Eagle's Eye

November 3, 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

Saints are not saints for what they did. It is who they are! Saints are not perfect. All they did was believe God and pray every day and night. Jesus asks us to be who we are. If you want to be a saint, just be ourselves! Avery 4A

In the homily, I learned that saints are saints because of who they are , not what they did. For instance, if you do something for the looks and you didn't' want to do that, it is not being nice. But if you see something that needs to be helped, do it out of kindness, not for being popular. Be kind to people! Myah 4A


In First Grade, Jay was a quiet kid that never spoke bad words about anyone. Jay was a kid about love and compassion and Father Tim said, "Saints are saints because of who they are, not what they did". If you want to become a saint when you are older, to be like a saint, just be yourself. Jay was being like himself and not trying to impress others. Jay acted like a saint and acted like a saint would. Joey 4B

A boy named Jay that went to school. He was different by collecting critters and by doing that, he always acted like himself. Then he started to die from cancer and he said that he will be ok for he trusts God with all his heart. So, in order to follow the steps to be a saint, you have to be yourself and not care what other people around you think because it doesn't matter what you did or do. What matters is who you really are inside. Jihanna 4B

Fourth Grade Saints

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Fall Fest is Here

The tent is up, volunteers are ready! Fall Fest is tomorrow from 2pm until 7pm. We know that this is the first Fall Fest for so many families this year. Here are some reminders/tips for a successful day for all:

  • School dismisses at 2pm Friday. Doors to the school will not open until 1:55pm. Please don't arrive early.
  • Remember that lunch had to be pre-ordered on Wednesday, if you are choosing to purchase lunch from Maschio's.
  • All students must be picked up from their homeroom class by 2:30pm. THERE IS NO AFTERCARE!
  • If your child is being picked up by someone other than the parent/guardian, please be sure to send a message of such to the child's homeroom teacher.
  • If you pre-purchased Fall Fest tickets, they will be given to your child in homeroom at the end of the day tomorrow.
  • Tickets will be sold in the parish center. We will be able to accept cash, check and credit card.
  • Students may dress down in orange tomorrow.
  • Thank you so much to all the parents who signed up to volunteer at the Fall Fest. There will be a check-in booth for volunteers. Please arrive a few minutes before your scheduled start time.

early dismissal and no aftercare

All students (PreK through grade 8) will need to be picked up at 2pm TOMORROW. This is our annual Fall Fest day. We have an early dismissal and do not have aftercare available. Parents will need to park and walk into the building to pick up their child at 2pm. Please be aware that there will be many people on campus at this time, and parking will be limited. Please allow plenty of time to find ample parking space and get to your child's homeroom class to pick up him/her by 2:15pm on Friday, November 4th. If your child is being picked up by another parent, please notify the homeroom teacher via email.

thank you for sponsoring our police officer

Special thanks to the Tran family for sponsoring our police office for Mass this week! Also, thank you to the Borja family for sponsoring our officer for Trunk or Treat! 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.

end of first trimester

The first trimester is coming to an end. The last day of the trimester is Friday, November 4th. Please keep in mind that all assignments should be submitted before Friday, Nov. 4th to receive credit for the first trimester.

Report cards will be emailed to all parents on Friday, November 11th. Students earning honor roll (85% and above in all subject areas) will be recognized on Wednesday, November 16th after Mass.

2pm Dismissal

SJCS will dismiss at 2pm on Thursday, November 10th for Teacher Professional Development. Aftercare will be available until 6pm.

Required volunteer hours

All families are required to give a minimum of 20 volunteer hours by June 1, 2023.

  • Families should have 10 hours logged before reregistration opens in January.
  • Families are required to give a minimum of 2 hours toward Fall Fest.
  • Please be sure to log volunteer hours in Renweb. (See Resources section below for directions on how to log your hours.)

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We are still looking for volunteers at Fall Fest!


Little Debbie's Needed!

The Fall Fest Committee is requesting donations of boxes of individually wrapped Little Debbie's. Donations can be dropped off at the office by Friday, November 4. This is a great way to earn service hours. One service hour for every $10 spent.

