Falcon Frenzy

August 29, 2019

Mission of St. Joseph Academy

St. Joseph Academy, a Christ-centered Catholic community, rooted in faith, knowledge and values, inspires students to live the gospel message in school, the community, and the world and to achieve academic excellence through relevant and challenging curriculum.

Emergency Closing Protocol

As we watch the storm threatening Florida, I take this opportunity to remind you of protocols that we follow should the storm affect Polk County. The policy for the Diocese of Orlando states that we will follow the direction of the local county school system. If Polk County Public Schools should close for severe weather, we MUST also close. In that event, we will be sure to communicate with families through email, text message, and facebook. Please keep in mind that local administration has authority to reopen the school when deemed safe for students to be in the building. We do not have to wait for public schools to reopen. Again, communication will be made by emails, text messages, and facebook.

Receiving Text Messages?

Over the course of the past few weeks, Mrs. Haas has sent a couple text messages to all parents in our community. Have you received any text messages from the school?

Depending on how you listed your cell phone number in Renweb (FACTs SIS), you may or may not be receiving these important messages. If you listed your cell number as your home/primary number and not as a cell phone, you likely aren't going to receive text messages from the school. As we approach the long weekend with a potential threat of a hurricane, it is critical that all families have their cell phone numbers appropriately entered. This will ensure that you are receiving the latest communication from the school.

If you need to change your contact information to include your cell phone, please don't hesitate to email Mrs. Haas at thaas@sjalakeland.org with a request to include your cell number.

Denim and Diamonds T-Shirts

Support our biggest fundraiser of the school year with the purchase of a Denim and Diamonds Tshirt. Students may wear the shirts to school on Thursdays with uniform bottoms. Shirts are on sale in the school office for $10.

School Mass Choir

When you sing, you pray twice! Students in grades 3-8 are invited to join our School Mass Choir! Rehearsals are Tuesdays from 3:15-3:45 in the school chapel. Students who attend practice on Tuesdays will serve as the choir and song leaders on Wednesday mornings. At 3:45pm, Mr. Fleitz will walk students out to the parents at carline. If parents aren’t in carline by 3:50pm, the students will be escorted to aftercare.

No School Tomorrow and Monday

School will be closed tomorrow, Friday, August 30 for teacher professional development. SJA will also be closed on Monday, September 2nd in observance of Labor Day. Enjoy the four day weekend with your family!


  • Students may have a water bottle throughout the day. However, drinks should be limited to water only. Juice boxes, etc are permissible at lunchtime only.
  • Students should consume all breakfast foods and drinks before entering the school building every morning. Students are not allowed to walk into the school building carrying a drink, such as Starbucks, McDonald’s , etc.
  • Children are allowed to bring a small healthy snack to have mid-morning. This should be limited to one small snack. For most grade levels, teachers continue teaching and students may enjoy a working snack. Please refrain from sending in any snacks containing nuts. Further, candy is never permitted at school.

Thanks for a Great PTO Meeting

Thanks to all parents who joined us on Tuesday evening for our General PTO Meeting. We are looking forward to a wonderful year! If you attended the PTO meeting, please remember that your child may dress down on Friday, September 6th. Teachers will have the sign in sheets to identify those students who may dress down.

12pm Dismissal Thursday, Sept. 5

Please remember that school will dismiss at noon on Thursday, September 5th for teacher professional development. Lunch will not be offered during the school day. Those students remaining for aftercare must bring a lunch from home. Aftercare will be available on Thursday, Sept 5 from 12pm-6pm.

$1 Dress Down on Thursday, Sept. 5

Thursday, September 5th is a dress down day. Students may pay $1 and dress down. Please be sure to follow dress down guidelines outlined in the handbook.

School Pictures

School picture day is Wednesday, September 4th. Students should wear regular school uniforms for pictures. PE uniforms should not be worn this Wednesday, Sept. 4th. If you’d like to order pictures, please be sure to send in the order form and payment with your student by Wednesday. Pictures must be pre-ordered.

Prayer Service this Wednesday

While our priests are away at Convocation next week, we will hold a prayer service at 8:53am on Wednesday followed by recognizing our Soaring Falcons! Please remember to send in your canned food item.

Parents are welcome to join us, but please remember that diocesan policy requires that parents and guests may not sit with the students. Thank you for your cooperation with this policy.

Food for our Food Pantry

Thank you for sending in canned goods every Wednesday! This is a great opportunity for you to teach your child(ren) about giving to those less fortunate. We are grateful for your generosity. God Bless You!

Prayer of St. Joseph

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 Academy

Pastor: Father Tim Laboe

Interim Prinicpal: Mrs. Tammi Haas

Superintendent of Schools: Mr. Henry Fortier