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Weekly Newsletter - February 1, 2020

celebrating 25 years of excellence in catholic education

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Theme for the Year: Goodness

Our Motto: Teaching the Mind...Nourishing the Soul



At St. Joseph Catholic School, we are striving to become missionary disciples, recognizing the goodness of God in our lives and in the world around us, each and every day.

Our Mission and Vision Statements

Mission:

St. Joseph Catholic School provides students with a safe and prayerful learning environment, enveloped by an intimate 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.

From the Principal

I hope you have all enjoyed the last day of Catholic Schools Week 2020: Celebrating Families. The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) states, "Parents, guardians and other family members play a vital role in Catholic education. Not only do they volunteer at the school, they instill values and expectations for academic excellence in their children at home. We acknowledge the role of families in Catholic education and celebrate their contributions to the success of our schools on the last day of National Catholic Schools Week, and all year long."


We are not St. Joseph Catholic School without the support of our families. Thank you for all you do to enrich our school. Just as the people are the Church, the families are the school. Your contributions help create the culture and climate our students enjoy today. May God continue to bless all of you, and to bless St. Joseph Catholic School.


In Christ's service,

Diane Price, M.Ed.L.

Principal

Goodness Bible Verse for January

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New saintly quote to ponder

A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. - St. Basil

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Latin and greek roots challenge

Review week - No new roots.

Reminders and Upcoming Events

  • Preschool and Kindergarten Shadow Day - Monday, February 3rd beginning at 9:00 am. Please tell your friends!


  • First through Eighth Grade Shadow Day - Tuesday, February 4th from 8:00 am. Please tell your friends! (See image below for more details on both days).


  • NJHS Bake Sale - Please support the NJHS bake sale to occur during lunch period Wednesday and Thursday. Everything will be $0.50.


  • NJHS Food Collection at Mass - This Wednesday, February 5th, the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Parish will be accepting the following donations: paper towels (critical), toilet paper (critical), toothbrushes (critical), toothpaste, shampoo (both men's and women's), canned fruit (no cranberry sauce at this time), and bath soap bars. They are so grateful for your support!


  • Progress Reports - Emailed on Wednesday, February 5th.



  • First Friday Mass and Early Dismissal - This Friday, February 7th the students will attend First Friday Mass and have a noon dismissal. Please send your children in their dress uniforms to school this day. There will be NO LUNCHES served on this day.


  • 8th Grade Garage Sale - Begins Friday, February 7th. Check out the details below. Thank you for supporting the Class of 2020!


  • Re-enrollment for 2020-2021 School Year concludes - Friday, February 7th. Please refer to the information packet sent home this past week for more details.


  • 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.

Why First Friday Mass?

Upcoming Shadow Days

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8th grade fundraiser

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Save the date

Faith Extension Day is back, April 3rd!

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Check out this video to see Faith Extension Day in action!

Faith Extension Day 2020

Annual Fund Campaign

"Quest For excellence"

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Earlier in the year, you received information regarding our annual fund, Quest for Excellence, "You've Got the Power" Campaign. For 100 days, we are promoting our annual fund. It's not too late to give to the fund. You may give online at the following link: https://stjosephtx.org/quest-for-excellence-donors or stop by the school office. Thank you for supporting the school!

Home and School Association (HSA)

  • Upcoming HSA Spirit Night - February 4th at McAlister's Deli, located at 137 Merchant's Row, Suite 101 in Arlington. Come enjoy food and fellowship to raise money for the school! The event runs from 5:00PM-10:00PM.


  • Our next Home and School Association (HSA) Meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 19th at 7:00 pm in the school cafeteria. We hope you can attend!


  • The children of HSA Members who have paid their dues to join, and are able to attend the monthly meetings, are allowed to wear any SJCS spirit shirt purchased through the school with blue jeans and tennis shoes of their choice to school on the Thursday after the meeting!

HSA Spirit Night Contest

This year we are having a Spirit Night Contest!


The class that has the most attendance for Spirit Nights will win an ICE CREAM Sundae Party!

Each teacher will be given an envelope to keep the receipts and it is easy to participate!


