Students may dress out of uniform and donate $1. Please see the Parent Student Handbook for dress down day guidelines.

It's Back!!!

Fall Fest is back! This traditional event is back after a two year hiatus due to COVID. We are looking forward to a fun day with/for our community. Save the date for November 4th and make plans to join us. If you are interested in assisting with the planning, please join us for a committee meeting tomorrow, Friday, September 23rd at 8am in the Parish Center.

A few reminders:

  • School will dismiss at 2pm on Friday, November 4th and aftercare will not be offered.
  • All families must give a minimum of 2 service hours toward Fall Fest. You can donate items, help with planning/set up/clean up, volunteer a shift at a booth. Watch for more information coming soon.
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Box of Joy

St. Joseph Catholic School is partnering with Cross Catholic Outreach this Advent to provide Boxes of Joy for impoverished children. These Boxes of Joy are for children who may have never held a picture book, worn a new shirt, or owned a toy. The gifts we pack in a Box of Joy show God's unconditional love, and they will spark the joy every child should experience at Christmas. More important, they are symbolic of God's greatest gift: his son, Jesus Christ.

We know many families look for an opportunity to show God's love at Christmas by giving to others. We are looking for families who would like to pack an additional Box of Joy as a gift from their family. In addition to packing a box, the cost is $9 for shipping, etc. Ideas to pack in the box include: doll, car/truck/boat, small plush animals, sunglasses, handheld toy, hair accessories, socks, drawstring bag, etc.

We have a limited number of boxes available for families who would like to participate. If you are interested, please email Mrs. Haas at thaas@stjosephwhschool.org. You will then receive more specific instructions and a box to pack. Again, the cost per box is $9.

Please watch for much more information to be forthcoming on how you can participate in your class' Box of Joy.

school store

The SJCS School Store is open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:30am until 8am in the hallway near the art room. Students are invited to stop by the School Store on their way to class to make purchases.

looking for all members of law enforcement

On September 29th, we will celebrate the Feast Day of St. Michael the Archangel, the patron saint of law enforcement. As part of this celebration, we would like to pray for, and recognize, all parents of our students who work in law enforcement. If you work in law enforcement, please let Mrs. Haas know which agency you work for by emailing Mrs. Haas at thaas@stjosephwhschool.org.

booster meeting

Our SJCS athletic boosters is a group of parent volunteers that work to support the athletic program at our school. Attending meetings and getting involved with our Boosters is a great way for parents to earn service hours. Our first meeting of the Athletic Boosters will be next Friday, September 30th at 9:45am. Check in at the school office. See you there.

Parent Conferences - Save the Date

Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7. All parents of students in kindergarten through grade 8 will be invited to schedule a 10 minute appointment to meet with their child's teacher. Save the date and watch for a Sign Up Genius from your child's homeroom teacher for you to schedule an in-person conference.

It's Time to order Poinsettias!

Our PTO is once again selling poinsettias! We get the poinsettias directly from Sunshine Growers, and they were beautiful last year! We are currently accepting preorders for poinsettias until October 14th. Poinsettias will need to be picked up from school on November 29th. Orders and payments are being accepted in the school office. Order yours today!
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first communion meeting

There is a First Communion Parent Child Meeting on Monday, September 26th from 6:30-7:30pm in the parish center. If you are interested in having your child receive his/her First Communion this year, this is a required meeting. Please be sure you are already registered with Becky Roach in the church office.
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Church choir practice

Ms. Jitka will hold choir practice for those students interested in singing in the church choir. The next practice is Thursday, September 29th from 4pm-5pm.

Middle School Edge

We invite all middle schoolers to come out on September 28 to a night called Museum! The teens will play a game where they have to pretend to be statues, and will also be challenged to build a tower out of random items. Museum will explore the design argument for God’s existence.

For those kids who want to get to room 3 early, I’ll open the doors at 5:30 PM. They can play pool, foosball, and air hockey until 6:00 PM when our program starts!

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sjcs concert choir

Students in 3-8th grade have the opportunity of joining Concert Choir. The SJCS Concert Choir performs at various community events during the school year including Carols in the Park, the Christmas program and singing the national anthem at the Rays, Bucs and Tropics games. During rehearsals, students will be developing many vocal concepts such as correct posture, resonance and technique. We will be singing a range of repertoire and work on two and three part harmony. All students interested will need to audition (even if they were in Concert Choir previously).

3rd Grade

Auditions: Monday, Sept. 26 at 3:00pm

Rehearsals: Mondays at 3:00-3:40pm beginning on Monday, October 3rd

4th and 5th grade

Auditions: Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 3:00pm

Rehearsals: Wednesdays at 3:00-3:40pm beginning on Wednesday, October 5th

Middle School

Auditions: Thursday, September 15 beginning at 7:15am

Rehearsals: Thursdays from 7:15-7:45am beginning on Thursday, September 22th

Students do not need to have anything prepared in advance for the audition. Elementary auditions will be in groups and Middle School auditions will be individual to determine parts/range. All students need to audition even if they were previously in Concert Choir. Please e-mail Mrs. James at vjames@stjosephwhschool.org if you have any questions. Thank you!

gospel reading this sunday

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Jesus said to the Pharisees: "There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day. And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man's table. Dogs even used to come and lick his sores. when the poor man died, he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, and from the netherworld, where he was in torment, he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he cried out, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me. Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am suffering torment in these flames.'

Abraham replied, 'My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented. Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established to prevent anyone from crossing who might wish to go from our side to yours or from your side to ours.'

He said, 'Then I beg you, father, send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they too come to this place of torment.'

But Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.'

He said, 'Oh no, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.'

Then Abraham said, 'If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.'"


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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