Weekly Newsletter - December 17, 2020
celebrating 26 years of excellence in catholic education
Theme for the Year: Hope
Our Mission and Vision Statements
St. Joseph Catholic School provides students with a nurturing and prayerful learning environment committed to academic excellence, training missionary disciples to seek virtue, wisdom, and truth, in partnership with a community of active and faithful families.
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Fort Worth are committed to opening the doors so that our students can reach further than the walls that would otherwise enclose them and therefore are able to recognize and cherish the eternal and transcendental goods of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness.
Teaching the Mind...Nourishing the Soul
The third week of advent
From the principal
I would like to share with you one of my favorite readings from the Gospel of Luke, chapter 2, verses 8-14:
Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
This is what we are anticipating, the Birth of Christ. What an amazing gift to humanity! I want to wish each and every one of you the very merriest Christmas celebration with your loved ones. Merry Christmas, Knights!
Diane Price, M.Ed.L.
Hope Bible verse for december
new saintly "HOPE" quote to ponder
Virtue of the Month
Reminders and Upcoming Events
- Christmas Break - School Resumes Monday, January 4th.
- Weekly Wednesday Mass - We will be attending Mass weekly on Wednesdays, at 8:30 a.m. Distance Learners, we are attending along with you from home! Be sure to wear your dress uniform and participate by clicking on the parish link: https://stjoe88.org/ On-Campus Learners, be sure to wear your dress uniform to school on these days. Families are welcome to attend. All must wear a mask to enter the church. Students may sit with family members during Mass, but will need to be walked back to their teacher before leaving the sanctuary.
- If you are an Amazon customer, please use Amazon Smile! We receive a donation from Amazon when you shop. Go to: smile.amazon.com to participate. It is a very easy way to support the school! Thank you!
- If you know a St. Joseph Catholic School alumni, please let them know we are looking to stay in contact, and would love to hear how they are doing. See the notice in our alumni section of below.
Service Hour Opportunities
- We are in need of water bottles once again. If you are able to provide a case of water to the school, you will earn 1 service hour per case.
- We are also in need of Lysol spray.
- We are in need of Clorox wipes.
- Liquid hand soap
- Disposable gloves
- STREAM Enrichment supplies (listed below)
- Also, you can earn 1 service hour by attending any Spirit Night.
Every $10 you spend will earn 1 service hour. Thank you! We truly need the help.
Earn service Hours in the Greenhouse
As you know, we have installed a greenhouse behind the gym for the children to experience and wonder about the miracles of nature. We are to the point of preparing the beds inside.
We could use your help with the greenhouse on either 12/28 or 12/29. We have a wonderful group of gentlemen helping us from St. Joseph and St. Vincent's, but they could use more hands moving dirt and preparing the beds. High school students and/or adults only, please. They will start at 9:00 AM. If you could bring work gloves, shovels, wheel barrows and water bottles for your own hydration, that would be a big help.
The gentlemen need help moving dirt from large bags and putting the dirt into the plant beds. We also need help putting down weed-control fabric, rocks (gravel) over the fabric, and placing 2'x2' patio blocks down.
If you are interested, please email Mr. Jim Mannix at email@example.com to let him know you will be there to help. His home phone number is 817-465-2350 if you wish to call. He asks that you leave a voicemail and he will call you back. If the weather is bad on 12/29, then they will move the work to 12/30. If both days have bad weather we will try for Thursday 12/31.
Thank you in advance for helping out! We hope to have this project completed by spring.
Weekly Mass Opportunity
Don't forget...When away from school
Home and School Association
Thank you to those who attended the MOD Pizza Spirit Night last month. The school received a check for $199.38!
Thank you to those who ordered from Chick-fil-A this week! The school will be receiving a check for $221.16!
*Don't forget to give yourself a service hour in Renweb if you order food on a Spirit Night!
*Also, don't forget to scan your receipt using the Box Tops app if you have items in your grocery basket with the Box Tops logo!
