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Weekly Newsletter - February 25, 2021

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

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From the principal

It has been quite the journey these last two weeks! Thank you for your patience while we waited for the snow and ice to melt, for the power and water to return, and for repairs to be made to the campus. We still have more work to do in order to run the HVAC system. Each day we get a little closer. Today, the broken boiler was removed from the school as we await the new one to arrive. I have been told it should be here soon.


I know some of you are still experiencing issues from the weather. I will continue to pray for you, and for others in the community. Times like these truly remind us how fortunate we are to routinely have so many of our needs met. When we experience times where we are without, we experience discomfort which can cause us to pause and reflect on our lives. This is an opportunity to become closer to God.


We began this Lenten Season with a different perspective. I hope to use these challenges to bring me closer to God with a renewed thankfulness for His love and mercy.

In Christ's service,

Diane Price, M.Ed.L.

Principal

Hope Bible verse for February

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Click below to see Mrs. Do's PreK Students Reciting this month's bible verse. Well done!

New saintly "HOPE" quote to ponder

Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know You, a heart to seek You, wisdom to find You, conduct pleasing to You, faithful perseverance in waiting for You, and a hope of finally embracing You. Amen. -St. Thomas Aquinas

Virtue of the Month

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Here are the Greek and Latin Roots we are focused on this week: -tend, -tent, -tens, jur-, jus-, dem-, demo-

Help Needed in Car line

Please note the two red X's on the diagram below. These are two areas to avoid. Fr. Kelley has asked that parents not use the church's drive-through/handicap lane when you are in the car line. This lane is never meant for school traffic. Also, please do not park in the zone where cars are meant to make their turn to enter the car line. Thank you!
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save the date

April 17, 2021

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Reminders and Upcoming Events


  • NOW 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.


  • 3/2 National Read Across America Day-Dr. Seuss' Birthday! - Students will engage in reading for pleasure during the day. Please see details below.


  • St. Joseph Altar during the Month of March - We will be collecting food all during the month of March in honor of our Patron, St. Joseph's Feast Day on March 19th. We create an altar (display) in the cafeteria containing iconography of our patron. Food that gets donated is placed around the display all month long. Here is a list of items in need at the St. Joseph's St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Pantry. Do not forget that you can earn 1 service hour for every $10 you spend for this food pantry. Thank you in advance for your generosity!



Bagged rice

Brownie mix

Canned chicken

Canned fruit

Canned veggies

Cereal

Chili and beef stew

Cleaning supplies

Cookies/snacks

Corn bread mix

Crackers

Disinfecting wipes

Dried beans

Hamburger Helper

Jelly

Kleenex

Pancake mix/syrup

Pasta and sauce

Shampoo

Soup

Spam

Taco Shells

Toothpaste and brushes



  • 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.


  • 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.

Tuesday, March 2nd

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Let's read, Knights! In honor of this day, students may come to school in a Dr. Seuss t-shirt, or reading focused t-shirt, SJCS spirit wear, fun socks, and/or fun hat, in honor of Dr. Seuss (with blue jeans and tennis shoes of your choosing).

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:


  1. Donating food during the month of March in honor of the Feast Day of St. Joseph.
  2. Helping with Catechism classes on the weekend for the parish of St. Joseph (details below).
  3. Donating food during NJHS Food Collections at Mass.
  4. If you are able to provide a case of water to the school, you will earn 1 service hour per case.
  5. We are always in need of Lysol spray.
  6. We are always in need of Clorox wipes.
  7. Liquid hand soap
  8. Disposable gloves
  9. STREAM Enrichment supplies (listed below)
  10. Also, you can earn 1 service hour by attending any Spirit Night.


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

New service hour opportunity:

Leading catechism on Saturday mornings via Zoom

The parish is in dire need of help teaching Catechism Classes online. Please consider helping them out, and earning service hours as well! Interested? Please read the following from Josefina Martinez, Coordinator of Children’s Formation:


How does it work?

