Falcon Frenzy

September 12, 2019

Mission Statement

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.

Now Hiring!

St. Joseph Academy is currently seeking individuals for two part-time positions. Any interested individuals should email Mrs. Haas at thaas@sjalakeland.

  • Aftercare Employee. Individual will work from 2:45-6pm on school days. Qualified individual must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  • Part-Time Accounting Assistant to work 24 hours a week.

Soaring Falcons

Congratulations to our Soaring Falcons for August: Nalia, Adrian, Bryden, Jose, Leah, BellaSofia, Emma, Addi, Mercy and Jamin! Way to go!

5th Grade Shining Stars

Congratulations to our fifth graders who presented "God of Miracles" after mass this week! You sounded beautiful! Special thanks to Mrs. VanWieren for helping to showcase our students' talents.

Welcome Mrs. Volker

St. Joseph Academy is excited to welcome Mrs. Volker to our teaching staff as our 7th and 8th grade math teacher. Mrs. Volker comes to SJA with more than twelve years of experience in middle school math, gifted and fourth grade. She is certified in Elementary Education and Mathematics Grades 5-9. Mrs. Volker is married and has three children. Welcome Mrs. Volker, and God Bless You!

News from Mrs. VanWieren

Permission slips for 6th through 8 to see Lion king should have been returned already. Extra forms are in the lobby and will not be able to be accepted after this week.

Grades 5-8 will be seeing Oklahoma at Harrison, and info is going home in the white folders this week. Those forms are due no later than September 18th.

Singing Falcons chorus will officially be back for grades 3-8 next Wednesday from 3:15-4:15. This is separate from choir as this is the school chorus and students perform throughout the community and for school functions if they participate. We hope to see everyone back and some new faces!!!

Mass Choir

Please remember that all students in grades 3-8 who are interested in singing in the choir at school mass are invited to attend choir practice on Tuesdays from 3:15-3:45pm in our school chapel. Students who attend practices on Tuesdays will be able to sing with the choir the following day at mass. Parents should pick students up at the gate along Frank Lloyd Wright Way (near the dining hall) at 3:45pm. Those not picked up at 3:45pm will go to aftercare.

*Please note that this Mass Choir is separate from Mrs. Van Wieren's Choir.

Denim and Diamonds T Shirts

Denim and Diamonds T Shirts are now on sale for $10 each in the school office. There is an order form included in this week's white envelope. Students may wear their Denim and Diamonds T Shirts on Thursdays with uniform bottoms. T Shirts are also available in adult sizes. Support our biggest fundraiser of the year!

Fall Festival

While it is still a scorcher outside, they tell us that Fall is around the corner! We are looking forward to our Fall Festival on Saturday, October 26th. Please see the flyer in today's Falcon Express Envelope with more information and sponsorship opportunities.

Car Line

Morning and afternoon carline is going fairly well for this time of the year. Thank you for your cooperation and patience.

Please remember that Ridgewood Street is a one way street for all vehicular traffic between 7:30 and 8:30 am and 2:30 and 3:30pm. It is critical that all parents adhere to these traffic signs to help with traffic flow during busy drop off and pick up. Thank you for your help!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Kindergarten through Grade 4: Parents of students in Kindergarten through grade 4 are reminded to please return your Parent Teacher Conference Request Form so that a conference can be scheduled for you. We will send the notice back to you on Thursday, September 26th with your confirmed conference time.

Grade 5 through Grade 8: Parents of middle schoolers, please make plans now to stop in either on Thursday, October 3rd between 2:30 and 6:00pm or Friday, October 4th between 2:30 and 3:30pm to pick up your child's progress report and meet with teachers of your choosing.

Hurricane Make Up Days

Our Hurricane Make Up Days are noted on the 2019-2020 School Calendar. Please make plans to be in school on Monday, February 17th and Monday, April 13th.

Message from Mrs. Haas Re: Resource Assistance for Students

One of the many blessings at St. Joseph Academy is the smaller class sizes that easily allow for more individualized or small group attention during instruction. This small group/individualized instruction is happening in all subject areas throughout the school day. While small class sizes are great, I recognize that it's not enough for some students.

I am certified in the State of Florida in Elementary Education, Educational Leadership, and Exceptional Student Education. I spent my first four years of teaching as a resource teacher. I have a passion for these students with "Unique Abilities" and am committed to giving them the support that they need. With my transition and a disruption due to a hurricane, it has taken a little longer that I would've liked, but I am happy to say that we are beginning to provide resource support for our students.

Title One: Ms. Lula Peoples is back as our Title One tutor. Permission slips for participation in this program have gone home with students. The schedule has been created. She is starting to meet with students to provide support twice a week in the areas of math and reading. If you received a permission slip, please return it as soon as possible.

SJA Resource: Additional academic support is being offered by SJA teachers, primarily in the area of reading and math. Teachers are beginning to work with students to help close gaps and provide assistance. Resource teachers may work within the classroom setting with a targeted individual or small group, or the resource teacher may pull the student(s) and work with them in an alternative location. Teachers providing resource include: Ms. Alfonso, Mrs. Ellerbe, Mrs. Haas, Mrs. Saires, Mr. Thompson, and Mrs. Volker.

