Eagle's Eye

November 4, 2021

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.

mass reflections

Below are some reflections of our All Saints Day mass earlier this week, as told by our fourth graders.

In the homily, I learned that although we make mistakes, no matter what, God will always love us, just like Father Gordan’s uncles. In the homily, Father Gordan talked about his two favorite uncles. Although they were never married, they both loved each other dearly-but sometimes they didn’t show that. Sometimes when he came to visit them they would be in the midst of an argument, or they would just be straight up ignoring each other. Yet Father Gordan sat there with them and the two uncles would have a conversation with each other, but through him. The same thing is with us, God, and the saints. Sometimes we distance ourselves from God, but when we pray to the saints, they will strengthen our bound with God again. So, no matter what, God will always love all of us, just like Father Gordan’s uncles.

Elena 4th grade

Father Gordan taught me that no matter what we do, God will always forgive us. He loves us no matter what. God will never ever get mad at us. God will never give us what we want, he will give us what we need. When we grow up, God is always watching over us. God gave us a life, a home and a roof. Don’t forget- love God, praise God, and don’t forget God. He loves us no matter what happens.

Ella 4th grade

The homily taught us that the saints are very important people in Heaven. We can pray to the saints for forgiveness and for help. No matter what we do or say, God will always forgive our sins. It isn’t about what we want, it’s about what we need. God will give us what we need not so much what we want. Even though not all people are saints in Heaven, we can still pray to them for help or to do something. The saints intercede for us for our own needs and forgiveness. As Father Gordan said, we need people to be peacemakers. We can bring all people tougher as the saints once did. That is what the Homily meant to me.

Sophie 4th grade

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Fall Fest

As you know, Fall Fest has been postponed until Tuesday, November 9th due to weather. Here are the details:

  • We will still have the basket raffle this Friday.
  • Egg Rolls are still being fried and distributed this Friday.
  • We will still have SJCS Spirit Night at Cains Snowballs on Ave C SE on Friday.
  • Dress Down Day will be Tuesday.
  • Students will enjoy Fall Fest activities on Tuesday and receive an ice cream treat from PTO.

Please keep in mind that we will not be opening our campus to parents and visitors for Fall Fest on Tuesday. We have a limited number of volunteers already scheduled to assist. Please do not plan to come to school for Fall Fest as you will not be cleared to enter. Thank you for your understanding.

Pizza is BACK

Pizza is back on the menu for tomorrow, Friday, November 5th. Yum!

pick up egg rolls

Thanks to ALL who preordered egg rolls from our PTO. We are most grateful to our very generous Vietnamese community who is donating the materials, ingredients and labor for these delicious egg rolls.

If you preordered egg rolls, they will be ready for distribution during afternoon carline on Friday, November 5th. We will be distributing egg rolls during afternoon carline. Enjoy!

thanksgiving food drive

Our school families continue to give generously for our special food drive for Catholic Charities Pantry.

Week of Nov. 1: Tuna

Week of Nov. 8: Jars of Spaghetti Sauce (no glass please)

Week of Nov. 15: Rice (Bag or Box)

free flu shot

Thank you to all the families who submitted consent forms for their child(ren) to receive free flu shots at school on November 11. We have more than seventy students signed up to participate. Please feel free to contact Mrs. Brown in the school office if you have any questions.


Join us for SJCS Spirit Day at Cains Snowballs on Avenue C between 3pm and 7pm on Friday, November 5! Be sure to mention SJCS during your visit, and Cains will donate a percentage of the proceeds back to SJCS. We hope to see many of our SJCS community there!


Our 5K Run for Unity is a little more than a week away. Please make plans to join us! Please see information below. Please reach out to Leslie Martin (lmartin@cds-net.com) or Katie Collany (katie@collany.com) with any questions. Thank you for your support of the SJCS Booster Club!
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safety patrol

We are so fortunate to have students assist us in the morning as Safety Patrols. This is a service we had a few years ago, before COVID. These fourth and fifth grade students help our carline run more efficiently in the morning and ensure students are moving safely in the building and along the sidewalks in the afternoon. Thank you to all the students who have agreed to serve and to Mrs. Insua and Mr. Flynn for coordinating our Safety Patrols.

report cards

The first trimester ends tomorrow! Wow! That means we are 1/3 of the way done with the current school year. Parents of students in kindergarten through grade 8 can expect their child(ren)'s report card to be sent via email next Friday, November 12th.

Calendar Change

Please note that there has been a change to the calendar. WE WILL DISMISS AT NOON ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH. ADDITIONALLY, THERE WILL NOT BE AFTERCARE THAT DAY! All students will need to be picked up between 12 and 12:30 on Friday, November 19th. Thank you for your cooperation.


