Eagle's Eye

January 20, 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.


It is time to secure your child's spot at St. Joseph Catholic School.

  • By now, you should have received a link to complete the online application to reenroll your student for the 2022-2023 school year. This online application MUST be submitted by Friday, January 28th at 3pm. Please keep in mind that families with delinquent financial accounts will not be eligible to reenroll. If you do not have the link, please email Mrs. Brown at sbrown@stjosephwhschool.org to inquire about it. Please keep in mind that in order for you to receive the early reregistration discount, you must complete the online application AND pay the registration fee.
  • You should have received email notification that you have been billed the discounted reregistration fee of $225 per child. The payment is scheduled to come out of your account through FACTs on Friday, January 28th. If you do not wish to make this payment through FACTs, it is your obligation to reach out to Mrs. Brown via email no later than 12 noon on Tuesday, January 25th. Payments will not be able to be stopped after noon on the 25th of January. If you email Mrs. Brown to request a stop payment on this fee, it is your obligation to ensure she receives your email and action has been taken with the receipt of an email reply from Mrs. Brown. If you do not receive an email reply, you need to follow up with her.
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Gala Baskets

Please consider donating an item to your child's auction item for our upcoming Gala. Click on the link below to select an item to donate. Items will be shipped directly to the Gala committee chair to be included in the class basket. Thank you for your generosity and support.

Class Baskets Gala 2022

PRE-K 3 & 4: Lego, Arts & Crafts https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/DIMJPN2K2H4K?ref_=wl_share

Kindergarten: Travel & Organize https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3RKD764AY8R9I?ref_=wl_share

1st Grade: Camping and Outdoor Games https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/LAFTPIYEGPXX?ref_=wl_share

2nd Grade: Health& Fitness https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1EGBZ6YSUQ2C4?ref_=wl_share

3rd Grade: Beach and Outdoors https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3QUMWMG23DPU8?ref_=wl_share

4th Grade: Bar & Entertainment https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1LYPPH8ZOCNFS?ref_=wl_share

5th Grade: Be Prepared https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/30AX3X7F30QIG?ref_=wl_share

6the Grade: Everything Electronic https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1G8R26HF6TDUD?ref_=wl_share

7th Grade: Grade Pizza, Pasta and More https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/7U2VYKQ1O3UL?ref_=wl_share

8th Grade: Gardening/Herbs & Spices https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3RFGDL9W93OXL?ref_=wl_share

If you choose to shop somewhere other than Amazon please send items in to office.

Gift Cards: We will also be collecting gift cards for restaurants, shopping, dollar tree, Walmart, gas, amazon etc. (any amount) to use in baskets and to purchase items for auction

Reminder: Please send all Gala Items to office

Labeled with child’s name, homeroom Attention Katie Collany - Gala

Questions: Contact Katie Collany- katie@collany.com/ 863-412-2168

Catholic Schools Week 2022!

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Parent Teacher Conferences by Zoom

COVID has brought about some convenient opportunities for all of us. The convenience of holding meetings by Zoom can certainly be considered an advantage that has evolved from this pandemic. If you have a scheduled Zoom meeting with your child's teacher or member(s) of school staff, we strongly request that you give this Zoom meeting the same importance and attention that you would if you were coming to school for a meeting. That means, we need you to schedule a time that you can commit your full attention to the conversation. Additionally, we ask that you have your camera on so the meeting can be face to face. Please avoid multi-tasking during this meeting. During these meetings, we are giving you, and your child, our full attention; we ask that you do too! Thank you for your cooperation.

4th Grade Service Project

Our 4th grade classes are doing a service project to go along with learning about the saints. The students created bookmarks about a saint they researched. The Knights of Columbus generously donated 100 Bibles so that each student could give two bibles with his or her bookmark to Catholic Charities for people in need. The students are also including a food item with these so that they can “nourish people’s souls and bodies”. Mr. Lacen, a representative of the Knights of Columbus and father of Jorge and Gabby, recently joined us for Mass and presented the bibles to our 4th graders. We are grateful to the Knights of Columbus for helping us with our 4th grade project!

Unintended Consequences: The Hidden Impact of Growing Up Digitally

We had a great turnout Tuesday evening for the Unintended Consequences seminar presented by Tami Murphy. Thank you to all who took time out of their busy schedules for this important information. At the presentation, Mrs. Murphy stressed the importance of parents monitoring student devices. She provided a list of Parental Control Software to help you monitor your students. Please check it out. Mrs. Neal is available to help you should you have any questions. Her email address is sneal@stjosephwhschool.org.
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Family Catholic Trivia Night

We are excited to host our first ever Family Catholic Trivia Night on Wednesday, February 2nd! Bring your family and answer questions about and learn about our Catholic faith. Prizes will be given to the top three teams! Space is limited so make sure to sign-up through the link below. We look forward to seeing your there!



Our SJCS Concert Choir will sing the National Anthem at the Lakeland Tropics Soccer Game on Friday, January 21st. The game begins at 7:05pm at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland. Admission is free. All families are invited to come support our choir and enjoy a game with your SJCS friends and families. See you there!

field trips and fingerprints

We are approaching the time of year when many of our classes enjoy field trips. Please keep in mind that all chaperones must be fingerprint cleared through the Diocese of Orlando. If you plan to join your child on his/her field trip, please be proactive and ensure that your prints haven't expired. You can email Mrs. Roberts at sroberts@ stjosephwhschool.org if you would like confirmation that you are cleared.

altar servers

If your child has been trained to altar serve at St. Joseph Catholic Church and is interested in serving for weekend parish Masses, please email Mrs. Ochoa at tochoa@stjosephwh.org.

Alumni Games

All SJCS Alumni are invited to join us in our gym for an Alumni Basketball Game on Tuesday, February 1, at 6pm. This is typically an event for our high school students to come back, celebrate Catholic Schools Week with us, and catch up with friends from SJCS. This is open to all alumni, not just those students who played basketball when they were at SJCS. If you are interested in attending, please email Coach Edwards at ledwards@stjosephwhschool.org.

lunch next week

Due to some supply issues, one of the lunch options for next week has changed. SLA will not be able to offer Ham and Cheese Sandwich. Rather, they will be offering a Ranch Turkey Wrap instead. We apologize for the inconvenience.

plastic bags needed

Please start saving plastic grocery bags, the ones you receive from stores such as Publix and Walmart. We will need these plastic bags for a schoolwide service project during Catholic Schools Week. You may start sending them in with your child(ren) next week. We will need thousands of bags, so everyone's help would be greatly appreciated.

Volunteers Needed

We have two fun events coming up - Daddy Daughter Dance and Mother Son Bowling. I am currently looking for two volunteers to chair these events. Both events are rather simple and a great opportunity for a new volunteer to get involved. If you are willing to serve as a chair or co-chair, please email Mrs. Haas at thaas@stjosephwhschool.org.

Family Movie Night

We hope you are making plans to join us for Family Movie Night on Friday, February 4 at 6:30pm on our soccer field. We will be showing the movie, Luca. Everyone is welcome.
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grandparents day - rescheduled

Please mark your calendars. Grandparents Day will be Friday, April 29th. It is our intent to invite grandparents to join us on campus that day.

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