Eagle's Eye

November 10, 2022

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.

SJCS will be open Friday, Nov. 11!

Veterans Day

In honor of Veterans Day, students may dress down in red, white, and blue! All students will attend a short Veterans Day service in the church at 8:05am.

Mass this Sunday

Our fifth graders will host Mass this Sunday, November 13 at 11am in our church. All students are invited to wear their Mass uniforms and see MRS. WELLS after Mass for a dress down pass. Students must be in Mass uniforms to receive a pass.

Fall Fest

Fall Fest was such an incredible day for our community! We hope your family was able to attend and had a fun afternoon! We are very grateful for all of our sponsors and volunteers who made the day possible!

Thank you:

  • To all the parent volunteers who supported this event in any capacity: donating items for baskets, setting up, planning, working a booth.
  • The Vietnamese community for donating and preparing thousands of delicious egg rolls and bourbon chicken! Yum!
  • The Knights of Columbus and Columbiettes for donating their time.

And to our Sponsors who helped to offset the cost of the event:

  • Hydroscout
  • The Jones Family
  • Tru Pro Roofing
  • The Galvez Family
  • The Alvarez Family
  • The Lombard Family
  • The Lugo Family
  • J & J Electric
  • U.S. Lawns
  • Mental Wealth Tribe
  • The Gonzalez Family
  • US Cuts Barbershop

School Toolbox

St. Joseph Catholic School recently received a check in the amount of $1,112.22. This is a percentage of the sales of approximately 100 school supply boxes that many families ordered over the summer. This money will go toward PTO for projects and opportunities that support our students and teachers. We are grateful for the work of our PTO to coordinate this opportunity for simple school supply shopping for parents and a donation toward our school.

thank you for sponsoring our police officer

Special thanks to the Greene family for sponsoring our police office for Mass this week! If you would like to sponsor an off duty Winter Haven Police Officer for an upcoming school Mass, please contact Miss Summer at sdehaven@stjosephwhschool.org to schedule. The cost is $135 per three hours.

report cards

Report cards will be emailed to all parents on Friday, November 11th.

Academic and Accelerated Reader Awards

Students earning honor roll (85% and above in all subject areas) will be recognized on Wednesday, November 16th after Mass. We will also recognize students for their accomplishments with Accelerated Reader. Please join us.

Soaring Eagle

Congratulations to our latest Soaring Eagles: Isabella, Ariana, Amelia, Victoria, Gabriel, Samuel,

Emma, Victor, Jhonny, Jackson, Juliette, Ally, Gissele, Dominick, Shanely, and Adelina!

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Acts of Kindness

Congratulations to our latest Acts of Kindness winners: Charlotte, Sarianis, Kendall, Nickmar, Nicko, Saul, Joseph, Leigha, and Lele!
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attendance policy reminder

Please remember that if your child is not in school, he/she is marked absent. It is important that you communicate with the school each time your child is absent, to remain in compliance with the attendance policy. Parents should call the school and leave a message in mailbox #1 with the name of the student as well as the date and reason for the absence. This information is documented daily. While your child's absence will still stand, when we have record of your communication with us and reason for the absence, it will help if your child should reach the 10 or 15 day threshold of absences.

volunteer hours

Thank you for giving a minimum of two volunteer hours for our recent Fall Fest. Please be sure that you log your hours on Renweb. *See the Resource section below for instructions on how to log your hours.

Many families have already reached the required 20 volunteer hours. THANK YOU! Please continue to document your volunteer hours as we have to report the total number of hours volunteered annually to the Diocese. We want to give you credit for every minute that you give back to SJCS. Thank you!

booster orders

The Booster Club is now accepting orders for hoodies, t-shirts, etc. Please remember that all parents are required to wear a SJCS shirt when they chaperone a field trip. This is a great opportunity to order your shirt if you plan to go on a field trip later in the school year, as we do not keep a stock of most of these items. Orders and payment are due Friday, November 18th. Order online and make a payment through the school office - see the link below.

sweets with santa

Sweets with Santa is coming quick! It's time to reserve your seat for this popular tradition at SJCS. Please see information below. There are hard copies of of the registration form available in the office. Popular times fill up very quickly. We urge you to register quickly.
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spirit night at Chik Fil A

Make plans to join us at Chik Fil A on Thursday, November 17th between 5pm and 8pm for SJCS Spirit Night. Be sure to mention SJCS when you order, and SJCS will receive a percentage of your sale! See you there!

middle school dance

We will host a Middle School Dance on Friday, November 11 from 7pm-9pm in the gym. All students grades 6-8 are invited to join us!

  • Cost is $2 per student - students should bring exact amount
  • Students should not bring anything with them, including bags and cell phones.
  • Students will be dropped off in the parish center parking lot between 6:55pm and 7:05pm. Staff will serve as chaperones. Parents should return for pick up at 9pm and remain in cars in the carline loop.
  • Students should follow dress down day guidelines for appropriate dress.

Happy Birthday!

The following staff members celebrate a birthday this month!

Ricci Keown. (1B)

Theresa Copeland (2B)

Jan Marie Shean (PK3)

Michelle Stern (5A)

Sandy Neal (Technology)

Yoli Prieto (2A Assist)

Father Tim

Youth Ministry News

Nov. 30th we close out our current Series, the Artist. If you missed any of the previous nights, have no fear, all middle schoolers are welcome to join us! Come join us for games, food, and friendship!
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now offering breakfast

Many students have enjoyed breakfast at school this week. If your child would like to eat breakfast before heading in to class, he/she should report directly to the parish center between 7:30 and 7:45am. Breakfast must be eaten in the cafeteria and cannot be taken to the classroom. Please see the menu below. Bon apetit.
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Altar Server Training

Training for new altar servers and retraining for those already trained is being offered for students in grades 3 through 8. Students must have had their First Communion. Training will offered:

Sat. 11/12 from 10am - noon in the church

Sat. 11/19 from 10am - noon in the church

Students only need to attend one day of training. Those who are trained can be altar servers at Sunday Masses and at our school Masses.

Gospel Reading this Sunday

While some people were speaking about
how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings,
Jesus said, "All that you see here--
the days will come when there will not be left
a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down."

Then they asked him,
"Teacher, when will this happen?
And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?"
He answered,
"See that you not be deceived,
for many will come in my name, saying,
'I am he,' and 'The time has come.'
Do not follow them!
When you hear of wars and insurrections,
do not be terrified; for such things must happen first,
but it will not immediately be the end."
Then he said to them,
"Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues
from place to place;
and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky.

"Before all this happens, however,
they will seize and persecute you,
they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons,
and they will have you led before kings and governors
because of my name.
It will lead to your giving testimony.
Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand,
for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking
that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.
You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends,
and they will put some of you to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name,
but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.
By your perseverance you will secure your lives." -Lk 21:5-19


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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