Eagle's Eye

October 27, 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.

early dismissal and no aftercare

All students (PreK through grade 8) will need to be picked up at 2pm on Friday, November 4th. 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! 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.

get your cool weather uniforms

There will be a Uniform Sale this Saturday, October 29th from 9am-11am in the Parish Center. This is your opportunity to shop for uniforms to wear in cool weather. Please remember there are very specific guidelines regarding appropriate uniforms on cooler days. If you cannot stop by the parish center on October 29th from 9-11am, you may call the school office to get information on placing an order.

Cool Weather Reminders

Navy or white tights may be worn in the colder months under jumper or skirts. Leggings are not permitted. Girls may not wear sweatpants underneath their uniform. For clarification purposes, girls may wear tights (with feet in them) underneath their school uniform.

Remember, boots are never acceptable, even on dress down days.

living rosary

Please join us tomorrow, Friday, October 28th at 8:15am in the church for our Living Rosary!

mass next week

Please remember that we will attend Mass on Tuesday, November 1st for All Saints Day. Students should wear their Mass uniforms on Tuesday next week, not Wednesday.

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.

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.

last minute fall fest donations needed

Fall Fest is just over a week away, and our committee of volunteers is working hard to ensure we all have a fantastic afternoon. Our Fall Fest is requesting just a few more items to make the day successful:

  • Did your child get too much candy trick or treating? Consider donating all leftover Halloween candy to be used as prizes. We prefer to not have chocolate as it will melt. Halloween candy can be dropped off in the school office any time between now and Nov. 4.
  • Tailgating tents are needed for the event. If you have a tent used for tailgating/beach/etc, please consider letting us borrow it for Fall Fest. Be sure to label the tent with your family name and drop off anytime between now and Nov. 3.
  • We could use large coolers to keep drinks and other food cold for the Fall Fest. If you would like to allow us to borrow your cooler for the event, please label with your name and drop off at the school office.

Fall Fest Basket Donations

So many parents were generous to order basket items off of the school's Amazon Wishlist for Fall Fest. Room Parents have begun putting those baskets together in anticipation of Fall Fest next week. If you have an item for a Fall Fest basket, we need it to be delivered to the school office no later than noon tomorrow, Friday, October 28th. Thank you for your donations.

halloween and parties

Please keep in mind that all treats and plans for celebrating holidays must be coordinated with the approval of the classroom teacher. With Halloween coming very quickly, grades 3 and up have very specific expectations of how those classes will celebrate. Parents of all grade levels should not send in any sweets or treats without the prior approval of the teacher. This policy will be enforced. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

red ribbon week

We've had a great week at SJCS celebrating being drug free. Tomorrow is our last day of Nation Red Ribbon Week. Students are invited to wear sunglasses with their Mass uniforms.

Friday: Too Bright for drugs (wear sunglasses)

now offering breakfast

Maschio's has been offering breakfast for our students who attend Before Care daily. It's going so well that we are extending this offer to all students at SJCS. Beginning Monday, October 31st, all students may go to the cafeteria between 7:30 and 7:45am to enjoy breakfast at school. 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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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


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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.

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

At that time, Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town.
Now a man there named Zacchaeus,
who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man,
was seeking to see who Jesus was;
but he could not see him because of the crowd,

for he was short in stature.
So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way.
When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said,
"Zacchaeus, come down quickly,
for today I must stay at your house."
And he came down quickly and received him with joy.
When they all saw this, they began to grumble, saying,
"He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner."
But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord,
"Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor,
and if I have extorted anything from anyone
I shall repay it four times over."
And Jesus said to him,
"Today salvation has come to this house
because this man too is a descendant of Abraham.
For the Son of Man has come to seek
and to save what was lost." - Lk 19:1-10


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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