August 29, 2019
Mission of St. Joseph Academy
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?
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 email@example.com 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 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.