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Weekly Newsletter - May 21, 2020

celebrating 25 years of excellence in catholic education

happy 6th week of easter!

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Theme for the Year: Goodness

Our Motto: Teaching the Mind...Nourishing the Soul



At St. Joseph Catholic School, we are striving to become missionary disciples, recognizing the goodness of God in our lives and in the world around us, each and every day.

Our Mission and Vision Statements

Mission:

St. Joseph Catholic School provides students with a safe and prayerful learning environment, enveloped by an intimate 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.

From the principal

Dear Families,


I hope and pray you are all well. As the school year is winding down, I want to touch base with you before the busy week ahead. I want to offer my praise and thanks, and reach out with information regarding our last days of the 2019-2020 school year.


We have accomplished a lot together these past months. I am so very proud of everyone! Once we were given the directive to close the school building and begin distance learning, St. Joseph Catholic School sprang into action, developing new ways to continue educating our Knights, academically and spiritually. While other schools placed their students’ learning on hold, we moved forward providing opportunities for coming together in prayer, engaging in interactive lessons, holding online conferences (in groups and one-on-one), and developing recordings and videos to stay connected to one another, to share, to learn, and to grow. Along the way, your feedback, praise and encouraging words were shared with the faculty and staff. Parents, teachers, and administration actively worked together, as the school guided the distance learning process. Again, I am so very proud of the efforts and accomplishments of our students, parents, faculty, and staff!


Speaking of faculty and staff, including myself, we miss you all! It really is hard to believe we are at the end of May, the end of our 2019-2020 school year, the end of our 25th year in Catholic education. I would like to thank our parents (and extended families) for partnering with us these past ten weeks. You and your children are why we serve in this ministry. You and your children are the future of our Catholic faith, and we are honored to support you.

Our school is a ministry of St. Joseph Catholic Church. We are grateful to Fr. Kelley and Fr. Kennedy for their leadership, for their prayers and for keeping the school involved in the Wednesday Mass. It was a new experience (and a bit unnerving) for Mrs. Soto and myself to sing the “Alleluia,” but we embraced the challenge and enjoyed giving back to the church in this way. Hopefully, you were able to attend the Wednesday Masses.


I would also like to thank Mrs. Gallagher, and all of the faculty and staff of SJCS for their support, for their dedication to you, and for their dedication to the formation of your children, no matter what the world throws at them. They are an intelligent, kind, and patient group, with hearts of gold. I am honored to be working with them all.


As mentioned, we are about to end the school year, and the building is still closed to parents and students. We will need another plan regarding the exchange of textbooks, this time to retrieve them from you. We are also ready and excited to give awards and final report cards to our Knights. The plan has been developed and is currently in the hands of the Catholic Schools Office awaiting approval. Once approved, we will begin distributing and retrieving items on the last day of school, May 27th. To maintain social distancing, we will implement this plan over a three-day period, concluding on Friday, May 29th. Your teacher will be emailing you with what textbooks are expected back, so you may begin rounding all of them up in preparation for the day. Don’t forget to locate your library books and any other school property you may need to return. Be watching for the plan details via email, once I have approval.


We are having a totally awesome event this Friday! We have created our very first SJCS Virtual Field Day (80's theme) this Friday, May 22nd. Mrs. McCarty has emailed you all the information. I hope you will take a look at the video prepared for you detailing the events, and make use of the score sheet for the day. We are hoping to see as many of our Knights in action as we can! You may share your photos and videos with Mrs. Doering at bdoering@stjosephtx.org and she will try to share as many as she can on social media. Go, Knights!


On Wednesday, May 27th, our official last day of school, we are planning an End of Year Car Line Parade! We must still follow social distancing guidelines, so we thought this could be a fun way to safely see as many of you as possible, and to offer you a wave of congratulations from the curb for completing the year. Feel free to decorate your car in celebration. We (faculty and staff) will be “decorated” as we celebrate YOU! We are still working out the details. Plan for this to happen the evening of May 27th, at 7:00PM. I hope you will be able to make it! Details to come on this very soon.


Lastly, please keep our 8th grade graduates and their families in your prayers. Their year has not ended as planned, with treasured activities canceled. Nevertheless, in no way does the lack of being able to celebrate together take away their fabulousness! We are so proud of all they have accomplished through their years at SJCS. We will miss having them on campus and are sad to see some of our families ending their time with us, as their last child graduates. We hope our 8th graders enjoyed the yard signs and gifts provided through the fundraising efforts of the Class of 2020. Mrs. Gallagher and I had a blast helping to deliver them. We have been honored to highlight each and every one of them on social media. You are all unforgettable, 8th grade!


