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Weekly Newsletter - April 30, 2021

celebrating 26 years of excellence in catholic education

Theme for the Year: Hope



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,

full of HOPE for the future.

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

From the principal

Happy Easter! I pray you and your family are still enjoying this beautiful liturgical season as we approach the fifth Sunday of Easter. I do not know where the month of April went! It is hard to believe that May is upon us. I know this year has not been like other years, but together we have kept the school building open and students moving forward during a global pandemic, while other schools in the area remained online for extended periods. I know times have been difficult for many of our families working through the challenges of the virus's impact on the lives of loved ones. Our families have experienced changes to their jobs and the school building itself has seen some ups and downs through the volatile weather we have experienced this year.


Through it all, we remain positive and hopeful for a 2021-2022 school year to arrive with a sense of renewal and promise for opportunities to be together once again. We miss having parents in the building and in the classrooms, but we know we have stayed the course for the greater good of the community. Slowly but surely, we are seeing a light at the end of a very long and complicated tunnel, that light is God leading the way.

In Christ's service,

Diane Price, M.Ed.L.

Principal

AKR 2020-2021

We did it! And we raised over $90,000!

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Hope Bible verse for April

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saintly "HOPE" quote to ponder

"Faith lifts the soul. Hope supports it. Experience says it must. And Love says let it be!” - Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

Virtue for the Month of April

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in-, luc-, lumin-, lumen-, reg-, rec-, -rect

Help Needed in Car line

Please note the two red X's on the diagram below. These are two areas to avoid. Fr. Kelley has asked that parents not use the church's drive-through/handicap lane when you are in the car line. This lane is never meant for school traffic. Also, please do not park in the zone where cars are meant to make their turn to enter the car line. Thank you!
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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.


  • 5/3 May Crowning Monday Morning Prayer Service - Please join the 2nd grade via Zoom as they lead the school in our May Crowning Ceremony starting at 8:00 am this coming Monday. You may all bring flowers to the school to present to the Blessed Mother on this day. If you plan to join us via Zoom, please make use of the Monday Morning Prayer Service link below.


  • 5/4 HSA May Spirit Night at iHop located at 1105 West I-20 in Arlington from 4pm to 9pm. Thank you in advance for supporting the school! We appreciate you.



  • 5/5 NJHS Food Collection at Mass - Feel free to bring an item of your choosing to donate to the St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Pantry of St. Joseph Catholic Church. NJHS will be certain it gets to the right people. Thank you for your generosity!



  • 5/7 8th Grade vs. Faculty Volleyball Game - Beginning at 1pm, the tradition will continue! Students and families will be able to watch from their classrooms and at home via the Monday Morning Prayer Service Link.



  • Weekly Wednesday Mass - We attend Mass weekly on Wednesdays, at 8:30 a.m. Distance Learners, we are attending along with you from home! Be sure to wear your dress uniform and participate by clicking on the parish link: https://stjoe88.org/ On-Campus Learners, be sure to wear your dress uniform to school on these days. Families are welcome to attend. All must wear a mask to enter the church. Students may sit with family members during Mass, but will need to be walked back to their teacher before leaving the sanctuary.


  • 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.

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:


  1. Don't forget to log 5 service hours per family for registering and attending the AK2R event!
  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)
  9. Also, you can earn 1 service hour by attending any Spirit Night and 1 hour for attending an HSA Meeting.


Every $10 you spend will earn 1 service hour. Thank you! We truly need the help.

Weekly Mass Opportunity

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Spiritual Communion

Here is a copy of the prayer to pray when one cannot physically receive the Holy Eucharist.

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4-H is coming to SJCS!

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As early as this summer, our families will have a new opportunity to participate in an exciting club! Through the Fort Worth Diocese and Nolan Catholic High School, we are able to join the Tarrant County 4-H. Click on the link for an introduction to the program. There will be more information to come very soon! https://4-h.org/

Home and School Association

Thank you, Knight Families, and Thank you, Spring Creek Barbeque!

St. Joseph Catholic School
With your help, Knight Families, we were able to receive $1,200 from Spring Creek Barbeque! That is awesome!

Next Spirit Night - Tuesday, May 4th at iHOP located at 1105 West I-20. Come support the school from 4 pm to 9 pm!


*Don't forget to give yourself a service hour in the FACTS Family Portal if you order food on a Spirit Night!


Next HSA Meeting - May 12th via Zoom


*Also, don't forget to scan your receipt using the Box Tops app if you have items in your grocery basket with the Box Tops logo!

COVID-19 Updates

Don't forget...When away from school

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By following the CDC Guidelines of wearing a mask and social distancing while you are out and about over the weekend, you are helping the SJCS Community stay well!

