Falcon Frenzy

October 3, 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.

URGENT - Changes to School Calendar!

The Superintendent has determined that schools are able to make up school days missed from Hurricane Dorian by extending early dismissal days. We have already made up hours from extending our school day on Thursday, September 5th. We will have a full day of school on Thursday, December 5th and Thursday, January 9th. Those were originally noon dismissal days. School will remain open until 3pm on both December 5th and January 9th. School will be closed to honor President's Day on Monday February 17 and Easter Monday on Monday, April 13. Please make a note of it.

Parent Teacher Conferences

We are looking forward to our Mandatory Parent Teacher Conferences today and tomorrow.

Grades K-4: Parents of students in kindergarten through fourth grade have a scheduled conference time. Conference times were sent home in white envelopes last Thursday. If you are unsure of your conference time, please call the school office at 686-6415.

Grades 5-8: Parents should pick up progress reports from the middle school hallway and then choose which teacher(s) they would like to meet with. Middle School teachers are available for conferences on Thursday from 2:30-6:30pm and Friday from 2:30-3:30pm.

Reminders for ALL PARENTS:

  • Please come prepared to conferences with any questions or concerns that you might have.
  • Please remember that all conferences are limited to ten minutes. If, after ten minutes, you find you require additional time, we would love to schedule another time for you to come in for a conference.
  • Conferences are for parents only; children/students should not attend the conference.

2pm Dismissal Today and Tomorrow

Please remember that we will dismiss at 2pm today and tomorrow (Friday) to allow time for Parent Teacher Conferences. Students not picked up by 2:30pm on Thursday and Friday will be sent to aftercare. Aftercare will be available until 6pm.

Accessing Grades on Renweb

We understand that parents are having difficulty accessing their child's grades on Renweb. We apologize for the inconvenience. We have reached out to Renweb. It is an issue that Renweb programmers must investigate and correct. We will let you know as soon as it has been corrected.

In the meantime, Renweb has identified the following work-around for our families to be able to access grades. When you login to check grades, please switch from "Term 1" to "Term 2". Then switch back to "Term 1."

Again, we apologize for the inconvenience. We are urging Renweb to work quickly to resolve this issue. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Alice in Wonderland

Auditions for our school musical, Alice in Wonderland, will be held on October 14th right after school. All students in grades 5-8 are eligible to audition for the play. Our Falcon Chorus is also eligible to participate. There was an email sent out regarding more specific audition information. Please email Mrs. Van Wieren @ TVanWieren@SJALakeland.org for more information

Room Parent Meeting

There will be a meeting of all Room Parents on Tuesday, October 8 at 8am in the Dining Hall. Everyone is welcome!


School Mass on Wednesday, October 9 at 8:53am in the chapel. Don't forget your canned food item.

Altar Server Training

Students in grades 3-8 who are interested in altar serving at school masses are invited to an Altar Server Training on Thursday, October 10 from 3:15-4:15pm in the school chapel. Students must be Catholic, have received their First Holy Communion, and be in the third through eighth grade. Mr. Canter will be conducting the training and will escort students to the gate near the dining hall along Frank Lloyd Wright Way at 4:15pm. If parents are not there to pick up their child(ren), they will be taken to aftercare.

Lion King and Oklahoma

We have two upcoming field trips

Lion King: Grades 6-8 October 11th

Oklahoma: Grades 5-8 October 31st

*If you have not already turned in your form (and fee with regard to Lion King), then your child will be given an alternate assignment at school those days. Unfortunately the deadline for submission has ended for both.

Don’t forget to turn in your Coke Rewards and Box Tops

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Art Announcement

Look What’s Coming…..A 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!! All artwork should be submitted to the Art Teacher, Ms. Benitez, by October 16th. Your child may pick up an Original Works approved paper (paper used must meet certain guidelines) in the Art room. Please do not use oil pastels, glitter, abrasives (salt/sand), scratch art or construction paper. Please do use bright colors, water color, pencil, markers, or colored pencils. The bolder the color, the better the print will come out on the OW merchandise. For more information visit www.originalworks.com/parents, or feel free to email Ms. Benitez @ebenitez@sjalakeland.org.

Fall Festival

We are looking forward to our annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 26th from 10am-2pm on our campus! We hope you are making plans to join us for a fun day of activities and fun! All monies raised from our Fall Festival will go toward our school. In today's white envelope, please find a flyer to pre-purchase wristbands for the event. Additionally, we are still accepting sponsorships for our Fall Festival. A form with more information about opportunities for sponsorships is included in this newsletter by clicking below.

Congratulations Priscilla!

A very special Congratulations to Priscilla who was selected as one of 200 students from across Florida to participate in All State Chorus! Mrs. VanWieren worked with Priscilla to submit an audition tape, and Priscilla was selected to participate in a fun music convention and performance. Way to go, Priscilla! Thanks to Mrs. VanWieren for your dedication to highlighting our talented students!

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!

Soaring Falcons

Congratulations to our latest recipients of the Soaring Falcon Award: Bryson, Catherine, Raelyn, Alexa, Jakan, Rory, Halloran, Ronnie and Angelina.

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. Please consider attending our first meeting of the Athletic Booster Club on Wednesday, October 16 at 8:00am in the conference room.

St. Joseph Academy

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