Eagle's Eye

September 16, 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 reflections of last Friday's Homily by some of our eighth graders.


In the Gospel of Luke, it talked about how we should focus on helping ourselves first, and not pick out other people's imperfections. It stated that the boy was telling his brother that he had a stick in his eye while the boy himself had a beam in his. This is an example of what not to do, and to be a person who sees with the eyes of Jesus. - Peyton


Father Tim talked about how sight doesn't only come from your eyes and Father uses a baby kitten as an example that they also see through their heart. Father also talked about our personal fault and the brother with a wooden beam in his eye. Lastly, he also said be a person who sees through Jesus' eye. - Braidyn


In today's Homily, Father Tim talked about dealing with our problems before we judge other people. He talked about newborn kittens who are blind at first and need help finding their mother. He uses that scenario to talk about today's Gospel. If you see a splinter in someone's eye and have a wooden beam in your own, do not try to take the splinter in the other person's eye. First, you remove the beam in your eye then take out the splinter in the other person's eye. This means that you shouldn't judge people before judging yourself. First, figure out your problem then help the other person. - Aaliyah


Father Tim spoke about how you need to fix yourself before others. Do not judge people based on their faults because you are not perfect. Help yourself so it is easier to help others, like it is easier to help out a friend with the homework if you had done it first. Love ourselves then others. Try to see through the eyes of Jesus and focus on you before anyone else. -Nathaniel

read a thon prize day

We look forward to our Read A Thon Prize Day this Monday, September 20th. Winning classes will enjoy a movie and popcorn party. Many teachers will dress as characters from a book that has been changed into a movie. And, we will have our raffle drawing. Students who earned dress down passes will also receive their dress down pass from their homeroom teacher on Monday!

Cheerleading

Cheerleading will start Tuesday, September 21st.

Cheer for 6, 7, & 8th grade.

Schedule every Tues 4:30 - 5:30

The 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 3:30 to 5:00 pm.

Girls interested in participating must complete an athletic form and pay $20 in the school office before attending practice.

Picture Retake Day

Picture Retake Day is Friday, October 22nd. Watch for much more information to follow.

mass this weekend

Our 7th graders will be hosting the St. Joseph Parish Mass this Saturday at 4:30pm in our church. All students are invited to wear his/her mass uniform to this mass. See Mrs. Haas after mass to receive a dress down pass.

2pm dismissal

All students will be dismissed at 2pm on Thursday, September 23rd for teacher professional development. Aftercare will be provided that afternoon until 6pm.

conferences

All parents of students in kindergarten through grade 8 are invited to attend a virtual conference with their child's teacher. Conferences are being scheduled for October 7th and 8th. Teachers will be sending out links to schedule conferences in a couple weeks. While our teachers are always available to schedule conferences with parents, these annual Fall Conferences provide all parents an opportunity to speak briefly about their child's progress already this year. Make plans to join your child's teacher on October 7 and 8.

checking grades

Parents are reminded of our portal that allows you to monitor your student's grades throughout the year. This is especially important for parents of students in grades 3-8, as they receive numeric grades for all subjects. Parents are strongly encouraged to check grades a minimum of a couple times a week. The directions for accessing the grades can be found below.
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Fingerprints

We are beginning to allow limited volunteers on campus in supportive capacities. Please keep in mind, that if you intend to volunteer, you must have special fingerprint clearance through the Diocese of Orlando. Fingerprint clearance could take several weeks. Please take a look at the directions below and make arrangements for your fingerprints if you are interested.
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Amazon Smile

When you're shopping on Amazon, you can support St. Joseph Catholic School at the same time by using this link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-5452342. Since we've started participating in the Amazon Smiles program this year, we've received over $800 from the 103 people that support us using Amazon Smiles!

face masks

SJCS face masks have arrived and are available in the school office for $10 each. We have adult and child sized face masks. Families are welcome to send in payment with a note indicating which size you prefer or stop by the school office to make a purchase. Supply is limited. Get your SJCS face mask today.

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absences

When a student is absent from school, there must be contact between the family and the school office. There are two ways that families can report an absence to the school office:


  • Families are asked to email the school at attendance@stjosephwhschool.org when a child is absent.
  • Families can call the school office at 293-3311 and leave a message on the special voicemail dedicated to absences. Follow the prompts after calling the school office.


If we don't hear from you by 9am, you can expect to receive a phone call from the school office. *Please note that if the office is aware that your child has been quarantined due to COVID, you do not need to contact the office.

First Communion Information

Registration is open for those children seeking 1st Communion this year at St. Joseph Church.

  • Church registration and a baptism certificate are required.
  • If you are registered at another parish and wish your child to receive here you will need a letter of permission from your pastor.
  • Registration deadline is Sept. 25th Fee is $25: no child will be turned away for lack of money. Speak to Becky Roach in the church office.
  • First parent / child sacramental preparation meeting is Sept. 27th at 6:30 in the Parish Center.

volleyball and soccer

Our Girls Volleyball and Boys Soccer teams have started. It's great to see the kids on the court and the field. If you have any questions about our intramural program, please reach out to Coach Edwards at ledwards@stjosephwhschool.org.

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