Monday Morning Prayer Service Zoom Invite

This link should also be found in your family's Seesaw Account or Google Classroom.


Diane Price is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Topic: Monday Morning Prayer Service

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


Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83933726239


Meeting ID: 839 3372 6239

Knights in Action!

8th Grade Student of the Month Award Recipient

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Congratulations to our 8th Grade Student of the Month Award Recipient, Madeline Le!


Teachers say she is thoughtful and helpful to all. She is very studious, and takes pride in her work. Madeline is cheerful and courteous and always willing to contribute to the discussions in class. She is a dedicated, focused student who values her education. Madeline is kind to all!


Thank you for your missionary discipleship, Madeline! We are very proud of you!

Monday Morning Prayer service

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Mrs. McCarty and these three 8th grade leaders of the school, helped with this week's Monday Morning Prayer Service! Thank you, Knights!

Class of 2021

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And here they are! The graduating Class of 2021! They are counting down the days. We are going to miss these leaders of our school!

Moments captured around campus

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Thank you to all the student altar servers for their contribution to this ministry. These 8th grade servers (and all of our 8th grader servers) will most certainly be missed at our school masses, but hopefully they will continue serving at weekend masses for their parish communities. Thank you, Fr. Kelley, for your leadership.

This week in art

Nice work, Knights!


Kindergarten: Four Flowers Grid - drawings based on real flowers


5th Grade: Pop Art inspired by Peter Max’s “Liberty Head” (1976)

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This week in STREAM our Knights explored Space by creating Moon Advertisements - Take a trip to the Moon! They had to answer several essential questions to accomplish this task. Students were also asked to come up with a catchy slogan and present their project to their classmates, answering those essential questions. Presenting STREAM projects engages so many important skills our Knights will use for a lifetime!

Newly Updated 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!


  • Toothpicks

  • Individually wrapped candy
  • Glue sticks
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Paper plates
  • Construction paper 12 x 18
  • Popsicle sticks


THANK YOU from the STREAM TEAM!!!

RoboKnights

Even though this year's competition is over for our RoboKnights, our robotics students are still working to perfect their knowledge of color sensors. That's some dedicated Knights! Nice group photo, everyone!
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Greenhouse Update

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The sunflowers are blooming!

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Mrs. Norton brought her students out to the greenhouse to place their painted rocks. I love how our Knights are taking ownership of this new space, finding beauty and God at every turn. Our greenhouse is becoming quite the showcase!

Alumni News

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Congratulations to our alumni, Harry Black, for earning the distinction of Salutatorian for the NCHS Class of 2021! Harry graduated from SJCS in 2017. We could not be more proud of him! Well done, Harry!
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Here is Harry again with another one of our SJCS alumni, Roland Rodriguez, Class of 2020 (our very own Mr. Rodriguez's son). They were helping out at the Nolan Sport Open House. It is so great to see these two together!
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Joseph Pollifrone (soon to be graduating Class of 2021) stopped by for a visit at the Open House and ran into Victoria Chan, Class of 2019! Our Knights are truly thriving in high school! I look forward to what the SJCS Class of 2021 accomplishes!
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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 Required for Students

Parents: Please be sure to complete this short screening each morning. If none of these apply to your child, you may come to school. 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.


SECTION 1: Symptoms

If your child has any of the following symptoms, that indicates a possible illness that may decrease the student’s ability to learn and also put them at risk for spreading illness to others. Please check your child for these symptoms:


1. Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth

2. Sore throat

3. New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)

4. Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain

5. New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever


SECTION 2: Close Contact/Potential Exposure

1. Had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with a person with confirmed COVID-19

COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line

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Many More Health and Wellness Resources May be found here

Meet our parish priests!

Join Fr. Kelley for Mass-live

Daily Mass is open to the public. Attendance limited to first 40 people. Temperatures will be checked at the door. Please maintain social distance from others. Also, the Parish Office now has limited office hours: 8-10 a.m. Monday-Friday. Parishioners may schedule Mass intentions, purchase a candle or refill Holy Water. Most staff will continue to work from home, and are available via direct dial office phone and email 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • The faithful are dispensed from the obligation to attend and to participate in Sunday Mass, but not dispensed from our faith.
  • People in attendance at Mass must wear masks or scarfs over their mouths and nose inside the buildings to help prevent the spread of the virus.
  • All attending are to practice proper social distancing, wear masks and use hand sanitizer upon entering the church.
  • The Bishop asks to be considerate in charity of your neighbor and receive Holy Communion in the hand for the time being.
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St. Joseph Catholic Parish

  • Please watch this important video message from Fr. Kelley: https://youtu.be/sO3CFan_kM8
  • 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.