Thanks to all who purchased poinsettias from our PTO. This is our first year conducting this fundraiser, and we are very grateful for the overwhelming support of our community. Our SJCS PTO raised more than $1,200 from this fundraiser.

Poinsettias will be available for pick up on Tuesday, November 30th from 2pm-4pm in room #2 (across the street near the church office). If you ordered a poinsettia, please make plans to pick it up between 2 and 4 on the 30th.

field trips

Teachers are beginning to plan field trips for all grade levels kindergarten through grade 8. We will definitely share information regarding field trips as they are planned, most will be in the spring. Parents interested in helping as chaperones are reminded that you must be fingerprinted through the Diocese of Orlando to join us on a field trip. The fingerprint process could take several weeks. Please don't delay. If you think you may want to join your child on his/her field trip, please schedule your fingerprints today.

incidental billing

Our school currently uses the Incidental Billing feature in FACTs management. This allows us to bill for things like field trips and student activities by class. We are also billing for extended care through FACTs as well. This does not affect your tuition account at all.

If you use before or aftercare you may be familiar with this feature already. If your class is ordering lunch, or attending a field trip, you will be billed for the cost instead of having to send the funds into the office with your student, or making a special trip to the school to pay. If you have auto pay set up on your incidental billing account you do not have to do anything else. If you have questions about incidental expenses please call Mrs. Brown in the school office or by email at sbrown@stjosephwhschool.org

Now Hiring

We have two positions opening up at SJCS effective January of 2022. We are currently accepting applications for a long-term substitute Art Teacher (four days a week, eight hours per day) and a Part-Time Teaching Assistant (five mornings a week). If you are interested in being considered for the long-term sub position click here; https://recruiting.paylocity.com/Recruiting/Jobs/Details/308641. If you are interested in the teaching assistant position, click here: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/Recruiting/Jobs/Details/490148


St. Gemma Galgani Book Box Service Project

In honor of St. Gemma Galgani, the patron saint of students and 6A’s adopted saint, Mrs. Holland is coordinating a service project where students are turning recycled computer boxes into interactive story boxes that will be donated to preschools and special needs classes in our community. These boxes will also contain a QR code with a 6th grade student reading the book, bringing these books alive for the children reading them.

Please consider helping by donating one or more books from the wishlist below to help our students continue to serve their community!

Wishlist Link: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1AUMAGLB3OC0A?ref_=wl_share

Middle School Musical

The spring musical is back! This year’s musical is Once Upon a Mattress: Youth Edition which tells the REAL story of the Princess and the Pea! The musical is open to all students in grades 6-8. Students interested in auditioning for the musical should plan to attend the informational meeting on Tuesday, November 16th from 3:30-4:15 in Ms. McGillin’s room.

sweets with santa

Save the Date! Sweets with Santa is back! Mark your calendars and make plans to join us for Sweets with Santa on Saturday, December 11th. Watch for more information in next week's Eagle's Eye.

Beef O'Brady's Spirit Night

A couple weeks ago, many of our SJCS families and staff enjoyed Spirit Night at Beef O'Brady's. We recently received a check from Beef's totaling $655, our percentage of the sales. This money is allocated to our PTO account. Thanks to all who came out and supported SJCS.


Special thanks to our Columbiettes who recently presented Mrs. Haas with a donation of $1200. We are very grateful for the generous support of our Columbiettes. Thank you!

book Fair

Our Book Fair is around the corner. Please see information below. If you are able to volunteer at the Book Fair, please email Ms. Sligar at bsligar@stjosephwhschool.org. We are grateful for all of our parent volunteers. Volunteers must be cleared through the Diocesan fingerprint office.
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Booster Spirit Wear

Earlier this week, your child should have brought home an order form for Spirit Wear through our Booster Club. These items are uniform acceptable, support our Booster Club, and happen only a couple times a year. The flyer is included below and available in the front office if you need one. The deadline for submitting orders is Friday, November 12.
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advent service project

Advent is around the corner! Our Advent Service project this year is to collect toys for Heartland for Children. Please see the flyer below and consider donating. We will be collecting toys beginning Monday, November 29th.
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amazon smile

As we embark on the season of shopping for Christmas, please remember that you can help make Amazon work to earn money for St. Joseph Catholic School. When shopping on Amazon.com, by logging in under Amazon Smile, you are earning money for our school. When purchases are made on Amazon Smile, a percentage of the sale is donated back to St. Joseph Catholic School. Please consider using Amazon Smile when making Christmas purchases, or all purchases on Amazon. Here is the link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-5452342
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St. Joseph Prayer

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. Amen.

St. Joseph Catholic School

Principal: Mrs. Haas

Assistant Principal: Mr. Reilly

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Insua

Canonical Administrator: Fr. Tim LaBo

Superintendent: Mr. Fortier