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Weekly Newsletter - September 10, 2021

celebrating 27 years of excellence in catholic education

Theme for the Year: Charity



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,

with hearts full of CHARITY for our fellow man.

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

I had the pleasure this week to attend an all-day meeting with other principals on the Nolan Catholic High School campus. When we get to meet at this location, we are always invited to attend Mass with the students. I am always on the lookout to see if I can find any of our SJCS students in their new surroundings.


I was not disappointed! Time and time again, as I made my way to Mass in the arena, I heard my name being called by cheerful alumni, happy to see me "on their turf" for the day. What I must add to this, is how many of these welcoming calls were coming from our alumni while in service roles. Our Knights were holding doors open, directing visitors to their seats, passing out hymnals, and performing in the choir and orchestra. My heart was bursting with joy and pride for these students, now successful Vikings.


I found my mind wandering on where the roads of their future will lead them. If one stopped for just a moment, I am certain one could feel the enormous potential in the room of all the students present. I was imagining the enormity of their collective God-given talents put to use for the betterment of society. Our world needs these students. Our world needs students who live their lives for God. The role of Catholic education in society must not be overlooked. Thank you, SJCS faculty and staff, for helping to shape the future servant leaders of our world. And thank you, parents, for making the sacrifice to send your children to St. Joseph Catholic School. Together, we all make a difference.

In Christ's service,

Diane Price, M.Ed.L.

Principal

September Bible verse on Charity

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New saintly "CHARITY" quote to ponder

"Charity is the form, mover, mother and root of all the virtues."

-St. Thomas Aquinas

Virtue for the Month

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Greek and Latin Roots for the week:

port- (carry, bear, bring), re- (again, back), -able, ible (capable of, tending to)

Helping the Car line Run Smoothly

Families, please help us have a safe and efficient car line by following these guidelines:


  1. In the mornings, remain in your car. We will help your child out of the car on the right side.
  2. In the afternoons, announce your arrival on the PikMyKid app when you come to the stop sign.
  3. Please come see us in the school office if you do not know how to use the app. We will gladly show you how.
  4. Always have your car tag visible for those working the car line.
  5. Arrive as close as possible to the time of your oldest student's dismissal time.

Installing and Using the Pikmykid App

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Reminders and Upcoming Events

  • WE ARE STILL 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.


  • On Sale Now - Dinner and Talent Show Tickets and Meal Orders! Don't miss out on a delicious Asian dinner and fabulous student performances on Thursday, September 30th. The dinner begins at 6:00 pm and the Talent Show starts at 7:00 pm. You must buy a ticket for the show and order ahead for dinner (Deadline September 20th) Please see the Thursday Folder for more details.


  • 9/10 - Quarter 1 Progress Reports Emailed


  • 9/13, 9/15, 9/17 - Talent Show Tryouts with Mr. Cullen. Please see the form attached to the 8/27 newsletter email from Mrs. Price


  • 9/15 - Fall Pictures: Please come to school in dress uniform on this day for Mass and Fall Pictures!



  • 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.

Save the date

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Please see the informational flyer in the Thursday Folder

for more details on this special day of giving.

COVID-19 Daily Home Screening for Students

Parents: Please be sure to complete this short screening each morning. If any of these symptoms are present, please stay home and contact the school and your doctor. 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.


Important - Keep your children home while waiting for COVID-19 test results of anyone that could be a close contact individual for them.


SECTION 1: Symptoms from the CDC website

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.


SECTION 2: Close Contact/Potential Exposure

1. Had close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with a person with confirmed COVID-19.

COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line

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School Calendar for 2021-2022

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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 for next year:


  1. Donating food during NJHS Food Collections at Mass.
  2. If you are able to provide a case of water to the school, you will earn 1 service hour per case.
  3. We are always in need of Lysol spray.
  4. We are always in need of Clorox wipes.
  5. Liquid hand soap
  6. Disposable gloves
  7. STREAM Enrichment supplies (listed below)


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

8th grade garage sale

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Home and School Association

Be sure to check out all of the HSA information found in this week's Thursday Folder!