Catechists dismiss their class once they finish the lesson, so end times fluctuate a little. We have three PK/K classes, eight 1st-5th catechism, and eight Sacramental Prep.


Classes are small. We have 3 students (the PK/K Spanish class) to 14 students each. All classes are through Zoom, and I train them, if needed. Catechists and I review the lesson on Thursday evening and Friday morning (their choice of which to attend), plus I’m flexible and will add lesson review sessions as needed to fit their schedule.


That’s it, in a nutshell! Also, I need substitutes. If they can only help once in a while. They can be added to my sub list, and they will be contacted when a catechist will be absent.


Class Times:

PK/K catechism is at 8:30-8:50am

1st-5th catechism is at 9:00-9:45am

SacPrep is at 10:00-10:30am


They can start as soon as they are available! My contact information is:

Direct line: 682-326-5348

Email: jmartinez@stjoe88.org

Weekly Mass Opportunity

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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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Home and School Association

Our Spirit Night from February 9th at Chick-fil-A earned the school $234.94. Thank you, Knights! This is great!


Next Spirit Night - Tuesday, March 9th at Spring Creek BBQ on Cooper. Please see the details below.


*Don't forget to give yourself a service hour in the FACTS Family Portal if you order food on a Spirit Night!


*Also, 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!

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COVID-19 Updates

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!

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

Time: 08:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting

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


Meeting ID: 839 3372 6239

Knights in Action!

Monday Morning Prayer Service

A belated thank you to Mrs. Pouttu's 8th Grade class for hosting the Monday Morning Prayer Service of the 8th. We look to the 8th Grade leaders of our school to exemplify what it means to be a Knight. Our 8th Graders meet each day's challenges with a smile and cheerful heart. Well done, Knights!
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This week's prayer service

stations of the cross

Displays on Campus

In Mrs. Doskocil's Spanish class, the Upper School students came together to create these lovely mosaic pieces representing Our Lady of Guadalupe. They are just perfect!
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The past two weeks in art

Please enjoy the following examples of student work from Mr. Suarez' art classes these past two weeks. These are lovely! We always have more beautiful work than I have the space to share.


K: Drawing Fish with crayons


1st Grade: Heart Designs using colors and patterns


2nd Grade: Spring Flowers using paper collage and The Surreal Eye inspired by artist Henri Magritte’s “The False Mirror”


5th Grade: African Mask Designs in honor of Black History Month and 12 Hearts Grid: a dozen miniature heart-themed designs created with inspiration, imagination and innovation!


6th Grade: Lenten Art - Christ on the Cross drawing based on the style of Georges Rouault

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This week in STREAM our students meditated on the experience of Jesus being forced to wear a Crown of Thorns, by recreating a version of the crown, and other imagery of Jesus' Passion. As children use their hands, they engage their minds and hearts in this experience.

Newly Updated 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!



  • Conservation Hearts Candy

  • Toothpicks
  • Clothespins
  • Small Dixie Cups
  • Individually wrapped candy



THANK YOU from the STREAM TEAM!!!

RoboKnights

Our Roboknights are working on programming their robots to complete specific tasks. This is one of the main goals of what they will do in competition. You can do it, RoboKnights! Each meeting, you get closer and closer to your task goals.

growth in the Greenhouse

It is official! We have plants already sprouting in the new greenhouse! Our students enter this space with excitement and eagerness to see their plants thrive. Our Knights are seeing first-hand the work of God reflected in their own efforts. Just beautiful!

Snow...in texas!

Here is a sight we do not see often! Thank you to Mrs. Gutierrez and Mr. Kifunga for sharing these pictures with the school. Very pretty, and very cold!
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Alumni News

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SJCS Alumni - Ceili Huddleston, Javier Saldivar, Cesar Saldivar, and Joshua Vavrin turned out to help with the greenhouse as well! It was a real treat to have these students back at SJCS, willing to help out the school of their elementary years. It is truly admirable how you are holding true to your role as missionary disciples.
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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.

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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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!

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.