Speech and Language: We recognize that some students should be receiving Speech and/or Language Therapy by Polk County on our campus during the school day. At this time, we have not heard anything from the County in regards to when these services are expected to begin. Mr. Allende will be attending a meeting at the County tomorrow. We are hopeful that he will get some answers.

If you should have any questions about your child's progress or about the resource program, please don't hesitate to contact Mr. Allende at aallende@sjalakeland.org.

Renweb Information

Don’t forget to send me your scanned earnings! Looks like either one of these

Please put "Box Tops" as the Subject and include your child’s name and teacher in the email so I can credit the correct class

Falcon Fit

Falcon Fit will begin Wednesday, September 18! It will continue to be ongoing every Wednesday throughout the school year. Falcon Fit is a free after school extracurricular activity. Students in grades 4-8 are allowed to participate in Falcon Fit. On certain days, Falcon Fit participants may collaborate with a St. Joseph Academy sports team that is currently in season only for the fitness segment of that team’s practice. Falcon Fit will begin at 3:45 and end at 4:45. Please be on time to pick up your child. If you are late to pick up your child, they will be sent to after care. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Allende at aallende@sjalakeland.org.


-Dynamic Warm up



-Cool Down

What Do I Need to Bring?

-Water bottle

-Sweat towel

-Towel to lay on or yoga mat if you have one

-Active wear clothes


-Sunscreen (In case we are outside)

What does Falcon Fit focus on?



-Being active

-Building self-esteem

-Healthy habits


-Not giving up


Thank You for Your Generosity

Falcons, thank you for your generous donations of non-perishable food items every Wednesday Your donations are greatly appreciated! God Bless You!

Update on Mrs. Bruchey

Thank you for your continued prayers for Mrs. Bruchey. She remains hospitalized and is undergoing treatment for her recent diagnosis. As you can imagine, Mrs. Bruchey's immune system has been severely compromised from the treatment. At this time, the doctors are requiring her to be extremely cautious; therefore, she is not accepting visitors. Further, she is being challenged with slowing down and focusing on her health. I will keep you updated on her progress through the Falcon Frenzy. Please know that she may be forced to limit time on devices during this treatment, text messages and phone calls are going to be extremely limited. Please continue to pray for her, and I promise to keep you updated.

From the Church

Dear St. Joseph Families,

St. Joseph Catholic Church would like to welcome you to our community! If you or your family would like more information regarding the Catholic Faith (see below), please contact Sam Alamm at our church office at 863-213-5280 x2019.

Ø My child is Catholic and needs to receive the sacraments.

Ø I am an adult Catholic and need to receive the sacraments.

Ø I am NOT Catholic, but I would like to learn more about the Catholic Faith.

Ø I am interested in becoming Catholic.

We look forward to assisting you and your families on your journey of faith! Go Falcons!

Falcon Express Envelopes Today

You should find two items in your Falcon Express Envelope that came home with your youngest child today. Those items are:

  • A sponsorship form for Fall Festival
  • Denim and Diamonds TShirt Order Form

Bahama Donations

For those looking for an opportunity to support our brothers and sisters in the Bahamas, please consider sending in an item with your child. Catholic Charities has identified St. Joseph Catholic Church as the site in Polk County to collect items for those in the Bahamas. Last week, we sent a targeted list of items that would be easier for a child to bring to school in a backpack, etc. Here is a complete list of the items they are requesting:

Canned goods (pop tops)

Manual Can Openers

Meals Ready to Eat (10,000)

Hygiene /Feminine Kits (10,000)

First Aid Kits (2,000)

Large Trash Bags (2,000)

Mosquito repellent cream (10,000)

Bleach (gallon size)

Chlorine Tablets (for water purification)

Non-perishable dry goods (food, cereal)

Dry rice and beans (1 pound bags)

Cleaning supplies (brooms, mops, buckets, towels, disinfectant, trash rakes, leaf rakes)

Air beds (twin and double)


Inverter generators

Gas cans (without gas)

Solar generators (Solar panels, or solar lights)

Baby Supplies (wipes, canned juice, baby food, diapers, formula)

Flashlights (battery, solar)

Portable propane camp stoves ( for sea shipping only)

Small propane bottles ( for sea shipping only)

Toilet paper and hand towels

Bath soap

Bath towels

Large Tupperware type storage containers (20gallon) loose items can be packet in these.

Fall Festival

Saturday, Oct. 26th, 10am-2pm

310 Frank Lloyd Wright Way

Lakeland, FL

Mark your calendars and make plans to join us for our Fall Festival! You won't want to miss it!

St. Joseph Academy

Mrs. Tammi Haas, Interim Principal

Father Tim LaBo, Pastor

Mr. Henry Fortier, Superintendent Diocese of Orlando