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Monday Morning Prayer Service Zoom Invite

Diane Price is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Topic: Monday Morning Prayer Service

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

Every week on Mon, until May 23, 2022, 40 occurrence(s)


Join by clicking here - https://esc11.zoom.us/j/88516285709

Meeting ID: 885 1628 5709

Monday Morning Prayer service

Frassati Medal Recipient

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6th grader, Julia Lopez, received the Frassati Medal this week for her small act of kindness toward her teacher and classmates. It may seem like a small thing, stopping what you are doing and making time for someone else, but in reality, it is a very big thing. As Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati showed us, small acts of kindness mean a lot to God. Giorgio Frassati lived his life by following the Beatitudes taught all of us by Jesus. We should all be striving to do the same. We are very proud of you, Julia!


The Beatitude Julia displayed: Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy.

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Thank you, Mrs. Kuntz, for helping me lead the school's Bible Enthronement Prayer Service this week, as faculty across campus placed their classroom Bibles in special locations for their students to see the sacred scripture whenever they desire to do so.

Knights in Action!

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Mrs. Pouttu's students were reciting from memory, their summer poem. It was truly awesome to see how well these students are able to perform this exercise!

Honoring Our First Responders

Thank you to the students who made lovely cards, to the generous staff member who donated gift cards, and to our National Junior Honor Society and families for donating snack items. With these donations, the NJHS was able to create gift baskets to present to the area fire fighters and police officers in thanks and remembrance of the September 11th tragedy of 2001. We are so very grateful to our First Responders for their service to the community.
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Volleyball

Volleyball games are under way! We are so very proud of all the Knight athletes representing the school! And a huge THANK YOU to all the parents who are volunteering their time to coach. Go, Knights!

8th grade Retreat

This past week, our 8th graders were able to participate in a Theology of the Body Retreat, where they had interactive lessons on the teachings of St. John Paul II, detailing the importance of respecting one's body and how they relate to others.
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This Week in Art

Our Knights have worked on a variety of art pieces this week, using their God-given talents to be creative:


2nd Grade: Aboriginal Animal Bark paintings


1st Grade: Cave Art Painting


5th Grade: Patriotic Art: Remembering 9/11 on the 20th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001


8th Grade: Anatomy of the Hand: Drawing hand gestures with pencil, blending stump and an eraser

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STREAM Mission Statement

Our purpose is to engage students in hands-on activities to find creative solutions to real-world problems using collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and data analysis, with an understanding that all things STREAM lead to God.

This week in STREAM, students were given the chance to choose their STEM activity.

Looks like imagination won over with the creation of baseball diamonds, boats,

and Geoboard designs.

Current 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!


  • Scotch tape

  • Toothpicks
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Small dixie cups
  • Hula Hoops


THANK YOU from the STREAM TEAM!!!

RoboKnights

The SJCS RoboKnights will be coming together once again to compete in the FIRST LEGO League Robotics Competition. Watch this section of the newsletter for updates on this group!

What's growing in the greenhouse?

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Over the summer months, we had some beautiful sunflowers growing! Now that we have started a new school year, teachers and students will have to decide what to plant next! I look forward to all of the wonder and awe to come!


Thanks to Mr. Bill Williams from our Advisory Council, the greenhouse continues to receive upgrades in air circulation, water access, and work space. Thank you, Mr. Williams!

SJCS Alumni News

Class of 2021 Yearbook Signing

As soon as the yearbooks arrive, we look forward to welcoming back on campus the most recent graduating class of SJCS to share memories and have the opportunity to spend some time together before high school truly takes off! The Class of 2021 is looking very happy to see one another again....we are happy to see them, too!
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Here are two SJCS alumni spending some time together! Freshman Joshua Aguirre was paired with Senior Ryan Jimenez for "Twin Day" as part of Nolan Catholic High School's Welcome Week. So wonderful to see their smiling faces, and thank you, Ryan, for continuing your service to others.

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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.

St. Joseph Parish News

Meet our parish priests!

Weekly Mass Opportunity

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Sacramental Prep for 2nd Graders

Classes start in October for St. Joseph Parishioners.

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Parish Notes

  • Parish website link: https://stjoe88.org/
  • 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.