Falcon Frenzy

October 10, 2019

Mission Statement

St. Joseph Academy, a Christ-centered Catholic community, rooted in faith, knowledge and values, inspires students to live the gospel message in school, the community, and the world and to achieve academic excellence through relevant and challenging curriculum.

Scholarship Funds Still Available

We are happy to announce that AAA Scholarships Foundation has available funding for the Florida Income-Based Scholarship for this current 2019-2020 School year, No waitlist!

Parents who are interested in learning more about this scholarship opportunity are encouraged to visit http://www.aaascholarships.org/parents/florida/. Don't delay. Apply today while funds are still available

Alice in Wonderland

Auditions for our school musical, Alice in Wonderland, will be held on October 14th right after school. All students in grades 5-8 are eligible to audition for the play. Our Falcon Chorus is also eligible to participate. There was an email sent out regarding more specific audition information. Please email Mrs. Van Wieren @ TVanWieren@SJALakeland.org for more information

Lion King and Oklahoma

We have two upcoming field trips

Lion King: Grades 6-8 October 11th

Oklahoma: Grades 5-8 October 31st

*If you have not already turned in your form (and fee with regard to Lion King), then your child will be given an alternate assignment at school those days. Unfortunately the deadline for submission has ended for both.

Art Announcement

Look What’s Coming…..A creative opportunity to support our school and your child through the Original Works program. Ms. Benitez is working hard to ensure that all students will have an artwork entry in order to participate in this artistic awesomeness!! All artwork should be submitted to the Art Teacher, Ms. Benitez, by October 16th. Your child may pick up an Original Works approved paper (paper used must meet certain guidelines) in the Art room. Please do not use oil pastels, glitter, abrasives (salt/sand), scratch art or construction paper. Please do use bright colors, water color, pencil, markers, or colored pencils. The bolder the color, the better the print will come out on the OW merchandise. For more information visit www.originalworks.com/parents, or feel free to email Ms. Benitez @ebenitez@sjalakeland.org.

Faith Formation from St. Joseph Catholic Church

Dear St. Joseph Families,

St. Joseph Catholic Church would like to welcome you to our community! If you or your family would like more information regarding the Catholic Faith (see below), please contact Sam Alamm at our church office at 863-213-5280 x2019.

  • My child is Catholic and needs to receive the sacraments.
  • I am an adult Catholic and need to receive the sacraments.
  • I am NOT Catholic, but I would like to learn more about the Catholic Faith.
  • I am interested in becoming Catholic.

We look forward to assisting you and your families on your journey of faith! Go Falcons!


Thank you to all parents who were able to join us for Parent Teacher Conferences last week. We strongly believe that the parents are the primary educators of their children. The opportunity to meet with you only strengthens our collaboration in educating your children. If you missed your Parent Teacher Conference, or still have questions and would like more time with a teacher, please do not hesitate to contact the teacher to schedule another opportunity to meet.

Living Rosary

October is the month of the Rosary. Throughout the month, we pray the Rosary every morning. We invite you to join us for our Living Rosary on October 15 at 2:15pm in the Courtyard. We will dedicate our Living Rosary to the recovery and good health of our beloved principal, Mrs. Bruchey.

Athletic Booster Club Now Forming

Does your child enjoy being a part of a sports team? St. Joseph Academy is now forming an Athletic Booster Club, and we need YOU! Our SJA Athletic Booster Club will work together to fundraise and support our athletic teams. One of our immediate goals will be to sell advertising banners to hang on the fence on the field. If you are interested in joining the Athletic Booster Club, please email Mrs. Haas at thaas@sjalakeland.org. We have postponed our first meeting of the Boosters. It will be rescheduled.

First Box Tops Contest ends October 18th! Don’t forget to turn them in!

Box Tops

Box Tops Contest is Neck and Neck ….. where does your child(ren)’s class fall????

PreK – 100

K – 200

1st – 24

2nd – 304

3rd – 100

4th – 361

5th – 15

6th – 8

7th – 340

8th – 11

Don’t forget to give credit via the app to your child(ren)’s class!!

Parent Code of Conduct

Parents are reminded of the Parent Code of Conduct issued by the Diocese of Orlando effective August 1, 2019. By sending your child(ren) to a Catholic school in the Diocese of Orlando, parents agree to abide by the policies contained within. The Parent Code of Conduct can be found within the Parent Student Handbook on the school website (sjalakeland.org) under Resources. Over the next several weeks, we will be reviewing policies contained within the Parent Code of Conduct. We thank you for your adherence to these diocesan policies.

Under no circumstances approach/contact another student to address, discuss or reprimand them because of actions towards your own child/ren. These issues should be addressed by school administration. This includes the use of digital/social media to address or air grievances.

November Lunch Menu

Please find the November Lunch Menu in your Falcon Express Envelopes today. Lunch orders will be due on Friday, October 18th. Please remember to submit payment with your November lunch order.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed on Friday, October 11 at 3:15 for an hour or two to assist with organizing prizes for our Fall Festival. Please sign in at the front office. This is a great way to earn volunteer hours.

Wear Pink for Breast Cancer

On Friday, October 25, students are invited to donate $1 and wear pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. Funds raised from this dress down day will go to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute.

Sponsor a Police Officer

The Diocese of Orlando allows school administrators to hire off-duty police officers for special events where there may be high volumes of people or when we are present on property at night, etc. I take the safety and security of all those on our campus very seriously and have made the decision to hire an officer to be present for our Halloween Dance and our Fall Festival. The cost of the police officer is $31 per hour. If you would like to sponsor the police officer for the entire event or even just for an hour during the event, please call Mrs. Dyer in the front office.

Halloween Dance: 4 hours @ $31 per hour is $124 total

Fall Festival: 5 hours @$31 per hour is $155 total

I will continue to secure off-duty police officers for activities or events that I deem necessary.

Donations Needed for Fall Festival

Families are asked to donate drinks for our Fall Festival. We will only be accepting Coca Cola products. Individual served cans or bottles are appreciated. Remember that you earn one volunteer hour for every $10 spent on donations for the school. Be sure to log your donation of drinks on your White Envelope.

Kindergarten and 1st grade: Diet Coke

2nd and 3rd Grades: Regular Coke

4th and 5th Grades: Sprite

6th Grade: Water

7th grade: Diet Coke

8th grade: Coke

Fall Festival

We hope you are making plans to join us for our Fall Festival on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Here are a few reminders as we prepare for this fun day:

  • Presales are happening now. The order form can be downloaded by clicking on the link below. Additional forms are available in the front office.
  • We are still accepting sponsorships for our event.
  • If you have a tent that we can use, please label it with your name and drop it off in the front office on Friday, October 25th.
  • Baked goods are needed. Donations will be accepted on Friday, October 25th.
  • We are seeking cakes and cupcakes for our cake walk. Donations will be accepted on Friday, October 25th.
  • Volunteers are needed to make this a successful event. Please watch for the sign up genius to come out via email in the near future.

Halloween Dance

Friday, Oct. 25th, 7-10pm

Dining Hall

All Middle School students are invited to our Halloween Dance! Students may wear costumes. Entrance fee is $5.
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St. Joseph Academy

Interim Principal: Mrs. Tammi Haas
Pastor: Father Tim LaBo
Superintendent Diocese of Orlando: Mr. Henry Fortier