Three Easy Steps:

1. Attend a Spirit Night

2. Save your receipt

3. Turn the receipt in to your teacher (if multiple students turn in their receipt to one teacher, be sure to write all the students' names on the receipt)

Knights in Action!

Catholic Schools Week 2020

Open House

With the help of our many parent and student volunteers, our Open House was a success! We had many new families touring the school, and even welcomed back a multitude of alumni!
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Monday Morning Prayer Service

Lunar New Year

We began our school week with the Lunar New Year Prayer Service. It was a wonderful way to share this special event with the entire school. Thank you to the parent volunteers who helped prepare the students to participate in such a joyful service. Thank you, Mrs. Do, for organizing everything.

8th Grade vs Faculty and staff volleyball game

Our eighth graders were quite the opponents in this year's volleyball games. We faculty and staff were worn out afterwards. A fun time was had by all, with all three games being nail-bitingly close! Class of 2020, you are loved!
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Moments Around Campus

In honor of the Catholic Schools Week day of celebrating vocations, students created cards for our priests and sisters. The school also hosted a luncheon for the seven surrounding parish priests and staff members. They loved seeing the students perform for them, and enjoyed touring the school. Thank you to all the students who entertained the group, and to the volunteers who helped make this luncheon possible!
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We celebrated our community in a variety of ways this week. For example, we had treats at lunches, spirit wear, and crazy hat and sock day; all in honor of Catholic Schools Week. It is truly a gift to be in a school where students can be challenged academically, while openly expressing their Catholic faith.
Second graders worked together to problem solve how to save a gummy worm named "Fred" while following specific rules to do so. Well done, Knights! Looks like Fred survived!

Flag Retirement Ceremony

We are so grateful to the St. Joseph Knights of Columbus for presenting the Flag Retirement Ceremony for the students, on the day we honored our country. Everyone truly enjoyed witnessing this special moment. Thank you!

Library Excitement

Mrs. Hall came to help the students arrange quilt squares (originally hand sewn by our students) for the Veterans’ Quilt of Valor. The three quilts, once finished, will be presented to worthy veterans. Mrs. Hall - Thank you for helping us show our gratitude to veterans during Catholic Schools Week!

Art this Week

Mr. Suarez shared some SJCS artworks celebrating Chinese New Year 2020, “YEAR OF THE RAT,”designed by 4th Grade, 5th Grade and 7th Grade students in his Art classes.

Moments in the Community

Some of our Knight families spent their precious family time standing up for the unborn! Thank you for your missionary discipleship! This is precisely what we are all called to do. Great to see those t-shirts put to such a wonderful job!
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STREAM Enrichment classes enjoyed a “snow” day with a tallest snowman building contest. Much fun was had by all, and we made quite a mess! Happy Catholic Schools Week! Thank you for entrusting your precious children to us this year.

Newly Updated STREAM Wish list

STREAM Enrichment would love to have these items donated for your children's use.

Thank you!


Peppermint Candy

Gum Drops

Solo Cups

Aluminum Foil

Q-tips

Popsicle sticks (big and small) (colored and plain)

String

Scotch tape

Gallon bags

Toothpicks

Hersey Kisses

Jolly Ranchers

Starburst

RoboKnights

These days, our RoboKnights are spending their time fine tuning programs and designs for the future. Each year, this group continues to grow in knowledge. Today, groups of students worked on specific robot tasks with one another. Great work, RoboKnights! Keep problem solving and learning through trial and error.
Without our mentors, we could not have a Robotics Club. Thank you for your dedication to our students! You are so appreciated, all of you!
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Alumni News

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Open House brought many alumni back to SJCS! Thank you for coming!

It's always great to have you back.

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.

Meet our Dominican Sisters!

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We are so grateful for the presence of our Dominican Sisters, Sr. Catherine Tam Vu and Sr. Mary Anthony Nguyen!

Meet our parish priests!

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Parish


  • 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!


  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is occurring after daily Mass in the Chapel until 5:45pm. Come spend some time with our Lord.


  • Please enjoy this link to a lovely article in the North Texas Catholic about the pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Fr. Kelley: https://t.co/3ItrotxIyf

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.

Moments Captured around campus