Eagle's Eye

September 1, 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.

Mass reflections

In today's Mass, we learned that Father Tim has two siblings, and he is the middle child. He has a sister that is four years younger than him and a brother who is two years older. Every time he played with his sister, she made him be someone he wasn't. This related to how Jesus was treated. Jesus was being told to stay and heal only one village, but Jesus didn't come here for that. He came to spread the Word of the Lord. The lesson was don't tell people what to be or what to do. Just be yourself. - Paloma grade 7

Father Tim said in his homily that he was the middle child and was always forced into playing with this younger sister. This ties in with the Gospel with Jesus being pressured to stay in his town to heal all the sick. Jesus replied to the people that he has to go to other towns and villages to spread the Word of God. This also ties in with Saint Teresa helping the needy and dying in her home of India. Father Tim tied it in with Mother Teresa because her feast day is coming up. - Aidon grade 7

four day weekend

Please remember that there is no school tomorrow, Friday, September 2nd. We have a professional development day for teachers that day. School will also be closed on Monday, September 5th for Labor Day. We hope you enjoy the long, four day weekend with your families.

early dismissal

School will dismiss at 2pm on Thursday, September 8th for teacher professional development. Aftercare will be provided.

St. Teresa of Calcutta Day

We will celebrate the St. Teresa of Calcutta Award that our school received from the Diocese of Orlando. In honor of St. Teresa of Calcutta, (Feast Day Sep. 5th) we will have a school-wide “Blessings Bags” service project. Our goal is to donate 100 “Blessing Bags” to give to children in need through the Mission in Winter Haven.

On Tuesday, September 6th, we will collect new child sized socks, towels, and boxes of individual kid friendly snacks. Bring a donation for the blessing bags and dress down in blue and white for St. Teresa on September 6th

“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it.” Saint Teresa of Calcutta

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.

Cheer Coach Needed

We are looking forward to a volunteer to serve as the Coach for Cheerleading this year. If you are able to help in this capacity, please email Coach Edwards at ledwards@stjosephwhschool.org.

toilet paper rolls needed

Mr. Art is requesting empty toilet paper rolls for upcoming art projects. Please send donations in with your child, care of Mr. Art. Thank you!

celebrate on our sign

If you would like to celebrate your child's birthday, please call the office to schedule the announcement on the sign in the parking lot. The cost to send well wishes to your child is $10.
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new lunch program

If your child plans to purchase lunch at school, it is important that he/she have money on his/her lunch account. If a student has a negative balance of $20, he/she will not be permitted to purchase a school lunch that day. Rather, he/she will be given a peanut butter sandwich with a drink, and you will be charged half price for the lunch. Please see the "Resources" section of this edition of Eagle's Eye for directions on how to put money on your child's lunch account. *When setting up your child's account, two tips: (1) be sure to select St. Joseph Catholic School Winter Haven; (2) for the student identification number, use your child's AR (accelerated reader) number - call the school if your child cannot tell you his/her AR number.

Please be aware that students have the option to purchase extras. You may want to monitor this on your child's lunch account, or have a conversation with him/her. Please also know that you can put messages on your child's account, restricting the number of snacks or saying that you do not want your child to purchase snacks.

Hawk Jr. Cheerleading

Drop off and let us feed your Jr. Cheerleader, teach them a fun routine and then meet us at the field for kick-off at 7pm. K-8th grade, $40 will include everything! Parents, $5 per vehicle to park for the game, $5 for Adult game ticket and $3 for student (non-cheerleader) game ticket. No need to rsvp for yourself, only your Jr. Cheerleader!


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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