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Weekly Newsletter - October 14, 2021

celebrating 27 years of excellence in catholic education

Theme for the Year

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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,

with hearts full of CHARITY for our fellow man.

Our Mission and Vision Statements

Mission:

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.


Vision:

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.


Motto:

Teaching the Mind...Nourishing the Soul

from the principal

These past weeks have been packed full of activities for our students and families. There are always a variety of ways to become involved at St. Joseph Catholic School. This newsletter highlights some of these. This newsletter also highlights the dedication and hard work required by everyone in this community to move our school forward to new heights.


In his sermon this week, Fr. Ronaldo reminded the students of the importance they should place in how they treat one another. He explained to them the way they treat others sets the tone for the way others will treat them. Our children see the ways in which you support their school. Through your actions, they know your commitment. The good works we do for SJCS today, ensure the continued impact this Catholic School can have on future children.

In Christ's service,

Diane Price, M.Ed.L.

Principal

October Bible verse on Charity

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saintly quote about charity to ponder with your family

"Charity is the root of all good works." -St. Augustine

Virtue for the Month

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Greek and Latin Roots for the week:

frag-, fract-, frang- (easily broken/break)

centri-, centro- (center)

-sume, sumpt- (take, take up, spend)

Reminders and Upcoming Events

  • WE ARE STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR NEW STUDENTS FOR THE 2021-2022 School Year! Please direct your family and friends to the school website, or have them call the school office for more details.


  • 10/15 Faculty and Staff In-service Day: No School. Enjoy a long weekend!


  • 10/17 Class of 2020 Yearbook Party: Reach out to Mrs. Michelle Doskocil for details.


  • 10/18 Picture Retakes: Be sure to wear your mass uniform if you are having your picture retaken.


  • 10/18-10/21 8th Grade Volleyball Tournament


  • 10/20-10/21 NJHS Bake Sale


  • 10/20 October Home and School Association Meeting: Family Rosary begins at 6:15 pm. General meeting starts at 7:00 pm. Please join us. The meeting will not be Zoomed.


  • 10/21 Spirit Wear Day: Let's show some school spirit! Be sure to wear any SJCS spirit shirt, nice blue jeans, and tennis shoes of your choosing the day after we have our HSA Meeting.


  • 10/22 First Quarter Report Cards: Report cards will be emailed Friday afternoon.


  • 10/24 World Mission Sunday


  • 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.

COVID-19 Daily Home Screening for Students

Parents: Please be sure to complete this short screening each morning. If any of these symptoms are present, please stay home and contact the school and your doctor. 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.


Important - Keep your children home while waiting for COVID-19 test results of anyone that could be a close contact individual for them.


SECTION 1: Symptoms from the CDC website

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.


SECTION 2: Close Contact/Potential Exposure

1. Had close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with a person with confirmed COVID-19.

Quest for Excellence - Annual Fund

Our goal - $100,000

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Every year, North Texas Giving Day kicks off our "Quest for Excellence" Annual Fund. Tuition alone does not cover the cost of the needs of our school. Please consider a donation to the Annual Fund, if you missed contributing to North Texas Giving Day.
Reasons to give:


1. to help us provide tuition assistance to families who need the extra support

2. to help complete the safety fencing around the playground area

3. to help enhance the beauty of our campus through the installation of statuary and icons

Be watching for our Annual Fund mailer to arrive at your home very soon! Thanks to all of the students and families who shared their testimonials on the benefits of SJCS. We are so grateful for you and for all of our families. Go, Knights!

Home and School Association

"Knights on the Run" Fun Run Highlights

Check out these fantastic pictures from our fun run event. Even Sir Learns A Lot got in on the fun! In these pictures, can you find one of the little ninjas who snuck into my office to leave a sweet note for me?
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Thank you to Mrs. Tinderholt, Mrs. Doering, our supportive sponsors, and all of the countless volunteers and participants who made this year's fun run a success! We cannot have events like this without your help. Thank you for making St. Joseph Catholic School such a thriving community!

