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Weekly Newsletter - March 7, 2019

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

Theme for the Year - TRUTH

At St. Joseph Catholic School, we are striving to become missionary disciples by revealing the Truth of Christ to others through our actions.

Our Mission and Vision Statements


St. Joseph Catholic School provides students with a safe and prayerful learning environment, enveloped by an intimate community of active and faithful families.


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

The Season of Lent is upon us. We began with a large community gathering at St. Joseph's Parish to receive the ashes and the Holy Eucharist on Wednesday. Fr. Kelley reminded us not to limit our spiritual growth to the Lenten Season. Not to use the Lenten Season as a time to show others we are Christian with merely ashes on our foreheads, but to show others we are Christians all the time through our actions. This is living Truth.

I have enclosed a Lenten Family Calendar in this newsletter, as well as a link below to some more Lenten Resources for your family. I hope you find some of this information useful. Let us strive to accompany Jesus on His journey, not merely cross paths from time to time.

In Christ's service,

Diane Price, M.Ed.L.


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Truth Bible Verse for March

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Saintly Quotes to Ponder

Truth always ends by victory; it is not unassailable, but invincible. - St. Ignatius of Loyola

Blessed the one who loves truth continually and has not lent his mouth as an instrument of impiety by lying, for he fears the commandment about idle speech. - St. Ephrem of Syria

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Latin and greek roots challenge

Latin and Greek roots we are learning this week: serv-, -serve, post-, iso-

Enrollment for 2019-2020

  • New Family Enrollment Application - The link to the application for new families to the school is on the school website. We are still enrolling new families. Spread the word!

Water Walk Update - Project Nasaruni

In 2015, we raised $11,000 to get this school flowing with water when they opened. Look at all the happy faces, the beautiful garden and glorious well! This is the school we traded flags with. Your efforts to raise the funds needed for this school go way beyond just building a well. You are building lives! Thank you!

Boosterthon Fun Run and Color Run

Thank you so much, Knight Families, for all the support! Your children had a lot of fun today! To all of the dedicated parents helping to bring this fund raiser to life...THANK YOU! We are forever grateful.
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The funds raised will help add enrichment to our curriculum and support the HSA Budget, which in turn supports you!

Reminders and Upcoming Events

  • We can have free dress tomorrow because we only had 3 families not register for the Fun Run out of the entire school! That deserves a free dress! Thank you for all your support in helping the school.

  • We are collecting food for the St. Joseph parish food pantry all month in honor of our patron, St. Joseph. We have set up an altar in the cafeteria for the food collection. Whatever you can bring that does not need refrigeration will be accepted. Thank you!

  • Early Dismissal - March 8th - The Friday before Spring Break (the 8th) is a noon dismissal.

  • Our NJHS will lead the parish community in the Rosary and the Stations of the Cross, March 8th at 6:30 pm.

  • Mass in honor of our patron, St. Joseph's Feast Day, on Tuesday, March 19th. Please remember to wear your dress uniform. We will attend Mass on Wednesday the 20th as well.

  • Class Parties in honor of St. Joseph's Feast Day on March 19th from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

  • If you are an Amazon customer, please use Amazon Smile! We receive a donation from Amazon when you shop. Go to: 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.

Home and School Association (HSA)

  • The next HSA Meeting will be March 20th in the school cafeteria. This will be the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. Be watching for more information to come. There is a free dress day on Friday, March 22nd, for the children of HSA members in attendance that night.

  • Please bring in your box tops. Be sure to check out the bulletin board display in the cafeteria to see which homeroom is in the lead! Thank you for all the hard work cutting and collecting for the school!

  • Looking for uniform pieces? Need to sell some pieces your child has outgrown? There is a Facebook page for that: SJCS Online Uniform Resale.

HSA Spirit Night

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Please send in your photos of Spirit Nights! Here is a lovely photo shared by the Gutierrez Family of their outing to On the Border.

Safe Environment Training

You must first create a profile in VIRTUS for the Safe Environment Diocesan Program.

Per the Diocese, all school volunteers if they are current on Safe Environment, will have until 7/31/19 to renew through VIRTUS if you do not expire before that date. You need to go on the VIRTUS website and make a profile. You can do this without signing up for a class. Profiles are needed in the new system so we know you have previous training, as the old database is no longer open for viewing.

The upcoming Safe Environment Awareness Session at St. Joseph:


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Looking Weak?

Teachers and parents sometimes express the following worry: “When I calmly delay a conversation or a consequence instead of squashing defiance (or other frustrating misbehaviors), do I look weak? If I don’t bring the wrath in that moment, will kids or adults who are watching think I’m a pushover?”

No. No, they won’t.

Imagine this: You’re in a restaurant enjoying a lovely meal. But some lady at the table off to your right is having the opposite of a lovely meal. And she’s bringing the wrath. She’s getting louder. She wants to see the manager. Somebody is going to pay for this! She gets more and more red faced and threatening.

As you watch her, what is going through your mind? She’s so powerful? She’s so impressive? You wish you could rant and rave like that?

Probably not. You’re probably thinking she ought to control herself and calm down. You’re probably the opposite of impressed.

Self-control is actually a form of strength. There is much more power in the ability to keep our cool than there is in yelling, threatening, and lecturing.

Some people even repeat this phrase to themselves in moments when they need to remember to remain calm: “Anger and frustration feed misbehavior. Anger and frustration feed misbehavior…”

Put your mind at ease. You don’t lose an ounce of power when you choose not to yell or “drop the hammer” in the heat of the moment — you gain power. By staying calm and creating a more thoughtful response, you are enhancing your authority as an adult/leader. You can do this!

By Jedd Hafer

Love and Logic Institute, Inc.

Knights in Action!

The tradition of the St. Joseph Altar

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Food is already arriving in the cafeteria! Thank you to everyone who has donated already. Maybe we can fill the table and beyond! All items will be donated to those in need in the Arlington area.

Moments around campus

Pre-K Mardi Gras Parade and Upper School Breakfast

Everyone had a lovely Fat Tuesday Morning! Pre-K and their floats were amazing! Thank you Mrs. Do and Mrs. Lara. Also, thanks to all the parent volunteers who served the breakfast. Lastly, a huge thank you to McDonald's for the food!

Upper School Art

Displays around campus

More Photos from One Act Play!

Congratulations on receiving 2nd Place at the District Competition! All Star Cast awards went to Braydon Goralski, Noah Dao, and Dan Varga. Honorable Mention went to Emmy Chen, Cecilia Saldivar, and Madeline Le. Bravo!
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Faculty and Staff in Action!

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Our 4th grade team, Ms. Brennan and Mrs. Shannon, enjoyed the color run! Thanks for walking with the students!
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Thank you to Ana and Olga for the delicious food and for taking such good care of our Knights in the cafeteria!

alumni news

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Mrs. Pouttu had a visitor today! Joyce Nguyen from the Class of 2017 stopped by for a chat! This is 5th grader, Thien-Y Nguyen's older sister.
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All SJCS Alumni, we want to hear from you, and to share any news you have with the rest of the Knight Community! Please send us your address, phone number, and email address so we may keep in touch. Please send your information to Monica Hurtado at

Do you have any information you would like to share with the entire Knight Community? We would love that as well! Please send your news to

Once a Knight - Forever a Knight!

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:

Meet our parish priests!

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Parish

  • Our NJHS will lead the parish community in the Rosary and the Stations of the Cross, March 8th at 6:30 pm.

  • St. Joseph Men's Club Fish Fry happening at the parish during Lent.

  • Parish Lenten Penance Service, March 18th at 7:00 pm.

  • Be sure to look into 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:

Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth link:

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