Eagle's Eye Newsletter

September 12, 2019

We Learn in order to Serve

Our 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.

Fall Parent Teacher Conferences

We are nearing the middle of the first trimester and our Fall Parent Teacher Conferences. All parents of students in kindergarten through grade 8 are strongly encouraged to come in to meet with their child’s teacher on Thursday, October 10 and Friday, October 11. School will dismiss at 2pm both days to allow time for conferences. Aftercare will be available until 6pm.

Kindergarten through Grade 5: Conferences are scheduled with homeroom teachers for ten minutes. A scheduling form can be found in your white envelope today. Please be sure to return it at your earliest convenience. Once scheduled, the form will be returned to you to confirm your time.

Middle School: Parents are encouraged to pick up their child’s progress reports from the middle school hallway. Teachers will be available for parents to drop in and have a conference with teachers of their choosing. Times are: Thursday, October 10th from 2:30pm-6:00pm and Friday, October 12th from 2:30pm-3:30pm.

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Walk-a-thon Tomorrow!

Walk-a-thon is tomorrow Friday, September 13. This event is sponsored by the St. Joseph Catholic School PTO and is a fundraiser/community building event that will highlight the student’s health and the importance of their school. Please consider sponsoring our students. Go to https://app.99pledges.com/fund/walkathonSJCS to make a general donation or a pledge for a specific if you know the student’s name, teacher, and grade.

Collections for the Bahamas/Dress Down Day

We will be collecting items for the people of the Bahamas who were devastated by Hurricane Dorian. This collection is being organized through Catholic Charities, and they will be collecting these items between now and Friday, September 27. We will be having a Dress Down day tomorrow, Friday, September 13 for anyone who brings in one of the items or $1.00.

  • Canned goods (pop tops)
  • Manual Can Openers
  • First Aid Kits (2,000)
  • Large Trash Bags (2,000)
  • Mosquito repellent cream (10,000)
  • Non-perishable dry goods (food, cereal)
  • Dry rice and beans (1 pound bags)
  • Air beds (twin and double)
  • Blankets
  • Baby Supplies (wipes, canned juice, baby food, diapers, formula)
  • Flashlights (battery, solar)
  • Toilet paper and hand towels
  • Bath soap
  • Bath towels
  • Large Tupperware type storage containers (20gallon) loose items can be packet in these.

Middle School Let Your Light Shine

Middle School students sang and signed a beautiful song and about being Children of God at Let Your Light Shine after Mass on Wednesday. Congratulations middle school!

Acts of Kindness

We had our first Acts of Kindness drawings for the new school year following Mass on Wednesday. These students earned a dress down pass for their kindness. Congratulations to Arianna, Henry, Miracle, Reid, Macie, Riya, Youssef, Marcus, Seth, and Mrs. Snoke

Field Trips

Many classes are planning field trips this fall. Please keep in mind that all volunteer chaperones joining our school on a field trip must be fingerprint cleared by the Diocese of Orlando. Fingerprint clearance can take a couple weeks. If you think you would like to chaperone a field trip this year, please make plans to have your fingerprints done as soon as possible. Mrs. Roberts or Mrs. Heisey in the office can help you get started.

Grade7 to Host Mass

Our 7th graders will host the 4:30pm mass on Saturday, September 14. All students are invited to wear their mass uniforms to the 4:30pm Mass on Saturday. Students in their mass uniform may see Mrs. Insua after mass and receive a dress down pass.

All Visitors Need to Check In to the Office

This is just a reminder that all visitors and volunteers need to check in to the office first. This includes parents who drop off lunches to their children.

Carline Tips and Reminders

We have implemented several changes to improve the efficiency of carline. We now have employees near the Highway 17 entrance to assist drivers in forming two lines and closing gaps. We’ve also added additional employees to direct traffic at other key points including the exit onto Unity Way in the morning. Winter Haven Police Department will begin enforcing the No Left Turn during school hours onto Avenue M from Unity Way. Finally, a reminder that the gates are on timers and do not open until 2:40pm. For your safety, please do not block traffic on Highway 17. Here are a few tips to help the flow at carline:

  • Please have all children exit on the right side of the vehicle. If you have younger children in car seats, place the seats on the right side of the vehicle.
  • Do not exit your vehicle. There are plenty of teachers and safety patrol members that can assist your children in getting out of the car.
  • Please pull as far forward to the vehicle in front of you as you safely can to ensure all vehicles will fit in the line and not extend onto the street.
  • If your route takes you to 1st Street, it is easier to turn left on Unity Way from the school and then make an immediate right onto Avenue O NW. This will take you right out to 1st St.

PTO Meeting

Thank you to Mitch Bloomer from the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Central Florida in Maitland. He gave an excellent talk on bullying.

Family Math Night

While their parents were listening to a presentation on bullying, our students were having fun with several math activities and games to help them develop a love of math.

Blue Mass for First Responders

Bishop Noonan will celebrate the Blue Mass for first responders on Friday, September 27th at 12:10pm at the St. James Cathedral in downtown Orlando. We are looking for students who can represent SJCS by attending this mass with their first responder parent/relative. This will be considered a field trip, students will not be marked absent. However, transportation will not be provided. If your child is interested in attending this very special mass, please contact Mr. Reilly at jreilly@stjosephwhschool.org.

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PTO Corner

The Fall Fest is quickly approaching and we are looking for donations/sponsorships for our inflatables as well as the Party Rental cost. We are also in need of generators for the inflatables.

Please join us on September 28 at 9am for a work day where we will be creating and building the game booths. We will be meeting at the playground.

Please contact Valerie Cutrer 863-307-8105 or vnc0979@yahoo.com for any questions.

Nurse’s Notes

This Friday, Dress Down Day, is also Walk-A-Thon Day! For your children’s safety, please consider having them wear light, weather appropriate, athletic clothes and sneakers to school.

Allergies: Please notify your child’s homeroom teacher and the clinic/office via email regarding any allergies your child may have. It is important that you specify the severity of the allergy as well. For example, if your child is allergic to eggs, does that also include any food that has eggs in it? Does the child have an anaphylactic reaction or just a rash/hives?

Email: syates@stjosephwhschool.org

Students are NOT permitted to have any medications in their possession at school. This includes prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, inhalers, creams, vitamins, etc...see page 6 in the handbook for more information.

Please remind your children to eat a healthy breakfast before school and to eat snack and lunch while at school, drink lots of water and fluids, get plenty of sleep, and most importantly, wash their hands. Of course sharing is a wonderful, Christian thing for our children to do, except when they are sharing germs! Please remind them not to share drinks/water bottles, utensils, hairbrushes, combs, hair bows/headbands, hats, etc…

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Bricks 4 Kidz

Bricks 4 Kidz after-school classes build on the universal popularity of LEGO bricks to deliver high quality educational play. Students construct a new model each week based on exciting themes from space to animals, to vehicles and more! Our Instructors lead a discussion related to that day's model, teaching concepts across a variety of subject areas and reinforcing the academic principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Students develop team-building skills working with a partner on every build, and free-play time provides an opportunity to develop their creativity. Classes are open to grades K-5th. The first session began September 10. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

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Girl Scouts

There will be meetings on Friday, September 13 for all girls in kindergarten through eighth grade who are interested in joining girls scouts. The meetings will be held immediately after school on those days in FLC rooms 2 and 3. For more information, contact Angelica Herrera at 863-585-8636. Please see the attached flyer.

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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.


St. Joseph Catholic School

Pastor: Rev. Jimson Varghese, S.D.V.

Diocese of Orlando Superintendent of Schools: Mr. Henry Fortier