Spirit Nights

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Save the date

Golf Tournament Fundraiser - November 5th

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The 24th Annual SJCS Golf Tournament is coming Friday, November 5th. We are currently seeking volunteers and donations for raffle/auction items. Sign up to volunteer here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0A49AFAF2AA4FB6-sjcs. Thank you!


Remember: Every $10 donated counts as 1 service hour. Large and small value items are needed! You could earn your service hours for the year with 1 donated item! TVs, nice coolers, ladies' items, sporting goods, adult beverages, gift cards, etc. Please contact Ethel Procell if you're able to contribute. ethelyork@gmail.com.

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 for next year:


  1. Donating food during NJHS Food Collections at Mass.
  2. If you are able to provide a case of water to the school, you will earn 1 service hour per case.
  3. We are always in need of Lysol spray.
  4. We are always in need of Clorox wipes.
  5. Liquid hand soap
  6. Disposable gloves
  7. STREAM Enrichment supplies (listed below)


Every $10 you spend will earn 1 service hour. Thank you! We truly need the help.

8th grade garage sale

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8th grade dinner and talent show

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To the 8th grade Class of 2022...thank you for helping the dinner and show run so smoothly. You are the leaders of our school. Continue to lead those around you. Continue to seek the good in others and encourage one another.

Sharing their talents

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What a show! Look at these happy faces! It was a true pleasure to be able to experience the God-given talents of these children. It is not easy getting up in front of people, and these Knights did a fantastic job! Thank you!

A huge thank you

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Thank you, Mr. Cullen, for working so hard to encourage and support our students. And thank you for your leadership of the 8th graders who helped with the show. Your dedication and positivity brought the best out of our Knights! Bravo to YOU!
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As I have said before, we cannot accomplish great things without the support and kindness of our families. You and your children are why we faculty and staff come to work each day. This is an impressive list of support. Thank you for all of your generosity! God bless you all!


Chicken - cooked and donated by Phi Coffee & Tea and Mr. & Mrs. Loc Phan & Nicole Bui (Madison's parents)


* Lo Mein - donated by Mr. & Mrs. Loc Phan & Nicole Bui


* Fried Rice - cooked and donated by Mr. & Mrs. Tung Nguyen & Anita Vu (Grace's parents)


* Egg Rolls - donated by

- Mr. & Mrs. Andy & Amber Nguyen (Anna's family)

- Mr. & Mrs. Nhan Pham & Aithanh Nguyen (Noah's parents)

- Mr. & Mrs. Chinh Nguyen & Marie Hau (Thien-Y's parents)

- Mr. & Mrs. Peter Tran (Kaylie's grandparents)


* Spring Rolls: donated by

- Mr. & Mrs. Hoc Pham & Yen Hoang (Alyssa's parents)

- Mr. & Mrs. Josh Nguyen & Leslie Vu (Jaden & Jathan's parents)

- Mr. & Mrs. Michael Pham (4th grade parent)


* Boba Tea & supplies: cooked and donated by Mr. & Mrs. Michael Nguyen & Tami Tran (Kaylie's parents)


* All to-go supplies: donated by Mr. & Mrs. Josh Nguyen & Leslie Vu (Jaden & Jathan's parents)


* Drinks: 8th grade class parents


* Desserts: Vicente and Karina Esparza (Julian's parents)

Monday Morning Prayer Service Zoom Invite

Diane Price is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Topic: Monday Morning Prayer Service

Time: 08:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Every week on Mon, until May 23, 2022, 40 occurrence(s)


Join by clicking here - https://esc11.zoom.us/j/88516285709

Meeting ID: 885 1628 5709

Monday Morning Prayer service

8th Grade Student of the Month Recipient

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Congratulations to Kamsey Obodo! Our newest 8th Grade Student of the Month! We are very proud of Kamsey. Her teachers speak about how respectful and Christ-like Kamsey is throughout her day. She always does the right thing even when she thinks no one is watching. She is dedicated to her studies, has a positive attitude and a smile on her face. Kamsey is kind to others, always inviting, and willing to participate. She always goes above and beyond on her work. Bravo, Kamsey!
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Thank you to Mrs. Lopez for helping with our Monday Morning Prayer Service, and several members of our Student Council for leading the school in praying the Rosary last week.
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Thank you, Mrs. Norton, for leading the school community in prayer this week along with these students who helped lead the Rosary.

