Eagle's Eye

September 2, 2021

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.

4 day weekend

Parents are reminded that school will be closed tomorrow, Friday, September 3rd for a Teacher Professional Development Day. School will also be closed on Monday, September 6th for Labor Day. Enjoy the long weekend with your families. We look forward to seeing you on September 7th.

read a thon

We are well on our way to reaching our Read A Thon fundraising goal of $42,000. Thank you to all who have donated. Friday is our last day of our fundraiser. Please consider donating as no donation is too small.

A couple new incentives to add to our prize list:

  • If 65% of our students participate in this fundraiser, our PTO will arrange for a visit by an ice cream truck. All students will receive an ice cream treat. Last year, we had 62% of our community participate. Please help us reach our goal of 65% this year.
  • The top three classes will receive a movie and popcorn party. Our class standings right now are : 1st Place: Prek 3; 2nd Place 7B; 3rd Place: 5A; 4th Place: 2A; 5th Place KB. 1B is right behind KB. All classes are real close.

To donate, you may send payment to the school office or make payment online at

https://app.99pledges.com/fund/readSJCS. Please note that students will receive credit online when donations are made to the school office.


Once again, we thank you for your cooperation and patience as we navigate these weeks with COVID. Here are a few reminders as we work together to keep our community healthy and try to stop the spread of the virus:

  • If your child is sick, keep him/her home.
  • If someone in your household is being tested for COVID 19, students should not come to school. Rather, they should remain at home and await the test results of the family member.
  • In the event that someone in the household is positive for COVID 19, the students will need to quarantine. The length of the exposed family member will be different than the person who is positive. Parents will need to contact Mrs. Haas at the school office to determine the return date.
  • We are not providing virtual learning to students this year unless an entire class is required to quarantine.
  • In the event that a student has to quarantine, Mrs. Murphy and the teacher will work to gather learning materials for the student to complete independently at home.

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First Communion Information

Registration is open for those children seeking 1st Communion this year at St. Joseph Church.

  • Church registration and a baptism certificate are required.
  • If you are registered at another parish and wish your child to receive here you will need a letter of permission from your pastor.
  • Registration deadline is Sept. 25th Fee is $25: no child will be turned away for lack of money. Speak to Becky Roach in the church office.
  • First parent / child sacramental preparation meeting is Sept. 27th at 6:30 in the Parish Center.

mass last weekend

Special thanks to our eighth graders who hosted the 11am Mass at St. Joseph Church this past Sunday and to all of the students who attended Mass in their school uniforms.

volleyball and soccer

We are excited to begin our Girls Volleyball and Boys Soccer seasons. Due to COVID 19, many of our area schools are opting not to participate in competitive games. At this time, SJCS will offer intramural girls volleyball and boys soccer practices and games. This will allow our students to practice the fundamentals and get some game time practice. Permission slips and sports fees of $20 are due to the front office before students may practice. We will begin the session with closed practices. When coming to pick up your student, parents are asked to remain in the parking lot. Coaches will bring students out to the cars after practices. Once we begin scrimmages, we will notify parents and establish COVID safe protocols for spectators.

Girls Volleyball:

5th and 6th graders will be coached by Mrs. Abby Ford (our fifth grade teacher). Practices will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30pm-5:00pm in the gym.

7th and 8th graders will be coached by Mr. Warner. Practices will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30pm-5:00pm in the gym.

Boys Soccer:

Coach Robinson has agreed to get the season started. We are looking for additional parents to serve as the head coach of one of our teams or to assist. Please let Coach Edwards know if you are interested.

5th and 6th graders will have their first practice on Tuesday, September 7th from 3:30-5:00pm.

7th and 8th graders will practice on Wednesday, September 8th from 3:30-5:00pm.

We are hopeful that our girls volleyball and boys soccer teams will have an opportunity to compete against other schools once the spike in COVID goes down. We will keep you posted as these plans develop.

Pto meeting

The PTO meeting on Tuesday, September 14th will be held by zoom. The Unintended Consequences Seminar originally scheduled for that evening has been postponed. Please make plans to join us by Zoom on Tuesday, Sept. 14th. We will be highlighting PTO events for the school year and sharing other pertinent information. The zoom link will be included in next week's Eagle's Eye.


When a student is absent from school, there must be contact between the family and the school office. There are two ways that families can report an absence to the school office:

  • Families are asked to email the school at attendance@stjosephwhschool.org when a child is absent.
  • Families can call the school office at 293-3311 and leave a message on the special voicemail dedicated to absences. Follow the prompts after calling the school office.

If we don't hear from you by 9am, you can expect to receive a phone call from the school office. *Please note that if the office is aware that your child has been quarantined due to COVID, you do not need to contact the office.

office is closed Friday and Monday

The school office will be closed this Friday, September 3rd and Monday, September 6th.

morning carline

Morning Carline is already extremely efficient. We thank you for your cooperation and patience. A couple reminders:

  • Once you enter the horseshoe, if your child is old enough, he/she can exit the vehicle on their own. Teachers are available to help the younger students get out of the vehicle. But, if your child can get out on his/her own, they are welcome to do so.
  • Truly our biggest challenge is getting the cars out of the parking lot and prevent empty cars from backing up in the horseshoe. When empty cars back up in the horseshoe, it eliminates our efficiency. Mrs. Haas has been out in the carline helping to merge the cars as they approach the exit gate of the parking lot.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we try to make the morning carline as efficient as possible.

if you have to park during afternoon carline

SJCS uses the Pik My Kid app to facilitate afternoon dismissal. We need everyone on board to help the app work and make carline run smoothly. If your child isn't loaded by the time the line moves, and you have to park, it could be for any of the following reasons:

  • You aren't using the app to "Announce" that you are in the parking lot.
  • Your child isn't ready in his/her classroom when the app calls for him/her to go to afternoon carline.
  • Your child may be walking slowly or stalling to let a friend catch up.

Occasionally, when carline is very short, there isn't enough time for your child to get down to your car after he/she is called using the app. In those cases, we appreciate your patience.

SJCS has invested in this app to help make carline run smoother and eliminate the need for students to have to sit outside in the heat and in large groups while waiting for you to pick him/her up. We need everyone on board to make it run smoothly. If you are having trouble with the Pik My Kid app, please call their helpline at 813-864-7627.

Meet Mrs. Murphy

Mrs. Murphy is not new to SJCS! She served last year as our Title One Facilitator and is back this year in that same capacity working with identified students in the areas of reading and math. Mrs. Murphy has taken on an additional role this year: Covid Coordinator. If your child in kindergarten through eighth grade is exposed to COVID and has to remain home while his/her classmates come to school, Mrs. Murphy will be your liaison to help you get schoolwork for your child to work on while he/she is at home.

Upcoming Facility Projects

While we still have lots of fundraising to do, we are beginning to plan for facility projects for the upcoming summer. Our project manager from the Diocese of Orlando was on campus this week evaluating our need for new windows and air conditioning units. In the coming weeks, we will be getting estimates for these two major projects so that we can plan for these projects in the very near future. We are grateful for your support of our fundraisers this year as we continue to plan for facility improvements for our school community.

roof update

Mrs. Haas met with the project manager from the Diocese earlier this week about our roof project. Gator Roofing is still awaiting the delivery of materials for the project. We are still on track, and anxious to get the project done. We will let you know once the project is scheduled.
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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