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Weekly Newsletter - September 30, 2021

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

Well, there has been so much happening around the school that I have struggled to get this newsletter finished! There is always so much to tell you! I want to thank the 8th Grade Class and parents for such a delicious dinner. Many thanks to Mrs. Esparza for her organizational skills and for Mr. Cullen and his organizational skills in presenting such a remarkable show! And for the parents who donated all of the food and lovingly prepared the food, THANK YOU! I do not have all of your names, but hope to get them soon.

Lastly, to the students who stepped outside of their comfort zones and shared their God-given talents with the school, thank you! We are so blessed to have you all here at SJCS.

In Christ's service,

Diane Price, M.Ed.L.


September Bible verse on Charity

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saintly quote about charity to ponder with your family

"My children, the three acts of Faith, Hope, and Charity contain all the happiness of man upon earth ." -St. John Vianney

Virtue for the Month

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Greek and Latin Roots for the week:

vis-, vid- (see), super- (above, beyond, over, on top of), flu-, fluct-, -flux- (flow, flowing, wave)

Helping the Car line Run Smoothly

Families, please help us have a safe and efficient car line by following these guidelines:

  1. In the mornings, remain in your car. We will help your child out of the car on the right side.
  2. In the afternoons, announce your arrival on the PikMyKid app when you come to the stop sign.
  3. Please come see us in the school office if you do not know how to use the app. We will gladly show you how.
  4. Always have your car tag visible for those working the car line.
  5. Arrive as close as possible to the time of your oldest student's dismissal time.

Installing and Using the Pikmykid App

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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.

  • 10/1 Our Knight on the Run Fundraiser begins! Please scroll down for more details.

  • 10/6 - NJHS Food Drive: This Wednesday, please consider donating something from the list below to the food pantry of our parish. They are called the St. Vincent de Paul Society and are in need of the following:

    Canned fruit

    Pancake mix/syrup


    Hearty soup


    Canned chili/beef stew


    Brownie mix

    Dry milk

    Salt and ground pepper

    Cooking oil

    Black tea bags

    Instant coffee

    Ranch Style beans

    Spaghetti sauce


  • 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.

North Texas Giving Day 2021

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With Your help - We raised $22,920! and....

We raised an additional $5,000 through the drawing at Levitt Pavilion!

A huge THANK YOU to the Doering Family for being present for the drawing at the Arlington Gives concert at the Levitt Pavilion the night of North Texas Giving Day! We had to be present to win....and we did!

Quest for Excellence - Annual Fund

Our goal - $100,000

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

Be watching for our Annual Fund mailer to arrive at your home very soon! 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!
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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 (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with a person with confirmed COVID-19.

COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line

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School Calendar

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

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

Home and School Association

It's Here!

Our "Knights on the Run" fun run begins October 1st!

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Thank you for submitting your t-shirt sizes for your students!

Now, it's time to register your students! Log on to MYBOOSTER.COM today to register! We will kick off this fun event on Friday, October 1st. Save the date for the big Fun Run Day. Fun Run Day schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, October 13th – KNIGHTS ON THE RUN Fun Run 2021!

9:30-10:30am = Pre-K, K, and 1st Grade - Glow Run in the Gym

10:30-11:30am = 2nd and 3rd Grade - Glow Run in the Gym

11:30-12:30pm = 4th and 5th Grade - Glow Run in the Gym

1:45pm = 6th, 7th, and 8th Color Run on the field

Spirit Nights

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Save the date

Golf Tournament Fundraiser - November 5th

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The 24th Annual SJCS Golf Tournament is coming Friday, November 5th. We are currently seeking volunteers and donations for raffle/auction items. Sign up to volunteer here: Thank you!

Remember: Every $10 donated counts as 1 service hour. Large and small value items are needed! You could earn your service hours for the year with 1 donated item! TVs, nice coolers, ladies' items, sporting goods, adult beverages, gift cards, etc. Please contact Ethel Procell if you're able to contribute.

