Weekly Newsletter - October 15, 2020
celebrating 26 years of excellence in catholic education
Theme for the Year: Hope
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
In Mass this week, our Gospel reading spoke of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit. Fr. Kelley explained in his homily the responsibility we all have to invite Jesus into our lives. We can pray to God to help us make use of these Fruits more fervently. People who openly use of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit, reveal how God is working through them. Fr. Kelley mentioned one unique way we can show our love for others. When wearing a mask during these uncertain times, you show others how much you care about their well-being.
I am witnessing the Fruits of the Holy Spirit in abundance at SJCS; goodness, generosity, kindness, and joy to name a few. By embracing these Fruits, we are all working together to further the mission of the Church, training our missionary disciples to seek virtue, wisdom, and truth along with the support of you, our families. Together, we can accomplish great things...this I know to be true.
Diane Price, M.Ed.L.
Hope Bible Verse for October
A saintly "HOPE" quote to ponder
–St. Isidore of Seville
It's a Review Week. No new roots.
Thank you for all the support! Enjoy the pictures and video!
Reminders and Upcoming Events
- 10/16 NO SCHOOL TOMORROW - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16TH - Teachers will be attending an in-service.
- 10/18 World Mission Sunday - This is a special day to bring focus to the missions around the globe. We are all called to serve those in need and to bring the message of the Gospel to all, especially the poor and widowed.
- 10/19 NO SCHOOL NEXT MONDAY - OCTOBER 19TH - This day is set aside for Parent/Teacher Conferences via Zoom or phone call.
- 10/20 Prayer Service at 8am on Tuesday - World Mission Rosary - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83933726239
- 10/21 Weekly Wednesday Mass - We will be attending Mass weekly on Wednesdays, at 8:30 a.m. Distance Learners, we are attending along with you from home! Be sure to wear your dress uniform and participate by clicking on the parish link: https://stjoe88.org/ On-Campus Learners, be sure to wear your dress uniform to school on these days. Families are welcome to attend. All must wear a mask to enter the church. Students may sit with family members during Mass, but will need to be walked back to their teacher before leaving the sanctuary.
- SJCS Art Exhibit 2020-2021 - Please see the information below about the SJCS Annual Art Exhibit. Deadline for entries is set for December 9th. There is more detailed information in the Thursday Folder.
- 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.
The 19th Annual SJCS Art Exhibit Theme is Announced!
Weekly Mass Opportunity
Don't forget...When away from school
Home and School Association
Future HSA Events:
Family Rosary Night and October HSA Meeting (all via Zoom) - October 21st (link below)
Topic: October Family Rosary and HSA Meeting
Time: Oct 21, 2020 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 876 5412 5254
*Don't forget to scan your receipt using the Box Tops app if you have items in your grocery basket with the Box Tops logo!
Monday Morning Prayer Service Zoom Invite
This link should also be found in your family's Seesaw Account or Google Classroom.
Diane Price is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Monday Morning Prayer Service (Tuesday this coming week due to Parent/Teacher Conferences)
Time: 08:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 839 3372 6239
Dismissal Car Line
Please follow these steps for a faster car line:
1. Download the Pikmykid App and register.
2. Place your new car tag with the numbers on your dash or visor where it can easily be seen.
3. Leave your car tag visible so all the adults working the car line may read it to assist your child.
4. Announce your arrival through the app, when you come to the stop sign. Your child will then be approved for dismissal.
Please call the office if you have any questions. Thank you!
Dismissal Times by Grade Level
Please adhere to the following schedule for a smoother dismissal. Thank you!
Normal Dismissal Times
2:50 - 3:00 PK - 2nd with no siblings, or siblings in PK-2nd
3:00 - 3:10 3rd through 5th with siblings in PK-2nd, or no siblings
3:15 - 3:25 6th through 8th grade with or without siblings
Early Dismissal Times
11:50 = PK - 2nd is dismissed
12:00 = 3rd-5th is dismissed
12:10 = 6th-8th is dismissed
Knights in Action!
Monday Morning Prayer Service
Mrs. Pouttu's class was seen getting some fresh air in the Outdoor Classroom.
Mrs. Heid lightened the mood today by using two familiar faces to create humorous Mad Libs with her class.
Mrs. Schwartz's class enjoyed creating stress relief balls and decorating them with funny faces.
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Mrs. Wolanin's class was engaged in some serious problem solving, when I stopped in for a quick visit.
Bible Verse Memorized!
Today, I had Katie Pham inform me that she had the October Bible Verse memorized! And....she did! The entire verse was expertly quoted. Bravo, Katie!
Feast of the Most Holy Rosary
Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month!
Lower School Spanish teacher, Ms. Meri, and her students have created an informational display about Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe for all to enjoy. Students are encouraged to stop and read, as well as offer a prayer when they pass by.
This week in art
You can tell that fall is in the air within Mr. Suarez's Art Class...check out the art work below. Nice job, Knights!
Kindergarten - Jack O’Lanterns crayon drawings
3rd Grade - Haunted House Designs: House Boo-tiful
5th Grade - One-Panel Halloween Cartoons
7th Grade - Mexican Calaveras (Skulls)/ Dia de los Muertos using mixed media
for National Hispanic Heritage Month
8th Grade - Human Skull Drawings
Pencil drawings on white cards
and oil pastels on black paper
STREAM Wish List
- Pipe cleaners
- Scotch tape
- Construction paper
- Coffee Filters
- Small Dixie Cups
Alumni Jacob Huffman is now a sophomore at OU and is involved in the marching band and campus band programs. He is doing great academically and his parents believe it has a lot to do with the foundation he received at SJCS and NCHS. Go, Knights! We are proud of you, Jacob!
COVID-19 Daily Home Screening Required for Students
Parents: Please be sure to complete this short screening each morning. If none of these apply to your child, you may come to school. 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.
SECTION 1: Symptoms
If your child has any of the following symptoms, that indicates a possible illness that may decrease the student’s ability to learn and also put them at risk for spreading illness to others. Please check your child for these symptoms:
1. Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth
2. Sore throat
3. New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)
4. Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
5. New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
SECTION 2: Close Contact/Potential Exposure
1. Had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with a person with confirmed COVID-19
COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line
Many More Health and Wellness Resources May be found here
Meet our parish priests!
Join Fr. Kelley for Mass-live
Daily Mass is open to the public. Attendance limited to first 40 people. Temperatures will be checked at the door. Please maintain social distance from others. Also, the Parish Office now has limited office hours: 8-10 a.m. Monday-Friday. Parishioners may schedule Mass intentions, purchase a candle or refill Holy Water. Most staff will continue to work from home, and are available via direct dial office phone and email 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- The faithful are dispensed from the obligation to attend and to participate in Sunday Mass, but not dispensed from our faith.
- People in attendance at Mass must wear masks or scarfs over their mouths and nose inside the buildings to help prevent the spread of the virus.
- All attending are to practice proper social distancing, wear masks and use hand sanitizer upon entering the church.
- The Bishop asks to be considerate in charity of your neighbor and receive Holy Communion in the hand for the time being.
St. Joseph Catholic Parish
- Please watch this important video message from Fr. Kelley: https://youtu.be/sO3CFan_kM8
- Please join the parish for daily and weekend Masses at this link: https://youtu.be/LxIRBSew1yI
- Please continue tithing to your parish. St. Joseph Parishioners may go to this link to give: https://stjoe88.org/giving
- 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!
St. Joseph Catholic Church Events
Join Bishop Olson for mass
Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth link:
ST. JOSEPH, PROTECTOR OF FAMILIES, PRAY FOR US.