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Weekly Newsletter - October 15, 2020

celebrating 26 years of excellence in catholic education

Theme for the Year: Hope



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,

full of HOPE for the future.

Our Mission and Vision Statements

Mission:

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.


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.


Motto:

Teaching the Mind...Nourishing the Soul

From the principal

Thank you again, Knight families, for all of your love and financial support during our Boosterthon Fundraiser! We surpassed our goal and are truly grateful for all of you!


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.

In Christ's service,

Diane Price, M.Ed.L.

Principal

Hope Bible Verse for October

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A saintly "HOPE" quote to ponder

Do not doubt, do not hesitate, never despair of the mercy of God. Hope and have confidence in confession.

–St. Isidore of Seville

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It's a Review Week. No new roots.

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Thank you for all the support! Enjoy the pictures and video!

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Boosterthon Slime-a-thon!

Thank you for helping us reach and surpass all of our Boosterthon goals! To end our fundraiser with a bang...we had a brave bunch of faculty and staff volunteer to be slimed! Thank you for being willing to play along! Enjoy the pictures!
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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.



  • 10/21 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!

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Weekly Mass Opportunity

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Don't forget...When away from school

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By following the CDC Guidelines of wearing a mask and social distancing while you are out and about over the weekend, you are helping the SJCS Community stay well!

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

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87654125254


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)

October 20th


Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83933726239


Meeting ID: 839 3372 6239

Dismissal Car Line

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Pikmykid Reminders

We are now using the new car line app daily. We would like to no longer use the walkie talkies, which are not always heard well by the faculty, and disrupt class.


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

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Knights in Action!

Monday Morning Prayer Service

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This week, Mrs. McCarty offered her support to these student leaders during our Monday Morning Prayer Service. Each of them did an excellent job leading the school community in prayer. Thank you!

Moments Captured

Feast of the Most Holy Rosary

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Students in Mrs. Do's class created rosaries and prayed together in honor of the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary. What a beautiful way to show their devotion to Our Lady.

Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month!

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We are on our last week of exploring the lives of Hispanic saints over the announcements. I hope our students have enjoyed learning how these people have helped shape the world around us.


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

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The STREAM Enrichment Challenge this week was for students to engage in 3D Skeleton Building! Some pretty successful builds, I would say. Good job, Knights!
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STREAM Wish List

STREAM classes are in need of the following items, if you are able to help:


  • Toothpicks

  • Pipe cleaners
  • Scotch tape
  • Construction paper
  • Q-tips
  • Coffee Filters
  • Small Dixie Cups


Thank you!

RoboKnights

RoboKnights, we are preparing to begin! We hope some of our 6th through 8th grade students will be interested in joining this after school club. Be sure to reach out to Mrs. Laurie Grove for more details.

Alumni News

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Alumni Christina Heid is pictured here in the middle of her ER rotation as part of her clinical for nursing school. Mr. and Mrs. Heid (SJCS 2nd grade teacher) are excited that she graduates in November...I bet not as excited as their daughter! We are proud of you, Christina.
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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!

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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

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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.
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Spiritual Communion

Here is a copy of the prayer to pray when one cannot physically receive the Holy Eucharist.
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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

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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: prayers@stjosephtx.org.

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.