Eagle's Eye

September 30, 2021

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.

mass reflections

Our sixth graders reflected on Father Tim's Homily from last Friday, September 24:

During Mass, Father Tim responded to the Gospel telling us that we should get to know Jesus. We should always listen to His word. God created us, so we should get to know Him as He knows us. - Leah

During Mass, the Homily and Gospel were about getting to know ourselves and God. This meant to me that we shouldn't just follow Jesus not knowing who we are. We should learn to know God and get to know ourselves, so that we will one day receive God's great blessing in Heaven. - Giovanni

The Homily was about how we should know God better, like getting to know your family. This would help you know your history and where you come from. Father Tim told us some things he did as a child after church with his family. Some the ways he learned about himself was looking at family photos, discussing family history, and talking about where the family came from. This all means that Jesus got his disciples thinking when Jesus says, "But who do you say I am?" - Ali

thanksgiving food drive

Catholic Charities is always so grateful for our food donations for their pantry. So many of our students routinely bring food items to mass on Fridays. Our donations help sustain food for those families that they serve. We know that the holidays are always a challenging time for people and there is more of a demand on Catholic Charities. As we've done in the past, we are requesting specific items between now and Thanksgiving. We will keep track of the number of items each class donates. There will be prizes for the class that brings in the most items.

Week of Sept. 27: Boxed Potatoes

Week of Oct. 4: Boxed Macaroni and Cheese

Week of Oct. 11: Soup

Week of Oct. 18: Canned Fruit

Week of Oct. 25: Canned Green Beans and Canned Corn

Week of Nov. 1: Spaghetti

Week of Nov. 8: Jars of Spaghetti Sauce (no glass please)

Week of Nov. 15: Rice (Bag or Box)


Parent Teacher Conferences for parents of kindergarteners through eighth grade are next Thursday and Friday, October 7th and 8th. Your child's teacher has sent you a link to schedule a ten minute virtual conference. Please take the time to schedule these conferences with your child's teacher. During the conference, elementary grade teachers will review your child's progress report with you. Following the conference, the progress reports will be sent home with the child.

Mrs. Bruchey's Buddy Bench

On Friday, September 24, friends and family joined our school community to bless a Buddy Bench in honor of Mrs. Bruchey, longtime teacher and assistant principal of SJCS. Some of Mrs. Bruchey's friends and family donated the bench to our playground in memory of her. The idea behind a Buddy Bench is that if a child is looking for a friend to play with on the playground, he/she can go sit on the bench. When classmates see a student sitting on the bench, they are encouraged to ask the student to join them to play. May this Buddy Bench, given in Mrs. Bruchey’s memory, be a place where friends meet and friendships and belonging grow.
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2nd Grade Visits Winter Haven Police Department

In honor of the feast day of St. Michael the Archangel, patron saint of police officers, 2nd grade visited the Winter Haven Police Department today with 50 gift bags filled with goodies for the officers. They also recited the following prayer:

"Lord watch over the officers or our nation and protect them from danger and evil. Be with them as they navigate new scenes, hard calls, and most importantly, bring them home safely to those that love them."

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sjcs concert choir

Students in 3-8th grade have the opportunity of joining Concert Choir. The SJCS Concert Choir performs at various community events during the school year including Carols in the Park, the Christmas program and singing the national anthem at the Rays, Bucs and Tropics games. During rehearsals, students will be developing many vocal concepts such as correct posture, resonance and technique. We will be singing a range of repertoire and work on two and three part harmony. All students interested will need to audition (even if they were in Concert Choir previously).

Grades 3-5

Auditions: Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 3:00pm

Rehearsals: 3rd grade (only) on Mondays at 3:00-3:30pm beginning on Monday, Oct. 11

4th and 5th grade on Wednesdays at 3:00-3:30pm beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 13.

Middle School

Auditions: Thursday, Oct. 7 beginning at 7:15am

Rehearsals: Thursdays from 7:15-7:45am beginning on Thursday, October 14th

Students do not need to have anything prepared in advance for the audition. Please e-mail Mrs. James at vjames@stjosephwhschool.org if you have any questions. Thank you!

school mass choir

We are going to start a small choir for school masses. At this point, we are opening the choir up for 6th through 8th graders only. Practices will be held every Tuesday from 3:00-3:30pm in the church. Students who attend practice on Tuesday may participate in the choir for Mass that following Friday. We invite all students in grades 6-8 to join us.

Bricks for Kidz

Bricks 4 Kidz will be hosting its after school program every Monday beginning October 4th! This after school class is for kids in grades K-5 and is for both beginner and advanced LEGO® enthusiasts! We provide an exciting and engaging atmosphere for kids to build unique LEGO® robot creations, make friends, and participate in activities that are designed to trigger their lively imaginations while promoting cooperation and teamwork! Classes will run until 4:30pm every Monday immediately after school. Sign up online or email polkflorida@bricks4kidz.com today!

Feast of St. Francis

Monday is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of pets. Families are invited to send in pictures of their child with their pet for a special Facebook Post we are planning for Monday. Please consider sending a picture of SJCS students with family pets to Mr. Reilly by Monday, October 4 at 8am. Photos can be sent to jreilly@stjosephwhschool.org.

blessing of the pets

The Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals, is Monday, October 4th. St. Joseph Catholic Church is offering blessing of the pets this Saturday, October 2nd following the 8:15am Mass in the chapel parking lot. All are welcome!

calendar correction

We have made a correction to the school calendar published on our website. Dismissal will be at 2pm on Thursday, November 4th. The noon dismissal originally on the calendar was an error. Students will be dismissed at 2pm that day. We apologize for the confusion.

Picture Retake Day

Picture Retake Day is Friday, October 22nd. Watch for much more information to follow.


Cheerleading started Tuesday, September 21st.

Cheer for 5th through 8th graders.

Practices are every Tues 4:30 - 5:30.

The 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 3:30 to 5:00 pm.

Girls interested in participating must complete an athletic form and pay $20 in the school office before attending practice.


Our PTO is currently accepting orders for Poinsettias for the Holidays. There are several different choices in size, color and price. Please consider supporting our PTO with the purchase of a beautiful poinsettia from Sunshine Growers Nursery. Poinsettias will be available for pick up at the school during the week of November 15th. Please place your order and make payment in the school office by October 15th.
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science lab tables for sale

New tables and stools for the science lab arrived this week, and we are looking for a home for the used tables. If you have a need for a table (see below), they are up for grabs. We are asking for a donation to the school for the purchase of the table(s). They measure six feet by 30 inches and six feet by 24 inches. They are very sturdy and would be great as a work table or craft table. Please contact Mrs. Haas at thaas@stjosephwhschool.org if you are interested.
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Save the date

The 3rd Annual SJCS Run for Unity will be held on Saturday, November 13, 2021. We are also looking for sponsors if you are interested please see the sponsor form below and reach out to Leslie Martin (lmartin@cds-net.com) or Katie Collany (katie@collany.com) with any questions. Thank you for your support of the SJCS Booster Club!

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checking grades

Parents are reminded of our portal that allows you to monitor your student's grades throughout the year. This is especially important for parents of students in grades 3-8, as they receive numeric grades for all subjects. Parents are strongly encouraged to check grades a minimum of a couple times a week. The directions for accessing the grades can be found below.
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We are beginning to allow limited volunteers on campus in supportive capacities. Please keep in mind, that if you intend to volunteer, you must have special fingerprint clearance through the Diocese of Orlando. Fingerprint clearance could take several weeks. Please take a look at the directions below and make arrangements for your fingerprints if you are interested.
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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