Falcon Frenzy

October 17, 2019

Mission Statement

St. Joseph Academy, a Christ-centered Catholic community, rooted in faith, knowledge and values, inspires students to live the gospel message in school, the community, and the world and to achieve academic excellence through relevant and challenging curriculum.

Now Hiring

St. Joseph Academy is currently seeking qualified individuals for the following positions. Please email Mrs. Haas at thaas@sjalakeland.org if you are interested.

  • Aftercare Employee to work Monday through Wednesday from 2:45-6:00pm.
  • Part Time Administrative Assistant to assist with data entry and bookkeeping tasks three days a week.

Poinsettia Sales

In today's white envelope, please find an order form for poinsettias for the upcoming Christmas holiday. Our seventh grade parents are selling poinsettias as a fundraiser that will benefit the eighth grade graduation banquet and special events. Poinsettias are $6 each or 6 for $30. The deadline to order is October 28th. Poinsettias will be delivered the week of December 10th.

Contest Ends This Friday (10/18)

Send your Box Tops in ASAP!!! Even those that will expire 11/1/19. As long as we postmark them by 10/31 they count towards our total! So send them on in! Thank you to everyone who has participated!! We are currently at $341.60!! Keep up the great work and turn them in by Friday!!

Art Announcements - Original Works

Last Call!!! All Original Art artwork should be submitted to the Art Teacher, Ms. Benitez, by October 16th. This is a super fun and creative opportunity to support our school and your child through the Original Works program. Ms. Benitez is working hard to ensure that all students will have an artwork entry in order to participate in this artistic awesomeness. For more information visit www.originalworks.com/parents, or feel free to email Ms. Benitez @ebenitez@sjalakeland.org.

Athletic Booster Club Now Forming

Does your child enjoy being a part of a sports team? St. Joseph Academy is now forming an Athletic Booster Club, and we need YOU! Our SJA Athletic Booster Club will work together to fundraise and support our athletic teams. One of our immediate goals will be to sell advertising banners to hang on the fence on the field. If you are interested in joining the Athletic Booster Club, please email Mrs. Haas at thaas@sjalakeland.org. We have postponed our first meeting of the Boosters. It will be rescheduled.

Parent Code of Conduct

Parents are reminded of the Parent Code of Conduct issued by the Diocese of Orlando effective August 1, 2019. By sending your child(ren) to a Catholic school in the Diocese of Orlando, parents agree to abide by the policies contained within. The Parent Code of Conduct can be found within the Parent Student Handbook on the school website (sjalakeland.org) under Resources. Over the next several weeks, we will be reviewing policies contained within the Parent Code of Conduct. We thank you for your adherence to these diocesan policies.

Listen to your child/ren, but remember that a different version of the event may be interpreted by others.

Throwback Shirts Now on Sale

SJA Throwback T-Shirts are now on sale for $15. Students may wear the throwback shirts on Friday with uniform bottoms. Orders are being accepted in the school office until Friday, November 1. We will only be taking orders one time this year, and the deadline is November 1st. Don't delay; order your shirt today! Order forms can be found in today's white envelope.

November Lunch Menu

Please find the November Lunch Menu in your Falcon Express Envelopes today. Lunch orders will be due on Friday, October 18th. Please remember to submit payment with your November lunch order. Payment must accompany all lunch orders. Lunch orders will not be processed without payment.

Wear Pink for Breast Cancer

On Friday, October 25, students are invited to donate $1 and wear pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. Funds raised from this dress down day will go to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute.

Donations Needed for Fall Fest

Families are asked to donate drinks for our Fall Festival. We will only be accepting Coca Cola products. Individual served cans or bottles are appreciated. Remember that you earn one volunteer hour for every $10 spent on donations for the school. Be sure to log your donation of drinks on your White Envelope.