I hope you enjoy Field Day and your long Memorial Day Weekend. I will see you for our final days of 2019-2020 next week. I will continue to stay in touch with updates over the coming months, as new information comes our way from Governor Abbott and/or Bishop Olson. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. As the year ends, know that you are all in my prayers for a safe and restful summer. Please continue to pray for the world.

In Christ's service,

Diane Price, M.Ed.L.

Principal

Join Bishop Olson for mass-live

Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/fortworthdiocese/
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Join Fr. Kelley for mass-live

Effective June 1, the 5:30 pm Sunday Mass is suspended until further notice.


Click this link to participate:

https://stjoe88.org/live-stream

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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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Goodness Bible Verse for may

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Virtue for the month of May

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A saintly "goodness of god" quote to ponder

Pray with great confidence, with confidence based upon the goodness and infinite generosity of God and upon the promises of Jesus Christ. God is a spring of living water which flows unceasingly into the hearts of those who pray.
-St. Louis de Montfort

Staying connected during distance learning

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Don't forget! Virtual Field Day - May 22nd! Totally tubular!

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SAVE THE DATE!

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Reminders and Upcoming Events


  • Please participate in our last Monday Morning Prayer Service this coming Tuesday morning, May 26th, due to the Memorial Day Holiday. Go to the school website and hover over "Events" to see the new link, available on the 26th.


  • No School on Monday, May 25th due to the Memorial Day Holiday


  • Last School Mass This Wednesday, May 27th - Please be sure to join together as a school community by remotely attending Mass with St. Joseph Catholic Church at 8:30 a.m. The parish also prays the Rosary (before Masses) beginning at 8:00 a.m.


  • Fr. Kelley invites you all to participate in daily Mass with the parish at this link: https://stjoe88.org/


  • Save the Date - End of Year Carline Parade, Wednesday, May 27th at 7:00PM - More info to come soon!


  • Staying Connected During Distance Learning - This is a new page for our school website. You may find it under "Events" as well. Be looking for ways we can stay together/pray together during this challenging time.


  • 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.

Yearbook Continues!

Please email pictures of your distance learning experiences for the yearbook. Pictures of a project you are working on, connecting on Zoom meetings, and the like would be great! Thank you.
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Knights in Action!

8th Grade Student of the Month

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Congratulations, Kelsey Agyemang-Twum, for receiving the 8th Grade Student of the Month Award. Kelsey has a kind heart and treats her peers with courtesy. She is a wonderful example of humility. She always gives her best and is responsible. Her parents are very proud of her hard work and are excited to see what her future holds. She is excited to attend Nolan this fall. Bravo, Kelsey!

Morning Prayers and Announcements

Thank you, StuCo! Your taking on the role of morning prayer twice a week, helps us all feel some sense of normalcy when we begin each day of distance learning. It has been so lovely to see your faces and to hear your voices, even AFTER your last day of school! True missionary discipleship!
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Monday Morning Prayer Service

Please join me for our last weekly prayer service next Tuesday by going to the school website and hovering over "Events" then click on "Monday Morning Prayer Services" to participate. In case you missed it, please find this week's below.
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Construction update

Your Donations and Fundraising Efforts at work!

For the most part, these two builds are complete! Now, we have a few things to do to spruce them up, like cleaning the floor of the building and running a water line to the greenhouse. Then we can begin moving things into the building and plan for the beds in the greenhouse!


All of the expenses for these two builds are covered through donations and specific fundraising efforts. Thank you, Knight supporters!

RoboKnights

RoboKnights, at this time you may not be able to physically work on your robots at SJCS, but you can be keeping a log of ideas as they pop into your imagination. Be sure to write these ideas down to test when you return.


These look like some fond memories!

Alumni News

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Check out our Totally 80's Field Day alumni volunteers!

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A huge THANK YOU to Reagan Doyon (Class of 2020), Aiden Norton (Class of 2019), Erik Wolanin (Class of 2018), and Gabe Norton (Class of 2015) for pitching in to help with our first ever Virtual Field Day!
There are A LOT of great alumni photos out there on social media right now. Here are just three of our alumni receiving nominations for the Nolan Catholic High School VSPY Award: Damaris Saldivar, Odessa Ozuna, and Sarah Crisafulli! I know there must be more out there! If you are a parent with photos to share, please email them to our Development Director, Brittany Doering (bdoering@stjosephtx.org) and we will share them. Go, Knights!

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.

Meet our Dominican Sisters!

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We are so grateful for the presence of our Dominican Sisters, Sr. Catherine Tam Vu and Sr. Mary Anthony Nguyen!

Meet our parish priests!

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!

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.