8th grade garage sale

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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

Monday Morning Prayer service

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Thank you, Mrs. Meri de Galvis, for leading the school community in prayer this week! We appreciate your sharing your gift of two languages with us.

Knights in Action!

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This group of 3rd graders expertly recited the September Bible verse to me today! Well done, Knights! You are taking the word of God to heart and memory.


Congratulations to our Middle School Diocesan Volleyball Blue and White teams. They won the championship at the Ft. Worth Christian Tournament a couple of weekends ago! Well done, Knights!
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SJCS Students Pictured: Emilia Terry, Gavrille Kapend, and Emma Cordova

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SJCS Students Pictured: Izzy Troha, Avery Bingham, Emma Nguyen

This Week in Art

Creativity and originality were expressed in our Art classes!

2nd Grade: In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month,

students created stylized Sun, Moon or Sun/Moon designs used in Mexican art.

Kindergarten: Cartoon Animal Faces and Characters

5th Grade: 1980’s graffiti art inspired by New York Pop artist Keith Haring

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STREAM Mission Statement

Our purpose is to engage students in hands-on activities to find creative solutions to real-world problems using collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and data analysis, with an understanding that all things STREAM lead to God.

“Bridging the Gap” - Students used assigned materials or LEGOs to build a bridge. We talked about several types of designs, including truss, suspension, arch, and beam bridges, and students chose one type to represent in the structures they built.

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!

  • Scotch tape

  • Toothpicks
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Small dixie cups
  • Hula Hoops



Our RoboKnights have been busy building their mission pieces. All of their robots will soon be built and then the programming begins! Nice work, RoboKnights!

What's growing in the greenhouse?

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Time to harvest the zucchini! Thanks to Mrs. Horton's 5th grade students, we were able to harvest the remaining bounty. I wonder if any of them really took a bite? I sure hope so!

SJCS Alumni News

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Can you find the 3 recent SJCS graduates? Jenna Poquiz, Sarah Hornick and Xitlalit Luna! These 3 young ladies made the Nolan Freshman team and are doing great! A couple of weekends ago, the Nolan Lady Vikings volleyball team won the Haltom Freshman Tournament! May God continue to bless them.

Culinary Arts at NCHS

Nolan Catholic Senior Sam Doskocil (SJCS Class of 2018), Junior Paris Poquiz (SJCS Class of 2019), and Freshman Sal Bosquez (SJCS Class of 2021) all helped with a special catering job through Nolan Catholic Culinary Arts program. The three St. Joseph alumni are either former or current students in the class and volunteered their time recently to prepare and serve during the NCHS Class of 1975 reunion. Many of those graduates were on the Nolan Catholic campus for the first time since their high school graduation and were able to visit the new facilities. With every stop, a Culinary Arts student presented a course in their progressive meal that evening. For instance, Sal helped prepare the taco boats prior to the event, then presented and served them during the group's third station in the Arena. Sam worked on many of the dishes including the chicken quesadillas and butternut squash/cranberry crostini; while Paris prepped among others, the stuffed shells and chorizo-chicken meatballs.

The Culinary Arts course introduces students to the commercial kitchen and allows them to learn how fun and exciting food can be as a career. Students also learn and practice basic knife skills, measuring skills, and how to follow a recipe through weekly practice.

To learn more about this and other programs, visit an Open House event or contact the Admission Office:

Class of 2021 Yearbook signing

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As soon as the yearbooks arrive, we look forward to welcoming back on campus the most recent graduating class of SJCS to share memories and have the opportunity to spend some time together before high school truly takes off! The Class of 2021 is looking very happy to see one another again....we are happy to see them, too!
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Here are two SJCS alumni spending some time together! Freshman Joshua Aguirre was paired with Senior Ryan Jimenez for "Twin Day" as part of Nolan Catholic High School's Welcome Week. So wonderful to see their smiling faces, and thank you, Ryan, for continuing your service to others.

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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.

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

  • 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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2015 SW Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington, TX 76017-2736

Contact us at (817) 419-6800