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Weekly Newsletter - April 1, 2021

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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

From the principal

Please enjoy this beautiful prayer that simply states the events of Holy Thursday, and our calling here on this earth:


Lord God,
You sent your Son into the world,
And before His hour had come,
He washed His disciples’ feet.


You had given all things into His hands.
He had come from you, and was going to you,
And what did He do?

He knelt down on the floor,
And washed His friends’ feet.

He was their teacher and their Lord,

Yet He washed their feet.


Lord God, help us learn from His example;
Help us to do as He has done for us.

The world will know we are His disciples
If we love one another.


Strengthen our hands and our wills for love
And for service.

Keep before our eyes the image of your Son,
Who, being God, became a Servant for our sake.


All glory be to Him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, now and forever. Amen.


Resource: https://www.ibelieve.com/faith/8-prayers-to-pray-each-day-of-holy-week.html


May your family have a most meaningful Holy Week and joyful Easter!

In Christ's service,

Diane Price, M.Ed.L.

Principal

Holy Week Services at St. Joseph Catholic Church

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Hope Bible verse for April

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From Jesus's triumphant arrival into Jerusalem to His sorrowful Passion, please watch Mrs. Lara's and Mrs. Do's Preschool students embrace these events. Truly well done, our littlest of Knights! You learn best by doing and you are modeling for others.
Mrs. Lara's Preschool Students - Welcoming Jesus into Jerusalem
Mrs. Do's Preschool Students - Stations of the Cross

new saintly "HOPE" quote to ponder

"Faith lifts the soul. Hope supports it. Experience says it must. And Love says let it be!” - Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

Virtue for the Month of April

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-gon, carn-, carni-, dec-, deca-/decim-

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

Claim 5 service hours per family for registering and attending this event!

Bidding opens on Monday, April 12th. Please register at this link so that you are able to bid the night of the event. Go, Knights! https://holyrosary.ejoinme.org/auction
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I need a good home!

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Meet Bowie, as he is affectionally called at this time. He is from Timberline Labs located in Bowie, Texas and qualifies for AKC registration. The Clarks have been breeding high quality Labradors for over 7 years. They take great pride in their dogs and puppies to ensure they have the best life possible. Bowie is a wonderful pup and will make a loving addition to your family! Whether you are looking for a family companion or hunting buddy, the Clark's feel confident that Bowie will surpass your expectations.

Many thanks to Reeves Mobile Vet Services that will donate a puppy care package which includes the following:
Puppy Vaccines at their office (usually multiple sets),
Spay/Neuter (5-7 months of age) to be offered at our office

Register now for our 20th annual virtual A Knight to Remember which will take place on April 17th from 7-8pm! using this link: https://holyrosary.ejoinme.org/auction

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.



  • Raffle Time is Here! - A Knight to Remember Raffle sales have kicked off.

    Remember: For each family who sells at least $100 worth of tickets, you'll receive a pair of SJCS spirit logo socks for each SJCS student in your household! The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place top selling families will receive $100, $75 and $50 Mills Uniform gift certificates. Please send sold raffle tickets and money into the school office. Socks will be arriving soon and can be worn ANY SJCS 2020-2021 school day with the exception of mass days.


  • AK2R Event Registration is NOW OPEN! - Please use this link to register for the event so you can participate in the auction. You must be registered to bid. The auction opens for bidding on Monday, April 12th : https://holyrosary.ejoinme.org/auction You may claim 5 service hours per family for registering for this event!


  • 4/2 Good Friday - NO SCHOOL


  • 4/3 Holy Saturday


  • 4/4 Easter Sunday - He is risen!


  • 4/5 SCHOOL IS IN SESSION DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER IN FEBRUARY


  • Weekly Wednesday Mass - We attend 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.

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. Runners are needed the week after the AK2R event to deliver purchased items out to cars from the Art Room after school. Here is the Sign-up genius link to help: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4aa9a72ea5f58-auction
  2. 5 service hours per family for registering and attending the AK2R event!
  3. Helping with Catechism classes on the weekend for the parish of St. Joseph (details below).
  4. Donating food during NJHS Food Collections at Mass.
  5. If you are able to provide a case of water to the school, you will earn 1 service hour per case.
  6. We are always in need of Lysol spray.
  7. We are always in need of Clorox wipes.
  8. Liquid hand soap
  9. Disposable gloves
  10. STREAM Enrichment supplies (listed below)
  11. 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.

More service hour opportunities:

The St. Joseph Catholic Parish Men's Club could use your help on Fridays during Lent. You may earn one service hour for each hour you help their cause. Remember, the Men's Club contributes funds to our school projects, and we are very grateful to them for that! The more fish they sell, the more people they can minister. Please see the details below and feel free to reach out to Mario Millan directly at (817) 819-2504 to volunteer. And don't forget to get your fish dinners on Fridays!
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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

Next Spirit Night - Tuesday, April 6th at Corner Bakery Cafe on 3810 S. Cooper. We hope you can make it in support of the school! Thank you to everyone who came to Spring Creek BBQ! You are appreciated!


*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!

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!

8th GRade student of the month recipient

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Congratulations, Kathleen Phan! You have been named the 8th Grade Student of the Month! You work hard each and every day to lead others by your example, as Jesus called, through your kindness and dedication to your studies. Thank you for your quiet leadership. We are very proud and excited for you!

Monday Morning Prayer Service

Mrs. Asher's 8th Grade Class led the school community through our final Stations of the Cross. This has been a thoughtful way to begin our school week during the Lenten Season. We are thankful to the leaders of our school for helping. You all did a fabulous job!
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Moments captured around campus

Displays on Campus

Cute as a button is right! These photos of our 7th Graders are such a joy to explore!

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This week in art

Thank you for teaching our students each week, Mr. Suarez! I cannot wait to share all the Easter drawings next week.


2nd Grade: Designing and Drawing Castles


7th Grade: Stained Glass Window Design – sketching with pencil

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Enjoy this past week's STREAM lesson. Students were not able to meet this week with STREAM teachers due to an early dismissal. Last week, students had a Rainbow Challenge! They learned about the science of a rainbow and God's Promise. The students then had to engineer a double rainbow with a pattern. A fun way to learn about God's awesome power through nature.

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!


  • Tubes of icing

  • Peeps
  • Graham Crackers
  • Sprinkles
  • M and M candy
  • Skittles
  • Toothpicks
  • Bags of Jelly Beans
  • Small Dixie Cups
  • Individually wrapped candy


THANK YOU from the STREAM TEAM!!!

RoboKnights

Slowly but surely, the programming of the robots is becoming more precise as our Roboknights continue to learn through trial and error! Their competition is next Saturday, April 10thl! Go, Knights!
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Alumni News

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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.