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Weekly Newsletter - May 8, 2022

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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

Alleluia! Happy Easter, SJCS Community!


And a very Happy Mother's Day to all of our mothers on this special day!

Let us pray for our mothers:


Mary, on this day when we honor all mothers, we turn to you. We thank the Lord whom you serve for the great gift of motherhood. Never has it been known that anyone who sought your intercession was left unaided by grace. Dear Mother, thank you for your "Yes" to the invitation of the angel which brought heaven to earth and changed human history. You opened yourself to God's word and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.


Dear mother, intercede for all of our mothers. Ask your Divine Son to give them the grace of surrendered love so that they could join with you in giving their own "Fiat." May they find daily strength to say yes to the call to the sacrificial love- the very heart of the vocation of motherhood. May their love and witness be a source of great inspiration for all of us called to follow your Son.

On this Mothers day, Mother of the Word Incarnate, pray for us who have recourse to you.

Amen.



Source:

https://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=493

In Christ's service,

Diane Price, M.Ed.L.

Principal

May Bible verse on Charity

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new saintly quote about charity to ponder with your family

"Little deeds that proceed from charity please God

and have their place among meritorious acts." -- St. Francis De Sales

Virtue for the Month

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There are no new roots for this week.

Reminders and Upcoming Events


  • WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING NEW FAMILY APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2022-2023 ACADEMIC YEAR! Please direct inquiries to the school office.


  • Wednesday Weekly Mass - Mass begins at 8:30 a.m. each Wednesday, and all are welcome to attend. Students are to wear their dress uniforms which includes a sweater.


  • Parents are invited to Prayer Services once again! COVID numbers are declining. Praise God! Families are invited to the Monday Morning Prayer Services in the Marian Center. Monday services begin at 8:00 am. Feel free to park and walk into the gym and find a seat. As long as you leave the gym after the service, you are not going to be required to get a badge. We will pray the Stations of the Cross together.


  • May - No Running Club: It was wonderful to bring the club back during the month of April. Know that the Running Club will be back for the 2022-2023 academic year. Thank you, Mrs. Fitzpatrick and Mrs. Stefanos, for making this club a reality. Please let them know if you would like to volunteer to help with the club for the fall.



  • Teacher-For-A-Day and Principal-For-A-Day: Wednesday, 5/11 for those who won this item at the gala. Please speak with your teacher for details.



  • Secret Angel Reveal - Wednesday before the HSA Meeting at 5:30pm


  • Important: Last HSA Meeting of the Year - This Wednesday, 5/11, beginning at 6:15pm with a Band Concert. We will honor our departing 8th grade families at this meeting. Please try to attend.


  • Spirit Wear after the HSA Meeting - Thursday, 5/12. Students may come in any SJCS spirit shirt sold by the school, nice jeans, and tennis shoes of their choosing.


  • Field Day - Friday, 5/13. Be watching for emails with information needed for the day.


  • Bottled Water and Sanitizing Wipes are always needed. You may record 1 service hour for every $10 spent. Thank you for your generosity!


  • 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.

SJCS Men's weekly Rosary Group

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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

HSA Spirit Nights

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


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

Monday Morning Prayer service

May Crowning

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Thank you to the second grade students and their teachers, Mrs. Schwartz and Mrs. Heid, for leading the school community in our May Crowing Ceremony, as we crowned the Blessed Mother, Queen of Heaven.

8th grade student of the month award recipient

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Congratulations, Izzy Troha, for receiving the 8th Grade Student of the Month Award! Her dedication serving God, commitment to her studies and her extracurricular activities, has made her a role model for others. We are very proud of the young lady you are, Izzy!

PSIA State Competition!

Mrs. Lopez and her children were wonderful hosts to the five SJCS students who participated at the state level for PSIA. Our Knights did very well at this AA meet for larger schools at TCU. All of our student entries placed in the TOP TEN, earning points for the school placing us in the top six ranking. Way to go, PSIA Knights! We are so very proud of you all, and of all the students who participated in PSIA this year! Bravo!

Knights in Action!

A Knight to Remember!

Rosary Garden Clean-up Crew

Have you noticed the changes in our Rosary Garden? We had a beautiful crew of families give their time and talent to remove all of the plants that died during the hard winter months, and add new plants in their place. This area is still a work in progress, but many thanks to the Cronin Family, the Spencer Family, the Stahl Family, and the Rihani Family for their help. They saw the need and lended a hand. Thank you so much! If there are other families helping, please let the office know. We want to thank you properly. You stepped up to lend a much needed hand, honoring the Blessed Mother and helping beautify the school.

Teacher Appreciation

We most certainly appreciate our teachers at St. Joseph Catholic School! The office treated the teachers this week with snacks of appreciation! Thank you for all you do for our students and for our families! We love you!

This week in art

Our students have been exploring a wide array of artists and art styles this week, and trying some new techniques! Very creative, Knights! Thank you, Mr. Suarez.


Last week's art:

Kindergarten: Easter Bunny Faces made with paper plates and crayons

5th Grade: Easter Egg designs using oval-shaped card stock, markers, paints and crayons.

