Eagle's Eye

October 6, 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.

reflection from mass this week

Our priest talked about how to talk to God, and now I want to talk to God. He told us that Aquaman can talk to sea animals, but we can talk to God. I was really happy to find that out. I had a good time there because I learned a lot about Jesus - Saul

What I learned in the Mass today is that we can talk to God as well. Father Tim told us that Aquaman was his favorite. He also told us that Aquaman had the ability to speak to fish. So the lesson is you can talk to God whenever you want to and whenever you need Him. - Aidan

In today's homily, Father Tim told us we could talk to God. He compared us to Aquaman actually. No hear me out. I know what you're thinking. Aquaman? But, it'll make sense once I explain. so, you know how Aquaman can communicate with all the fish, whales, sharks, etc., and they'll come to help him and all? That's how it is with God. We can talk to, ask for advice and help, or just tell God how your day went. He is always ready to help, advise, and just chat with us. - Elena

thank you for sponsoring our police officer

Special thanks to the Tran family for sponsoring our police office for Mass this week, and to the Burns family for sponsoring the police officer during the Kindergarten Community Helper Day! 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.

living rosary tomorrow

The month of October each year is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. All students kindergarten through grade 8 will participate in the Living Rosary tomorrow, Friday, October 7th. All students, regardless of what special area class they have, should wear Mass uniforms tomorrow.

All State Elementary & Regionals

Congratulations to the students who auditioned and will be representing SJCS at various musical events in Florida. They were chosen out of over 1000 students that auditioned from around the state of Florida.

  • Bridget and Sienna will be performing with the Central Florida Regional Honor Choir at the University of Central Florida in October.
  • Hailey, Marlon and Camila will be performing with the Regional Honor Orff Ensemble at the University of Central Florida in October.
  • Luis and Luke will be performing with the All-State Elementary Orff Ensemble at the Tampa Convention Center in January.

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All State Middle School Chorus

Congratulations to Ali and Isabella for passing both the written theory exam and the sight-singing exam for the All-State Middle School Choir. They have one more test next week – vocal quality exam. Go Eagles!

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Spirit Night at Crispers

Join SJCS for lunch or dinner at any Crispers location! Thursday, October 13th, Crispers will be donating a portion of every order associated with SJCS from all locations throughout the entire day. Simply tell them you are with SJCS when you order.
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Recently, our third and eighth grade students went to Theatre Winter Haven to see the play, Moana. Congratulations to two of our students who had roles in the play: Isabella and Katie!
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2pm dismissal tomorrow

Please remember that SJCS will dismiss at 2pm again tomorrow, Friday, October 7th so that teachers can conduct Parent Teacher Conferences. Aftercare will be available.

Holy Family Statue

Check out the beautiful new statue of the Holy Family that was recently installed along the sidewalk near the media center! Special thanks to the families and parishioners who donated towards this project.
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Fall Fest is back! This traditional event is back after a two year hiatus due to COVID. We are looking forward to a fun day with/for our community. Save the date for November 4th and make plans to join us.

A few reminders:

  • School will dismiss at 2pm on Friday, November 4th and aftercare will not be offered.
  • All families must give a minimum of 2 service hours toward Fall Fest. You can donate items, help with planning/set up/clean up, volunteer a shift at a booth.


Thank you for volunteering and be sure to log your hours in Renweb (see "Resource" section below).


One of the most anticipated parts of Fall Fest each year is our Basket Raffle! With the generous gifts of families, our PTO puts together some amazing baskets that are raffled off on the day of the Fall Fest. You can purchase chances to win a basket for $1 a chance.

We invite all families to donate an item for our baskets. Please see the Amazon Wishlist by clicking on the link below. When you donate an item on the Wishlist, it will be shipped directly to the committee to be included in a basket. This is another way for families to earn service hours. For every $10 you spend on basket items, families earn 1 volunteer hour. Don't forget to log your volunteer hours on Renweb. Thanks in advance for your contribution to a basket.


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egg rolls

Once again our supportive Vietnamese community is providing egg rolls for us to sell as a part of our Fall Fest. Egg rolls must be preordered by the dozen. The cost is $14 a dozen. Orders are being accepted in the school office. Order your egg rolls today; supplies are limited.

