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Weekly Newsletter - January 9, 2020

celebrating 25 years of excellence in catholic education

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Joseph and Mary have made it to the stable and have welcomed the birth of Jesus!

Theme for the Year: Goodness

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

Theme for the Year - Goodness


At St. Joseph Catholic School, we are striving to become missionary disciples, recognizing the goodness of God in our lives and in the world around us, each and every day.

Our Mission and Vision Statements

Mission:

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


Vision:

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

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


I hope everyone had a truly delightful Christmas Break. It was so wonderful to see everyone back on campus this past Monday. Students were very excited to see one another again. Smiles were everywhere!


Our week began with the Epiphany Prayer Service and baby goods collection for the St. Gabriel Project. Both speak to this month's virtue of GRATITUDE. We are so very grateful for our Savior's birth. It is with gratitude for all we have been given that we bring items for mothers in need. This was a beautiful way to embrace the Virtue of Gratitude. What other ways can you and your family embrace this month's virtue? Personally, I am looking for something for which to be grateful each and every day. I do not have to look very hard for I am surrounded by love and kindness, challenges and contemplation daily. All for which I am grateful. Every experience has something to teach me. I must only be open to accept each experience with grace and humility. Only then, will I be able to learn. One thing I know for certain, God loves us all and wants what is best for us all.


This month we celebrate Catholic education with our annual Open House event on January 26th, which kicks off Catholic Schools Week 2020. We look forward to seeing you at the event! During the week, we also look forward to celebrating everyone who contributes to the Truth, Beauty, and Goodness that is a Catholic education. Go, Knights!



In Christ's service,

Diane Price, M.Ed.L.

Principal

How Long Does Christmas Actually Last?

Goodness Bible Verse for January

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saintly quote to ponder

The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for all that He, in His goodness, sends to us day after day. - St. Gianna Molla

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Latin and greek roots challenge

Here are the Greek and Latin Roots we are learning this week: dic-, -dict, bene-, beni-, mal-, male-

Reminders and Upcoming Events

  • 2nd Quarter Report Cards - Emailed to families on Friday, January 10th.


  • Garage Sale Drop-off - Friday, January 10th. Help support the Class of 2020! Please see image below for details.


  • HSA Spirit Night - Tuesday, January 14th at Panera Bread on 4000 S. Cooper St. from 4:00PM to 8:00PM. Be sure to tell them you are with SJCS and a portion of the money you spend will come back to the school . Thank you!


  • "Meet the Artist" Art Exhibition - Wednesday, January 15th beginning at 6:00PM in the school library. Come see all the beautiful pieces of art in honor of Mother Mary in the show titled: ARTE MARIA: The Art of Mary.


  • HSA Meeting - January 15th at 7:00PM.


  • If you are an Amazon customer, please use Amazon Smile! We receive a donation from Amazon when you shop. Go to: smile.amazon.com 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.
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Save the Date

Catholic Schools Week - Open House, January 26th from 11:00AM to 3:00PM

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"Quest For excellence"

Annual Fund Campaign

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Earlier in the year, you received information regarding our annual fund, Quest for Excellence, "You've Got the Power" Campaign. For 100 days, we are promoting our annual fund. It's not too late to give to the fund. You may give online at the following link: https://stjosephtx.org/quest-for-excellence-donors or stop by the school office. Thank you for supporting the school!

Home and School Association (HSA)

  • Upcoming HSA Spirit Night - January 14th at Panera Bread. Please see the details below. Hope you can make it!


  • Our next Home and School Association (HSA) Meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 15th at 7:00 pm in the school cafeteria, with "Meet the Artist" in the library, beginning at 6:00 pm. We hope you can attend!


  • The children of HSA Members who have paid their dues to join, and are able to attend the monthly meetings, are allowed to wear any SJCS spirit shirt purchased through the school with blue jeans and tennis shoes of their choice to school on the Thursday after the meeting!
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HSA Spirit Night Contest

This year we are having a Spirit Night Contest!


The class that has the most attendance for Spirit Nights will win an ICE CREAM Sundae Party!

Each teacher will be given an envelope to keep the receipts and it is easy to participate!


Three Easy Steps:

1. Attend a Spirit Night

2. Save your receipt

3. Turn the receipt in to your teacher (if multiple students turn in their receipt to one teacher, be sure to write all the students' names on the receipt)

Knights in Action!

Monday Morning Prayer Service

Celebrating the Epiphany

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Thank you to Vivienne Haliburton, Annabelle Stahl, Breck Hilger, Matthew Horton, Belen Saldivar, and Bao-Chau Nguyen for making our Epiphany Prayer Service extra special! A special thanks to Cecilia Saldivar for running the sound system and to Reagan Doyon for organizing all the donations.

Moments Around Campus

Annual "Elf Me" Contest

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Our annual "Elf Me" contest yielded a tie this year! Mrs. Seed and Mrs. Connors were the lucky winners! Thank you both for being such good sports. The $200 raised in this contest were used by NJHS to purchase Christmas gifts for four children living at the Arlington Life Shelter over the holidays. Thank you to all the families who donated their funds for the cause. Your generosity is appreciated!

NJHS Gives Back

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Our NJHS students spent some time enjoying a meal with one another and purchasing Christmas gifts for four children in need, who were living at the Arlington Life Shelter over the holidays. Thank you for raising money to serve others.

In the Library

Displays Around Campus

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Our second graders created these beautiful flowers to present to Our Lady in Art class this week. Mr. Suarez' Mary adds just the right touch to the display. Truth, Beauty, and Goodness all in one display!

Storage Building and GreenHouse Update

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The foundation for both the storage building and the greenhouse are formed and ready for concrete. Now, let's pray for a stretch of dry weather to pour the concrete! Can you spy former parent, Mr. Brian Burkham in the photo? We are so grateful for his assistance with this project!
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In the spirit of the season, our STREAM Enrichment classes enjoyed building with peppermints. An interesting way to practice fine motor skills by building with odd-shaped objects. I wonder how many "building supplies" were eaten after these photos?

Newly Updated STREAM Wish list

STREAM Enrichment would love to have these items donated for your children's use.

Thank you!


Peppermint Candy

Gum Drops

Solo Cups

Aluminum Foil

Q-tips

Popsicle sticks (big and small) (colored and plain)

String

Scotch tape

Gallon bags

Toothpicks

Hersey Kisses

Jolly Ranchers

Starburst

RoboKnights

These days, our RoboKnights are spending their time fine tuning programs and designs for the future. Each year, this group continues to grow in knowledge. Great work, RoboKnights! Keep problem solving and learning through trial and error.

Alumni News

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This week, SJCS welcomed back Julia Horton (Class of 2019). It was wonderful to have her on campus once again. Come back anytime, Julia!

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: prayers@stjosephtx.org.

Meet our Dominican Sisters!

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We are so grateful for the presence of our Dominican Sisters, Sr. Catherine Tam Vu and Sr. Mary Anthony Nguyen!

Meet our parish priests!

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Parish


  • Be sure to look into FORMED.org. 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: https://t.co/3ItrotxIyf

"Alpha" at St. Joseph Parish

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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

www.stjosephtx.org

ST. JOSEPH, PROTECTOR OF FAMILIES, PRAY FOR US.

Moments Captured around campus