5th Grade: Alphabetagrid - graphic design and lettering

2nd Grade: Inspired Interiors with Fishbowl after Henri Matisse’s “Goldfish” painting

1st Grade: Colorful Cakes inspired by Pop Artist Wayne Thiebaud

8th Grade: Cubist Collages inspired by Pablo Picasso


This week’s Art classes involved the joy of watercolor painting, botanical illustration and graphic design and self-portraiture!

2nd Grade: Mini-masterpieces - watercolor paintings of flowers on a 3” x 4” piece of watercolor paper using small brushes

Kindergarten: Sunflower drawings using pencil and crayon on card stock celebrating nature and praying for the Ukraine people

5th Grade: Pointillism inspired by the French Neo-impressionist George’s Seurat and his famous masterpiece, “A Sunday in the Afternoon at the Grand Jatte”. Students used small brushes, Q-tips and watercolors to create “dot paintings.”

P.E. This week

Our Knights have been enjoying some team sports and throwing activities in P.E. this week! Way to develop those skills, Knights! Loads of smiles all around!

Spirit Games 2022!

Everyone had a wonderful time at Spirit Games this year! If you were not able to make it, please try to come next year! It was a lot of fun! Sir Learns-A-Lot represented SJCS very well, even competing against other schools' mascots. What a team player! It was great to see our families and students enjoying the day and spending time with other students from across the diocese. A truly joyful time! Our Sand Art and Dunk the Duck booths were a hit!
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Students have been engaging in a variety of activities in STREAM these past weeks. Students have been painting rocks to decorate the greenhouse (Thank you for the paint, Mr. Suarez) and creating pinatas to celebrate Cince de Mayo! There were many creative designs of each! Way to go, Knights!

Greenhouse life

Mrs. Lara's preschool class spent some time working in the greenhouse recently, learning how to tend to their plants, giving them just the right amount of water to flourish. Well done, Knights!

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!



  • Index cards

  • Foil
  • Tissue paper
  • Marshmallows
  • Spoons- Plastic
  • Straws


THANK YOU from the STREAM TEAM!!!

Mrs. Michelle Doskocil and Mrs. Shannon Lopez

RoboKnights

Thank you, RoboKnights, for sharing your knowledge with the school community at the Home and School Association Meeting this week. You truly are encouraging other students to wonder and image about this type of exploration. You did an excellent job! You even shared your "good luck charm" with us.

SJCS Alumni News

Valedictorian and Salutatorian

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Congratulations to Nolan Catholic High School's Class of 2022 Valedictorian, Ryan Jimenez and Salutatorian, Justin Le! We could not be more proud of these two most-deserving Knight alumni! May God continue to bless you both as you journey onwards and upwards! Go, Knights!
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These Knight alumni (SJCS Class of 2018) continue to excel outside our elementary school doors and we are thrilled for all of them! They only have bright futures ahead of them!


Ife Uche - Named a College Board National African American Recognition Program Scholar

Justin Le - Salutatorian

Noelle Poquiz - Named a National Merit Commended Scholar

Robert Nagid - Named a College Board National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar

Ryan Jimenez - Valedictorian and named a National Merit Commended Scholars

Adam Kelson - Named a College Board National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar


Kaylee Ngo - SJCS alumni who is proud of her friends - “Do what you think is right, not what people think is right, because it will always be you who goes through whatever happens in the end.”

Robo Vikes

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SJCS alumnus, Miguel Gutierrez, has had a very successful year with the Nolan Catholic High School Robotics Team (Robo Vikes)! They made it to the finals at the state championship and are now going to the World Robotics Championship with the best teams from the USA, Canada, Mexico, Israel, China, Netherlands, Brazil, Turkey and many other countries. How exciting is that! Well done, Miguel and the Robo Vikes!

Welcomed visitors

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Sadie Hornick so kindly helped out at our booth during Spirit Games! Great to have her back with us, even if only for a little while. Thank you, Sadie!
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Mrs. Wolanin's son, alumnus Erik Wolanin (Class of 2018), stopped by for a visit this week! It is always so wonderful to see how our Knights are flourishing on their journey through life.
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SJCS cannot claim him as our own, but we were excited to have Eric Flores (a former student of Mrs. Kuntz's from her time at Our Lady of Victory Catholic School) at our campus this week. Mrs. Kuntz was thrilled to see her student. We are thrilled to have him in our diocese! May God continue to bless Eric!
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Mrs. Gavin was able to capture a quick hug from two former SJCS students, Christ Kapend and Kanaya Carter! These alumae were all smiles! Great to see them again.
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Nolan Catholic High School's production of "Mary Poppins" brought some of our Knights back to school! Mrs. Regan welcomed Ella Schuster, Justin Le, Kiera Connors, and Isabella Pair back to SJCS! It was so wonderful to see our former Knights flourishing in this way!
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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 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 (for schools, less than 3 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with a person with confirmed COVID-19.

St. Joseph Parish News

May you rest in peace, Fr. Tom

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Meet our parish priests!

Weekly Mass Opportunity

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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!

St. Vincent de Paul VBS

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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.