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Weekly Newsletter - December 17, 2020

celebrating 26 years of excellence in catholic education

Theme for the Year: Hope

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At St. Joseph Catholic School, each and every day we are training students to be missionary disciples, and learning to recognize God in our lives and in the world around us,

full of HOPE for the future.

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

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From the principal

Happy Third Week of Advent! For the last three weeks, we have been patiently preparing for the coming of our Lord at Christmas.

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!

In Christ's service,

Diane Price, M.Ed.L.


Hope Bible verse for december

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new saintly "HOPE" quote to ponder

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.
-St. Francis

Virtue of the Month

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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: 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: 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

All families are asked to perform 40 service hours each school year. Here are some ideas to earn those hours, and truly help the school:

  1. 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.
  2. We are also in need of Lysol spray.
  3. We are in need of Clorox wipes.
  4. Liquid hand soap
  5. Disposable gloves
  6. STREAM Enrichment supplies (listed below)
  7. 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 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

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COVID-19 Updates

Don't forget...When away from school

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By following the CDC Guidelines of wearing a mask and social distancing while you are out and about over the weekend, you are helping the SJCS Community stay well!

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

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Congratulations, Jenna Poquiz, our December 8th Grade Student of the Month! Jenna is a dedicated student with a strong work ethic. She treats her fellow classmates with respect, always smiling and friendly towards everyone. Not only does she enjoy sports, she enjoys several musical instruments as well. We are very proud of you, Jenna! Thank you for being a wonderful example of what it means to be a Knight.

Tradition of Celebrating the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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Our 8th Graders traditionally present the Our Lady of Guadalupe Play each year in her honor. This year, the students created a video of the play to stream into the classrooms. I am so very proud of their efforts. This was the first time we have ever tried this, and I think they did a fabulous job! Thank you, Mrs. Doskocil, our Upper School Spanish Teacher, for organizing the play.

Click on the image below to enjoy this year's presentation.

Juan Diego 2020

First Ever Virtual Christmas Music Presentation

In our efforts to bring our families some Christmas cheer, we developed a YouTube Channel as a platform to share some beautiful music with you! Thank you to Mr. Cullen and all of our students for their hard work practicing and presenting these songs just for you! Please enjoy the videos at the link below. We would love for you to subscribe to the new channel! We will continue to make use of this channel moving forward. Merry Christmas!

Moments Captured

Christmas Drive

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Look at all the items we were able to present to the Arlington Life Shelter this afternoon! Our community is in such need at this time of year, now more than ever with the pandemic. Your kindness and generosity will touch the lives of many this Christmas. Thank you!

Parish Baskets

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Thanks to our wonderful families, we were able to continue the tradition of presenting our seven founding parishes with Christmas gift baskets. Without the collective efforts of many people through the years, St. Joseph Catholic School would not be here. We are forever grateful.

Displays on Campus

From understanding the branches of our government, to advertisements about moving out west, and lovely images of Our Lady of Guadalupe, students' hard work is always on display along the hallways. Hands-on learning makes for memorable learning. Thank you, teachers, for always finding clever ways to teach the curriculum. Well done, Knights!

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.

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This week, our students were challenged with engineering trees with only straws and playdough. Replicating the miracle of nature is an engineering feat for certain! Well done, Knights!

Newly Updated STREAM Wish List

STREAM classes are in need of the following items, if you are able to help. Remember, items bought for STREAM class can be used for service hours!

  • Straws

  • Spice/Gum Drops or Dots Candy
  • Small Dixie Cups
  • Marshmallows
  • Individually wrapped candy



This week, our RoboKnights were learning to program their robots to travel in a straight line and make turns using color sensors. Exploration of this kind can lead students to truly think outside the box. Go, RoboKnights!

Greenhouse Update

Look at this progress! Thanks to these kind gentlemen, our greenhouse is well on its way to completion. Our students will enjoy this experience for years to come. Please help support these efforts by giving of your time over the Christmas Break.

Alumni News

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Be sure to share any news you may have of our Knight Alumni with Mrs. Price or Mrs. Doering! We want everyone to know how our alumni are doing in the worlds of high school, college and beyond.

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

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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.
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Spiritual Communion

Here is a copy of the prayer to pray when one cannot physically receive the Holy Eucharist.
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St. Joseph Catholic Parish

  • Please watch this important video message from Fr. Kelley:
  • Please join the parish for daily and weekend Masses at this link:
  • Please continue tithing to your parish. St. Joseph Parishioners may go to this link to give:
  • Be sure to look into 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

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Are you in need of prayers?

The St. Joseph School Community would be honored to pray for you. Please send all prayer requests to this email address:

Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth link:

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2015 SW Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington, TX 76017-2736

Contact us at (817) 419-6800