Eagle's Eye

October 21, 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

Our fifth graders spent some time in religion class recently reflecting on mass last Friday.

Father Gordon told us that Abraham did kind things, even though he was not expecting a reward. He did good things because He was a kind and loving person. So when we do something, we shouldn't be doing it to get a reward, we are doing it because it is a good thing. - Mackenzie

In Father Gordon's homily today, he talked about Abraham from the Gospel. Abraham was the first to believe that there was only one true God. God wants us to be more like Abraham in our lives. We also shouldn't always expect a reward for our good deeds. We should do kind things for others because we care about them. - Eliana

Mass with the Bishop

Bishop Noonan will be at St. Joseph Catholic Church THIS Sunday, October 24th for the 11am mass in celebration of the 60th birthday of the church building. Students of SJCS are invited to attend the mass in school mass uniforms and see Mrs. Haas following mass for a dress down pass. Please make plans to join us!.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR A FEW STUDENT VOLUNTEERS TO HOLD BIRTHDAY SIGNS BEFORE MASS. IF YOUR CHILD IS INTERESTED IN HELPING, PLEASE EMAIL MRS. HAAS AT thaas@stjosephwhschool.org. Your child would need to be dressed in mass uniform and be at church at 10:30am.

See you tonight at beef's

Join us for SJCS Spirit Night at Beef O'Brady's TONIGHT from 5pm to close. Come on out and see some SJCS staff and friends. Be sure to mention that you are there for SJCS Spirit Night, and Beefs will donate a portion of the proceeds from your meal back to our school.

thanksgiving food drive

Thank you so much for your incredible generosity for our Catholic Charities Food Pantry over the last couple weeks. Last week we collected over 1,300 cans of soup! We are collecting the following items each week in anticipation of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Week of Oct. 18: Canned Fruit

Week of Oct. 25: Canned Green Beans and Canned Corn

Week of Nov. 1: Tuna

Week of Nov. 8: Jars of Spaghetti Sauce (no glass please)

Week of Nov. 15: Rice (Bag or Box)

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Picture Retake Day

Picture Retake Day is Friday, October 22nd. The following students should be in mass uniform and plan to have their picture taken next Friday:

  • Any student who was absent on picture day.
  • Any student whose class was quarantined on picture day.
  • Any student new to our school since picture day.
  • Any student who purchased pictures and is not satisfied with the picture. (You must bring your pictures back to school before/on retake day.

If your child needs to have his/her picture retaken, please be sure that your student is aware that he/she should come down for pictures when his/her class is called. Parents of younger students, you are encouraged to reach out to your child's homeroom teacher to let her know that you wish for your child's picture to be retaken.

If you need an order form for pictures, please contact the office.

red ribbon week

St. Joseph Catholic School will celebrate Red Ribbon Week next week. Students are invited to participate by dressing in the following themes:

Monday: Drugs Can't Find Me - wear camouflage

Tuesday: Team Up Against Drugs - wear sports wear

Wednesday: Block Out Drugs - wear sunglasses

Thursday: 2 Smart to Start - dress as a scholar or in college spirit wear

Friday: Put a Cap on Drugs - wear a hat (after mass)

8th grade parent meeting

Parents of 8th Graders are reminded of a very important meeting on Thursday, October 28th at 6pm in the Parish Center. At least one parent of each eighth grader is asked to attend.

Early Dismissal

Please remember that school will be dismissed at 2pm on Thursday, October 28.

save the date

Health Hero Florida will be on campus on Thursday, November 11th offering free flu shots for students. Additional information will be shared next week.

accelerated reader - ar Goals

Attention all readers, we have a challenge for you! Keep reading and taking AR tests and you will gain knowledge and earn a special treat. To earn this treat you need to accomplish the follow AR goals by Friday, October 29th.

1st and 2nd graders - 10 points or more

3rd and 4th graders - 20 points or more

5th and 6th graders - 30 points or more

7th and 8th graders - 40 or more points

The top three earners will also earn a dress out day. Keep setting and reaching your goals.

Soaring Eagles

Congratulations to our September Soaring Eagles: Noel, LeLe, Laura, Alyssa, Evalenna, Elly, Jhonny, Jenna, Matthew, Audrey, Vaughn, Payton, Melissa, Romeo, Aaliyah, and Braidyn!
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Acts of Kindness Winners

Congratulations to our Acts of Kindness winners: Adam, Evalenna, Arya, Karianyz, Boston, Daniel, Kevin, Sherlyn, and Declan!
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first grade let your light shine

Congratulations to our first graders who dazzled us last Friday with their rendition of "I'm Trusting You!" Great job to our Safari Guides!

resource classroom makeover

Our resource classroom recently received a makeover! Check out these amazing before and after pictures.
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school store

Our SJCS School Store is back! All students are invited to shop the School Store on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:30am until 7:50am. The School Store is located in the downstairs hallway near the art room.

Some items currently for sale include:

SJCS Pencils $0.25 each or 5 for $1

SJCS Pens $1

SJCS Highlighter $1.50

Big Pumpkin Notepad $0.50

Halloween Bracelets $0.50

Small Halloween Notepad $0.25

Halloween Pencils $0.25

Scented Pencils $0.50

Stop by and check it out!

safety patrol is back

We are currently seeking fourth and fifth grade students to serve from 7:30-7:55am as Safety Patrols. These students will assist younger students in getting out of the car and to their respective places during morning carline. Parents of fourth and fifth graders with questions can email Mrs. Insua at jinsua@stjosephwhschool.org.

Calendar Change

Please note that there has been a change to the calendar. WE WILL DISMISS AT NOON ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH. ADDITIONALLY, THERE WILL NOT BE AFTERCARE THAT DAY! All students will need to be picked up between 12 and 12:30 on Friday, November 19th. Thank you for your cooperation.


No partial scholarships! We recently received word that thanks to very generous donors, AAA is happy to announce that they continue to award full-value Florida Tax Credit ("FTC") scholarships. To help as many students as possible, the deadline for 2021-22 school year application submission for FTC scholarship has been extended to Friday, November 19th.

Call the school office if you have any questions.

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Join us for SJCS Spirit Day at Cains Snowballs on Avenue C between 3pm and 7pm on Friday, November 5! Be sure to mention SJCS during your visit, and Cains will donate a percentage of the proceeds back to SJCS. We hope to see many of our SJCS community there!

Fall fest

For those of you new to SJCS, our Annual Fall Fest is one of the most anticipated events of the school year. Unfortunately, due to COVID, we weren't able to have a Fall Fest last year. In an effort to give students this fun activity, we are modifying the format to make it COVID safe this year. There are lots of details involved with this fun event. Please take some time to review the information below. Thanks for supporting our Fall Fest. We know the kids will love to have the opportunity back this year and pray that we can resume our normal format and include all of our community next year.
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Thanks to those who have expressed interest in serving as a sponsor for our upcoming 5K Run for Unity. We are now beginning to accept registrations for individuals to run/walk. Please see information below. Please reach out to Leslie Martin (lmartin@cds-net.com) or Katie Collany (katie@collany.com) with any questions. Thank you for your support of the SJCS Booster Club!
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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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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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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