Fall Fest Preorders

Thanks to all who preordered Fall Fest tickets! If you submitted a preorder to the front office, your child will receive an envelope containing the tickets on the day of the Fall Fest. We are not able to distribute tickets before Fall Fest day. Please expect your child to have an envelope containing wristbands, food tickets, 50/50 tickets, raffle tickets, etc. if you placed an order and payment in the school office by this past Wednesday, October 25th.

If you didn't preorder tickets, no worries! Tickets will be on sale the day of the Fall Fest. We will accept cash, check and credit card at the Fall Fest.

Sweets with santa planning meeting

Any parent interested in helping plan Sweets with Santa is invited to join us for a planning meeting this Tuesday, November 8th immediately following the Room Parent Meeting (around 8:15am) in the parish center. Sweets with Santa is a fun activity for the whole family. Please consider joining us for this meeting.

spirit night at Chik Fil A

Make plans to join us at Chik Fil A on Thursday, November 17th between 5pm and 8pm for SJCS Spirit Night. Be sure to mention SJCS when you order, and SJCS will receive a percentage of your sale! See you there!

middle school dance

We will host a Middle School Dance on Friday, November 11 from 7pm-9pm in the gym. All students grades 6-8 are invited to join us!

  • Cost is $2 per student and includes pizza and water.
  • Students should not bring anything with them, including bags and cell phones.
  • Students will be dropped off in the parish center parking lot between 6:55pm and 7:05pm. Staff will serve as chaperones. Parents should return for pick up at 9pm and remain in cars in the carline loop.
  • Students should follow dress down day guidelines for appropriate dress.

now offering breakfast

Many students have enjoyed breakfast at school this week. If your child would like to eat breakfast before heading in to class, he/she should report directly to the parish center between 7:30 and 7:45am. Breakfast must be eaten in the cafeteria and cannot be taken to the classroom. Please see the menu below. Bon apetit.
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Altar Server Training

Training for new altar servers and retraining for those already trained is being offered for students in grades 3 through 8. Students must have had their First Communion. Training will offered:

Sat. 11/5 from 10am - noon in the chapel

Sat. 11/12 from 10am - noon in the church

Sat. 11/19 from 10am - noon in the church

Students only need to attend one day of training. Those who are trained can be altar servers at Sunday Masses and at our school Masses.

great american teach in

During the week of November 14th, our school will be participating in the Great American Teach In. This annual event is held nationwide to celebrate American Education week . Members of the community are invited into the school to share information with students about their career or hobby. It is also an opportunity for students to see where education can take them. We are in need of volunteers to come and speak to our students in kindergarten through 8th grade. We are looking for the following career areas to share with students:

Health care (medical and dental)

Animal care


Law Enforcement






If you are interested, please fill out the Google Form at Fill out in Google Forms . If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Insua at jinsua@stjosephwhschool.org or 863.293.3311.

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Youth Ministry

Come join us for Middle School Ministry on November 9th. The teens will play fun games, like a game called minefield. During the night, students will learn to answer the question “how can a good God exist if there is evil and suffering in the world.” This question, according to recent surveys (given to adults), has the biggest percentage for why people identify as “none” in religious affiliation. We’ll be exploring this question and what the Catholic faith believes about this question.

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

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Gospel Reading this Sunday

Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection,
came forward and put this question to Jesus, saying,
"Teacher, Moses wrote for us,
If someone's brother dies leaving a wife but no child,
his brother must take the wife
and raise up descendants for his brother.

Now there were seven brothers;
the first married a woman but died childless.
Then the second and the third married her,
and likewise all the seven died childless.
Finally the woman also died.
Now at the resurrection whose wife will that woman be?
For all seven had been married to her."
Jesus said to them,
"The children of this age marry and remarry;
but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age
and to the resurrection of the dead
neither marry nor are given in marriage.
They can no longer die,
for they are like angels;
and they are the children of God
because they are the ones who will rise.
That the dead will rise
even Moses made known in the passage about the bush,
when he called out 'Lord, '
the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob;
and he is not God of the dead, but of the living,
for to him all are alive." - Lk 20:27-38


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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