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now offering - breakfast

Maschio's will begin offering breakfast on Monday. Breakfast will be available for purchase in the cafeteria during before care. Please see the breakfast menu below.
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Lunch Next Week

The lunch menu has been changed for next week. The changes have been made on the website, but I wanted to let you know of the coming changes.

Monday - The same

Tuesday - Chicken Parmesan w/ pasta

Wednesday - The main is the same. Changed the swap out to: Chicken and Waffle Sandwich with syrup

Thursday - Sausage, egg and cheese croissant with hash browns. Swap out: Chicken Parmesan sub sandwich with sweet potato fries.

Friday - The same.

Box of Joy

St. Joseph Catholic School is partnering with Cross Catholic Outreach this Advent to provide Boxes of Joy for impoverished children. These Boxes of Joy are for children who may have never held a picture book, worn a new shirt, or owned a toy. The gifts we pack in a Box of Joy show God's unconditional love, and they will spark the joy every child should experience at Christmas. More important, they are symbolic of God's greatest gift: his son, Jesus Christ.

We know many families look for an opportunity to show God's love at Christmas by giving to others. We are looking for families who would like to pack an additional Box of Joy as a gift from their family. In addition to packing a box, the cost is $9 for shipping, etc. Ideas to pack in the box include: doll, car/truck/boat, small plush animals, sunglasses, handheld toy, hair accessories, socks, drawstring bag, etc.

We have a limited number of boxes available for families who would like to participate. If you are interested, please email Mrs. Haas at thaas@stjosephwhschool.org. You will then receive more specific instructions and a box to pack. Again, the cost per box is $9.

Please watch for much more information to be forthcoming on how you can participate in your class' Box of Joy.

booster meeting - tomorrow

Our SJCS athletic boosters is a group of parent volunteers that work to support the athletic program at our school. Attending meetings and getting involved with our Boosters is a great way for parents to earn service hours. Our first meeting of the Athletic Boosters will be tomorrow, Friday, October 7th at 9:30am. Check in at the school office. See you there.

It's Time to order Poinsettias!

Our PTO is once again selling poinsettias! Poinsettias come directly from Sunshine Growers, and they were beautiful last year! We are currently accepting preorders for poinsettias until October 14th. Poinsettias will need to be picked up from school on November 29th. Orders and payments are being accepted in the school office. Order yours today!
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Let your light shine

First grade will present Let Your Light Shine after Mass on Wednesday, October 12. All are invited to join us.

great american teach in

During the week of November 14th, our school will be participating in the Great American Teach In. This annual event is held nationwide to celebrate American Education week . Members of the community are invited into the school to share information with students about their career or hobby. It is also an opportunity for students to see where education can take them. We are in need of volunteers to come and speak to our students in kindergarten through 8th grade. We are looking for the following career areas to share with students:

Health care (medical and dental)

Animal care


Law Enforcement






If you are interested, please fill out the Google Form at Fill out in Google Forms . If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Insua at jinsua@stjosephwhschool.org or 863.293.3311.


Come join us for Middle School Ministry on October 12th. The teens will play a museum-style game and will also be challenged to build a tower out of random items. Museum will explore the design argument for God’s existence.

For those kids who want to get to room 3 early, I’ll open the doors at 5:30 PM. They can play billiards, foosball, and air hockey until 6:00 PM when our program starts!

Due to Hurricane Ian, please keep an eye on the Band app as the location may change depending on the repair progress for the youth room.

Band App guide:

1. Download the Band app from the app store onto your phone.

2. Sign-up with your phone number, or email, and set a password.

3. please follow the link below to be added to the middle school group.


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gospel reading this sunday

Luke 17:11-19

As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem,
he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.
As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him.
They stood at a distance from him and raised their voices, saying,
"Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!"
And when he saw them, he said,
"Go show yourselves to the priests."
As they were going they were cleansed.
And one of them, realizing he had been healed,
returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;
and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.
He was a Samaritan.
Jesus said in reply,
"Ten were cleansed, were they not?
Where are the other nine?
Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?"
Then he said to him, "Stand up and go;
your faith has saved you."


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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