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Weekly Newsletter - February 4, 2021

celebrating 26 years of excellence in catholic education

Theme for the Year: Hope

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it's Catholic Schools week!

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


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.


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.


Teaching the Mind...Nourishing the Soul

From the principal

We had a wonderful Open House event and Catholic Schools Week this past week! We truly missed seeing all of our families at the school during Open House, but we did get to meet many new families on Sunday who came to tour the school. There is so much to see on display on campus right now. The school is always so beautiful this time of year!

While we were celebrating Catholic education, we were reminded during mass this past week by Fr. Kelley that the Lenten Season is fast approaching. He pointed out that we have already been in sort of a "Lent" at this moment in time, while we navigate a global pandemic. This focused me and helped me remember to offer up all of the hardships endured during this time for the souls in purgatory. This is the true beauty of a Catholic school, where we can be reminded of what really matters...our relationship with Jesus Christ.

In Christ's service,

Diane Price, M.Ed.L.


Hope Bible verse for February

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saintly "HOPE" quote to ponder

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.
-St. Francis

Virtue of the Month

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Here are the Greek and Latin Roots we are focused on this week: -tend, -tent, -tens, jur-, jus-, dem-, demo-

Reminders and Upcoming Events

  • NOW 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.

  • 2/9 HSA Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A - Please see details below.

  • 2/10 3rd Quarter Progress Reports emailed.

  • Weekly Wednesday Mass - We will be attending 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: 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.

  • 2/12 Lunar New Year (Year of the Ox) - We will celebrate the Lunar New Year with a special prayer service on Monday the 15th.

  • 2/13 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest - See details below.

  • 2/14 St. Valentine's Day - Celebrate the day with those you love.

  • If you are an Amazon customer, please use Amazon Smile! We receive a donation from Amazon when you shop. Go to: 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. Helping with Catechism classes on the weekend for the parish of St. Joseph (details below).
  2. Donating food during NJHS Food Collections at Mass.
  3. If you are able to provide a case of water to the school, you will earn 1 service hour per case.
  4. We are always in need of Lysol spray.
  5. We are always in need of Clorox wipes.
  6. Liquid hand soap
  7. Disposable gloves
  8. STREAM Enrichment supplies (listed below)
  9. 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.

New service hour opportunity:

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


save the date

Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest in SJCS Gym

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Ash Wednesday Services

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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

Our Spirit Night from Tuesday, January 12th at On the Border in Mansfield earned the school $107.11. Every bit counts! Thank you!

Next Spirit Night - February 9th at Chick-fil-A on Cooper. Please see the details below.

*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!

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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

Meeting ID: 839 3372 6239

Knights in Action!

Catholic Schools Week 2021

A huge thank you to all of the families who took time out of their weekend to share their experiences in Catholic Education with the parish of St. Joseph. Current students and SJCS alumni gave of their time and talents to help with mass on CSW Sunday! Thank you to the Esparza Family, the Grove Family (not pictured), the Nguyen Family, the Gutierrez Family, the Aguirre Family, and the Monter Family. You made us so proud!
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Monday Morning Prayer Service

Thank you to Mrs. Gavin's 8th Grade class for hosting the Monday Morning Prayer Service. These are the last prayer service moments for these students. We sure are relishing them, as the leaders of our school continue to grow and mature. Thank you for showing others how to be missionary disciples!
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flag retirement ceremony

Thank you to the Knights of St. Joseph Catholic Parish for helping facilitate our Flag Retirement Ceremony this week. And thank you to these students who pitched in to help out at the last minute! Thank you, Sadie Hornick, Jenna Poquiz, Bao-Tran Nguyen, and Jaden Nguyen!
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8th Grade scavenger hunt

Our 8th Graders were real troopers this year and embraced something entirely new...a scavenger hunt! This was in place of the volleyball game we all know and love. Hopefully, we will be able to play this game later in the school year.

Class Parties

Here are some pictures of our classes enjoying their class party during Catholic Schools Week!

Crazy hat and sock day

The tradition of crazy hats and crazy socks continues as we welcomed students to school donning their craziest accessories!

Displays on Campus

In Mrs. Doskocil's Spanish class, the Upper School students came together to create these lovely mosaic pieces representing Our Lady of Guadalupe. They are just perfect!
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19th Annual art Show

Please click on the link below to watch our first ever Virtual "Meet the Artist" Art Show. We hope you enjoy this. I know our students worked very hard on their artwork and are excited to share it with you! It is truly a beautiful show! Thank you to Mr. Suarez for inspiring our students to express themselves in this way for our 19th year.

Thank you to Mrs. Doering for working so hard on developing and preparing the video, and Mrs. Bosquez for her creation of the program as a keepsake for the students who participated.

This past week in art

This past week in art, Mr. Suarez led the students through a variety of mediums and techniques. These look great, Knights! Thank you, Mr. Suarez.

3rd Grade: Paper Heart Collages with black ink

1st Grade: Heart Drawings

6th Grade: Timepieces and Surrealism: Art inspired by Salvador Dali’s “Persistence of Memory”

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STREAM undertook a 3D Aluminum Foil Challenge last week. There were to make a themed scene with at least three sculptured objects. For example: A beach theme would have a beach ball, a surfboard, and a person. They also learned about 3D printing technology!

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!

  • Conservation Hearts Candy

  • Toothpicks
  • Clothespins
  • Small Dixie Cups
  • Individually wrapped candy



Our Roboknights are working on programming their robots to complete specific tasks. This is one of the main goals of what they will do in competition. You can do it, RoboKnights! These robots are really coming together. Check out the video below of one robot completing a task!
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I could not resist sharing these two pictures I received on Sunday, the 10th of January, from the Nguyen Family and Bosquez Family. If anyone has more of their snow pictures they would like for me to share...just email them to me and I will share them: We can now add the Cronin Family to our snow picture gallery! Last but not least, we have Taylor Jacquet's cute little snowman to share. Thanks for sharing!

Alumni News

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SJCS Alumni - Ceili Huddleston, Javier Saldivar, Cesar Saldivar, and Joshua Vavrin turned out to help with the greenhouse as well! It was a real treat to have these students back at SJCS, willing to help out the school of their elementary years. It is truly admirable how you are holding true to your role as missionary disciples.
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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:
  • Please join the parish for daily and weekend Masses at this link:
  • Please continue tithing to your parish. St. Joseph Parishioners may go to this link to give:
  • Be sure to look into 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:

Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth link:

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Contact us at (817) 419-6800