Knights in Action!

This week after the "Knights on the Run" huddle with the Booster Team, Technology and Library combined classes. They went to the Library and discussed the virtues students were learning in the huddles. Students were then tasked with using Legos to build something that represented the virtue they thought was most important. While each group chose a different virtue to build, they all exemplified the virtue of teamwork!

Wonder

You never know what you are going to discover in nature! These 5th grade Knights spent time investigating owl pellets in Mrs. Seed's Science class this week. The look of wonder on these students' faces as they bravely dissected their pellet was truly beautiful to behold.

Prayerful Moments

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These 3rd grade students stopped me in the hallway to recite this month's Bible verse on the theme of Charity. Well done, Knights!
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3rd grader, Julia Spencer, is seen here reading a postcard she wrote to Mrs. Do’s preschool students. 3rd grade has been studying the Early Church and how it grew. She decided to write them a postcard telling of the Good News of Jesus Christ and how the Early Church grew. What a beautiful way to lead! True missionary discipleship in action!

7th Grade Vikathon

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Our 7th grade Knights took a trip to Nolan Catholic High School this week for their Annual Vikathon event. Seventh graders from around the diocese come together to compete just for the fun of it! Looks like they had a blast!

A cow at school?

Enjoy these pictures from Mrs. Lara's preschool class where they wrapped up their farm unit with their adopted dairy calf Kim, and their class cow, Bessie! The kids loved getting to “milk” Bessie!

Scientific Observations in 3rd grade

Our 3rd grade students tested the density of different types of liquids by layering them in a clear glass and making observations on their behaviors in their science notebooks. I wonder what discoveries they made?

This Week in Art

Our Knights have been very busy using their creativity in art class with Mr. Suarez. Here are some examples:


K: Drawing Halloween Jack O’Lanterns


2nd Grade: Numbers as Shapes inspired by Charles Demuth and the design principle of repetition


3rd Grade: Robot Illustration - integrating geometric shapes and cartooning techniques


4th Grade: Vintage Halloween Grid designs - using limited palette of orange, yellow, black and white


5th Grade: Colorful Cans of soup and soda inspired by Pop artist Andy Warhol


6th Grade: Realistic sketches of miniature pumpkins and gourds from direct observation of actual specimens

Displays on Campus

lasting friendships

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These SJCS first grade Knights are Knights here and at MYBA Baseball!

It is really neat to see relationships made in the classroom, continue outside of school.

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STREAM Mission Statement

Our purpose is to engage students in hands-on activities to find creative solutions to real-world problems using collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and data analysis, with an understanding that all things STREAM lead to God.

“Bridging the Gap” - Students used assigned materials or LEGOs to build a bridge. We talked about several types of designs, including truss, suspension, arch, and beam bridges, and students chose one type to represent in the structures they built.

Current 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!


  • Scotch tape

  • Toothpicks
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Small dixie cups
  • Hula Hoops


THANK YOU from the STREAM TEAM!!!

RoboKnights

Our RoboKnights have been busy building their mission pieces. All of their robots will soon be built and then the programming begins! Nice work, RoboKnights!

What's growing in the greenhouse?

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Time to harvest the zucchini! Thanks to Mrs. Horton's 5th grade students, we were able to harvest the remaining bounty. I wonder if any of them really took a bite? I sure hope so!

SJCS 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.

St. Joseph Parish News

Meet our parish priests!

Weekly Mass Opportunity

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Sacramental Prep for 2nd Graders

Classes start in October for St. Joseph Parishioners.

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Parish Notes

  • Parish website link: https://stjoe88.org/
  • 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

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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: prayers@stjosephtx.org.

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

www.stjosephtx.org

ST. JOSEPH, PROTECTOR OF FAMILIES, PRAY FOR US.