Eagle's Eye

December 15, 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.

noon dismissal tomorrow

Please remember that we will dismiss at noon tomorrow, Friday, December 16th. Aftercare is not available on Friday. All students will need to be picked up by 12:30pm.

Thank You for Sponsoring Our Police Officer

Special thanks to the Vazquez family for sponsoring our police officer 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.

Acts of Kindness

Congratulations to our latest Acts of Kindness winners: Chloe, Issa, Ally, Vivian, Cesar, Zoe, Sebastian, Emmanuel, and Neveah!
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Let Your Light Shine

Third grade did a great job at their Let Your Light Shine presentation after Mass!

sweets with santa

We had a wonderful time at Sweets with Santa last weekend. Thank you to all the volunteers who coordinated this fun event for our families. Also, a special thank you to those who sponsored the activities and guests at our event.

Hurricane Make Up Day

SJCS will have school on Monday, February 20, 2023. This is our Hurricane Make Up Day from the day that we missed for Hurricane Nicole. Students in grades 2-8 will begin standardized testing this day. It’s important ALL students are in school.

reregistration for 2023-2024

It's hard to believe that it is already that time! The Reregistration window for the 2023-2024 school year opens on Monday, January 9th. The deadline to reregister will be at 3pm on Friday, January 27th.

new uniforms for 2023-2024

As we begin to prepare for the 2023-2024 school year, we have adopted a Mass dress uniform for all students in grades 4-8. This will be effective in the Fall of 2023. Boys in grades 4-8 will wear dress pants, a button down SJCS shirt, and a tie. Girls in grades 4-8 will have a plaid dress skort, a dress shirt and a tie. These uniform pieces will be sold through Sir Walter. Shoe requirement on dress uniform days will be: Girls: all black tennis shoe or a black dress flat. Boys: all black tennis shoe or a boat shoe.

Additionally, we will begin to phase out the red SJCS polo shirt and replace it with a grey SJCS polo for all students in kindergarten through grade 8. The red polo will be acceptable until May of 2024. Grey polo shirts will be sold and acceptable beginning in August of 2023.

As you know, uniforms are a staple of most Catholic schools. They are an outward sign of the discipline and respect we strive to foster in our students. Please prayerfully consider this change, and the uniform policy as a whole, as you make commitments for the next school year.

No longer offering breakfast

Beginning Tuesday, January 3rd, we will no longer offer breakfast in the mornings due to poor participation. We apologize to those families who were using this service.

amazon Smile

St. Joseph Catholic School recently received a check from Amazon Smile in the amount of $290.75 for orders placed between July 1 and September 30. Thank you to those families who have selected SJCS as their benefactor when making purchases on Amazon. There is no additional cost to the families, but Amazon gives back to schools and organizations. We are grateful for these funds. If you don't use Amazon Smile, please consider setting St. Joseph Catholic School up as your chosen organization to receive a percentage of your sales.

Christmas Shopping on Amazon? With one special click of the mouse, you can earn money for St. Joseph Catholic School. Please consider signing up on Amazon Smile. Every little bit helps! https://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-5452342

Great American Teach In

We recently hosted the Great American Teach In. All of our students from Prek to eighth grade learned about careers and hobbies from speakers in areas such as medicine, technology, culinary, entrepreneurship, and history. Five of our speakers were SJCS alumni! We were so thankful for all speakers who came to spend part of their morning and share their expertise with our learners!

Gabi Larrea

Veronica Alvarez

Alex Dry

Mary Trott

Alyssa Garber

Bea Hancock

Jay Burns

Veronica Figueroa

Devon Moore

Heather Reynolds

Chuck Warren/ Cliff Lewis

Krista Greene

Joe Reynolds

Nick Coulter

Michael Neel

Andy Sager

Kelsey Trott

Dr. Alvarez

David Blanton

Justin Hengesbach

Christmas Mass

Please join us for Christmas Mass:

Christmas Eve (Saturday, Dec. 24):

3:30pm Christmas Concert

4:00pm Children's Nativity

4:30pm Vigil Mass

9:15pm Christmas Concert

10:00pm Christmas Mass

Christmas (Sunday, Dec. 25):

7:00am Concert

7:30am Mass

10:30am Concert

11:00am Mass

happy birthday

PTO recently celebrated those staff who have birthdays in December and June (half birthdays). Happy Birthday to


Mrs. James

Ms. Brotherton (VPK)

Mr. Richards

Ms. Emily

Mrs. Rayburn
Ms. McGillin

Mr. Pack

Mrs. Baxley

Mrs. Haas

Nun Run

We are looking forward to our inaugural Nun Run on January 21. Please be sure to use the discount code SJCS20 when registering. We hope you will consider joining us. The class with the highest participation will receive an ice cream party.
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Middle School Youth Ministry Service Project

Please sign up for this service opportunity at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094EA8AE2EA0F9C07-christmas

Sign-ups close on Dec. 4th, so please be sure to register your child before then. In December, the coordinator for the Nativity will contact those signed up about group practice times and roles

Gospel Reading this Sunday, The Fourth Sunday of Advent

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,
but before they lived together,
she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
"Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins."
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,

which means "God is with us."
When Joseph awoke,
he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him
and took his wife into his home.

- Mt 1:18-24

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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