Eagle's Eye Newsletter

November 14, 2019

We Learn in order to Serve

Our 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.
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Catholic Charities Needs Donations!

The shelves at the Catholic Charities Food Bank are empty! They are asking for our help. We will be collecting the following items at Mass on Wednesdays:

  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Spaghetti Sauce
  • Canned Black Beans
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Soup
  • Boxed Pasta
  • Boxed Potatoes
  • Rice
  • Applesauce
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Tuna

Dress Down Day

We are trying to fill the shelves of the Catholic Charities Food Bank for Thanksgiving. Any student who brings one of the items listed above on Friday, November 22 can dress down.

Fifth Grade Hosts Mass

Fifth grade will be hosting the 8:00am Mass this Sunday, November 17. Any student attending in their Mass uniform will receive a dress-down pass from Mr. Reilly. Just look for him before or after Mass.

First Trimester Awards

Students earning AR awards or honor roll will be recognized after Mass on Wednesday, November 20th

2:00pm Dismissal Day and Thanksgiving Holiday

Friday, November 22nd will be a 2:00pm dismissal day. School will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday for the week, November 25-29. School will resume on Monday, December 2nd.

Report Cards

Report cards will be emailed home tomorrow, November 15.

Spelling Bee

Congratulations to all our spelling bee participants! Congratulations to Bernard and Celina who will be moving on to the next level of competition with the Knights of Columbus! Bernard will also be competing at the Polk County Spelling Bee!

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to Mrs. Neal!

Book Fair Help Wanted!

We are in need of fingerprinted volunteers to help with book fair on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (December 2, 4, 6). Shifts are 7:30am-12:00pm and 12:00-4:00pm. Both shifts are available. We also need volunteers for Saturday, December 7 during Sweets with Santa from 8:00am-12:00pm. If interested, please contact Maria Rivera at mmrivera1981@gmail.com.

Save the Date!

Our concert choir will be singing the National Anthem at the Lakeland Tropics game on January 25, 2020. This will be a televised game, and the owner of the team wants to have the stands packed with SJCS people.

Hurricane Make-Up Days

Our hurricane make-up days will be on December 5th and January 9th. These days are currently scheduled at 12:00 dismissal days. They will now be full days of school. These two days plus the 12:00 dismissal day in September that was changed to a full day will give us enough instructional hours to make-up for the two hurricane days we were off.

Veteran’s Day

There was a beautiful prayer service held on Veteran’s Day to honor all those who served.

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Annie Jr. Informational Meeting

There will be an informational meeting for all students in grades 6-8 who are interested in auditioning for our spring musical, Annie Jr. The meeting will be held on November 20 from 3:30-4:30pm in Ms. McGillin’s room.

Teacher Professional Development

Teachers from all Polk County Catholic elementary schools spent the afternoon last week learning about Google Applied Digital Skills.

Gala Meeting

There will be a meeting on Tuesday, November 19th at 8:00am in the teachers’ lounge for anyone interested in helping with the Gala. This is our largest fundraiser and requires many volunteers.

Save the Date!

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Grandparents Day – Save the Date

Grandparents Day will be on Friday, January 31! SJCS loves our grandparents!

Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night

Please make plans to join us at our Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night on Thursday, November 14 from 5:00-8:00 pm.

Sweets with Santa needs your help!

If you are still in need of service hours for your family, or just want to help out, please consider donating to this fun event!

We are in need of these items for our craft stations:

-red and white candy canes (about 300 total)

-whole oats (6 containers)

-green glitter (25 containers)

-brown pipe cleaners (300)

-white paint pens (6)

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Children’s Choir

The Church Children’s Choir needs members. Practices are each Thursday evening from 5:00-6:00pm in the Parish Center Music Room. For more information, contact Jitka Cinibulk at jcinibulk@stjosephwh.org.

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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.


St. Joseph Catholic School

Pastor: Rev. Jimson Varghese, S.D.V.

Diocese of Orlando Superintendent of Schools: Mr. Henry Fortier