Monday Morning Prayer Service Zoom Invite
This link should also be found in your family's Seesaw Account or Google Classroom.
Diane Price is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Monday Morning Prayer Service
Time: 08:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 839 3372 6239
Knights in Action!
8th grade student of the month
Tradition of Celebrating the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Click on the image below to enjoy this year's presentation.
First Ever Virtual Christmas Music Presentation
In 1st Grade, there were gingerbread activities this week. Students completed a science STEM bridge building activity, decorated graham cracker- gingerbread houses, and made no bake applesauce cinnamon ornaments! Love seeing all of these hands-on experiences.
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Take a look at all of these wonderful Saint Projects in 5th Grade Religion this week. Truly beautiful and such a memorable way to learn about these sacred persons.
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In 5th Grade Science this week, students were to build a snow fort with marshmallows and toothpicks.
Criteria: their snowman (a Dixie cup) had to be able to get in and out fairly easily and it must protect them from snowballs. Yes, they were tested with snowballs (marshmallows) being thrown at them!
Some very interesting designs, Knights. Your use of trial and error were really at work here.
I was able to catch only a few pictures of the fun we had today, celebrating before our Christmas Break. I can assure you, the students were having a blast, as were the adults!
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Displays on Campus
This week in art
Some artworks created by students in-school and distance learners this week:
2nd Grade: Abstract art inspired by Dutch artist Piet Mondrian using geometric shapes, lines and primary colors
Kindergarten: Paper Angel Dolls/Ornaments
Very creative, Knights! Thank you for sharing your God-given talents with us.
Newly Updated STREAM Wish List
- Spice/Gum Drops or Dots Candy
- Small Dixie Cups
- Individually wrapped candy
THANK YOU from the STREAM TEAM!!!
COVID-19 Daily Home Screening Required for Students
Parents: Please be sure to complete this short screening each morning. If none of these apply to your child, you may come to school. Please contact the school if your child is sick or has been exposed to a positive COVID-19 individual. We will guide you on what next steps to take regarding your return date to campus.
SECTION 1: Symptoms
If your child has any of the following symptoms, that indicates a possible illness that may decrease the student’s ability to learn and also put them at risk for spreading illness to others. Please check your child for these symptoms:
1. Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth
2. Sore throat
3. New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)
4. Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
5. New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
SECTION 2: Close Contact/Potential Exposure
1. Had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with a person with confirmed COVID-19
COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line
Many More Health and Wellness Resources May be found here
Meet our parish priests!
Join Fr. Kelley for Mass-live
Daily Mass is open to the public. Attendance limited to first 40 people. Temperatures will be checked at the door. Please maintain social distance from others. Also, the Parish Office now has limited office hours: 8-10 a.m. Monday-Friday. Parishioners may schedule Mass intentions, purchase a candle or refill Holy Water. Most staff will continue to work from home, and are available via direct dial office phone and email 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- The faithful are dispensed from the obligation to attend and to participate in Sunday Mass, but not dispensed from our faith.
- People in attendance at Mass must wear masks or scarfs over their mouths and nose inside the buildings to help prevent the spread of the virus.
- All attending are to practice proper social distancing, wear masks and use hand sanitizer upon entering the church.
- The Bishop asks to be considerate in charity of your neighbor and receive Holy Communion in the hand for the time being.
St. Joseph Catholic Parish
- Please watch this important video message from Fr. Kelley: https://youtu.be/sO3CFan_kM8
- Please join the parish for daily and weekend Masses at this link: https://youtu.be/LxIRBSew1yI
- Please continue tithing to your parish. St. Joseph Parishioners may go to this link to give: https://stjoe88.org/giving
- Be sure to look into FORMED.org. The parish has paid for your subscription to this vast library of inspiring videos and essential reads to help grow your faith. Just go straight to the "Enter Code" button and enter 4BDX9H to begin the process. You may also access this through the parish website link below. Enjoy!
Join Bishop Olson for mass
Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth link:
ST. JOSEPH, PROTECTOR OF FAMILIES, PRAY FOR US.