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Weekly Newsletter - December 2, 2021

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

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from the principal

Happy First Week of Advent, everyone! We have officially began our journey towards welcoming the Birth of Jesus at Christmas. It is very fitting that we have the Virtue of Purity to inspire us this month, as we prepare our hearts to receive Him. In our Advent book from Bishop Robert Barron, he reflects on how we are all "wired for God" and struggle at times when we fail to remember this or fight against this truth. Putting the Virtue of Purity into practice each and every day is an excellent way to ensure we are as prepared as we can be.


Our eyes and ears are the gateways to our souls. At SJCS, we strive to impart this truth to each and every one of our students and we are so appreciative of the partnership we share with you, our parents, the first teachers of our children.

In Christ's service,

Diane Price, M.Ed.L.

Principal

An Advent reminder from Preschool

Thank you for your leadership, littlest of Knights!

Mrs. Do's Preschool Advent Reminder

December Bible verse on Charity

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new saintly quote about charity to ponder with your family

"Charity may be a very short word, but with its tremendous meaning of pure love, it sums up man's entire relation to God and to his neighbor." - St. Aelred of Rievaulx

Virtue for the Month

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Review Week - No new Greek and Latin Roots

Reminders and Upcoming Events

  • WE ARE STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR NEW STUDENTS FOR THE 2021-2022 School Year! Please direct your family and friends to the school website, or have them call the school office for more details.


  • Angels in Art - SJCS 20th Annual Student Art Exhibit: Mr. Suarez is still accepting students' entries (3rd grade-8th grade) for the January "Meet the Artists" Art Exhibit through December 13th. Don't miss this beautiful opportunity to share your God-given talents, Knights! Please see the Thursday Folder for entry and exhibit details.


  • 12/1 through 12/13 StuCo Candy Gram Sale – Preorder your Candy Cane Gram from 12/1-12/13 for delivery on 12/16, and support your Student Coucil at the same time!


  • 12/5 Second Sunday of Advent


  • 12/6 Advent Monday Morning Prayer Service - First Grade performs Las Posadas - We will Zoom for families, but apologies up front for sound is a challenge when we move about.


  • 12/6 St. Nicholas Feast Day - A special visitor could leave something for the students on this day!


  • 12/8 The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Holy Day of Obligation) - Please join us for our weekly Mass on this special Holy Day observing The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which celebrates the Church teaching that Mary was preserved from original sin from the moment of her conception. The feast day is a holy day of obligation on which Catholics are required to attend Mass.


  • 12/8 Chick-fil-A Spirit Night - Order using your Chick-fil-A App and select curbside delivery only. A total of 5% of sales will be donated to St. Joseph Catholic School. Order ahead and skip the line! Location: 4700 South Cooper Street.


  • 12/10 Save the Date for Family Movie Knight – Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – (2018 version by Illumination). Pizza dinner in cafeteria starting at 5:30 p.m. Movie in the gym begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. Concession will be available for purchase – drinks, candy popcorn. See the attached flyer. Pizza is pre-order only $12 per large, signup through link https://forms.gle/RmYmnKjtHQ4RQoiR7


  • Parish Christmas Baskets Item Collection - SJCS will assemble 7 baskets for our 7 founding parishes. Please send in store bought snacks, baked goods, beverage mixes, candy, etc. to the school office. Remember, you can earn 1 service hour for every $10 spent. Items may be brought in on Monday November 29th and no later than December 8th.


  • 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.

Monthly Fellowship Opportunity

Please join us for the next "Coffee with Christ" Fellowship and Rosary hosted by the Spiritual Life Committee (SLC) of SJCS. Once a month, the SLC will host this gathering before Mass. Feel free to park and walk your child/children inside the foyer and then stop by the Art Room (anytime between 7:30am and 8:15am) to have a cup of coffee and a donut (or two) together as a school community. Rosary will begin at 8:00am for those who can stay and pray. All are welcome!
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iGive Catholic Campaign Results

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We raised approximately $3,000 through the iGive Catholic special day of giving! This number will increase when we receive an additional match from the Advancement Foundation. Your generosity will beautify our Rosary Garden and replace lost shrubs in front of the school. Any leftover funds will go towards a statue for the Outdoor Learning Lab. We are looking at the one pictured below. Click on this link to see more about the statue of St. Joseph and the Infant Jesus:


http://www.statue.com/Products/Lifesize-Religious/Saint-Joseph-And-Child-Life-size-54-5-H.html


We are open to suggestions if there is another statue out there that you feel we should explore. Again, thank you for your generosity!

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Quest for Excellence - Annual Fund

Our goal - $100,000

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Every year, North Texas Giving Day kicks off our "Quest for Excellence" Annual Fund. Tuition alone does not cover the cost of the needs of our school. Please consider a donation to the Annual Fund, if you missed contributing to North Texas Giving Day.
Reasons to give:


1. to help us provide tuition assistance to families who need the extra support

2. to help complete the safety fencing around the playground area

3. to help enhance the beauty of our campus through the installation of statuary and icons

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

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HSA Spirit Nights

our next event

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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.

8th grade garage sale

new collection dates

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Monday Morning Prayer Service Zoom Invite

Diane Price is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Topic: Monday Morning Prayer Service

Time: 08:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Every week on Mon, until May 23, 2022, 40 occurrence(s)


Join by clicking here - https://esc11.zoom.us/j/88516285709

Meeting ID: 885 1628 5709

Knights in Action!

Monday Morning Prayer Service

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Thank you to these Upper School students for leading the school community in prayer to start the week off right, this First Week of Advent.

Jesse Trees and Nativities

Outdoors and indoors, we are reminded of the Coming of Christ as we take in the beauty of the Advent Season in the form of Nativities and Jesse Trees.
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This week in art

This week, Art classes involved scissors and glue, markers and colored pencils, circle templates and imagination and creativity… including the beginning of Christmas art!


3rd Grade: Paper Collages - Animals

1st Grade: Snowman Drawing

4th Grade: Paper Collages - Faces

7th Grade: Christmas Emoji Design


Really creative, Knights!

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In STREAM this week, students were challenged with designing a jingle bell maze and constructing their design out of Lego’s. They were to then test their prototype to discover any design and execution errors.
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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!


  • Candy Corn

  • Candy Pumpkins
  • Rolo candy
  • Sandwich bags
  • Scotch tape
  • Packing tape
  • Potting Soil
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Hula Hoops


THANK YOU from the STREAM TEAM!!!

RoboKnights

Our RoboKnights are spending time reflecting on their goals and accomplishments together, in a Socratic circle at the end of their meetings. What an important practice for these Knights. Lessons must incorporate a time to reflect, for this helps the mind take hold of new knowledge. Bravo, RoboKnights!

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What's growing in the greenhouse?

Mrs. Lara's preschool class has been exploring the wonderful world of succulents. A perfect plant for the warm environment of the green house, and a great example of how plants make the most of the resources available. Isn't God good? Yes, all the time!
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SJCS Alumni News

Class of 2020 Yearbook Signing

Welcome back, Class of 2020! You never had the chance to have your yearbooks signed due to COVID-19 concerns. Mrs. Michelle Doskocil kindly spent one Sunday afternoon, opening the doors of the school building to these Knights once again. We are thrilled they had this opportunity to come together once more. Thank you, Mrs. Doskocil.


Class of 2020, you are always welcome home.

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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

Meet our parish priests!

Weekly Mass Opportunity

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Sacramental Prep for 2nd Graders

Classes start in October for St. Joseph Parishioners.

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Parish Notes

  • Parish priests are on retreat this coming week.
  • 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!

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.