Eagle's Eye

July 14, 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.

Summer Homework

All students entering kindergarten through grade 8 have Summer Homework. The expectation is that the Summer Homework will be turned in on the first day of school. Hard copies of Summer Homework was sent home with students toward the end of May. If you need another copy, you can find it on the school website at https://stjosephwhschool.org/summer-2022-homework/

2022-2023 School Supplies

The School Supply list for the 2022-2023 school year can be found on our school website at https://stjosephwhschool.org/school-supply-lists/.

As a service to our SJCS families, PTO has worked with a company to provide parents with an online option to purchase complete school supply kits by grade levels. Please see the information below, with the link, if you would like to purchase your child's school supplies in one easy step. Purchasing school supplies through this company is completely optional.

It is customary for students to bring school supplies to school the day before school starts so that they do not have to carry it in to the building on the first day of school.

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altar server training

There will be an Altar Server Training this Saturday, July 15th at 10am in our church for all new and current altar servers. If your child is interested in becoming an altar server, he/she must be in third grade and have received his/her First Holy Communion. Call the church office if you have any questions.

volunteers next year

For the 2022-2023 school year, we will return to the expectation that all SJCS families will contribute a minimum of 20 volunteer hours. Remember that this has always been an expectation of our families. However, with the pandemic and limited access by volunteers, this expectation has been waived for the last two years. We recognize the importance of the partnership and support of our parents and look forward to having parents back on campus in a volunteer capacity.

As you begin to consider how you will fulfill this expectation as a parent at SJCS, there are many ways that you can get involved. If you would like to get a jump start on your service hours before school starts, we are looking for parent volunteers to assist at the Uniform Sales later this summer. If you would like to volunteer at any of the Uniform Sales, please email Mrs. Haas at thaas@stjosephwhschool.org. REMEMBER THAT ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST BE FINGERPRINT CLEARED THROUGH THE DIOCESE OF ORLANDO.


The Safe Environment Certification process consists of 2 Steps:

Step 1: Safe Environment video and quiz

Step 2: Fingerprinting

Please begin by visiting: http://www.orlandodiocese.org

Click on the Safe Environment Certification box at the top of the homepage. Please read instructions and follow the steps carefully.

Step 1: Safe Environment Video and Quiz

  1. Watch the Safe Environment Certification video. The video is about 25 minutes long.
  2. When the video is complete, read the Diocesan Standards of Conduct and agree to terms. Proceed to take the quiz.
  3. Enter the Entity Code: 296. Choose the role of volunteer.

Click on “Next” to take the 20 question quiz. Passing scores are 80% and above. Results will also be emailed to the school. If you fail the quiz, you will be directed to Step 1.

Once the Safe Environment quiz is complete, a Fieldprint code will appear specific to your entity. Please copy or write down this Fieldprint code as you will need to enter it in the next step.

Step 2: Fingerprinting Visit www.fieldprintflorida.com to register for your fingerprinting appointment. You will need an email address for this part of the process. Please enter the Fieldprint Code on the “Reason for Fingerprinting” screen when prompted. Continue on to complete the Fieldprint registration and schedule your fingerprinting appointment.

now hiring

SJCS is seeking qualified individuals to serve in the role of teaching assistant in our PreK classroom. Please contact Mrs. Haas at thaas@stjosephwhschool.org if you are interested.

Uniform sales

All students in PreK 3 and Kindergarten through grade 8 are required to wear school uniforms purchased through Sir Walter, our uniform provider. Please do not purchase uniforms from stores such as Walmart, Kohls, etc. Uniform checks will be held throughout the school year. Students not in uniforms from Sir Walter will receive a uniform infraction. Please note that there are guidelines regarding shoes that students may wear. You can find these rules in our Parent Student Handbook on the school website under uniforms.

You can purchase SJCS uniforms in the parish center at the school on the following dates:
July 26 from 2pm- 5pm.
August 2nd from 12pm-5pm.
August 6th from 9am – 1pm.

shoe guidelines

Before you purchase shoes for school, please remember that shoes are part of the school uniform. All students must follow the guidelines as outlined in the Parent Student Handbook.

The rule states: Predominantly white, black, grey, brown or navy shoes are to be worn with laces matching the predominant color of the shoes. The shoes may have one secondary color.

If you are not sure if the shoes meet the guidelines, it is suggested that you receive approval before your student wears the shoes. The only two people who can approve shoes are Mrs. Magnole and Mrs. Haas.

from the finance office

FACTs accounts need to be established for tuition payments for the coming school year. Families have the option to pay monthly, twice a year, or a one time payment. Every family must have a FACTs account.
Families are reminded to submit all scholarship award letters to Mrs. Brown at your earliest convenience. Without these letters, we cannot apply the scholarship to your account. You can email award letters to sbrown@stjosephwhschool.org.

new school year packets

Parents of all students, new and returning, need to stop by the school office beginning July 26th to pick up new school year packets and finalize paperwork. This step must be completed before students can begin school. New school year packets include: class assignments and car tags. If you cannot make it to school on July 26th, you may come any day thereafter, when the office is open. Please keep in mind that the office will be very busy on July 26th, so plan accordingly and allow plenty of time.

