Eagle's Eye

August 18, 2022

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.

school supply dress down tomorrow

In honor of our 6th grade Patron Saint, St. Gemma Galgani (patron saint of students), the sixth graders are hosting a new school supply drive. All students in PreK 3 through grade 8 are invited to participate in our first dress down day of the school year. Tomorrow, Friday, is a New School Supply Dress Down Day! Students are welcome to bring a new school supply (to be donated to an area public school) and dress out of uniform. Please be sure to check the Parent Student Handbook for dress down day guidelines. Thank you for supporting this cause!

parent orientation

The final Parent Orientation Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 24 for parents with children in grades 1-4. These meetings are critical as we begin the year together. These meetings are for adults only; please do not bring children. Please read below carefully and make plans to attend Parent Orientation:

Wednesday, August 24: Parent Orientation for Grades 1-4 at 6pm. Parents will report directly to their child's homeroom class.

Field Trips, Visiting on Campus, and Siblings

All parents are reminded of the fingerprint requirement if you choose to participate in a field trip or be on campus volunteering. The directions for completing the fingerprint process can be found in the Resource section below.

Some teachers are beginning to plan Fall Field Trips for their class. Don't be left out! If you think you may want to attend the field trip, you must be fingerprinted through the Diocese. The process can take 4-6 weeks. Fingerprint clearance lasts for 5 years. If you are not fingerprint cleared, please begin the process TODAY!

Unfortunately, younger siblings are not permitted to be on campus for special events and field trips. Parents who choose to volunteer on campus, or go on a field trip, will need to make alternative plans for siblings.

altar server training

On Saturday, August 20th at 10 am, St. Joseph Catholic Church will host an Altar Server training class for current and new servers. The training will be in the church.

This ministry seeks to encourage the youth of our parish to fully engage in our faith through their service to the Church as altar servers. Serving at the altar gives youth a hands-on, personal experience of God's work in the liturgy.

Requirements are that the children have received their First Communion. Children over the age of 14 will need to complete the Safe Environment Training and Fingerprinting. Please contact the Church office, 863-294-3144, with any questions.

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Thank You for sponsoring our police officer

Special thanks to the Matthews for sponsoring our police office for mass this week! If you would like to sponsor an off duty Winter Haven Police Officer for an upcoming school mass, please contact Miss Summer at sdehaven@stjosephwhschool.org to schedule. The cost is $135 per three hours.

Happy Birthday!

The following teachers and staff celebrated their birthdays in July and August:

Happy Birthday to:

Mrs. Arambarri
Mrs. MacPhee

Mrs. Blanton

Ms. Summer

Mrs. Harrison

Mrs. S. Brown

Mrs. Estrada

Mr. Ortiz


Mrs. Magnole
Mrs. Roberts

Mr. Flynn

Mrs. I. Brown

new lunch program

The new lunch program is going very well. Please be aware that students have the option to purchase extras. You may want to monitor this on your child's lunch account, or have a conversation with him/her. Please also know that you can put messages on your child's account, restricting the number of snacks or saying that you do not want your child to purchase snacks.

Logging Service Hours

Parents and students can now enter and view their own service hours. You can use your app to view the hours, however, you have to use the web version to enter new hours. go https://logins2.renweb.com/logins/parentsweb-login.aspx The district code is STJC-FL. Once logged in, click on the Family option in the menu on the left side. At the top of the screen, select the family member who will be adding the service hours. Click on the Add option on the right side of the screen in the Service Hours box. Fill out the information and click Save.

Fall Sports Starting

We are beginning to take registrations for Fall Sports, and practices are getting set to start.

Boys Soccer
Begins Tuesday, August 23rd. Permission slips are due by Monday, August 22nd. Parents will be billed $45 through FACTs. Practices are 3:30-5:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students must bring a change of clothes, extra water (special for soccer) and must have shin guards and cleats. Boys will remain in their homeroom class until 3:30pm when they will meet the coach at the picnic tables near the gym. Boys must be picked up at 5pm at the soccer field. Those not picked up at 5pm, will go to aftercare. Be aware that in the event of inclement weather, practice may be canceled.

Girls Volleyball

Girls volleyball will begin on Monday, August 22nd. Permission slips are due by Monday, August 22nd. Parents will be billed $45 through FACTs. Girls should bring a change of clothes and water for practice. Girls must have on tennis shoes and kneepads. Practice will be from 3:30-5:00pm in the gym. Girls will remain in their homeroom class until 3:30pm when they will go to the gym. Please pick your volleyball player up from the gym promptly at 5pm. If you don't pick up by 5pm, your daughter will go to aftercare. At this time, we still only have one coach. We desperately need parents to step up to assist in order for us to launch the volleyball season.

Cross Country

Cross Country will being on Wednesday, August 24th from 3:30-4:15pm. Permission slips are due by Monday, August 22nd. Parents will be billed $20 through FACTs. This is open to boys and girls in grades 5-8. Please bring a change of clothes and plenty of water. Students should be picked up from the parking lot at 4:15pm. Those not picked up on time will go to aftercare.


We have a few different choirs at SJCS.

School Mass Choir
Students in grades 3-8 are invited to sing in the choir at all school masses. In order to sing with the choir, students must attend practice the previous Tuesday from 3-3:30pm in the church. Please don't come pick your child(ren) up until 3:30 if they are staying for choir.

Church Children's Choir

The Children's Choir for our church will begin practicing at 3pm on Thursday, September 1. Jitka Cinibulk, music director from our church, coordinates this ministry. If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email her at jcinibulk@stjosephwh.org.

Choir with Mrs. James

No Left Turn

Please be sure to notice this sign at the corner of Unity Way and Avenue M NW. WHPD has been ticketing people for making the left turn during drop off and dismissal.
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Middle School Edge

Our middle school students are invited to attend a St. Joseph’s Middle School Ministry. The night’s theme is called “Art Show: Can We Know God exists?” This theme, and throughout this semester, we will be emphasizing that science and faith can work together. They are not oppositions to one another like many people think.

Come join us at 6:00 PM in the Family Life Center Room #3 for pizza, fun games, and open dialogue about the faith. For this specific night, August 31st, our middle schoolers will be challenged to create sculptures of a popular movie scene and then guess what other groups created. The purpose of this activity is for the youth to ask a creator questions about their creation, which ties into the questions they will be asking about God throughout the semester. The night will close out at 8:00 PM in prayer and with a bi-weekly challenge for the youth to accomplish!

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This section of the Eagle's Eye will remain in every edition of our newsletter. It will contain links to information that parents may need from time to time. When parents have questions, we urge you to check this section for possible links that could get you the information that you need.

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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