Kindergarten and 1st grade: Diet Coke

2nd and 3rd Grades: Regular Coke

4th and 5th Grades: Sprite

6th Grade: Water

7th grade: Diet Coke

8th grade: Coke

Fall Festival

We hope you are making plans to join us for our Fall Festival on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Here are a few reminders as we prepare for this fun day:

  • Presales are happening now. The order form can be downloaded by clicking on the link below. Additional forms are available in the front office.
  • We are still accepting sponsorships for our event.
  • If you have a tent that we can use, please label it with your name and drop it off in the front office on Friday, October 25th.
  • Baked goods are needed. Donations will be accepted on Friday, October 25th.
  • We are seeking cakes and cupcakes for our cake walk. Donations will be accepted on Friday, October 25th.
  • Volunteers are needed to make this a successful event. Please watch for the sign up genius to come out via email in the near future.

Sponsor a Police Officer

The Diocese of Orlando allows school administrators to hire off-duty police officers for special events where there may be high volumes of people or when we are present on property at night, etc. I take the safety and security of all those on our campus very seriously and have made the decision to hire an officer to be present for our Halloween Dance and our Fall Festival. The cost of the police officer is $31 per hour. If you would like to sponsor the police officer for the entire event or even just for an hour during the event, please call Mrs. Dyer in the front office.

Halloween Dance: 4 hours @ $31 per hour is $124 total

Fall Festival: 5 hours @$31 per hour is $155 total

I will continue to secure off-duty police officers for activities or events that I deem necessary.

Scholarship Funds Still Available

We are happy to announce that AAA Scholarships Foundation has available funding for the Florida Income-Based Scholarship for this current 2019-2020 School year, No waitlist!

Parents who are interested in learning more about this scholarship opportunity are encouraged to visit http://www.aaascholarships.org/parents/florida/. Don't delay. Apply today while funds are still available

Faith Formation from St. Joseph Catholic Church

Dear St. Joseph Families,

St. Joseph Catholic Church would like to welcome you to our community! If you or your family would like more information regarding the Catholic Faith (see below), please contact Sam Alamm at our church office at 863-213-5280 x2019.

  • My child is Catholic and needs to receive the sacraments.
  • I am an adult Catholic and need to receive the sacraments.
  • I am NOT Catholic, but I would like to learn more about the Catholic Faith.
  • I am interested in becoming Catholic.

We look forward to assisting you and your families on your journey of faith! Go Falcons!

Living Rosary

Our school community came together as a family to pray the rosary. Our special intention was for the health of our beloved principal, Mrs. Bruchey. We began our prayerful time together with a video from Mrs. Bruchey. Special thanks to our sixth, seventh, and eighth graders who led us through the rosary.

Morning Prayer

We are exploring the opportunity to have morning prayer in our beautiful courtyard. We will be conducting prayer in the courtyard tomorrow, Friday, October 18th. When students arrive to school in the morning this Friday, they will be directed to go directly to class. In homeroom, they will get settled and begin their day. Morning prayer will begin at 7:55am in the courtyard. Students will still be tardy if they do not arrive by 7:50am. After Friday's morning prayer, we will determine a plan of action for future morning prayer.

Photo Release

One of the documents that we need to have signed and on file is a photo release. This signed release allows us to use your child's picture in any of our materials. This includes, but is not limited to, Facebook posts, marketing materials, school yearbook, etc. Please understand that we will never use your child's full (first and last) name in any of our marketing materials or on facebook. The only place where you will find your child's last name is in the yearbook. If we do not have a signed photo release on file, you will find one in your white envelope today. Please sign and return it at your earliest convenience.


The issue on Renweb for parents to check student grades has been corrected. All parents should have access to the parent portal. If you have any questions or need assistance, please email Mrs. Haas at thaas@sjalakeland.org

Halloween Dance

Friday, Oct. 25th, 7-10pm

St. Joseph Academy Dining Hall

All Middle School students are invited to our Halloween Dance! Students may wear costumes. Entrance fee is $5.

St. Joseph Academy

Interim Principal: Mrs. Tammi Haas
Pastor: Father Tim LaBo
Superintendent Diocese of Orlando: Mr. Henry Fortier