Documents for the office

Please keep in mind that before you can receive your New School Year packet, you must have completed all necessary tasks required before you begin school.

This includes:

  • being current on all outstanding debt
  • submit all necessary paperwork as part of the registration process to the school office
  • setting up a FACTs account
  • downloading the pikmykid app
  • anything else that the office may have notified you about

new families

We are pleased to welcome many new families to SJCS. If you are a family new to our school, you should've received an email link to a newsletter with information just for you. If you have not received this link, please call the school office at 863-293-3311.

new family orientation

Parents new to St. Joseph Catholic School are invited to join us for New Parent Orientation on Thursday, August 4th at 6pm in our Parish Center. I will share general information about our school and answer questions. New parents will also have an opportunity to set up their child’s lunch accounts. Following my presentation in the parish center, parents of students in PreK 3, VPK, and Kindergarten will meet with teachers of their class’ orientation.

sponsor a police officer

St. Joseph Catholic School partners with Winter Haven Police Department to have an off duty police officer assigned to our school occasionally. The cost for this police officer is $135 for 3 hours (minimum). We are looking for families to sponsor the police officer for an upcoming event. If you are interested, please email Summer at Sdehaven@stjosephwhschool.org. She will schedule your family to be the sponsor the 3 hours and bill your FACTs account.

Upcoming opportunities to sponsor a police officer (cost is $135):

Wednesday, August 10th

Monday, August 15th (Mass)

Wednesday, August 24th

Wednesday, August 31st

Wednesday, September 7th

Wednesday, September 14th

Wednesday, September 21st

Wednesday, September 28th

*Remember all families are required to give 20 volunteer hours per school year. For this sponsorship, families can log 13.5 hours each time they sponsor an officer.

middle school boot camp

Middle School Boot Camp for all students grades 6-8 on Tuesday, August 9th from 9am until 12pm. Middle schoolers are required to attend in SJCS uniform. Parents should drop off their middle schooler, with his/her school supplies, between 8:45am and 9am in the parish center parking lot. Students will spend their morning in orientation meetings with administration and teachers. Additionally, time will be spent getting the student organized with his/her supplies and setting up lockers. Again, this is required for all students in grades 6-8.

open house for PreK through Grade 5

All students are invited to visit campus the day before school starts, Tuesday, August 9th.
PreK 3 through Grade 5: Parents are invited to bring their child(ren) to visit classrooms and bring in school supplies on August 9 from 10:30am-12pm.


Our school uses the app PikMyKid for dismissal. All parents must register and use this app when picking up their children in afternoon carline. Please see the instructions below to download the app and register. You can also view this guide by clicking here: https://stjosephwhschool.org/wp-content/uploads/1-_Parent-App-User-Guide_English_2021.pdf
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handbook and calendar

The SJCS Parent Student Handbook and Calendar for the 2022-2023 school year can be found on the school website at stjosephwhschool.org.

first day of school

The campus just isn't the same without our students! We are already counting down the days until the first day of school.


We can't wait to see you!

important dates

The 2022-2023 School Calendar can be found on our website at Stjosephwhschool.org. Click on the News and Information tab.

July 26th
: New School Year Packets available and Uniform Sale 2pm-5pm

Aug. 2nd: Uniform Sale 12pm-5pm

Aug. 4th: Orientation for all NEW families, and all parents of PreK and Kindergarten at 6pm

Aug. 6th: Uniform Sale from 9am - 1pm

Aug. 9th: Middle School Boot Camp 9am-12pm. Open House for PreK-Grade 5 from 10:30am-12pm

Aug. 10th: First day of school

summer office hours

As we move through summer and begin to anticipate the first day of school, we know you will have many questions. The school office is open throughout the summer. We invite you to call anytime with any questions or concerns you may have.

Summer Office Hours are:

Monday through Thursday: 9am-3pm

Friday: 9am - 12pm

The school office will be closed on Wednesday, August 3rd.

You also may email our principal, Mrs.Haas at thaas@stjosephwhschool.org with any questions.

Students Entering Kindergarten

All students entering kindergarten should have a

Florida Form DH 680 ( Florida Certification of Immunization ) with the DOE Code 1 Immunizations are complete K-12 (Excluding 7th grade/middle school requirements)

This also needs to be signed by a physician or medical professional.

Students Entering 7th Grade

This is a reminder that, in accordance with the Florida Department of Health, there is an immunization requirement for all students entering seventh grade. In addition to compliance with all other immunization requirements, children entering seventh grade in Florida schools must complete one Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap). Records from a doctor of your child receiving this booster shot must be provided to the school office prior to the first day of school. Students without this record will not be permitted to attend class the first day.

amazon smile

If you shop on Amazon, please consider registering under Amazon Smile with St. Joseph Catholic School as your beneficiary. When you use Amazon Smile, there's no additional cost to you, but SJCS receives a percentage of the sales. During the first quarter of the current calendar year, St. Joseph Catholic School received a check for $241.80. Thanks to all who use Amazon Smile for their purchases.
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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